Bookish art of Karen Hollingsworth @kshstudio

As many of you know, I am extraordinarily fond of art that depicts bookish themes.
The only thing better than reading books, is looking at books, and appreciating art
that features books and reading.

Today, I’d like to introduce you to the art of Karen Hollingsworth. I particularly love the way she uses light – and how her work gives you the illusion of a breeze caressing your face.

Here are a few of my favourite works of hers:

Channeling Hemingway

Flying South

Accidental scholar

Beach scholar


Gentle reader

Summer reading list

Bedtime story

From the Shain Gallery website:

Karen Hollingsworth is known for her unique light, airy windowscapes. In the past the artist painted interior spaces, now she includes an open window that acts as a portal into the space beyond. Her large oil paintings often depict subject matter that is fairly minimal, chairs and ordinary interior settings, however what attracts many viewers is the mysticism evoked by the movement of the air and the ocean breeze through the curtains.

For Hollingsworth, a painting is about the feeling it evokes. Although there are no figures present in her windowscapes, it is difficult to deny the implications of vacant chairs in such an empty space. Hollingsworth is interested in creating the “impression of looking through that room and seeing the view outside the room.”

“I love to create paintings that evoke a sense of the familiar,” says Hollingsworth. “To blend the common objects of everyday life, placed within the interior of a room, with a glimpse of the ocean or mountains through an open window. My ‘windowscapes’ are intended to provide the viewer with a sense of solitude and well being. A comfortable world bathed in sunlight and warm breezes. For me, a painting is successful if I wish I were there.”

You can reach out to Karen Hollingworth on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About Fictionophile

Fiction reviewer ; Goodreads librarian. Retired library cataloger - more time to read! Loves books, gardening, and red wine. I have been a reviewer member of NetGalley since October 2013. I review titles offered by Edelweiss, and participate in blog tours with TLC Book Tours.
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14 Responses to Bookish art of Karen Hollingsworth @kshstudio

  1. Kelly says:

    I love this! My favourite is Accidental Scholar, that cat looks a lot like mine 😄

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  2. Sandra says:

    These are beautiful 🙂 Scrolling through the pictures and immediately my heart is lightened – her deftness of touch with those softly blowing curtains is so restful.

    I like them all but my favourite has to be Accidental Scholar! I have a cat who can flatten himself like that!

    🙂 🐱

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  3. carhicks says:

    Very nice. It feels like sitting out in the summer on a porch or deck with my favourite books.

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  4. James McEwan says:

    Yes I do like the breezy image of the curtains, there is a kind of familiar warmth. I also sense the solitude of the empty chair and the open books, with a steaming cup in another.. It gives me the impression of the person being disturbed to go and answer the door or telephone. Certainly the images prompt imagination.

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  5. Annika Perry says:

    Lynne, I’m an instant fan of Karen’s paintings! These are wonderful and I agree wholeheartedly with her words – she succeeds on all accounts”‘ …a sense of solitude and well being. A comfortable world bathed in sunlight and warm breezes.’ I’d nab the cosy seat in front of the bay window … but possibly turn the seat around and look out at the glorious view. Lovely post – a visual treat!

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