The bookish art of Jonathan Wolstenholme

We bibliophiles are a funny lot. Not only do we love BOOKS, but we love looking at photos of books, and of course ART featuring bookish themes.

Over the last few years I’ve featured eleven artists on Fictionophile who use books, and book-related themes as their subjects. I hope you have a few minutes to check them out!

In this, my 12th bookish art post,
I’d like to feature the art of Jonathan Wolstenholme

The artist has produced a prolific body of work, but I have chosen fourteen of my personal favourites to share with you..

Are you a fan of this artist’s work? Which one of the above works is YOUR favourite?

Let me know in the comments.

Born in 1950 Jonathan Wolstenholme attended his local grammar school in Purley before graduating from Croydon Art College. He still lives in Surrey with his wife Margaret and young son George.

He has been a successful freelance illustrator for many years, working for a number of major advertising agencies, publishers and a great variety of magazines.

Jonathan has exhibited in both national and international shows with several one-man exhibitions in London.

Wolstenholme paints exquisitely detailed still lifes of books in watercolour .He is fascinated by the world of antiquarian books and paraphernalia from a bygone age when craftsmanship was highly prized. He works in watercolour in such exquisite detail that it is possible to read every word in the books that he paints.

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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26 Responses to The bookish art of Jonathan Wolstenholme

  1. wow this is mind blowing.

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  2. carhicks says:

    This is very creative, but not sure if it is for me. I could see it in a library though.

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    • I’m with you Carla. I find it interesting, quite stunning, yet a little on the creepy side. I wouldn’t want it in my home, but it would be a welcome addition to a public space like a library or university.

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  4. Wow, what extraordinary work! Thank you for sharing 📚

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  6. Jennifer says:

    These are fascinatingly bizarre! Definitely going to have to check out the other posts now as well

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  7. These are AMAZING! Thanks!


  8. nsfordwriter says:

    Wow! I like these. Surreal and also charming.

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  9. What an original post Lynne. Fascinating! 🙂

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  10. James McEwan says:

    Of the artwork shown above I like the books playing chess, considering they are books about playing chess.

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  11. Kelly says:

    What a great theme! I went to check out the previous ones, I especially love Matthews’ work, books and cats, best combination! But I love the birds too and the mice are super cute.

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  12. celinelingg says:

    Thankyou for sharing! The art is so good and creative!!

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  13. Carol says:

    Interesting! 🙌

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