Books Are Magic

by Jenny Kroik

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Artist Statement

My work happens when I’m out on the streets of the city, watching life. I observe life with curiosity—how passersby interact with their environment and with each other. Sometimes I am an invisible observer, and sometimes I am a direct observer, wanting to interact with the people I paint, and welcome a reaction to the observations that I made.

This print is part of an ongoing series inspired by my love of independent bookstores. I visit as many bookstores around NYC as I can and create a painting of each one, hoping to capture their unique character.

“Books Are Magic” is truly a magical store in Brooklyn, NY. I wanted to include in the painting the owner Emma Straub, who was lovely to meet and chat with.

Why We Love It

When she’s not working as a freelance illustrator, teaching as a university art educator, or creating incredible New Yorker covers, Kroik has a keen eye on the world around her. This artist is an enthusiastic and inquisitive observer. Curiosity and an authentic interest in other people and how they play off their surroundings are part of what impel her artwork, and her home base in mega-metropolis NYC makes that sort of exploration easier. The streets of this city provide ample fodder for her to flex her talents, whether afar from a passive point of view or from a direct interactive approach, talking to the people she paints ... Read more on the blog!

Details

+ Limited-edition, exclusive to 20x200
+ Museum quality: archival inks, 100% cotton rag paper unless noted
+ Signed + numbered certificate of authenticity included
+ Directly supports the artist
+ Handcrafted custom-framing is available

Our quoted dimensions are for the size of paper containing the images, not the printed image itself. We do not alter the aspect ratio, nor do we crop or resize the artists’ originals. All of our prints have a minimum border of .5 inches to allow for framing.

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Museo Portfolio Rag 

Jenny Kroik

Jenny Kroik is a New York City-based illustrator. She was born in in Russia, St. Petersburg. She received a BFA in illustration from the Art Institute of Boston, and an MFA in painting from the University of Oregon. She has been working as a freelance illustrator since 2007, and as a university art instructor for the last 10 years, teaching in institutions such as the University of Oregon, City College of New York, Fairleigh Dickinson University and more. Kroik has created 2 covers for The New Yorker, and is represented by Magnet Reps illustration agency.
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