Books Are Magic

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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.

 

Jenny Kroik | See All Editions

 

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.