The above artwork is by Sam Knowles, a young British collage artist. I love classic Penguin book covers so the above work caught my eye when I discovered him last year. I am even more keen on other works made with found books, made fantastical with overlaid gold leaf. I particularly like ones with forest scenes or typical British backdrops, which then look like classic 1960s scifi with huge, multiple rising moons.
When I have a scrap of money I would like to start investing in an art collection, because it’s a good compromise between the majority of material objects I buy (dresses, shoes) and spending money on experiences or education, because although visual art can always be lost or destroyed, you can’t lose the experience of having seen it, thought about it, and lived with it.
On a prosaic level, if you want to introduce non-original Penguin covers into your house, you can now buy this paper from Osborne & Little. I can imagine it being a bit overwhelming as it will remind you of how many books remain unread but I like that feeling. Incredible books are one thing you can never, ever run out of, and this is probably cheaper than trying to find all the vintage Penguin classics and reading them, based on how much it will cost you to get the real thing.