”Public accomplishments and hidden secrets. Old Friends and loves lost. Simple jokes and profound truths. This bookshelf encapsulates half a century of the inside of my head. More intimate and more telling than any facial portrait could ever be.
As tromp d’oeil, only the larger than life scale gives the game away. Roo’s talent is to both abstract and reproduce the worn history of these much loved books. Working with Roo was a delight, her care and artistic judgement shining through at every step.”
Tim Hampson on bespoke commission ‘Properties of Matter’ ©rsw2018
‘How to Build a Girl’ rsw2017 oil on canvas 12×24″
‘Simple Cookery’ rsw2017 oil on canvas
New paintings are varnished, mirror plates fitted, time to do some promotion!!
New shelf portraits just arrived at Orso Major Gallery in Waterloo:
‘Twentieth Century’ rsw2015 oil on canvas (framed 54x80cm) on sale at Orso Major
‘Shakespeare’ rsw2015 oil on canvas (framed 34x84cm) on sale at Orso Major
‘Tales’ rsw2015 oil on canvas (framed 54x80cm) on sale at Orso Major
‘Miscellany’ rsw2015 oil on canvas (framed 27x33cm) on sale at Orso Major
‘Poetry and Drama’ rsw2015 oil on canvas (framed 33x64cm) on sale at Orso Major
‘Penguin Among the Pelicans’ rsw2015 oil on canvas (framed 33x64cm) on sale at Orso Major
My bookshelf paintings formally known as ‘Shelfies’
have had a re-branding ready for http://www.parallaxaf.co/ and will henceforth wish be known as…
this has a more professional air, and relates directly to the idea of traditional oil painting,
whereas ‘Shelfie’ automatically brings snapshot photography to mind….
And here’s the latest….
‘Unwritten Book 3’ rsw2015 oil on canvas 10″x20″ £325
”Bookshelves are a pretty universal thing. Almost everyone will have a bookshelf or surface to stack or store their books on. I find other peoples book shelves fascinating. As an avid reader myself, along with having worked as a librarian in a past life, I find bookshelves – or the books on them – are a secret window into that persons life.
Your bookshelves can say a lot about the person you are – they are a selection of stories, information and words that you have allowed into your life – they fill your head and your heart.
A bookshelf is a physical representation of many aspects of a persons life. Cookery books, travel guides, self help books, DIY guides, trashy novels and Shakespeare can all give an insight into your passions, personality, aspirations and dreams. Books hold memories of the places you have visited and the people you have met. They tell the story of holidays taken, family meals cooked, languages learned and problems overcome. They can be funny, romantic, thrilling, scary, autobiographical, technical, historical, geographical……
Roo Waterhouse’s commissioned paintings are a colourful glimpse into the lives of others. I get the same feeling in the winter when I walk down the street with everyone’s Christmas tree’s on show in their windows!
Then there is the whole other topic of order and display! How are your books organised on your shelf? Are they in alphabetical order? Grouped into categories? Size order? Colour spectrum? Soft back and hard back?
Or are you like Rob and his records in High Fidelity by Nick Hornby, compulsively re-ordering your books into lists of ‘Top 5 Romances’ or ‘Top 5 Breakup Novels’
The possibilities are endless….
I think having a personalised, commissioned Shelfie is like having a portrait done of yourself (the original Selfie), portraying your personality through the books you read.”
“Which books would you choose?”
Emily Stubbs @ Holmfirth Art Market