Richard Bolai Artbooks

ArtistsBook at King St. Stephen Museum

Posted in 2006, Artist Book Exhibitions by richardbolai on December 9, 2008

The book and slip case for the Forth International ArtistsBook Exhibition at King St. Stephen Museum in Székesfehérvár, Hungary, 2006

Tactile in nature, the beauty of this handmade book is its red acetate. 305mm x 220mm, fourteen folds including the cover and slip case. The mylar is sewn together in the traditional methods of Japanese binding. Each leaf has an insert of resin paper, tissue paper and a washi thread inlay.

The Artbook Red and the Caribbean sky

The King St. Stephen Museum in Székesfehérvár, Hungary has a rich collection of Artist’ Bookworks. Since 1987, the first International Artists’Book Exhibition” presented 300 works and established the first and only artists’ book collection in Hungary owned by a Museum. In 2006, the Museum from the city of Székesfehérvár has organized the Forth International Artist’ Books Exhibition which this book was submitted.


Book with slipcase


Centre of the Universe

Posted in Artist Book Exhibitions by richardbolai on November 29, 2008

Centre of the Universe – Bookwork, 2006, 21ins x 12 ins x 9.5ins
Gray boards, resin on paper, oils Chinese tissue paper, inlay; Japanese washi thread.

Alexandria was established in 331 B.C. by Alexander the Great. For a thousand years Alexandria maintained its superiority and held its place as the apex of great thought and culture. Its library and Mouseion held treasures of knowledge and research, which became a valuable source of inspiration both artists and writers whose works, became models stimulating the emulation of other intellectuals around the Mediterranean. The work shown here is part of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina 2nd Biennale for Artist’s Book, Alexandrina, Egypt 2006


The project posed a challenged, the idea was to incorporate a reading stand as part of the bookwork. Because it had to be reassembled,  the apparatus had to be simple to assemble and adding pins to place the centre piece seemed too complex to follow through. The solution was to make a book separately and placed it on the stand.

Covers: 8.5 x 8.5 ins resin on dyed paper, oils Pages 32: Computer generated Islamic patterns on paper, resin, oils.Japanese washi thread Spine: Goat skin

Oddly enough, the envision of the outer stand’s panels were to have a Islamic motif, but Art tends be pure in its content, and the geometric shaped inlay cascaded as a tower-like form (Lighthouse) adding the importance to where the work will be exhibited, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt


Detail of the Artbook, Centre of the Universe, 2006

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