Richard Bolai Artbooks

Oil journals

Posted in 2006, Journals by richardbolai on December 9, 2008


Since 2000, the Bookman has approached the art of painting though his craft of book binding. The work here is an example of what he is capable of doing. These oil journals are from a series which in 2006 where produced by the influences taken from a painting by Peter Doig called, the music of the future.

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Artist journals

Posted in 2003, Journals by richardbolai on December 9, 2008

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A series of personalized artist journals incorporating images from the artist as the cover.

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The back of the artist journal above

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Japanese influences, journals

Posted in Journals by richardbolai on November 16, 2008

The books below are samples of work I had done since the paper residency. It gives a general idea of how the washi paper has been used and of the Japanese influences

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This is a series of elongated journals which the covers were made using a fine coloured washi which were the ends of a tissue type paper I brought back from Mino

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Small journals with covers made from sheets of washi I worked on during the paper residency

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There is another sample of the texture of the paper used as covers

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A synthetic washi meshed as a cover of this backed book

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Covers made with a type of washi mesh

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Covers using Japanese doll paper and inlay with silver washi thread

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Covers using strands of coloured kozo and lined with washi thread

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One of my artbooks using Japanese doll paper as it covers

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an artist drawing book using washi thread and kozo

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Resin covers with washi tissue paper and inlay with washi thread

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A leather backed book using patterns related to Japanese paper

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small handbooks influence by Japanese patterns


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Large writing journals

Posted in Journals by richardbolai on November 14, 2008

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A decorative paper mats used as part of the cover, 2007

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Bubble rap used alternative covering material , 2008

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Resin, gold leaf covers, 2007

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A commissioned journal, 2002

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commissioned journals

Posted in 2001, Journals by richardbolai on November 12, 2008

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Inlay with cut paper, a backed journal

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Drawing books reinforced with stamped covers

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Resin covers and reinforced for durability

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Cloth Journals

Posted in 2001, Journals by richardbolai on November 12, 2008

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A seris of cloth covered and backed blank books

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Here are a few samples of other versions of the cloth concept

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Journal 2000

Posted in 2000, Journals by richardbolai on September 18, 2007

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The first writing journal side stitched with varnished covers.

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The inner page

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