(Art) Stephen Mackey’s Illustrations From a Book You’ve Never Read

I love art that tells a story.

Stephen Mackey’s art tells of dark romances and children’s fables from the world behind the wardrobe or the other side of the looking glass. The self-taught UK artist paints Georgian and Regency fantasy scenes — ghost stories and village myths — that hint of sinister plots, whimsical adventures, and the eternal fancy of youth. They are, as the artist himself described them, “illustrations from a book you’ve never read.”

Some of his paintings are quite small, a mere five by five inches, which adds to their secretive folly. You have to lean so close to see them that it seems you might fall in. If you do, don’t linger. I’m told those that linger may never get out again.

Find more by the artist on his website.