Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
And if that is true, and I believe it is, then savoring a beautifully designed book about art has the ineffable ability to transport each of us to a pure and vibrant perspective. Oscar’s Art Bookstore is a gateway to that journey.
Entering into the nondescript doorway, you’re immediately met by bookshelves teeming with all things Art. When speaking with owner Sean O’Flynn, his passion for the titles he sells is evident. He is intimately acquainted with the books, is drawn reverently to the color of each book jacket and the pages found within. And color is what draws him to books when making decisions to stock a particular title. His artist’s eye is drawn to the artistic quality of each volume and he has fashioned an interior that is ‘a treasure trove of pleasure for the eye.’
Sean has been in business for over two decades and he knows his art books. After corporate life spent heading up large unions in Ontario and here in BC, he decided to focus his efforts in an area that has been his life’s passion, Art. An artist himself, Sean’s paintings enhance the store’s interior. Large-scale oils line the walls and are available for sale or rent.
As Sean’s passion drives him to buy high quality, eye-appealing books, the effort is well spent on his clientele. Industry professionals to students of art and design and all art lovers in between, the selection is excellent. He stocks books on architecture, art, photography, design, fashion, animation, music, jewelry making and what he sees as the latest trend – computer art.
Oscar’s is one of but a few stores in Canada that stocks digital art titles published by Ballistic Books. They also stock titles by publishers like Ginko Press, known as an international art publisher, and Taschen who boast beingthe proud publisher of the greatest artists of our time.
Sean sees books themselves as Art and so it seemed a natural decision to move into book production. Oscar’s is the only private enterprise store in British Columbia offering Espresso Book Publishing for those wanting to self publish their work or create a memorable keepsake for a treasured family memoire.
Oscars also boasts the largest calendar selection in the province selling over 17000 each year. There are planners and calendars and wall maps and so much more to mention. But to truly appreciate the fantastic selection, you must visit the shop. Located near the corner of Broadway and Granville at 1533 W. Broadway, Oscar’s is easy to find. They’re just across from Chapters, and still alive to tell about it.
You can also visit the shop online at www.oscarsartbookstore.com