The Book Carvings of Brian Dettmer


Brian Dettmer, who is also known as ‘The Book Surgeon’ uses knives, tweezers and surgical tools to carve old dictionaries and encyclopedias into amazing works of art.

Born in 1974, in Chicago, Brian Dettmer studied art at Colombia College, where he focused on painting.  The artist started exploring the relationship between text, language and art during his time working in a signage store. He began producing paintings based on sign language, Braille and Morse Code, then moved on to layered works that involved pasting newspaper and book pages to a canvas.



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2 thoughts on “The Book Carvings of Brian Dettmer

  1. Mian atiqul mabood says:

    Its amazingg….

  2. Funny says:

    This is awesome. Some books look like computer models.

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