The Bookish Minimalist Prints of Ryan McArthur

Eric Smith

Staff Writer

Eric Smith an author, blogger, and literary agent based in Philadelphia. When he isn’t busy trying to discover new books, he sometimes tries to write his own. Blog: Eric Smith Twitter: @ericsmithrocks

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I sure do love bookish art, and the work of Toronto-based graphic artist Ryan McArthur is absolutely fantastic. Ryan creates some truly beautiful minimalist prints, using quotes from famous literary figures with simple, clean black and white images.

He also seems to love Oscar Wilde, which scores him bonus points in my book. Check out some of his work below.


Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Victor Hugo

William James

William James




Oscar Wilde

Wilde 2

More Oscar Wilde

Wilde 3

Even More Oscar Wilde

Wilde 4

And More Wilde


Thomas Moore


Leo Tolstoy


Ralph Waldo Emerson

Want to snag a print? They’ll run you a little under $20 a piece. He’s also got t-shirts and greeting cards in the shop.

Ah, and speaking of, you check out Ryan’s Etsy shop here, and visit his official website at Or follow him on Twitter and Facebook to check out his process and see where his art is being displayed.


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