As an avid reader I have a massive collection of books including both fiction and lots and lots… and
lots of art books. I have pretty varied taste when it comes to topic choice. I’m not only interested in subjects I already know but love finding a new book that excites my arty taste buds. Just the odd picture or two, a different fascinating subject or an exciting cover can make me buy the entire book. And yes, I am a fan of the physical weight and nature of holding a book. As much as I love my electronic devices I haven’t yet evolved to using a Kindle.
I’m such a big fan of those cheap bookshops where they sell recently-new books in perfect packaging. I also love a good trawl around charity bookshops where I’ve had the luck to pick-up obscure books on Asian, Indian and Japanese art. It’s amazing what you can find.
So here’s a selection of books that’s in my current reading pile… and I’d be chuffed to know what’s in yours!
|I adore her work and her paintings really sing to me in terms of colour, shape and pattern. This is just one of her books and focuses on her painterly abstraction. There’s also an extensive interview inside.|
|A gorgeously photographed book focusing on the surface patterns on the earth. Amazing photos of untouched areas. Perfect for inspiration.|
|I picked this up at an Oxfam bookshop recently and thought it would come in handy for a new proposal I need to write. All about the ‘architecture’ of materials including paper, fabric and a range of methods that can be used.|
|A brilliant read all about the first generation of British contemporary painters. There’s no better book than this to ignite your passion for art for they are true heroes… Bacon, Freud, Auerbach, Hodgkin, Ayres to Rego.|