Art Books

We suggest titles for your very own art library with reviews of the latest releases from the niche to the grand, prestigious coffee table versions, covering all aspects of international art, craft and design.

Hockney: A Graphic Life

David Hockney’s exceptional life and career are traced here in an exuberantly colourful graphic novel format.

The Drawings of Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh believed that drawing was the ‘root of everything’, and this is reflected in over 1,000 works he created during his short and tragic life.

Latin American Artists From 1785 to Now

Latin American artists have gained increasing international prominence as the art world awakens to the region’s extraordinary art scenes and histories.

Street Art by Women

This book brings together the personal experiences, dreams, cultural tastes, struggles and samples of work by over 50 female graffiti artists, street artists and female muralists

Abstract Art

Since the early years of the 20th century, Western abstract art has fascinated, outraged and bewildered audiences.

Berthe Morisot

A detailed and highly personal account of the life and works of the most influential female impressionist painter.

Scottish Art

What makes Scottish art Scottish? Part of the excellent World of Art series, this now classic book explores the distinctive characteristics of Scottish art over the centuries.

3D Street Art

Enter the world of gravity-defying 3D street art and the artists who have defined the eye-popping movement from New York to Tokyo to Berlin to London and beyond.

Robert Doisneau Paris

Robert Doisneau Paris

The legendary French photographer Robert Doisneau’s black and white photographs immortalise the magic of Paris with their combination of nostalgia and modernity.

Roger Bamber: Out of the Ordinary

For 50 years one of Britain’s leading photojournalists, Roger Bamber has poured his life’s work into this reflection of a career which encompassed everything from riots and bombings to the crazy world of rock and pop.

Contemporary Art

Part of the excellent Art Essentials series, this plain-speaking, jargon-free account provides a clear understanding of the contexts in which art is being made today.

Painting Women Writers

Susanne du Toit has devoted herself to an ongoing project painting women writers and art historians.

Alice Neel: Hot Off The Griddle

Accompanying the largest UK show of the artist’s work to date, the book includes over 70 of Neel’s most vibrant portraits, capturing the shifting social and political context of America in the 20th century.

Divining the Human: The Art of Alexander Newley

Spanning the worlds of portraiture, landscape, the nude, abstraction and still life, the British contemporary artist Alexander Newley fuses fine art traditions of observation and draughtsmanship with the transcendental intuitions of the mystic.

Studio Ceramics

This magnificent catalogue of the V&A’s collection of 20th century and contemporary British ceramics places their makers in a broader international group of artists.

Shadows and Light: The Extraordinary Life of James McBey 

This new biography sheds light on the Aberdeenshire-born artist who, after serving as the official war artist to the Egyptian Expeditionary Force in the First World War, enjoyed commercial success, retreating to north Africa and relative obscurity.

African Art Now

Over the past two decades contemporary African art has taken its rightful place on the world stage.

The Endless Coloured Ways

The Dutch-Croatian artist Sanja Marušic creates new worlds with her intriguing, vibrantly coloured self-portraits and desolate landscapes, whether influenced by her world travels or by using her own living room as a backdrop.

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