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.

Textiles of India

An Ancient Asian Textile Journey

A lavishly illustrated book taking the reader on a journey throughout the Indian subcontinent to explore the history and traditions of its textiles.

They’re Out to Trick Us…

A fascinating look at the history of illusionistic art, revealing a wide-ranging of techniques designed to fool the viewer.

The Power of the Flower

An exploration of the ways in which artists and image-makers have employed floral motifs throughout history.

William McTaggart, 'The Storm', oil on canvas

Lachlan’s got the Whole Story Covered at Lyon & Turnbull

Lyon & Turnbull is hosting the launch of Lachlan Goudie’s new book, The Story of Scottish Art. In an online interview with Kirsty Wark, Lachlan will discuss his exploration of the 5,000 years of Scottish creativity covered by the book.

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Lifting the Lid on the Creative Process

A behind-closed-doors look into the everyday work of a number of celebrated contemporary artists, uncovering the mystery around their studios and creative processes.

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How Women are Sculpting their Own History

Including many stellar names, a fully-illustrated look at the lives and works of dozens of women sculptors from the 1880s to the present, many of whom have pushed the boundaries of the genre far beyond their male counterparts.

ART a visual history - Dorling Kindersley

Art: A Visual History

If you have ever stood in front of an artwork and wondered what you should be looking for, what it means, even whether or not it is any good, this compendium of over 650 artist profiles from early history to the present day is for you.

50 Artists You Should Know, pub. Prestel

50 Artists You Should Know

One of 20 separate editions from the best-selling 50… You Should Know series, this concise overview of key artists from the 13th century to the present day is perfect for casual reading or easy reference.

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Laura Blackwood’s Seasonal Celebration of Nature

This month by month exploration of the countryside as seen through the eyes of the Borders-based artist is beautifully illustrated by delicate, detailed renderings covering a wide range of natural history subjects commonly found throughout Britain, with hand-written text offering a wealth of information, from botanical explanations and traditions to folklore and festivals.

Idols: The Power of Images

An Image of the Power of Idols

Take a voyage through history and around the world to discover how artists who lived and worked between 4000BC and 2000BC created three-dimensional images of the human body.


Vivian Russell Takes a Stroll in The World’s Most-Visited Garden

Part art book, part gardening book, this new, lavishly illustrated edition charts the history of the world’s most visited garden, lovingly created by artist Claude Monet at Giverny. Four chapters trace the garden through the seasons, paying special attention to the light and atmosphere which so preoccupied Monet and became the inspiration and focus of his art.

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American Artist Alice Neel – Painter of a Modern Life

Alice Neel (1900-1984) was one of the most significant American painters of the 20th century. Her psychologically charged portraits tell intimate and unconventional stories about people living on the margins of society and in subcultures, the New York cultural elite, minorities, Andy Warhol’s superstars, ordinary New Yorkers and her own family. Seemingly etched into her paintings are her own stresses of life as a feminist and single parent in a largely male-dominated art world.

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Frida Kahlo at Home by Suzanne Barbezat

Best known for her self-portraits and tragic life events, Frida Kahlo’s love of home and country were also defining aspects of her art. This book explores the influence of Mexican culture and tradition on her life and work as well as the places she travelled to and called home.