Three Great Art Books

I love books on art and I try to read as many of them as I can. Of all the art books I’ve read over the years, here are three of my favorites. This list will probably keep growing.

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The three books below were chosen, in part, for their accessibility. The older I get, the less patience I have for academic writing:

The Artist’s Mentor, Ian Jackman

This simple book contains inspirational quotes from a wide variety of artists on various parts of the creative process. It’s a quick and unassuming book that I re-read every couple of years.

The Story of Art, E.H. Gombrich

This very long book covers a ton of material, but it does so in a very easy to read and navigate format. Basically, every period of art, from cave to modern is given a quick recap in about ten or so pages. It’s easy to read a chapter before bed.

Art/Work, Heather Darcy Bhandari & Jonathan Melber

There are many books that can help you navigate the business aspects of your art practice. I’ve found this one to be a helpful point of reference.

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