In need of beautiful illustrated books for reading in the shade on a sunny day or for curling up on a rainy August afternoon? We've got you covered for your staycation reads with this round-up of the Top 10 most popular Lund Humphries titles from July, as chosen by you!
KURT JACKSON'S SEA
Kurt Jackson with a foreword by Julian Spalding
'If it is possible to say a book smells and tastes of the sea… I love the sea and I feel as if Kurt Jackson has captured it in all its moods just for me to take to some place where I’ll never see or hear it again, but the memory will be indelibly etched in these pages by these glorious, life affirming paintings.'
- Sir Tim Smit KBE
Executive Co-Chair Eden Project International and Executive Vice Chair & Co-Founder Eden Project
'An indispensable introduction to THE painter of modern life. Nicole Eisenman's prodigious body of work bears witness to moments of being, whether too intoxicated, too fleeting, too absurd, or too uncanny to feel see-able by anything but history itself, or the ones who know and love you best.'
- Ariana Reines
SURREALISM, ALCHEMY AND ART
Susan L. Aberth
'Full of stunning colour reproductions of Carrington's visionary art, whose hybrid forms borrow from nature, culture and religion in order to take themselves beyond all three. A beautiful book.'
- The Sunday Telegraph
Michael J. Prokopow
'Hurvin Anderson is in many ways a painter both of our time and for our time, able to lend abstraction and representation in equal measures of surety and wonder. Prokopow offers the first substantial exploration of Anderson's nearly three-decade practice in a manner that replicates the deep examination that his paintings require of and ignite for the viewer. This is a thoughtful, careful text that has superbly brought forth a painter of similar description.'
- Courtney J. Martin Director, Yale Center for British Art
Alice Grahame and John McKean
with an Introduction by Kevin McCloud
‘This book is a huge pleasure because it reveals the man and revels in his energy and wit. It is also a delight because it is so authoritative, written by the two people who know Walter Segal’s life, personality and work better than anyone.’
- Kevin McCloud, Designer, writer and presenter of Channel 4’s Grand Designs
with contributions by Paul Huxley RA and Samuel Clarke
'Livingstone’s splendid study of Berg’s life goes a long way to helping us understand his extraordinary brilliance as a colourist of rare intuition and observation, yet it allows the reader and viewer to enjoy the work independently as well…Grounded in perceptual observation, but full of the dynamism of hope, Berg’s work is among the finest British landscape painting of all time.'
- Studio International
VISIONS OF HEAVEN
DANTE AND THE ART OF DIVINE LIGHT
This major new study by internationally renowned scholar Martin Kemp is the first book to consider the impact of Dante's vision of divine light on visual artists of the Renaissance and Baroque. It is lavishly illustrated with masterworks by Giotto, Fra Angelico, Piero della Francesco, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, Bernini and others.
'Amy Sillman is one of the most important, inventive, and intelligent painters of our time. This book offers a cogent yet probing introduction to her life and work. If you’re already a fan, you’ll learn more. If you don’t know her work yet, welcome to its rigorous, rabble-rousing, often ravishing ride.'
- Maggie Nelson
SCOTLAND'S RURAL HOME
NINE STORIES ABOUT CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE
The nine building stories told in this book show how rural households and communities define themselves, and the role architecture plays in this. Illustrated with beautiful photography and drawings, the projects, from affordable housing on the islands to exquisite renovations of traditional agricultural stock, and all recognised by the Saltire Society’s Housing Design Awards, are visually rich both in themselves and the contexts in which they sit.
THE IBM POSTER PROGRAM
Robert Finkel and Shea Tillman
Featuring 111 award-winning posters, and providing outstanding examples of mid-century graphic design, this book gives unique insight into one of the most important corporations of the 20th century.
Designers often incorporated figurative typography, dry humour, visual puns, and photography to craft memorable and compelling messages. Many of the posters won Type Directors Club awards and a large number were ‘re-appropriated’ from walls by enthusiastic IBM employees.
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