5 Books every artist should read

Scroll below for books that can change the way you think about creativity.

You can never stop learning, growing and sharing, irrespective of your field. Even as an artist you are in constant search for inspiration and strategies related to your work and creativity.

Thus, below we give a list of books an artist must absolutely read at least once in their lifetime.

  • The Art Spirit by Robert Henri

The Art Spirit, first published in 1923, brings together the unique musings and wisdom of Robert Henri, an American painter and educator. Compiled by his pupil, Margery Ryerson, the volume reveals a different creative philosophy with the help of the history of art and the importance of experience and influence that has been passed down across generations of artists.

  • Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

A Canadian author, Malcolm Gladwell, puts some of the most influential inventors, athletes and thinkers under the microscope by asking them a basic question, “What makes them different?” In his third book, he uses childhood lessons, cultural ideas and more to highlight the fundamental pieces that make us who we are and decide who we will become

  • Art and Fear: Observation on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking by David Bayles and Ted Orland

Art and Fear is a book for anyone who has faced the internal and external pressure that has hindered your ability to create a piece. It attacks the insecurities that artists face when presenting their work to critics. Written straightforwardly, it is clear and concise and will have you keep coming back to it for motivation.

  • Design As Art by Bruno Munari

First published in 1966, it was penned by a graphic designer, Bruno Munari. Through his work, he digs deep into the relationship between function and form in everyday objects to teach that art is for everybody. Once you have put down the book, a simple road sign will never be the same to you.

  • Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness and Creativity by David Lynch

David Lynch, a practitioner of transcendental meditation, explored the process of finding creativity and offers insights into generating creative ideas. He gently weaves together art, life and consciousness to turn the idea in an artist’s head. It aims to instead replace it with the thought that our ability and mental capacity to reach inner peace is the greatest creativity driving force.

Add these books to your shelf to remain creatively motivated throughout your career.

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