Art Book Reviews

Art Book Reviews by Stuart Bush

As an artist, it is common to learn from your own mistakes, however, why not learn real insight from other people’s mistakes. So when I am in that moment of feeling unsure of what to do, when I have nagging feelings of being a fraud and my intuition doesn’t give me an answer. I can reflect on the challenges that others have faced. I can remind myself how someone overcame a fork in the road.  In my art book reviews, I document many of the important lessons I have learnt from others.

Stuart Bush Studio Blog, Michael Craig-Martin Sculpture

Michael Craig-Martin’s book, ‘On being an artist’

‘On being an artist’ by Michael Craig-Martin. Michael Craig-Martin’s book titled ‘On being an artist’ is a collection of thoughts and notes that he has written over his career. The book is written in an informal style, making it easy to read.  They range from chapter titles such as, ‘On advice for the aspiring artist,’ to ‘On British attitudes to contemporary art.’  Michael presents an interesting and insightful account of a young artist finding his way into the contemporary art world. Michael Craig Martin who was born in 1941 studied Fine Art at Yale University for Art and Architecture.  In 1966 Michael crossed the Atlantic and started a new life… Read More »Michael Craig-Martin’s book, ‘On being an artist’

Lucian Freud, Breakfast with Lucian Book review, Stuart Bush Studio Blog

Breakfast with Lucian, book review

Breakfast with Lucian, book review If you have ever wondered what an artist’s life would be like if they put art first at the expenses of relationships, friendships and family. If so, then this is the book to read.  For a few years before Lucian Freud’s death, Geordie Greig the editor from the Mail on Sunday was able to share breakfast with Lucian at his favourite restaurant, Clarkes on Kensington Church Street.  Greig’s book about Freud does a worthy job of sketching out the painter’s hedonistic personal life.  ‘Breakfast with Lucian’ is the story of an adulterous, brawler and rogue with no boundaries or restraints.   This book is written in… Read More »Breakfast with Lucian, book review