Whether you're seeking creative inspiration or technical guidance, our collection of books on the arts offers eye-opening perspectives on creative practice. Explore the practices of making and appreciating art and music, while gaining insight into creating more evocative artwork.



Cosmic creativity—how art evolves consciousness: Alex Grey at TEDxMaui 2013

Visionary artist Alex Grey began his career as a medical illustrator at Harvard Medical School, but is best known for paintings that present the physical and subtle anatomy of an individual in the context of cosmic, biological and technological evolution. His work has been featured in Time and Newsweek, on the Discovery Channel, and as album art for TOOL, the Beastie Boys and Nirvana.

Find out more about Alex Grey here.



When a Zen master puts brush to paper, the resulting image is an expression of the quality of his or her mind. It is thus a teaching, intended to compassionately stop us in our tracks and to compel us to consider ultimate truth. Here, forty masterpieces of painting and calligraphy by renowned masters such as Hakuin Ekaku (1685–1768) and Gibon Sengai (1750–1837) are reproduced along with commentary that illuminates both the art and its teaching. The authors’ essays provide an excellent introduction to both the aesthetic and didactic aspects of this art that can be profound, perplexing, serious, humorous, and breathtakingly beautiful—often all within the same simple piece.

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Color Yeshe Tsogyal

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Yeshe Tsogyal



Don’t Try to be Artistic

The whole philosophy of art is that you don’t try to be artistic but you just approach the objects as they are, and then the message comes automatically. When you look at a painting by a great artist, it doesn’t look like someone actually painted it, but it just seemed to happen by itself. There’s no gap, no cracks at all; it’s one unit, complete.

From The Collected Works of Chögyam Trungpa, Volume Seven, page 102