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.



Painting Peace
Painting Peace: Art in a Time of Global Crisis

Art in a period of widely perceived global crisis can never be the same as art in more stable times. Placid ripples of lake water on canvas may reflect the deadly poison of factory waste. A photograph of a family dinner may convey messages about the millions for whom half an egg is a mere fantasy. A tender voice singing a lullaby may compel us to remember the massive nuclear attack that could occur at any moment . . .

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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