Archive for Items Categorized 'Art, Artists and Design', only excerpts shown, click title for full entry.

Lovers and Other Strangers: Jack Vettriano

by Anthony Quinn

Perhaps you’ve seen a print of Vettriano’s The Singing Butler in a friend’s home. Perhaps you own a copy yourself. As wonderful as that painting is, it is overshadowed by the artist’s noir paintings. This book is a fine introduction to the work of this controversial, enigmatic Scottish painter.

Spada, The Long Story of a Short Tail

by Bart Lenaerts & Lies de Mol

The title sort of gives it away: Ercole Spada’s design career got underway with his interpretation of the truncated tail. Others did it too, he did it differently. At last there’s an entire—and supremely well designed—book about him.

Glamour Road

by Jeff Stork and Tom Dolle

Few “movements” touched so many aspects of life and lifestyle as that archly American endevor we now call Midcentury Modern: architecture, fashion, consumer goods, graphics, even gender roles. How do cars fit the dictum of clean lines, absence of decorative embellishments, and honest use of materials? This book shows how it all meshes.

Inside the Machine: An Engineer’s Tale of the Modern Automotive Industry 

by David Twohig

The author led the engineering teams for three very different vehicles, and his achievements at Nissan, Renault, and Alpine won him an Engineer of the Year Award. If you are ready to see how the sausage is made on the engineering side, this book will show you.

Art Fitzpatrick & Van Kaufman, Masters of the Art of Automobile Advertising

by Rob Keil

Previously unpublished sketches, studies, and reference photos show two automotive artists and their team at work, thanks to unprecedented access to their archives

Concept Cars of the 1960s: Yesterday’s Future

by Richard Heseltine

Heseltine’s premise is that the 1960s were prime time for the concept car, and gives ample evidence of it. The future then posed different questions than it does today so the 200 cars discussed here cover the whole spectrum from of-the-moment practicality to science fiction.

Detroit Steel Artists

by Matthew Kilkenny

Ray Dietrich probably designed more custom and semi-custom cars than any other designer of the Classic Car Era. This is the book about Dietrich and others and those cars.

Streamlined: Classic Cars of the 20th Century

by Malte Jürgens, photos by Michel Zumbrunn

Based on a 2009 museum exhibit in Germany this lavishly photographed book presents 25 important exponents of the theory and practice of making cars aerodynamically efficient—a problem that is still not solved.

Automotive Art Project – Featuring the N Collection

by James Page & Steve Rendle

“N” as in Nahum, Claude. Oh yeah. Not only does he have serious cars, he has commissioned six big-time artists to each paint 25 of them. This oversize, limited-edition book will make you rub your eyes.

Tom Tjaarda: Master of Proportions

by Gautam Sen

From Ferraris to furniture and tires to typewriters, Tjaarda left a mark, a big mark, and it takes a big book to tell it all. Tjaarda was very keen to have this author write that book, but he didn’t live to see it finished.

Locomotive Portraits

by Jonathan Clay

For the first time in book form one of the UK’s best-known Transport Artists is showing his work, as well as explaining his method, to a wider audience.

The Face of Change: Portraits of Automotive Evolution

by John Nikas & Michael Furman

Cars have changed over time. Obviously. Suppose one analyzed the past and isolated specific reasons, could future change become predictable? If this is too highbrow just geek out on the sumptuous photos.