Australian Abstract




There is no single neat definition of abstract art. It makes no attempt to represent reality; instead it has its own visual language using shape, colour and form with no rules. An explosion of creative expression and gestural force, Australian Abstract explores the constantly evolving genre and how it offers unparalleled artistic freedom, inviting deeply personal connection and interpretation from both artist and viewer. Works often straddle a mid-point between recognition and the sensed experience through the materiality of paint encompassing a pastiche of styles.

Drawing on extensive interviews Amber Creswell Bell examines the diverse practices of more than forty contemporary abstract painters, documenting a repertoire of styles, subjects, visions and philosophies. Some compare abstract art to music, particularly jazz; others are inspired by nature, science and geometry; and some simply relish the opportunity to express complex emotions in a way words cannot. What unites these extraordinary artists, however, is the conviction that this form of expression chose them.

Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Hardcover: 272 pages
ISBN-13: 9781760762858

Still Life


Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Hardcover: 271 pages
ISBN-13: 9781760760977
A rich survey of the work of more than forty still-life artists, which presents the genre in a uniquely Australian light.

Available from April 2021.

Ken Done: Art Design Life


Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Hardcover: 318 pages
ISBN: 9781760760854
A comprehensive and extensively illustrated monograph on the art and design of Ken Done, celebrating the man, his life’s work and his legacy.

Available from February 2021.




Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Hardcover: 256 pages
ISBN-10: 050050072X
ISBN-13: 978-0500500729
There is something deeply pleasing about the form and feel of handmade objects. Never has this been more evident than in the recent renaissance of pottery and ceramics. In our increasingly digital and intangible culture, there is a desire for unique pieces and a respect for the imperfections associated with the marks of the maker. Clay is the medium that so aptly communicates this authenticity.

From the functional to the decorative and sculptural works pushing the boundaries of the craft, Clay, written by Amber Creswell Bell, offers a glimpse into the lives and practices of over 50 studio potters from around the world. This is a celebration of the new pottery artisans; a snapshot of a moment of resurgence; and a behind-the-scenes look at the unique and eclectic offerings from independent studios from around the world.

A Painted Landscape



Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Hardcover: 272 pages
ISBN: 9781760760113
ISBN-10: 1760760110
Just as Dorothea Mackellar’s words have a knack for swelling the metaphorical chest of many Australians with the evocative descriptions in her iconic encomium ‘My Country’, this book forms an aesthetic study of the Australian landscape as seen, experienced and expressed by the Australian artists who choose to paint it, and the connection to place that the artists have with particular geographical locations today. We have a rich legacy of legendary landscape painters in Australia, and this book is a curated collection of fifty artists working today, who are creating a rich and exciting vision of Australia’s remarkable landscapes. This is Australia in the 21st century through a specifically creative lens. Artistic styles, visual language and motivations are as broad as this sprawling country; and the visions they paint are refracted through very different imaginations.Together these fifty artists paint a vivid image of the incredible diversity of landscapes that make up this vast continent.

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