1. The Hobbit
BY J.R.R. TOLKIEN
It’s fiction, but I look at it as art and philosophy. This book is the closest we
can get to a modern-day epic after the great Greek and Indian epics. As a contemporary product, ‘The Hobbit’ is the beginning of the ‘Lord of the Rings’ series, which sums up the meaning of life.
2. The Horse’s Mouth
BY JOYCE CARY
This book was made into a movie starring Alec Guinness. I had an exhibition of the same name with watercolour nudes, inspired by this book. It is a beautiful account of an artist whose life is going gently out of control.
3. Postmodernism: A Beginner’s Guide
BY KEVIN HURT
This book simplifies a subject as complex as postmodernism for anybody to understand. It’s about postmodernism, as it has been applied to art and literature, in the 20th and 21st centuries, but it almost reads like a comic book.
4. The Death of God
EXHIBIT CATALOGUE OF DAMIEN HIRST
This was one of my favourite art shows. The book that was released with the
same name contains artist Damien Hirst’s poetry, along with his works. Experiencing the images with the poetry is completely different from experiencing the exhibit itself.
5. Mind is a Myth
BY U.G. KRISHNAMURTI
This is a book of the philosopher U.G Krishnamurti’s conversations, which I read when I was 16. It changed my life and made me discover who I am. Krishnamurti frees the mind of all fears and conditioning. It started me on my journey as an artist. I feel like a complete artist today because I have tried to imbibe Krishnamurti’s teachings.