Book Review: The Art of the Brick: A Life in LEGO

COVER-Art-of-The-Brick-1-e1413402530525Author: Nathan Sawaya

Hardcover: 248 pages

Publisher: No Starch Press

ISBN-10: 1593275889
ISBN-13: 978-1593275884

Nathan Sawaya is renowned for his incredible, sometimes surreal, sculptures and portraits—all made from LEGO bricks.

The Art of the Brick is a stunning, full-color showcase of the work that has made Sawaya the world’s most famous LEGO artist. Featuring hundreds of photos of his impressive art and behind-the-scenes details about how these creations came to be, The Art of the Brick is an inside look at how Sawaya transformed a toy into an art form.

Follow one man’s unique obsession and see the amazing places it has taken him.

LEGO enthusiasts, meet your aspiration. Nathan Sawaya, author of The Art of the Brick: A Life in LEGO shows off his seemingly limitless creativity in LEGO creations in this beautiful art book.

As you can see from the two pictures I’ve posted here, Nathan Sawaya has been able to not only capture the human form in LEGO bricks, but also infuses emotion and drama into his works. Pictures from his LEGO exhibits fill the glossy pages of this hardcover book accompanied by his explanation and inspirations for each of the pieces. Like this one of a woman swimming.


He’s not limited to the human form either. Two of my favorite of his pieces (not pictured) don’t actually have the form at all. One piece is a simple cloud. Not only is the cloud displayed wonderfully on its own, but it is used within another work of art. In a picture that looks like a photograph of a desert motel a woman emerges from a room, a car pulling away in the parking lot, all realistic. Then you glance into the sky of the picture and the LEGO cloud hangs in the sky above the motel, just blending into its surrounding.

In another picture a woman is on the sidewalk in front of a theater. A clerk waits, bored, at the window for her to purchase a ticket. The wind is blowing her strapless red evening dress as she clutches her bare arms. Again, all realistic, like a photograph. Then you notice the dress, just the dress, is entirely composed of red LEGOs and a few are blowing away in the wind behind her.


Nathan Sawaya is an amazing artist, and I highly recommend The Art of the Brick: A Life in LEGO for LEGO enthusiasts and/or art enthusiasts. The simple LEGO brick has been established as a modern art medium and this book perfectly captures that.

I give The Art of the Brick: A Life in LEGO Five Out of Five Stars.





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Jess Orso
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