The Art of the Brick: A Life in LEGO

It’s one thing to make art with paint and canvasses, but another thing entirely to make it out of LEGO®. Erstwhile lawyer Nathan Sawaya left his profession to become the most renowned LEGO artist in the world, and The Art of the Brick: A Life in LEGO spotlights his incredible work. Founder of No Starch Press Bill Pollock says, “The Art of the Brick will be treasured by all who love LEGO and appreciate the effort that goes into creating memorable artwork.” We couldn’t agree more.

Sawaya attaches tiny LEGO Hugmen to trees and street poles throughout the world, as a kind of guerilla street art. (Photograph by Dean West)

Sawaya attaches tiny LEGO Hugmen to trees and street poles throughout the world, as a kind of guerilla street art. (Photograph by Dean West)

This red dress and umbrella are used as props in Sawaya’s "In Pieces" collaboration with photographer Dean West. (Photograph by Dean West.)

This red dress and umbrella are used as props in Sawaya’s “In Pieces” collaboration with photographer Dean West. (Photograph by Dean West.)

"Red Mask" was inspired by traditional African masks. (Photograph courtesy Nathan Sawaya)

“Red Mask” was inspired by traditional African masks. (Photograph courtesy Nathan Sawaya)

"Swimmer" (Photograph courtesy Nathan Sawaya)

“Swimmer” (Photograph courtesy Nathan Sawaya)

"Pop-Up Book" (Photograph by Erica Anne)

“Pop-Up Book” (Photograph by Erica Anne)

"Hawk," a unique commissioned piece of work by skateboarder Tony Hawk. (Photograph courtesy Nathan Sawaya)

“Hawk,” a unique commissioned piece of work by skateboarder Tony Hawk. (Photograph courtesy Nathan Sawaya)

"Hands," a depiction of an artist’s worst nightmare. (Photograph by Erica Anne)

“Hands,” a depiction of an artist’s worst nightmare. (Photograph by Erica Anne)

Cloud is a key detail the background of a desert scene, in Sawaya’s "In Pieces" collaboration with photographer Dean West. (Photograph by Dean West)

Cloud is a key detail the background of a desert scene, in Sawaya’s “In Pieces” collaboration with photographer Dean West. (Photograph by Dean West)

 

 

 

Featured image credit: Sawaya’s Skulls, on exhibit. (Photograph by Dean West.) All images reproduced from The Art of the Brick: A Life in LEGO, with the permission of No Starch Press. © 2014 by Nathan Sawaya.