In The Wilds: Drawings by Nigel Peake is a gem of a book. Delving into it is like taking a peek through a personal diary, and, in fact, this is a visual log book of a three-month winter period when the artist took stock of all around him, deep in the Irish countryside. Using pen and ink, Peake combines the simplest of strokes to depict the structures and patterns within the forests, farms, fields, and barns that make up the bigger picture, The lines and colours seem simple, but together make up a rich texture that is the tapestry of country life. This book is the perfect gift for those who appreciate the quietest moments.
Hardcover, 144 pages. Princeton Architectural Press, 2011. $17.21 at Amazon