First ever retrospective of seminal mid-century graphic designer who brought continental avant-garde aesthetics to the UK.
Describing himself as “roughly as old as graphic design in the modern sense”, George Him’s life and work runs parallel with the history of the profession itself. A Royal Designer for Industry and a favourite of iconic British brands such as Penguin Books and Transport for London, his distinctive blend of hard modernist lines and empathetic humour across his varied output mark Him as one of the most important graphic artists of the 20th century.
As part of Insiders/Outsiders, a nationwide arts festival celebrating refugees from Nazi Europe and their impact on British culture, this retrospective covers Him's career which began in Warsaw in 1922 through to his partnership with Jan Le Witt and their subsequent move to London in 1937.
The exhibition will include iconic wartime propaganda posters for the Ministries of Food and Information, corporate branding for El Al airlines and adverts for clients including Schweppes, Technicolor and the Post Office as well as point-of-sale displays, children’s book illustrations and sketches and reportage from his travels overseas.