Sunday, 8 September 2013

Barnett Freedman (art talk)

People by Barnett Freedman
An email newsletter from the Towner Gallery inspired this post. They have had a wonderful response to the Lyons Teashops Lithographs exhibition including all the first series of talks being oversubscribed so they are offering further talks, the last of which is the subject of this post. Professor Ian Rogerson will be exploring the life and work of Barnett Freedman, a war artist and Lyons contributor. I particularly liked the monochrome version of Freedman's print, People.

"Barnett Freeman was born in the East End of London in 1901 to Russian-Jewish immigrant parents. Following a childhood marred by ill-health he worked as a draughtsman to a monumental mason before entering the Royal College of Art where he met Edward Bawden and Eric Ravilious. After marrying a fellow student, Claudia Guercio, he attempted to make a living in fine art but turned to commercial work and part-time teaching in order to survive. From 1930, his work was in constant demand through his complete mastery of autolithography, pouring out a steady stream of bookjackets, prints and posters for such organisations as London Transport, Shell-Mex and the Post Office, and becoming widely known through his design for the King George the Fifth Jubilee stamps." (Towner)

Towner Gallery, Sat 21st Sep, 17:30.
Tickets £6, £5 concessions, £4 Towner members, available in person from the Gallery. It's strongly advised to book in advance!