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A 3D cut-out of a cat

George Him

31 January – 10 May 2020
Exhibited at the House of Illustration

The first ever retrospective of the Polish-Jewish émigré who brought European modernist aesthetics to British graphic design.

Spanning George Him’s long and versatile career as both an independent designer and as one half of the prolific Lewitt-Him partnership (1933-1954), the exhibition included iconic wartime propaganda posters for the Ministries of Food and Information, corporate branding for El Al airlines and adverts for clients like Schweppes, Technicolor, the Post Office and The Times.

Him’s distinctive blend of hard modernist lines and empathetic humour marked his varied output, from reportage and book illustration to his era-defining branding and advertising. The exhibition showcased previously unseen working sketches, original artwork and ephemera alongside Him’s most celebrated work, revealing one of the most important graphic artists of the 20th century.

This exhibition was part of Insiders/Outsiders, a nationwide arts festival to celebrate refugees from Nazi Europe and their contribution to British culture.

The exhibition was generously supported by the Jeremy and John Sacher Charitable Trust, the John S Cohen Foundation, the Shoresh Charitable Trust and the Atkin Foundation.

Visitors looking at artwork at the George Him exhibition

Visitors at the George Him: A Polish Designer for Mid-Century Britain exhibition at House of Illustration.

Photograph of the George Him exhibition

Installation view of George Him: A Polish Designer for Mid-Century Britain at House of Illustration.

Schweppes label graphics

Bottle labels for Schweppes, 1960.

A 3D cardboard cut-out of a cat

Point-of-sale display for Schweppes, 1957.

A whimsical illustration of characters arranged around a train

Illustration for Lokomotywa by Julian Tuwim, 1938 © Lewitt-Him, The Estates of George Him and Jan Le Witt

Black and white photograph of George Him drawing at his desk

George Him painting 'Soking Old Place' for 'The Stately Homes of Schweppeshire', 1957.

All artworks © George Him, courtesy of the Estate of George Him, unless otherwise specified
All photographs © Paul Grover

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