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A look into the archives... Abram Games

Posted 16 July 2015

History

Abram Games is widely regarded as one of the 20th century’s finest graphic artists and was commissioned by Truman’s to design posters for display in their pubs and beyond. Games was born and raised in East London and we can imagine he had no second thoughts when being offered the job.

We love these posters and the way they epitomise the golden age of design, where things were done the slower and harder way, no photoshop, no agencies, just a good old fashioned hand crafting that lets the artists personality really shine through.

Games was the Official War Artist for posters during the Second World War, and made over 100 posters in his signature style; simple, bold and colourful images that express his sharp intelligence and perceptive wit. After that he worked as a freelance designer and was responsible for iconic imagery for the BBC (including their original logo), British Airways, London Transport, The Royal Shakespeare Company, London Zoo, The Metropolitan Police, The Times and The Financial Times.

The copies of the posters below were kindly sent to us by relatives of Abram Games and we think that they are just too amazing not to share. To vote for the face of this iconic artist to be on the next £20 note click here.

 © the Estate of Abram Games
© the Estate of Abram Games
 © the Estate of Abram Games
© the Estate of Abram Games