David Pearson at Kemistry Gallery

David Pearson is one of the most admired editorial designers working today, and this upcoming exhibition at Kemistry Gallery shows why.


Pearson has worked on some key projects for publisher Penguin in recent years, including the Great Ideas series and the Penguin by Design retrospective.

Nineteen eighty-four

He also created new covers for five George Orwell books for Penguin’s Great Orwell series. His bold cover for Nineteen Eighty-Four sees the book title and author’s name almost completely obscured by black foiling.


Pearson’s typographic techniques, meanwhile, can be seen in covers such as Cormac McCarthy’s The Road and Multiples, edited by Adam Thirlwell.

Night Walks

The Kemistry Gallery show will focus on Pearson’s designs for Penguin Books and French publisher Éditions Zulma, alongside a small selection of covers from other publishers. There will also be a range of exclusive prints available during and after the show.

Wolf Man

David Pearson is at Kemistry Gallery, 43 Charlotte Road, London EC2A, from 8 May-28 June.

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