This year has been something of a triumph for the legacy of MacDonald ‘Max’ Gill – creator of some stunning pieces of 20th century information design.
Back in March, east London’s Kemistry Gallery held an exhibition of his work, and now his work will go west to a larger-scale show in Ealing’s PM Gallery & House.
Entitled Out of the Shadows, the exhibition aims to cast a light on Gill’s vast body of work, which includes graphic design, maps, illustration and murals.
Gill also dabbled in typography, though is work in that field is somewhat overshadowed by that of his more famous elder brother Eric.
Inspired by the Arts & Crafts Movement of the late 19th and early 20th century, Max Gill’s work managed to explore transport and communication’s political and social issues with a bright, bold, and often light-hearted aesthetic.
His most recognisable work is perhaps his series of seven maps created for the London Underground.
The first of these was his glorious Wonderground Map of London Town, a dazzlingly intricate cartographical creation:
Alongside his maps, Gill also worked on such diverse projects as creating the alphabet for standard military headstones (for the Imperial War Graves Commission, designing a new logo and posters for the General Post Office and painted wind-dial panel maps commissioned by architect Edwin Lutyens.
Alongside complete works, Out of the Shadows will also feature a number of Gill’s personal papers, exhumed form the Sussex cottage the designer shared with his second wife Priscilla, until his death in 1947.
Out of the Shadows: MacDonald Gill Dates runs from 20 September – 2 November at PM Gallery & Pitzhanger Manor, Walpole Park, Mattock Lane, Ealing, London W5