The wonderful work of Richard Hollis

An upcoming London show dips into the archive of graphic designer Richard Hollis, to create an exhibition dedicated to four decades of his practice.

Book cover for Ways of Seeing by John Berger. Design by Richard Hollis. Published by BBC and Penguin Books, London, 1972. Courtesy Richard Hollis.

The author of Graphic Design: a Concise History and the designer of countless editorial projects, Hollis says his design ‘has no particular style’ and that he makes no distinction between his recent work and that which dates back several decades.

Finmar. Design by Richard Hollis. 1962
Finmar. Design by Richard Hollis. 1962

As well as working on book design projects including John Berger’s Ways of Seeing in the early 1970s, Hollis also worked for the Whitechapel Gallery from the late 1960s to the mid-1980s and has developed long-term collaborations with artists including Bridget Riley and Steve McQueen.

Auschwitz and East London. Tower Hamlets Arts Project. Design by Richard Hollis. 1983
Auschwitz and East London. Tower Hamlets Arts Project. Design by Richard Hollis. 1983

The Gallery Libby Sellers show, curated by design historian Emily King and designed by architect Simon Jones, will cover Hollis’s entire professional life.

I, Eye. Richard Hollis. 1962
I, Eye. Richard Hollis. 1962

It will feature personal collages from the mid-‘50s, records of his travels to Cuba, Zurich and Paris in the ‘50s and ‘60s and items showing his role in the design of radical politics.

Whitechapel Art Gallery. Design by Richard Hollis
Whitechapel Art Gallery. Design by Richard Hollis

Richard Hollis is at Gallery Libby Sellers, 41-42 Berners Street, London W1T 3NB, from 23 March-28 April.

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