Monday hero: Barnett Freedman

First of all: best wishes for 2018!

We enter the new year with Barnett Freedman (1901-1958), British artist and illustrator, son of Russia Jewish immigrants.

Although Freedman had poor health, and therefore no more education than elementary school, he took evening classes at St. Martin's School of Art, and was at last admitted to the Royal College of Art.

Freedman worked as a painter and illustrator, and designed various things, like postage stamps, packaging and book jackets.

I love the way he builds up colours 'simply' in layers of yellow, blue, red and black.

Freedmans' health remained poor, and he died far too young in 1958.


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