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Artist Biographies

May 21st, 2011 | Posted by drbexl in Discussion - (0 Comments)

Although not specifically a biographer, I am looking forward to the debates coming through this website. For my PhD ‘The Planning, Design and Reception of British Home Front Propaganda Posters of the Second World War’, I was interested in the posters designers, and was keen to establish (albeit small) biographies of the artists, so that we could establish their perspective and ‘read’ that into the design. See all the artist biographies.

There was a handful of well known graphic designers who appear in National Biographies, or had websites dedicated to their work, but most of it was a slog through the internet (I finished in 2004, so not as much information as there is now, when it would probably be interesting to go through again) to find bits and pieces of information. The majority of visitors to the site (before Keep Calm and Carry On took off), came through their hunt for information on particular artists (and not always the biggest ones), so there’s definitely an interest in that perspective.