Abram Games - A Record of Britain's Social History


Artist Link: Abram Games

Abram Games (1914–1996) was a prominent British graphic designer. The style of his work–refined but vigorous compared to the work of contemporaries–has earned him a place in the pantheon of the best of 20th-century graphic designers. In acknowledging his power as a propagandist, he claimed, “I wind the spring and the public, in looking at the poster, will have that spring released in its mind.” Because of the length of his career–over six decades–his work is essentially a record of the era’s social history. Some of Britain’s most memorable images include those by Games. His work is recognized for its ‘striking color, bold graphic ideas, and beautifully integrated typography.’

This exhibition is only one of a few historic showings in the United States of Games’ pioneering graphic design work. Fifty posters, in addition to sketches, book covers, stamp designs, and more, will be on display.

 Striped umbrella on a beach
Graphic design of a cat form made of bold stripes

Underground to Baker Street, 1975

Graphic design of a table top with a long handled gardening fork and shovel as table legs.

Grow Your Own Food, 1943

Graphic profile image of a woman wearing a military hat with letters ATS in foreground.

Join the ATS, 1941

Graphic image of a gardening shovel that also resembles a ship hull with a foreground of soil and ocean

Grow Your Own Food, 1942

Graphic design of a spiral of black into a red symbol.

A Train Every 90 Seconds, 1937

Graphic image that resembles a commas with four points - a human hard at the top and nautical banners draped across the bottom.

Festival of Britain, 1951