To the Pallant Gallery


 

Barnett Freedman – Designs for modern Britain
 
Where does art meet design?
 
A question recently pondered on during a trip to the Pallant Gallery, Chichester by a small contingent of the Outings Group. Barnett Freedman was a preeminent designer and printmaker of the mid 20th century, a proponent of the ethos of art for all, breaking down any perceived difference between fine art and commercial design.
 

His wonderful work could be seen by everyone in all manner of places – on the side of a bus, in schools, postage stamps, beer advertisements, tea shops, book jackets and more. As a master lithographer, his prestigious clients included Shell, Guinness, Lyons tea houses, Faber and Faber, Ealing Studios, London Transport and more.
 
In the 1920’s he studied at the Royal College of Art under Paul Nash, alongside Eric Ravilious, Edward Bawden, Enid Marx and Edward Burra, who were collectively referred to as An outbreak of talent.
 
At the outbreak of WW2 he was appointed as an official war artist, expressing the special relationship of man to machine in paint. He showed the human face of war, warm and moving tributes to those who served and lost their lives. This was the first major reappraisal of his work since 1958.
 

There were several other small exhibitions to enjoy at the Pallant Gallery, plus the permanent works, an astonishing collection of modern British art.
 
A superb day out!