Hardback208 PagesSize: 270 × 249 mm
Includes 120 colour and 50 b&w illustrations
ISBN: 9781848223783Publication: January 03, 2022

Shell Art & Advertising

Scott Anthony, Oliver Green and Margaret Timmers, with contributions by Nicky Balfour Penney



Available for preorder: this book will be shipped on its publication date of January 03, 2022

  • Definitive account of Shell's significant artistic heritage
  • Highlights the work of key artists such as Paul Nash, Graham Sutherland and Ben Nicholson, as well as Shell's patronage of the literary world and the work of its Film Unit
  • Published to coincide with an exhibition at the Louwman Museum in The Hague in Autumn 2020

Exploring Shell's remarkable archive of advertising art, this book is the first to present a comprehensive overview of the company's artistic heritage.

Examinations of the historical, political and social contexts of Shell art and advertising enable the authors to assess the work's broader cultural significance. By delving into the ways in which Shell's publicity was conceived, commissioned, produced and disseminated, the particular contributions made by artists and designers including Paul Nash, Graham Sutherland, Ben Nicholson and Edward McKnight Kauffer, are highlighted, while broader questions such as Shell's position within contemporary debates regarding the aesthetics and proper purpose of 'Commercial Art' are explored.

Drawing primarily on Shell's extensive poster collection, as well as other contemporary sources, Shell Art & Advertising provides valuable insights into the development of commercial art in the UK. Featuring a wealth of fascinating images, this original publication will appeal to cultural historians, as well as fans of Modern British Art.

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