Harvey Daniels, printmaker
Harvey Daniels (1936 – 2013) studied at Willesden School of Art (1951-56), the Slade (1956-58) and Brighton College of Art (1958-59). In 1963 Daniels returned to Brighton College, initially as a printmaking technician and from 1970 as Principal Lecturer in Printmaking, running the Printmaking department until his retirement in 1988.
A founding member of the Printmakers Council, he also remained an exhibiting member of The London Group throughout his life. Harvey regularly exhibited worldwide, including exhibitions in Norway, Germany and the United States. His first solo show was held in New York in 1963, and during his lifetime he had over 56 solo exhibitions. Harvey’s work is included in many prestigious public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Daniels wrote or co-written four educational books on printmaking, and art historians and critics who have written about him include Larry Berryman, Professor Michael Tucker and Professor Norbert Lynton.
On the occasion of the College of Art’s 150th anniversary in 2009, he wrote:
“Since my first solo exhibition I have regularly exhibited worldwide including Norway, USA, works in public collections include Museum of Modern Art New York the V&A, London.
“Prizes I have been awarded include the Chichester Open, 1998, and Bankside Gallery, 2000 and 2004. My honorary RE (Royal Society of Painters and Printmakers; previously the Royal Society of Painters and Etchers) was in recognition of my service to printmaking. I was founder member of the Printmakers Council and a past chairman. I remain an exhibiting member of the London Group. Commissions include the design for a 200 metre walkway for Southampton City Council. In 2007 I was invited to paint an actual Gibson guitar, exhibited at Harrods and sold for charity. I was included in the recent exhibition at Pallant House, ‘Eye Music – Kandinsky, Klee and all that Jazz’, which went on to the Sainsbury Centre, University of East Anglia.
“After the Slade, I did my Art Teachers’ Certificate at Brighton College of Art in 1958. I returned as a technician in printmaking five years later. I moved to the full-time teaching staff at Brighton, then took over from Jennifer Dickson, eventually becoming principal lecturer in charge. Jennifer, myself and the other staff developed a post-diploma course known as the Specialist Printmaking Group. Its excellence was recognized internationally and was enriched by the widespread intake.
“While teaching at Brighton, I also organised exhibitions and oversaw the move of the Printmaking Department to the main Faculty of Art building. I also wrote or co-wrote four educational books on printmaking and used many photographs taken in the department to illustrate methods and best practice. I had two solo exhibitions in the faculty gallery. The second of these, Harvey Daniels: Ten Years, curated by Professor Michael Tucker, was the first show in the newly refurbished exhibition space. Art historians and critics connected with Brighton who have written about my work include the late John Boulton Smith, Stuart Morgan, Larry Berryman and Norbert Lynton. Stephen Bann has also written and I am indebted to Professor Michael Tucker for his continuing interest.
“I continued running the Printmaking Department until my early retirement in 1988 to work full-time as a practising artist. My early lithographs made in the printmaking studios are now being reevaluated and collected.”