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Detail from a For Liberty exhibition poster designed by FHK Henrion. Taken from the FHK Henrion Archive house at the University of Brighton Design Archives.

F H K Henrion

A colour poster showing four hands with the flags of France, USSR, USA and Britain painted on them, breaking a swastika. Designed by FHK Henrion. Taken from the FHK Henrion Archive housed at the University of Brighton Design Archives.

‘Four Hands’ (1944). A poster distributed in Europe after D-Day. Client: US Office of War Information. Catalogue number: FHK-4-1-9-1.

Henrion (1914-1990) was born in Germany and studied textile design in Paris before joining the poster design school of Paul Colin. During the Second World War he was employed by the British Ministry of Information and the US Office of War Information. Art editor of various publications, he developed a reputation as a designer of exhibitions and went on to established his own design consultancy, working with companies throughout Europe. His role as an educator and as a member of professional design organisations was significant. The Archive covers Henrion’s entire career, comprising original artwork, photography, examples of packaging and graphic design as well as correspondence with clients. It includes Henrion’s library of books on graphic and industrial design, typography and advertising, which is now fully searchable on the University’s Library system.

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A colour poster for Punch magazine with two sides of an illustrated woman's face, stating 'domesticated and sophisticated take Punch home for the fun of it’. Designed by FHK Henrion. Taken from the FHK Henrion Archive housed at the University of Brighton Design Archives.

‘Punch magazine poster’ (1949). Advertisement for the weekly periodical. Catalogue number: FHK-4-1-21-1.

A colour poster showing two different landscapes, comparing war and peace time, stating ‘Post Office Savings Bank in War and Peace always at the Nation’s Service’. Designed by FHK Henrion and taken from his archive held at the University of Brighton Design Archives.

‘Post Office Savings Bank’. Designed during WWII (1939-1945). Catalogue number: FHK-4-1-8-1.

A black and white photographic print with yellow and white handpainted areas for the Artists International Association for Liberty exhibition held in the ruined John Lewis basement canteen on Oxford Street, London, designed by FHK Henrion. Taken from the FHK Henrion Archive housed at the University of Brighton Design Archives.

‘AIA (Artists International Association) For Liberty’. London (1943). Exhibition held in the ruined John Lewis basement canteen, Oxford Street. Catalogue number: FHK-3-23-1.

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Sirpa Kutilainen • January 1, 1998


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