Scott Anthony, Oliver Green, Margaret Timmers and with contributions by Nicky Balfour Penney and a foreword by David Gentleman
Available for preorder: this book will be shipped on its publication date of September 06, 2021
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
Exploring Shell's remarkable advertising archive, which includes an extensive poster collection, as well as film, cartoon graphics and guidebooks, this book is the first to present a comprehensive overview of the company's artistic heritage. The key contributions made by some major artists and designers including Paul Nash, Graham Sutherland, Ben Nicholson and Edward McKnight Kauffer are highlighted and beautifully reproduced from original archive material, and broader questions are explored, such as Shell's position within contemporary debates regarding the aesthetics of 'Commercial Art'. By delving into the ways in which Shell's publicity was conceived, commissioned and disseminated in the 20th century, the authors examine the historical and social contexts of Shell’s advertising and assess the work's broader cultural significance in shaping an era defined by travel, prosperity and mass democracy.