The publication of a new book of drawings by David Gentleman gives me an excuse to write about one of my favourite artists.
David Gentleman is reckoned to be the artist whose work has been reproduced more times than any other artist. Even if you don’t know his name, you’ve almost certainly seen his work. If you’ve ever been to Charing Cross station on the London Underground (Northern Line), you’ve seen his work:
If you’ve ever been to a National Trust property in England, you’ve seen his work:
If you’ve ever bought a stamp in the UK, you’ve probably seen his work. He’s designed more stamps for Royal Mail than anyone else has.
But the work that makes him the most reproduced artist is in the corner of that stamp: the little silhouette of the Queen. It’s been used on every British commemorative stamp for nearly fifty years, and on numerous Commonwealth stamps too, adding up to hundreds of millions of reproductions.
Here’s a short, but fascinating video of David Gentleman at work on a drawing for the new book:
Interview with David Gentleman: http://mikedempsey.typepad.com/graphic_journey_blog/2010/02/david-gentleman-stamp-of-approval.html