Alan Kitching: A Life in Letterpress

Alan Kitching has excelled in his field in the last six decades. He has been at the forefront of typographical design, and has become the master of the letterpress. You can visit the Life in Letterpress exhibition at the Lettering Arts Centre in Norfolk until 20 August 2016.

Image courtesy of Creative Review

Image courtesy of Creative Review

His elegant, bold work is displayed along with sketchbooks, proofs and equipment from his studio. You can leaf through his long-awaited monography, Alan Kitching: A Life in Letterpress. This lavish volume leads you from Kitching’s first typographical experiments to his most iconic creations at The Typography Workshop. It covers his years designing alongside Derek Birdsall, as well as his time teaching letterpress at the Royal College of Art, and showcases his most colourful and expressive pieces, including his prolific work for The Guardian.

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Image courtesy of Wallpaper*

Kitching’s work hangs in private collections and galleries but it has also featured on everything from magazine and book covers, postage stamps and theatre posters, to wine labels, billboards and signage.

Image courtesy of Creative Review

Image courtesy of Creative Review

The collection will be exhibiting at The Lighthouse in Glasgow between 1 November 2016 and 26 February 2017.

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