Black Hill, by Gordon House
Gordon House was a graphic designer and abstract painter. He went to art school in Luton, then later, won a scholarship to St. Albans. During the 1950’s he spent much time in Letchworth, Welwyn and working for Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) becoming aware of a modernist style of graphics through the design of European pharmaceutical packaging. This style was new to British eyes at the time and he went on to design the graphics for many galleries during the 1960’s. Mixing in new circles he collaborated with leading artists like Peter Blake and Richard Hamilton. He was responsible for the white on white emboss of the band’s name across the record sleeve on the Beatles White album against the wishes of Hamilton, who wanted to leave the sleeves totally blank, save for the stamp of a unique issue number.
The Tate Gallery holds more than 100 of his prints and his work is also represented in many important public collections including the Arts Council, the British Council, the Victoria & Albert Museum and the M.O.M.A. in New York.