London Transport commissioned many of the best émigré designers to produce some of the most distinctive posters on the network
Albert Reuss (1889-1975) was a Jewish émigré artist. Born in Vienna, he fled to England in 1938 to escape Nazi persecution, losing family, possessions and his reputation as an artist. In 1948, he moved to Mousehole, Cornwall, where he continued to work as an artist, but his style changed dramatically, reflecting the trauma he had suffered.
Born in Amsterdam, Holland in 1939 and having survived Bergen-Belsen concentration camp as a child, Maurice Blik arrived in the UK aged seven. The ability to come to terms with this and to confront the face of humanity that he had witnessed, stayed silent in him for some forty years until it found a voice in the passionate and exquisite sculpture he began to produce in the late 1980s.
As the abundance of wall plaques in the area demonstrates, visual artists have been drawn to the physical and cultural attractions of Hampstead since the late eighteenth century. This London day, however, concentrates on artistic life in Hampstead in the 1930s, the period in which it occupied a unique place in the story of British art and architecture.
This year on Yom Hashoah we remember the Holocaust through the experience and sculpture of Naomi Blake, who through her abstract and semi figurative pieces, sought to promote understanding between faiths. We will also be introduced - through a recently produced film - to the powerful sculpture of Maurice Blik. Naomi’s protective, nurturing and hopeful style, together with Maurice’s strong, defiant, outward-reaching forms, demonstrate contrasting but equally positive expressions of their experiences as survivors of the Holocaust.