Shell Art and Advertising

ISBN: 9781848223783
Artist(s): Various
Author(s): Scott Anthony, Oliver Green and Margaret Timmers
Format: hardback
Year published: September 2021
Publisher: Lund Humphries
Total Pages: 208
Illustrations: 120 colour, 50 black and white


Please note: This title is available to pre-order and will be dispatched after its publication at the beginning of September

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 Barnett Freedman, 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.


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