From 25 March – 28 May 2016, The Lettering Arts Centre, Snape Maltings, Suffolk will host a retrospective of exceptional graphic artist, the late Michael Harvey, who began his career as a carver of letters in stone and ended it designing digital fonts.
Across his 60 year career, he created over 1500 distinctive book jackets (including titles by James Joyce, Graham Greene and Norman Mailer), designed multiple letterforms, decorated countless memorials (including the headstone for poet laureate Cecil Day-Lewis) and carved his eighteen-inch-high frieze capital letters into the stone walls of The National Gallery in London.
Michael Harvey’s career started in the 1950s when his love of the work of sculptor and letterer Eric Gill led to his finding work with Gill’s own first apprentice, Joseph Cribb. He moved on to serve an apprenticeship with engraver Reynolds Stone, before beginning a period of thirty years of working with a large assortment of publishers, including Hodder & Stoughton, MacMillan, Chatto & Windus, Hamish Hamilton, Methuen and The Bodley Head.
As he moved into designing typefaces, Michael Harvey began a partnership with software company Adobe, becoming adept at designing with computers and later forming a company, FineFonts, in partnership with designer Andy Benedek. The fonts he developed were influenced by his deep love of jazz, both in their playful, inventive styles and their names – Ellington, Studz, Strayhorn, Conga Brava, Moonglow, Braff, Jazzbo and Zoot, to name a few.
Michael Harvey – In His Own Words
Venue: Lettering Arts Centre, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, IP17 1SA
Dates: 25 March – 28 May 2016. Admission: Free to all visitors.
Opening Times: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays & Mondays 11am-5pm. Closed Tues-Thurs.
Further visitor information: www.letteringartstrust.org.uk 01728-688393