Alan Kitching: A Life in Letterpress, includes over 400 prints, a photo essay by Philip Sayer and a biographical monograph and will be published by Laurence King Publishers on 7th April, with an exhibition of Alan’s prints on show at Somerset House opening on April 21st as part of the Pick Me Up Graphic Design Festival.
Kitching’s distinctive prints and powerful artwork are instantly recognisable and have been commissioned by The Guardian, Tate Modern, Dazed & Confused Magazine, The National Theatre, British Library, Penguin Books and Royal Mail amongst many others. When design turned digital in the 1980s, Kitching changed direction. He bought a printing press, printed by hand and breathed life into the arcane world of letterpress, and became an inspirational teacher for a new generation. In a digital world, his artwork and design is more relevant and recognisable than ever.
The first edition of the book will be a collector’s edition, featuring a book jacket that has been hand printed by Alan himself and wrapped around the book as a removable dust jacket/print. Only 200 copies of the Collector’s edition have been made and will only be available from Laurence King’s online shop priced £200. A separate special edition will also be available priced £75.
Alan is Honorary Fellow of The Royal College of Art and Visiting Professor, University of the Arts London. Alan has conducted his workshops and given talks to industry, art schools and design conventions in UK, Europe, Australia and South Africa.