Author(s): Hamish Thompson
Shortlisted for the 2004 NZ Montana Book Awards, Illustrative section This book is the first comprehensive study of the New Zealand poster. It chronicles more than one hundred years of history of an independent art form. The eleven pictorial sections, divided according to subject, include works by well-known painters and commercial artists as well as outsiders and forgotten artists. The range of posters depicted offers the reader artistic discoveries, as well as an entertaining insight into the everyday life of the twentieth century.There is nothing like poster art for making comparisons between past and present. An introductory text gives a review of New Zealand poster history since 1900. The book also includes an index of all artists and posters covered. This book is intended as a reference for art and design students, design professionals, educators and social historians, as well as the general reader.Hamish Thompson began his career in graphic design over 20 years ago. He holds a Diploma of Fine Arts from the University of Canterbury (DipFA - Honours) where he studied with Max Hailstone, and a Masters degree from the Basel School of Design in Switzerland (MFA), where he studied with Wolfgang Weingart and Armin Hofmann. After ten years teaching design in the United States and NZ, he worked as a designer for the National Library of NZ, and the Museum of NZ Te Papa Tongarewa. More recently he has concentrated on book design, working for publishers in Wellington. He has written for design journals Print in the USA and Swiss Typographic Monthly in Switzerland. First published 2003.