Monday, February 17, 2014

Modern Print Monday: Robert Stewart

Robert Stewart
Macrahanish, 1955

Robert Stewart (1924-1995) is characterized as one of the most influential designers of the 20th century. He taught at the Glasgow School of Art where he was chair of the printed textiles department.

Robert Stewart Design 1946-1995
by Liz Arthur features his Sunman from 1954 on the cover.

He was one of the designers for Liberty's contemporary furnishing fabric line Young Liberty  in the early fifties. In Twentieth Century Pattern Design, Lesley Jackson described his work as "light-hearted figurative motifs...and engaging whimsical abstracts....featuring classic Contemporary devices such as stringing (fine lines linking motifs)...." Stewart's designs also show a debt to surrealist sculpture: Calder's wires, Henry Moore's human figure.

Stewart's prints often reflect the primitive influence on modern design.

A few Stewart prints have been licensed to the Glasgow School of Art.
See some of the reprinted Stewart textiles here at True Up.

No comments:

Post a Comment