Visits-Paul Peter Piech- Peoples History Museum, Manchester.

I was really looking forward to seeing this exhibition of Paul Peter Piechs lino cuts and prints and I wasn’t disappointed. I went to see it in November 2016 at The Peoples History Museum in Manchester.

‘Paul Peter Piech was born in New York in 1920. He studied at the Cooper Union College of Art and in 1937 trained as a graphic artist at Dorlands Advertising Agency. During the Second World War Piech was posted to Britain with the US Eighth Army Air Force where he met his future wife Irene Tompkins, who he later married in 1947. After the war he studied printmaking at Chelsea College of Art and was appointed as the artistic director of W. S. Crawford and Service advertising agencies, where he worked from 1951 to 1968. After a successful commercial career as a graphic designer, Piech went freelance in 1968 having already established his own firm the Taurus Press in 1959. During this period he produced linocut and woodcut printed posters, illustrations and limited edition books for a variety of clients and exhibition opportunities. From the early 1970s he taught at various art schools whilst creating and exhibiting vast numbers of political and socially motivated printed posters, many of which combined his trademark hard-hitting imagery with heavy cut linocut lettering. Piech spent the last ten years of his life living in Porthcawl, South Wales, where he continued to work and had an influential impact on the Welsh art scene.’

http://www.regionalprintcentre.co.uk/the-paul-peter-piech-collection/– accessed 23rd March 2017

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Piech created a lot of protest posters and they featured humanitarian and global issues of the time. They were so many to see and it was a truly great collection, I couldn’t stop looking at them and the designs and the use of colour.

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Paul Peter Piech, South Africa poster, Lino-cut printed in black and brown on pink paper- name information from- http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O177904/south-africa-poster-poster-piech-paul-peter/– accessed- 23rd March 2017.

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Paul Peter Piech, Decipherment (for RS Thomas), Linocut. From the Regional Print Centre/Coleg Cambria Collection

Original lino cuts, I liked these very much and it was great to see his actual tools and how he carved and used them.

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I liked that he preferred to work alone.

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I found it all fascinating and it has made me want to know so much more about him and his advertising work. I looked on Abe Books and found lots of various book covers he designed-

https://www.abebooks.co.uk/servlet/SearchResults an=paul+peter+piech&bsi=0&sortby=17&prevpage=2– accessed 23rd March 2017

Like this beauty-

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http://meridiangallery.blogspot.co.uk/2011/05/paul-peter-piech-artist-printer.html– Image search- accessed 23rd March 2017.

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Postcards from the PHM Shop-scanned in.

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No.1 Paul Peter Piech, Carol of Occupations. No.2 The World is my Church. From the Regional Print Centre/Coleg Cambria Collection.

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Paul Peter Piech, Love is the Only Force, Linocut. From the Regional Print Centre/Coleg Cambria Collection.

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Paul Peter Piech, Falklands Falklands Falklands, Linocut. From the Regional Print Centre/Coleg Cambria Collection.

Further Reading….

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Paul Peter Piech working in his studio in Bushey Heath. Image from Piech Estate Collection.-  https://www.creativereview.co.uk/paul-peter-piech-peoples-history-museum/ accessed- 23rd March 2017.

Books- The Graphic World of Paul Peter Piech by Zoe Whitley.

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http://zoewhitley.com/projects/vc30secnpr5vo7nd5gu22yz559kiyx– accessed 23rd March 2017.
http://www.fourcornersbooks.co.uk/#/books/the_graphic_world_of_paul_peter_piech/– accessed 23rd March 2017.

I was interested to find out about his ICI work. This has been a staple on the landscape in the surrounding area where I live and it has always been a fascination, especially at night time when it was all lit up as it looked like the set of Bladerunner.

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http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/in-your-area/runcorn-chemical-firm-merger-form-9584212– Picture accessed 23rd march 2017

Then as you are looking for things you get involved in stuff like this. I liked the music… anyway, ICI is no longer there now and I couldn’t seem to find any of his work for them but still with more looking I found this –http://www.vam.ac.uk/archives/unit/ARC58756 – accessed 23rd March 2017

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http://www.vam.ac.uk/archives/unit/ARC58756– accessed 23rd March 2017

A complete archive of his works and books from Taurus Press which was his own private press run from his house.

Books from his press- http://meridiangallery.blogspot.co.uk/2011/05/paul-peter-piech-artist-printer.html?m=0- accessed 23rd march 2017

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