Enid Marx: Print, Pattern and Popular Art

A landmark exhibition celebrating mid-century designer Enid Marx

When, Where

Dezeen ~ One of 12 must-see exhibitions at London Design Festival 2018

Icon Magazine ~ "There’s an argument to be made that the House of Illustration mounts the best design exhibitions in London at the moment… they evince an increasingly rare appreciation that rounded, conscientious and generous introductions to important if sometimes overlooked figures can be uniquely satisfying.”

The Telegraph ~ Critic's Pick

Evening Standard ~ “Few designer-illustrators can claim to be as influential as Marx 20 years after her death.”

The Observer ~ "The women who designed the pattern for modern Britain"

Enid Marx (1902-1998) was a textile designer, printmaker and illustrator who, alongside her contemporaries Eric Ravilious and Edward Bawden, defined mid-century design.

The exhibition coincides with the 20th anniversary of her death and is the most comprehensive retrospective of her work mounted in the last 40 years. It brings together over 150 pieces from private and public collections, many displayed for the first time.

Best known for her iconic London underground fabrics, she was one of the first ever women to be named a Royal Designer for Industry. She also created textiles for the wartime Utility Furniture Scheme, patterned paper for Curwen Press, book covers for King Penguin and the stamps for Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation.

Co-Curator, Olivia Ahmad, said: 'Enid Marx was a pioneering designer whose broad interests in abstract modernism and Popular Art traditions inspired remarkable achievements in textile design, book illustration and printmaking. This exhibition, and Alan Powers’ book, comes at a time of increased focus on the achievements of the Royal College of Art’s interwar graduates, and in particular Marx’s male peers Eric Ravilious and Edward Bawden. Her distinctive contribution to this critical period of British design deserves the same recognition.'

The exhibition is co-curated by historian Dr Alan Powers, author of the first monograph on Marx recently published by Lund Humphries.

The exhibition is generously supported by the Jeremy and John Sacher Charitable Trust, Alan Swerdlow and Jeremy Greenwood, the Hendy and Pendle Charitable Trust and those supporters who wish to remain anonymous. 

Dates for your diary:

7 September: Heritage Open Day at House of Illustration

14 September: Heritage Open Day at House of Illustration

17 September: Women in Print Study Day: Enid Marx and her Contemporaries

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