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Josef Herman

Born 1911, Warsaw, Poland.

Josef Herman studied at the Warsaw School of Art and Decoration from 1929-31.He worked as a graphic artist and designer in the city until 1938 when he moved to Brussels then Paris, before moving to Glasgow in 1940.  There he met the artist Jankel Adler who encouraged him as an artist.

In 1944 he settled near Swansea, at Ystradgynlais, where he began the series of Welsh miners which dominated his work for the next ten years. His work was shown at the Festival of Britain in London in 1951 and in 1956 he had a retrospective exhibition at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London.  In the early 1960s he worked on a series inspired by the dancer Rudolf Nureyev and in the 1980s, the women at Greenham Common were his subject. He has an admiration for African tribal sculpture and his collection was toured by the Arts Council/South Bank Centre in 1986. His autobiography, Related Twilights, was published in 1975.

He was elected as a Royal Academician in 1990.

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