Abram Games

 Abram Games
139533Abram Games was born in Whitechapel, London 1914. His original name was Abram Gamse, but his father, a Latvian photographer changed it to ‘Games’. Abram did attend Hackney Downs School, until age 16 which is when he left and attended St Martin’s School of Art in London, but after problems with tuition fees, shortly left the arts school. From 1932-1936, Abram was a “studio boy” helping his dad with his photography at the London Commercial Design Firm ‘Askew-Young’. In 1935, Abram submitted a poster designed by himself to a competition held by the London City council, and won. This led to Abram, in 1936, becoming a freelance graphic designer, designing for London Transport and shell. Games then moved on to be the official poster artist for the British War Office. Working here, Games designed lots of Propaganda Posters, which gave him a very distinctive style. Games’ best known posters were those he designed for the ‘ATS’ which stands for the ‘Auxiliary Territorial Service’. After the war, Games worked as a freelanced graphic artist designing posters, adverts and logos for companies such as the BBC, Guinness and The British Airways. Games’ work features of abstractism, surrealism and futurism. Games became part of ‘the top 20th –century graphic designers. Abram’s work features of bold symbolic shapes and colours which are very recognisable. The majority of his works also feature harsh and angled lines, which is again a very distinctive feature in Abram’s work. This design style allowed Games’ posters to be seen from far distances, and still portray a clear message, showing a bold display of the purpose. In 2013, the National Army Museum acquired a collection of Games’ posters, which were surprisingly in fantastic condition.
Between 1946-1953, Aram Games was known to design stamps for the Israeli post office, when he was in Israel. During this time, he then taught a course in postage stamp design. Having different experiences in and out of different careers allowed Abram Games to have cultural and different people’s influences within his designing.


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