Josef Herman

Josef Herman, OBE, RA (1911-2000)

was a well-known Polish born painter, draughtsman and writer. He studied at the Warsaw School of Art 1929-31 and moved to Brussels 1938 and to Britain 1940. Herman lived in Glasgow initially, then settled in London and for about eleven years from 1944 he lived in Ystradgynlais, a mining village in South Wales near to Swansea. His paintings and drawings of coal miners represent some of his best and most recognisable work. After leaving Wales for health reasons in circa 1955 Herman lived briefly in Spain and then in west London and Suffolk. He exhibited for many years with Roland, Browse and Delbanco in London W1 and had several retrospective shows during his life including at Whitechapel Art Gallery, Boundary Gallery and the New Grafton Gallery. His work is represented in a number of public collections including The Tate Gallery; National Museum of Wales, Cardiff; and the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea. He was awarded an OBE in 1981 and elected a member of the Royal Academy in 1990.

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