The Graphic World Of Paul Peter Piech


The Graphic World Of Paul Peter Piech is the first monograph on Paul Peter Piech's life and career. Curator and art historian Zoe Whitley diligently explores the biographical background, stylistic influences and life experiences which left a lasting impact on his work.

Paul Peter Piech (1920-1996) was a graphic artist, printer and publisher. He studied at Cooper Union and worked in advertising before being posted to Cardiff during the Second World War. Settling in Britain after the war, he worked in advertising and then as a freelance graphic artist, and set up his own press (the Taurus Press) in 1959 to print and disseminate more politically committed work.

Having worked as a printmaker producing prints, posters and books for much of his career, Piech's personal pieces often carried stylistic traces of the advertising industry, giving his works a bold, rugged style that became immediately recognizable. His graphic images—sometimes joyful, sometimes angry, but always inventive—tackled the political concerns of the late twentieth century, imbuing them with his forthright personal beliefs. 

An ardent pacifist not unfamiliar with criticism and dissent, Peich was troubled by apathy and strove against it, using the voice of graphic expression to raise political and social issues. His images continue to resonate with power and potency.

This volume—a gorgeous book celebrating a remarkable life and career—presents 120 key works from the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum and the University of Reading in the UK, showcasing Peich's most vibrant works.

Designed by John Morgan

Published by Four Corners, 2014

Hardcover, 192 pages, 124 color and 10 b&w images, 8.75 × 12.25 inches

ISBN: 978-1-909829-01-5