EXHIBITIONS    Harold Freedman: Artist for the People

Art Gallery of Ballarat

01.04.17 to 23.05.17


Image: Harold Freedman, Victorian Railways (publisher), Victoria's Spa Health Resorts, circa 1952, colour lithograph on paper, Gift through the Taxation Incentives for the Arts Scheme by the artist, 1989


This exhibition presents the graphic work of Harold Freedman, a Melbourne-born artist and illustrator who was appointed State Artist of Victoria, the only such appointment ever made in Australia, a position he held for eleven years. Freedman was responsible for some major mural commissions at the old Spencer Street Station, the Tullamarine Airport arrival hall and the State Government Offices in Geelong.


After training at the Melbourne Technical College, he worked as a freelance illustrator and cartoonist before enlisting he the RAAF during the Second World War. He worked as a war artist in 1944, working in Australia and the South Pacific.


Notable among Freedman’s output is the work he undertook for the Victorian Railways after the War, including the poster series, Men of Service and Women of Service.


The exhibition will coincide with the launch of a monograph of Freedman’s broader career written by the noted freelance curator, Gavin Fry.


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