Richard Beck

Its uncomfortable how often I come across a new artist (to me). Today it is Richard Beck’s turn. Much of what follows is courtesy of / . Born in the UK and active in design pre war, he emigrated to Australia after serving in the Australian Imperial Force in WW2.

While in England, Beck did notable work for for his poster and publicity designs for London Transport, Shell Mex Ltd and the Orient Line.

Its difficult to stand out among LTs plethora of design talents but Beck more than holds his own with excellent works like these in the pre war period

Richard Beck posters courtesy of London Transport Museum

When in Australia Beck established Richard Beck Associates design consultants in Melbourne, he did some ground breaking work for wineries, was an award winning packaging designer but will be remembere dbest for the work he did for the Melbourne Olympics in 1956

Other achievements included

Beck’s diverse range of design commissions included the design for Melbourne’s first decorated tram during the Royal visit in 1954 and a number of stamps for Australia Post, including the centenary of the first Western Australian postage stamp in 1954, the Australian American Friendship stamp of 1955, Olympic Games publicity stamps between 1954 and 1956 and the 1971 Centenary of the Foundation of the Australian Native’s Association stamp.As well as being selected to design the official poster for the Melbourne Olympic Games in 1956 and to work with a panel in designing the street decorations for the city, Beck also contributed work to the Graphic Arts exhibition of the Arts Festival of Olympic Games.

Between 1963 and 1964, Beck was invited by the Reserve Bank of Australia and the Commonwealth Treasury to submit designs for Australia’s new decimal banknotes and coinage.

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