Artist - Bruce Roberts
Bruce Roberts, born 1918 in Southport, died 1974. Designed posters for London Transport 1954-1959
Bruce Roberts studied at the Liverpool City School of Art before moving to London. During the war, after an unlikely career as a radio officer in the Merchant Navy, he worked for the Ministry of Information as a display designer. He was an active member of the Society of Illustrators, Artists and Designers (SIAD), contributing particularly to the very lively and convivial Illustrators Group that flourished in the 50s and 60s, including such names as Milner Gray, Misha Black, Peter Ray, James Holland and Ronald Dickens. He was one of the devoted band of designers who contributed to the success of the Festival of Britain and his works included illustrations for The Listener, The Radio Times, Pears Encyclopaedia, and posters for London Transport and the Post Office. Later he came much into demand as an illustrator particularly of children’s books. He taught art at Kingston School of Art, the Central School of Art and the London College of London College of Printing. He was also a not inconsiderable painter who exhibited at the Royal Academy, the London Group, the Museum of Modern Arts, New York, Artifax Gallery, Battle, Sussex, and the Peterloo Gallery, Manchester.