THE DIARY: Steelwork to Sainsbury’s

LEONARD BEAUMONT, GRINDERS, 1932
LEONARD BEAUMONT, GRINDERS, 1932
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IT’S a long way from Art deco nymphs to Sainsbury’s via cloth-capped steel workers and the Alps...

But that’s the journey Sheffield-born artist Leonard Beaumont made in a career spanning some of art history’s most turbulent years.

The former Sheffield Telegraph man was a prolific artist and designer, whose etchings and bold modernist linocuts have rarely received the attention they deserve.

But a new exhibition opening at the Graves Gallery this winter hopes to begin to put that right.

Shortly before his death, Beaumont donated more than 80 of his prints to his home city. Sian Brown, Curatorial Services Manager at Museums Sheffield said: “Leonard Beaumont created a dazzling array of work throughout the century. We’re delighted to be able to re-evaluate his contribution to modern British art and provide a showcase for these wonderful works in his home town.”

Leonard Beaumont joined the Sheffield Daily Telegraph aged 16, attended evening classes at the Sheffield School of Art and also worked as a commercial artist. Following First World War service overseas he returned to the paper but moved to London in 1936, working for United Artists and the GPO. In 1950 he became design consultant for Sainsburys and pioneered a recognisable identity for the supermarket. He retired in 1964.The Power of the Print: Leonard Beaumont Rediscovered opens at the Graves Gallery on Saturday December 22.