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HOME-grown Sheffield designer Leonard Beaumont’s work forms the latest exhibition at the Graves Gallery, replacing the popular Andy Warhol Late Self Portraits display.

Graphics, prints and etchings from Beaumont - a former artist for the Sheffield Telegraph and who also created the early brand identity for Sainsbury’s - are on show.

Beaumont, who studied evening classes at Sheffield School of Art from 1912 to 1915, but is largely believed to be self-taught, was also a film advertiser, working for United Artists, before switching to business advertising and art.

Museums Sheffield holds about 80 of Beaumont’s works, which the artist donated to his home city before his death in 1986.

Sian Brown, curator of the exhibition, said Beaumont’s prints fall into two categories - drypoints and etchings, which tend to be detailed and realist, and his stylised lino prints.

She said: “It’s simply the beauty of the images. They are so reflective of the dynamism of the period. There is a sense of rhythm and movement that he is able to create through the really sharp lines of the lino print.”

Subjects range from mountain scenes to the cheeky Nymphs Errant from 1937, depicting women with legs raised for a high kick. Other works by Beaumont in Sheffield’s municipal art collection include a 1932 lino print called Grinders, a monochrome image of two men sharpening knives.

Ms Brown said: “I thought it was beautiful, very strong, and it got me thinking about who he was, and how this work of his had ended up in the collection.”

The last exhibition of Beaumont’s work in Sheffield was in 1983.

The Power of the Print: Leonard Beaumont Rediscovered, is at Graves Gallery, Surrey Street, to September 14.