• Title: Jan de Fouw
  • Reference Code: IE/NIVAL JDF
  • Level of Description: Collection
  • Creation Dates: 1951-1979
  • Extent And Medium: 2 archival boxes containing assorted graphic design materials from the collection of designer Jan de Fouw. Includes pamphlets, brochures, reports, advertising materials and colour transparencies. Also includes a large format advertising poster.
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  • Repository: NIVAL

Scope and Content

Jan de Fouw: July 15th 1929 – February 1st 2015.
Jan de Fouw arrived in Dublin from his native Netherlands in 1951 to work as a freelance graphic designer. He had trained at the Royal College of Art in the Hague under a teacher who had once been a student in the German Bauhaus. De Fouw was one of many Dutch designers who came to Ireland in the 1950s, partly on the initiative of Sun Advertising, to work for Aer Lingus who began using modern advertising to promote their service abroad. Over his early career in Ireland, de Fouw worked for a diverse range of companies including the Irish Tourist Board, Aer Lingus, Bord na Mona and the Office of Public Works. De Fouw joined the magazine publication Ireland of the Welcomes on its second issue in 1951, where he worked as a designer for the following 44 years, becoming its Art Director in the 1980s. De Fouw was a Director of Black Church Print Studios and guest lectured at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. He was also a member of the curatorial committee of the National Print Museum from 1995 until 2012. This collection of graphic design materials was donated to NIVAL by the artist in 1999.


Collection arranged to item level.