Josef Herman (1911-2000)
Herman was born in Warsaw, later moving to Brussels where he became influenced by the Belgian expressionists. In 1944 he moved to the Welsh mining village of Ystradgynlais where he studied the miners and their families, producing lithorgraphs that explored his interests in working people; their sense of purpose in their labour and the dignity and strength of human spirit they showed as they carried it out. He combined this interest in people with his passion for landscape and townscape. He was awarded an OBE in 1981, and was elected as a Royal Academician in 1990. He continued working until his death in 2000.