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Johnson’s work considers how design can exist for the cognitive, as well as our more commonly perceived physical needs. Through ornamentation and kitsch he considers design as fulfilling emotional needs like humour and nostalgia.
Alan Davie was a painter, poet, jazz musician and jewellery designer.
London’s Tate Gallery described his canvases for an exhibition at Tate Modern as “the result of an improvisatory process that the artist relates to his love of jazz”.
A well-known poster designer, illustrator and muralist, (Alfred) Clive Gardiner was trained at the Slade School of Fine Art (1909-12) and the Royal Academy Schools (1913-14). Following the First World War he trained as an art teacher before teaching at Brighton School of Art.
Following a BA(Hons) in Fashion Design specialising in Woven Textiles, Sarah Arnett went on to become a professional illustrator and designer, creating beautiful print dresses, illustrations, wallpaper and interior textiles under the brand name of Modern Love sold through Liberty of London.
Matthew Dent won a Royal Mint competition to design a set of new British coinage shortly after graduating.
Barry Barker worked within the contemporary visual arts as a curator, writer and director of both publicly and privately funded arts organisations, predominately working directly with artists leading to many significant exhibitions.
James’ company, Propshop Modelmakers, has its offices, studios and workshops at the iconic Pinewood studios. He has produced some of the most recognisable objects, spaces, costumes and artefacts for films such as the James Bond movies, The Golden Compass, Batman, Clash of The Titans, Stardust and Kick Ass.
Artist Robin Plummer was Dean of Faculty in Brighton from 1975 to 1989, responsible for the structure under the new polytechnic and for the Grand Parade site and its annexes.
"I came to study in Brighton... in order to find the furthest college from my home at which to study art. This method paid off, because I found a truly exceptional and open educational system that has stood me in good stead throughout my art career."
Having a long association with Brighton, distinguished artist and illustrator John Vernon Lord was appointed Professor of Illustration in 1986, then Professor Emeritus. His picture book "The Giant Jam Sandwich" (1972) has become a classic while his illustrated edition of The Nonsense Verse of Edward Lear (1984) won two national awards.
Since graduating, Phoebe has undertaken a number of artist residencies, in the UK, USA and Greenland.
In 2011, she won the British Ceramics Biennial £10,000 Spode Award and her winning piece, entitled Fragment.
Lisa Barnard, who graduated in 2005, is a photographic artist who is interested in current debates concerning psychological and post-Marxist aesthetic theories.
Richard Slee’s work is intrinsically concerned with the domestic interior. There are references to the decorative, the ornamental and the symbolic, both from the past and our contemporary culture. He has established an international reputation as an artist and designer.
Gwyther Irwin was an artist of great originality and invention who became head of fine art at Brighton College of Art in 1969, where he remained until 1984.
Jane Pavitt was the University of Brighton Principal Research Fellow in Design at the Victoria & Albert Museum from 1997 until 2009. Her work focused on later 20th century and contemporary design, and particularly on strategies for presenting design through museum exhibitions and collections. She was the curator of Cold War Modern: Design 1945-70 staged at the V&A in 2008.
Bobby Krlic is an avant-garde musician who studied Visual and Music Arts (BA)Hons.
Professor Michael Tucker was honoured in 2012 as a Knight: First Class in recognition for his 'outstanding service in the interest of Norway.' His career at the Faculty of Arts included the curation of exhibitions at the Gallery for over thirty years and publications on shamanism, Norwegian culture, jazz and, notably, the work of Sir Alan Davie.
Professor Bruce Brown retired from the university in January 2016, having been Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, former Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities and a Professor of Design. He worked extensively with national research policy and assement, worked as a practicing designer for some years and specialised in design research with an emphasis on the social and cultural effects of visual
Stuart Griffiths graduated in 1997. He won the Brighton Photo Fringe Biennale Open award in 2010 for his show Closer and that same year was awarded a bursary from the National Media Museum to make his first book The Myth Of The Airborne Warrior (Photoworks 2011).
Designer Kyle Bean graduated from the University of Brighton Faculty of Arts with a first class BA(Hons) Illustration degree in 2009. He was talent spotted at his graduate show by the Head of Merchandising at Liberty in London and was commissioned to produce a display for them.
Brendan Neiland is one of Britain's foremost and contemporary painters and printmakers represented in major museums and galleries worldwide including, in Britain, The Victoria and Albert Museum, The Tate Gallery London, The Collections of the British Council and the Arts Council of Great Britain.