After the 2nd World War, wallpaper design saw a dramatic change of emphasis, becoming less restricted by production methods and a move to artistic expression that mirrored the age. This gave rise to the ‘feature wall’ with paper on just one wall of a room, patterns were simplified and textures encouraged. It was a ‘coming of age’ for wallpaper, shrugging off the boredom of Victorian and Edwardian eras and moving beyond William Morris’s design ideas.
In the 1960’s, Bill Belcher and his wife Colleen Farr formed a design company producing many fine examples of wallpaper designs. Their style reflected the sixties era of psychedelia and Pop and Op art which greatly influenced their work. They sold the designs to many of the leading companies in Britain and Europe for two decades. An example of their design work can be seen in the Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture (MODA).
For a long time this art form was forgotten about, but in the last 10years with the rise of 20th Century Retro, all has changed. The exponents are being hailed as Innovative artists in their own right. Bill and Colleen’s work is now being collected and their place in the history of 20th Century design re-evaluated.
Anthony Mortimer Fine Art. 30 years experience as an art expert and curator.