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The Poster Art of Georges Hamel (Geo Ham)

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Jive-Bomber, Dec 15, 2011.

  1. Jive-Bomber
    Joined: Aug 21, 2001
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  2. JeffreyJames
    Joined: Jun 13, 2007
    Posts: 16,612

    from SUGAR CITY

    I always wondered who was the man behind the work. It's a shame that his work is kinda sitting in the bargain bins at Marshal Home Good stores or in the Home Decor section of Target but like anything good in life it's abused.

    I don't think I've seen his work on Motorcycles but they're pretty breathtaking. That black one is very very cool. Pastels/charcoal on Watercolor paper?
  3. chaddilac
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 13,984


    That's awesome work!!!!
  4. need louvers ?
    Joined: Nov 20, 2008
    Posts: 12,906

    need louvers ?

    I'm in the same Boat Jeffry, I had always seen the images but had no idea who was behind them. Thank you Jive Bomber.
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2011

  5. Jive-Bomber
    Joined: Aug 21, 2001
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    I went easy on the bike images in the post, but check this one out:

  6. cederholm
    Joined: May 6, 2006
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    He set the standard as far as I'm concerned.

    ~ Carl
  7. JeffreyJames
    Joined: Jun 13, 2007
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    from SUGAR CITY

    I'm always amazed when people can simplify their work but still get everything in that's needed to convey the speed. There's enough of the engine for you to know what's going on there but not enough to get caught up in the details because it's not a technical drawing ya know? Style for miles. You either have it or you don't I guess. Damn good stuff.
  8. Fairtax1
    Joined: Oct 8, 2009
    Posts: 4


    I've always loved authentic, vintage poster art. Notice I said authentic. And Hamel is definitely one of the best at capturing the feeling of that incredible time in motorsports.

    If anyone is looking for genuine work, you might try The Julia Santen Gallery. If you're ever in Charleston, it's definitely worth checking out. Julia knows just about everything about all types of vintage poster subject matter and there's usually at least a few Geo Hams in her shop.
  9. 2manyseats
    Joined: Jan 24, 2003
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    from London, UK

    Apologies for poor pic. This poster works despite having some odd perspective.

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  10. Thanks for that Jay, great story.
  11. general gow
    Joined: Feb 5, 2003
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    general gow
    Staff Member


    jeff, i would say watercolor, pastel, charcoal, and ink. amazing skill.
  12. Jive-Bomber Jay - I echo what Jeffrey James & need louvers stated ... Thanks for the history behind this wonderful "poster" artwork!
  13. one of the best. you could also do a write up on "GAMY" and "Monteau" a touch older, but equally fine.
  14. dustdevil
    Joined: Mar 2, 2009
    Posts: 814

    from illinois

    I have always loved this style of art. I find it hard to be simplistic in doing automotive art because I am a fine-detailer in general. I have done some simplified art recently and really enjoy it. Not because it is faster but really fun to produce. Thanks for the great post.
  15. autobilly
    Joined: May 23, 2007
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    He's able to convey the feeling of blasting a rigid framed, girder forked "road rocket" through the mean streets very well with this one.
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2011
  16. Always loved this style. Great entry Jay!
  17. Hotdoggin DaddyO
    Joined: Jul 23, 2011
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    Hotdoggin DaddyO
    from Hays, Ks

    Absolutely perfect. Isle of man, perhaps?
  18. flamingokid
    Joined: Jan 5, 2005
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    Beautiful stuff....
  19. hotrd32
    Joined: May 16, 2007
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    from WA

    Those are magnificent............and frickin cool!
  20. Gator
    Joined: Dec 29, 2005
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    We have a couple of those in our 'bonus room'. Always loved that style of art.


  21. Beach Bum
    Joined: May 7, 2006
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    Beach Bum

    I've been collecting vintage racing posters for over 35 years. I have a couple Geo ham posters (originals not the dime a dozen reprints). One of my other favorite artists is Michel Beligond. His work was more in the late '50s thru the '60s. Ivisited a fellows shop/garage some time ago and he had an original Geo Ham painting used for the poster art.

    A couple of my other favorite artists are Walter Gotschke, Hans Liska and Michael Turner.

    Kurt O.
  22. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
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    I've been a fan for a long time but didn't really know much about him, just that I like\the work and some of the posters are an inspiration for a car I am collecting parts for.
  23. sololobo
    Joined: Aug 23, 2006
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    Wonderful story, I have always admired Ham's illistrations and the bike picture you posted is super fine! Thanx for the coolness! ~sololobo~
  24. RM-Special
    Joined: Oct 10, 2009
    Posts: 99


    I bought this Geo Ham repro poster a month or so ago .Not only is it a neat example of period advertising ,it is an excellent piece of art in its own right,the composition,colours and sense of speed really do it for me.
    Cheers RM

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  25. I have several of his posters on my computer. His art deco style is amazing in its simplicity. Beautiful stuff!

    Some of you old enough to have been into music videos in the '80s remember a great music video by A-ha called "Take On Me", which is drawn in his style, then animated in a style called "roboscoping". Cool vid, and what George Hamel might have done, if he were an animator.

    Here is a poster:

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    Last edited: Dec 16, 2011
  26. BangerMatt
    Joined: Mar 3, 2008
    Posts: 465


    A little antique store near me has an original watercolor print by Geo Ham, I was dismayed at the price, and it hasn't been reproduced, but in my search I did find another which has.:D

  27. 1958apache
    Joined: Jun 7, 2009
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    Wow.... I almost bought one of his posters at World Market last night... Ironic that it is on the Hamb today
  28. 8intheblock
    Joined: Oct 15, 2012
    Posts: 5

    from france

  29. 8intheblock
    Joined: Oct 15, 2012
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    from france

    This original document shows one of the designer"s works of Michel Beligond
    a super Simca !

    He worked for Renault, Alpine and probably for Simca when we look at this convertible .

    I would say ..
    "Geo Ham raises me the hairs on the arms" but "Beligond's art is so cool"
    when you compare 55 56 and 58 59 Le Mans Event Posters
    Seems that Beligond "gave peace" by the picture to 24H after the tragedy era

    if anybody has an idea about this ..... ?

  30. 8intheblock
    Joined: Oct 15, 2012
    Posts: 5

    from france

    About Michel Beligond

    to consider these 3 facts

    1 the ending career of Geo Ham for 24h in 1956 ...
    2 the no signature "slot racing clock track" event poster of 1957 24H ...
    3 the upcoming new Beligond's collaboration in 24h event posters from 1958 ...

    i'st very intersting to compare Ham and Beligon's style

    just have a look at
    1955 24h official Poster : BRrrrrrrrrrr ! Ghost Race ...
    1956 24h official Poster : Ben Hur car racing !
    1957 24h official Poster : nobody ... no cars on this one not even a signature
    1958 24h official poster : This car smiles like a clown
    1959 24h official poster : "The Ballet" start type Le Mans

    Can we imagine That Aco told to Geo Ham ..."Thank You Mr Ham , I'ts finish for you .. your work is too much violent on our poster Event !" ?
    from this point of view , Beligond"s "Happy style" seems to be the real new communication ACO needed to forget the 55 drama ?

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