Arnold Schwartzman

Author of London Art Deco

London-born Arnold Schwartzman is an Oscar-winning film producer/director, noted graphic designer and author. In 1955 he graduated from Canterbury College of Art with the National Diploma in Design and began his design career in British television as a graphic designer creating titles for the innovative pop show Ready, Steady, Go! later moving on to become an advertising art director for Erwin-Wasey, Advertising. In 1968 he joined the Board of the Conran Design Group, London.

An illustrator for many years for the London Sunday Times, he also designed two special supplements, "EUREKA" and "THE FACTS OF LIFE", for that paper's magazine. In 1978, he became the Design Director for Saul Bass and Associates, Los Angeles. In 1982, he was appointed the Director of Design for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games.

He is the producer, director and screenwriter of a number of films, including his Academy Award winning documentary feature film Genocide (1981); Building a Dream, The Story of the 1932 Los Angeles Olympic Games, (1989); Echoes that Remain (1991) which received the 1992 Houston International Film Festival Gold Special Jury Award; Liberation (1994) received a royal premiere in London.

He is the creator of a number of short videos for the Museum of Tolerance, as well as a permanent eight-screen video exhibit and "Time Line" mural for the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles.

Arnold was the designer of numerous key graphic elements for the Annual Academy Awards including several commemorative posters. He is the author of a score of books, including Airshipwreck, Designage, Flicks, Deco Landmarks, A Persistence of Vision, and London Art Deco.

In 2010 he was commissioned by Cunard to create two murals for the grand lobby of their new ship "Queen Elizabeth". That same year he was asked by Harper Collins to design the covers for the re-issue of 31 of best selling author Len Deighton’s books of which 21 have thus far gone to press.

Arnold has won an Oscar and other film awards, as well as numerous international design awards, including three Designers and Art Directors Association of London Silver awards. He was elected to the Alliance Graphique Internationale in 1974 and elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) in 1998.

He is a Governor and past Chairman of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts/Los Angeles (BAFTA), and past Chair of the Documentary Executive Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In 2002 he was appointed an OBE for services to the British film industry in the U.S.A.

He was also conferred the distinction of Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) by the Royal Society of Arts in 2006 and in 2008 he was appointed a Governor of the University for the Creative Arts, UK.