Clive Gardiner was a designer, illustrator, printmaker, painter and teacher. He was born in Blackburn and his father was editor of The Daily News. Supposedly, Gardiner toyed with the idea of journalism, but decided to study Fine Art instead. He illustrated his father’s books and also painted portraits. Gardiner also worked on posters, including designs for the London Underground and Shell amongst others. He was principal of Goldsmiths College from 1929 to 1957, where he considerably influenced the advance of the modern movement.