One of the greatest poster artists of all time, ‘Geo Ham’ was born in Laval, France on 18 September 1900, demonstrating great artistic skills from his early childhood; his inspirations a biplane flown overhead by a local politician tossing leaflets below and a 1931 motorcycle race in Laval.
At 18 he moved to Paris and enrolled at ‘Art Deco’ the National School of Decorative Arts, at 20 he drew his first cover for Omnia, a French car magazine. By 23 he was receiving regular commissions and into the 1930’s was regarded as a leader in his field commissioned by organisers of most of the leading events including the ACO.
He competed in a 2 litre V8 Derby L8 in the 1934 Le Mans classic, fuel feed problems forcing withdrawal of the car he shared with Louis Villeneuve on lap 44. The race was won by the Luigi Chinetti/Philippe Etancelin Alfa Romeo 8C2300.
His work continued into the 1960’s, he died in June 1972 in Paris.
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