Graphic designer Anthon Beeke became famous in 1969 with his naked girls alphabet. This set the tone for his controversial work and began his rise as one of the five top Dutch designers of the twentieth century. Not bad for someone who started out as a simple butcher's boy.
On his bicycle transportation Anthon Beeke concerned himself in Amsterdam culture. He immersed himself with the bopthema that he picked up in Amsterdam jazz clubs and the famous night concerts at the Concertgebouw with greats like Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie.
Beeke began to free himself of his environment when he was attending evening classes at the School of Applied Art. There he was taught by the famous designer Wim Crouwel and soon saw that he had a great sense of imagery that was innate to him. Anthon Beeke worked at Total Design in Amsterdam creating advertisements, magazines, books, stamps and packaging. In 1981 Beeke started his own studio (Studio Anthon Beeke) in Amsterdam.
Beeke was able to place, although that was not always his goal, constantly in the spotlight. It started with his naked girls alphabet of 1969, which was a response to the cool alphabet of Wim Crouwel. Also particularly controversial were his theater posters he designed for Amsterdam Theatre Group with images that were often characterized by a raw eroticism. Some years ago, Anthon had a stroke and was forced to cancel his studio practice. All his work is now stored in a shed and in between the huge body of work looking at the past, has an optimistic view of the future.