Andrzej Dudziński
© Andrzej Dudziński | The Taming of the Shrew | Rozmaitości Theatre in Warsaw | 1976

Andrzej Dudziński

  • born 1945
  • born in Sopot
  • lives and works in Warsaw
  • specialises in posters, painting, drawing, press and book illustrations, photography and film directing

“To contrast geometry with chaos is not the only purpose of my artistic experiments; I prefer to watch how geometric systems submit to chaos. What fascinates me most is emancipating a line and freeing it from all rigidity of the Euclidean world. For me, to free a line through spontaneous acts is a purpose in itself, an opportunity to catch transience, a registration of a fraction of time, an attempt to describe chaotic behaviours”.

In 1966–1968, he studied architecture at the Gdańsk University of Technology and, after that, interior design and graphic arts at the State Higher School of Arts in Gdańsk and then at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, where he completed his studies at the Faculty of Graphic Arts in the Posters Studio of Professor Henryk Tomaszewski in 1972. In 1970–1972, he lived in London and cooperated with “OZ”, “Ink”, “Frendz”, and “Time Out” underground magazines. Having returned to Poland, in a slightly different atmosphere, he quickly established his reputation owing to, among other things, a ruffled bird called Dudi, which protested each week in “Szpilki”. His works were published in the leading Polish magazines. He cooperated permanently with “Literatura”, “Kulisy”, and “Polityka”. Andrzej Dudziński also designed theatre and film posters, wrote and illustrated books for children (together with his wife), designed theatre stage sets and film title sequences, cooperated with the radio and the TV and exhibited his works in the leading galleries. Since 1977, he has cooperated with the leading American periodicals, including “The Atlantic Monthly”, “The Boston Globe”, “Newsweek”, “The New York Times”, “Playboy”, “Rolling Stone”, “Vanity Fair”, “The Washington Post” and “Time”. He also cooperates with many European magazines. Moreover, he has worked for AT&T, Condé Nast, IBM, Deutsche Telekom, and Royal Bank of Scotland. In 1982–1990, he taught at the Parsons School of Design in New York. In 2002–2006, he was also a teacher at the Visual Arts and New Media Academy in Warsaw and, in 2014–2016, at the Media Arts Academy of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw.

He has had many individual exhibitions in Poland (Bydgoszcz, Krakow, Lublin, Olsztyn, Rzeszów, Sopot, Szczecin, Tarnów,Warsaw and Wrocław) and abroad (Berlin, Bratislava, Düsseldorf, Geneva, Leipzig, London, New York, Paris, Prague, Tokyo and Washington). In 2015, he directed a documentary titled “Mój ojciec Staś”, screenplay by Magda Dygat, commissioned by TVP 2 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Stanisław Dygat’s birth.

The most important prizes and distinctions: the Honorary Citizen of Sopot, 2001, Order of Polonia Restituta, 2012; Neptun – the Prize of the Mayor of the City of Gdańsk, 2013; the Prize of ZAiKS, 2014.

The manner of presenting reality used in Andrzej Dudziński’s posters is usually based on a narrating concept imbued with a sense of humour. The artist constructs his world through drawing techniques. Elements easily drawn with precise strokes, sometimes also painted, as well as developed colour structure, which sometimes includes intentional dissonance, create witty forms, referring to the world of child’s imagination or to a convention of ideas which could be set in Polish expressionism (Witold Wojtkiewicz), metaphysical painting, and surrealism. Andrzej Dudziński uses visual quotations from the painting tradition, gives them new semantics, re-scales shapes, and mixes the orders of human, animal, and object worlds. All of that creates the suggestive and recognizable style of the artist.

Andrzej Dudziński Gallery

© Andrzej Dudziński | The 21st Polish Film Festival | Festival of Polish Feature Films in Gdynia | 1996
© Andrzej Dudziński | The 21st Polish Film Festival | Festival of Polish Feature Films in Gdynia | 1996
© Andrzej Dudziński | 20 Ans avec Caran d’Ache | Caran d’Ache in Switzerland | 1996
© Andrzej Dudziński | 20 Ans avec Caran d’Ache | Caran d’Ache in Switzerland | 1996
© Andrzej Dudziński | SATYRYKON 2008 | Legnica Cultural Center | 2008
© Andrzej Dudziński | SATYRYKON 2008 | Legnica Cultural Center | 2008
© Andrzej Dudziński | Antigone in New York | Slowacki Theatre in Krakow | 1994
© Andrzej Dudziński | Antigone in New York | Slowacki Theatre in Krakow | 1994
© Andrzej Dudziński | Dudi - human comedy | The City Gallery in Tarnów | 1999
© Andrzej Dudziński | Dudi – human comedy | The City Gallery in Tarnów | 1999

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