- born 1949
- born in London
- lives and works in London
- specialises in poster poster, graphics, press and book illustration, drawing and direction of animated films
“The task of an illustrator/graphic artist is to skilfully interpret a given theme. In a brief, often witty, poetic or provocative style, s/he is to arouse audience’s curiosity and encourage their
involvement with the subject. In order to be successful, a graphic artist uses metaphors or symbols, and is continually remastering and developing his/her skills”.
From 1968 to 1972, he studied sculpture and painting at St. Martin’s School of Art in London and thereafter he moved to Poland where he started his postgraduate internship at the Faculty of Graphic Arts, Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts, at Professor Henryk Tomaszewski Poster Studio and at Film Animation Studio of Doctor Kazimierz Urbański (1973–1975). In 1980, he left Warsaw and returned to London. He lectured at the College of Art in Canterbury (1981–1989), College of Art and Design in West Surrey (1982–1984), and since 1984 he has delivered lectures at the Royal College of Art in London (since 2006 as a Professor at the School of Communication and Graphic Design).
He has presented his works at exhibitions in Poland (Bielsko-Biała, Krakow,, Poznań, Warsaw, Wrocław), UK (Bradford, London), Italy (Lucca) and more.
The most important prizes and distinctions: 3rd Award, Hollywood Reporter’s Film Poster Competition, 1976; 2nd Award, Hollywood Reporter’s Film Poster Competition, 1977; 1st Award of the Russian Institute of Culture for the best poster to a Russian film shown in Poland, 1978; Honorary Mention at 19th Polish Poster Biennial, Katowice, 1981; “The Daily Telegraph” Award for Excellence in press campaign for British Telecom, 1988; Silver Medal for a Royal Mail Millennium stamp series, 1999; 2nd Award for the graphic novel “Horace Dorlan”, 2008; Honorary Mention at the 12th International Thetre Poster Biennial, Rzeszów, 2009.
The iconography of Andrzej Klimowski’s posters focuses on the motif of a human being transforming into a hybrid of a man and an animal, of multiple or disintegrating parts, pictured in disturbing, convulsive and eroticism-filled poses. All of it creates a suggestive, dark and shrouded in secrecy world of delusions. The gloomy mood found in his posters is yet more intense with the application of subdued, faded, patina-covered colours. The artistic origins of this kind of imagination must be sought in Italian metaphysical painting (Giorgio de Chirico) and figurative surrealism (René Magritte). The method of depiction is also close to that presented in the posters of Roman Cieślewicz. Andrzej Klimowski uses various techniques of artistic expression, such as collage and photomontage, inspired by the works of Russian and Polish avant-garde of the Inter-War Period, halftones, and deeply expressive painting.
Andrzej Klimowski Gallery
More information about the artist: www.klimowski.com