- born 1946
- born in Świnna near Żywiec
- lives and works in Poznań
- specialises in posters, illustration and applied graphics
“If we let only that part of our brain speak which is logical, rational, and excruciatingly literal, we would never discover anything new. The creation is metaphorical and intuitive; it requires us to go beyond established patterns and conventions”.
(Ulrich Schnabel, “Muße: Vom Glück des Nichtstuns”
[On Happiness of Doing Nothing])
In 1965–1971, he studied at the Faculty of Painting, Graphic Arts, and Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań. In 1971, he graduated with recognition from the Poster Studio of Professor Waldemar Świerzy and the Lithography Studio of Professor Lucjan Mianowski. He heads the Poster Studio in the Department of Visual Communications at the Faculty of Graphic Arts and Visual Communications at that academy (now called the University of Arts in Poznań).
He has had many individual exhibitions in Poland and abroad, including exhibitions in Hamburg, Poznań, Toronto and Utrecht. He has also takn part in many group exhibitions, including in Brno, Darmstadt, Fort Collins, Krakow, Lahti, Liège, Moscow, New York, Ōgaki, Paris, Tokyo, Toyama and Warsaw.
The most important prizes and distinctions: Medal of “Galeria Nowa” for lifetime achievements, 1977; the the silver medal at the 8th International Biennial of Functional Graphic Arts, Brno, 1978; the 1st Prize in graphic arts at the 7th Festival of Fine Arts, Warsaw, 1979; the silver medal at the 7th Polish Poster Biennial, Katowice, 1981; the 3rd Prize for a poster in “The Hollywood Reporter” Competition, Los Angeles, 1985; a recognition of “The Best Poster of the Month”, Warsaw, 1986; a recognition of the jury at the 2nd International Poster Exhibition, Paris, 1987; the 3rd degree award of the Minister of Culture and Art, 1988; the award of the “Poster Collectors’ Club” for the best poster of the year, Poznań, 1988; the Silver Cross of Merit, 1994; a recognition at the 14th International Poster Biennial, Warsaw, 1994; the order of the Minister of Culture, 2002; the medal of the National Commission of Education, 2002; the Golden Cross of Merit, 2010; the Golden Medal for a Long Service granted by the President of Poland, 2010; the “Schole Bene Merito” Award of the Senate of the University of Arts in Poznań, 2012; the Silver Medal for Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis, 2013; the golden medal at the 24th Polish Poster Biennial, Katowice, 2015.
Posters by Grzegorz Marszałek use traditional artistic techniques, i.e. drawing and painting; however, the artist is no stranger to graphic techniques, including halftone. While coping with a topic, the artist seeks the means of presenting it which would bring out what is essential, create an original way of understanding the meanings of the presented motif, show what is the most important, and give it a form that would make a poster noticeable. The language of Grzegorz Marszałek’s artistic expression is diverse. A line or a colourful spot give a shape to a presented motif in a succinct and concise way or try to bring out many details from image elements. The artist sometimes uses a realistic convention and works on details with academic reverence; other times, he presents visual motifs in a synthetic way, barely showing an outline of a person or an item, or generalizes and reconstructs a motive so much that it is turned into an artistic sign. The artist is also no stranger to caricature. Figurative elements limited to single silhouettes or large narrative scenes coexist with lettering forms drawn by hand or created using fonts. They co-exist with figurative motifs or are a background to them; they complement main composition elements but sometimes they also play a significant role in the composition structure of a poster.
Grzegorz Marszałek Gallery
More information about the artist: marszal.dphoto.com