- born 1981
- born in Warsaw
- lives and works in Warsaw
- specialises in applied graphics, including posters press and book illustrations
“If something cannot be done better, at least it’s worth doing it more beautifully”.
He is a self-taught artist. He has not done any art studies. For many years, he has worked as a graphic designer for various agencies in Poland and Germany. Currently, as an independent artist, he is cooperating with customers from the whole world. He has created illustrations for many Polish and foreign journals: “Bloomberg Businessweek Polska”, “Elle”, “Financial Times”, “Forbes Japan”, “Gazeta Wyborcza”, “The Guardian”, “Machina”, “The New York Times”,
“Newsweek Polska”, “Newsweek USA”, “El País”, “Przekrój”, “Wprost”, “Die Zeit” and “Zwierciadło”. Moreover, he creates book illustrations and posters and is involved in broadly understood graphic design.
He has presented his works in several individual exhibitions (Krakow and Warsaw) as well as group exhibitions, including “Walt Disney is dead” – BWA Studio in Wrocław (2007) and “Alarm!” – InfoQultura in Warsaw (2008).
The recognisable feature of Jan Kallwejt’s artistic style is use of simple artistic signs – stereotypic and pop-culture pictograms taken from the surrounding reality. He processes them into humorous, crude, sometimes absurd or perversive, organic forms with a huge emotional load. Gaudy colours, hastily and schematically sketched “folksy”, completely not beautiful, images are the expression of his protest attitude to the world of today’s mass culture values. This is a mocking, or even seditious, attitude. In his works, there are individual motifs or extended “carpet” structures filled with multitude of representational elements. Specific “kelims” or “maps” of the creative diagnosis of today’s consumer civilisation are created in this way. In this sense, Jan Kullwejt belongs to the group of artists connected with critical art, involved, through their art, in the analysis of social and cultural phenomena. The freshness of perception, explicitness, laconism and anti-aestheticism are components of the recognisable world of artistic sensitivity characteristic for Jan Kallwejt. The style of his works was shaped under the strong influence of street art, graffiti and drawings created by skaters, Japanese manga comics as well as children’s art and primitive art of “naive artists”.
Jan Kallwejt Gallery
More information about the artist: kallwejt.com