© Tomasz Bogusławski
© Tomasz Bogusławski | Titus Andronicus | Rekwizytornia Theatre | 2007

Tomasz Bogusławski

  • born 1958
  • born in Gdańsk
  • lives and works in Warsaw
  • specialises in versatile graphic design, including poster design, visual communication,
    editorial graphics, philatelic editing and small graphic forms

“While designing a poster (especially a theatre one), I try – similarly to a director – to create a frozen performance, hoping that the viewers will enliven it with the warmth of their looks, temperature of emotions and the power of their own imagination”.

In the years 1977‒1982, he studied at the Faculty of Arts Designs, State Higher School of Arts (now: Academy of Fine Arts) in Gdańsk, under the supervision of Professor Marek Freudenreich (Graphic Design Basics Studio) and Professor Witold Janowski (Graphic Design Studio). Currently, he manages the Graphic Design Basics Studio, Design Graphics Department, Faculty of Graphic Arts, at this home University. Since 2010, he has been a design graphics lecturer at the Faculty of New Media Art at the Polish Japanese Academy of Technology in Gdańsk.

He has participated in many editions of periodic international poster exhibitions in Chicago, Colorado, Hangzhou, Lahti, Mexico City, Moscow, Rzeszów, Sofia, Taiwan, Tehran, Warsaw, and other cities, and in dozens national and international presentations of the Polish poster art, including Expo’92 in Seville.

The most important prizes and distinctions: 2nd Prize at the 1st Theatre Poster Biennial, Rzeszów, 1987; Grand Prix of the 18th Polish Poster Biennial, Katowice, 2003; Special Mention and Award funded at the 19th Polish Poster Biennial, Katowice, 2005; 3rd Prize at the 10th International Theatre Poster Biennial, Rzeszów, 2005; Grand Prix of the 20th Polish Poster Biennial, Katowice, 2007; Final Selection Taiwan International Poster Design Award 2009; 1st Prize, Cultural Poster Category, 3rd International Biennial of Poster, Bolivia BICeBé, 2009; 1st Award at the 12th Theatre Poster Biennial, Rzeszów, 2009; Gold Medal at the Polish Poster Biennial, Katowice, 2009; Grand Prix 6th International Triennial of Stage Poster, Sofia, 2010; Silver Medal, Polish Poster Biennial, Katowice, 2011; Special Jury Award, 5th China International Poster Biennial, Hangzhou, 2011; distinction at the 24th Polish Poster Biennial, Katowice, 2015; 1st Prize at the 6th International Social and Political Poster Biennial, Oświęcim, 2016.

The main material of artistic expression of Tomasz Bogusławski’s posters is photography, at times complemented by drawing. Objects presented in a macro scale gain new capacities of meaning. Such an approach to objects is close to Dadaism or Neodadaism. By the focus on objects void of their context, highlighting their imprecise nature and metaphysical mystery, objects shape the many and rich ways of metaphoric and allusive manner of communication between the artist and a viewer.

Tomasz Bogusławski Gallery

© Tomasz Bogusławski | Don Kichote in Polish Poster from the Krysztof Dydo collection | Poster Gallery in Krakow | 2005
© Tomasz Bogusławski | Don Kichote in Polish Poster from the Krysztof Dydo collection | Poster Gallery in Krakow | 2005
© Tomasz Bogusławski | Wratislavia Cantans 2017 | The National Forum of Music in Wrocław | 2017
© Tomasz Bogusławski | Wratislavia Cantans 2017 | The National Forum of Music in Wrocław | 2017
© Tomasz Bogusławski | The School for Wives | Contemporary Theatre in Szczecin | 2014
© Tomasz Bogusławski | The School for Wives | Contemporary Theatre in Szczecin | 2014
© Tomasz Bogusławski | Sex for Dummies | Contemporary Theatre in Szczecin | 2013
© Tomasz Bogusławski | Sex for Dummies | Contemporary Theatre in Szczecin | 2013
© Tomasz Bogusławski | The Threepenny Opera | Polish Theatre in Szczecin | 2013
© Tomasz Bogusławski | The Threepenny Opera | Polish Theatre in Szczecin | 2013
© Tomasz Bogusławski | Shoemakers | Witold Gombrowicz City Theatre in Gdynia | 2008
© Tomasz Bogusławski | Shoemakers | Witold Gombrowicz City Theatre in Gdynia | 2008
© Tomasz Bogusławski | Migraine | Contemporary Theatre in Szczecin | 2010
© Tomasz Bogusławski | Migraine | Contemporary Theatre in Szczecin | 2010

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