Andrzej Klimowski

UK, Poland, guest of 4th BSVC & IDE (2009)

Born of Polish parents in London in 1949, Klimowski was trained at the Saint Martin’s School of Art before studying at the Academy of Fine Art and working professionally in Warsaw. His east-European legacy deeply influences Klimowski’s work.

From the late 1970s to the near present he has designed posters and book jackets - including novels by PG Wodehouse, Simon Louvish, Lionel Shriver, Milan Kundera and Kazuo Ishiguro - and illustrations, TV graphics and animation, following his particular of from examples of his ‘Polish School’ design. The early twentieth century photo-collagists, Surrealism, Dada and Expressionism have obviously been an influence on part of Klimowski’s work, but he has developed his own personal style with a combination of fantasy, anxiety, ambiguity and eroticism which keeps his works from becoming mere pastiches.

His work includes short films, illustrations and books, including Lo sguardo deviato (‘The deflected gaze’), The Secret, and most recently many graphic novels: ‘The Depository’, ‘The Secret and Horace Dorlan’ (published by Faber & Faber) and ‘The Master & Margarita’ and ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ (published by SelfMadeHero).

His work has been subject of a retrospective at the Theatre Museum London.

Andrzej Klimowski is the current head of illustration at the Royal College of Art, London.

Lecture: Words and pictures