Andrzej Klimowski






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        From time to time, rarely I know but it does happen, you come across somebody whose work electrifies you because of its uniquely haunting quality. And the work of Klimowski, with its angels & devils is unlike anything I have seen before...



        Andrzej Klimowski Illustration - Ambit 112 Magazine 1988
        Andrzej Klimowski Illustration - Ambit, No. 112 Magazine, 1988

        • Born: Andrzej Klimowski
        • Date of Birth: 1949
        • Place of Birth: London, UK
        • Occupation: Illustrator, Graphic Design

        • Most Famous For: Milan Kundera book covers in the 1980s for Faber & Faber
        • Also: Professor of Illustration and Senior Tutor, Royal College of Art

        A FASCINATION:

        I've loved his work since discovering his iconic illustration covers for the Milan Kundera books published by Faber & Faber in the 1980s. I would venture that never in the history of illustration has there been a better fit than Klimowski/Kundera. Astonishingly powerful, never forgotton once seen, troubled and troubling, the imagery of those covers reflect like the perfect mirror the words within. Intoxicating, magic realism through the lense of an alchemist. Andrzej Klimowski. An illustrator who none have surpassed.

        The work is an enigma. He is an enigma. The bare facts are he was born in London of Polish parents . After studying at St Martin's he did postgraduate work at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts. In the late 1980s, he shared an exhibition with his wife. He has an international reputation as a poster and book jacket designer, and has experimented with films, political satire and all forms of graphic design.

        He is senior tutor in illustration at the Royal College of Art in London.

        The key to unlocking his work, or rather, to fall in love with it, is his graphic novel, The Secret. The narrative is rendered entirely as a sequence of 300 pages of compelling drawings and photo-montages. Highly recommended and more details are here.

        Graphics below are taken from the magazine: Ambit, 112, a UK magazine from 1988. A copy can be found at amazon.co.uk

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        Andrzej Klimowski Illustration - Ambit 112 Magazine 1988
        Andrzej Klimowski Illustration - Ambit, No. 112 Magazine, 1988

        Andrzej Klimowski Illustration - Ambit 112 Magazine 1988
        Andrzej Klimowski Illustration - Ambit, No. 112 Magazine, 1988

        Andrzej Klimowski Illustration - Ambit 112 Magazine 1988
        Andrzej Klimowski Illustration - Ambit, No. 112 Magazine, 1988

        Andrzej Klimowski Illustration - Ambit 112 Magazine 1988
        Andrzej Klimowski Illustration - Ambit, No. 112 Magazine, 1988

        Andrzej Klimowski Illustration - Ambit 112 Magazine 1988
        Andrzej Klimowski Illustration - Ambit, No. 112 Magazine, 1988

        Andrzej Klimowski Illustration - Ambit 112 Magazine 1988
        Andrzej Klimowski Illustration - Ambit, No. 112 Magazine, 1988

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        Andrzej Klimowski Illustration - Milan Kundera: The Book of Laughter & Forgetting

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        Andrzej Klimowski Illustration - Milan Kundera: Life is Elsewhere

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        The Secret
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        Andrzej Klimowski The Secret

        This is another disturbing novel without words by the Polish artist-illustrator of The Depository. The narrative is rendered entirely as a sequence of 300 pages of compelling drawings and photo-montages.

        The Secret projects an unsettling story about a young woman and her two children who vanish from their apartment one evening, leaving a distraught husband to follow a trail of sinister signs and traces left by their abductors. There is something alarming and almost occult in the forces at work in the background, and a turning point in the mystery is a giant camera obscura which ultimately envelops everything.

        The Secret, in its metamorphosis of daily reality into a dark and frightening dream world, leaves a stream of surreal images and ideas in the visual memory and the mind.

        Available: amazon.co.uk

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