In this episode of the Cultural Capital podcast, I talk to Andrzej Klimowski, professor of illustration at the Royal College of Art.
Born in London in 1949, Professor Klimowski studied at St Martins School of Art before enrolling at the Academy of Fine Art in Warsaw. As well as being an important poster and book-jacket designer, he has published several graphic novels; his most recent, Robot, based on stories by Stanisław Lem, was made in collaboration with Danusia Schejbal.
We met at the Ognisko club in Kensington to discuss the influence of Henryk Tomaszewski ("He was one of the most exciting and innovative poster designers to emerge from Poland"), poster art in eastern Europe ("[It] did have a vibrant life, a street life . . . particularly strong during the communist period") and his discipline.
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Yo Zushi works for the New Statesman