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Dark Thematic: The Poster Art of Wiesław Wałkuski

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Farewell to Autumn Poster Art by Wiesław Wałkuski

Born in 1956 in Bialystok, Wiesław Wałkuski attended the Poland Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Under the skilled professors Teresa Pagowska for painting and Maciej Urbaniec for graphic design. His instantly recognizable Art for film, publishing houses and theatres are masterworks in thematics. Wałkuski's dark and graphic offerings utilize the distinctly Polish tradition of Artist interpretation over direct subject imagery. It's often noted that in Communist Poland Art that was purely "Creative" was censored - pushing many Polish Artists to enter the world of Graphic design which offered greater outlets under this structured control.

Wiesław Wałkuski Ghetto, 1990
Wiesław Wałkuski Ghetto, 1990

Polish film posters were widely different than those in the West in that they didn’t meet representational constraints; the imagery is inspired by the artist’s interpretation, rather than taken directly from stills. Devoid of star headshots and commercial connections, posters promoted and commemorated Polish ways of seeing.
From Sleek Mag

Danton poster by Wieslaw Walkuski
Danton poster by Wieslaw Walkuski

Un Chien Andalou poster by Wieslaw Walkuski
Un Chien Andalou by Wieslaw Walkuski

King Lear

Marivaux Island poster by Wieslaw Walkuski
Marivaux Island poster by Wieslaw Walkuski

Kochanica francuza / The French Lieutenant's Woman
Kochanica francuza / The French Lieutenant's Woman

born cover #1
Born Cover #1

Caligula Juliusz Słowacki Baltic Drama Theatre in Koszalin 1990
© Wiesław Wałkuski Caligula Juliusz Słowacki Baltic Drama Theatre 1990

 The Phantom of Liberty
The Phantom of Liberty

Image Sources: https://revistabifrontal.com/wieslaw-walkuski-recomponiendo-las-fronteras-del-arte-contemporaneo/

https://www.heavymetal.com/news/wieslaw-walkuski-poster/

https://retroavangarda.com/gallery-of-friends/albums/Wieslaw_Walkuski/?img=1823

https://gallery.beslow.pl/galeria-tbpi/wieslaw-walkuski-tbpi-poster?lang=en

J M


@ Dark Art & Craft, print collector and Graphic Artist from Ohio, US.

https://www.artstation.com/darkartandcraft

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