About the Artists.

We are always thrilled to see work by the fathers of the Polish School of Posters like Jan Leica, Wiktor Gorka, Waldemar Swirly, Eryk Lipinski and Henryk Tomaszewski. But we also have our own personal favourites in terms of style and approach who surprise and delight us every time. This is a snapshot of some of our favourite artists from the many iconic and award-winning collectable names who contributed to the Polish School of Posters. Sadly many artists have passed away in recent years, which strengthens our desire to help celebrate their extraordinary talent and support their legacy.

Andrzej Krajewski

Andrzej Krajewski | 1933-2018

One of our all time favourite artists. In the words of his sons '“Andrzej Krajewski was a… larger-than-life figure — a dashing bon-vivant, fount of idiosyncratic outsider wisdom, creative genius, and passionately devoted parent, grandparent and husband. A noted innovator of the Polish School of Posters, Andrzej expressed his bold creative vision in a vast array of media, including paintings, drawings, collage, comics and prose over a 65+ year career spanning several continents and countless mediums of expression”. His first marriage was to the equally awesome Mucha…

In Krajewski’s own words

“My first poster came about in 1956 when in the town where I lived after the war, Wroclaw, appeared a young woman, who looked sort of like Julliett Greco, who had the aim to set up a small experimental existentialist theater. That town and those times I wrote about in my book SKYLINER, published in Poland in 2009. Apparently I must’ve been talented because having almost no artistic training, this first poster designed for the JG look-alike and her experimental existentialist theater wasn’t a half-bad professional poster in the prevailing then 100 x 70 centimeter format. Long after this, in 1963, under Professor Henryk Tomaszewski’s poster school, I earned a master’s degree from the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts. The entire time I occupied myself creatively, mainly designing film, theater, and even political posters. My posters took me throughout Europe—Vienna, Munich, West Berlin, Rome, Cannes. At the end of the 70s I slowed down a bit with the posters and spent more time on painting. I painted in large format, very geometrical paintings most closely resembling the style art deco. In 1985, I found myself in New York, where my two sons were born, and later we lived in New Jersey. When in 1987 I had a large exhibit in a renowned but no longer existing gallery in South Hampton, all my paintings were sold, and the most expensive, “SEX AND BUSINESS,” (60×78’’) went for $17,000, which was in a certain sense for me a success. Spending the next 15 years exclusively working on painting, two were nonetheless used as posters. The painting “BOOGIE WOOGIE” (oil on canvas, 42×58’’) was used for the 1997 Panasonic Jazz Festival and the painting “HOLLYWOOD HOLLYWOOD” (oil on canvas, 60×80’’) for many years was the official poster of the New York Film Academy. In the year 2005, the twenty years younger than me mother of my children, Yagoda, passed away. After her death I returned to the pop art style in which I worked in the 60s. After 2005, I began working on posters for a theater company in Poland as well as collector’s film posters. Like a real man at the end of his life is unable to count the number of women that he had or who had him, in that way I similarly can’t count my posters. There’s a lot of them.”

Mucha Ihnatowicz

Mucha Ihnatowicz | 1937-

Maria (Mucha) Ihnatowicz studied under Henryk Tomaszewski at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, graduating in 1963. She produced dozens of posters over the next two decades and also designed book covers. She has a magical, joyful, painterly style. We absolutely love her.

Jan Mlodozeniec

Jan Młodożeniec | 1929-2000

Jan Młodożeniec grew up in a family of artists. He decided to apply to art school on a bit of a whim after serving in the army during the war. He studied under the great master Henryk Tomaszewski and became one of the most prominent members of the Polish School of Posters. His style is very distinct; characterised by naive childlike forms, bold lines, strong colour and a sense of humour. All his letters are painted by hand. He was an outstanding artist who authored more than four hundred posters, book covers, illustrations, and drawings.