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" Born in 1949 in London, Klimowski studied painting at St Martins School of Art, London and poster design at Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts where he worked under Professor Henryk Tomaszewski and Professor Kazimierz Urbanski (poster design and film animation). From the mid 1970s to the near present he has designed posters and book jackets – including novels by PG Wodehouse, Harold Pinter, Mario Vargas Llosa, Milan Kundera and Kazuo Ishiguro – and illustrations, TV graphics and animation.
Klimowski’s singular approach to the design of book covers, theatre programmes, film posters and newspaper illustrations, developed over a period of 25 years, uses techniques of collage, photomontage, linocut and brush and ink. Wittily subversive and sexy, Klimowski’s challenging imagery often draws on Polish mythologies surrounding angels and demons.
His work has more than once courted controversy, such as when his 1981 art film poster ‘The Phantom of Liberty’ was banned by the London Underground. His stark 2001 full-page press advertisements for the RSPCA shocked. His cover designs for Oberon Books and Faber & Faber - memorable amongst them those for Milan Kundera, Harold Pinter and Dennis Potter - may be more familiar than his name. Klimowski’s influence is pervasive.
He is the current Senior Tutor in illustration at the RCA. His work includes short films, illustrations and books, including ‘Lo sguardo deviato’ (The deflected gaze), and most recently "The Secret". His work has recently been subject of a retrospective at the National Theatre in London."