17-24 September, Tue - Sat 10.30am - 5.30pm
425 Harrow Road, W10 4RE
Andrzej Klimowski's light hearted linocuts and installation celebrate the work of legendary period comic writer P.G. Wodehouse. Klimowski is one of the leading illustrators and designers of his generation. His graphic novels, book designs and theatre posters have been widely admired internationally. In a departure from his usual noirish style, Klimowski has designed a uniquely English period environment for this exhibition - an England that probably never truly existed, but which we fondly remember. Klimowski's designs feature Jeeves, Bertie Wooster, Lord Emsworth, bossy aunts, sporty girls and other characters.
Klimowski's designs - originally for the Everyman Wodehouse series - illustrate all 95 books written by Wodehouse during his lifetime. Klimowski's designs for the series were acclaimed in both the U.K. and U.S.
Andrzej Klimowski, who was born to Polish parents in London, retains strong links with Poland, where he lived and worked for some years. During his career he has made films and written graphic novels. He has designed theatre posters and book covers for leading publishers. He was head of Illustration at the Royal College of Art for many years, and is now Professor Emeritus. He continues to produce graphic novels with his wife Danusia Schejbal, and works in graphics and produces illustrations. He also makes films. His work has been the subject of a retrospective at the National Theatre, London.
'A few words about Klimowski? Impossible. You can't capture an imagination such as his in a sentence or two. He is a free man and you'll never catch him. He looks at things head-on but at the same time inside out and upside down, round the corner and through a shattered keyhole. His eye is a microscope, a magnifying glass, a two-way mirror and a crystal ball. He leads the field by a very long furlong, out on his own, making his own weather. He is Klimowski, unafraid.'