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Janusz Stanny Polish mid-century Illustration

January 8, 2014
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Janusz Stanny, was born in 1932. He is a legend in the world of Polish book illustrators, as well as satirical, he studied at the Faculty of Graphic Arts in Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts in the years 1951-1957. He graduated under prof. Henryk Tomaszewski. In the years 1960-1964 he was an assistant professor in the Laboratory of illustration, and from 1975 to his retirement in 2002, led the Design Studio Books at home faculty. In 1989, he received the title of professor. Here’s a few of his charming covers.

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Rabbits with a gun, unusual to say the least !

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He created a couple of hundred books. He made his debut in 1951 in “Pins” as a cartoonist. He published a drawing in “Around the World”, “World”, “Communications Cultural Rights”, recently in “Gazeta Wyborcza” and “Review”. He collaborated with many publishers as a consultant or graphic manager. He deals with graphics, drawings, posters, and is also a writer and author of animated films. However, the core of his work is an illustration.

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He has to his credit several hundred illustrated items for children, such as in the field of classical literature (among others. “Fables” of La Fontaine, “Pan Tadeusz” by Adam Mickiewicz, “Fairy Tales” by Hans Christian Andersen, “The Promised Land” Reymont ).  Look at these fun and quirky drawings, I love his combination of the crayon and pen and ink characters.

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Janusz has had many exhibitions in Poland and abroad. He has won many awards in the field of book illustration (among others. “Premio Europeo” in Padua, Grand Prix illustrator art exhibition in Bologna, and a gold medal at the International Exhibition of Editorial Art (IBA) in Leipzig. His world must have been filled with men in Bowler hats as they feature prominently in his work.

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He also created film posters.

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And a few more wonderful book covers. A skilled and creative artist.

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  1. January 8, 2014 11:59 am

    Reblogged this on The Sofi's World.

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