Zdzislaw Witwicki Polish Children’s Book Illustrator.
Zdzislaw Witwicki is a Painter and Illustrator. Born in 1921, he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw.
After the war he became editor of a graphic arts and publishing company whilst still illustrating.
One of the originators of the Polish School of Illustration. He has created about 70 books. One of the most recognizable figures drawn is Hałabała – lovable dwarf hero, written by Lucina Krzemieniecki, and Elemelek – a small sparrow with author Hanna Łochockiej.
He certainly has a fair few design styles to his work.
Lovely marks in this illustration and in the nature inspired ones below. They have a slight Charley Harper feel to them.
Zdzislaw Witwicki has had more than 250 exhibitions of his works in his country and abroad (Bologna, London, Prague, Bratislava, Budapest). His works are stored in BWA – Gallery Zamoyska in Zamosc, in the National Museum in Warsaw, as well as in private collections (especially in Japan, Germany and Italy).
This railway station illustration has such a lovely perspective and images of Ivor the Engine spring to mind.
Something earlier and more simplistic.
- 1961 prize in the competition PTWK Most Beautiful Book of the Year 1961
- 1978 Prize at the International Art Exhibition of Editorial IBA in Leipzig for illustration.
- 1983 Prime Minister’s Award for Lifetime Achievement
- 2000 award in the competition Contemporary Polish Book Art in Warsaw for the images to accompany text
- 2001 Medal of the Polish Section of IBBY for lifetime achievement for children and young people
- 2010 Medal Gloria Artis