From posters and visual identities to magazine designs: Modzelewski’s portfolio includes an impressive range of graphic designs. His works can be found in the Warsaw underground, around Mokotów Field and on the museum windows in the capital.
Graphic designer, graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź.
Born in 1984, Modzelewski graduated from the Spatial Graphic and Poster Design studio at the Faculty of Graphic Arts and Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź. He has participated in a number of exhibitions devoted to contemporary Polish graphic art. Simplicity and functionality are the guiding principles in his work.
Modzelewski has collaborated with the most recognisable Polish cultural institutions, such as the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and the Bęc Zmiana Foundation. He prepared posters for the Zachęta gallery promoting their quarterly events, using black and white against vividly coloured backgrounds. The bold turquoise and green, based on a rigorously symmetrical composition, add visual vigour to these posters.
Modzelewski also works with magazines and prepares magazine designs. He is associated with FilmPro and Zwykłe życie. He developed two graphic design concepts for the latter, as well as a calendar for 2014, in which quotes from Dostoyevsky or Nałkowska are woven into a functional space for writing notes. ‘He is an extremely talented graphic designer, graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź’, says Agata Napiórska, co-founder of Zwykłe życie, about Modzelewski
Modzelewski’s portfolio also includes visual identities for exhibitions and festivals. Some of them were prepared in collaboration with Ola Niepsuj. They designed the mural PROSZĘ nie FCHODZIĆ z lodami / PLEASE Do Not ENTER With Ice Cream for the TYPOPOLO exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, referring to the signs ‘decorating’ shop windows. In addition, they created posters for the London Design Festival based on Polish symbols, transforming the indigenous stork into a visually compelling symbol, playing with the patriotic red and white. His design interpreted these images a completely new way.
We wanted our designs to refer to the Polish School of Posters, which is very recognisable and well-known abroad and typically associated with the roots of Polish graphic art. Posters combine two elements – illustration and graphics, like the exhibition itself. Typography rejuvenates and modernises the classic illustrative elements. – said the artists.
For Modzelewski, posters provide space for continuous experiments. Some of them invoke designs from the Polish School of Posters with their strong visual elements and deep colours, as in the case of Dancing. In others the artist plays with typography, making the letters look like those from school exercise books, as in the case of the poster announcing Afrikan Boy’s concert.
Modzelewski also has experience in working with children. He has taken part in graphic art workshops for youngsters, such as Ala ma pióro / Ala has a pen.
- TypoPolo (Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw; Gallery of Contemporary Art, Wrocław)
- Designing Polska – Design in Poland, London Design Festival
- Festival del Cartel 2013 (Havana)
- DŁUG / DEBT (New York)
- Out of Sth vol. 3 / Re: Dizajn (Gallery of Contemporary Art, Wrocław)
- Illustration PL 2012: OCCUBY
- Design for Freedom — Freedom in Design (Berlin, Tokyo, Stockholm, Baku)
- KTR, nomination in the Design category
- Design of the Year, honourable mention for Etyka / Ethics
- KTR nomination in the Design category
Author: Agata Morka, May 2015, transl. Bozhana Nikolova, May 2015