A draughtsman, illustrator, and poster designer with artistic inclinations, his most recognized projects include the poster series for events at the Chłodna 25 venue in Warsaw, and drawings for the graphic novel Ostatni Koncert (The Last Concert) about the Warsaw Uprising.
A draughtsman, illustrator, and poster designer with artistic inclinations.
A member of the ILLO agency for top Polish illustrators, and one of the artists featured in the Lürzer's Archive's selection of 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide, Tymek Jezierski manifests a very confident and captivating approach to graphic design.
Tymek Jezierski works across a number of platofrms, ranging from magazines and book publications, to projects in public and domestic spaces. He is one of the artists working with Kiss My Wall – an agency offering custom-made indoor murals. His drawings appeared in books such as: Ostatni Koncert (The Last Concert, 2007), Płaszcz Ajewskiego (Ajewski’s Coat, 2008), Ilustrowany Elementarz Dizajnu (The Illustrated ABC of Design, 2013), Kalendarz 'Życie' ('Life' Calendar, 2013). The first two are graphic novels about the Warsaw Uprising, created in collaboration with Monika Powalisz. The duo received the First Prize in Warsaw Rising Museum’s competition for best comic book dealing with the subject matter for Ostatni Koncert.
Jezierski is the author of the series of posters for Chłodna 25 – a now non-existent café and arts venue in Warsaw which occupied a significant position in the local cultural life between 2004-2013. Chłodna 25 hosted regular concerts and other events that had contributed to opening up the local and national scene to the aspiring artists, and also acted as one of the central meeting places for the young creatives. Producing visual communication for such place thus meant more than just realizing commissions. In 2011, Jezierski was granted the Project of the Year Award ("Form" category) by the Association of Applied Graphic Designers (STGU) for the Chłodna 25 poster series. The jury justified their choice:
The jury's decision to award Tymek Jezierski is due to the freedom inherent in his style, his sense of humour, and his natural feel for the tools and medium of graphic design. His posters for Chłodna 25 are simultaneously a creative continuation of the tradition of hand-drawn posters and an ironic commentary on this tradition. This prize is also a way of drawing attention to the phenomenon of club posters, which are created for a specific viewer and presented in specific places. This type of poster, it seems, is the most creative and the most in touch with the present time, and has become an elite medium which is more at home indoors and on a computer screen, than on an advertising pole in the city."
His style is both imaginative and comprehensible – it thus comprises features that are greatly valued in illustration. Moreover, his tendency to experiment with form and non-digital media, has led him to create projects that exceed design and lend themselves to the art exhibiting context.
Tymek Jezierski has in fact already shown his works in art galleries. The year 2010 saw him team up with his brother and business partner for the Brothers in Arms Studio, Jakub Jezierski, to co-create the exhibition VVariacje (VVariations) at the Kordegarda Gallery in Warsaw. The gallery’s interior decorations, carefully designed by Jakub, blended with the objects of art conceived by both of them. The result was a masterpiece of spatial composition that maximized the experience of creative output.
In 2012, Tymek had his solo show at the capital's Starter Gallery, titled When I Close My Eyes (Zamyka Oczy). The works featured in the exposition gave the impression that the artist was genuinely making use of the venue’s space and walls, liberating his style from the restraints of commercial projects, and truly enjoying it.
In the spring of 2013, the Festival del Cartel (Poster Festival) took place in Havana, Cuba. Poland was the honorary guest of said edition and the only European country to be included among the most interesting graphic designs from Mexico, the United States, Canada and Costa Rica. The Polish Poster, Hereafter exhibition aimed to show the modern Polish poster using illustrations created by a young generation of graphic designers, including TymekJezierski.
TymekJezierski and his brother Jakub created illustrations for ZuzannaFruba's book Dziwny Dom nad Wisłą(A Strange House on the Wisła River) published by the Bęc Pomiar Foundation in 2016. The poetic tale told the story of the Szyller Villa, built in 1928 in Saska Kępa and demolished in 2002 to widen the Miedzeszyński embankment and build the Siekierkowska route.
That same year the Design Dialogue: Poland – Brazil exhibition opened at the Museu de Arte Moderna in Rio de Janeiro. The exhibit was a capstone showing off the work of 10 designers from both Poland and Brazil. The illustrators created posters referring to the history of design in both countries – Poles were asked to invoke Brazil, and vice versa. Tymek Jezierski – as one of the 5 Polish graphic designers – was invited to participate in the experiment. Jezierski wrote:
Brazil has a statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro. The monument (not including the pedestal) is 30 metres tall. Only 30! The residents of the Polish town of Świebodzin decided that this was a very poor result and took action. The statue of Christ cannot be only 30 metres tall! Therefore, Jesus Christ the King of the Universe, as the title says, is 33 metres tall! And has a golden crown. He overlooks the Polish villages and fields. Finally, we can breathe a sigh of relief. We beat the world record for the tallest statue of Christ! Thank you Świebodzin!
That same year, Tymek Jezierski took part in the Places of Origin exhibition organised by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute during Reykjavik's Design March. The exhibition presented ‘biographies’ of projects created by Poland’s best graphic designers. Thanks to the artists’ original documents, photos and stories, visitors had the opportunity to learn about the history behind the designs and get to know the history and places these projects originated from. The exhibition featured an intimate look into the Polish landscape – towns, villages, streets, alleys, meadows and forests, which are not only a home to the designers but most importantly their source of inspiration and a part of their creative process.
In 2017, Ewa Solarz, Agnieszka Kowalska and Agata Szydłowska created the ABCs of Polish Design, which is essentially a journey through a century of Polish design depicted with 100 products, 100 amazing stories and 100 illustrations. The authors wanted to present the multitude of fields which design incorporates. In addition to furniture, glassware and ceramics, the book includes typefaces, logos, a neon sign, a scooter, sporting equipment and even famous Polish sweets. It covers many decades and presents mass-produced iconic items as well as unique ones – miniature works of art.
The book was accompanied by an exhibition of the same title, which premiered during the Gdynia Design Days 2017, later going on to tour abroad. The exposition presented visual interpretations of 100 design icons created by 25 contemporary Polish illustrators. Some of those selected were experienced masters, others represented younger generations and some had just graduated from university. Tymek Jezierski was among the 25 with his illustration of the iconic porcelain coffee service 'Ina' designed by Lubomir Tomaszewski and produced by an esteemed Polish porcelain manufacturer – Ćmielów.
On 12 December 2017, the ABCs of Polish Design was granted the Book of the Year 2017 award by the Polish IBBY Section for illustrations and graphic design.
As part of the celebrations of the centenary of establishing diplomatic relations between Poland and Japan, in the summer of 2019 an exhibition entitled Polish Contemporary Posters: From the Golden Period of the 1950s to Today opened at the Kyoto Institute of Technology Museum and Archives. The exhibition showcased work by the most interesting representatives of several generations of Polish graphic designers and illustrators – including Tymek Jezierski.
The exhibition consisted of two parts: The first part featured the Museum's collection devoted to the history of the Polish poster from the 1950s to the 1990s. This part included works by representatives of the Polish Poster School, such as Henryk Tomaszewski and Jan Lenica. The second part of the exhibition was devoted to a younger generation of artists and their works; it also featured graphic and illustration trends visible in contemporary Poland. Jezierski's work included in the exhibition is a film poster of The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) from 2017.
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Selected Individual Exhibitions
- 2012 – When I Close My Eyes, Starter Gallery, Warsaw. Curator: Marika Zamojska
- 2010 – VVariations of the Jezierski brothers, Kordegarda Gallery, Warsaw
Selected Group Exhibitions
- 2019 – Polish Contemporary Posters: From the Golden period of the 1950s to Today, Kyoto Institute of Technology Museum and Archives, Kyoto
- 2017 – The ABCs of Polish Design during the Gdynia Design Days, Design Centre, Gdynia
- 2016 – Design Dialogue: Poland – Brazil, Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro; Places of Origin as part of DesignMarch, Reykjavik
- 2013 – Festival del Cartel, Havana, Cuba; Illustrative, Berlin
- 2012 – Design for Freedom – Freedom in Design, Studio44, Stockholm,Sweden; DŁUG/DEBT, The Living Theatre, New York, NY; Illustration PL, Soho Factory, Warsaw
- 2011 – The Return to the City, organized by the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, held at the Warsaw School of Economics; New Chaos, Centrum Kultury, Katowice, Poland; All Play, No Work, Pigasus Gallery, Berlin, Germany; White Cubes/Black Holes, Cracow, Poland
- 2010 – Illustration PL, Veterinary Institute building, Warsaw; Eye on Poland, Shanghai Hongqiao Contemporary Art Museum, Shanghai, China; Dizajn=Design, Berlin
Selected Awards and Mentions:
- 2011 – Project of the Year, Association of Applied Graphic Designers (STGU)
- 2010 – Ranked among Poland’s ten best illustrators, “Grand Press” competition, organized by Press Magazine
- 2009 – Featured in Lürzer's Archive’s 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide
- 2007 – First place in Warsaw Rising Museum’s competition for best comic book dealing with the Warsaw Uprising
Author: Anna Micińska. Updated: HSz, 2019