Igor MorskiMy featured artist this month is Polish graphic designer, illustrator and set-designer, Igor Morski whose distinctive graphic style is now widely recognized as unique - a thoughtful, provocative and witty artist in the best tradition of Magritte
Morski was born in Poland in 1960 and graduated with honors from the Interior Architecture and Industrial Design Faculty at the State Higher School of Fine Art in Poznań (now the University of Arts). I have myself visited this wonderful art academy but sadly well after Igor graduated
Morski's work is digital and involves the creative manipulation of photographic source material. While these techniques have produce hundreds of new 'Surrealists', few have quite matched Morski's creativity and imagination
The graphic juxtaposition of images - invented by the Surrealists - is relatively easy and can easily lapse therefore into mere illustration or worse, visual sentimentality.
Morski is not immune from this:
Often, however, he gives his images an 'edge' that challenges our views or perceptions, producing work that is thought provoking:
Morski began his professional career in commercial art. In the late 80’s and early 90’s, for example, he worked for Polish Television, subsequently creating set designs for TV, theatre and other public outlets.
What I particularly like about his work is that it probes the human condition, seeking hidden emotions and the 'face behind the face' - if such exists!
In the early 90’s he pursued a career in press illustration, working for leading Polish titles including Wprost, Newsweek, Businesweek, Businesman Magazine, Manager Magazine, Charaktery, Psychologia dziś and recently Focus
His work also regularly appears in international magazines (American Deloitte Review, Australian Prevention, Money, ITB andMen’s Health, Womans Health, George)
He is a winner of many prestigious awards including Communication Arts Excellence Award (2008, 2010) and Applied Arts Award (2010)
Igor Morski is co-owner of a graphic design studio - Morski Studio Graficzne - in his hometown. His advertising art has been commissioned by Saatchi & Saatchi in Singapore and Sydney, Australia and Abelson Taylor among others
Morski is interested in natural sciences in a broad sense, genetics, cosmology and theoretical physics - subjects that recur frequently in his illustrations
Occasionally it produces images that although relatively simple are, by nature, 'philosophical', thereby challenging our understanding of the human condition and the inward, hugely subjective ways in which we perceive ourselves:
For more examples of this artist's work, visit my Pinterest site or go direct to his website by clicking on the link below: