The 163rd meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  Oct. 11, 2016 at 7pm at The New School, 66 West 12th St., Room A510. Free and open to the public. PLEASE NOTE 12TH STREET LOCATION FOR THIS EVENT!

Filip Pagowski on “My Father and I. Graphic Arts Across Generations and Oceans.”

I would like to introduce my father Henryk Tomaszewski’s graphic oeuvre followed by the presentation of my own work. My father’s segment will consist of a chronological show of his work, mostly posters, with some book covers, illustrations and satirical drawings, starting in the mid 1940s and continuing till the early 1990s. I wanted to present the social, historical and political meaning of that time period in Poland and how it influenced, or not, the work and creative process of the leading member of the so called Polish School of Posters.
After that, I want to present my own path within the graphic arts world, its ups and downs and its geography: America, Europe and Asia.
I think that the lecture as a whole with my work in the context of my father’s might prove interesting to an audience that will follow, judge or compare any similarities or differences of style, visual language and times in which we worked.
HT’s work, even the one from the 40s, 50s or 60s still seems very young and fresh. After 2014 massive retrospective at the Warsaw National Gallery, I was surprised to see how many young people came to see the show, the ones who where too young to remember my father or even know his designs. Young people were the majority of visitors and the show broke the records with over 30 000 visitors in 90 days.

Henryk Tomaszewski
1914 Born in Warsaw
1934-39 Studies painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw
1952-85 Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw
1958 Member of Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI)
1976 Honorary Royal Designer for Industry, Royal Society of Arts, London1936 Published his first work
1939 1st Award for design of the Polish Industrial Pavilion, World Exhibition, New York
1948 Five gold medals, International Poster Exhibition, Vienna
1953 Polish Goverment National Award.
1958 Award of the Polish Prime Minister for illustrations of children’s books
1959 Award of magazine” Przegląd Kulturalny”
1963 1st Prize at the 7th Biennale, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Gold medal for the book of drawings “Complaint book”, Leipzig.
1966 Silver medal at the International Poster Biennale, Warsaw.
1970 Gold medal at the International Poster Biennale, Warsaw
1979 1st Prize at the 3rd Poster Biennale in Lahti, Finland.
1981 1st Prize at the Colorado International Poster Exhibition, Fort Collins.
1984 The Award of the Alfred Jurzykowski Foundation, New York.
1986 ICOGRADA Excellence Award.
Gold and Silver medal at the International Poster Biennale, Warsaw .
Warsaw City Award.
1991 Bronze medal, Toyama International Poster Triennale, Japan.

His works are at collections of :the Warsaw and Poznań National Museums; Museu de Art Moderna, Sao Paulo; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Villa Hugel, Essen. Museum of Modern Art Kanagawa, Japan: Stadelijk Museum Amsterdam; Colorado State Uniwersity, USA: The Museum of Modern Art, Toyama, Japan.

Selected Exhibitions:
1969 – Palais des Congres, Biel-Bienne, Switzerland
1991 – Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1992- Ginza Graphic Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1996- School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, USA
2013- Ginza Graphic Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2014- Zacheta National Gallery, Warsaw, Poland
2016- National Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Filip Pagowski
Born and educated in Poland.
Studies painting; then poster design, under his father prof. Henryk Tomaszewski, at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts.
From 1980 to 2010 lives and works in New York City.
Early on starts doing freelance illustration work for book covers, magazines and newspapers. Also does set and prop design for the new emerging market: the music videos.
In 1992 starts a long lasting collaboration with the New Yorker doing illustration work, lettering and logotypes for different sections of the magazine. Around the same time produces ads for Barneys New York department store and works for French clients, editorial and advertising, among them Le Monde daily paper.
From 1999 on, works on numerous projects for the Japanese fashion house: Comme des Garçons, on assignments ranging from brochures, ads and logotypes to prints for men’s and women’s garments.
His work with Comme des Garçons label triggers collaborations with a multitude of Asian clients resulting in numerous art and design projects in Taipei, Hong Kong, Beijing and Tokyo.
Starting in 2013 and following in 2014 for a 100 year anniversary of his father’s birth, organizes a retrospective of Henryk Tomaszewski’s work at Tokyo’s ggg Gallery, then at the Warsaw National Gallery and in 2016 at the National Gallery in Ljubljana(Slovenia).
In 2016 is contacted by the musician Drake to create the single cover, logotypes and billboards for the release of what became a chart breaking and award winning album Views.
Since 2010 FP is living back in Warsaw, Poland.
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