Polish affichiste Jan Lenica has a wonderful style that walks the line between playful and cartoony, and disturbingly dark… a black humour that he shared with his friend and collaborator (on his only North American poster work, shown here) Roman Polanski. Lots of scans to look at via these links, all of varying quality. The work still inspires, though, and is well worth the time.
A graduate of the Architecture Department of Warsaw Polytechnic, Lenica became a poster illustrator and a collaborator on the early animation films of Walerian Borowczyk. From 1963 - 1986 he lived and worked in France, while from 1987 he lived and worked in Berlin. He was a professor of graphic, poster, animated cartoon for many years at German high schools and the first professor of the animation class at the University of Kassel, Germany, in 1979. He used cut-out stop motion animation in his numerous films, which included two features: Adam 2 (1968) and Ubu et la grande gidouille (1976, but released in France only in 1979).
Jan Lenica (1928-2001) Graduate of Architecture Faculty at the Warsaw Polytechnic. Specialized in poster, graphic design, book illustration, stage design and since 1957 in animated films. Author of numerous articles and books on poster art. Author of the term "Polish School of Poster". Professor at the Harvard University, Cambridge MA 1974 and Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin 1986-1994.
Major awards: Toulouse Lautrec Grand Prix at the International Exhibition of Film Posters, Versailles, France, 1961; 1st and 3rd Prize at the International Exhibition of Film Posters in Karlove Wary, Czech Republic, 1962; Gold Medal at the 1st International Biennial of Posters in Warsaw, 1966; Grand Prix at the Polish Poster Biennial, Katowice, Poland, 1999. Numerous awards for animated films and book illustrations.