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What Ho! Andrzej Klimowski's illustrations for P.G. Wodehouse

My Man Jeeves, Andrzej Klimowski

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

AN EXHIBITION entitled What Ho! Andrzej Klimowski’s illustrations for P.G. Wodehouse will be on display at londonprintstudio from September 9 to October 15, 2016.

Andrzej Klimowski’s light hearted linocuts and installation celebrate the work of legendary period comic writer P.G. Wodehouse. Klimowski is one of the leading illustrators and designers of his generation. His graphic novels, book designs and theatre posters have been widely admired internationally.

In a departure from his usual noirish style, Klimowski has designed a uniquely English period environment for this exhibition – an England that probably never truly existed, but which we fondly remember. Klimowski’s designs feature Jeeves, Bertie Wooster, Lord Emsworth, bossy aunts, sporty girls and other characters.

The exhibition features linocuts, installations and hand made props. There are also prints, many of which are for sale. Klimowski’s designs – originally for the Everyman Wodehouse series – illustrate all 95 books written by Wodehouse during his lifetime. Klimowski’s designs for the series were acclaimed in both the U.K. and U.S.

John Phillips, Director of londonprintstudio, said: ‘Klimowski is an extraordinary artist, and a master printmaker. His linocuts are exquisite. He’s created an installation which celebrates the Wodehouse world picture, one of country houses, crackling logs, buttered toast, and idleness.’

Andrzej Klimowski, who was born to Polish parents in London, retains strong links with Poland, where he lived and worked for some years. During his career he has made films and written graphic novels. He has designed theatre posters and book covers for leading publishers. He was head of Illustration at the Royal College of Art for many years, where he is now Professor Emeritus. He continues to produce graphic novels with his wife Danusia Schejbal, and works in graphics and produces illustrations. He also makes films. His work has been the subject of a retrospective at the National Theatre, London.

Speaking about Klimowski, Harold Pinter said: ‘A few words about Klimowski? Impossible. You can’t capture an imagination such as his in a sentence or two. He is a free man and you’ll never catch him. He looks at things head-on but at the same time inside out and upside down, round the corner and through a shattered keyhole. His eye is a microscope, a magnifying glass, a two-way mirror and a crystal ball. He leads the field by a very long furlong, out on his own, making his own weather. He is Klimowski, unafraid.’

Admission: Free.

Times: Tuesday to Saturday, 10.30am – 5.30pm.

londonprintstudio, 425 Harrow Road, London, W10 4RE

Tel: 020 8969 3247