Carving a name for his striking presentations of Warsaw’s architecture, we catch up with illustrator and graphic artist Adam Kosik…
What inspires you about Warsaw?
It’s full of contrasts and unexpected combinations – its architectural styles blend seamlessly together and that gives me endless possibilities to interpret the surroundings for the purposes of my art.
Your work presents buildings from various periods. Architecturally speaking, do you have a favorite era?
Definitely modernism – both the pre-war modernism you’ll find in Warsaw and the post-war modernism of the 50s and 60s. The architecture of that period is characterized by its transparency of form and beautiful detail, which I like to use.
Your art has made it onto some beautiful posters – what do you think makes a good poster?
It’s a trinity: simple form, strong color, and a clear message.
On the subject of posters, do you have an artistic hero?
If I had to choose one, it would be Hubert Hilscher on account of his posters for the Warsaw Autumn Festival – they had everything: a non-obvious message, abstract, beautiful forms and vibrant colors.
You were invited by Globalworth to contribute to their project, the ‘Gallery of Peculiar Offices’. How exciting was it to be involved in something like this?
I was asked to picture the Warsaw Trade Tower which was a great job as I’ve always considered this to be the best skyscraper in the city – I took the order as a good omen! It was a really positive experience as the client gave me a lot of freedom to work and placed a great deal of trust in my artistic intuition.
What is your work ‘process’?
It’s usually quite similar in that I’ll often start with a short assumption concerning the atmosphere of an illustration. Then I’ll browse photo albums, archives and even my phone to search for interesting frames and buildings. After selecting a few, it’s a straight forward case of analog sketching, color matching and tablet work.
Out of curiosity, what’s your work space like?
My studio is my living room desk! I’m lucky that I don’t need a lot of work tools so I can arrange a workspace pretty much anywhere that I choose.
When did you first start showing an interest in graphic art and illustration?
I started posting my first illustrations to Insta towards the end of my studies. As I grew in confidence I started submitting my work to poster fairs and it’s grown ever since.
Which other Polish cities inspire you as an artist?
There’s some wonderful architecture in Poland, but I always find new inspirations in Wrocław, Katowice and Poznań.
Any plans for autumn?
I’m preparing several new illustrations ahead of the annual autumn fairs so I’ve got a lot of work to be doing right now!
For more on Adam’s work, click HERE!