Feliks Topolski (1907-1989)

 

 

 

 

 

was a Polish born artist who came to Britain during the 1930s. He developed an immediate style of illustrational reportage,

and became famous for recording world events.

His approach and style of drawing were well suited to the events of WW2…and he was commissioned to report upon Polish officers,

the Russian Convoys and the liberation of the camps…After WW2, Topolski self-published a newspaper-style zine of his travels, Topolski’s Chronicles.

During WW2, the textile fashion house of Zika Ascher used a number of Topolski’s drawings for headscarf designs.

Throughout his career, Topolski was fascinated by the ceremonial of the street. In Britain, He was especially interested in the contrasts between pagent and populism.

It was entirely appropriate, in these circumstances, for Topolski to be invited to decorate the Selfridges windows, along Oxford St,

during Queen Elizabeth's silver jubillee in 1977. Topolski's response to the the brief was inspired. He re-worked an image of British officers,

originally made in the 1950s, into a pop art style and scaled the image to work, in series, along the whole length of the Selfridges store.

The silk-screen print, on brown wrapping paper, has dramatic blocks of solid colour. The resulting image combines the tradition of ceremonial

with the style and energy of swinging London.

Feliks Topolski guardsman poster

original screenprint produced for 1977 Queen's silver jubilee by Topolski
(a few remaining for sale - please click here)

 

scarce WW2 propaganda scarf US Army by Ascher,
designed by Topolski.


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