KrysztOFF tells us, “This is my direct response to Dylan Thomas’ poetry with its spinning carousel of words and images. I feel close affinity between his poetic imagination and my art.” Bilingual altered book of Dylan Thomas collected poems (1934-1952) in both Polish and English. Original book published in 1966 by Everyman’s Library. All but four pages hand painted in Gouache.
KrzysztOFF SKAin May is a Polish artist who works extensively in the book form. His dark, surreal, slightly subversive, gouache illustrations inside found books are strikingly unusual and very compelling.
The bio he provided gives us a sense of his artistic persona, perhaps enhanced in translation: “KrzysztOFF SKAin May is the son of a Warsaw “bikiniarz” (a Polish equivalent of stilyaga*) who for many years did not want to know about it, but the blood and genes eventually did their work. He’s a painter, graphic artist, poet, songwriter, theatre set designer, dramaturg, performer, musician, journalist, “utilitarian” graphic designer, and recently a MC—all in all he’s a true total artist, but consistently an off-artist. He does not feel at home in our time, and because of this he mis-dates his works. In the 1980s and 1990s he went back a thousand years, and now he would like to live in 207 c.e.”
|Artist/Creator||KrzysztOFF SKAin May|
|Place of Publication||Warsaw, Poland|
|Additional Contributors||Stanisław Barańczak, translator|
|Printing/ Reproduction Process||Altered commercial book|
|Number of Images/ Illustrations||216 illustrations|
|Medium/ Materials||Altered bilingual book of Dylan Thomas poetry in both Polish and English. All but four pages hand painted in Gouache|
|Number of Pages||220 pages|
|Dimensions (WxH) or (WxHxD)||6.5 x 8 x 1 inches closed.|
|Signed and Numbered?||Signed by the artist|