Pocket graphics

Krzysztof Marek Bąk

Dr hab. Krzysztof Marek Bąk. is the author of over 1.500 ex-libris and commemorative graphics. He has 92 individual exhibitions in Poland, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Portugal, Finland, Bulgaria, United Kingdom, USA and Kuwait. He is the winner of 32 awards and distinctions. In his scientific work he deals with the theory of modern bookplate.

He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw. Professionally he is associated with the University of Silesia, where he is the head of the Graphic Design Department at the Institute of Art. In addition he is the deputy dean of the Artistic Department in Cieszyn, artistic director of the International Ex-libris Biennale in Gliwice and member of the Deutsche Exlibris Gesellschaft.

For over twenty years he has been involved in the creation of digital graphics, and for more than ten he has focused on the implementation of ex-libris and a small graphic form. He deals with both his own artistic and didactic work.

His works are small ”jewelery” graphic forms, created using Corel graphics programs, which he has been faithful to since the beginning of his work with a computer. To realize his vision, he uses vector graphics – each work consists of several thousand strokes – like classical etching or copper engraving.

However, for the author, the ideological side is far more important than the technique of implementation. He tries to make each bookplate a visually synthetic metaphor that can be interpreted in different ways. It is especially important when creating bookplates, each of which is a separate story about a particular person – mentioned by name and surname. The ex-libris tradition derives from the need to mark the ownership of a book, but today it is rather a metaphorical history of the owner. A conversation between the ordering party and the author.