Jozef Wilkon  (1930-present, Polish)

Jozef Wilkon, cat illustrationsJozef Wilkon  (1930-present, Polish) is a prolific illustrator, painter and animal sculptor. He is known as one of the greatest Polish illustrators of both adult and children’s books, having illustrated more than 200 books in more than 20 languages. Wilkon studied at the Art Academy in Krakow and graduated in 1954 with a master’s degree. Afterwards, he spent a year in Paris. In 1956, Wilkon moved from Krakow to Warsaw and pursued a career primarily in illustration.

His realistic animals are created with clear brush strokes usually done in ink, watercolors and dry pastels. The influence of Marc Chagall is clearly evident. Wilkon says, “My ambition was to capture the movement and the character of the animal with one stroke of a large brush.” His animals are used as metaphors, but Wilkon insists that he does not use animals to represent human characteristics. Wilkon frequently uses wild and domestic cats as subjects of his works. In the Trampled Cat (1992) they are used to tell the story of the French Revolution.

Throughout Jozef Wilkon’s  long career he has won numerous awards and has held more than 60 exhibitions of his works. His art is held by many public and private collections throughout the world.

 

 

Balancing Cat, Jozef Wilkon

Balancing Cat

 

 

 

Black and White Cat, Jozef Wilkon

Black and White Cat

 

 

 

Black Cat Family, Jozef Wilkon

Black Cat Family

 

 

 

Black Cat, Jozef Wilkon

Black Cat

 

 

 

Cat and Bee, Jozef Wilkon

Cat and Bee

 


Cat and Dragonfly, Jozef Wilkon

Cat and Dragonfly

 

 

 

Cat Family, Jozef Wilkon

Cat Family

 

 

 

Cat with Birds, Jozef Wilkon

Cat with Birds

 

 

 

Cats by Józef Wilkoń

Cats

 

 

 

Fraidy Cat, Jozef Wilkon

Fraidy Cat

 

 

 

Green Eyed Cat, Jozef Wilkon

Green Eyed Cat

 

 

 

Józef Wilkon - Kot-cat

Kot-cat

 

 

 

Jozef Wilkon, Cat Playing with String

Cat Playing with String

 

 

 

 

Józef Wilkoń, Cats Playing

Cats Playing

 


Józef Wilkon, illustrator Dog and Cat

Dog and Cat

 

 

 

Józef Wilkoń, Kotek

Kotek

 

 

 

Józef-Wilkon-Kot

Sleeping Cat

 

 

 

Kici kici miau Józef Wilkoń

Kici kici miau

 

 

 

Kici-kici-miau-kocia-kolysanka_Jozef-Wilkon, cats

 

 

 

Kitten, Jozef Wilkon

Kitten

 

 

 

Kotek Jozef Wilkon

Kotek

 

 

 

Orange Cat and Mice, Jozef Wilkon

Orange Cat and Mice

 

 

 

Sitting Black Cat, Jozef Wilkon

Sitting Black Cat

 

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