The graphic posters exhibition CATalogue in Bialystok
Poland, December 2009. The first foreign personal exposition of graphic posters by the Belarusian artist Sergey Stelmashonok was opened at the Center of Belarusian Culture in Bialystok. The exhibition runs under the title CATalogue and it is dedicated to cats, rock-n-roll and humor.
The artist says:
"Thirty-eight years ago I travelled to Poland for the first time - I was having a good time at a summer camp. It was the first time I went abroad, met my Polish peers and heard rock music by Czerwone Gitary, Breakout and Czeslaw Niemen and saw music postcards with the Beatles and Black Sabbath songs. The first vinyl record I had a chance to hold in my hands was The Pearl by Janis Joplin. Everything I heard and saw turned my world upside down, became an integral part of me and stayed in my heart forever.
In a few years time I entered Minsk Academy of Art and there I came across a book about the Polish poster. After that I felt incredible inspiration. Love for the Polish poster still lives in my heart.
I come back to Poland to present a whole new series of graphic posters that I called CATalogue, feeling gratitude for the new dimension of art that has been uncovered for me almost 40 years ago. In this series I tried to interweave my passion for rock-n-roll and graphic posters with my love for cats. I have been drawing these gracious and beautiful creatures for more than 20 years already.
All personages in my CATalogue are chosen not accidentally. All of them are my favorite musicians and performers.
The graphic posters exhibition CATalogue in Bialystok, Poland