BOLESŁAW CHROMRY.

AN INTERVIEW.

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How did you know you wanted to do illustrations? What made you start with it?

I’ve been drawing ever since I can remember. As a child I would draw car crashes and devils. I’ve always known I wanted to be a cartoonist, so I attended every possible art school, I have a master in arts degree and now I sit in my desk, making drawings of this shitty world.

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How did you develop your personal style? What were your influences regarding that?

Hard to say, it was a natural process of getting my sketching together. I am inspired by too many things. Serial killers, obesity, fallen celebrities, unemployment, stomach pains, dreams, favorite songs, history. I guess drawing helps me to organize the mess of information and interests in my head somehow. Recently I’ve discovered that drawing can be somewhat therapeutically, I strongly recommend it to anyone who’s about to suffer from a nervous breakdown.

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Most of your text is in Polish. Why is there text and what is the text about? Why not English?

The typography is often impossible to be translated since I like to play with the language. For example, the piece Melodramat is based on dividing the word into half. Melo is a slang word for a hard party, and dramat is obviously itsaftermath, the hangover. I am aware of how untranslatable it is but I’m just a Middle-European scum and Polish will always be my first language. But I’ve been making some pieces in English lately. For example my comics about dreams are in English only.

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Whats the meaning behind your work? What do you want to communicate with it?

I used to focus on fiction and absurd more. Now I tend to make illustrations for the world around, the things and emotions which concern me personally. I guess I keep getting more and more sensitive and sad with age, that’s where thisformal minimalism comes from. I can see my works are well-received by people my age as I focus on common problems, such as uneployment. The HR Art piece with contents of an authentic negative response to a job apllication gaineda lot of Internet popularity. I’ve heard I was an artist of the precariat (sad laugh).

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What are the benefits of surrealism to you? How would you define it?

I like to explore the aesthetics of dreams. I keep a dream diary, just as Federico Fellini did, I draw my dreams or just think about them and then they mix with reality. I find this pretentious melancholics of a dream interesting, I also enjoy getting majorly drunk but I’m way too old to think of myself as a part of the artistic crowd, drinking absinth and connecting with spirits. Apparently sleeping for too long leads to suicide but suicide is one of my favorite drawing themes.

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If you weren’t illustrating what else would you like to do?

There are many jobs I would enjoy doing. I could be a graphologist or work in a funeral home. Of course I would also like to start a music band and go for a tour in the US, but I can’t play any instrument.

Interview by Amanda M. Jansson

http://www.chromry.blogspot.com/

https://www.facebook.com/Chromry

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