Feliks Topolski

Born 1907, Feliks Topolski Studied at the Warsaw Academy of Art and subsequently settled in England in the mid-thirties and became a British subject in 1947.

In 1936 he became a regular feature contributor to "Night and Day" along with Graham Greene and Evelyn Waugh and illustrated Shaw's "In Good King's Charles' Days".

From 1940 to 1945 he was official Polish War Artist recording not only life on the home front but also the war in Europe and the East. Many of his works of the period are in the Imperial War Museum and were reproduced in Illustrated London News & Sketch.

Feliks Topolski painted portraits of contemporaries, including the authors H.G. Wells, Graham Greene, John Mortimer and Evelyn Waugh, and politicians Harold Macmillan and Aneurin Bevan, He also painted murals, contributed to BBC programs, such as Face to Face and designed theatrical sets. Between 1975 and his death he worked on a 600 ft mural in railway arches on London's South Bank, depicting events and people of the 20th century. It is open to the public as the Topolski Century.

In 1989, Feliks Topolski was elected a senior Royal Academician as a draughtsman.

The opening exhibition of Bohun Gallery in 1973 was Topolski's drawings illustrating "War and Peace" published by the Folio Society. Topolski has exhibited worldwide in Argentina, Australia, Canada, Eire, France, Italy, Poland, Switzerland, and the U.S.A.

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