Socialist Bleakness Illustrated by Marcin Wolski

Eastern Bloc, a set of illustrations by Marcin Wolski portraying the bleakness of eastern socialist times.

Marcin Wolski is a young graphic designer who lives and works in Sopot, Poland. He has a great passion for web and print design as well as illustration. Whenever he finds the time he likes to work on self-initiated projects. This set of recent illustrations portraits fictitious scenes from Eastern Europe’s communist era. His illustrations are deeply inspired by the predominant, uniform style of socialist art during this period. Marcin Wolski has skillfully illustrated stereotypical scenes such as monotonous cityscapes, people at work, and huge machinery. One illustration is dedicated to the Chernobyl nuclear accident that occurred on April 26, 1986.

Marcin Wolski’s pictures show some kind of bleakness, a system that doesn’t give much space for personal dreams. Below you can see his series ‘Eastern Bloc’. I recommend you to have a look at his website. His portfolio is packed with lots of creative work ranging from print to web design. Just check it out here.

Socialist bleakness illustrated by Marcin Wolski.
Socialist bleakness illustrated by Marcin Wolski.
A crane operator at work.
A crane operator at work. Marcin Wolski’s illustration series depicts stereotypical scenes from the communist era.
A touch of eastern wanderlust in prefabricated apartment blocks.
A touch of eastern wanderlust in prefabricated apartment blocks. From the balcony of a house, a man is watching a passing airplane.
Eastern Bloc, a series by Polish illustrator and graphic designer Marcin Wolski.
Eastern Bloc, a series by Polish illustrator and graphic designer Marcin Wolski. A worker takes a break on the stairs of an open-cast mining crane.
The Chernobyl disaster, a catastrophic nuclear accident that occurred on April 26, 1986.
The Chernobyl disaster, a catastrophic nuclear accident that occurred on April 26, 1986.

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