Alain Le Quernec, France (1989)
The first ‘poster’ I remember (I was four) was not a real poster, but a painted wall by Loupot. After secondary school in Lorient I studied in Paris (1961) to become an art teacher. My first poster was printed in 1962, and I became an art teacher in 1965. Being in love with Polish posters, I stopped teaching for one year to study at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw with Professor Henryk Tomaszewski. Returning to France (1972) as a teacher in Brittany, I developed my poster design practice in this remote province, applying very simple techniques. My exhibition at the Paris Poster Museum in 1987 became a landmark in my own development. My 1999–2006 production remains political, social and cultural, without any contact with advertising and such. Apart from posters, I have a varied graphic design practice in editorial design, signage projects and press illustrations (for Le Monde). A list of awards, medals and distinctions only on demand; discreet answer assured.