Obituary: Who was Jan Pienkowski? Dies at Aged 85, Meet his Partner David Walser, Family, Net worth

Obituary: Who was Jan Pienkowski? Dies at Aged 85, Meet his Partner David Walser, Family, Net worth

Jan Micha Pienkowski was a Polish-born British author of children’s books who worked as an illustrator, writer, and moveable book designer. He has also created designs for the stage.

Obituary: Jan Pienkowski passes away at the age of 85.

Jan Pienkowski, an original illustrator, writer, and designer of pop-up books, died at the age of 85. His work was inspired by his Polish childhood and experiences as a wartime refugee. He wrote more than 140 children’s books and described his prolific output simply as “creating stories via graphics.”

Piekowski’s distinct style is instantly recognizable. He employed bright colors and striking shapes to appeal to younger readers. He often employed a more diversified palette for older children, using his distinctive colorful ink washes as a background to black paper cut-outs.

Meg and Mog, a series of illustrated adventures about a somewhat hapless witch and her stripy cat, was one of his most successful novels, which he co-wrote with Helen Nicoll from 1972 until her death in 2012. In an interview, Pienkowski stated that Meg and Mog provided him the ability to transform terrifying monsters from his youth into harmless toys.

Pienkowski was taught by his mother as a child, who supported his love of drawing and building things. When he arrived in Britain at the age of ten, he was sent to Lucton boarding school in Herefordshire, where he learned English in addition to his native languages of German, Italian, and Polish. After starting life-drawing classes at the age of 13, his love for art grew even stronger.

Jan Pienkowski Age, Date of Birth,Family. What about his father, mother, where is he from? Early Life

Jan Pienkowski was an 85 years old Polish man. He was born in Warsaw, Poland. His date of birth is August 8, 1936. And his zodiac sign as per his date of birth is Leo.

Jan Piekowski was born in Warsaw, Poland, to farm manager Jerzy and scientist Wanda (née Garlicka). When World War II broke out in Europe in September 1939, he was three years old.

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The family relocated from Bavaria to Austria to Italy from 1944 to 1946, before settling in Herefordshire, England, where Pienkowski attended Lucton School.

Pienkowski was a patron of the Barnes Literary Society and lived and worked in Barnes, London.

He died on February 19, 2022, at the age of 85, from dementia problems.

Which school and college did he go to? What was his major?

Pienkowski studied English Classics at King’s College, Cambridge, after attending the Cardinal Vaughan School in London.

He created the Gallery Five greeting card firm after graduating from university. He began illustrating children’s books in his spare time, but it soon became his full-time job.

Jan Pienkowski Net worth, how much does he earn?

Jan Pienkowski’s net worth is believed to be between $1 million and $8 million dollars. From his major job as an illustrator, he has amassed a sizable fortune.

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Jan Pienkowski career, what is his profession ?

He created the Gallery Five greeting card firm after graduating from university. He began illustrating children’s books in his spare time, but it soon became his full-time job.

In 1968, Pienkowski began collaborating with Joan Aiken, a children’s author. For their 1971 book, The Kingdom Under the Sea and Other Stories (Jonathan Cape), eleven “fairy tales from Eastern Europe and Russia” retold by Aiken, he won the annual Kate Greenaway Medal.

The Library Association presented this award to the best children’s book illustration by a British subject for the year. The librarians describe it as “brilliantly illustrated in a highly original and familiar silhouette manner” in retrospect. He had been one of three Greenaway finalists for Edith Brill’s The Golden Bird a year before.

Pienkowski is most known for drawing Helen Nicoll’s Meg and Mog novels, as well as his pop-up books such as Haunted House, Robot, Dinner Time, Good Night, and 17 others.

Pienkowski won his second Greenaway Medal for Haunted House (Heinemann, 1979). (no one has won three).

It’s been dubbed “the house of terrifying pop-ups” by librarians. The pop-up book was so popular that it was included in Intervisual Books Inc.’s 1992 Annual Report. “Haunted House” was first published in 1979 and has since sold 1,083,366 copies in 13 languages to roughly 30 nations around the world, according to the study.

Pienkowski has always been fascinated by stage design. He was commissioned to create designs for Théâtre de Complicité, the Royal Ballet’s Beauty and the Beast, and Disneyland Paris’ Sleeping Beauty.

He was a guest on BBC Radio 3’s Private Passions, a biographical music discussion program, in December 2008. “[h]is musical choices, all of which have deep personal resonances, reflect his Polish origins as well as his love of both Italy and England,” according to the episode notes. The event began with recordings of two Polish songs: “Infant holy, infant lowly,” a traditional Christmas Carol (lyrics in English translation), and Chopin’s “Military Polonaise.”

Pienkowski received the Booktrust’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019.

Is he available on any kind of social media platform?

The social media reach of Jan is not available at the moment.

Is Jan Pienkowski married? Any children? Who is his partner?

He was a married man and was in a happy relationship with his long-time partner David Walser. sadly David died from complications of dementia on 19 February 2022, at the age of 85.

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Body Appearance of Jan Pienkowski’s Height, Weight

HeightN / A
Hair colorBrown 
Eye colorHazel
WeightN / A
Body typeFit
Sexual orientationGay

Interesting facts about Jan Pienkowski’s which you should be knows

NationalityPolish
EthnicityWhite
Zodiac signLeo
Relationship StatusN / A  
ChildrenN / A
SpouseN / A

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