Bartłomiej Illcat is an illustrator, a designer tied to Łódź, specializing in typography, graphic design, branding, and posters. He makes murals, clothing designs, and press illustrations. Since 2008, he has been running ILLCAT.studio. Until 2019, he was the creative director at Pan tu nie stał. He has won many awards and distinctions, including the Złoty Miecz KTR, Dobry Wzór, Must Have, 3x3 Annual, and Polish Graphic Design Awards. He has taken part in many collective and solo exhibitions. He represented Poland in galleries in New York and Reykjavík with the support of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute. He has presented his typography at Frichez nous la paix in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, and at the Łódź Design Festival. He actively supports the development of Polish design.
This is a large-format mural created by two Łódź-based artists with an interest in design: Maciej Polak and Bartłomiej Illcat. It was specially designed on commission by Hotel PURO and adapted to its architecture. It has a horizontal composition and a monochromatic navy-gray color. The mural is a geometrical abstract. Its dynamic form brings to mind the Russian Constructivists and a realm of imagination linked with science and conquering outer space. The spherical shapes and forms recall stones punctured by triangular “stakes.” It is no accident that this mural was ordered for the hotel in Łódź, known as the mural capital.