The Things I’ve Seen but Didn’t Have a Smartphone


Un-commissioned | Professional

Why did you make this work:
“The Things I’ve Seen but Didn’t Have a Smartphone” series is my hommage to Hong Kong. During my three months long stay in there, I used to do long walks without mobile as Sticking with mobile devices is easy to miss all the interesting and inspiring moments around us and the chance of seeing a wider narration behind them. No internet, maps or translator lead me to many imaginations of the city.

How was the illustration used:
These illustrations were used for Mateusz’s solo art exhibition in Hong Kong to show his imagination and experiences about this city. The illustrations were also used on making limited editions products for the art show, to cooperate with local writer to match with a story about the side streets in the city. The artworks of exhibition gained good response from the audiences of Hong Kong.

How did you make this work:
Since one of the topics of the series is enjoying reality by staying offline the process of gathering materials required sources other than photos taken by a smartphone. I drew all the series with brush pen on paper, scanned it and used Photoshop for coloring.

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Based in Poland

Mateusz Kolek is a Polish illustrator heavily influenced by traditional and popular art in Asia, as Soviet sci-fi movies. He graduated History of Art with master degree in Cracow. For over a dozen of years, he has been collaborating with multiple Polish and international media, publishing houses, marketing agencies and corporate clients. In 2019 he had his first solo exhibition in Hong Kong.