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who is this french art director?


these lines give you a little  overview of olivier kempa.

“not too green not too gray.
I could say grayish-green,
or more specifically olive,
and definitely evergreen...”


Naming their child born in France, my (polish) parents made also an unconscious
and interesting over-kerning: they connected two opposite ‘characters’ - the fighter
‘Kempa’ and the peaceful ‘Olivier’ (see opposite) and also two differentes cultures...

Since my first day, I have been therefore carried between some opposite poles like
the electric current : it gives me an inexhaustible energy source, an inquiring mind
always checking the two sides of the coin, and a strong equilibrium in any situation!


as the champion on behalf of the king,
my creations will compete for you!


My graphic design is a reflection of the olive tree symbolic values : an art director
praised for his wisdom, a graphic designer complimented for his fertility, a creative
mind congratulated for his balance, a partner sought for creating wealth and some
creations stirring clients’ hope for their visual communication.
Whether you read about the symbolism of this olive tree (the tree symbol of light)
or about the origins of names (a motto of the ‘kemp’ families is indeed lucem spero,
I hope for light), it must have been written I would work with ‘light’, fine-tuning little
pieces of colored lights on a screen...
At the same time, how opposite these names could be, winning an olive wreath or
fighting for a king’s crown, in both you can find: { to be brilliant }.

{ olivier }

{ Symbol of abundance and peace }
In France, ‘Olivier’ is the name of the olive tree
(olea europaea), an evergreen tree native to
the Mediterranea, rich of symbolic value.
Hearing ‘Olivier’, we could see olive groves
blessed with the sun, feel a warm and dry air,
hear the cicadas and soon imagine the famous
bright oil pouring...

{ kempa }

{ Strong and brave warrior }
The Polish name ‘Kempa’ originates in
kempjion (west germanic) , cempa (old english),
kampa (old frisian) or kamper (old saxon).
They all refer to a man-at-arms, a soldier,
a combatant. Then it became the status name
for champion, that is a professionnal fighter
on behalf of others.
Hearing ‘Kempa’, we could see dark forests
in the north, feel the cold and the moist,
hear the sound of weapons and soon imagine
the dark blood pouring...