British artist born in the town of Finchley in 1953. He moved with his family to Australia at the age of eleven, graduated from high school, and obtained two years of artistic training at college until a motorcycle accident ended his educational career. He soon went to work for a printing company, eventually serving as its Senior Product Coordinator, before going into business as a freelance artist. Returning to Britain in 1984, he began receiving assignments to paint sf and Fantasy book covers. His first noteworthy effort, for a 1985 edition of Philip José Farmer’s Strange Relations (coll 1960), featured a strange tentacled creature embracing a naked man sucking his thumb; another distinctive effort, for a 1986 edition of Greg Bear’s Blood Music (1985), offered a bald woman’s head seemingly melting into a grey mass. He has also featured works for author Iain M Banks.
Having demonstrated his talents for surrealistic images, sometimes rendered in surprising colours, Salwowski worked steadily as a cover artist for fifteen years, exclusively for British publishers. Unusually versatile, he could effectively illustrate works of Heroic Fantasy, as seen in his painting of a woman riding a dragon for the cover of a 1993 edition of Andre Norton and Mercedes Lackey’s The Elvenbane (1991), but he could also handle the tropes of Hard SF, as in his portrait of a Spaceship nearing Saturn for a 2000 edition of Orson Scott Card’s Earthborn (1995).