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Artist’s Reimagine Film Posters For The Dark City Gallery

October 22, 2014

ArtsFilm + EntertainmentGroup ExhibitionPrintmaking | by Maxine Kirsty Sapsford


 

The Wicker Man, Dan Mumford, Dark City Gallery's British Cinema Series, Limited Edition of 150 Pieces, Hand signed by the artist, Hand numbered, Hand printed silkscreen print, 24 X 36 inches
The Wicker Man, Dan Mumford, Dark City Gallery’s British Cinema Series, Limited Edition of 150 Pieces, Hand signed by the artist, Hand numbered, Hand printed silkscreen print, 24 X 36 inches

 

Established in 2009, Dark City Gallery specialises in limited edition handcrafted screen prints by leading contemporary artists and graphic designers, inspired mainly by films and music. Their recent exhibition of prints at The Phoenix Cinema in Finchley consisted of reimaginings of some classic film posters. For those film buffs with wonderful taste, you are in for a treat. The selection of films is random, from Batman Returns to Blow Up. The majority are British and international classics from various time periods.

 

 King Kong, La Boca, 80th Anniversary, 2013, Hand signed by the artist, Hand numbered, Handmade silkscreen print, Limited Edition of 100 pieces, 18" X 24"

King Kong, La Boca, 80th Anniversary, 2013, Hand signed by the artist, Hand numbered, Handmade silkscreen print, Limited Edition of 100, 18″ X 24″

Highlights include four brilliant pieces by La Boca, the very successful art studio in Portobello. A moody and evocative poster for Carol Reed’s The Third Man focuses on the famous use of shadow in the film. La Boca uses similar magic on two romantic prints for King Kong, highlighting the relationship between Ann Darrow (Fay Wray) and the Ape as well as its theatrical ending. There is also a wonderfully majestic print for Michael Cimino’s The Deep Hunter, which merges a man walking in a forest with the antlers of a stag, perfectly capturing the lonely and foreboding mood of the film.

 

Slawa Harasymowicz’s fascinating poster for Michael Powell’s Peeping Tom also really captures the spirit of the source material with a simple but quite violent image of a man, a girl, and a camera.

 

Paul Flanders’ poster for The Long Good Friday is well done, clearly by a fan of the British gangland epic. Flanders manages to fit lots of references to the original film including a rather mean looking Bob Hoskins in his prime. Even the meat hooks are featured.

 

Edward Tuckwell’s Brief Encounter is evocative of the era. Making full use of steam from a train coming into a station, Tuckwell gives a sense of movement and romance.

 

Recent exhibition at The Phoenix Cinema in Finchley
Recent exhibition of silk screen film posters at The Phoenix Cinema in Finchley, Image Courtesy Dark City Gallery.
'Suspiria', Jessica Seamans (Landland), Screening at The Phoenix Cinema, Hand signed by the artist, Hand numbered, Limited Edition of 110 pieces, 4-colour silkscreen print, 18 X 24 inches
‘Suspiria’, Jessica Seamans (Landland), Screening at The Phoenix Cinema, Hand signed by the artist, Hand numbered, Limited Edition of 110 pieces, 4-colour silkscreen print, 18 X 24 inches

 

I have never seen Dario Argento’s Suspiria, but something about Jessica Seaman’s (Landland) distressing image sticks in the memory and I will be seeking it out on the basis of this twisted piece. Two further highlights from their collection; though framed by a gritty, industrial landscape, Nick Rhodes captures the glorious freedom and hope of Ken Loach’s Kes and Adam Simpson does a wonderful job of reflecting the action packed plot of The 39 Steps with a suitably chaotic image that Escher would be proud of.

 

Each print is available for purchase (framed or not); the prices range from £40 to £225 and are limited edition silk screen prints. All prints can be viewed at their online gallery – darkcitygallery.com.

 

Hamza Mohsin

The Long Good Friday, Paul Flanders, 2013, Hand Numbered, Hand Signed, 5 colour hand printed silkscreen, Limited edition of 100, 18 X 24 inches
The Long Good Friday, Paul Flanders, 2013, Hand Numbered, Hand Signed, 5 colour hand printed silkscreen, Limited edition of 100, 18 X 24 inches