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Poster Art

 Saturday 23 Jul 2011, 12:47 PM Santa Sangre video poster by Graham Humphreys

All of a sudden proper movie poster art seems to have become a vaguely popular topic (by "proper poster art" I mean poster that are painted rather than bland Photoshop montages that, more often than not, simply consist of the lead actors/characters or their heads).

Recently we`ve had a great book by Drew Struzan about some of the classics he`s created over the years such as Back to the Future, Indiana Jones, The Thing etc.

Then last week, the fantastic new movie poster collection site http://www.filmonpaper.com published a lengthy interview with the best (at least as far as I`m concerned) poster artist ever, Graham Humphreys who did classic UK quad posters such as The Evil Dead and Nightmare on Elm Street http://www.filmonpaper.com/blog/an-interview-with-graham-humphreys

Then to cap it all off, today I spot the BBC has an article on the lost art of painted posters http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-14065082 which once again mentions Graham alongside other British artists who are creating designs for films such as Hobo With a Shotgun http://thedudedesigns.blogspot.com/

I would like to think this is a resurgence for the painted poster as an art form but I doubt anything will change. It will be down to smaller, independent films to do something inventive and the only way we`ll get real art for mainstream cinema is via the likes of Mondo posters, a group of talented artists who create limited edition posters for older genre films, usually for one-off screenings http://www.mondoarchive.com/

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