Earlier on in the year Bottleneck Gallery teamed up with Matt Ferguson for his first ever joint gallery show, ‘Influences’, which was in collaboration with fellow Poster Posse member Marko Manev. Many of Matt’s pieces were in extremely high demand and have sold out through Bottleneck. Next Thursday Matt is giving fans and collectors a second chance to pick up some of these pieces., but be warned, they are only available in extremely low numbers!
“Shark Repellent Batspray”
Matt’s ‘Influences’ artist proofs will go on sale next Thursday, 10th of July, via his Online Store where you can see a brief preview of some of the prints that will be available to buy. The numbers available are very small, with as few as 10 for the Spielberg prints. Matt’s ET, Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, Jurassic Park and Batman the movie inspired giclees will be priced at £25 with everything else priced at £2o each. Matt was kind enough to share with us a wider selection of what he will have available as well as a few close up shots!
At the time of the show, Matt was kind enough to share some thoughts with us on the gallery:
Firstly, Matt, congratulations on ‘Influences’! It’s great to see yourself and Marko Manev sharing a show and very well deserved. Can you tell us a little bit about what led up to you both working together?
Thanks! It has been a great show to prepare art for. Me and Marko have known each other via the work we do for quite a while now. I think we first crossed paths when we both did poster art for the film Chronicle a few years ago. Even then it was obvious to me that we both had very similar sensibilities and loved the same kind of films and pop culture. I think that Bottleneck Gallery saw it that way as well as it was them who proposed the idea of us doing a show together. I didn’t even have to think about it! YES!
The theme of the show is ‘Influences’, when you look at the work that you put to, together for the show, was there a particular period in time that you felt more inclined to draw inspiration from?
Easy one this, all my art is inspired by things, mostly films, that I loved and obsessed over as a child. The time frame of inspiration is mostly films from the mid 80’s to early 90’s, so when I was about 5-10 years old. There is also some stuff thrown in there that I was exposed to via my older brothers and parents that really had an effect on me, for example Close Encounters was a film I particularly loved to watch with my parents.
There have been a few pieces teased already, notably the fantastic pieces inspired by Jurassic Park and Batman: The Movie, which both follow a similar tonal theme to your previous Batman pieces for Bottleneck Gallery, what influences have you personally had with your style of art?
I think I am still trying to find a definitive style and my art is always changing and growing. I take influences from all around me but a few things that really had impact are other artists, I just soak it all up.
I like minimalist art and I also really like illustrated posters (Drew Struzan, Paul Shipper etc) but it seems to me most pop culture art is either one or the other of these styles. I want to combine the two, like with my Batman posters, you could say they are minimalist because the ideas and composition are very direct and simple but I also try to render them in an illustrated style often just depicting one scene from the film.
“We Bring Good Things To Life”
Matt’s HYBRID screen print and letterpress for Batteries Not Included, one of my favourite movies as a kid, was such a brilliant idea and showed how much hard work, thought and indeed skill that he put into all of these pieces. As you can see from the detail shots, they look truly brilliant and Matt is an artist at the top of his game.
Matt’s ‘Influences’ artist proofs will go on sale next Thursday, the 10th of July, via his Online Store where you can still pick up his Watchmen and Godzilla pieces. The numbers available are very small, with as few as 10 for the Spielberg prints, and will cost £2o – £25 each.