We have been following the progress of movie poster documentary Twenty-Four by Thirty-Six by filmmaker Kevin Burke with keen interest here at Cult Collective. As avid fans of alternative and illustrated movie posters, we just can’t wait to see the movie!
Twenty-Four by Thirty-Six, which was funded through a very successful Kickstarter campaign, features a whole host of top talent from the industry, from artists to filmmakers including Ghoulish Gary Pullin, Jason Edmiston, Phantom City Creative, Andrea Alvin, Joshua Budich, Justin Ishmael of Mondo, Paul Ainsworth, Matt Ryan Tobin and many, many more.
Director Kevin Burke recently got in touch to share with us a brand new trailer for the movie, produced by Post No Joes, that we are excited to share with you!
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!
Over the past few years there have been a number of British artists who have found acclaim on the US pop culture art scene. Jock, Olly Moss, Adam Simpson, Matt Ferguson and Matt Taylor, to name a few, have all succeeded across the Atlantic. Much like with comics in the mid 90’s, there seems to be an appetite for our particular breed of artistic talent.
Sussex based illustrator and designer Matt Taylor has a particular eye for Americana inspired illustrations reminiscent of the classic comic book art of the fifties and sixties, which may go some way to explaining his popularity. Last week Matt had another excellent poster released through Mondo for the Oscar nominated Dallas Buyers Club, which was another successful sell out!
Matt kindly took time out to chat to us here at Cult Collective about his inspiration, style and process as well as his thoughts on the UK pop art scene.
Dallas Buyers Club Poster by Matt Taylor.
Your artwork is very bold, colourful and eye catching, What was your inspiration when you were first developing your style?
I’ve been illustrating professionally for about twelve years now, so my current style is an accumulation of the influences that have shaped me as an artist. Early on in my career I was focused on doing very comic book style work – pen and ink outlines and palettes that used every color available. I wasn’t really happy with the kind of work I was doing or the clients I was reaching, so I decided to strip back my work to a simpler and bolder style (influnced by guys like Paul Blow, whose art was very influential to me). I lost the majority of my clients, but I stuck at it because I was so much happier with the work i was doing and slowly the work started to roll back in again. I was looking at lots of screen print artists like The Small Stakes and was really impressed with how much they could do with so little color, and so I tried to emulate that.
If I can i’ll watch the movie and just see what speaks to me the most. Sometimes it will be a specific scene, sometimes more the mood, usually a combination of the two. While I watch i scribble notes and doodle ideas and then it’s just a case of drawing them on the computer to see what’s working best.
Brick – Mondo
Having produced artwork for comic book’s (Image Comic’s Zero), novels ( Penguin’s John leCarre series), gallery pieces, including both Gallery 1988 and Mondo, as well as a number of magazine and editorial illustrations, what would you say is your favourite medium and where would you like to take your artwork next?
I think book covers and movie posters are my favorite mediums to work with, because they usually require a single strong image to work, and they have to sell the idea and the tone imediately to the viewer. I was lucky enough at my last ‘day job’ before i went self employed to work on illustrations that were used on just about everything from drinks cans to snowboards. Honestly i’m just happy to be paid to draw for a living, so i’ll put my art on just about anything that is sent my way. That said, I have really enjoyed my baby steps into comic art and there are definitely more comics on the horizon. I’m aiming to split my time between commercial illustration and comics over the next twelve months.
Are there any in particular movies that you would love to produce a poster or piece of artwork for?
Top of my wish list at the moment would be: Almost Famous, The Brothers Bloom, Planet of the Apes, and Dazed and Confused.
There have recently been a number of British artists breaking through in the states such as yourself, Jock, Olly Moss, Matt Ferguson and Adam Simpson. Being a fellow Brit, what are your thoughts on the UK pop art scene and do you think there is scope for it to become as popular over here as it is in the states with the likes of Mondo and Gallery 1988?
I’m so new to this ‘scene’ that I dont really feel qualified to comment, but there’s definitely a growth in popularity happening. I was at Thought Bubble in Leeds last November and the queue for Olly, Jock and Mondo started the night before the convention and ran around the side of the building they were in, so i think that’s a good indication. Most of the work that i’ve been offered has come from the US, but there are people like 5 Reel Film who are doing some interesting things in the UK, so it will be good to see the scene grow.
Princess Mononoke Inspired screen print produced for Gallery 1988’s Crazy 4 Cult exhibition
So, what’s next on the cards for yourself that you are able to share with us?
More drawing. Most of my time is taken up with illustration jobs – book covers, magazine editorials, etc – but there’s some more things in the pipeline with Mondo (including one which is about my favorite thing i have drawn). I hope everyone else likes it that much too.
One thing is clear, Matt is a focused guy and is passionate about the work that he produces. I have to admit, it would be great to see Matt round out a Rian Johnson trilogy with pieces for both Brothers Bloom & Looper. As a comics reader, it’s also great to see that Matt will steadily be increasing his work in that medium, too.
For more of Matt Taylor’s work and to keep up to date with future projects, check out his Website and drop him a follow on Twitter.
Yesterday we brought you the exclusive world premier of “Recalling Mars”, one of Marko Manev’s excellent pieces for Bottleneck Gallery’s ‘Inspirations’ exhibit featuring original works by himself and Matt Ferguson. Today we were lucky enough to catch up with Marko’s partner in crime in this exhibit of epic proportions, Matt Ferguson. Matt was kind enough to share a few words ahead of the show which opens this Friday, the 28th of February, at Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn at 7pm.
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!
“Shark Repellent Batspray”
11″ x 24″ Giclee, Signed and numbered edition of ’66
The theme of the show is ‘Influences’, when you look at the work that you put 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.
16″ x 20″ Giclee, signed and numbered edition of 40
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”
16” X 20” hybrid screen & letterpress prints, Signed and numbered edition of 40
You will be heading over to Bottleneck Gallery for the opening night, what are you most excited about?
Meeting the guys and gals I only know from online and emailing. Can’t wait to finally meet Marko and Joe!
SENSEI”, “ME KING!” and DIVE!”
12” X 12” laser cut stencil and spray painted by the artist, Signed and numbered show exclusive edition of 20.
Source: Xombie Dirge
If the fact that Matt has created a HYBRID screen print and letterpress for Batteries Not Included, one of my favourite movies as a kid, he has also raided my childhood memories by producing exceptional artwork inspired by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Batman: The Movie, Transformers, Flash Gordon and Jurassic Park. As an extra added bonus, and because Matt and Bottleneck Gallery are such fine folk, Matt has created a free screen print for the occasion. “Spared No Expense” will be given away to the first 35 orders placed in person and the first 140 orders placed online. How cool is that?
Free screen print, Signed and numbered edition of 175.
11″ X 24″ Giclee, Signed & Numbered edition of 40
Matt has clearly put a lot of hard work, thought and indeed skill into all of these pieces and it is great to see such a mix of print mediums. There are even a few more to be revealed before the show opens! I certainly can’t wait to get my hands on plenty of these and if your in the New York area, I urge you to go. There is plenty of exclusive show content for you to brave the cold for, plus Matt will be there in person to meet and greet!
‘Influences’ opens this Friday, February the 28th with an opening reception from 7pm until 10pm where Matt Ferguson will also be in attendance. The show will run through until March 23rd at Bottleneck Gallery, 60 Broadway, NYC. There will be an online drop at some point with pieces from the show being available online. For more information, head on over to Bottleneck Gallery’s Website, Twitter and Facebook. Also, make sure to follow Matt Ferguson on Twitter and Facebook, too!
With Gallery 1988’s ‘Crazy 4 Cult’ opening this weekend we are starting to see some great prints pop up on the web. One of the most exciting is Joshua Budich’s The Princess Bride print, ‘Is This A Kissing Book?’.
Joshua also kindly took some time out to have a little chat with us about his tremendous year!
‘Is This a Kissing Book?’ (Princess Bride), is an 18″x24″, 4-color screenprint on French 100lb Madero Beach paper; signed and numbered limited-edition of 100 (50 will be available at the show). The print was expertly produced by Danny Askar.
Firstly, congratulations on what has been a fantastic year for you. Both Of your Star Wars prints for ‘Art V Cancer’ have been exceptionally well received and you have contributed towards a number of gallery shows this year including ‘Hero Complex Gallery’s’ Jaws inspired gallery, ‘Smile You Son Of A Bitch’ and ‘Gallery 1988’s’ ‘Say Hi To The Bad Guy’.
For Gallery 1988’s Crazy 4 Cult, what led you to choose The Princess Bride for your print ‘Is This A Kissing book?’
After 6 years of being in this crazy print-game, I had yet to pay homage to what is undoubtedly one of my favorite movies of all time, “The Princess Bride”. So, when I was asked to participate in C4C this year, and PB was on the list of movies to choose from, I jumped on it!
Having tackled a number of famous movies with great results, what is left that you are dying to take a crack at?
I’m dying to finish up my Star Wars OT print series, and perhaps tackle the Prequels; debatably one of the least favorite topics for any print designer. But, now that Eps 7-9 are on their way, we all need to come to grips with Ep 1-3. There’s parts of them I really really love. So, I’m hoping, that if I just focus on them… well… it’s a challenge to say the least! I’m also a huge fan of comedies, so perhaps something under that topic. And, of course, there’s always more Wes Anderson. 😉
You have a knack for capturing great likenesses in your pieces, has there ever been a character that has given you particular difficulty?
Harrison Ford is known for having a very weird face to draw and get a good likeness. Now that I’ve tackled him about half-a-dozen times, I’d have to agree. What an awkwardly handsome man.
With 2013 having been such a great year, what would you say has the been the highlight for you?
The OSCARs print for 88, working with the Apatow folks for charity, various projects for Spoke Art, beginning the Star Wars and Indiana Jones series. It’s been a fantastic year! I can’t complain.
So, give us a tease. What does 2014 have in store for Joshua Budich fans?
More Star Wars. More Indy. More of my Bad Guys series. More of what I want to do… personal pieces, for myself and my family. My son is a constant source of inspiration for me, as I vicariously relive my childhood through him. There seems to be an endless fountain of great ideas when I picture prints I’d love to hang on the walls of his room.
Thanks for taking the time to complete this Joshua! Have a great time at Crazy 4 Cult.
What a nice bloke! Joshua will also be attending Crazy 4 Cult on it’s opening night which is this Friday, December 13th, with an opening reception at 355A Bowery (at Bowery & 3rd) from 7-10 PM. Regular gallery hours will be 12-7 everyday from Saturday, December 14th, through Saturday, December 21st.
To keep an eye on what else is coming to Gallery 1988’s Crazy 4 Cult, check out #Crazy4Cult on Twitter and Instagram