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Grey Matter Art Reveal Two New Posters For TromaDance 2014; ‘Toxic Anvenger’ By Godmachine Plus We Interview ‘Cannibal the Musical’ Artist Timothy Pittides

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New York based poster company Grey Matter Art recently launched with two fantastic posters for Cannibal Holocaust by Randy Oritz and Escape From New York by Gabz and are now back with their next two releases!

A couple of weeks ago Grey Matter Art teased of not one but two posters for, in my opinion, Troma’s best movies by Timothy Pittides and Godmachine. Now, we can finally reveal these two wonderful posters which we are really pleased to say will be available globally, so us U.K folks can also bag one, too!

Cannibal the Musical Timothy Pittides

 “Cannibal! the Musical” by Timothy Pittides
8 Colour, 24×18 Screen Print, Numbered
Regular Edition of 135
Printed by VG Kids on 100# French Paper

 Timothy Pittides has taken on Cannibal The Musical by South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker. The film, originally titled Alferd Packer: The Musical, was created by the pair while studying at University and released by Troma in 1993. I originally saw this movie around 1998 at the age of 12, just after South Park hit screens in the U.K. I was amazed by it. I had never seen anything so, to be frank, fucked up! It was hilarious. Me and my friends just ate it up. Since then I have lapped up anything by Matt Stone and Trey Parker and recently discovered a similar kind of magic when I saw The Book Of Mormon in the west end.

We recently spoke to Timothy who was kind enough to spare some time to talk about the poster and the awesome vintage style which he adopted for the piece.

Grey Matter Art will shortly be releasing your excellent poster for Cannibal The Musical at this years Troma Dance in Brooklyn. How did you feel when they asked you to tackle Cannibal the Musical?

Mike of Grey Matter contacted me regarding this film before they released their first poster. It was quite a honor that they had me in mind the entire time. I was happy to do it. And to have it debut at Tromadance 2014 is the extra icing on the cake.
The movie was the first by South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker and later picked up by Troma for release. I remember watching it on a scuzzy copy back in the 90’s. Was the film something’s you personally were a fan of?

You know, I never saw the film until Grey Matter asked me to do the poster! I knew about it but never had the chance to view it. So I immediately ran into the living room and logged into Netflix and hoped it was available for streaming, which it was. I watched it and laughed my ass off. It was even better the second time around. I must have watched it four or five times before I even started the artwork. Brilliant film and it has become a favorite of mine.
Cannibal The Musical is set during the 1880’s in America and your posters style is very befitting of the era and unlike many posters released today, alternative or otherwise. What led you to making this style choice?

The retro parody poster idea was not the first idea at all. When I sat down and began thumbnailing the poster, the original idea was a 12″ x 24″ window panel to give it that old time play feel. When I began to pencil it out, it became clear that 1. the composition was feeling too cluttered. and 2. that the film deserved something better and bigger size wise. I went back to the sketch book and did some research. Being that the film was a parody of “Oklahoma!”I began to look at advertising and posters for that film which would lend itself well to parody. I found a great poster and began to work off of it. I had some much fun doing this. Posters from that time period are so great and vibrant, just pleasing to the eye. I may have to do this retro style again. It was that much fun.
This vintage style seems to be really underused and certainly lends itself to other movies. Would there be other films you would like to represent in this style.

I would love to try and do Robert Rodriguez’s Desperado in this style. Nacho Libre too. As well as some 70’s and 80’s horror films.
When you sit down to produce a poster or print, how do you initially approach the subject and decide on content and composition?

It varies from print to print. It really comes down to tone and story. Certain films are character based, which of course means likeness but other films do not require that. I felt that way about The Exorcist. Sure, I could have done Linda, or the priests, but to me, that is not what the film is about. Which is why I went in the direction I went in. I am trying to stay away from basic likeness collages for future prints. I believe you need to tell a story in the work. Combining both characters and story in one print while finding my own groove is going to be a goal of mine in the future.

Grey Matter art are certainly doing some great work and picking cult properties that often aren’t touched by other companies making them very unique and exciting. What was your experience working with them and will we be seeing more from you at Grey Matter?

Mike and Jared over at Grey Matter are some of the best people in this community. They are fans first. They truly care about the art and the artists who produce it. It is refreshing. They supported me in every direction and decision I made and working with me was one of the best working environments I have been in. Yes, I am a member of their roster and will be doing some more work with them in the near future.
You previously mentioned Desperado and Nacho Libre, for our last question, what would be the one film or property that you have yet to tackle that your are chomping at the bit to do?

The Shining. I have such a wonderful idea for the film that requires no likeness rights at all. Just hope I can translate it to paper.

On the back of his recent solo show at the Flood Gallery in London, U.K artist Godmachine has tackled arguably Troma’s most well known movie, 1984’s The Toxic Avenger. Directed by Lloyd Kaufman, acting under the pseudonym Samuel Weil, The Toxic Avenger spawned three sequels and a television cartoon, Toxic Crusaders. Remember that super catchy theme tune? At one point Arnold Schwarzenegger was lined up to star in a remake by Steve Pink, let’s hope that never transpires!

 

Toxic Avenger Godmachine“The Toxic Avenger” By Godmachine
5 Colour 18×24 Screen Print, Numbered
Regular Edition of 150
Variant Edition: 75/5 Color, GID Layer
Printed By Valhalla Studios On House Natural Paper

“The Toxic Avenger” Glow In The Dark Variant By Godmachine
5 Colour, With GID Layer (Shown) 18×24 Screen Print, Numbered
Variant Edition of 75
Printed By Valhalla Studios On House Natural Paper

 

Both of these pieces will be available at Grey Matter Art table at the 15th annual TromaDance film festival at the Paperbox in Brooklyn, New York on the 27th and 28th of June. Any remaining copies going online on Tuesday, July the 1st between 1pm and 2pm. As a special incentive, Grey Matter Art and Timothy Pittides will also be offering a giveaway for the original 12×12 pencils for Cannibal the Musical.

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Head on over to the Grey Matter Art online store to pick up what is left of their previous releases and follow them on Facebook and Twitter for future print details.

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Grey Matter Art And Dave Perillo Team Up For A New ‘Buck Rogers In The 25th Century’ Print, Available Worldwide!

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Grey Matter Art  certainly have hit the ground running these past few months. With their initial Cannibal Holocaust by Randy Oritz, Escape From New York by Gabz and the recently teased Toxic Avenger by Godmachine and Cannibal the Musical by Timothy Pittides, they have had a brilliant start. Some of these posters you can still pick up in their online store

Grey Matter Art have now released details of their next print, an officially licensed Buck Rogers In The 25th Century by Dave Perillo.

Dave Perillo Buck RogersBuck Rogers In The 25th Century by Dave Perillo
Regular Edition: 130/$40.00
Details: 18×24 5 color Screenprint 
Printed By: Seizure Palace
Paper Type: Regular/Cougar Natural

Variant Buck Rogers Dave Perillo

Buck Rogers In The 25th Century Variant by Dave Perillo
Variant Edition: 60/$45.00
Details: 18×24 5 color Screen print with 2 metallics
Printed By: Seizure Palace
Paper Type: Variant/Bright White

The first release in a two part series, this piece by the very talented artist, Dave Perillo will be released on Tuesday, June 17th at 1:00 PM EST. on the Grey Matter Art Online Store and it will be their first piece to be made available worldwide!

Here is what Dave Perillo had to say on working on the piece.

“When I was asked by Grey Matter Art to do a poster for Buck Rogers in the 25th Century I couldn’t be more excitied, especially since it was from the 1980’s series. I have so many fond memories of watching that show, being a huge Star Wars fan like many other kids in the late 70’s, shows like Battlestar Galactica and Buck Rogers were the next best thing. It was like Star Wars but on TV, this all before I had cable or a VCR so the only way to watch stuff was going to the movies or TV, and being 6 years old going to the movies over and over again wasn’t an option.

The things that really stood out to me about the series was the wicked cool designs of the ships and the great humor that was interjected into the show. Gil Gerard’s portrayal of Buck was great, like a cross between Han Solo and James Bond. I am just so glad I got to create this print and give my self a reason to go back and watch the series again, I hope fans of the show enjoy the print as much as I had working on it.”

The second piece in the series, to be released at a later time, is by the fantastic James White!

Head on over to the Grey Matter Art online store to look at which other prints Grey Matter Art still have available and grab yourself a copy while you still. Also, be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter for future print details.

You can also follow Dave Perillo on Twitter, too!

Grey Matter Art Tease Two Exciting New Troma Posters By Timothy Pittides And Godmachine For Tromadance 2014

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New York based poster company Grey Matter Art recently launched with two fantastic posters for Cannibal Holocaust by Randy Oritz and Escape From New York by Gabz and are now back to tease their next release!

Grey Matter Art have just released a tease of not one but two posters for, in my opinion, Troma’s best movies by Timothy Pittides and Godmachine..

CANNIBAL THE MUSICAL TEASE TIMOTHY PITTIDES GREY MATTER ART

 

Timothy Pittides will be tackling Cannibal The Musical by South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker. The film, originally titled Alferd Packer: The Musical, was created by the pair while studying at University and released by Troma in 1993. I originally saw this movie around 1998 at the age of 12, just after South Park hit screens in the U.K. I was amazed by it. I had never seen anything so, to be frank, fucked up! It was hilarious. Me and my friends just ate it up. Since then I have lapped up anything by Matt Stone and Trey Parker and recently discovered a similar kind of magic when I saw The Book Of Mormon in the west end. I am really excited to see the full reveal and can’t wait to speak with Timothy about this.

TOXIC AVENGER TEASE GODMACHINE GREY MATTER ART

On the back of his recent solo show at the Flood Gallery in London, U.K artist Godmachine will be tackling arguably Troma’s most well know movie, 1984’s The Toxic Avenger. Directed by Lloyd Kaufman, acting under the pseudonym Samuel Weil, The Toxic Avenger spawned three sequels and a t.v cartoon, Toxic Crusaders. Remember that super catchy theme tune? At one point Arnold Schwarzenegger was lined up to star in a remake by Steve Pink.

Troma Dance

Both of these pieces will be available at the 15th annual Tromadance film festival at the Paperbox in Brooklyn, New York on the 27th and 28th of June and revealed shortly before. Any remaining copies going online on Tuesday, July the 1st.

Head on over to the Grey Matter Art online store to pick up what is left of their previous releases and follow them on Facebook and Twitter for future print details.

Grey Matter Art Reveal Their Next Release, The First Ever Officially Licensed ‘Escape From New York’ Screen Print By Gabz

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Last month new poster company Grey Matter Art launched with a phenomenal poster for Cannibal Holocaust by Randy Oritz. Reception to the piece was extremely positive with very few remaining over in their online store

Grey Matter Art recently teased their next piece by Grzegorz Domaradzki A.K.A. Gabz  for for John Carpenter’s masterpiece, Escape From New York, with this excellent image which sent the heads of alternative movie poster collectors everywhere into a spin with excitement.  

Escape From New York Gabz Grey Matter Tease

 

Grey Matter Art and Gabz, in collaboration with StudioCanal, have now lifted the veil and fully revealed the limited edition screen print that marks the first time that Escape From New York will get an official poster.

Creative Director Mike Gregory also had this to say on the poster:

“When we had the chance to obtain the rights to “Escape from New York,” I was very excited and honored to have a shot at it. This movie, in my eyes is a true 80’s classic, which still holds up to this day. Snake is such an iconic character, and I wanted to have this movie presented in a way that does it justice. Being this is the first authorized art poster based on the film, there was only one artist in my eyes that I wanted to take on this project, and that was Grzegorz Domaradzki (Gabz). Though most collectors are probably used to his multiple character compositions, I think he did a great job that separates this from his other work, focusing mainly on Snake, when he is injured, and at his lowest. Gabz depicted this perfectly, and we are very proud to have such a great poster to release to the public. People have been waiting for this movie to have an official poster for it, and I think this is the one.”!

 

Gabz Escape From New York Regular

 

Escape from New York – “Call Me Snake”
Artist: Gabz
Regular Edition: 325/ $50.00
Printed By: D & L Screen Printing

Gabz Escape From New York Variant

Escape From New York – “The Name’s Plissken”
Artist: Gabz
Variant Edition: 175/$75.00
Printed By: D & L Screen Printing

Here is what Gabz had to say on working on the piece:

“When Mike Gregory, co-founder of Grey Matter Art offered me an opportunity to work on John Carpenter’s “Escape from New York” I didn’t hesitate much. My main intention was to deliver something a little bit different from what I’ve been known for until now… something less character based more focused on the movie’s atmosphere, and true to the original poster artwork. Being a fan of the original and iconic poster, my print also has post-apocalyptic streets of New York City, gang members, and the majestic Statue of Liberty (or what was left from it) dominating the skyline. Except Snake Plissken, in my version is all by himself: tired, hurt, on the run and fighting against all odds. Perceptive viewers should also notice Snake’s plane crossing the red walls of the New York City prison and the bottom grid which is intended to be a tribute to visual effects used in the movie”.

We also had a chance to catch up Grey Matter Art Co Founder with Jared Dobbs:

“When we first had the opportunity to work on a project with Gabz, “Escape from New York” was a top choice for both of us to tackle. This really seems to fit perfectly into Gabz’s signature style, from the post-apocalyptic feel, to the 80s special effects. He really picked up on every nuance of the John Carpenter classic, and reinterpreted it in a very special way. We are so very honored to bring you this poster, and think everyone will really enjoy it!”

This is such a great poster and Grey Matter Art really are pulling out all of the stops when it comes to the right movies coupled with crazy talented artists. Both versions of the Escape From New York poster will be released on Wednesday, April 30th between 1pm and 2pm EST at the Grey Matter Art online store , where you can also still pick up Randy Ortiz’s Cannibal Holocaust.

Make sure you also follow Grey Matter Art on Facebook and Twitter for future print details. You can also find Gabz on Facebook, too!

Grey Matter Art Tease Their Next Release, The First Ever Officially Licensed ‘Escape From New York’ Screen Print By Gabz

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Last month new poster company Grey Matter Art launched with a phenomenal poster for Cannibal Holocaust by Randy Oritz. Reception to the piece was extremely positive with very few remaining over in their online store

Grey Matter Art are now prepping the release of their next piece which will be for John Carpenters masterpiece, Escape From New York which will be created by rising star Grzegorz Domaradzki A.K.A. Gabz.

Escape From New York Gabz Grey Matter Tease

Gabz and Grey Matter Art’s poster marks the first time that Escape From New York will get an official screen printed poster and will come as a 24×36, 6 colour screen print and a variant 5 colour. The piece will be printed by D & L Screen Printing.

Here is what Gabz had to say on working on the piece:

“When Mike Gregory, co-founder of Grey Matter Art offered me an opportunity to work on John Carpenter’s “Escape from New York” I didn’t hesitate much. My main intention was to deliver something a little bit different from what I’ve been known for until now… something less character based more focused on the movie’s atmosphere, and true to the original poster artwork. Being a fan of the original and iconic poster, my print also has post-apocalyptic streets of New York City, gang members, and the majestic Statue of Liberty (or what was left from it) dominating the skyline. Except Snake Plissken, in my version is all by himself: tired, hurt, on the run and fighting against all odds. Perceptive viewers should also notice Snake’s plane crossing the red walls of the New York City prison and the bottom grid which is intended to be a tribute to visual effects used in the movie”.

 

-Gabz

 

This is all very exciting and we can’t wait to see the full reveal ahead of the release on April 30th. Gabz is a truly brilliant artist and Grey Matter Art seem to be choosing brilliant titles to give the poster treatment.

Head on over to the Grey Matter Art online store to pick up Randy Ortiz’s Cannibal Holocaust print while you still can and follow them on Facebook and Twitter for future print details.

Candykiller Brian Taylor’s Retro Warped Art Style And Alternative Movie Art is Awesome!

Most of the time when I am compiling these artist showcases I do it from either memories of artwork I have seen in the past or internet art which regularly flashes up on my Facebook wall or turns up on Youtube. So it makes a refreshing change when a previously unknown artist (well to me anyway) is brought to my attention. This time it was thanks to our very own Cult Collective creator James Henshaw, so I had a feeling it would be a fun one to do. My instincts were correct.

Brian Taylor (AKA Candykiller) is a Scottish artist who has taken the influences of his childhood and turned them into some pretty incredible art. The influences seem to come mostly from early Disney features from the 40’s onwards, but also Hanna Barbara and Tex Avery cartoons pop up in his work. This fun, yet slightly chaotic and anarchic style also reminds me of the underground comix book era (70’s – 80’s) with its use of bold colours and strange, sometimes even disturbing imagery not only been incredible to look at, but also truly unique.

His website store seems slightly on the bare side at the moment (with tons of stuff been sold out), but here are some of the cooler items I saw on there.

candykiller beast

Signed and Numbered ‘Beast’ Letterpress Print. Size – A4 (210mm x 297mm / 8.3in x 11.7in) . Two colour inked letterpress. Printed on Somerset off-white 300gsm 100% cotton art paper. Signed and numbered edition of 100. $20 / £12 (approx) including shipping.

candykiller clown bot

Original painting : hand-painted in acrylic on watercolour paper. Painted area 29cm x 38cm / 11.5″ x 15″. Signed in pencil on surrounding paper. $280 / £170 (approx) including shipping.

candykiller clown

Original painting : hand-painted in acrylic on watercolour paper. Painted area 27cm x 36cm / 10.5″ x 14″. Signed in pencil on surrounding paper. $280 / £180 (approx) including shipping.

candykiller jack rabbot

Original painting : hand-painted in acrylic on watercolour paper. Painted area 31cm x 38.5cm / 12″ x 15.4″. Signed in pencil on surrounding paper. $160 / £100 (approx) including shipping

candykiller fire deity

Original painting : hand-painted in acrylic on watercolour paper. Painted area 26cm x 36.5cm / 10.3″ x 14.4″. Signed in pencil on surrounding paper. $220 / £140 (approx) including shipping.

What is not in short supply though is this guy’s volume of work. He has created tons of items from figures, art prints to trading cards and plushies. Here are some of my favourites from my search on the World Wide Web.

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Recently Brian has been doing some great alternative film posters, with a his recent Aliens poster selling out exceptionally quickly and becoming a huge hit over at the Candykiller Facebook page. Below is a handful of this art which will hopefully result in a full set of sci fi movie posters. (Hensh – That Blade Runner needs to be a poster soon!)

candykiller robocop candykiller thing

candykiller legend

candykiller alien candykiller blade runner

Candkiller also produced this brilliant Hellboy/ Breaking Bad crossover piece and will be featured in Hero Complex Gallery’s upcoming Hellboy 20th anniversary celebrations.

candykiller breaking bad hellboy

You can keep up to speed with all of Brian’s work via the usual social networking avenues Facebook and Twitter as well as his website. With an art style that reminds me of Ron English’s work (not sure if it is just me on this!) it smacks you straight in the face with artistic joy. Now I am hooked on Brian’s work I cannot wait to see what he creates in the near future.