I am ashamed to say that before Wednesday I hadn’t heard of Richey Beckett. When Mondo announced that they were to release an Army Of Darkness poster by him, I had to check out his work. Since then I have been looking at as much of his stuff as I can find. The majority of the Wales based artist’s work is produced in pen, and the detail is amazing. It is no wonder that his clients include Metallica! It also seems I was a little late to the party as he has an impressive 22,ooo Facebook followers!
Following on from his Mondo Army of Darkness poster, which were released earlier this week, next Wednesday, August the 20th, Richey will be releasing “Goliath”, a limited edition screen print.
Black Dragon Press is a brand new London, UK based online gallery based who are focused on offering affordable high quality limited edition prints.
For their first release Black Dragon Press have teamed up the incredibly talented Nicolas Delort to produce a poster based on Werner Herzog’s haunting epic Nosferatu The Vampyre which will come in a regular and variant edition. The prints will go on sale this Friday June 6th at 2pm GMT via the Black Dragon Press website.
Nosferatu (Regular) by Nicolas Delort
2-colour 18″ x 24″ hand-pulled screen print.
270gsm Superfine Softwhite Eggshell Archival Paper.
Hand numbered. Edition of 200.
Printed by White Duck Screenprint.
4-colour 18″ x 24″ hand-pulled screen print.
270gsm Superfine Softwhite Eggshell Archival Paper.
Hand numbered. Edition of 50.
Printed by White Duck Screenprint.
Canadian and French illustrator Nicolas Delort grew up in the Ontario wilderness before moving to France as a teenager. After studying illustration in Lyon, he moved back to the grey and rainy suburbs of Paris where he lives and works. Awards include a Society of Illustrators Gold Medal and more recently a Spectrum Fantasy Art Gold Medal for his cover of the novel The End of The Road. Clients include Blizzard Entertainment, Games Workshop, Solaris, Mondo and now Black Dragon Press.
Nicolas did this video on the process of creating the poster:
Nosferatu The Vampyre is a particular haunting print which is gloriously captured in this piece that was developed with the blessing of the movie’s director, the inimitable Werner Herzog.
It’s always exciting to make announcements about new art prints, and especially exciting to make announcements on new poster companies too. Ladies and Gentlemen, allow me to introduce you to Grey Matter Art.
Founded in New York in 2013, Grey Matter Art is a limited edition, studio licensed film and entertainment poster company with many new and exciting projects on the horizon. We aim to take an industry inspired by pop culture, and reinvent it using the techniques that other companies have made successful, but take them to a new level. Our goal here is to bring our unique brand of creativity to the marketplace for collector’s items such as licensed posters, apparel, and other great merchandise. We also plan to be a very active and open contributor to the community and want to include fans and collectors in this process and know that everyone will have a forum to have their voice heard. In the end, we hope to create something special for the collector not only to enjoy, but to look back on and have fond memories of. Understanding how special these pieces of art are to collectors, we will put the utmost care and professionalism into packaging and shipping your items.
The passion of founders Mike Gregory and Jarod Dobbs is clear, they have a vision and intend to deliver unique and high quality collectible posters. The first of which“Cannibal Holocaust”. Released in 1980 and directed by Ruggero Deodato, Cannibal Holocaust is often referred to as “The most controversial movie of all time” and innovated the found footage style of narrative ﬁlm making.
Cannibal Holocaust Poster by Randy Ortiz
“Welcome to the Jungle”
Regular Edition of 250, Priced at $45.00
Printed by: The Half & Half
Cannibal Holocaust Poster by Randy Ortiz
“Welcome to the Jungle” Green Inferno Variant
Regular Edition of 125, Priced at $55.00
Printed by: The Half & Half
Grey Matter Art will be releasing Cannibal Holocaust “Welcome to the Jungle” by Randy Ortiz on Tuesday, April 08th at a random time between 1:00-2:00 PM. EST.
Grey Matter Art have really hit the nail on the head by bringing in artist Randy Ortiz to work on this print, and he has delivered quality in spades. This is what Ortiz had this to say about Cannibal Holocaust…
“I was a somewhat strange kid growing up. I had a morbid curiosity and was incredibly fascinated with the world of underground pseudo snuff cinema. I always kept this to myself and never shared the fact I had bootleg VHS tapes of classics such as Flowers of Flesh and Blood, the Faces of Death series, and Men Behind the Sun. Looking back at these ﬁlms as an adult, one could argue the disgusting brutal nature of these ﬁlms in comparison to Cannibal Holocaust are far and beyond, but for some reason it doesn’t feel that way to me. Even after all these years, I still ﬁnd Cannibal Holocaust to be very unsettling to watch. The incredibly offensive and controversial scenes drape over a powerful message about what we perceive as ‘reality’ in the media and that we should seek truth farther beyond what is presented to us. I feel that message is still important to this day. A ﬁlm crew fabricating a village slaughter who end up paying the ultimate price is something I wanted to capture in my poster as opposed to doing a rendition of the straight forward “impaled girl” that the ﬁlm is most known for. I feel going this route pays tribute to the more underlying story Ruggero Deodato wanted to convey to his audience. It’s a crazy ﬁlm that is deﬁnitely not for the majority, but it still is one of the few ﬁlms out there that has left a lasting, scarring impression on me.” !
Grey Matter Art founders Mike Gregory and Jarod Dobbs kindly took some time out to answer a few questions we had:
Cult Collective – Firstly, congratulations on Grey Matter Art. It’s always exciting to see a new company on the scene. What influenced you to set up Grey Matter Art?
Mike- Thank you so much for the kind words regarding our new poster company. We are very excited after months and months of very hard, but fun work to finally show everyone what we have been working on. What Influenced us to start Grey Matter Art, is that first and foremost we have a huge appreciation for gig and film poster art, I know it sounds kind of simple, but it’s true. We are both collectors, and it’s great to see what artists are doing, and see how their styles progress with each project that comes out. Aside from that, we really wanted to see specific properties that either haven’t been done before, or haven’t been done in while, and give those titles the correct treatment with the proper artists.
Jared-We are big fans of the underdogs which we feel we can really relate to. Many artists deserve a chance to do official projects and the more companies doing it the better in my opinion.
CC – Lastly, can you give us a clue as to what we prepare ourselves for and get excited about over the next few months?
Mike-While I can’t get into it now because we need to keep things a bit of a secret at the moment, we will definitely be revealing some projects in the very near future, that I think you will find very interesting.
Jared-One thing about our launch poster I will say, is that it I think it will turn some heads. It will be something that has not been done before, and it is really turning out to be a great piece. And as for the coming months, we will be teasing some pics of our upcoming projects.
If that isn’t enough, Grey Matter Art are also proud to announce their partnership with Post No Joes Productions as executive producers of Twenty-four by Thirty-six, a movie poster documentary by director Kevin Burke that we are very excited to see. Co-founder and creative director Michael Gregory, expressed his excitement over the companies ﬁrst ofﬁcial release and the documentary.
“When we had the idea of signing on with Kevin Burke for his Twenty-four by Thirty-six documentary, we really thought it was a great opportunity to be a part of something so important to the ﬁlm poster community. Kevin has been great in working with us and keeping us up to date on his travels to meet so many talented artists, as well as some of the best galleries out there doing this too. I think the documentary will cover a lot of different ground and also show the inner workings of what it takes to actually create a ﬁlm poster.”
The Cannibal Holocaust poster titled “Welcome to the Jungle” will be going on sale at a random time between 1:00-2:00 PM. EST. on Tuesday April 08th. Regular edition posters are $45.00 with a run of 250, and the “Green Inferno” variant will be $55.00 with a run of 125. For more information please visit the Grey Matter Art Website. You can also visit them on Twitter, Facebook, & Instagram. Grey Matter Art will have a few major projects to announce soon with some very talented artists attached, so be on the look out. Also, they plan to have select screenings to coincide poster drops in and around the New York area, and will be announcing the ﬁrst screening and artist soon as well. Sign up for the newsletter for all future updates.
Last Saturday Mondo held their eleventh mystery movie screening at The Crest theatre in L.A. The screening, to no ones surprise, was for the festive action classic, Die Hard. What was surprising however was their choice in artist, Laurent Durieux, who knocked it out of the park with what I have chosen as one of Cult Collective’s 10 top picks of 2013.
The Mondo team also put together this fantastic video on the event, too.
After the screening Mondo announced that from February the 7th through to March the 1st at the Mondo Gallery in Austin, Texas that they would be holding a gallery titled ‘The Art of Laurent Durieux’, his first solo show!
On Sunday morning Laurent was kind enough to chat with me about that poster and what about his upcoming solo gallery he was looking forward to most .
[I will] meet all the poster enthousiasts in person and meet the Mondo guys as well, be able to put faces on all these names. Of course, as an artist it would be lying to say I’m not interested with the response to my work. I’ve been working (almost) like a slave 😊 for the last 6/7 months full time on those posters and I hope the hard work will live up to it, that the collectors and fans will dig them.
You can read the full article here.
Mondo have also revealed two of the prints for the show, one for Alfred Hitchcock’s adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier’s novel, The Birds and the other for Fred Wilcox’s classic sci-fi Forbidden Planet, a loose adaptation of Shakespear’s, The Tempest. Mondo also teased a Back to the Future poster too!
These posters have great use of colour and suit Laurent’s style brilliantly.
Laurent told Mondo on working on Forbidden Planet
“Man, I love this movie! So retro-futuristic, so naive, so kitsch! That’s really my dope! Robby the Robot is iconic which is why I had to put it as THE star of the movie poster. The original poster is just sublime, the colours are just so vibrant, and so I tried to emulate that impression on my own take of this science fiction classic. This poster is the piece that took me the longest to finish, almost 2 months! I think it was worth the effort and the number of layers!”
Laurent told Mondo his thoughts on working on The Birds
“The bloody beak of the crow is a direct reference to the scene where the neighbour is found in his bedroom by Jessica Tandy with his eyes missing. I originally wanted to place an eyeball in the crow’s beak, but I thought it was a bit too gory for a Hitchcock movie… so I toned it down a notch. I really love the variant on this one,”
So it’s time to get those plane tickets to Austin booked as Laurent will also be there in person for a chat with his fans. An opportunity you can’t miss!
Last night Mondo held their eleventh ‘Mondo Mystery Movie’ event and this time it was in Los Angeles at the Crest Theatre. There was plenty of speculation beforehand as to what the movie would be and who the art for the customary poster would be by, not least by us. Mondo certainly did not disappoint.
As we predicted, ‘Mondo Mystery Movie XI’ was indeed Die Hard, the greatest action/ christmas movie of all time and the poster was by the always amazing Laurent Durieux. Laurent has done a great job with this poster. The simple yet effective image captures so much of the movie, both tonally and in reference. The poster came in a regular edition of 450, a variant of 150, metal variant of 80 and a super glass printed variant, given to one lucky guest.
Laurent was kind enough to have a quick chat with me this morning about the artwork and what he and Mondo aimed to capture and represent with the poster.
Justin, Mitch and Rob know I always try to bring something more to a poster either an idea, concept or some sort of pathos. With Die Hard, obviously the pathos thing was out as it’s what I call a muscle movie. My main concept was that I wanted to use Christmas in L.A. And the snow bubble was a good way for me to do that, sort of cheesy and humoristic like the movie, also of course the broken glass refers directly to the scene in the film. So it is a concept more than a poster with dozens of portraits and key scenes you usually see in countless posters, I always try to come up with something people won’t expect and from reading the feedback from the people online, looks like I did just that.
I also asked Laurent for a poster to truly represent Die Hard, what did he feel would need to be included.
[To] truly represent Die Hard, you would probably have to go for explosions, blood, etc… And that’s not what I really want to do you know, I think other artists would do this much better than I ever would, so I would say that my take on the film is probably not spot on but it’s just different and to me that is, as an artist, really important. What’s the point of doing something so many people can/would do?
Laurent Durieux’s art always amazes me. He has the knack of being able to represent a movie without having to have the main character front and centre. His Jaws piece for example is a brilliant, and highly sought after, piece of art and is probably the only Jaws poster not to feature a shark.
Below are some pictures of the prints that were given out to attendees based on their ticket package. These pictures come courtesy of Amer Nizam.
Mondo went to the extra effort of making sure that the night was special by inviting fans to go an a limo ride, with fully stocked liquor cabinet, to the original ‘Nakatomi’ building featured in the movie. They also dressed up the movie theatre with fake glass and signs asking to fans to remove their shoes in a nice little nod to one of Die Hards memorable set pieces. As an extra little bonus, Mondo also produced this cool bearer bonds in reference to Hans Gruber’s scheme to steal $640 million.
If that wast enough, Mondo also went to the effort of producing ‘Al Powell’ handbills by Tyler Stout. Reginald Veljohnson who played ‘Al Powell’ in the first three Die Hard movies was also in attendance at the event to introduce the movie alongside Mondo’s Justin Ishmael.
As part of the ‘Super Variant’ package, guests were also lucky enough to get another unique piece, a replica sweater from another of Die Hard’s memorable moments. This picture is taken from eBay.
Finally, with Laurent Durieux producing the truly brilliant poster for the movie, Mondo took the opportunity to announce that they would be hosting ‘The Art of Laurent Durieux’ a gallery dedicated to his work opening the 7th of Feb and running until the 1st of March at the Mondo Gallery, Austin. Mondo even previewed a great piece by Laurent for Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds.
I asked Laurent what he was most looking forward to ahead of his gallery ‘The Art of Laurent Durieux’
What I’m looking forward to? [I will] meet all the poster enthousiasts in person and meet the Mondo guys as well, be able to put faces on all these names. Of course, as an artist it would be lying to say I’m not interested with the response to my work. I’ve been working (almost) like a slave 😊 for the last 6/7 months full time on those posters and I hope the hard work will live up to it, that the collectors and fans will dig them.
Based on the popularity and quality of Laurent’s work, it is bound to be a fantastic gallery. Stay tuned for more details on that.