Under the scorching sun that set its home above London, Somerset House was buzzing with family and friends taking in their beautiful surroundings. The adults feasted on their lunchtime sandwiches in Somerset’s outdoor restaurant, whilst kids ran through the sprinklers to help stay cool. Beyond the excitement of these sun lovers, Somerset House was hosting a gallery which consisted of screen printed film posters celebrating Film4’s summer screen that was returning for its third year.
Print Club London provided these works of art, showcasing unique takes on movie posters that exploit the respected artists creativity. A wide range of films such as An American Werewolf in London, West Side Story and Do the Right Thing were represented, showcasing the varied talents of the group of artists selected.
One of the pieces that stood out from across the room was Joe Wilson’s work on the Studio Ghibli hit Princess Mononoke. There may be a slight biased view due to my constant fanboying (yes, I created a word right there) and love affair of Studio Ghibli, but the image of Princess Mononoke riding her beloved hound left me picking up my jaw from the floor. The dark shades used to bring the piece to life reflects on the mood of the film very well, giving an edgy look to Princess Mononoke and her companion, a quality the character embraces throughout the film.
Another piece that stood out from the crowd was Cassandra Yap’s take on Tarantino’s drama filled 1993 release True Romance. The vibrant colours of the green frames with blue tinted lenses portray a feel of sexiness that is only made bigger from the bright red lips that take their place just below. The collage of film screenshots that occupy the lenses is a nice touch, making myself feel disappointed that this wasn’t the official poster for the movie, or at least the DVD cover. Come on Hollywood, at least the cover of the special addition Blu Ray re-release would be just as great.
Other notable work were Peter Strain’s breathtakingly detailed pencil sketch of Hannibal from The Silence of the Lambs and Joe Vass’s throwback take on the 1979 street gang inspired movie The Warriors.
The Summer Screen Prints film poster exhibition is showcased until August 23rd, giving you plenty more time to see these amazing works and picking your jaw up from the floor yourself.