Films & posters. A match made in heaven if you ask me and an inspirational form of visual identity that has sparked new ideas and creative solutions throughout the years. We all know plenty of iconic movie advertisements that have blown up over time and in the EJP household we’re a big fan of a good flick along with the visuals and the soundtrack to match.
As you can imagine, we were thrilled to see the grand return of the Somerset House x Print Club London Summer Screen Prints exhibition this year and with one certain Warriors poster by Joe Vass already framed in our home we were definitely on the lookout for any possible colourful additions to our collection.
The purpose of the exhibition is for artists to reinterpret some of the best films around, all of which have also been chosen for the Film4 Summer Screen line-up at Somerset House. The selected illustrators are unique, diverse and not all are well-known yet, so here’s your chance to discover some new talent and stock up on some pretty damn cheap limited-edition screen prints.
One of the more exciting changes to the exhibition this year is the additional catalogue of initial sketches and early progressive work on display. As always the details of the process always interest me so it’s great to see a little more insight into the preparation work each of the artists has gone through in order to create their piece. And that’s not all – you can also catch each creator on film in the screening room, talking to camera about their creative process and watch them actually creating it in the workshops.
Pieces that particularly caught my eye this year included Daisy Emersons ‘Bite Me’ depiction of 10 Things I Hate About You as well as Paul Wardski’s layered take on Things to Come. Although I haven’t seen the film yet Concepción Studios’ have brought a really nice visual concept through for A.I. thriller Ex Machina and I also really enjoyed Lilly Lou’s typographical interpretation of Sunset Boulevard. I’ve gotta say it was a little busy on our visit though, so you bet I’ll be popping back to have another look as there’s so much talent around as well as all the posters from previous years including Hattie Stewart’s AH-MAZING Mean Girls collage/doodle fest!
With the Stanley Kubrick exhibition proving extremely popular (it’s a goodu’un guys) and The World Illustration Awards exhibition also on show until late August, Somerset House is certainly the place to be for anyone with a creative mindset and with just the Kubrick to pay for you may as well take a day trip and have three for the price of one! Don’t forget your extra spending money though lovers as these prints really are a great deal and there’s plenty of other lovely bits in the shop for you to spend your dollar on!
INFO: Showing until 17 August, 10am-6pm (with some special late night openings)
East Wing Galleries, Somerset House. Nearest Tube: Charing Cross or Holborn.