Monday, 11 May 2009

CinemaScope: An Exhibition of Contemporary Printmaking Inspired by 100 Hundred Years of Cinema.

This month a host of illustrators pay homage to international cinematic history. Referencing a century of film favourites, 35 illustrators including Jon Burgerman, Graham Rawle and Modern Toss reinterpret imagery from A Fist Full of Dollars, E.T, The Goonies and Reservoir of Dogs. With a firm nod to film memorabilia, CinemaScope is one for any avid movie fan, while uniting the finest talent UK printmaking and illustration.

The month long exhibition features a collective of thirty-five illustrators and printmakers displaying screen-printed depictions of their film favourites. Through a broad range of imagery and caricatures, CinemaScope artists provide kooky interpretations of a broad genre of films.

Spencer Wilson’s recreates the film noir backdrop of ‘Taxi Driver,’ complete with his own version of Robert De Niro. Invited to exhibit alongside established Boxbird artists are renowned illustrator John Burgerman, Modern Toss and members of critically acclaimed Peepshow Illustration Collective. Peepshow are famed for a number of highly successful exhibition projects spanning a decade, from Victoria & Albert Museum to collaborations with super brands such as Diesel, Levis and MTV. And of course, Jon Burgerman, one of England’s most revered illustrators, his distinctive doodling has seen pride of place in galleries as far and wide off as LA, to Shanghai and Melbourne, and he’s designed everything from tees, toys, books, stickers and sneakers to bags, sick bags and video games.

While only established in February 2008 as an arts venue Boxbird studio is now accredited for specialising in limited edition and original artwork by many exciting names currently breaking on to the British art scene. Through both word of mouth and following a series of highly successful shows, the Hove based gallery has now become a choice location for the UK’s emerging illustrators, printmakers, and fine artists. Since the launch of Boxbird studios, founders Graham and Alice have also contributed to the acclaimed Brighton Fringe Festival, as well as securing winning artists from the Visual Arts Prize awards for several past Boxbird projects.

CinemaScope opens on Friday 8th May and will be open Wednesday to Sunday 11am - 4pm untill Sunday 31st May.

By Nick Davies

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