Print Club and Film4 to launch poster exhibition

Print Club London has recruited an impressive lineup of illustrators for an exhibition to coincide with Film4 and Somerset House’s annual “summer screen”.

Print Club London has recruited an impressive lineup of illustrators for an exhibition to coincide with Film4 and Somerset House’s annual “summer screen”.

The illustrators – including Kate Gibb, Joe Wilson, James Joyce and Anthony Burrill – will each produce an original print inspired by one of the films being shown at this year’s series of open air screenings.

The final posters will be on display at Somerset House’s West Wing gallery from August 1 – 21. Each will be limited edition (one of 200) and priced at £40.

Some of the prints are still a work in progress, but Print Club has released a completed illustration by Michael Gillette representing Ken Loach’s 1969 film, Kes (top); a neon pink, black and white print by Hattie Stewart for US high school drama Mean Girls (above) and Joe Wilson’s striking poster depicting Japanese film Throne of Blood (below).

It’s an eclectic collection of films – from horror to Ryan Gosling rom-coms – and the exhibition will include an equally mixed range of artistic styles, from Holly Wales’s signature felt tip pen drawings to Peter Strain, whose work usually combines bold imagery and typography. Print Club co-founders Rose Stallard and Fred Higginson will also be producing prints.

Each artist was asked to choose three films from the 17 being screened, and was allocated a movie based on one of their choices. The project has taken more than a year to plan, and Print Club organisers have had to secure permission from each of the film companies involved.

Most of the prints will remain secret until the exhibition’s launch, but the final artists and their film choices are:

Anthony Burrill – The Way Way Back
Peter Strain – Carrie
Anthony Peters – Raising Arizona
Serge Seidlitz – Gremlins
Kate Gibb – Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid
Hvass & Hannibal – Guys & Dolls
Joe Wilson – Throne of Blood
Hattie Stewart – Mean Girls
Jess Wilson – Predator
Michael Gillette – Kes
Holly Wales – Red Shoes
MOL – Crazy Stupid Love
HelloVon – Loved Ones
Rose Stallard – Badlands
Steve Wilson – Untouchables
James Joyce – Baby Jane

A 17th is still to be announced.

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