Tag Archives: Posters

Beautiful Beatles prints by Oliver Barrett

17 Sep

Designer and illustrator Oliver Barrett has created these four posters for the Charting The Beatles project. The site of the project features some very interesting and complex information graphics that are really worth checking (here), but I was drawn to the simplicity and beautiful colors of Barrett’s prints. The delicate and very well crafted illustrations show the instruments that each band member played. And I really appreciated the fact that he illustrated some lesser known, not exactly iconic, images of the Fab Four.

“These four illustrations are for the Charting the Beatles project. I chose to create complex portraits of each member from my favorite era of their careers. In addition to the portraits, I depicted each member’s array (or lack of in Ringo’s case) of instruments through vector silhouettes.”

(via Flavorwire)


A Bunch Of Crock: Politicians, Pundits & Minorities

15 Sep

“A Bunch of Crock is an art exhibit about the absurdities of political campaigns and the unfortunate role of minorities. Filtering through various political messages in any election year, the common thread seems to be this: 1) politicians and pundits think the general population is too stupid to tell fact from fiction and 2) promoting fear of minorities is good politics.
Using satire and good old-fashioned profanity, this exhibit attempts to bypass the bullshit and tell the audience what the politicians and pundits actually mean, and how they portray minorities to promote fear and manufacture outrage.”

This extremely smart exhibit was started by Safwat Saleem as a result of frustration with politicians and the current political landscape in the US. However, it’s something that people from all over the world can definitely relate to. It’s straight to the point and done with a lot of wit and humor. Take for example this series of 12 posters: sarcastic and quite scathing, Saleem does not mince his words. And it’s well designed! Make sure to check the whole series here.


Nearly one-in-five (18%) Americans say President Barack Obama is a Muslim.
Source: Pew Research Center / What were those 18% doing when the Reverend Jeremiah Wright controversy was on TV 24/7?

Colored People

‘’I want to be able to say what’s on my mind and in my heart and what I think is helpful and useful.’’ – Laura Schlessinger, 63, radio host, announcing her decision to quit her show following complaints over her use of the word “nigger” 11 times during an on-air phone call
Source: Time magazine / And here’s a tweet by Sarah Palin in support of Laura Schlessinger and her vocabulary: “Dr.Laura:don’t retreat…reload! (Steps aside bc her 1st Amend.rights ceased 2exist thx 2activists trying 2silence”isn’t American,not fair”).


‘’It’s a flat-out lie. I read my Bible. He made this earth for us to utilize.’’ – Norman Dennison, electrician and founder of the Corydon (Indiana) Tea Party, speaking about climate change – ‘’Being a strong Christian, I cannot help but believe the Lord placed a lot of minerals in our country and it’s not there to destroy us.’’ – Lisa Deaton, small business owner and founder of WeThePeopleIndiana.org
Source: New York Times

Tea Party

‘’Carbon dioxide is portrayed as harmful. But there isn’t even one study that can be produced that shows that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas… it is a part of earth’s life cycle. And yet we are being told that we have to reduce this natural substance and reduce the American standard of living.’’ – Rep. Michele Bachmann on the House floor on Earth Day, 2009
Source: CSPAN / Picking a batshit crazy quote by other Tea Party favorites like Sarah Palin, Christine O’Donnell or Sharon Angle seemed too easy, so I went with Michele Bachmann. There are many other delusional gems ranging from Tea Partyers believing in “death panels” to people who are convinced that the Obama administration raised taxes for the middle class

Muslims on a Plane

‘’When I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb… I get worried. I get nervous.” – Juan Williams, former NPR news analyst
Source: O’Reilly Factor on Fox News / Juan Williams was fired by NPR following these comments. A day later, he was offered a multiyear, $2 million contract by Fox News. Well played, Juan!

Safewalls posters: Ron English and Tara McPherson

22 Jul

Safewalls finally revealed both of the remaining Zakarna posters (here and here).
First up, Tara Mc Pherson‘s gorgeous print. I thought it was gonna feature tones of blue and some red patches, as is the case with a lot of her artwork, but I was surprised with the fiery and warm hues of pink and purple. McPherson focused on depicting a performer from the show Zakarna in her very own whimsical style. It’s definitely different from Travis Louie’s approach, but she still captured the surreal spirit of the show Zakarna “where physical virtuosity rubs shoulders with the strange”

On the other hand, Ron English‘s poster displays the same wit and style known to all his works. The subversion master used his recognizable illustration skills to portray the Jovian character as Edward Munch’s scream with much depth and richness. It captured with some humor the fantasy and chaos of Zakarna’s twisted universe.

Windows on the war: Soviet TASS posters at home and abroad, 1941-1945

18 Jul

The Art Institute of Chicago has launched this tumblr dedicated to their exhibition of posters produced by the Soviet Union’s news agency during World War II, and it will be updated daily (as reported via Creative Review).
During WWII, The Telegrafnoye agentstvo Sovetskovo Soyuza, TASS, enlisted a big number of artists to produce such work of propaganda at a very fast rate (almost daily), all in support of the nation’s endeavors. It is truly amazing work, with very crafty and vibrant illustrations as well as visible skills and mastery of the medium, and it becomes all the more interesting given the political context. I always found Soviet propaganda to be extremely beautiful, they had really good artists who remain relatively unknown, so it’s nice to be able to see those works on display and online, since going to Chicago to attend the exhibition would be hard to do.
The AIC explains on the exhibition’s website:

“They produced, assembly-line style, daily editions of between one hundred and one thousand striking and sizable posters entirely by hand with a labor-intensive technical virtuosity previously unheard of in poster production. Some of the most intricate and chromatically brilliant designs demanded 60 to 70 different stencils and color divisions. In collaboration with the Ne boltai! Collection of 20th-century propaganda, Windows on the War marks the first time the handmade posters, originally designed for window displays in empty storefronts, have been displayed in the United States since World War II, bringing to the fore many Soviet artists little known in this country.”

The impressive posters, all between 5 and 10 feet tall (that’s around 150 cm and 305 cm), have been sent abroad as international cultural ambassadors that are meant to rally allied and neutral forces to the cause of the Soviet Union.

“In Windows on the War, the posters will be presented both as unique historical objects and as works of art that demonstrate how the preeminent artists of the day used unconventional technical and aesthetic means to contribute to the fight against the Nazis, marking a major chapter in the history of design and propaganda.”

Denisovskii-windows on the war

Nikolai Fedorovich Denisovskii, Russian (1901-1981) - Our One-Thousandth Blow, June 5, 1944 Gift of the USSR Society for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries

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Pavel Petrovich Sokolov-Skalia, Russian (1899-1961) Defenders of Moscow, July 28, 1941 Joslyn Art Museum

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Kukryniksy, Russian (20th century) Thunderous Blow, June 17, 1942 Gift of the USSR Society for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries

Sarkisian-windows on the war

Petr Ashotovich Sarkisian, Russian (1922-1970) - Fascist “Art Historians”, December 1, 1942 Ne boltai! Collection

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Nikolai Fedorovich Denisovskii, Russian (1901-1981) - Victory!, May 12, 1945 Gift of the USSR Society for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries

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Kukryniksy, Russian (20th century) - The Metamorphosis of the “Fritzes”, January 15, 1943 Ne boltai! Collection

Sokolov-Skalia-windows on the war

Pavel Petrovich Sokolov-Skalia, Russian (1899-1961) - Happy New Year!, December 30, 1943 Ne boltai! Collection

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Moa (Mark Aleksandrovich Abramov), Ukrainian (1913-1994) - A Great Day, April 15, 1944 Ne boltai! Collection

Travis Louie’s Zakarna poster for Safewalls

8 Jul

As they have been doing each month, Safewalls (the Cirque Du Soleil art project) has teamed up with 3 different artists in June to create a poster for  Zakarna. The show is described as “an acrobatic rock opera that blends circus arts with the surreal to create a world where physical virtuosity rubs shoulders with the strange.” The first poster to be revealed is the one by artist Travis Louie, who is a really nice fit since his art is inspired by German expressionist movies, film noir, magic and idiosyncrasies. Not to mention the eerie mood in his black and white acrylics and the peculiar characters that inhabit them. His poster captures beautifully the strange and surreal feel of Zakarna.
The two other posters yet to be revealed are by Ron English and Tara McPherson, I’m really curious to see what the came up with.

Norah Jones’ Peanuts tribute

6 Jul

Adorable poster for a Norah Jones concert at the Greek Theater, LA, in 2010. Matt Leunig designed this extremely cute piece in honor of the famous comic series. You can keep up with his work here.

(via Notcot)

Cirque Du Soleil’s Safewalls – Las Vegas posters

28 May

I’ve been following the Safewalls project of Cirque Du soleil, mainly because I found it to be very interesting and I enjoyed seeing how different artists offer different visual interpretations of the same show. For the month of May, Casey Weldon, Chet Zar and Frank Kozik designed posters for the sensual show Zumanity. Each artist stayed true to his own style: Kozik with his colorful, hand-lettered edgy poster, Zar with his dark universe and Weldon with his delicate retro figures. And they all successfully depicted the erotic and seductive side of the adult-themed and sexy show that is Zumanity. I think that my favorite one is Kozik’s, probably because of the bold colors but also I find some kind of humor in the flamboyant devil symbolizing sexuality. It’s the simple idea of sin and devil and yet, it’s executed beautifully and playfully keeping in mind what this symbol historically represents, and as a result you can’t get bored of looking at it.
Go here to watch interviews with the artists and learn more about the process and the thought behind their work.