A new art show tribute to the movie vision of the Coen brothers – and I was invited to participate.
It was quite difficult choosing just ONE thing… I wanted to jump in with both feet – among my favorites are The Big Lebowski, Fargo, True Grit, Oh Brother, Where Art Thou, Miller’s Crossing… Had plenty of ideas – which is always a problem. Would have been much easier if I only liked ONE movie from the available choices, but this way…my mind was racing and had difficulty deciding. So many ideas, so little time not filled with other work, kids, movies and video games…
Still have the ideas, but the show opens on June 7th.
But the creative process is a wondrous thing – you start with one idea over here, and you end up with something quite different way over there…
I settled on True Grit – I always liked westerns and the John Wayne original, and found the Coen version to be a great movie. Like I said, the creative process is strange (well, I said wondrous, but really it is strange). Sometimes mistakes play a role. Actually, mistakes ALWAYS play a role – happy mistakes which often make your design better. Initially, this was going to be a screen-printed poster, but eventually I opted for a Giclée print instead.
With so many talented artists involved in the show, the challenge was making my piece stand out among what is sure to be a collection of art as diverse and unique as the Coen movies to which they are paying tribute. I settled on creating what might have been a poster for the Italian version of the True Grit theatrical release.
Here’s the final piece (it is a limited edition of 25 numbered and signed prints which will be selling for $80).
I also created a variant in which the colors were changed on the main character and also the cast names (it is a limited edition of 10 numbered and signed prints which will be selling for $120).
The show opens Friday, June 7th, at the LTD Gallery in Seattle, WA.
I would like to thank LTD Gallery, the owner James Monosmith, as well as the curator of the show, Chris Jackson, for inviting me to be part of the show.