I know you’ve already heard this from me about a hundred times by now, but I’m going to say it again anyway. I’m a huge, huge, slobbering fan of Jay Shaw’s art. His work, often residing on the more surreal side of things, always manages to be interesting and evocative. Maybe it’s because his posters are capable of bridging the divide between your erudite friends who claim to live in a television-free household and those acquaintances of yours who have a DVR in every room? Or maybe it’s the subliminal messages he subtly places in every print that can only be understood when played backwards on a record player? (That second one is just a working theory.) Whatever the case may be, here’s the one important (and factual) takeaway: everyone enjoys a good Shaw print. It’s also been extremely fascinating watching somebody go from a vocal commenter on Expresso Beans and OMG Posters to a bona fide Mondo artist. Without sounding like an old man, it’s pretty nifty. Also, get off my lawn.
And it seems I’m not the only one who thinks the dude is a killer talent, as Drafthouse Films has wisely chosen to partner up with Jay to help with the marketing of some of their movies. The product of this unholy union? Two beautifully restrained posters for their recent releases, Graceland and Pieta, which you can see below in all their glory.
I was lucky enough to see Graceland at last year’s Fantastic Fest, and wow, what a punch to the gut. It’s an amazing film to be sure, but it can be pretty brutal at times. With that in mind, take it from me, Shaw has definitely captured the chaos, uncertainty and desperation with his sparse design. Jay’s Graceland poster will be available through the Drafthouse Films website on Friday (4/26) at a random time for $25. The screen print is limited to an edition of 150 and measures 18″ x 24″. For more information on the artist, head over to kingdomofnonsense.com and follow @ironjaiden on Twitter. You should also definitely check out the film, it’s a great movie.
I have not seen Ki-duk Kim’s Pieta, but I’m going to go ahead and recommend this as a blind buy. Using a photograph of Michelangelo’s Pieta as the poster’s foundation, Jay has created something at once beautiful and tragic. And while I forgot to mention this when reviewing his Graceland print, Shaw’s typography work is almost always something special to behold. His well-thought-out title designs often give you some sense of the film, whether overt (Pieta’s title) or subtle (Graceland’s title). For fans of the above screen print, Jay Shaw’s Pieta artwork is still available for purchase through Drafthouse Films’ Pieta product page. The poster measures 18″ x 24″, is limited to an edition of 150 and costs $25. As a reminder, visit kingdomofnonsense.com and follow @ironjaiden to see more of the artist’s work.