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General News / April 26, 2017

Irish/Brooklyn artist releases new series reimagining film posters

General News / April 26, 2017

Irish/Brooklyn artist releases new series reimagining film posters

Keith ‘Kav’ Kavanagh takes another look at a selection of film posters for his project, ‘Blue Boy Print Series’.

 

“It all started at Show&Tell (A creative conference run by H&G Creations in Dublin) the morning after my graduation from animation,” Kav explains.  “I had promised my 9am self that it would be a casual one yet there I was; absolutely done in, reeking of drink, being fed bananas by the woman selling baby blankets beside me. A couple of weeks later, a woman who’d bought one of my Bill Murray prints contacted me, said she was opening up a new store in town and asked would I be interested in creating a new series of prints.”

Kav used this series as ‘the perfect bon voyage to Irlanda, more than kissing Éire on me knuckles’. However, after weeks of research, a sketchbook full of preliminary sketches and notes, and hours over a light box and in Photoshop, the store owner told him ‘she wasn’t into them’.

The Irish illustrator and designer didn’t want to see the collection go to waste though.

“I was really inspired by Connor Willumsen‘s work. He created these alternative movie posters. Simple, strong design with bold colours. With my work, I love the idea of making people think, entertaining them, even maybe inspiring them. Making them step back and question what they’ve just seen.”

Maybe that abrasiveness was what put one store owner off, but that one opinion made him more determined to showcase the work.

“I love film and this project was sort of an homage to some of my favourite visionaries who have impacted me that way, Bowie, Lynch and Ayoade.”

Check out the pieces below, and click here to pick up a print.

Space Oddity (1969)
Space Oddity (1969)
Blue Velvet (1986)
Blue Velvet (1986)
Submarine (2010)
Submarine (2010)