WHIMSICAL CREATURES BY ROMAN KLONEK

by Ariadna Zierold

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Düsseldorf, Germany based Roman Klonek (previously featured here) was born in Kattowitz, Poland. He has a spot for old fashioned cartoons and modern block printing styles. In the 90s he studied Graphic Arts in Duesseldorf and discovered a passion for woodcut.

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For 15 years he has been doing posters with a wide range of whimsical creatures, mostly half animal/half human, preferential in awkward situations. In his work, you will find a bizarre balancing act between propaganda, folklore and pop.
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LUCHA LIBRE POSTERS BY ZORAN LUCIC

by Ariadna Zierold

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Croatian designer Zoran Lucić was approached to design a series of posters for the Lucha Libre CMLL, Mexico’s major professional wrestling federation. Zoran’s retro-licious work is reminiscent of old-school posters from the 60’s and 70’s.

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Zoran Lucić was born in Šabac, Serbia (former Yugoslavia) and grew up in Domaljevac, Bosnia & Herzegovina and for some time in Hungary. Zoran Lucic studied graphism and design at the Bijeljina B&H University and, although his first love was sculpting, he later discovered an affinity for typography. He now lives in Bijeljina and works as a freelance graphic designer.

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EYE-CANDY BY MICHIEL SCHUURMAN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Michiel Schuurman is a Dutch graphic and textile designer. Schuurman’s personal work specializes in typography and poster design which often boasts a rather maximalistic approach. His practice of combining bright colors, warped glyphs, harsh perspectives, and acidic patterns creates some awfully intriguing eye-candy, which he often screen prints himself.

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THE AMAZING WORK OF JOHN ALVIN

by Ariadna Zierold

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John Henry Alvin (November 24, 1948 – February 6, 2008) was one of the most celebrated contemporary American cinematic artists. He illustrated multitude of film posters for American cinema. He is credited for designing posters and key art for over 135 films, beginning with the poster for Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles (1974).. Alvin’s trademark style came to known as Alvinesque by his associates and friends.

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Sunday newspapers held attraction for young Alvin as it featured movie advertisements which led to his growing interest in movie poster creation. In 1971, he earned his graduate degree from Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles and soon after took up a job as a freelance artist.

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Alvin’s work included the movie posters for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Blade Runner, Gremlins, The Goonies, The Color Purple, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King. He also created the anniversary posters for Star Wars.

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RETRO SPACE TOURISM POSTERS

by Ariadna Zierold

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NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has commissioned a series of posters celebrating the future of space travel with retro-inspired designs. Evoking a golden age of exploration, the Visions of the Future campaign imagines a time when one might travel to Jupiter for weather balloon rides the same way we seek out Hawaiian vacations for their sunsets, and encourages us to think not only about the kind of future we want but how we might get there.

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Jeff Soto for David Choe’s band Mangchi Tour Poster for Washington D.C. Date

From David Choe’s Instagram:  Sick ass @mangchihammershow poster by @jeffsotoart -this is just one of many, we have the best artists in the world making a different FREE show poster for each location on our#MANGCHi east coast tour – these posters are not for sale , they are extremely limited and only available for free at the end of each show night – only way to get them is to come – follow us like the dead #phish – collect them all – things get weird and folks act like animals when you give away free things that have value – so first come first serve , you snooze you lose and all that@davidchoe2 @jamesjeanart @esao@ogmikeGiant #igloohong@aaronhorkey @andrewhem

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GREG CRAOLA SIMKINS NEW ART POSTER FOR FOO FIGHTERS

by Ariadna Zierold

Check out the new poster Greg ‘Craola’ Simkins did for the Foo Fighters for their show on August 25 on foofighters.com.

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He grew up with a menagerie of animals including a number of rabbits, which often emerge in his paintings. He began drawing at the early age of three and was inspired by various cartoons and books.

It is his careful weaving of pop culture, the old masters, nature, carnival kitsch, and his warped imagination, that makes Greg Simkins a sought-after surrealist painter today.

New Release: David Choe Poster Series

As you probably know by now, David Choe is kind of famous. That is sort of fun for us, because we remember the Baskin Robbins’ days. We are very excited today to announce a David Choe x Upper Playground special open-edition print release, featuring 4 classic Choe works. “Bangs“, “Choebot“, “Soulscraper“, and “Swamp Virus.”

Each print is 18″ x 24″, open edition, and $9.95.

Here is how David Choe describes it:

“I realize my art has gotten quite unaffordable over the years, and those not in the print game, don’t have the time to hunt down limited editon rare hard to find whatevers, I will now have something for you! I appreciate all the love and support from all of you who care about me and my work over the years that have afforded me the luxury to create whatever I want without HAVING to suck dick in dark alleyways, now me WANTING to do that, is a whole other story. I will be making posters and prints that are open edition and affordable for all my non-billionaire friends.”