Extreme Canvas: Hand Painted Movie Posters From Ghana

Extreme Canvas Hand Painted Movie Posters From Ghana In the s a group of entrepreneurs in Ghana created small scale mobile film distribution empires hitting the road with videocassettes television monitors portable gas powered generators and rol

  • Title: Extreme Canvas: Hand Painted Movie Posters From Ghana
  • Author: Ernie Wolfe III John Yau Roy Sieber
  • ISBN: 9780966427226
  • Page: 206
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the 1980s a group of entrepreneurs in Ghana created small scale, mobile film distribution empires, hitting the road with videocassettes, television monitors, portable gas powered generators and rolled up, hand painted, artist signed canvas posters This new medium created the first opportunity for some of the best young painters in Ghana to express themselves on a publiIn the 1980s a group of entrepreneurs in Ghana created small scale, mobile film distribution empires, hitting the road with videocassettes, television monitors, portable gas powered generators and rolled up, hand painted, artist signed canvas posters This new medium created the first opportunity for some of the best young painters in Ghana to express themselves on a public scale In the frequent absence of an original image upon which to base the work they had been commissioned to produce, the artists inevitably created cinematic paintings that were largely interpretive and imagination driven In the book s four major essays, author Ernie Wolfe III recounts the rise and fall of the mobile cinema tradition, while noted African art scholar Roy Sieber follows two dimensional art in Africa from rock paintings in the Sahara to contemporary manuals, wall paintings, and barber board paintings as well as the canvas movie posters themselves Paul Hayes Tucker compares the phenomenon to 19th century European utility based painting and poet and art critic John Yau contributes the perspective of an American art historian In addition, Hollywood film notables such as horror auteur Clive Barker, actor LeVar Burton, actress Anjelica Huston, and director Gus Van Sant contribute chapter introductions.

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    1. Actually, the written portion of this book isn't all that. Basically some essays or anecdotes from some famous and not-so famous folks talking about these works of art. BUT, the real kick in the nuts that this book delivers is the artwork. It features hundreds (feels like, don't hold me to that) of paintings done by self-taught artists in Ghana to promote movies that were shown in makeshift cinemas in the towns around the country. The images are UNBELIEVABLE. Horror movies are even more grotesqu [...]

    2. A very cool look into the world of hand painted 80's movie posters from Ghana. VCR's and American movies invaded at the same time. the VCR made it easy for the first time for people in small villages to see these massive American movies otherwise not seen. (IE Rambo, T2, Raider of the Lost Arc) Men would travel the county side with a TV and a VCR, going from village to village showing these movies. All they needed was power and a little promotion before they got to town. That's where these poste [...]

    3. Biggest news of the day: Extreme Canvas II just came out. As Richard Scarry would say it's the "best book ever" on Ghanian hand painted movie posters!

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