The powers that be over at Mondo certainly have a knack for picking great artists to feature in their gallery shows, and this next one is certainly no exception. From August 23rd until September 14th, The Mondo Gallery in Austin, Texas will host Jason Edmiston’s first ever solo exhibit; A Rogues Gallery.
An exhibition dedicated to some of pop culture’s most popular the anti heroes and villains. Jason Edmiston has become one of the collectible art world’s premiere names over the past few years. With limited edition screen prints, such as his recent Evil Dead 2 poster for Mondo, he has become a firm fan favorite. Jason has also produced a number of gallery paintings that highlight his fondness for pop culture and films.
A Rogues Gallery will be Jason’s first ever solo exhibit and is dedicated to celebrating cinematic villains, monsters, and anti-heroes. The show itself will feature original works of art based on characters from Superman: The Movie, RoboCop, Ghostbusters, The Terminator, and many more.
Over the weekend, Jason was kind enough to take the time to answer a few questions for GB:
Grizzly Bomb: The show is called ‘A Rogues Gallery’, I love that you have bucked the trend of having the heroes as the center piece, what made you choose to focus on what looks like Villains and Rogues for your first solo show?”
Jason Edmiston: I’ve always been fascinated by the anti-heroes from movies. These characters usually have very magnetic personalities. Despite their attempts to destroy or thwart the heroes of the film, I can’t help but secretly root for the bad guys. They have better dialogue, cooler secret hideouts, and the best outfits.
GB: Your style certainly seems to be unique and very eye-catching. Was your style a conscious choice or something that just developed with time and how would you describe it?
JE: My style development came about consciously, but at this point in my career, it sort of just manifests itself in the way that it does. I don’t seem to be able to control it much. I’ve been influenced by classic illustrators like Rockwell and Frazetta, as well as old masters painters like Michelangelo and Caravaggio, but mostly by pulp novel and movie poster artists of the last century. This resulted in my work leaning towards high contrast, color saturated, bright pieces. I try to make my stuff jump off the page as much as possible. I really enjoy art that has a pop to it. Something that forces a viewer’s attention. This is what I try to get out of my work.
JE: Wow, thank you! The favorite of mine that I have done? Probably my upcoming screen print for my show at Mondo Gallery (on August 23rd), that features a a female villain from a cult favorite 80’s movie. My favorite from another artist? That would probably be Tyler Stout’s Robocop poster. The composition, line-work, and unusual poses makes it a stand-out for me! I don’t own it yet, but I will one day!
GB: Given the freedom to produce a poster or print for any film, comic, book or stage show, what would it be?
JE: I’m creating my dream projects right now for my show at Mondo (villains from Terminator, They Live, Ghostbusters, Robocop). This theme is my favorite subject, and the gallery gave me free rein to create anything I wanted. They trust my taste, and it was very rewarding to create over 20 pieces based on any subject I wanted. I think there will be many subjects that poster and art fans will connect with!
What a nice bloke. Jason is one of those guys that is very accommodating and he can regularly be spotted on Facebook chatting to fans in groups and on pages. Thanks to Jason for sparing me the time for that chat.
We have already had a sneak peek at some of the pieces that will be unveiled during the show but their certainly seems to be a few surprises to come. In particular I look forward to seeing Jason’s Ghostbusters piece. If his Venkman piece that he produced for the 1988 Gallery Please Post Bills show a couple of years ago is anything to go by, then color me excited.
Mondo is the Alamo Drafthouse’s collectible art boutique, creating limited edition screen printed posters for classic and contemporary films, in addition to vinyl movie soundtracks, VHS re-issues, and apparel. Championed for their limited edition screen printed posters, Mondo focuses on bringing art back to movie posters by working with some of pop cultures top artists. Mondo also have a permanent gallery space in Austin, Texas where they hold most of their exhibitions.
Be sure to check out Jason Edmiston’s website where you can get all of the most up to date information on what Jason is up to and how to purchase yourself one of his great pieces of art.
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