Sunday, February 26, 2012

Jay Shaw's "Bullhead" Movie Poster

When I think back to 2010, the emergence of artist Olly Moss comes to mind. His ability to make a clever minimalist design out of pretty much anything was, and still is, incredibly impressive and stood in stark contrast to the bursting-with-detail artwork of Tyler Stout and Martin Ansin. Well, I may be a bit presumptuous in saying this, but I feel like 2012 will definitely be the year that Jay Shaw (AKA Iron Jaiden) hits in a big, big way. Don't believe me? Take a look at his amazing poster for Drafthouse Films' Bullhead below.

Bullhead Movie Poster
Jay Shaw (AKA Iron Jaiden)
18" x 24" - Numbered
$30 - Limited to 80

Not only is Jay a clearly talented artist, his work thus far has shown a remarkably deep knowledge of art and film history. He created a loving tribute to the Blaxploitation gem The Spook Who Sat by the Door for Cinema Overdrive. He crafted a retro and surreal print for Drafthouse Films' Comin' At Ya! 3D and now he's channeled the strange and dreamlike style that has long been the trademark of Polish poster art for the film Bullhead. There's already been a great article written on this print at HitFix, but I did want to briefly talk about my take on Shaw's work and the movie itself. I remember seeing Bullhead at last year's Fantastic Fest and being completely blown away. Bullhead isn't a thrill-a-minute action film, it's a thoroughly contemplative story about Matthias Schoenaerts' hormone-injecting (in more ways than one) Jacky Vanmarsenille and his attempt to negotiate his personal and professional demons. He's a flawed-man who's had to deal with some very intense and personal traumas of both the physical and psychological variety. I probably couldn't be any vaguer, could I? Due to these issues, there are many scenes where he's on the precipice of full-on rage, much like a bull ready to gore its agitator. See where I'm going with this? Jay has captured the animalistic nature of both the man and his chosen line of work with pitch-perfect execution. The desolate background behind the hoofed man, whose body has been partially transformed into that of a beast, only further echoes the harsh world Jacky, the film's lead, tries to survive in. My final take: great poster, killer typography, and a beautiful fusion of new and old.

Jay's Bullhead movie poster will be available through Mondo at a random time during today's Oscar broadcast. The poster measures 18" x 24", is limited to an edition 80, and will only cost $30. To receive up-to-the-second notifications on the print's drop, be sure to follow @MondoNews on Twitter. You can also follow the artist Jay Shaw (AKA Iron Jaiden) on Twitter @tweetofnonsense. And if you're interested in seeing more of Mr. Shaw's artwork, be sure visit to visit his Kingdom of Nonsense website. Oh yeah, and the following four prints will ALSO be released during today's Oscar broadcast through Mondo!

Hugo Movie Poster (Regular)
Kevin Tong
24" x 36" - Numbered
$45 - Limited to 295
Hugo Movie Poster (Variant)
Kevin Tong
24" x 36" - Numbered
$65 - Limited to 100

Rango Movie Poster
Tom Whalen
18" x 24" - Numbered
$40 - Limited to 270
Bridesmaids Movie Poster
Dave Perillo
18" x 24" - Numbered
$40 - Limited to 220

It's going to be quite an evening! Good luck with the poster drops everyone!

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