Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Recent acquisitions, John Heartfield

Dimitrov on Reichstag Fire; Communism,
1st. (only) edition, 1933

Upton Sinclair: Jimmie Higgins
1st. edition, 1924

Photo-montage and design by John Heartfield.

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Lovesick Skateboards

I created this illustration for Steven Heller, who was the art director of the book review in the New York Times in 1993.

Soon after, I was contacted by someone from Rage Against The Machine to see if I would allow them to use this image for their banners on stage and T-shirts. They had already been familiarized with my work, because the bass player, Tim Commerford, already had a tattoo of my work on his arm. This started our collaboration together for some years to come.

The T-shirt became quite popular and at the time I saw young people wearing them. One of these young people was Aleks Lewandowski from Lovesick Skateboards. Aleks recently contacted me to see if he could use that very same image from almost 30 years ago on one of his skateboards. And of course, because he wanted to reflect that period of that time again, so he also created a T-shirt.

A few days ago I received a package with a few skate decks and T-shirts with my art on them. What is even more important to me, there was a very sweet hand-written note from Aleks that I am posting below without his permission.

Getting this note today was worth the creation of the work itself nearly 30 years ago.

The 20th anniversary of the Ulysses Theater

The Ulysses Theatre was established in 2001 by one of Croatia's most famous contemporary actors, the internationally recognised Rade Šerbedžija along with his project partner, the writer Borislav Vujčić, this renowned summertime theatre entertains with evenings of classic and contemporary theatre, music and dance. Nearly all summer performances take place beneath the open sky in the 150-year-old Austro-Hungarian Fort Minor, which houses three separate amphitheatres on different levels. The fort is located on the Mali Brijun island of Brijuni part of Brijuni National Park. The historic setting is wonderfully atmospheric and performances sometimes use the space very imaginatively. Despite a classical repertoire, their productions can be very grunge, partly because of their environment.

When I was invited to create the posters and billboards for the 20th anniversary of the theatre, I decided to create something in that style, classical / grunge. To get the appropriate typography I chose my go-to hand letterer Nicky Lindeman.

Photographs of posters and billboards by Martin Horvat.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Stay-Sane-Stay-Safe in Breda, 3

Few photos of the third and final Stay-Sane-Stay-Safe installation at 3 Second Gallery in Breda in Holland. Stay-Sane-Stay-Safe project was initiated by Lennert & De Bruin and Overdeschreef, and the show was organized by Graphic Matter. More here and here.

I'm very pleased that my poster is one of the posters included in the show.

Photos by Edwin Wiekens.

Sunday, July 12, 2020

American Illustration 39 show

"We are very pleased to present the winning illustrations in this year’s American Illustration 39 show, representing the best images from 2019."

Two of my illustrations for JDP Yugoslav Drama Theatre in Belgrade poster are chosen fro this show. By the way for this theater season, I decided the visual theme is going to be profiles.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

MTV T-shirt

In 1991, I designed this T-shirt for MTV. At that time MTV was still big and mighty. They gave me a couple of T-shirts which were lost over time. Even one of them ended up in the Rock and Roll Cafe in Zagreb, Croatia.

And now almost 30 years later I managed to get one in perfect condition.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

The Last Corsair by Alberto Breccia

My recent acquisition of most unique and amazing comic artist Alberto Breccia. The Last Corsair, is his comics from 1972, published by Corrierer dei Ragazzi.