I have always had a passion for posters! Posters have always caught my attention with the speed of lightening — the colors, the bold lettering, the subject, the commercial effect, all of it has never ceased to catch my eye and draw me if I see a poster I like, it’s a happiness on steroids moment! And other than my own work, I love the posters of Mucha and Lautrec,with Doisneau, Man Ray, and Warhol coming right behind and anything pulp or noir included.
Posters have been considered cool, a avant-garde shall we say, since those historic art world evolving days of Lautrec and Mucha, and Utrillo. Then fast forward to the 60’s. drugs, sex, and rock and roll! Sounds like Paris in the early 1900’s the Belle Epoch or as Gertrude Stein called it The Lost Generation. The light show phenomena was a match made in poster heaven – those swirling colors, and hippie slogans went together effortlessly. We adorned our rooms at home, our dorm rooms at college, stages, coffee shops, diners, head shops, were decorated with posters.
Who can forget the famous Monterey Pop poster with Janis Joplin front and center? Or Andy’s Gold Marilyn? There are certain art forms that adhere to poster style like Dylan took to folk. Pop art is a made to order for posters. A natural. Warhol with his commercial stylized pop art, and Mucha with his ornate, embellished, ultra feminine art nouveau designs advertising products of his day, companied with his muse, the Queen of theatre Sarah Bernhardt, often his model, took his painting off the canvas and onto the paper in poster form that glorified the product with the beauty of the gorgeous women he had posing for him in his studio in Prague.
Toulouse Lautrec had his famous poster of Aristide Bruant from the Moulin Rouge plastered on walls all over Paris, as well as Jane Avril, the darling of the Can-can dance one of his favorite models and friends, and many others. Posters became the rage and they still are today! More than ever!
I have discovered that my paintings also love the poster. And the poster loves back. It’s kind of a love match made in poster heaven. The bold colors, the retro and complex collage design, the story telling I do all make for a jazzy poster, framed or freely hanging. Since I have Always loved posters this makes me very happy!
Posters are a glossy, bold, immodest, brazen way to liven up your apartment. You are making a small investment , but receiving generous returns! Maybe you can’t splurge on the real thing , but you can party with a poster! I still have my Endless Summer poster from 1972, the hot pink, fiery orange, and Malibu sun yellow make a steamy summer statement unavoidable by the viewer. Richard Avedon’s poster of Marilyn Monroe sitting in that long white gown, makes the room interesting, a focal point , and anything and everything else in that room fades away. I could go on and on, but the bottom line is that the poster is a legit art form and creates a mood and a message undeniable for over 100 years.
While checking out my paintings at joydorsay.com. I hope you consider my pop art posters on my Etsy store. I have them available for you to hang out with, be entertained, enjoy, and add to your collection as well as to your life, as you experience The Joy of Art!