With the days drawing longer and the evenings warmer, Somerset House has cleared its courtyard, transforming it into an open-air cinema. Any remnants of the winter’s ice skating rink will have all but disappeared, leaving nothing but distant memories.
Returning for their second year to Somerset House’s summer film season, Print Club London has been commissioned by Film4 to create a series of limited-edition screenprints, celebrating the Summer Screen’s tenth year of showing films under the stars.
Dalston-based Print Club London is a membership-based screenprinting club for designers and artists, which also offers screenprinting lessons and hosts regular gallery shows.
The collection curated for the Summer Screen festival have each been inspired by the season’s line-up of films – which include old favourites such as ET and new cult films like Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers – and use particular scenes, characters and even quotes to create a unique interpretation of each film.
Artists commissioned by Print Club London for Film4 include Rose Blake, Conecepcion Studios, Cassandra Yap, Hattie Stewart, Casper Williamson, Kate Gibb, Joe Wilson and HelloVon.
The prints are on show at the West Wing Galleries at Somerset House from 31 July to 25 August 2014. They can be purchased there or online from Print Club London and Somerset House. Each costs £45.
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The cult movie Spring Breakers hit screens in 2012 and featured four college girls on their spring break. The events that followed depicted the girls’ downward spiral into a life of drugs, crime and violence.
The print, produced by Hattie Stewart, shows the images of the girls with cartoon style imagery overlaying the top. Despite the colour scheme and fantasy childish characters giving the overall print a fun tone, the print is littered with images of drugs suggesting all is not as playful as it seems.
Self proclaimed ‘professional doodler’ Hattie Stewart is based in London. Stewart’s unique style has seen her work in various areas of the art and fashion world, with her career seeing her work with designers including Marc Jacobs and House of Holland.
After re-watching the film, Blake decided to pick the scene where E.T returns home. Featuring the quote ‘I’ll be right here’, Blake manages to capture the poignancy of goodbyes. The spotlight style effect encircling both the characters makes the scene seem private, with it feeling almost intrusive to watch such an intimate moment between two friends.
Rose Blake is a London based illustrator with an MA in Communication Art and Design from the Royal College of Art 2011. Blake has worked with a number of clients, ranging from the exclusive Groucho Club to the Sunday Times magazine
Concepcion studios were set the task of creating a print from the American comedy, The Royal Tenenbaums.
The print features an image of Margot Tenenbaum, the adopted daughter of Royal and Etheline Tenenbaum. After great success in their childhoods, Margot and her two other siblings can’t quite escape the pressure of their early promise and experience failure and disappointment in their later years.
Concepcion Studios, founded by Patrick Concepcion, is a design studio based in California, specialising in graphics for the entertainment industry. Muse and Lady Gaga are just some of the clients that Concepcion Studios has designed for.
Gentleman Prefer Blondes is the 1953 film featuring most famously Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell.
The print adaptation of this film, created by Cassandra Yap, is dominated by the image of a pair of rouge lips, with the subtle feature of showgirls edging around the outside.
Outside the image features a skull. This seems to be a clever disguise as from a distance, this feature appears to be a mole hovering above the lips, just like that of which Marilyn Monroe was famed for. This simple use of graphic makes the print instantly recognisable as depicting a Monroe film, with closer inspection of the showgirls pinpointing it to Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
Cassandra Yap is an artist based in London with a love for all things vintage, with a particular interest in that of the pin up girl.
Joe Wilson’s work features a strong focus upon detail, even down to the bullet holes in the print he produced for the Summer Screen event, reflecting the genre of the film his print was representing.
A Fistful of Dollars is a 1964 film starring Clint Eastwood. It was one of the first films of its kind to initate the popularity of the so-called ‘Spaghetti Western’ film genre, a term to describe westerns that are produced and directed by an Italian director.
Wilson’s work features scenes typical to that of a western, whilst also managing to fit in key characters of the film, each one with an expression that suggests their personality in the film.
Wilson is a UK based illustrator and works with a combination of pencil, ink and digital colour when producing his art.