Craig Drake - Spinner horizontal Blade Runner

After a few years of fans getting understandably frustrated with an inability to get cool, pop culture posters from the likes of Mondo and Gallery 1988, things have begun to change. In the past year or so, many of these venues have begun offering timed editions. That means, for a certain period of time, anyone who wants to buy a poster can. The edition size is determined by how many people purchase. This decreases the collectibility (in some cases) but eases the stress of obtaining one, a trade-off many fans are more than happy to make.

The latest timed edition is from the Hero Complex Gallery and artist Craig Drake, a combo that has done this in the past. This time fans can choose not one, but two different versions of a piece called “Spinner” inspired by Ridley Scott‘s sci-fi classic, Blade Runner. (There’s a third version that is not timed, and very limited.) It’s on sale right now through July 7. Check out both images and more below. Read More »

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In the realm of pop culture, there are many uses of the word “red.” Most obviously there’s the color, usually used to convey either physical or psychological horror through Hell or blood. It can also be used to represent love, it’s a movie series starring Bruce Willis, and a main character’s name in the Shawshank Redemption. That’s just the tip of the crimson iceberg.

And so Red (the disambiguation, not the movie) is both the theme and title of the latest show at the Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles. Opening July 5, it’s curated by the awesome online art gallery Planet Pulp, which is finally moving offline and into the physical realm. Artist Jayson Weidel has recruited over 50 artists from his collective to create unique and clever art for the topic “Red” and /Film is proud to exclusively provide your first look at art from the show featuring Hellboy, Judge Dredd, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Shawshank Redemption, Sunshine, The Shining, Carrie and more. Read More »

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Every great hero has a great villain, a nemesis that completes their existence. It’s a theme explored in films like Unbreakable and The Dark Knight, and later this weekend will be the centerpiece at the Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles, CA.

Their latest show is called Arch Nemesis, and is comprised of works depicting that topic. Some of the work is just of the bad guys, others show both sides, but each takes into account that core idea: “Without evil there can be no good, so it must be good to be evil sometimes.”

The show opens May 24 and remains on display through June 15. Check out a selection of work below, including the exclusive reveal of the variant editions of Laurent Durieux’s Peter and Wendy poster. Read More »

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Describing the style of artist Laurent Durieux is challenging. It’s mechanical, but lyrical. Rigid, but whimsical, and still realistic. This interesting cross-section of visual cues makes his work perfect for so many different properties, from The Wizard of Oz or Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, to Buck Rodgers and Jaws.

We’re proud to exclusively debut Durieux’s latest piece, based on the classic J.M. Barrie book Peter and Wendy. You probably know it better as Peter Pan. The Hero Complex Gallery has collaborated with the artist for their next exhibit, Arch Enemies on May 24 and have decided to release this print on a timed basis ahead of the show.

The print is on sale now for a limited time. Find out more about it below. Read More »

Craig Drake - Akira

Every great hero needs a signature mode of transportation. A huge muscle car, a distinctive motorcycle, or maybe a spaceship that looks like a hamburger. Whatever their pleasure, the latest art exhibit by the Hero Complex Gallery has got it covered. The show is called Righteous Rides…And the Dudes Who Drive Them and it will open May 3 in Los Angeles, CA.

Artists have made posters and paintings based on the “righteous rides” in films such as Flight of the Navigator, Akira, Star Wars, My Neighbor Totoro, Skyfall, Bullitt, Up, Spaceballs, District 9, Easy Rider, the Dukes of Hazzard and so much more. Check out a small sample of the show below. Read More »

Among film fans, the Oscars often get a bum rap. Awards are generally bestowed to predictable, safe choices, and very often the films we really love get no joy from the Academy. But once in a while the Oscars gets it right. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King won 11 Oscars. Star Wars won six Oscars. Raiders of the Lost Ark won four Oscars. Jaws won three Oscars. The Muppets won one last year. Even South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut can consider itself an Oscar nominee. What I’m saying is that despite all the Oscar black eyes, sometimes they give us something to smile about.

Those smiles are the subject of the second art exhibit by the Hero Complex Gallery. It’s called Oscars Legends and will showcase the Oscar-winning films we all know and love. Now, don’t get this mixed up with the Gallery 1988 show happening this weekend. That’s officially licensed and tied to the 2013 Oscars. The Hero Complex show is a retrospective and will be open February 15-16 in San Francisco.

After the jump, check out some of the images from the show. Read More »

Briefly: One of the standout pieces from last weekend’s Hero Complex Gallery show was Craig Drake‘s Thing-inspired piece called RJ MacReady. At the time, it was only available as a single original art piece for $1,500. However, the gallery has decided to make limited edition screenprints of the print and release them as a timed edition. Head to this link before 5 p.m. PST January 16 and pick one up. Then let us know if you nabbed one in the comments.

UPDATE: Sorry, had the wrong link. It’s fixed now.

Most of our favorite sci-fi, fantasy or action films become our favorites because of their details. I’m talking weapons; iconic tools of destruction that are so damn cool we want to own them. Lightsabers in Star Wars, the Hanzo steel in Kill Bill, Robocop‘s handgun, pulse rifles in Aliens, Doctor Who‘s sonic screwdriver, Indiana Jones‘s whip, Ghostbuster proton packs, Freddy‘s claws. Iconic weapons are a huge asset to a classic pop-culture action film.

A new art gallery is opening in Los Angeles January 11 called the Hero Complex Gallery and they agree with that assessment. Their debut show is called Weapon of Choice. All the work is based upon pop culture weapons. Some are obvious, like the ones mentioned above. Others are more subtle, like a film noir femme fatale using sex as a weapon. But either way, the show looks incredibly gorgeous and /Film is honored to debut several of the works in the show.

The show has The Thing flamethrower by Craig Drake, Conan‘s sword by Joshua Budich, the No Country for Old Men bolt pistol by Scott Belcastro, Doctor Who‘s sonic screwdriver by Brandon Schaefer, Buck Rodgers’ ray gun by Laurent Durieux, and images from Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, Kill Bill and much more. Check it all out below. Read More »

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