I saw this American Splendor screen print by Oliver Barrett yesterday and knew there’d be a lot of fellow comic book fans out there who would really appreciate its realistic beauty…just like Harvey Pekar’s now classic series American Splendor. This illustration was originally a poster Barrett did for All City Media’s Redrawn show from late 2010. Originally released as a giclee, here’s your chance to own a variant of that poster as a 5 color 36”x24” screen print on Mr. French’s Old Green Speckletone paper. The American Splendor screen print can be purchased from Oliver’s online store here for $45 each.
In honor of its tenth anniversary and the opening of a new studio, All City Media held the Redrawn art show, an exhibition featuring different artists where each artist literally redrew movie posters of films All City had worked on over the years. Oliver was asked to be part of this show, and recreate the movie poster of one of his favorite films, American Splendor.
American Splendor is one of The Blot's favorite films, and I love the fact that Harvey still lives on in this amazing movie. And now, he can live on on fans' walls around the globe! According to Oliver, “the combination of Paul Giamatti as Harvey Pekar and the real Harvey Pekar being on screen at the same time, often breaking the fourth wall, is one of my favorite aspects of American Splendor. This led me to develop the poster around the idea of the two Harveys. Because the film is about a pioneer of comic book culture, I felt drawing the two Harveys was the appropriate treatment for the poster.”