Dominion Cinema, Southall, London

An illustration of the Dominion Cinema, Southall with a couple meeting outside. Now sadly demolished rather than being preserved. The setting is mid 1940s (the cinema was built in the late thirties) and the advertising posters are all from that period, being: It’s a Wonderful Life and Double Indemnity. The cinema is of a typicalContinue reading “Dominion Cinema, Southall, London”

Wild Swimming

This poster was inspired by the Art Deco movement. One of my passions as a young man was to swim wherever I could (this is not a self portrait). Rivers, lakes, outdoor lidos, even a river pool in the Kakadu National Park in Australia. There is a rock pool at the top of Victoria FallsContinue reading “Wild Swimming”

Date Night at the Odeon Harrogate

This poster is the second cinema I’ve depicted, Although I never went to the Harrogate Odeon it is typical of so many cinemas I did frequent in the 1960s and 1970s. Sadly perhaps, many were lost to developments, bingo and most suffered a general decline. For me the cinema in those days represented both theContinue reading “Date Night at the Odeon Harrogate”

The Furies of the Tango

This is derived from an Art Nouveau book illustration by George Barbier for a book entitled La Guirlande des Mois (published 1917). The original drawing was in pen and watercolour and has been reproduced in a variety of tonal variations. I have kept relatively true to the colour of the original, but redrawn it soContinue reading “The Furies of the Tango”

The Girl outside the Regal Cinema

An illustration of an Regal cinema in Barnstaple, North Devon with a girl waiting for a friend outside. This actual building still exists but sadly is no longer a cinema. The period I chose is the mid 1960s so the four advertising posters outside the cinema are all from around that period, being: Marnie, MyContinue reading “The Girl outside the Regal Cinema”

A Peacock in the Orangery

This image for ‘A Peacock in the Orangery’ was inspired by the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods, but borrows elements from Persian design and the bright colours found in mosaics from that wider region. It started as a title for a novel and developed into this poster. The idea for the novel may beContinue reading “A Peacock in the Orangery”

A lost poster from La Belle Époque

I have a bound collection of L’Art Decorative magazines published between 1899 and 1900. Amongst many beautiful illustrations and photographs is a monochrome reproduction of a poster by the Belgium post-impressionist Georges Lemmen. I have never been able to find a colour version of this poster and the only copies I have found are probablyContinue reading “A lost poster from La Belle Époque”