A couple of cinema related items for this post. The first are a series of hand-painted poster cards featuring some amazing lettering and illustration by U.S. signpainter Ira Coyne, whose work featured prominently in the Sign Painters movie and book directed by Faythe Levine and Sam Macon.
The second item features the work of highly regarded Dublin signwriter Kevin Freeney. These are some of the signs he hand-painted for the Ambassador cinema in the eighties:
It’s hard to imagine something with as quick a turnaround as a cinema sign actually being hand-written, especially considering the scale of these; which is why, along with the obvious artistry on display, I find these photos so astonishing.
For more examples of Kevin Freeney’s work please follow the link to the Gentleman Of Letters Flickr page.
Finally received my copy of the much anticipated “Sign Painters” book by Faythe Levine and Sam Macon which documents the lives and works of sign painters across the U.S.
The book is to accompany a documentary, due for release early 2013, and is a fascinating insight into many characters working in the trade; their histories, their philosophies and thoughts on the current health and future prospects for hand-painted signs.
Rather than being a sentimental dip into the past, it is a refreshingly forward thinking book aimed more at inspiring new generations to pick up a brush and get busy.
Get yourself a copy…..and support your local sign painter!