Saturday, July 14, 2012

Film poster art by Chawana Boonchoo at BACC until July 29

Film posters, especially Thai film posters, used to be more of an art than they are today in this age of Photoshop and giant floating heads.

The artistry of movie posters and billboards was at its height during the 1960s and '70s when artists would hand-paint the posters as well as billboards, featuring colorfully lavish, intricate compositions that would capture the key moments and visual elements of the films in all their explosive fury. Who needs to watch a movie trailer when you can just be blown away by the poster?

Among the artists working in this medium was Chawana Boonchoo, who's since gone on to be respected for his nature paintings.

The Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, in cooperation with the Thai Film Archive, is hosting an exhibition of Chawana's movie posters. It runs until July 29 on the 2nd and 3rd floors at the BACC.

Check Facebook for a photo gallery from the exhibition opening.

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