I have been a fan of North Wales artist, Andy Fairhurst for awhile now. We previously wrote about his fantastic “Superhero Kids” series and after our interview with him, (which you can read HERE) we felt we knew him a bit better. I’ve added his Boba Fett piece to my collection and I have my eyes set on his Jango Fett print as my next purchase.
But all of that is is just leading up to something new. Today I bring you Andy’s latest project and personally…I LOVE it. With all the attention given to Laurent Durieux’s “Back To The Future” prints for Mondo you would THINK that artists would back away from the subject matter for awhile. You know, let things settle down a bit. Not Andy. Andy forges forward and does his OWN series based off the movie franchise that still captures the imagination and hearts of fans and his work is exceptional.
We spoke with Andy about the movie and the project and here is what he had to say.
I have a few films that have been an integral part of my childhood and teenage years. “Star Wars” I will always credit as getting me into drawing non stop, at the age of 5. “E.T” was the first and last time I cried at the cinema and “Back To The Future” was probably the film (amongst a plethora of others) that defined my teenage years. I was 13 when I saw the film at the cinema with my mates and at the time cinema was going through a rough patch in the UK and we used to get in for 50p a pop to see films, which was great at the time as we had so many cool movies to watch. I think of this period as my ‘golden age of cinema’, 1984-1987. Gremlins, Ghostbusters, Stand By Me, The Goonies, Rambo, Weird Science, The Breakfast Club, Ferris Beullers Day Off, Labyrinth…the list is so long, I feel we were spoiled back then.
But Back to the Future was THE film for me during that Golden period and I watched it on 8 consecutive Saturdays and knew the dialogue off by heart. I wanted to be Marty McFly. I tried to get my hair like Marty’s but failed due to the damned double crown I had. I got the Nike trainers and I played ‘The Power Of Love’ till it wore out. I was like many of my age. We loved Back To The Future.
Over the years though I had never really done any artwork related to BTTF (apart from a recent ‘Geek Kid’ I did – seen above ) and considering I have done Batman and Star Wars time and time again I had never found the right idea to tackle a BTTF piece…until I joined The Poster Posse. I have done a few posters since joining and have been really inspired by all the members on our forum. And it wasn’t until I saw an awesome BTTF poster which went viral online recently by Mondo artist Laurent Durieux, that I thought ‘Yeah! I can do a poster!’ That’s how I got around it…I did a poster. I wouldn’t have done that before Poster Posse. I find I can think slightly more outside the box and not worry too much about 100% accuracy with posters and I am finding I am enjoying it more and more and discovering the artwork of other Poster Posse members is an eye opener. So I did 2 posters, both depicting Marty in 1955 and 1985 with only the shoes and skateboards showing, which I felt was enough to get the feel of the movie across. I added a bonus 3rd poster depicting the hover board from BTTF2 as I figured that I’d get requests for that as well. Anyway I have lots to work on with my normal stuff that I do but I find myself now thinking of what I can do with “Alien” or “The Lost Boys” and other films in poster form thanks to joining this group.
I think Andy has come up with a unique, clever vision for the three Back To The Future Films and we are excited to reveal them to you.
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