We recently shared some fantastic art by Robert Ball for “Game Of Thrones” and as promised and first teased yesterday on Poster Buddies & Traders, we are bringing you your first look at Matt Ferguson’s work for Bottleneck Gallery’s first online exhibit which celebrates HBO’s “Game Of Thrones.“
Titled, “Winter Is Here” the exhibit celebrates the return of the hit series and welcomes fans back right before the Season 4 premier on April 6th. Season 4 will have 10 episodes and is based on the second half of “A Storm of Swords“, the third book in the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series by George R.R. Martin.
Matt has done 2 sensational pieces that should help fans survive the wait until the premiers. The first one features ‘the wall.’ Here is what WIKI has to say about this formidable barrier…
The Wall is a colossal fortification which stretches for 300 miles along the northern border of the Seven Kingdoms, defending the realm from the wildlings who live beyond. The Wall is reported to be over 700 feet tall and is made of solid ice. It was supposedly constructed using both magic and mundane means some eight millennia ago, in the aftermath of the Long Night to defend the realm against the White Walkers who apparently dwell in the far north, though they are now considered myths by most.
The Wall is defended and held by the Sworn Brothers of the Night’s Watch. Once an honorable institution, by the time of the War of the Five Kings, the Watch has fallen on hard times. It has become grievously under-strength, numbering less than a thousand men, an all-time low. While once great glory and honor was to be had in the Watch, in the present day it is often seen as a glorified penal colony.
The current headquarters of the Watch is Castle Black, located in the shadow of the Wall at the northern end of the Kingsroad. Eastwatch, located at the eastern end of the Wall, serves as the main port and resupply post for the Night’s Watch. The Shadow Tower at the western end of the Wall is the only other manned castle. Among the abandoned castles along the length of the Wall are the Nightfort and Deep Lake. The region south of the Wall is called the Gift and is also controlled by the Night’s Watch.
In the past, the Night’s Watch would send men out every morning to the north side of the Wall to cut down any trees growing within one mile of the structure, so the wildlings couldn’t use any natural cover to approach the base of the Wall undetected. With the ranks of the Night’s Watch drastically diminishing over the years, however, many of the areas between the three forts that are still manned have tall trees growing right up to the base of the Wall.
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Matt’s other GOT print features my favorite, Daenerys Targaryen, sitting defiantly on the iron throne. Here is a Wiki-breakdown of “the throne.“
The Iron Throne is the throne upon which the King of the Andals and the First Men sits, located in the Great Hall of the Red Keep in the city of King’s Landing. Besides the King himself (or Lord Regent) only the Hand of the King may sit on the Iron Throne. The term is also used colloquially to refer to the monarchy that rules the Seven Kingdoms and the authority of the King (e.g. “Rebellion against the Iron Throne”).
The Iron Throne was forged at the order of Aegon the Conqueror, the first of the Targaryen Kings, who conquered six of the seven independent kingdoms of Westeros and unified them under his rule – the seventh kingdom of Dorne was later joined through a marriage alliance. The throne was allegedly forged from the 1,000 swords that had been surrendered to Aegon in the War of Conquest by the lords who had offered their fealty, though the actual number of the swords is less then two hundred. These were subsequently melted down by the fiery breath of Aegon’s dragon, Balerion the Black Dread, then beaten and bent into a throne of imposing appearance.
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Edition of 50
Bottleneck Gallery’s online exhibit, “Winter Is Here” will be on sale this Friday, April 4th, at 12pm eastern. (Click HERE) Until then, follow their FACEBOOK page for more reveals. Follow Matt on TWITTER and head over to his WEBSITE to see even more of his extraordinary art. Tune in to HBO on April 6th for the highly anticipated premier of season 4.