Chris Skinner Turns In Two Stunning, Private Commission Tributes For The Alex Proyas Classic: “Dark City”

Back in 1998, director Alex Proyas gave us an ultra cool, forbidding film called “Dark City.”  Staring Rufus Sewell, Jennifer Connelly, Kiefer Sutherland, and William Hurt, it is a cult classic that we still love to this day.

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John Murdoch (Rufus Sewell) awakens alone in a strange hotel to find that he is wanted for a series of brutal murders. The problem is that he can’t remember whether he committed the murders or not. For one brief moment, he is convinced that he has gone completely mad. Murdoch seeks to unravel the twisted riddle of his identity. As he edges closer to solving the mystery, he stumbles upon a fiendish underworld controlled by a group of ominous beings collectively known as the Strangers.

Chris Skinner has finished a sensational tribute to the film in the form of two eerie prints, “Skyscape” and “Streetscape.”  Here is what he had to say about this amazing project.  When I was approached to work on this commission I instantly knew it would be a great project to work on, and even though I couldn’t really remember the full story as the last time I watched it was back in 1998 I knew it was visually rich and had a great gothic, retro, sci-fi style to it.

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Rather than focus on any of the characters for the print we decided to make the city the main element, which if you’ve seen the film will know it has a lot of movement and character hence some of the buildings twisting in the prints. There are various Easter eggs in the artwork which fans should be able to instantly point out, the commissioner had some great ideas for this project and hopefully those details have made this a print for fans of the film.

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Talking of the film, if you haven’t seen it yet make sure you watch the Director’s cut, if you have seen the theatrical release now go and watch the Director’s cut.

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Dark City Skyscape Edition by Chris Skinner

Dimensions: 24″ x 36″

Printed by: Lady Lazarus Press

Paper Type: 100# Cougar White

Medium: Screen Print with Glow in the Dark and Metallic Ink

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Print Information: Metallic ink on all metals within the print, cars, train, bridges and to represent the wet roads. Glow in the dark ink highlighting light sources within the image and the clock. Strangers and swirls hidden throughout the city.

Here is a look at the awesome variant print by Chris, “Streetscape.”

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Dark City Streetscape Variant by Chris Skinner

Dimensions: 24″ x 36″

Printed by: Lady Lazarus Press

Paper Type: French Spleckletone Brown

Medium: Screen Print with Glow in the Dark and Metallic Ink

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Print Information: Angle/view change variant. Metallic ink on all metals within the print, cars, train, bridges, underground metal structures and to represent the wet roads. Glow in the dark ink highlighting light sources within the image and the clock. Strangers and swirls hidden throughout the city.

We absolutely LOVE these prints and had to hear from the person who commissioned them.  Here is what he had to say….and yes, he loves them as well.

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“Dark City, in particular the directors cut, is just one of those movies that once you’ve seen it you’ll not forget it. It’s an underrated cult classic and a true sci fi gem that brings to mind classics such as Metropolis, The Maltese Falcon, The Twilight Zone and China Town, a true film noir in a sci fi universe.

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I had this concept floating around in my head for years before deciding to do something about it, and through seeing Chris’ Star Wars Viewpoints set I knew I’d found the perfect match to bring it to life and onto paper. We talked at length about how to get the depth we were after so the viewer could get lost in the print, and then, through the first draft of the concept it was evident the variant could become a whole new print in it’s own right, so instead of being just a colour change we opted to completely change the angle/view of the print to show the epic scale and grandness of the city. The city in Dark City, is almost a character itself within the movie, so we really wanted to show off the visuals Director Alex Proyas, Production Designer Patrick Tatopoulos and Cinematographer Dariusz Wolski encapsulated on screen for their audience, within our prints.

What we have here is the regular Skyscape print that was born out of the initial concept and the Streetscape variant print which was the original concept I approached Chris with.

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Chris, in my eyes, has delivered two classic prints with the vintage feel and look of the movie. These were created with a lot of care and attention by two fans of Dark City, for fans of the movie to appreciate and lose themselves in the view of the city and level of small details that are hidden throughout the prints. The ‘Strangers’ are only the start of what can be found hidden within these prints if you look closely…now sleep.”

You can follow Chris on TWITTER and keep your fingers crossed that he MAY release some AP copies of these awesome prints.  (Doubtful, but we can all wish.)

SOURCE: Poster Posse

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2 Responses to Chris Skinner Turns In Two Stunning, Private Commission Tributes For The Alex Proyas Classic: “Dark City”

  1. The close ups of the easter eggs make this even more amazing!!!
    (I would give my first born for prints of these, omg.)

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