“If I don’t meet you no more in this world then uh
I’ll meet ya on the next one
And don’t be late”
– Jimi Hendrix/ Voodoo Child
Working closely with Authentic Hendrix, Dark Hall Mansion has been putting out some incredible, officially licensed Jimi Hendrix prints with some sensational artists. Tyler Stout and Max Dalton have lent their considerable talents to this ongoing project and today we get to show you the latest print to grace this phenomenal collaboration between DHM and Authentic Hendrix.
Dark Hall Mansion and Grzegorz Domaradzki, aka Gabz, are pleased to share “Voodoo Child” with Jimi fans everywhere. This one has been in development for quite some time now and the end result is a stunning, psychedelic homage to one of music’s most gifted and beloved artists.
When DHM spoke to Gabz about this project they told him that they wanted “something in line with our admiration for the vintage film, circus, and rock poster aesthetic of the Polish poster schools, particularly that of the ’60s.” After looking at Gabz final images, it’s safe to say he nailed it perfectly.
Gabz’s final images are reminiscent of posters that would have hung on your wall if you had lived during the 60’s. It’s the perfect mix of pure Jimi and absolute Gabz. Here is what DHM had to say about the project in their official press release.
Dark Hall Mansion, under license from Authentic Hendrix and Bravado International, their worldwide licensing agent, will release Gabz’s fantastical vision of a peaceful yet creatively unbound Jimi. With a nod to one of Jimi’s most extraordinary songs, ‘Voodoo Child (Slight Return),’ a both gorgeous and ferocious showcasing of Jimi’s unequaled talents, Gabz perfectly captures Jimi’s perpetually dual nature, both here and of another place, through two masterful pieces that harken to the best of vintage Polish rock poster artwork of the late ’60s and early ’70s. On that, from the outset we explained our admiration for this period and style to Gabz and he was instantly familiar and at once drawn to its aesthetic, having deep personal experience and background as a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan, Poland.
Gabz’s vision for his Jimi was a bold, evocative rock portrait using strong, rich lines, vibrant colors, and highlights of delicate line work, at once evocative of classic Polish prints of the period as well as referencing the best of black light posters that so dominated the walls and bedrooms of countless rock fans everywhere. His Standard edition perfectly captures Jimi’s ethereal nature with seemingly endless creative waves emanating from Jimi’s mind, hearing sounds and songs only he could hear, guitar strap hinting at his ready axe. Gabz’s Variant edition is an electrified beauty, stripped of all and distilling Jimi to his essence, all the while underscoring Gabz’s striking detail and line work throughout Jimi’s face, the Variant including a simple strike of Jimi’s actual signature to complete a piece that begs for black light showcasing.
“Jimi Hendrix, Voodoo Child” limited edition prints go on sale this Thursday, Sept 10th on Dark Hall Mansion’s dedicated STORE PAGE at 9:30 AM PST.
“Jimi Hendrix, Voodoo Child” Standard Edition of 280 $65
“Jimi Hendrix, Voodoo Child” Variant Edition of 50 $100
“Jimi Hendrix, Voodoo Child” Foil Edition of 10 (based on the Standard edition colorway) $150
“Jimi Hendrix, Voodoo Child” Foil Edition of 10 (based on the Variant edition colorway) $150
All editions are screen printed, hand numbered, and measure 24″ x 36.”
We asked Gabz about this project/ collaboration and here is what he had to say.
BLURPPY – Tell us about your training. Where did you study? What drew you to this profession?
GABZ – I always loved drawing and was very much into art in general. First it was graphic novels, comic books and such that inspired me to draw and improve my skills, but around high school I started thinking I could and want to do this for the rest of my life. So I made the decision to study art in my hometown Poznan / Poland.
I studied at the Academy of Fine arts, concentrating mainly on graphic art (metal techniques, lithography, wood cut, serigraphy etc.), drawing and painting. I also did sculpture, illustration and basic graphic design (with poster and logo design).
BLURPPY – Whose work inspires you?
GABZ – I’m inspired by art in general, cinema, books, music and literature, but I wouldn’t be who I am now if it wasn’t for all the amazing artists I managed to find and appreciate thanks to internet. Since I’m doing screen prints for a while now I think I should start by naming few of the poster artists I admire and love seeing their new work. I guess I’ll start with Tomer Hanuka, his line work, use of color and often original and unexpected approach is just brilliant. I quite recently discovered Vania Zouravliov work. Beautiful compositions all around and great drawing talent was like a hammer blow for me when I first found his pieces online. I also need to mention Laurent Durieux whom I’m a big fan off. His ideas for some of the titles he has been doing, are simply amazing. Chapeau Bas! Olly Moss and Jay Shaw are both doing great work too (few times they collaborated from what I know) and I sometimes envy them the freedom and will of doing simpler and more concept-based artworks. I wouldn’t be who I’m am if it wasn’t for art of other amazing artists such as Lucian Freud, Egon Schiele, Francis Bacon, Von, Sam Weber and Polish Poster School artists.
BLURPPY – Can you share some insight into your process?
GABZ – I always start with very rough, hand drawn sketches, focusing on the general composition and main concepts. Those often include notes of how I see the title placement and type treatment. Once I’m happy with at least couple of those I bring my work to Photoshop where I polish the sketches. I’m collecting screen grabs and photo references if needed, work with different color options and title versions.
Once I’m pleased the sketch needs to get approved by the client and often by the studio and/or license holder. Sometimes it takes longer than I would wish, but once I finally get the “green light” I proceed with finalization, which often takes several weeks. Every line, curve and shape is done with the tablet, each color is separate and I use gradients, custom made brushes and plenty of dissolve effect.
GABZ – When DHM got in touch with me, I was excited for the opportunity to work on a print for a music artist for a change, especially as great as Jimi, who well deserves his spot in the pantheon of music. DHM had a specific vision for this piece and I couldn’t be happier when they proposed it should be influenced by Polish Poster School, which I’m clearly a fan off. I tried to implement some of the Polish Poster School ideas into my work before, (those who follow my work should be able to spot at least two posters I hope), but it was the first time I have been asked specifically to deliver something in that mood and manner, so to speak.
Waldemar Świerzy is amongst my favorite poster artists of all time, so I studied his Jimi Hendrix portraits among his other posters and they inspired me greatly. I wanted something similar in terms of simplification and use of color. I went with only very little lines, almost no details and very iconic and vibrant look of Jimi. My main idea was to make him the way as if he is becoming the music he’s playing…
BLURPPY – What do you hope fans get out of these prints?
GABZ – In the past I did a very well received portrait of Jimi. It was for a cover for Guitar World magazine. This time I wanted something fully digital and not overloaded with detail. I’m very curious how people will react and a little bit anxious too…
Thanks for the interview.
Huge thanks to Gabz for his time and his words. Be sure to follow him VIA:
Gabz’s “Jimi Hendrix, Voodoo Child” limited edition prints go on sale this Thursday, Sept 10th on Dark Hall Mansion’s dedicated STORE PAGE at 9:30 AM PST.