Spoke Art’s New Book: “Bad Dads: Art Inspired by the Films of Wes Anderson” Is Glorious

“I cannot take credit for much of anything on these pages, and I do not know if it is actually legal to publish this book?”

– Wes Anderson


Wes AndersonWes Anderson is a gifted, award winning, film director, film producer, screenwriter, and actor.  From “Bottle Rocket” to “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and from “Rushmore” to one of our all-time favorite films, “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” Anderson has been sharing his unique perspectives with fans since 1996.


Do You Think I’m An Athlete?

 art by Meghan Stratman

Anderson continuously collaborates with those that tune into his vision.  F0lks like Angelica Huston, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Willem Dafoe and Jason Schwartzman have all lent their considerable talents to his films and the end results are loved by adoring fans everywhere.


Ken Harman and Spoke Art Gallery in San Francisco are so enamored with his work that, beginning in 2011, they began doing annual pop-up shows paying tribute to Anderson’s work. Titled, “Bad Dads” the shows have been a huge success and have produced some sensational Wes Anderson tribute art.  Abrams has just released a book, in collaboration with Spoke Art, that pays a beautiful tribute to the past five years of exhibits. Here is the official blurb along with some of the art within the pages of “Bad Dads: Art Inspired by the Films of Wes Anderson.

“Son of a bitch, I’m sick of these dolphins.”

– Steve Zissou


“The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou” -art by Tracie Ching

In 2011, Spoke Art Gallery in San Francisco curated a pop-up show called “Bad Dads,” advertised as an affordable art show and tribute to the films of Wes Anderson, its name inspired by the many unforgettable fathers (and father/ mentor figures) depicted in Wes Anderson’s films.  

“Who’s got The Throat-Slitter?”

– M.Gustave


“Gabelmeister’s Peak” by Conor Langton

Five years later, what started as a one time event has become an annual, traveling exhibit o the very best Wes Anderson-inspired original art from all over the world, boasting work from more than 400 artists and complete with a dedicated cult following.  A testament to the power of legendary director Wes Anderson’s signature style and aesthetic, the show has continued to grow and progress as a dynamic group exhibition, with pieces that range rom paintings to sculpture to limited-edition screen prints.

“I saved Latin. What did you ever do?”

– Max Fischer


Rushmore” by Matt Needle

For the first time, fans can find the best artwork from all five years of the show collected in one volume: “Bad Dads: Art Inspired by the Films of Wes Anderson.”  The book features and original foreward by writer and director Wes Anderson himself, as well as an original introduction by TV and movie critic Matt Zoller Seitz, author of the previous best-selling “Wes Anderson Collection” and “Wes Anderson: The Grand Budapest Hotel.”

Anybody interested in grabbing a couple of burgers and hittin’ the cemetery?”

– Royal


“Wes Anderson Family” art by Maria Suarez-Inclan

Bad Dads” grants readers yet another avenue to explore in the inspired world and movies of Wes Anderson, including “Bottle Rocket,””Rushmore,” “The Royal Tenenbaums,””The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou,” “The Darjeeling Limited,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” “Moonrise Kingdom,” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”  

“Dear Suzy, I accidentally built a fire while I was sleepwalking. I have no memory of this, but my foster parents think I am lying.”

– Sam


“Ramblin Man” by Tim Doyle

Bad Dads: Art Inspired by the Films of Wes Anderson” measures 8 3/4″ x 10 1/2″ and contains 200 full color illustrations making it a must-have for Wes Anderson fans. CLICK HERE to order your copy today.

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