Sunday, June 20, 2010

Hand painted movie posters

Heather and I went to the Primitive art space a couple of weeks ago to check out the hand painted movie poster from Ghana. Primitive has a couple of hundred hand painted posters painted on the back of used flour sacks. The posters are mainly from American action movies, Hong Kong kung fu, a few Bollywood, and Nigerian religious dramas (which are usually part horror or action movies). The paintings were made as advertising for video screenings of the movies in rural Ghana. Traveling projectionists would go town to town and put up the posters to advertise the nights video projection.

The prices start at $7000 and go up to $30,000 for a really nice King Kong (1977 version) poster that could be a Lee Perry album cover.

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