Philippe Le Miere darth vader star wars empire painting art movie

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Set a long time ago in a galaxy far far away, Star Wars is an intergalactic adventure of epic proportions. Brimming with all the drama, grandeur and tragedy of any opera, its tale of triumph over an oppressive force is the ultimate antidote to the work-life burn. In his painterly renditions of iconic movie posters, Philippe Le Miere brings the viewers relationship with film into focus. He asks where were you when you saw Stars Wars? And what does it mean to you?

This work is a pochoir (posh-waar) print. Emerging in late nineteenth-century Paris, pochoir printmaking sees an artist layer and hand-colour each component of their image. Unmechanised, this process gives each edition its own ‘aura’ while also requiring serious time and skill. Indeed, by the 1930s pochoirs had all but died under the rise of more efficient, mechanised printing techniques.

It was master printmaker Jeffrey Makin who first linked Le Miere’s experimental process with the forgotten early twentieth-century practice. For Le Miere, working by hand represents a critical counterpoint to his subject matter. Where Disney’s Darth Vader is technologically immaculate, Le Miere’s work is fluid, textural and deliciously idiosyncratic. Layers of paint disturb a perfect surface, registering like man-made pixels. Once employed by Matisse and Picasso and revived by Le Miere, the pochoir unites art and the artisanal to give each work the feel of an original painting.

Philippe LE MIERE (1975 - )
'vader darth wars you star empire needs unauthorized' 2020
acrylic on paper
Edition of 50
Image Size: 31 x 22 cm
Dimensions: 42 x 30 cm
Signed: signed titled and editioned in margin
Comes with Letter of Provenance
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Condition:As New: The work of art is in the same immaculate condition as when it was created. This could be the description for a work of art that may have been in storage for years, never sold on the market but may still be some years old.
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