When movie fan-art becomes reality


It’s a hobby that can come true – some fan-art movie posters are so good they end up in galleries or even allow the artist to work with the biggest names in Hollywood.

This has been the case for Belgian artist Laurent Durieux, 52, whose pastel-toned retro posters have their own fan base, including filmmakers.

It was a bold move to offer a new take on one of cinema’s most iconic images, but his version is a classic example of fan art, which often makes playful and subtle references to the film.

“I like to tell my own version of the film, while being respectful of the director’s vision,” he told AFP at the Annecy Animation Festival, for which he designed the poster and where he presented his works.

“The big difference is that my posters don’t have to worry about real marketing.”

A letter from Spielberg was one thing, but another legendary director, Francis Ford Coppola, went one better by using Durieux’s design as cover art for the reissue of “Apocalypse Now.”

His take on the classic 1969 French film “La piscine” was also used for its re-release last year.

Or for “The Shining,” he opted for a tricycle bearing the number 237 – a reference to the forbidden room that’s instantly recognizable to fans of Stanley Kubrick’s horror classic.

Durieux is far from the only artist creating his alternative posters – “fan art” is a popular genre on Instagram under hashtags such as #AlternativeMoviePosters or #altposter.

A dedicated auction in July at Heritage Auctions in the United States fetched over $100,000.

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Originally published as When movie fan-art becomes reality

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