Check These Out: Dean Walton's New Contemporary Sci-Fi Poster Art

November 29, 2011
Source: Mr Shabba

Dean Walton's The Fifth Element

Big bada boom! One of our personal favorite artists has whipped up a fantastic new series of poster art for five contemporary sci-fi flicks. His name is Dean Walton, aka Mr. Shabba, an illustrator/designer out of the UK. We featured his classic sci-fi series of posters and received some rather rough comments, but I personally love his art and I love that he designs for some of my own sci-fi favorites, especially this time. In his Contemporary Sci-Fi series, he's designed The Fifth Element (1997), Avatar (2009), The Matrix (1999), District 9 (2009) and Total Recall (1990), which is stretching it for "contemporary", but it works.

Here's Dean Walton's new sci-fi series of posters - click on any below to head to an info page for each movie.

Dean Walton's Fifth ElementDean Walton's Avatar

Dean Walton's The Matrix

Dean Walton's District 9Dean Walton's Total Recall

I love the colors and the simplicity yet iconic nature of his work, I just think these are refreshing to look at. Each one is being printed in a limited edition of 100, exclusive to Mr. Shabba, for 20£ (~$32.17) or 25£ (~$40.21) depending on the size you get. They come in two sizes - A2 is 16.5" x 23.4" or A1, slightly bigger, at 23.4" x 33.1". You can also just pick up the entire series of five for 80£/100£, if you want to go all out with this new series. I love all of these movies and I'm happy to see such vibrant art for all of them. I already ordered a set myself. I'd love to see some others like Star Wars/Star Trek or Donnie Darko, maybe even Sphere, Moon or Cube, on top of the 10 films he's hit so far. Hope we see more! Do you like these better?

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  • Harrison ford could care less.
    crappy. are you serious?
  • Big Boss
    Such a thin line between minimalist and sh*t.
  • Xerxexx
    I like the Matrix and Fifth Element posters.
    • Richie G
      but Neo looks like a big silly nose floating in the middle of a face like that
  • 001211
    My five year old could paint better. They look crap.
  • Anonymous
    While The Matrix, Fifth Element, and Total Recall all work (as they include iconic scenes/imagery) Avatar and District 9 are just desperately trying to carry on the trend.
  • Lebowski
    Sweet fuck, could he have stretched an uncompelling idea any further? All these re-done posters as so creatively uninspired. Simple recurring motif + loose impressionistic background = success?. WOOF.
  • Chilimachete
    Crap (5th element's kinda okayish if it were on it's on).
  • Lagoya
    Utter garbage
  • Richie G
    The clouds in the first one look bad, but I guess without them it'd be tough to communicate falling. Ha, it'd just look like an x-ray of someone who tried to swallow an action figure. Matrix floating clown nose. And the Total Recall one is the worst, you'd really have see the film for it to look like anything (and yes I have) On the other hand the other two are arguably good. When Sully was flying the banshee it was in his head... or via his mind (whatever) and composition is good For a. second I thought the district 9 one didn't work because the silhouette isn't easily identifiable, but that turned out to be why it does work: its alien and its an alien. Judging how bad the others are I'd say those qualities were accidental, but still not bad
    • Chris
      I don't believe they're supposed to be clouds. Google image the film name, you should be able to spot a related snapshot.
  • Danimal
    yeah...the fifth element one is the only worth mentioning here
  • Anonymous
    I'm a bit tired of hearing about all these artists making "contemporary art" out of old films. It always seems so detached from the original material. I've never liked any of it. And at the end of the day the artist is just some other fan - like me. Why would I pay for the impressionistic feelings of someone else, when I have my own?




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