Mondo Announces Laurent Durieux Gallery + New Print for 'The Birds'
by Alex Billington
December 17, 2013
Nothing You Have Ever Witnessed Before Has Prepared You for Such Sheer Stabbing Shock! It's The Birds! Earlier this week we featured the kick ass Mondo Mystery Movie Die Hard poster designed by Laurent Durieux. Well, good news for fans of that poster, as Mondo has announced that Laurent Durieux is getting his own solo show at their gallery in Austin, TX in February. To go along with the news, Mondo has unveiled two more Durieux prints - one is indeed for Hitchcock's The Birds and it's quite glorious, and colorful. The other is for the classic 1956 sci-fi film Forbidden Planet, and it's a stunning print as well. See both below.
"The bloody beak of the crow is a direct reference to the scene where the neighbour is found in his bedroom by Jessica Tandy with his eyes missing. I originally wanted to place an eyeball in the crow's beak, but I thought it was a bit too gory for a Hitchcock movie… so I toned it down a notch. I really love the variant on this one," said Durieux. Here's his poster for The Birds (24"x36") plus a gallery opening postcard (variant):
"Man, I love this movie! So retro-futuristic, so naive, so kitsch! That's really my dope! Robby the Robot is iconic which is why I had to put it as THE star of the movie poster. The original poster is just sublime, the colours are just so vibrant, and so I tried to emulate that impression on my own take of this science fiction classic. This poster is the piece that took me the longest to finish, almost 2 months! I think it was worth the effort and the number of layers!" said Durieux. Here's his fantastic Forbidden Planet print (also 24"x36"):
"Hot on the heels of the Los Angeles Mondo Mystery Movie event this past weekend where Laurent Durieux's stunningly creative Die Hard print was unveiled, Mondo is pleased to announce the artist's first solo show at the gallery in Austin, TX (4115 Guadalupe Street), beginning on February 7th, 2014 at 7:00 PM and running through March 1st. Durieux will offer new and exciting renditions of classic films like Back to the Future, The Birds & Forbidden Planet to name a few." We expect him to have a few surprises.
Laurent Durieux (website) is one of the many great artists/illustrators featured by Mondo. Durieux was born in Belgium and studied graphic design at the College of Advertising and Design in Brussels. After over 20 years as an illustrator, he made his way into the world of screen-printed movie posters, creating new art for films such as The Iron Giant and King Kong. These three recent designs, including the two above and Die Hard, are great examples of the kind of work he does. For more info on Mondo and their prints, head to MondoTees.com or follow @MondoNews. I confess I really, really love his Forbidden Planet art, must have.