Although the Trieste Science+Fiction Festival only takes place in November, it’s going to steal the show for a while today so we can marvel at this year’s lineup. This beauty was designed and illustrated by the illustrious British artist Graham Humphreys at the request of Trieste’s new artistic director, Alan Jones.
Humphreys was inspired by the sci-fi movies he loved as a child, films about the danger of space travel, rebellious flora, nuclear peril, the “fake” Maria and much more. Jones had Humphreys put it all together in a dayglo “Hammer meet Punk” look. Yeah. Mission accomplished.
The original illustration was created by British artist Graham Humphreys, crossing Hammer with Punk
Trieste Science + Fiction Festival, the most important Italian event dedicated to science fiction scheduled from November 1 to 6, 2022, unveils the poster for the 2022 edition: an original illustration created by the famous British artist Graham Humphreys, who claims to major awards and collaborations, including posters for the English market of Evil Dead and A Nightmare on Elm Street.
“My love for science fiction films began in my childhood – says Graham Humphreys – ‘War of the Worlds’ (1953), ‘Day of the Triffids’ (1962), ‘Forbidden Planet’ (1956) and ‘When Worlds Collide’ (1951), was particularly remarkable to my young imagination. I was particularly fascinated by the sinister technicolor… These films and the Hammer Horror films of the same era influenced the work I still produce today I’ve always been amused by the ‘lizard people’ conspiracy theory, so my focus is a humanoid astronaut with a lizard head. The skeletal limbs allude to the dangers of space travel which provide the theme of several classic science fiction films, for example “The Incredible Melting Man” (1977), “The Quatermass Experiment” (1955) and “Alien” (1979).
Also depicted, the rebellious nature of terrestrial flora and extraterrestrial plant life; some examples being “The Day of the Triffids” (1962), “The Thing” (1951), “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” (1978), “Little Shop of Horrors” (1986). The science fiction films of the 1950s/60s were plagued by fear of nuclear danger; mutant insects and apocalyptic visions are depicted in sci-fi films such as “Them!” (1954), ‘Planet of the Apes’ (1968) and ‘Dr. Maria, from ‘Metropolis’ (1927) – a design that seems to have provided a model for everything from Doctor Who’s ‘Cybermen’ to ‘Star Wars’ C3P0. The color opportunities are meant to evoke the psychedelia of films like ” 2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968), “Altered States” (1980) and “Mandy” (2018).
“Graham Humphreys is a world-renowned artist whose innovative designs have adorned movie marquees, video and DVD covers, record albums and convention walls for decades. – says Alan Jones, the new Artistic Director of the Trieste festival – Graham has redefined the art of commercial design with a key fan perspective and sells his original canvases at high prices to international collectors.I have known Graham for many years and his concepts for my FrightFest festival in London have perfectly positioned the event for its target audience. For the Trieste Science+Fiction 2022 poster, I asked Graham to incorporate vintage sci-fi film imagery into a dayglo “Hammer meet Punk” look. delivered a poster that is destined to become a classic work. Director of Trieste S+FI could not be prouder of what he has achieved”.
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