by: Jay Carlson – Editor-in-Chief
Growing up in the 80’s was a magical time made all the more magical thanks to Steven Spielberg and his Amblin Entertainment production company. The films that were released under the Amblin’s banner would go on to inspire and shape an entire generation of filmmaker’s and fans alike. With titles like E.T., Gremlins, Goonies and Back to the Future and Who Framed Roger Rabbit the legacy of Amblin reads like a road map to awe and wonder.
A huge piece of those Amblin films for me were the wonderful posters created by the master himself, Drew Struzan. I don’t think it would be a stretch to say that Drew Struzan art has adorned my walls for at least three decades. I can vividly recall his Star Wars, Back to the Future and Goonies posters hanging in my bedroom as a kid. Those films and posters from that decade were instrumental in creating the film nerd (and poster collector) I became.
It makes me extremely happy to announce that producer Jack Morrissey and Taylor White are putting together an art show to celebrate Amblin’s thirty-fifth anniversary (wow, where has the time gone?). Not only that, but Struzan will be displaying never-before-seen pieces of art from his personal archive!
Check out the full details below and prepare to get excited:
Steven Spielberg’s iconic production company Amblin Entertainment is in its thirty-fifth year and over three decades has created many of the most beloved movies of all time, spanning every genre. From the Oscar-winning masterpieces Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan to adored pop culture classics that defined a generation – Back to the Future, The Goonies, Gremlins, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and so many more.
Founded in 1981 by Spielberg and producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, the company has brought to life so many stories on the silver screen – from its very first production Continental Divide to this fall’s The Girl on the Train. On the small screen, the company has also created countless hit series, from ER to Amazing Stories and The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.
This December, Creature Features will pay tribute to Amblin with an unprecedented gallery exhibit featuring imagery from, and inspired by, the company’s extraordinary history. The show is headlined by Drew Struzan, the legendary artist who painted so much of Amblin’s most iconic movie poster art, including Hook, An American Tail, The Goonies, and the Back to the Future Trilogy. Drew will display a selection of original, never-before-seen art from his personal archive.
Alongside Drew, dozens of gifted artists will exhibit original paintings and sculptures that honor the Amblin films and television shows that have influenced them.
AMBLIN 35: AN ART TRIBUTE FEATURING DREW STRUZAN opens at Creature Features on the evening of Friday, December 2nd and will exhibit through Thursday, December 15th. The exhibit is curated by Taylor White and Jack Morrissey.
For information on submitting art, please email Amblin35Art@gmail.com.
Creature Features is a genre-themed art gallery and pop culture store with a twenty-year legacy of celebrating the best in science fiction, fantasy, horror and animation. Owner Taylor White and his team have hosted gallery shows themed on such iconic titles as The Wizard of Oz, Planet of the Apes, The Iron Giant, and Godzilla.
For more information and updates, visit www.creaturefeatures.com