30×30 Featured Artist – Christopher Cox and Near Dark
Christopher Cox is one of our 30×30 exhibition artists, and in this series of showcases we aim to show and tell you a little more about the artist, their work and why they chose the film they will be creating work for.
Near Dark (1987)
A mid-western farm boy reluctantly becomes a member of the undead when a girl he meets turns out to be part of a band of southern vampires who roam the highways in stolen cars. Part of his initiation includes a bloody assault on a hick bar.
About the Artist
“I’m a brand-centric graphic artist working with a broad array of clients from business, financial, entertainment, architecture, environmental and food and beverage. I’m also a weight training, yoga enthused husband and mindful father of two wonderful little boys. I work out of a large studio behind my home and have experimented with a traditional graphic design studio to motion graphics and animation before finally landing on a core emphasis of branding and identity work. I began collecting screen printed movie posters in 2009 and slowly transmogrified the collecting into illustrating my own posters. Since then I’ve managed to work with Studio Canal, Lionsgate and Marvel among others”.
Why did you choose that film?
“I’ve been a Kathryn Bigelow fan for a very long time. Near Dark was one of the first horror films I was allowed to watch. I was shaken by the stylistic intensity and the no holds barred violence punctuated with sexuality. The imagery from the film stayed with me for weeks after the first viewing. I even had dreams about the movie. To this day I still feel the film is the strongest precursor to what would be come a powerhouse filmmaker and director. Never once in the movie is the word vampire mentioned and none of the characters sport fangs. These small details combined with the undertone of a Romantic Western add up to create a sense of dread that instead of running from you want to join into. I aimed to capture those unique characters and the duality within their relationships in my poster along with the strong sense of style that could only have happened in a film set in the 80’s.”
Be sure to check out all of Chris’s work, and we’ll be sure to share some teases of this Financial classic real soon.