Paintings of cinemas

This week we have a mini art exhibition of paintings of cinemas. This post contains only a small selection of paintings by a handful of artists, and it is easy to find many more examples using Google’s image search.

This first work is by Anna King, and is of the now disused Odeon cinema in Bradford (just down the road from the National Media Museum).

Anna King, Disused Cinema, Bradford, 2007, Oil and pencil on paper and board, 51cm x 36 cm

Anna’s website can be found here, and you can learn about the history of Bradford’s cinemas here.

This next painting is by William E. Rochfort. Many of his paintings are inspired by cinema and you can find out about his work from the Surrey Artists website here.

William E. Rochfort, Friday Night Date

Next is David Stuttard, and you can find The World of David Stuttard website here.

David Stuttard, Scene Outside A Cinema, 1999, Oil on canvas paper, 20″ x 16″

Hilarie Lambert is a painter from Charleston, SC, and has painted numerous theatres (mostly in the eastern and midwestern US) as part of a large project on old cinemas. You can see them here. My favourite is this , which begs an obvious question about the nature of authorship and adaptation in the cinema:

Hilarie Lambert, The Aldine, Philadelphia, PA, Oil, 12″ x 12″

You can also find out more about Lambert’s work at her blog here, including some more recent paintings of theatres.

This piece is by Peter Hobden, and you can find this and his other paintings of cinemas at his blog here.

Peter Hobden, Cinema, 2010, Oil on canvas, 60cm x 50cm

This is the Osio Cinema, Monterey, by Karen Mazzarella.

Karen Mazarella, Osio Cinema, Monterey, Oil on canvas, 24″ x 18″

What is interesting to note is that these artists have chosen to paint  small cinemas rather than multiplexes. The exception is Anna King’s painting of the former Bradford Odeon, which she included in a series of works about wastelands and disused buildings.

Finally, this is one of Finnish artists Janne Parviainen’s light paintings, and presents a very different perspective to William Rochfort’s painting of cinemagoing. You can find his website here and his flickr page is here.

Janne Parviainen, Late Night Show

About Nick Redfern

I am an independent academic with over 15 years experience teaching film in higher education in the UK. I have taught film analysis, film industries, film theories, film history, science fiction at Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Central Lancashire, and Leeds Trinity University, where I was programme leader for film from 2016 to 2020. My research interests include computational film analysis, horror cinema, sound design, science fiction, film trailers, British cinema, and regional film cultures.

Posted on July 14, 2011, in Film History, Film Studies, Old Cinemas, Paintings and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

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