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 graduated from the University of Kent in 1998 with a degree in Film Studies and History, and was awarded an MA by the same institution in 2002. I received my Ph.D. from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2006 for a thesis title 'Regionalism and the Cinema in the United Kingdom, 1992 to 2002.' I have taught at Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Central Lancashire. My research interests include regional film cultures and industries in the United Kingdom; cognition and communication in the cinema; anxiety in contemporary Hollywood cinema; cinemetrics; and film style and film form. My work has been published in Entertext, the International Journal of Regional and Local Studies, the New Review of Film and Television Studies, Cyfrwng: Media Wales Journal, and the Journal of British Cinema and Television.

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

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