Filed Under: Look just past the color, and you'll see the genius.
Overview: Hand-printed art posters by illustrator, print-maker, and self-professed geek Tim Doyle. Subjects vary from the international to the intergalactic, but all share a visually entertaining pow-bam-boom comic-book style, like technicolor sci-fi in still life, or a dream, screen printed to real life
Appreciate: The geek factor. We conclude there are two layers to most every Tim Doyle print: the prima facie layer, available to everyone and which everyone can appreciate: beautifully colored scenes of boundless fantasy, and upon which any meaning can be projected; and the geek layer, which is a little bit of inside baseball--scenes that make specific but esoteric references to actual events in pop culture, and that serious fans (geeks for the culture) will appreciate even more. Case in point, Doyle's "Amanda Huginkiss", which he created as part of his UnReal Real Estate exhibit. Folks who love the The Simpsons will recognize Moe's tavern; and folks who really love The Simpsons will remember the prank sequence and episode behind the title. Yet, folks who've never seen The Simpsons will still find amusement, if not a little mystery, in the big donut and the shadowy saxophone. My cat's breath smells like cat food
Know: Doyle's posters are available for purchase primarily through his print studio, Nakatomi, which he founded with talented artist Clint Wilson. There you'll find surprises like the $.01 "Ultimate Free Lunch" (above, center), as well as limited edition, signed and numbered prints like "Mambo Guajiro-Bottle Rocket" (above, left), part of Doyle's "Bad Dads" series tribute to filmmaker Wes Anderson. For a joint filmmaker tribute to Quentin Tarantino and the Coen Brothers, Doyle produced "Marsellus Wallace Becomes Acquainted With a 1980 Honda Civic Hatchback" (above, right), which is a preferable subject to "Marsellus Wallace Becomes Acquainted With The Gimp," we think you'll agree. Don't bring him out, just leave him where he is
Special Comments: Tim Doyle accepts commissioned work, provided, we gather, that the subject matter is well suited for depiction in his brilliant comic book style. We're especially fond of the commissioned poster he created for the Texas VW Classic in Fredericksburg. If you prefer black and white over color, contact Doyle to see if he still has the original line art for your favorite poster. These are the drawings he makes on bristol board that serve as the initial template for every print, and even in their spartan state, they're wall-worthy works of art
Cost: Signed and numbered 12x24 copies of the Bottle Rocket and Pulp Fiction posters shown above are $40 each; "Ultimate Free Lunch" is $0.1 when you purchase at least $50 of other art, and while limited copies last