FLO LAU: OSCAR POP! FEATURES FUN, FRESH WORKS OF ART
Shutterstock has announced its ninth annual Oscar Pop! poster series that celebrate the Best Picture nominees in the recent 93rd Academy Awards including, of course, the winner: Nomadland. Turning to world-famous pop artists for aesthetic inspiration, the inhouse creatives at Shutterstock utilized the collection of over 360 million photos, vectors, patterns, and textures to capture the spirit of the films via original posters. Creative Director Flo Lau explains: “Now in its ninth year, the Oscar Pop! series is a highlight for the creative team, who not only produce fun, fresh works of art based on their personal perspectives, they also leverage the exceptional talent from our 1.6 million contributor community.”
The series has long been an opportunity to celebrate and reinterpret the art of cinema through the art of design. Acclaimed artists provide inspiration for the eight in-house Shutterstock designers, whose pop art creations serve as a visual representation of how iconic art, masterful storytelling, and creative passion can come together to inspire artistic innovation. From the bubbly color palette and black collage elements synonymous with Pauline Boty, the founder of the British Pop Art movement, to the modern calligraphy depicted in Russian artist Pokras Lampas’s street projects, each poster represents the individual and unique perspectives and interpretations of this year’s Best Picture nominees. Additionally, these posters highlight the diverse content provided by Shutterstock’s global 1.6 million contributor community, which acts as the foundation for these one-of-a-kind works of art.
This year’s list of nominated films and artists that inspired the posters include: “The Father” inspired by Banksy with poster design by Zahi Haddad; “Judas and the Black Messiah” inspired by Emory Douglas with poster design by Nicole Dai; “Mank” inspired by Yayoi Kusama with poster design by Alice Lee; “Minari” inspired by Peter Max with poster design by Thahn Nguyen; “Nomadland” inspired by Johanna Goodman with poster design by Will Banchero; “Promising Young Woman” inspired by Pauline Boty with poster design by Abi Gaudreau; “Sound of Metal” inspired by Jamie Hewlett with poster design by Jac Castillo; and “The Trial of the Chicago 7” inspired by Pokras Lampas with poster design by Alex Bodin.
Concludes Flo Lau: “The 2021 Academy Award Best Picture nominees form an eclectic shortlist, from the power of words and the pursuit of justice in ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ to a Korean-American family’s immigrant story in “Minari,” these films provide our team with endless inspiration for this annual poster collection.”