That headline might read like the introduction to a bad joke, but instead it’s the setup for a new art show at the Mondo Gallery in Austin, Texas. And it’s a show that looks to be worth checking out if you’re within driving distance — if not, you still might be itching to get your fingers on prints of some of artist Jason Edmiston’s pieces from his current show, entitled “A Rogue’s Gallery,” which focuses on classic cinematic monsters and villains. We opened up with the Predator’s camera-friendly smile up above, but he’s just one of many bad-nasties on display in Edmiston’s show, which runs through September 14.
Edmiston told io9 that his goal for each of these paintings was to make it look like the villains and monsters actually came to his studio and posed for a portrait. Describing his style as “idealized realism,” Edmiston clearly takes his subject matter seriously:
A lot of time, people will do portraits of pop culture characters and they’ll try to get really quirky with them, and they’ll be tongue-in-cheek. But I wanted to treat most of these portraits as pretty much, straight-up ultimate versions of these characters, as if they were going to be turned into stamps. You know what they did with the Elvis stamp? They made the ultimate 1950s version and the ultimate 1970s version.
And I think we can all agree that Fat Elvis is good company to be in, whether in stamp form or otherwise. The good news if you don’t live in Austin is that many of the images featured here are available as prints from Mondo’s website. You can pick up a copy of the Predator print “Hunter” for $75, one of RoboCop’s ED-209 for $45, or one of the Aliens queen for a mere five bucks.
If you want to get your hands on one or the originals, however, you’re going to have to crack those wallets open a bit wider. It’ll run you a whopping $4,500 for the Terminator-centric “One Possible Future”…
…or the They Live entry “Vote”…
…or $2,500 for the Ghostbusters tribute “Flambe.” Such a deal!
If you’re no fan of science fiction (and if so, what are you doing here?), Edmiston’s show includes other cinematic bad guys such as The Exorcist’s demon Pazuzu, Friday the 13th’s Jason Voorhees, the Joker, or even the non-evil but definitely sinister Willy Wonka. (The Gene Wilder version, naturally.) You can get more info on Mondo’s official website.