Deadly Prey meets Superchief is an exhibition showcasing over 150 hand-painted movie posters from Ghana, West Africa. The work on display covers a mix of paintings from the mid 90’s to present day, advertising action movies, horror, kung fu, Bollywood, Nollywood and Ghallywood.

Work from over 25 artists will be on display, including: Mr. Brew, Leonardo, Salvation, Heavy J, Farkira, Stoger, Mr. Nana Agyo, Awal Sunil Shetty, Mark Anthony, Adomako, Ogwei Arts, Sir Osman Arts, Classic Arts, Sly Fox, Angel Art & Sign, Papa Warsti, Babs Art, Viscous Art, Art by Darkness, Wasco Arts, Kwaku, JA Pastony, Puff Art, DA Obeng, Moses, Ras Arts, and Casper. Original movie posters as well as Deadly Prey "90's Horror Story" lobby card sets will be for sale.

Opening Reception: Thursday, October 25, 7pm - Midnite
1628 Jefferson Ave @ Superchief Gallery

A brief history on the Handpainted Ghanaian Movie Poster:

These posters were once the product of a much larger industry known as the “Ghanaian Mobile Cinema”. This business started in the late 1980’s when artistic, industrious groups of people formed video clubs. With a television, vcr, vhs tapes, and a portable generator they’d travel throughout Ghana setting up make-shift screening areas in villages void of electricity. An interesting selection of movies became popular because of this trade including Hollywood action and horror, low budget American schlock, Bollywood films, Hong Kong martial arts movies, and native Ghanaian and Nigerian features

As more people gained interest in this rising business, competition arose. Mobile cinema operators found a need to set their products apart, so an advertising motif came into play. With no affordable access to printing, the hand-painted movie poster was the most logical advertising vehicle. Skilled local artists were now part of this growing entertainment industry in Ghana, and they surely brought their own distinct touch to each film they were called upon to promote. By sewing together two used flour sacks, a perfect sized canvas for a movie poster was created. Each unique poster varies in size ranging from roughly 30x20" up to sizes over 84x50". The ruggedness of these posters is immediately noticed. Though a specific poster might only be 10-20 years old, it’s appearance will far surpass it’s actual age due to the elemental toll one takes from constant transit, being rolled, folded, left in the sun, rain, etc.

Today access to printing is far less expensive and movies have become more accessible to the general public in Ghana. The mobile cinema has all but passed away, but these hand-painted movie posters remain a wonderful, tangible product of the time. Many of the same artists from Ghana's former mobile cinema continue to paint movie posters as art on a commission basis to a growing Western audience.