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Personal logo Dr Mathias Supporting Member of TMP Fezian03 Mar 2008 3:46 p.m. PST

Howdy-
A longshot and not related to wargaming- at least not directly.

I saw a poster when I was a youngster, about 1987 or so, and I'd like to find out if it is still published or available. I've searched all over, and I turn to TMP as a last resort… someone here has always been able to answer my most obscure questions…

The poster was a painting of a green, verdant scene populated by scores of nude figures having fun in the landscape. I'm sure it was painted in the 70's or 80's… it isnt the Garden of Earthly Delights or anything like that.

There was nothing sexually graphic, just a lot of good-natured oddball stuff like a giant pie floating in the sky, a nude man on impossibly long stilts, a ring of people bending in worship of a giant breast popping out of the ground, and so forth…

I think there was a stylized mushroom cloud in the background, and all kinds of things floating around in the sky. Compared to the overall image area the figures were pretty small. As I recall it was somewhat pastel in overall tonality, tending to greens with a nice soft landscape.

Sadly my friend's brother sliced it up to decorate his guitar.

If anyone knows the artist, title, or where I can get one I'd be highly appreciative!

Personal logo Wyatt the Odd Supporting Member of TMP Fezian03 Mar 2008 4:25 p.m. PST

I was going to suggest Maxfield Parish until you got to the more surreal aspects.

Try looking here: barewalls.com

Wyatt

Doc Perverticus Inactive Member03 Mar 2008 6:10 p.m. PST

Sounds like Charles Bragg

Does the art on this page look like it?? ( not work friendly )
link

Personal logo Volstagg Vanir Supporting Member of TMP03 Mar 2008 6:43 p.m. PST

Sounds like every poster Oat Willie's had in the '70's.http://www.oatwillies.com/
email:
info@oatwillies.com

Give 'em a Call or an email:
if anyone can remember/stocks that poster,
my money says someone at Oat Willie's will-

Personal logo Volstagg Vanir Supporting Member of TMP03 Mar 2008 6:44 p.m. PST

What?!?! Lemme try that again…

oatwillies.com

Personal logo Volstagg Vanir Supporting Member of TMP03 Mar 2008 6:46 p.m. PST

"Willies" is bleepable word?

As in belonging to Willam…?
or equivalent to "heebie-jeebies"? The 'Bleeped texts'?

Personal logo Volstagg Vanir Supporting Member of TMP03 Mar 2008 6:47 p.m. PST

too funny: capitalized it passes the censor, lowercase it doesn't.

Jeigheff Supporting Member of TMP04 Mar 2008 6:04 a.m. PST

Mathias,

I sort of remember some posters like that myself. I remember seeing one sometime in the 70s when I was a kid. It was entitled "Overpopulation." The apoocolyptic landscape was full of nude people doing different things or just standing around. In one corner of the canvas, a couple was making love. It seems like there were some city ruins to boot.

That particular painting wasn't very playful. In fact, to my young eyes, it was disturbing, not because of the nudity, but because mankind soon be destitute of everything, including clothing (at least according to the folks who published the poster.)

Man, posters were a big deal back then, weren't they? I remember seeing all kinds of crazy stuff. Another one I saw as a kid in the 70s was a black-light poster of a devil coming up out of some flames in a chamber, while some guy in a hood approached him. It was pretty scary stuff. Even as a kid, I couldn't help but wonder who would want to gaze at that on their wall every day. (And I'm really not trying to pick on fantasy enthusiasts either! This poster was definitely "different.")

I don't know why stuff like that stays in our memories.

Hundvig Fezian Inactive Member04 Mar 2008 9:19 a.m. PST

I don't see anything that matches offhand, but you might try this site:

wolfgangsvault.com

Personal logo Dr Mathias Supporting Member of TMP Fezian04 Mar 2008 9:45 a.m. PST

Thanks for the replies all-


Dr.Perverticus: Not him, but thanks for the link-I'd forgotten about Braggs' artwork…funny stuff overall.

Wabi Sabi: Heh heh filters crack me up!

Jeigheff: Thats the closest thing so far-I think I found a pic of the one you're talking about.

picture

The one I'm looking for is similar in many ways, the size of people compared to landscape etc. I agree, the mood of "Overpopulation" isn't very playful. In the poster I'm thinking of the setting seems more fairy tale or something…softer, people more scattered around… although as I recall there was certainly a couple making love in the bushes… when you mentioned that I thought for sure we were talking about the same one…

One of my earliest "art/image" experiences was being at an arcade and seeing this long-haired guy playing Zaxxon, wearing a wicked Grim Reaper shirt… that sight must have really impressed me as I became a big metalhead years later!

jfleisher04 Mar 2008 7:00 p.m. PST

Not to hijack the thread, but I've been looking for an old sci-fi poster myself, I'd appreciate any assistance…

It was a space scene, stars, planets, etc. In the foreground there was a lone astronaut staring off into the cosmos. I seem to recall the title as being "Man Alone", but I could be mistaken.

Jeigheff Supporting Member of TMP05 Mar 2008 5:17 a.m. PST

That's it!!!

Jeigheff Supporting Member of TMP05 Mar 2008 5:20 a.m. PST

And thank you!

J F Dandy Inactive Member10 Feb 2012 5:40 a.m. PST

Dr Mathias… I am searching for the same poster! I am not having much luck other than one of the search engines. And that lead me to your post. I am hoping that you might have found some info and would be so very grateful if you would share that with me. My best friends B-Day is the 17th of Feb & I really want to find and order a copy for him. It will be a "kind" way of dating his age rather than take any chances of burning the house down with the number of candles his cake would need… grin I want to apologize to everyone for using the site to correspond with Dr. Mathias concerning a personal matter. I hope by my doing so, none of you feel insulted or that I meant to disrespect your interests.I'm not very familiar with "war gaming" but Thank-you for the chance to contact my only lead for information. I realize March 2oo8 was a few days ago Dr. Mathias, but I sure hope that since that time, you have been successful with your search. I am anxious to hear back from you & if you haven't been able to get any further info, please let me know… I am going to keep researching and looking…and I'll gladly pass anything I find along to you! Thanks again….

most sincerely….
J F Dandy

Personal logo Dr Mathias Supporting Member of TMP Fezian12 Oct 2012 9:02 p.m. PST

No luck yet J F. I'm still in the hunt :)

The sad thing is I've not seen anything that might indicate it was nothing other than a one-hit-wonder for the artist that made it…

Personal logo Dr Mathias Supporting Member of TMP Fezian13 Oct 2012 9:29 a.m. PST

Alright, after four years of occasional searching I finally found it. A friend suggested I try Etsy as they have a lot of vintage posters on there, and I saw an image that stylistically simply had to be the same artist. That lead me to the one I was after.

I give you Cliff Reynolds' "The Arrival":

picture

I'm like a bulldog, when I grab something I can't let it go :)

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