I’ve decided that I need to slowly replace some of my posters and lesser grade wall art with canvas. It just looks classier, and it’s far more durable on the long haul than, say, movie posters. And you can find quality canvas art for pretty much anything you can name.
Or so I thought.
It turns out, I may be too exacting in my standards. You see, what I’m wanting is a single piece of canvas art with all of the classic Universal Studios Monsters. So this means at minimum, I want the art to feature the classic eight: Dracula, Frankenstein’s creature, Bride of Frankenstein, Wolf-Man, The Mummy, Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Invisible Man, and The Phantom of the Opera. In other words, something like this:
Heck, I’d even take this exact piece of art so long as it’s stretched on canvas, but I’m thinking I can do better.
The problem I’m having is two-fold. The first problem is that anything I’ve found featuring the “group photo” is often missing monsters, most notably the Invisible Man and the Phantom of the Opera. Missing the Phantom is not negotiable. That’s my favorite one, so he’ll be there if I’m dropping my money. And if he is there, it needs to be the Lon Chaney, Sr. version.
The other problem is one that has been, unfortunately, perpetuated by Universal itself. You see, some of the art out there is in color, and that would be just fine if all of the monsters were there… but only if the Bride is a redhead.
Most people making the art don’t catch this, and even the official line of art and collectibles has her with black hair more often than not, even in color. And for some reason they always want to make her skin tone on the blue side. I can deal with that if it’s subtle shading, but she’s not a Smurf. I’ve found some good canvas and Giclee prints where she’s done correctly, and they look great, but they’re expensive beyond my ability to afford, and they don’t have all the monsters. For example, this one by artist Daniel Horne would be awesome to have on my wall:
See what I mean? That’s pretty much perfect. But then I’d have to track down more art than I can afford to get all the other monsters, and I only have so much money and wall space. So… I either need a black and white of all the classics together, or a color version of the same where the artist knows the details. So far I’ve found neither one, save for a print of Andy Warhol’s version. I’m not really keen on his rendition, so I’m bypassing that for something better, assuming such a thing exists.
If anyone knows where I can get something like that, please feel free to hit the contact page and email me a link. Thanks in advance.
After I get that, I need a Hammer era companion piece for it. But for now, one step at a time. I’ve already found one with the modern slashers on it, which may happen if I can find the Universal and Hammer pieces first.