Evalyn Dunn Gallery loves film. We frame movie and TV memorabilia and posters of all shapes and sizes, from the standard 24” x 26” to the UK’s Quad 30” x 40” landscape poster (the standard for years across the pond). We also often frame film production stills, autographs, vintage tickets, and even lobby cards from other counties. Our customers’ movie artifacts got us talking about the best artwork created for film/television so let us know your favorites in the comments below or stop by our gallery in Westfield, NJ to continue the conversation.
1. Painting of Old Man & Dog by Mrs. DeVito (Goodfellas) – You gotta hand it to Tommy’s mom. If only she nurtured some artistic outlet for her psychotic son perhaps there would have been fewer bodies buried in unmarked graves upstate. Tommy DeVito is also responsible for some of the best art commentary ever committed to film: “One dog goes one way and the other goes the other… And this guy’s saying, ‘Whaddya want from me?’ The guy’s got a nice head of white hair. Beautiful. The dog it looks the same.” He really gets it.
2. Sculpture by Delia Deetz (Beetlejuice) – Art doesn’t always come alive in the movies, but when it does you can count on Catherine O’ Hara and Tim Burton to make it a memorable experience. “This is my art and it is dangerous” is perfectly delivered by O’ Hara.
3. Portraits of Margot Tenenbaum by Richie Tenenbaum (The Royal Tenenbaums) – Richie Tenenbaum certainly has a clear inspiration for his artwork. Never underestimate the power of a theme to make a strong decorative statement. Even just one portion of a wall with a unique theme can be striking and/or fun. Not naming names, but someone on our side has an “owl corner” in their house (and it totally rules (obviously)).
4. Tony Soprano with Pie-O-My (The Sopranos) – We went with the revised version that Paulie Gualtieri commissioned after rescuing the original from the flames per Tony’s order to have it destroyed. Art can have many lives, but many characters on The Sopranos often remind us you only get one.
5. Photography by Claire Fisher (Six Feet Under) – Six Feet Under has some of the best commentary on the art world, both in the professional and educational forums. The attention to style, detail, and intent is biting, humorous, scathing, and the most fun at its most cringeworthy. PopMatters has a terrific rundown on Art Portraiture and Photography in Six Feet Under.
6. Painting of Car by Jonah (Art School Confidential) – The off-centeredness and the authentic joy behind the subject makes for great art by Jonah (Matt Keeslar, Waiting for Guffman’s Johnny Savage), an instantly celebrated art student harboring a secret.
7. Painting of a Boat (The Simpsons) – Best painting of a boat in a cartoon. What else do we need to say about it?
8. The Offensive Murals of Parks & Recreation – Where to begin with these? Brilliantly offensive? Offensively brilliant? Either way, the amount of thought and preparation that went into these works of art to communicate a town’s troubling past is nothing short of spectacular. Vice has a lengthy guide for more disturbing examples that can be seen throughout the series.
Stay tuned for our next installment “The Best Frames Found in Movies & TV!”