Adventure Visuals: The Art of Mark Rehkopf
As some of you know, there is more to the Fan Expo than the Festival of Fear. One turn down an aisle and you find yourself surrounded by sci-fi gadgets or happy little anime faces. In this instance, I looked into the eyes of a familiar creature whom I couldn't place right away.
His name is Ro-Man, from the 1953 movie Robot Monster (that is one of the original movie posters to the right). I'm pretty sure the first time I ever saw him was in a clip from It Came From Hollywood years ago.
Ro-Man, the star of the movie, is an alien (no, he is not a gorilla in a diving helmet) who has destroyed all but six people on the planet Earth, one of whom he develops feelings for (hence the dramatic conflict).
Mark Rehkopf, a local illustrator and sculptor, created his own homage to the great Ro-Man for the Vinyl Graffiti art show in Toronto. He explained to me he had imagined what Ro-Man would have done after his stint in the movies, and naturally (as other actors have done before him) Ro-Man would have tried his hand at a singing career.
The image is painted on an actual record sleeve. I bought a limited print of this for a very reasonable price and am currently pondering where it will be displayed in my office.
If you think you might be interested in Mr. Rehkopf's work, visit his website Adventure Visual. You'll find details of an upcoming exhibit from October 17th to 19th (2008) at the MoviePoster.com Gallery in Toronto.