Reimagine Classic Movies Through the Acid-Trip Style of Artist Dan Mumford

All Images: Gallery 1988
All Images: Gallery 1988

When an artist themselves can’t describe their style, that’s a good indicator it’s truly unique.


“I don’t really know how to categorize it,” said London-based artist Dan Mumford, whose solo show Chroma opens at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles December 8.

“It developed from my love of comics and graphic novels and trying to replicate that when I was younger,” he explained. “Alongside that, I experimented with screen printing techniques around 12 years ago and the way I color and shade came from that. So it’s a sort of mash-up of classic inking with screen printing techniques, but all done digitally. I think how I shade and do my coloring is quite different to how most people in this field work, but it does give what I do a certain look.”

A “certain look” is right. Here’s our exclusive reveal of five pieces (out of 19 total) that appear in Chroma. They have some recognizable elements, of course, but Mumford’s art interprets them in a way that’s completely unique.

As you can see, Mumford’s style is very colorful, very intricate, and very hard to assign adjectives too. He’s been developing that look over around 10 years as a professional artist, and has been working for the past four months on this show, usually spending two to three days on each piece.

“This show is built mainly around classics and films that really inspired me when I was younger,” he said. “Things that filled me with awe at their visuals or have a special place in my memory. When it comes to creating a piece I always rewatch the subject in hand, and try and work out what is important to the viewer, what relationships can we utilize, what characters, I go quite in depth in a way, it’s normally not just about the visual.”


These pieces and others will first be on display startig at 7pm on December 8 at Gallery 1988 is Los Angeles. The show will then remain on display through December 30. For information on the gallery, click here.

Entertainment Reporter for io9/Gizmodo. Formerly of Premiere, EW, Us Weekly, and Slashfilm. AP Award-Winning Film Critic and CCA member. Loves Star Wars, posters, Legos, and often all three at once.


“When an artist themselves can’t describe their style, that’s a good indicator it’s truly unique”

Orrr they just aren’t versed in descriptive adjectives for art... I mean they could’ve invested their time into art and into things that would allow them to describe it, those are two different areas. It’s cool stuff but not that unique.