A Brief Look: The Illustrated Work of Rich Kelly

Illustrator Rich Kelly has a knack for creating striking images using crisp designs swathed in a color scheme of summer haze and gentle hues.

 

'Hard Eight' by Rich Kelly

‘Hard Eight’ by Rich Kelly

 

This poster comes from the Paul Thomas Anderson film ‘Hard Eight’ and was commissioned by Mondo for their tribute to films of Mr. Anderson. The Mondo series is curated by artist Aaron Horkey and features a poster for most of P.T. Anderson’s films. Look at this thing — Kelly twisted the classic casino vibe around the poor luck of Anderson’s schlub of a hero, played by king schlub John C. Riley.

I’ve seen his ‘Django’ poster before, but didn’t know he was the one behind it. This gives me the opportunity to do one of my all time favorite things — pour over an artist’s archives. Mr. Kelly has a lot of treasures in the deep vault of his work. Excited to seeing what comes next out of the studio of Rich Kelly.

Here’s a quick peek at some of the greatness in Rich Kelly’s backlog —

 

'Django Unchained' by Rich Kelly for Mondo's Oscar series.

‘Django Unchained’ by Rich Kelly for Mondo’s Oscar series.

 

Sketch for 'Django Unchained' by Rich Kelly for Mondo's Oscar series.

Sketch for ‘Django Unchained’ by Rich Kelly for Mondo’s Oscar series.

 

'Adventure Time' by Rich Kelly

‘Adventure Time’ by Rich Kelly

 

'Attack Position' by Rich Kelly

‘Attack Position’ by Rich Kelly

 

'Beasts of the Southern Wild' by Rich Kelly

‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ by Rich Kelly

 

'The Place Beyond the Pines' by Rich Kelly for The New Republic

‘The Place Beyond the Pines’ by Rich Kelly for The New Republic

 

'Wild at Heart' by Rich Kelly

‘Wild at Heart’ by Rich Kelly

 

Check out more of Rich Kelly’s work at his website and his online shop.

For more information on Mondo’s Paul Thomas Anderson poster series check out their blog. Collider also has a good rundown of the rest of the Aaron Horkey curated series on their site.

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