I spent last week enjoying the glorious sunshine in Mid Wales, and went along to see the latest exhibition by Artist AG Cain. ‘People, Posters, Places’ is a selection of Cain’s work that shows how his love of retro posters, travel posters and vintage signage has been used to create a brilliant collection of poster style paintings that are both an affectionate throwback to a bygone era, but also a humorous nod to some of the ridiculousness of the age.
The exhibition is at the MOMA Machnylleth, a museum of modern art that is well worth a look for it’s own merits, housed in The Tabernacle, a former Wesleyan chapel that has become a wonderful space for modern art, new artists and a wide collection of work by Welsh artists. There is also a stunning auditorium space that hosts concerts and chloral arrangements throughout the year.
The AG Cain exhibition was one that I had been looking forward to due to my love of Art Deco, the 1930s and Railway and travel posters on the 1920s and 1930s. Cain’s work could be of that era, but also has a modern edge to it that makes it special. He explains a little about his work below.
I worked intensively throughout the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s as a freelance artist in the British Film & TV industry, working on set and prop decoration – both in British studios and abroad.
‘I’ve always had a love for pre-war posters & enamel signs, and after many years as a lettering artist & illustrator in the Film industry I am now producing my own range of ‘poster style’ paintings.
‘My paintings are an affectionate modern-retro take on the advertising of yesteryear, when the claims and promises made by advertisers reigned supreme and unchallenged over such trivial matters as accuracy, reality, or political correctness. . . not to mention Health & Safety!
The exhibition is in the Ruralist Room of MOMA Machnylleth until 14th September.