For this first Poster Monday spot of the year we have a poster from Canadian artist Duncan Major. Duncan explains in his own words “I was born in a strange, wild island off the east coast of Canada called Newfoundland; it’s where I live now with my wife and son. I fell in love with print matter as a printer’s devil at Walking Bird Press as a teenager, printing books, posters, and ephemeral pieces for the APA bundle which were inspired by being a father to a 2 year old and by classic peace posters created by OSPAAAL, Seymour Chwast and Shigeo Fukuda”. Duncan also illustrates books, makes animations with linocuts, designs album covers and runs Walpurgis Press, a small-scale letterpress shop, with his wife.
The poster “Kids Create Peace” shows a parallel between coils of barbed wire, a symbol of war and conflict, and the circular drawings of toddlers, “I think that kids create peace and heal division by inspiring grownups, which are in charge of the world’s decisions, to look at what matters most in life. When it comes down to it, I think what’s important is often very basic, like a scribble. In its purest form, I think designing a poster is like writing a poem in images; it’s finding an interesting way to phrase a visual, to find links between seemingly disparate things. Taking this idea into a poster design, I tried to keep it simple, minimal and handcrafted like my favorite posters” says Duncan.
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