Malleus Update + Tour


MALLEUS, will be returning to San Francisco this year under the tour banner DARK NOUVEAU. The following events are a celebration of “DARK NOUVEAU,” a return to the roots of poster creation. DARK NOUVEAU evokes equally the fin de siècle style of Toulouse-Lautrec and 1960’s San Francisco Psychedelia – and operates here as a manifesto of reinvention and revision – aimed at connecting to the poster movement of the Decadent Period to the Belle Epoque and folding it into the Psychedelic Period to the present modern global silkscreen movement.

DARK NOUVEAU opens at 7pm • Saturday, October 10 at ARTROCK GALLERY • 893 Folsom Street in San Francisco New works by MALLEUS • Alan Forbes • Chuck Sperry and Ron Donovan of the Firehouse

DARK NOUVEAU opens at 7 pm – VARNISH FINE ART GALLERY • Friday, October 23 MALLEUS • Alan Forbes • Chuck Sperry and Ron Donovan of the Firehouse • Dave Hunter

A limited edition silkscreen series celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Woodstock will be presented by artists: MALLEUS • Chuck Sperry • Ron Donovan • Dave Hunter – look for our table at Speedway Meadow, Sunday afternoon, October 25


The Rock Poster Society’s Festival of Posters 2009 at the Hall of Flowers • Golden Gate Park • Saturday, October 10 • 10 am to 6 pm
Exhibiting this year will be:
PNE (Post New Explosionism: Emek, Justin Hampton, Jermaine Rogers), Malleus (from Italy), Drowning Creek Studios (Jeff Wood with Johnny Thief), Burlesque of North America, The Firehouse (Chuck Sperry and Ron Donovan), Wes Wilson, David Byrd (of Fillmore East fame), Stanley Mouse, Brad Klausen, Victor Moscoso, Dave Hunter, Gary Houston, Lee Conklin, S.F. Rockposters, David Singer, Randy Tuten, Alan Forbes, Justin McNeal, Marq Spusta, Billy Perkins, Paul Imagine, David D’Andrea, Bob Cohen (Avalon co-founder), Chris Shaw, Alex Fischer, Eric King, Carolyn Ferris, Tea Lautrec Litho, John Seabury, Gregg Gordon, John Howard, Cahoots Graphics (Dennis Loren), Ryan Kerrigan,, Jim Pierce, Pat Ryan, Perry Pfeffer, Dano Kuhlken (DKNG Studios), Connected Music, Larry Freeman, Cliff Yamasaki, Vince Dugar, Political Gridlock, Sherwood Donahue, Helie Robertson, Tom Hill, Kris Mikkelson and Ron Schaeffer.

Ketsueki, our brand new artprint ready for TRPS in San Francisco. Ketsueki, our brand new artprint ready for TRPS in San Francisco. We’ve prepared a lot of posters for the events we’ll be attending. We’ll have the brand new Art prints (Tomorrow never knows, Watching You, Ketsueki, Dark Nouveau and the unveiled ‘Ombra’), some old rare posters, some new ones (like the Jesus Lizard and NIN) and some very limited edition AP (design only versions of posters, like MOGWAI on black paper, Jesus Lizard on polypropilene and more).

Then there’s a last artprint for the show at Artrock.: “OMBRA”
We’ll keep it secret, and we won’t say a word about the other prints we’ll have for this show.


“AMERICAN ARTIFACT: The Rise of American Rock Poster Art” Screening at The Roxie Cinema • 3117 16th Street • San Francisco Sunday night • October 25 • 9:15 pm Q&A with special guests Chuck Sperry Ron Donovan of the Firehouse • Winston Smith • Chris Shaw • Dennis Loren • Paul Imagine • Malleus



Moreover we’ll be also playing 2 exclusive gigs with Ufomammut, the band featuring 2/3 of Malleus plus Vita.

October 16th Live@NOMAD , 1993 Blake Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039 – USA
October 24th Live@ Varnish, 77 Natoma St., San Francisco, CA 94105 – USA



Handmade Silkscreen – 7 colors on heavy white paper – 70x70cm – LTD of 95 pieces

This poster was originally realized for a carnival party, so we imagined the cow of the famous cover of Pink Floyd’s “Atom Heart Mother” masked as Gene Simmons of Kiss. We’ve always loved this image, so we decided to realize it in a large size as a handmade silkscreen. First of all for hanging it in our living rooms… ahaha It’s a 7 colour print  of about 70 x 70 cm (that is, if I’m not wrong, 27 x 27 inches) on heavy paper. We’ve used a light blue metallic ink, a deep green, a prismatic gold/pink for the shadow on the cow and a metallic black. Well, apart from red, brown and green. We’ve recorded all the printing process and You can see all in the video below. It’s been fun, we usually print on smaller sizes, so we had to change some of our “printing habits”. We’re also working with new inks, so the colours are more vivid and metallic comes out of the paper.


There’s a new Beatles museum in Hamburg, celebrating the Beatles formative days on the Reeperbahn.
It’s called the
Beatlemania Museum. It has five floors, 1300 square meters of Beatles stuff, a yellow submarine… it’s a huge tourist attraction, right on the Reeperbahn near where Flatstock Europe is located.They have exhibition space, and they’ll host a show of Beatles-themed art prints before, during, and after Flatstock. The show begins on September 24th, with an opening event at 7:00 PM. Thereafter, it will be open from 10-10 and is free to anyone with a Reeperbahn Festival pass. We’ll be a part of the event and we’ve create an art print, as a visual interpretation of one of our favourite Beatles song: “Tomorrow never knows”, from the album “Revolver“. The poster is a 6 colour handmade silkscreen on heavy cardboard and it’s a big size one: cm 60 x 90 (23 x 35 inches). Run is 100. It’s obviously inspired by the lyrics of the Beatles song and from the Timothy Leary words “Turn off Your mind, relax and float down stream”. There are 4 ‘Acid Beetles’, like blotters, on the tongue and hand of the woman coming out from the third eye that is like a pool of ink. Eye is linked to the sky descending from the brain on top.At the bottom of the poster there’s the infinite symbol, like a loop “to the end of the beginning”, like the song itself, an incredible drone song of the ‘66. It’s been amazing for us to work on this poster, Beatles are one of our favourite bands ever and ‘play’ one of their songs with our inks has been great.


ONLY 300 copies handmade silkscreened and numbered


~ by postersandprints on October 5, 2009.

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