Celebrate ‘Star Wars’ and George Lucas’s Birthday at New Art Exhibition

May the fourth be with you.

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William Silvers, Useless to Resist. Photo: Generation Gallery, Manchester.
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William Silvers, Useless to Resist. Photo: Generation Gallery, Manchester.
William Silvers, Useless to Resist.
Photo: Generation Gallery, Manchester.
Jerry VanderStelt, Knight of the Old Republic. Photo: Generation Gallery, Manchester.
Jerry VanderStelt, Knight of the Old Republic.
Photo: Generation Gallery, Manchester.
Christian Waggoner, Stormtrooper with Rebel Soldiers of the Tantive IV. Photo: Generation Gallery, Manchester.
Christian Waggoner, Stormtrooper with Rebel Soldiers of the Tantive IV.
Photo: Generation Gallery, Manchester.
Jerry Vanderstelt, Luminous Being. Photo: Generation Gallery, Manchester.
Jerry Vanderstelt, Luminous Being.
Photo: Generation Gallery, Manchester.
Brian Rood, Wookie Rage. Photo: Generation Gallery, Manchester.
Brian Rood, Wookie Rage.
Photo: Generation Gallery, Manchester.
Peter De Sève, Easy Being Green, It Is Not. Photo: Generation Gallery, Manchester.
Peter De Sève, Easy Being Green, It Is Not.
Photo: Generation Gallery, Manchester.
Ralph McQuarrie, Bounty Hunter. Photo: Generation Gallery, Manchester.
Ralph McQuarrie, Bounty Hunter.
Photo: Generation Gallery, Manchester.
Raymond Swanland, One With the Light. Photo: Generation Gallery, Manchester.
Raymond Swanland, One With the Light.
Photo: Generation Gallery, Manchester.
Lawrence Noble, Empire Revisited. Photo: Generation Gallery, Manchester.
Lawrence Noble, Empire Revisited.
Photo: Generation Gallery, Manchester.
Greg Peltz, Copilot. Photo: Generation Gallery, Manchester.
Greg Peltz, Copilot.
Photo: Generation Gallery, Manchester.
Greg Peltz, Metal Man. Photo: Generation Gallery, Manchester.
Greg Peltz, Metal Man. Photo: Generation Gallery, Manchester.
Greg Peltz, First Mate. Photo: Generation Gallery, Manchester.
Greg Peltz, First Mate.
Photo: Generation Gallery, Manchester.
Greg Peltz, Kingpin. Photo: Generation Gallery, Manchester.
Greg Peltz, Kingpin.
Photo: Generation Gallery, Manchester.
Greg Peltz, Head Hunter. Photo: Generation Gallery, Manchester.
Greg Peltz, Head Hunter.
Photo: Generation Gallery, Manchester.

Unless you’re an especially ardent Star Wars fan, you may not be aware that the popular film franchise has an official art collection, but it does. A selection of limited edition Star Wars artworks, each approved by Lucas Film, will go on view in an upcoming exhibition at Manchester’s Generation Gallery.

The show debuts on May 4, which fans of the sci-fi series have adopted as the unofficial “Star Wars Day” holiday with the punning tagline “may the fourth be with you.” The gallery is also celebrating creator George Lucas’ birthday, May 14.

From portraits of the film series’ characters reimagined as if they lived in Victorian England to photorealistic paintings, the exhibition offers something to please every Star Wars fan, and to complement their memorabilia collections (see Nerds Rejoice in Stellar Market for Star Wars Figurines).

Highlights include a poster for The Empire Strikes Back, designed for the film’s 1980 release by painter and sculptor Lawrence Nobel. Lucas ultimately chose a different poster to promote the film, but has released versions of Nobel’s original design in honor of the film’s tenth and thirtieth anniversaries.

Although the contents of Chicago’s planned Lucas Museum of Narrative Art (see Opposition to George Lucas’s Chicago Museum Mounts) remain largely a mystery, it seem a safe bet that there will be some Star Wars art on view.

The exhibition of the official Star Wars fine art collection is on view at Generation Gallery, New York Street, Manchester M1 4BD, United K, from May 4–25, 2015.


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