Colby Poster

OPENING TOMORROW NIGHT! by Wendy Murray

WENDY MURRAY: Colby Country, Colby Poster Printing Co. archive poster/s, 55x35cm, 2018

WENDY MURRAY: Colby Country, Colby Poster Printing Co. archive poster/s, 55x35cm, 2018

Colby Country presents an investigation and response to the closure of the legendary Colby Poster Printing Company, Los Angeles U.S.A.

Join us for the opening event 6PM THURSDAY 14 JUNE 2018
Megalo Print Studio + Gallery, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston

Established by Herbert Lee Colby in 1948, the Colby Poster Printing Company (Colby) operated as a three-union, family print shop until 2012. While visiting The International Printing Museum, Carson, CA, USA in 2017, I stumbled across the Colby archive. This discovery set about an intense research period of documentation, interviews, archive and field research to establish the impact of Colby posters on popular culture. 

Special thanks to: Mark Barbour (Director) The International Printing Museum, Mike Powe, Glenn Hinman, the Colby Poster Printing Company, Pasadena City College, Carol Wells, Center for the Study of Political Graphics, Ben Kenny (Film Club) and Earl Newman.

Colby Country EXHIBITION DATES: 
9 - 30 JUNE 2018

Colby and the movies by Wendy Murray

The research has begun ! Thanks to Ben at  Film Club , Darlinghurst AUS

The research has begun ! Thanks to Ben at Film Club, Darlinghurst AUS

The Colby Poster Printing Company had an impact on visual culture in Los Angeles.... but exactly how much of an impact? I'm on a mission to find Colby posters in their natural habitat in movies and documentaries. So far - 8 movies watched - I've come close but no confirmed sightings. However, I have seen some fantastic movies and spotted some incredible historic murals and graffiti.