Monkey ChampagneIllustration | Photoshop
I was commissioned to create artwork for Monkey Champagne in Shanghai. The concept was to use images of monkeys and appropriate them into different time periods using the art form of that time to convey this.
Aswell as the idea of secrecy (which initially was very much in tune with the venues theme and location being a speakeasy) and being hidden from view the owner wanted to throw monkeys into the mix obviously to reinforce the bars name but for the fact that monkeys are just plain funny.
Most of the appropriated imagery referenced Chinese and western historical figures. Using Photoshop I repainted and re-composited the images over famous paintings of Abraham Lincoln, Beethoven, Napoleon etc.
I discussed my bar project with Johnny early in the construction phase and told him that I wanted to do something unique and clever using different types of monkeys in different situations and different time periods drawing on fine art as a reference. What he came up with was excellent and I often get comments from our patrons on how great they look. I would not hesitate recommending Johnny for any creative design projects.