Signwriting


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This beautiful gilded script once marked the home of Ambridge Signs. When they left the premises the sign didn’t come with them and, until last month, it provided a reminder of the area’s signwriting heritage. It was situated on this unassuming building at the end of […]

RIP: Signwriters – Gilding & Pictorial Artists


Layout of painted sign on paper for Cabury Bournville Cocoa
The Lewis & Skinner archive is a collection of materials relating to the work of a Melbourne signwriting company from the first half of the last century. These were fortuitously discovered by Dr Stefan Schutt last year and he has since been working to archive […]

Lewis & Skinner Exhibit Featuring Ghostsigns and Live Signwriting


Hand-painted sign saying 'Sign painters do it in 1 shot' 13
The Sign Painter Movie is now on tour with dates booked in until November, including Scotland and New Zealand for those outside the film’s USA base. I was treated to a preview screening and also got my hands on the book that accompanies the film. […]

Sign Painters: The movie, the book and the resurgence



Hand-painted wall mural 'Greetings from Bradock, Pennsylvania'
After finding this fantastic collection of Pittsburgh ghostsigns on the Steeltown Anthem blog I dug a little deeper and came across another great set of photos. These, including my favourite above, celebrate the hand-painted murals and signs of Anthony Purcell. He also has his own […]

The signpainting of Anthony Purcell


Painted sign on a wall for Colt showing a cowboy on a horse
In 2009 the Colorado Gambler published an article by Cathleen Norman called ‘Walldogs, Ghost Signs and Slappy Hooper’. It packs a surprisingly large quantity of material about the history of painting signs on walls in the USA into a very short piece. However, the opening […]

Walldogs, Ghost Signs and Slappy Hooper


A Khmer letter painted in different ways
Here are some sample pages from my forthcoming book, ‘Hand Painted Signs of Kratie’. It is a study of the hand painted form in a small provincial capital in North East Cambodia, currently my home. (Read more blog posts about hand painted signs in Cambodia.) […]

Sample pages from ‘Hand Painted Signs of Kratie’ book



Hand painted counter with the words, "Who let the dogs in...who...who...who?"
Walldog is the nickname given to those that once roamed the USA painting signs and slogans on brick walls, roadside barns and any other surface capable of providing a canvass for their advertising art. The International Walldog Mural & Sign Art Museum is a celebration of […]

The International Walldog Mural & Sign Art Museum


Screen shot from signpainting film Keepers of the Craft
This short film by new director Nathaniel Day from the Art Institute of Dallas profiles the work of Starr Studios in Dallas.  It is another great addition to a growing body of documentary material including: Danny Cooke’s profiling of David Smith; JJ from LA; the […]

Keepers of the Craft film profiles Starr Studios in Dallas