Rop van Mierlo’s Mandrill poster, as its name suggests, features a handsome primate with a colourful face. The Dutch artist’s original work was created with the so-called “wet on wet” technique, which gives the animal an intriguing, slightly fuzzy appearance. The poster is offset printed on matte off-white paper.
Mandrill is part of Rop van Mierlo’s poster series that was inspired by his fascination with mankind’s need to control nature. Not only do the posters depict wildlife, but they are also painted in a way that is somewhat out of the artist’s control: in the “wet on wet” technique, the end result is not completely foreseeable, as the colours spread and mix on the paper in part unpredictably.