Vinyl Artists Paint Vader

Darth Vader’s dead. But dozens of artists from the vinyl toy and comic scene have given him new life with beautiful, whimsical, freakish artwork in a new show opening today. I love shows where artists are all given the same canvas and let off the chain. This time that canvas is the famous black helmet.

The Vader Project is part of the Star Wars 30th Anniversary celebration at the LA Convention Center and, as much as I don’t want to be Lucas’ tool considering what he did to us with Episodes I and II (medichlorines, anyone?), I just can’t resist the creative stuff trickling out on the Vader Project flickr stream. (Some favorites: one, two, three, four.) Gimmie!

Participating artists include newer talent like Jeff Soto and VanBeater as well as old favorites like Frank Kozik. It goes to show the sort of clever stuff that arrives when Lucas hands the reigns to the new generation. Much like Genndy Tartakovsky’s brilliant Clone Wars, true heir to Lucas’ original trilogy.

Find the full Vader Project artist list here. Hopefully, an index matching helmet to artist will eventually emerge at thevaderproject.com.

Update: And there it is! Tony Snyder gives us a full Vader Project catalog.

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