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Cartoon Saloon Unveils Art of 'Kells'

Cartoon Salon releases a set of sixteen limited edition prints from the Academy award-nominated film The Secret of Kells.


Kilkenny, Ireland -- One of Ireland's leading animation studios Cartoon Saloon has released a set of 16 limited edition prints from its 2010 Academy award-nominated film The Secret of Kells.

These one-of-a-kind, handcrafted prints are gloriously high-resolution, gallery-quality scene illustrations from the critically acclaimed film and draw heavily on the ornate and richly textured Irish medieval art that influenced the film. Each scene illustration from the lovingly crafted film is a must-have for film and animation fans, art collectors and historians alike.

The Secret of Kells is one of the most acclaimed animated films of all time. The epic and enchanting journey of Brendan, the Vikings and the Book of Kells won millions of fans across the world and had critics gushing with Variety calling it a "tour-de-force" and "absolutely luscious to behold", Screen Daily writing that the film is "Visually ravishing and doused in Celtic magic...Captivatingly original!” and The Irish Times praising the film’s “cascade of light color and wonder”.

Ever since the release of the film, fans have often asked director Tomm Moore how they could own a piece of Kells art. Now the studio can meet that demand with this set of limited edition prints crafted by the Cartoon Saloon team.

And, as well as being available for purchase and making a handsome addition to both galleries and any fan’s personal collection, the illustrations will accompany the film as it continues to play at art centres and cinemas worldwide.

Moore and his team went through the more than 200 scene illustrations in the film and selected a short list of 16 scenes from which they made the set of prints. And as well as being personally signed by the director each print is created using archival quality pigment inks on museum quality Hahnemühle Cotton Rag fine art paper and comes framed in the floating deep black timber frame. The prints will be are ready to hang anywhere in the world and are shipped directly from Kilkenny where Cartoon Saloon is based.

The new Secret of Kells Store website features the full range of prints as well exclusive video downloads where Tomm Moore and art director Ross Stewart explain the process and journey behind the creation of each scene illustration.

Moore was on hand recently to launch the prints at the prestigious Hay Festival in Kells, Co. Meath. He said: “Each scene in this special film is its own work of art I hope many will enjoy having a lifelong memento of the film and the story as well as a valuable piece of contemporary Irish art.”

Since the launch the prints have been on public exhibition of the prints at Kilkenny’s IDEATE art and design festival and are set to tour to various other locations internationally in the coming months.

The prints come framed in a deep, black timber frame 690mm by 460mm and 55mm deep with the individual prints 510mm x 280mm mounted in a floating design. Each print is individually signed and numbered by director Tomm Moore. The image is printed using Epson Ultrachrome HDR archival quality pigment inks on museum quality Hahnemühle Cotton Rag 308g/m2 fine art paper.

Source: Cartoon Salon

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Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.