Where mediums intersect there is often a blur. A blur of fine lines and artistry that doesn’t truly belong to one medium or the other. Cinema and painting hold their own respective places in artistic history and yet they share many of the same objectives, leaving their boundaries ambiguous and open to interpretation.
Painting, for example, is a medium that has been around for thousands of years, while Cinema is relatively new, mainly in existence from the 20th century onwards. And, yet while paintings have inspired cinema, with their composition and drama, and influence on the framing of the moving image, likewise, movies have come to inspire paintings, such is the predominance of their influence on visual art.
Edward Hopper's Nighthawks, a mural by Theo Michael
Theo’s great inspiration, the American realist painter Edward Hopper, is a case in point. Hopper's famous painting Nighthawks has often been referred to as cinematic.
Which influence came first? Does it even matter? These are two mediums intersecting and influencing each other creating wonderful moments for viewers to enjoy.