Stormtrooper helmet gets a makeover by top contemporary artists

    Art Wars, a collection of iconic Star Wars Stormtrooper helmets reimagined by contemporary artists, will be unveiled 9-13 October 2013 as part of the inaugural STRARTA Art Fair at London’s Saatchi Gallery.

    ‘Turning the dark side onto the art side’

    The collaboration between Art Below-founder, Ben Moore, and the original Stormtrooper creator, Andrew Ainsworth, sees replicas of the iconic helmet decorated in a variety of styles by a host of high profile and up-and-coming artists.

    Among the artists taking part are Yinka Shonibare MBE, Antony Micallef, Joana Vasconcelos, Damien Hirst, David Bailey, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Mat Collishaw and Mr Brainwash, all of whom are represented by DACS for Copyright Licensing and/or the Artist’s Resale Right.

    The resulting pieces range from Yinka Shonibare’s textile-adorned Ipod Invader, to Mr Brainwash’s reincarnation of the helmet as a Campbell’s soup can, and Mat Collishaw’s anarchic Star F*cker.

    Explaining the popularity of the project to The Telegraph, Ben Moore said:

    “We all grew up with Star Wars, so there wasn’t much hesitation from Damien or the Chapman brothers in taking the offer up.” 


    See Art Wars at STRARTA Art Fair

    Art Wars will be unveiled next week at the inaugural STRARTA Art Fair at London's Saatchi Gallery, as part of the curated spaces programme on the top floor.

    STRARTA launches on Wednesday 9 October with a ticketed Gala opening and then runs between the 10-13 October.

    Find out more and book tickets.

    Proceeds from the exhibition and subsequent auction will go towards the charity, Missing People, who are currently helping Ben Moore and his family find his brother, Tom, who went missing 10 years ago.

    Posters of Art Wars will then be displayed on billboards at Regent’s Park underground station for the following four weeks, coinciding with Frieze Art Fair.
    Visit the Art Wars website

    If you would like to reproduce works by any of the above artists who are represented by DACS for Copyright Licensing, apply for a licence online or contact us.

    Image: Yinka Shonibare, 'iPod Invader', 2013. Courtesy: Art Wars

    Posted on 03/10/2013 by Laura Ward-Ure