This poster was created for Poster House's exhibition, Baptized by Beefcake: The Golden Age of Hand Painted Movie Posters from Ghana, by the artist D.A Jasper (b. 1966).
His original painted posters are also featured in the exhibition. Jasper is one of the most prolific and important poster painters in Ghana. The distinguishing factor of his art is his straight forward naturalism which rarely strays from the scene depicted in the films.
Baptized by Beefcake contains information about how movies, economics, and religion mixed in the 1980s & 1990s to inspire larger-than-life posters in Ghana. The exhibition presents the work of 22 artists whose posters tell the story of how Western movies not only became symbols of modernity, but also vehicles for religious experience. Each artist’s signature style reflects Ghana’s rich tradition of painting, as well as the influence of Western commercial graphics portrayed on VHS and PAL box covers. The eye-catching, sometimes shocking graphics reference a hybrid of indigenous and Pentecostal symbology, where Rambo and the Terminator become messengers of moral ideologies in a larger-than-life mashup of pop culture and religion.