Anthony Burrill’s LA printing adventures

As with many things associated with LA, Colby Printing Co.’s work is bold, brash and brilliant.

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Prints at the Colby Printing Co

The poster printing company is a family-run business in downtown Los Angeles, now in its 66th year. Still using traditional printing methods, the company prides itself on its retina-singeing colour-ways and ability to straddle the worlds of high art and low culture.

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Messing around at Colby Printing Co Photography: Davi Sing Liu

This week sees east London’s KK Outlet celebrating the output of the studio, in a show curated by graphic artist Anthony Burrill.

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‘We are all in this together’ Photography: Davi Sing Liu

Burrill has scoured the Colby archive to put together the show, which organisers dub ‘flurotastic’. They’re not wrong.

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‘The heart wants what the heart wants’ Photography: Davi Sing Liu

Over the years the studio has worked with such diverse clients as Parisian fashion store Colette; and more salt-of-the-earth projects such as steam fairs, For Sale signs, and even campaigns for local governors.

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Printing press Photography: Davi Sing Liu

As well as showcasing the brightness and breadth of the Colby output, a series of photographs documenting the madcap behind-the-scenes goings on at the studio will also be on display.

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Made in LA Photography: Davi Sing Liu

Burrill has also designed a limited-edition run of prints for the show, printed – of course- by Colby.

Made in L.A – work by Colby Poster Printing Co. runs from 5 – 27 October at KK Outlet, 42 Hoxton Square, London N1

 

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