2015 is an exciting year if you happen to be a fan of Star Wars, with the seventh instalment of the classic film series set for release on 18th December 2015. Star Wars: The Force Awakens sees some of the original actors reprising their roles from previous films, in a story that is set 30 years after the events that appeared in Return of the Jedi (1983). As if that isn’t exciting enough for Star Wars fans, it has also been announced that the Japanese airline company All Nippon Airways (ANA), will be taking to the air later this year with a Star Wars branded jet plane, featuring a design based on the character R2-D2. Meanwhile, Manchester, UK, based Generation Gallery will have an exhibition of limited edition artworks from the Star Wars official art collection.
The new Star Wars jet from All Nippon Airways marks the beginning of the new five-year ANA Star Wars Project, in conjunction with The Walt Disney Company (Japan) Ltd. The R2-D2 themed Star Wars jet will mark the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens by taking to the air in autumn, 2015, for international flights. The five-year ANA Star Wars Project is also linked to the forthcoming Olympics in 2020, with Tokyo as the host city, which will raise the hopes of Star Wars fans that more characters will appear on the jets of All Nippon Airways. The Japanese government are currently promoting their Cool Japan policy, aimed at promoting the creative industries. Check out more Star Wars themed art in 80’s Kid by Paul Oz and Skateboarding and Star Wars.
With Star Wars: The Force Awakens appearing later this year, Manchester based Generation Gallery will be opening an exhibition on the unofficial Star Wars Day holiday, 4th May, made famous by the classic tagline May the Fourth Be With You. The Star Wars themed exhibition will also celebrate the May 14th birthday of Star Wars creator George Lucas, with artworks produced for the Star Wars official art collection, all approved by Lucas Film. The artworks at Generation Gallery feature a range of styles from photorealism, pop art, to the characters re-imagined as if they lived in Victorian England, with one of the highlights being the original poster for The Empire Strikes Back, designed by painter and sculptor Lawrence Nobel, that was not used at the time. Generation Gallery shows the latest pop, urban and contemporary artworks and has deals with many Hollywood Studios, including Marvel Studios, to sell and show their fine art collections. Check out the work of Marvel artist Simone Bianchi in Villains and Superheroes and watch Inkie transforming a Star Wars Storm trooper helmet in Art Wars!
2015 will see Star Wars fans given the chance to watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens, take in the Star Wars official art exhibition at Generation Gallery in Manchester and fly around the world in an R2-D2 themed All Nippon Airways jet, which happens to be the newest aircraft, a 787-9 Dreamliner. Stars Wars fans will also be holding their breath to see just what will be included at the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, set to be opened in 2018 and entirely funded by George Lucas. The Chicago based museum will reportedly cost George Lucas a cool $700 million and will exhibit paintings, photography, illustration, digital art, sculpture and films. One would have to think that there will be some Star Wars themed work among the collections in the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. Check the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art website for further information.
The Star Wars exhibition at Generation Gallery, Manchester, runs from 4th May, 2015 until 25th May, 2015.
Check out the ANA Star Wars Project.
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R2-D2 Jet Images courtesy of All Nippon Airways.
Star Wars Art Images courtesy of Generation Gallery.