Dennis Hopper was one of the early believers in West Coast Pop Art and now you can watch how it all unfolded in the Venice Beach 1960’s with the artsy surfy doc, The Cool School. Narrated by Jeff Bridges, the film takes you back inside the lives of once struggling painters/beach bums turned famous artists, Ed Ruscha, Ed Kienholz, and Billy Al Bengston — as well as the rise and fall of the legendary Ferus Gallery.
Over the past year or so, I’ve had my eye on a number of aesthetically awesome movie posters on Ebay and EMP, but I was usually always outbid. And often times it was by another bidder identified only as “Nicklyk”. So I wondered, who is this Nicklyk and why is he/she stealing away my dream collection?
Well, after some due diligence, I discovered that Nicklyk is Nick Lykiardopulo, the sizzingly stylish owner of The Image Gallery in Athens, Greece that specializes in Pop Art and, yes, movie memorabilia and advertising art (plus, he’s on Facebook!)…Unfortunately, since I can’t imagine I’ll be jetting to Greece anytime soon, I can only fantasize about what wonderful one-sheets he has adorning his gallery walls. Great stuff, Nick!