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Retro museum to host talk by pioneering 80s TV show artist

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Retro computer and gaming museum The Cave is hosting its second big talk of the year on April 15th as they welcome David Rowe, the man behind the incredible artwork that featured in the popular 80s kids TV show Knightmare, as well as the cover art to countless video games, books and magazine throughout the 80s and 90s.

Knightmare | Retro museum to host talk by pioneering 80s TV show artist
Knightmare

Many children who grew up watching TV in the late 80s and early 1990s would have dreamt of being on Knightmare, which challenged a brave hero to make their way through perilous Knightmare Castle wearing a horned helmet that blocked their eyesight, relying on the voices of their friends to guide them through puzzles and around traps. The show relied heavily on David’s impressive backdrops to provide a sense of place and mood, which were imposed on the screen using the same ‘green screen’ computer technology used for TV weather reports.

Ant Attack | Retro museum to host talk by pioneering 80s TV show artist
Ant Attack

In addition to Knightmare, David is also well known for creating impressive book, magazine and computer game box art, and gamers of a certain vintage might recognize his work adorning the likes of popular titles like Ant Attack, Populous and the original John Madden American Football.

Populous | Retro museum to host talk by pioneering 80s TV show artist
Populous

The Cave, at Belvedere Mill, Chalford, will be hosting David for a special event where he will talk about his career and bring along some of his original artworks, which will be displayed around the museum, some of which will remain on display for weeks to come. The event will feature plenty of time to chat with David and opportunities to play some games on the museum’s vast collection of computers and consoles.

John Madden | Retro museum to host talk by pioneering 80s TV show artist
John Madden

Tickets can be purchased on the Retro Collective website at https://www.retrocollective.co.uk/view-event.php?id=169

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