Malleus is power trio based in Italy.
The iconography at the base of their work originates from a vast scenery including figurative arts, in particular Expressionism and Symbolism, Art Nouveau and Surrealism, Pop Art and Psychedelic Art, and also comics, photography, cinema and literature.
All these ingredients blend in with the main element of their poetics; that is the female form, the primordial goddess, from whom everything comes.
Blackened art nouveau mixed with elements of surrealism and quotes from the school of expressionism glowing in its amber, resulting in an almost psychedelically overwhelming experience of visual magik.
All of the power trio’s works are based on masterful hand-drawings and reflect the artists’ deep understanding and love for music.
At the end of 2002, the trio of Malleus, printing their first handmade silkscreen, take the critical step towards a walk that will make them known as one of the most remarkable realities in the Poster Art scene of today. Through the handprinted silkscreen, a simple gigposter turns into something different and particular.
Every copy is unrepeatable, a pop piece made through real physical effort, on the precious papers of Italian tradition.
Its layers of colours pulsate and flutter in the light like organic matter.
Malleus’ extensive catalogue of posters created to date includes works for acts such as: Beck, The Cure, The Black Keys, Deftones, Dresden Dolls, , Flaming Lips, Helmet, Iggy Pop & The Stooges, Incubus, Jovanotti, Linkin Park, Mars Volta, Melvins, Mogwai, Motorpsycho, Monster Magnet, Mark Lanegan, Muse, Nine Inch Nails, The Prodigy, Robert Plant, Queen of the Stone age, Sonic Youth, Tool, among the others.
Some of their posters are conserved in “De Young” Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco.
At the end of 2008 Malleus realized "The Hammer of God", a book displaying the more than 150 silkscreen posters realized by the art collective for the most diverse artists and bands in the first 5 years of activity.
The Hammer of God" is commented by artists, collectors and friends including Paul Grushkin and Dennis King (The Art of Rock and the Art of Modern Rock), Firehouse, David Tibet (Current 93), Jermaine Rogers, Alan Forbes, Justine Hampton, Amanda Palmer (Dresden Dolls), Al Cisneros (Om), and many more.
Several Malleus' artworks have been displayed in various collective and individual art shows all over the world, and have been included in "Art of Modern Rock", the gig poster gospel by Paul Grushkin and Dennis King, in “Art of Modern Rock: Mini #1 A-Z” and “Art of Modern Rock: Mini #2 Poster Girls” by Dennis king, in "Swag posters" by Judith Salavetz and in "A fistful of Rock'n'Roll" by Sal Canzonieri, “Rock Poster Art” by Didider Maiffredy, “Classic Rock Posters: Sixty Years Of Posters And Flyers. 1952 to 2012” by Mick Farren and Dennis Loren.
They have been featured in The New York Times, MTV, RockHard, RockSound, Rolling Stones, Sky among others
Some of their clients include Volvo, Activision, Mondadori, Feltrinelli, CF Napa Brand Design, Oakley , Hellfest, Roadburn, Asymmetry Festival, Patronaat, Barley Arts, MTV.