All Hail Japhy Witte and Go See the Movie Sign Painters
by Jen Graves
on Fri, Aug 16, 2013 at 12:37 PM
Courtesy of the artist
HI, I'M JAPHY WITTE You may know me from such hit paintings as Creature on Capitol Hill, or all the lettering on Neumos.
Computer-designed signs have taken over a landscape that used to be handpainted, and Sign Painters is a new documentary about the people whose hands used to be—and still are, occasionally—behind your everyday line of sight, making visions appear. The movie plays at Northwest Film Forum next Monday through Thursday at 7 and 9 pm every night.
Seattle's leading sign painter, an unheralded artist whose name should by rights be far more well-known, is Japhy Witte. He goes by the name Sign Savant, and he did all the hand-lettering at the Frye's Buster Simpson exhibition up now. Hail Japhy.