A. Micah Smith (My Associate Cornelius)
A. Micah Smith (My Associate Cornelius) Kansas City A. Micah Smith is a graphic designer / illustrator living in the great state of Kansas. Emerging from a love of music and art alike, he started My Associate Cornelius in the summer of 2004 as an after hours creative outlet. Over the years it has blossomed into a nationally recognized graphic design studio producing a wide-range of print materials and has become a staple in the independent rock poster scene. Smith has produced work for many great clients such as Wilco, Myspace, Spoon, Newsweek, and the Hold Steady to name a few. His work has also appeared in many magazines (Print, Paste, Nylon) and books, including, 'Gigposters, Vol. 1: Rock Show Art of the 21st Century'.
Adam is a freelance illustrator based in Bend, OR. Born and raised in the foothills of the Central Oregon Cascades, he gained an early appreciation for the rural lifestyle and the outdoors. Although primarily a commercial illustrator, Adam manages to put together a few art shows every year. His work is heavily influenced by his locale, and his acrylic paintings are inspired by the colorful landscapes and eclectic possessions of the local population. Adam stays busy with various freelance illustration projects including the recent Nike 6.0 campaign, artwork for Gnu Snowboards, and labels for local brewer Deschutes Brewery.
The Aesthetic Apparatus
Often considered Minneapolis' best totally unknown design super team, Aesthetic Apparatus was founded around 1999 in Madison, Wisconsin by Dan Ibarra and Michael Byzewski as a fun side project from their "real" jobs. Over the years their limited edition, screen printed concert posters have secretly snuck into the hearts and minds of a small, rather silent group of socially awkward music and design nerds. Now, Aesthetic Apparatus is a full time, full-fledged, insanely unstoppable, and occasionally award winning design mega-studio. They will break your heart and drink your blood.
Alan Hynes is a Graphic Designer, originally from Ireland he now lives in San Francisco, California. He has worked for many years in the skateboarding industry designing skateboards and t-shirts for the Spitfire, Real and Antihero brands. Much of his time is spent designing and hand printing limited edition posters for all manner of music and events, his designs have also appeared on numerous record covers.
Alberto is a Mexican illustrator & designer who has lived in America; Portland for nearly four years now. Strongly inspired by urban vinyl toys, alternative cartoons, and the pop surrealism movement, Alberto Cerriteño has developed his own very personal technique and style. His art maintains delicate hints of traditional Mexican artistic influences in his management of rich textures and decorative patterns. These aspects contrast strikingly with the blending of desaturated colors and ink, sometimes featuring a vintage coffee finish. Alberto Cerriteño illustrations have been recognized by progressive art institutions such as Juxtapoz, Create, Drawn!, The Little Chimp Society, Computer Arts, Communication Arts and IDN among others.
Amanda Blake lives and works in Portland, Oregon. She received her BA in fine arts from the University of Oregon, studied watercolor in Siena, Italy and oil painting and print making at the Chautauqua Art Institute in New York. Inspired by religious and literary symbolism, art history, superstition and found photography she works to create narratives that are at once familiar and mysterious. Her paintings often features groupings of figures; families, couples, siblings, friends, both to explore the dynamic that can be created in a piece through small gestures and glances and to create a narrative people can identify with emotionally. Current obsessions and inspirations include imaginary friends, consumerism, superstition, fortune telling, wildflowers, places she's never been or ever plans to go, the colors of faded Polaroids, and other people's family snapshots.
Originally from St Augustine, Florida, Andrew Holder grew up in San Diego. He now works as a freelance artist and designer in Pasadena, California. Andrew recently graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. He has quickly established himself as a talented artist with a fast pace of gallery shows in San Diego, San Francisco, New York, Tokyo, and Australia . His work has been the subject of many online articles and bloggers. Andrew’s fine art has elements of ocean living mixed with old world folk art design. His art is fresh and engaging. Andrew has provided his art to a wide range of clientele, including National Geographic, Roxy, Urban Outfitters, and Dwell among others. We’re excited to offer a few examples of Andrew’s great art here on Poster Cabaret.
Andrew Vastagh (Boss Construction)
Andrew Vastagh, aka BOSS CONSTRUCTION, is a one man show, based in Nashville, Tennessee. Andrew designs and screen prints all his posters by hand, personally. He began making Xerox flyers while still in high school, and later moved on to screen printing gig posters in 2002. As a graduate of the design program at The University of Memphis, Andrew wanted to avoid a corporate cubicle and focused instead on the freedom gig posters offered. Andy draws his poster influence from old Russian and Polish WWII propaganda posters, "That’s the true essence of a poster, it's inherently propaganda. It's a call to action. It communicates to people.” He has worked on everything from T-shirt designs for Death Cab For Cutie to the recent packaging and branding design of Old Crow Medicine Show's, "Tennessee Pusher.” In fact, an LP cover Andy designed for Old Crow Medicine Show was presented by Conan O'Brien on his late night show in 2008. Andrew lives in Nashville with his wife Christa, eleven year old daughter Madalyn, and two mean chihuahuas Bonita & Echo.
Andy Kehoe lives and works in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. He was bred on cartoons and comics from an early age, losing himself in the imagined worlds found within. His paintings draw from the childlike innocence that recall a time when magic and monsters existed and all the untold mysteries of the world still seemed possible. Shortly after graduating from high school, Kehoe explored a number of different art schools before settling in to the illustration course at Parsons School of Design in NY. After dabbling in commercial illustration for a short time, Kehoe decided it was time to focus on his personal work, and he’s never looked back since. Kehoe’s work has shown the world over including such prestigious galleries as Jonathan LeVine (New York City), Thinkspace (Los Angeles), Black Maria Gallery (Los Angeles), and Copro Nason Gallery (Santa Monica, CA), as well as taking part in the Gen Art Vanguard Contemporary Art Fair during Art Basel 2008 in Miami, FL and contributes regularly to the acclaimed Blab! series.
Shay Ometz and Jeff Barfoot are cofounders of bee things, where they make art prints and posters, apparel and products for kiddos and home. Jim Henson once said, “My hope still is to leave the world a bit better than when I got here.” Shay and Jeff love to design, illustrate and print things that make them happy, and they hope to make the people out in the world that see them a bit happier, too. Jeff and Shay live and work in Dallas, Texas with their two wonderful sons, Calder and Milo, and their two mini weenie dogs, Bumper and Junebug.
Betsy is a native Kansan who now calls Portland, Oregon home. She left a full time job in October, 2006 to become a painter and illustrator. Since then, she has been painting day and night, answering emails, shipping packages, and meeting fascinating new people at every turn. Betsy’s work explores the tension and balance between the mysterious nature of our existence and the objects and environments we find in everyday life. We can experience the sublime in the same room where we fold the laundry, and perhaps at the same time. Her style is informed by a range of influences including Byzantine icon paintings, American folk art, geometric abstraction, and the work of many contemporary illustrators and painters. Betsy’s illustrations for clients of all shapes and sizes appear on products, in print, and online.
Blanca Gómez lives and works in Madrid, Spain. She is an illustrator and graphic designer. Blanca likes making small things with care; her website is called "cosas mínimas,” which means "tiny things" in Spanish. Simple things inspire her and her work, which has been described as "colourful,” "playful" and "whimsical.” Her artwork has been the recent topic of many top design and art blogs. Blanca has recently worked with Uppercase Magazine, Chronicle Books, El País, Bright Magazine...
Jason Snyder and Briana Feola are the young print and illustration studio Brainstorm. They met in college and have been living everywhere and working together ever since. They are inspired by clean and bold design, mid century pop art and illustration. They march to the beat of a different drum, having found a way into the poster scene without producing gig posters. Their work is driven by ideas and concepts more than a particular design style. They like to re-create educational ideas for the modern day art collector.
Originally from Virginia, Brett moved to San Francisco when he was 21 to study motion pictures at the Academy of Arts. Always being interested in art, Brett took his first drawing class while in school. It led to him starting to paint at age 24. He graduated from the Academy of Arts in 2005. Brett began working on the painting series entitled “Waiting” in 2001. At first, the series, depicted travelers waiting underground. But as the paintings evolved, the people ceased to be exclusively travelers, and began to emphasize figures selected from anonymous snapshots of city streets. Brett’s work on Sebastian Foster is from his Waiting series. Read Brett's statement on the series here.
Burlesque of North America
Burlesque has been designing and screen printing concert posters, art prints, album packaging, and much more since the early 2000s. Headed up by creative directors Wes Winship and Mike Davis, the crew has been puttin' in work for clients as diverse as Arcade Fire, The Melvins, Nike Sportswear, Deathwish Inc, Minnesota Public Radio, Stones Throw Records, and Target. Aside from design and print work, Burlesque is also responsible for organizing and hosting numerous music events throughout the year including the annual Dre Day celebration (originally held exclusively in Minneapolis and now celebrated in over a dozen cities across the globe), the Do It To It DJ showcase and dance party (each Spring in Austin TX), as well as the weekly Triple Double dance night in Minneapolis. Burlesque also helps manage and curate CO Exhibitions, a 2000 square ft art gallery space in their Minneapolis-based studio, which has been home to artwork from Aaron Draplin, Junko Mizuno, David Choe, 123Klan, and Burlesque themselves.
(August 4, 1922 - June 10, 2007)
Charley Harper was a Cincinnati-based American Modernist artist. He was best known for his highly stylized wildlife prints, posters and book illustrations. Born in Frenchtown, West Virginia in 1922, Harper’s upbringing on his family farm influenced his work to his last days. He left his farm home to study art at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, and won the academy’s first Stephen H. Wilder Traveling Scholarship. While at the academy, and supposedly on the first day, Charley met fellow artist Edie McKee, whom he would marry shortly after graduation in 1947. Charley Harper returned to the Art Academy of Cincinnati as a teacher and also worked for a commercial firm before working on his own. He and his wife worked out of their Roselawn and Finneytown homes, and later, with their only child Brett Harper, formed Harper Studios. During his career, Charles Harper illustrated numerous books, notably The Golden Book of Biology, magazines such as Ford Times, as well as many prints, posters, and other works. In a style he called “minimal realism”, Charley Harper captures the essence of his subjects with the fewest possible visual elements. He contrasted his nature-oriented artwork with the realism of John James Audubon, drawing influence from Cubism, Minimalism, Einsteinian physics and countless other developments in Modern art and science. His style distilled and simplified complex organisms and natural subjects, yet they are often arranged in a complex fashion.
Clint initially began designing gig posters for his own band. He later studied design formally at Stephen F. Austin University with a focus on advertising and digital media. His interest in music and design inspired continued gig poster making after college. Clint relocated to Austin in 2006 and began working as a professional printer. While printing in Austin, Clint continued making concert posters and began freelance design work. He has recently designed posters for numerous shows in Texas- including MIA, Alkaline Trio, Smashing Pumpkins, and others.
The Cricket Press
The Cricket Press is the tag-team duo of artists Brian & Sara Turner. The Turners have made the Cricket Press into one of the best “tiny little operations geared towards designing and hand printing silk-screened posters” of the modern concert poster scene. The Cricket Press makes posters for music events, art shows, propaganda, and basically anything you'd want to make a poster for. They love making concert posters for punk, indie-rock, jazz and improvised music events. The two have backgrounds in illustration, photography, graphic design & woodworking.
Dan Grzeca (pronounced "Jet-sah")
Dan Grzeca is a painter and print maker from Chicago. He began screen printing posters and prints in the 1990s. Dan’s background in fine art and painting influence his approach to screen prints. He achieves great depth in texture and color in his posters and prints- they must be seen up close to fully appreciate the quality of Dan's work. Dan prints all of his concert posters himself in his Chicago studio, Ground-Up. He has made concert posters for Low, The Melvins, The Black Keys, and numerous other bands.
Dan Kuhlken and Nathan Goldman (DKNG)
Established in 2005, DKNG is a design studio based in Los Angeles, California with a focus on the music and entertainment industries. As musicians themselves, Dan Kuhlken and Nathan Goldman first collaborated in high school as band-mates and later as a design and illustration team. In addition to concert posters, DKNG designs logos, music packaging, apparel, and digital media. Dan and Nathan have been the resident poster artists at the Troubadour in Hollywood, California since 2007.
Delicious Design League
Delicious got its start in 2001 when founder Billy Baumann began designing gig posters for his band. His years spent working in design came off because Billy quickly garnered notoriety for his great designs. When friend and now partner, Jason Teegarden-Downs nick named him "Delicious" as a joke, Billy began signing his gig posters with the new nick name. In late 2005 Jason and Billy officially started the "edgy" design firm Delicious Design League, their focus was squarely on the music industry. Today, Delicious is recognized for their limited edition hand screen-printed music posters, they also create anything design related; logos and identity design, retail and promo packaging, magazine illustration.
From concert posters to politically charged fine art pieces, Cleveland-based artist Derek Hess has tested the waters of both the music and art world for over 15 years. In 1993, Hess’ flyers caught the eye of Marty Geramita, who suggested that Hess turn his flyers into a business venture. In the years immediately following, Hess garnered the attention of countless bands as well as both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the infamous Louvre in Paris, who both have Hess’ art in their permanent collection. In addition to concert poster work he continues to do for bands, Derek Hess also participates in art shows both across the United States and around the world.
Diana Sudyka lives and works in the Chicago area. She initially worked as a master printer for Chicago artist Tony Fitzpatrick at Big Cat Press, and at Landfall Press for several years, until getting a Masters of Fine Art from Northwestern University. Currently, she works as an illustrator, creating work for everything from book covers, album artwork, screenprinted rock posters, to watercolors for her avian blog, The Tiny Aviary, that documents her volunteer work for the Chicago Field Museum of Natural History. Some bands that she has created concert posters for include: The Decemberists, Feist, Iron and Wine, Andrew Bird, Modest Mouse, Pearl Jam and Tortoise.
Dirk is the poster making half of “F2design”, a graphic design studio he operates with his wife Carol, in sunny West Texas. His unusually simple concert poster designs are printed using antique letterpress equipment. Most of his images are hand cut and are combined with vintage wood and metal type, giving each print an individual, unique and tactile quality. His concert posters have appeared in numerous books and major design publications, as well as galleries and poster exhibits around the world.
Brothers Matt and Andrew McCracken have been doing Doublenaut as their fulltime gig since 2004. Based in Toronto Canada they are best known for their concert posters but have also been churning out a steady stream of music packaging, book covers, clothing designs and anything else they can get their hands on. Their posters have graced the pages of such fine publications as Communications Arts, Coupe, and Applied Arts. The brothers have made posters for Broken Social Scene, Wolf Parade, Ted Leo, Stars, and many others.
Eleanor Grosch (Pushmepullyou Design)
Eleanor Grosch founded Pushmepullyou Design studio in 2003. The studio has produced design work for varied applications while always staying true to the original pursuit of creating screenprints and band posters. Eleanor finished a degree in Fine Art at the University of South Florida before relocating to Philadelphia in 2005. Eleanor likes drawing animals and using clean backgrounds in her art. Pushmepullyou has made gigposters for Death Cab for Cutie, Rogue Wave, Enon and the Shins. Eleanor has also worked on other great projects- like numerous skateboard designs for Alien Workshop.
Elizabeth lives and paints in Keizer, Oregon. She graduated from Willamette University with a degree in art. While a student, Elizabeth focused on sculpture even though she prefers painting these days. Although she has been painting for years, Elizabeth only began offering a significant level of her work for sale in 2006. The nature of online commerce and galleries enabled her to share her work with a broad online audience. We have seen a steady increase in interest in Elizabeth’s work. Her paintings have been featured in “The Salem Project” and “Downtown LA Life Magazine.” Elizabeth is inspired by vintage photographs, early American portrait painters, and early 20th century artists. Her work is primarily from vintage photographs that she finds (seemingly discarded or forgotten by original owners). Her paintings communicate the grace involved in giving her subjects new and enduring life.
Evan B. Harris
Born among the briars & brambles in backwoods of Medford, Oregon , Evan Benjamin Harris grew up with little knowledge of the bourgeois big city fine arts. So, he dove into the recesses of his own imagination and embraced the fables and folklore that fascinated him. With little to do but draw, he did exactly that. Now older, things haven’t changed much. The stories he created as a child are still present in his paintings. With diligence and hard work, Evan’s crude stick figures became the more clearly defined images you see today. With no formal art training, he creates on his own terms. Broken boards, oil and acrylic paints, charcoal pastels, plastic resign, and melted waxes are among the mediums Evan uses. Then they are beaten, brushed, sanded, polished, and hung. Most would cringe at the idea of scratching or sanding something they spent hours upon hours painting, but that’s Evan’s favorite part- creating the appearance that this wasn’t made in the 21st century, maybe in the 20th. So, behind every scratch and claw mark, there is a story to tell.
Gary Houston is a graphic designer and concert poster / art print maker located in Portland. He runs his own design studio and website, Voodoo Catbox. Gary has been making great concert posters since getting started in the 1990s. He has a huge back catalog with a wide range of bands. His style is organic and down to earth- Gary has made so many concert poster favorites over the years. Gary has made concert posters for The Dead, Phil Lesh, The Black Crowes, Modest Mouse, BB King, White Stripes, to name a few.
...started his artistic endeavors as a child, creating prolifically since the age of 5. Growing up in St. Louis, Missouri, he started his commercial art career providing illustration for local newspapers, murals in nightclubs, and posters for underground rock clubs. Moving to Portland, Oregon provided a more dynamic, progressive and supportive artistic landscape and his work flourished. Guy has no doubt earned a reputation as one of the best modern gig poster artists- yet he is also an accomplished painter, has worked on magazines, video games, clothing graphics, newspapers, and big production television commercials. “If you want flat, boring, empty, meaningless, common, pseudo contemporary counter culture corn, you can get that anywhere. For GUYBURWELL, you can only come to the source."
Hollie Chastain is a full-time found paper and collage artist in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Her creative spirit and early interest in art led to dabbling in watercolor, pottery and glass before she finally landed on mixed media. Influenced by nature and fairy tales, she lets water stains, scribble and natural aging play into her pieces. The subject of the piece is often influenced by the materials as opposed to building around a sketch or idea. She creates a world of adventure and secrets open for the viewer's interpretation.
Three-time Grammy-nominated brothers Don and Ryan Clark have been responsible for hundreds of CD packages and limited silk-screened concert posters. These two tattooed, God-fearing mama's boys have poured their creative passion and heart into some of the best posters made lately. Their style reflects a wide range of influences from Miles Davis and the Misfits to Storm Thorgerson and Jim Flora. The brothers have brought creative life to a diverse client list, from Nickelodeon and Nordstrom to Anthrax and Pedro The Lion.
Jason Munn is originally from Wisconsin but now calls Oakland, California home. Arising from a love of independent music, design, and making for the sake of making, his posters soon became a fixture in the local independent music scene. He started The Small Stakes in the fall of 2003. Jason's work has appeared in Print, Communication Arts, Step Inside Design, Computer Arts Projects, Étapes, ReadyMade, and Creative Review. His work has also been featured in numerous exhibits and is part of the permanent collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Jay owns and runs his own workshop, The Bird Machine . He began learning to screen print in 1995, working under Steve Walters at Screwball Press. Jay printed posters for his own band (Dianogah), his friends' bands, and the clubs they played at. In 1999, Jay started the Bird Machine print shop in the basement of his apartment building. In 2007, the Bird Machine moved a final time, to a small building in Skokie, a near-north suburb bordering Chicago. Poster Cabaret, as a going business interest, was probably most inspired by the great art of Jay Ryan. Jay has made posters for Modest Mouse, Built to Spill, the Decemberists, and Death Cab for Cutie, to name a few.
Jennifer discovered her passion for painting and drawing while studying at the University of Minnesota. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Drawing and Painting. Jennifer finds solace and joy in hyper-developing her own unique form of pictorial language about things which are normally unspoken and private but commonly human. Her paintings have been exhibited throughout the U.S., Europe and Canada. She was a member of Rosalux Gallery in Minneapolis from 2002-2007. She is currently represented by Walker Contemporary in Boston and paints full-time in Minneapolis.
(January 25, 1914-July 9, 1998)
James (Jim) Flora is best known for his distinctive and idiosyncratic album cover art for RCA Victor and Columbia Records in the 1940s and 1950s. He was also an in-demand commercial artist and the author/illustrator of 17 popular children's books. Less well-known is that Flora was a prolific fine artist with a diabolical bent, who created hundreds of paintings, drawings, woodcuts, and etchings over his 84-year lifespan. Flora had a devilish sense of humor and a flair for juxtaposing playfulness, absurdity and violence. Many artists (e.g, Shag, Biskup, JD King) have been influenced by his work, while others have parodied his style (one of Flora's album covers, the 1955 RCA Victor 10" This is Benny Goodman and his Orchestra, was homaged on a 1998 Pearl Jam gig poster). Fantagraphics has published two volumes of his work, and a third will appear in Fall 2009. Jim Flora once said that all he wanted to do was "create a little piece of excitement.” He overshot his goal with much of his work.
St. Louis, Missouri
John Vogl has been working under the name, The Bungaloo, since the spring of 2007. His illustration and design work is part irreverent, charming, and ridiculous, but always meticulously crafted by hand. Marked by his muted palettes and affinity for organic subject matter, John is slowly but surely carving his niche in poster and illustration circles. John has made gigposters for The Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Mogwai, Tortoise, and numerous others. John is one of a few new poster artists that came on the scene in 2007 and 2008 (see also Kevin Tong, Tim Doyle and Landland below) that we have been very excited to feature on Poster Cabaret.
When Julia was younger she wanted to be a balloon. Unfortunately that dream fell through and now she is a freelance illustrator and animator based in East London. Her work tends to explore the motivations behind human relationships, representing characters as mildly ridiculous anthropomorphic animals. Currently completing an MA in Animation at the RCA, she is part of the animation collective Treat Studios. Her clients include The Decemberists, Bat for Lashes, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, Of Montreal, Toyota, J. Crew, Skins, Malibu Rum and Picador.
Justin Hampton has been creating high-impact imagery since his arrival on the art scene in 1990. He got his start in Seattle working for famed graphic designers Art Chantry and Jeff Kleinsmith at The Rocket, a monthly music magazine that was ground zero during the 'Grunge' era. Almost two decades later he is renowned as one of the leaders in the modern rock poster scene and has garnered international attention. His work can be seen in various galleries in Europe, Asia and Australia as well as the in the States. Born in Santa Cruz California, his influences are pop culture based from street art and Skate-Punk to contemporary comic book artists like Jack Kirby and Mike Mignola as well as the Post-Impressionist work of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. He has screen printed images for the likes of Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails, TOOL, Pearl Jam, Bob Dylan, James Brown, Nick Cave, Ween, Motorhead and name a few. Justin lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, son and daughter.
Landland is a small graphic design & illustration studio in Minneapolis. The studio was started by Dan Black, Jessica Seamans and Matt Zaun in the spring of 2007. The group had been making things independently for a while before moving into their current studio space, which they designed and built in the breaker room of a warehouse. Jes had been living in San Francisco as more of a peripheral member, but after Matt passed away in November of 2007, she moved back to Minneapolis and became a full-time partner. Today, the Landland design studio doubles as a fully-functional screen printing shop, focused mostly on record sleeve design, posters and art prints. The two have quickly made a name for Landland and their art in the underground poster scene. We've been focused on the poster scene for nearly ten years now and Landland have made a few of the best posters we've seen lately.
After receiving her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art in 1997, Leah made her living as an interactive designer and art director in Boston for over ten years, painting only periodically. Thanks in great part to the audience she's found through various online art sites, she has been able to paint almost full time since the spring of 2008. Her current body of work falls somewhere between the worlds of photography, painting and collage. She begins her pieces with photographs of seemingly ordinary and mundane scenes, which she then paints directly upon to distill and reveal the visually poignant moments that exist all around us, but are usually overlooked. Despite all the suburban scenes and mid-century modern design in her work, she was actually raised by artists deep in the woods of NH and now lives and works on the top floor of a sunny triple-decker apartment in Boston.
Leandro Ezequiel Castelao
Buenes Aires, Argentina
Leandro Ezequiel Castelao (& his dog Tito) works and lives Temperley, a British Rail neighbourhood situated in the southern suburbs of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He studied Graphic Design at the University of Buenos Aires where he has been teaching Typography within Longinotti’s lecture since 2003. His work constantly connects real objects and situations with some personal diagrammatic filter based on his graphic design background. Movies, nature, science fiction reading, traveling and listening to music comprise his daily creative context. Leandro has completed work for numerous clients: Computer Arts (UK), Ford-Kia, GOOD Magazine, GQ Magazine, Popular Mechanics, Stuff Magazine (UK), The Times (UK), WIRED magazine.
Salt Lake City
Leia Bell began her art career in the mid-1980s as a neighborhood kid selling crayon sketches door-to-door to neighbors in Tennessee. Years later, Leia moved from Tennessee to Utah and began taking photography and printmaking classes at the University of Utah. She finished a BFA degree in printmaking in 2001. Leia began making screen printed posters for a local rock venue called Kilby Court. Her approach to making posters has been a focus on "small, colorful, eye-catching pieces that would also be collectible to the townsfolk.” The idea worked well because Leia’s posters are some of the most collected concert posters today. Leia is married with three young sons (Cortez, Ivan and Oslo), and still living in Utah.
Lisa Golightly is an artist living in Portland, Oregon. With a BFA in art, she initially studied photography, the influence of which can be seen in her paintings. Much of her work explores the memory of childhood and how watching her own children influence the snapshots of these memories.
The Little Friends of Printmaking
You can easily spot The Little Friends of Printmaking in a crowd—their inky hands and clothes are a dead giveaway. Their artwork is just as distinctive. Husband-and-wife team J W & Melissa Buchanan first made a name for themselves by designing and screen printing concert posters, but soon branched out into further fields, designing fancy junk for whoever would pay them money. In addition to their work as illustrators and designers, these art-school refugees continue their fine art pursuits through exhibitions, lectures, and artists’ residencies throughout North America, spreading the gospel of screen printing to anyone inclined to listen. Their awards include honors from the Art Directors’ Club, American Illustration, and Communication Arts. Also, their work has been published in the books New Masters of Poster Design [Rockport], Juxtapoz: Poster Art [Gingko Press], and Handmade Nation [Princeton Architectural Press], among others. The Little Friends currently live in Milwaukee, WI with two very round cats.
What started out as one day a week, Thursdays, set aside to be a bit more creative while working a 9 to 5 job....Creative Thursday has become the full time business featuring the art of Marisa Haedike, or as she likes to call it a dream come true. Marisa lives and works in Los Angeles, California as well as Paris, France from time to time.
Mat works in his own studio in Chicago where he prints his work and occasionally that of others. Until 2007, he spent several years working with several other well known Chicago artists at the Bird Machine. Mat’s art has been exhibited in galleries and venues across the US and in Holland, Germany and Canada. Mat has done work for The Museum of Modern Art and numerous underground rock bands. His unique style and use of color set him apart from just about everyone in the poster scene. One need only be around gig posters for a short time to discover other poster artists complimenting Mat's style and use of color.
Established in 1998, Methane Studios is a full service design and illustration studio producing limited-edition, screen-printed posters. Methane was co-founded by artists Mark McDevitt and Robert Lee. Today, Methane Studios has established a well earned reputation as one of the top screen-printing poster design studios in the world. The guys make screen-printed posters for bands around the U.S. and abroad. They have put their award-winning designs to work on posters for Wilco, Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band, Rilo Kiley and others. The Methane guys have a wide range of fans- it's no accident there are several dozen Methane posters on this site.
Michael Michael Motorcycle
Michael Motorcycle is an illustrator and screen printer of rock posters. He was first introduced to screen printing in a high school graphic arts class. But he would later develop his real printing skills after taking a college printing course. The course teaching assistant, John Miner, an accomplished rock poster printer, taught him the ins and outs of printing on paper. Michael spent most of his 20’s working as a nightclub/concert promoter which led to making screen printed rock posters for the LA based promotion company, Goldenvoice Presents. Michael has since set up a studio in his Pasadena home where he designs and prints his own work. His clients include: All Tomorrow’s Parties Presents, the Hollywood Bowl, and Goldenvoice Presents. He has exhibited his work throughout the US and Europe. His work has been published in many books and magazines including The Art of Modern Rock.
Mike Klay (Powerslide Design Co.)
Hailing from the South Bay Area in California, Mike Klay currently resides in Seattle. He has a Bachelors of Fine Art degree in Graphic Design and a minor in Art History. Music has always been a driving force behind a lot of the ideas that Klay puts on paper. Having done posters for theatre productions in school and an infatuation for all things music, it was inevitable that one day a fusion would become a reality. Klay has made gigposters for Seattle venues such as Chop Suey, The Showbox, Graceland , and The Crocodile Cafe. Mike also creates as many art prints as he does gig posters. In his free time, Klay enjoys walks with his wife, Sandra, son Gavyn and their dogs, Buster & Riley. On the weekends, you may spot him on a mountain bike, skateboard, or snowboard.
Nate studied advertising at Syracuse University , although, he describes himself as an illustrator and printmaker. He specializes in hand drawn and hand printed music gig posters, art prints and apparel. His art has a fun and organic vibe that makes it easily accessible to a broad audience. Nate's art prints go as fast as anything we offer on Poster Cabaret. Nate has worked for a wide range of clients like Disney, Andrew Bird, Spoon, Lost, Ked’s shoes, Wilco, and numerous others.
Patent Pending is the brain child of Jeff Kleinsmith and Jesse LeDoux. Firmly seated in the world of rock posters, they have collectively worked to create a poster making empire, complete with their own commercial print shop to print their own work as well as the work of other artists and designers. Created in 1999 while working together at Sub Pop Records, they have gone on to have their work exhibited around the world and featured in numerous magazines, books, and design annuals.
Scott Campbell paints adorable little watercolor paintings inspired by his childhood and observations of people and things around him. His paintings often times depict fantastical and pleasant creatures enjoying each other’s company. His work is intended to elicit a reaction of glee in people. Scott’s paintings have appeared in numerous shows and publications around the world, as well as on CDs and DVDs, such as the cover for “King of Kong: A Fistfull of Quarters.” He also makes comics, that include the story “Igloo Head and Tree Head” appearing in the annual anthology “Flight.” His daily web comic called “Double Fine Action Comics” lives at doublefine.com (link below), the home of Double Fine Productions, where he works as Art Director.
Sonnenzimmer is a Chicago-based art and screen print studio owned and operated by Nadine Nakanishi and Nick Butcher. The couple merges backgrounds in typography, printmaking, graphic design and fine art to create hand-crafted posters, books, and music packaging for a wide array of projects and clients. Working closely with Chicago 's bustling free jazz and improvised music community, Sonnenzimmer has found a place where experimentation and abstraction are not only respected, they are demanded. This freedom has allowed them both to work through countless ideas and styles of execution, helping to shape their visual language, one that is simultaneously quiet and bold.
Tim Doyle (Nakatomi Inc.)
Tim Doyle is a comic book artist, screen printer and designer living in Austin, TX. He went to college for art but considers himself self-taught. He directed/ curated the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema's movie print series from 2005 to early 2009. He is now the owner and lead designer of Nakatomi Inc. Tim built and his own print shop in 2009 along with fellow poster artist Clint Wilson. Doyle published the diary zine 'Amazing Adult Fantasy' from 2001-2003. He is currently the artist on 'The Intergalactic Nemesis' comic book, due out early 2010.
Travis Bone (Furturtle Show Prints)
Salt Lake City
Travis Bone of Furturtle Show Prints has been drawing things since he was a kid. Travis began making gig posters in 2003. His artistic style is clean and simple- he puts together so many excellent designs while typically using just two colors. Furturtle Show Prints is a one man act- Travis does his own screen printing in his Salt Lake City studio. He has made posters for numerous bands including My Morning Jacket, TV on the Radio, Iron & Wine, Death Cab for Cutie and Sigur Ros.
Ty Wilkins is a graphic designer and illustrator based in Tulsa, Oklahoma where he runs TY Design & Illustration. His illustration work combines minimalist forms with rich colorful textures to create curious characters and environments. Ty has produced work for many great clients including Coke, Target, Monocle, Chrysler and General Mills. He is often hired by other design firms to collaborate on logo and icon development projects. Ty is also the founder and editor of the contemporary typography blog Type Theory. His work has been featured by Uppercase Magazine, Grain Edit, Drawn!, Brand New and numerous other publications. In addition to his fine art illustration prints, Ty is often hired to create original illustrations for packaging, advertising and editorial applications.
Located in the Crossroads Art District of Kansas City, Vahalla Studios is the art and design of Tad Carpenter and Dan Padavic. Vahalla Studios was created in 2005 and initially run out of the back of an auto-mechanic shop. The studio now operates as a full service design and print shop. The guys print their own work and that of many other U.S. and international artists. Dan and Tad have worked on posters and projects for numerous design clients, bands and record labels. Their work has been shown and exhibited around the world. Vahalla Studios has been recognized in a number of magazines, books and design publications. The two have made gig posters for the Decemberists, Sigur Ros, and dozens others.
Vivienne Strauss has a degree in Philosophy but has had no formal training in the arts. Vivienne is primarily a painter but also likes to work with collage. She is inspired by classic films, both foreign and American, vintage photographs and fashion as well as by what she reads or hears. Often a well written phrase or an interesting sounding name will develop into a painting or even a a whole series of them. Vivienne fills her watercolor paintings with whimsical details and humorous stories. Her characters seem to write their own dialogue as she creates them in paint. She has shown her work in Manchester, UK, NYC, Portsmouth, NH, Seattle, WA, and Tokyo. She currently has work showing with Three Ravens Gallery in Ardmore, PA, and Sebastian Foster.