CHUCK SPERRY: Greatest living San Francisco psychedelic poster artist

Published September 26, 2010 by goyodelarosa

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POWER TO THE PEACEFUL: poster by CHUCK SPERRY: sold out

When my wife Dawn and I were last in the City, while browsing in some head shops on Haight Street, I noticed a small colour invite card for an opening at the Varnish Gallery, in the financial district.

DARK NOUVEAU POSTER BY MALLEUS: VARNISH FINE ART GALLERY: S. F. 2009

As I recall, the show was called ‘Dark Nouveau’ and it turned out that the card featured a design by a trio of talented young long-haired Italian artists who call themselves Malleus.

MALLEUS: HATELOVE

Malleus’ oeuvre is clearly in the classic ‘Liberty Style’ (as it was called in Italy in the 1890s), commonly known as Art Nouveau, albeit now updated with decided ‘Gothic’ sensibility, dark colour schemes and subject matter that is even more Decadent than is usual in the posters and book illustrations from the fin de siecle. A Malleus link will be found in the comments section below.

After some effort to find the gallery, passing by the shocking sight of many homeless men bedding down under overhangs in the alley nearby, we finally found the Varnish Gallery in what looked to be an old garage or small firehall.

The show was an eye-opener for me, as I had never heard of these Italian artists before, and I have had a long-standing interest in that period and its influence on the later psychedelic poster revolution in the late sixties.

Firehouse The Funky Meters Poster

FIREHOUSE: FUNKY METERS: FOX THEATRE: BOULDER COLORADO: 2000

Also on show there that night were brighter coloured posters by the American artists Chuck Sperry, Dave Hunter and Ron Donovan of the Firehouse group of East Bay artists, some of whose work also follows in the same tradition.

DAVE HUNTER: JIMI HENDRIX: ISLE OF WIGHT: RED VIC MOVIE HOUSE: HAIGHT STREET S. F. 2010

 

We bought a limited edition signed poster by Chuck Sperry (which opens this post), and after bringing it home to Victoria, had it framed, and it is now hanging in our little foyer.

This bright yellow, orange, burgundy and silver serigraph poster is the first thing one sees when one enters our Rockland home.

Opposite that 2008 POWER TO THE PEACEFUL Firehouse poster by Chuck Sperry we have hung another framed serigraph poster in black and white by another great American contemporary poster artist, Shepard Fairey, now resident in Los Angeles.

It shows a peace symbol in the form of a jet bomber, replete with Fairey’s trademark bordello wallpaper arabesques and is also signed in graphite, but not numbered, by Shepard Fairey.

I will write about Fairey, Firehouse and Malleus in other postings, but now invite my readers to view some of the remarkable work of Chuck Sperry.

– ‘Goyo de la Rosa’

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CHUCK SPERRY: POWER TO THE PEACEFUL POSTER 2007: sold out

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CHUCK SPERRY: POWER TO THE PEACEFUL POSTER 2009: sold out

Firehouse Ani DiFranco Poster

CHUCK SPERRY: NOT IN OUR NAME POSTER: 2003: BERKELEY

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CHUCK SPERRY: GLASVEGAS: THE REGENCY S. F. (sold out)

CHUCK SPERRY: MOONALICE: DON QUIXOTE’S FELTON CAL. POSTER: 2010

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CHUCK SPERRY: WEST FEST 2009 POSTER

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CHUCK SPERRY: MOGWAI: REGENCY S. F. 2009

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CHUCK SPERRY: DARK STAR ORCHESTRA: REGENCY BALLROOM S. F.: (sold out)

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CHUCK SPERRY: THE POGUES: THE REGENCY + WARFIELD S. F. 2009

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CHUCK SPERRY: THE CRANBERRIES: THE REGENCY S. F. 2009 POSTER

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CHUCK SPERRY: GOV’T MULE: BEACON THEATRE NEW YORK 2009

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CHUCK SPERRY: MOONALICE: GREEN SPOT, COOS BAY OREGON: 2009

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CHUCK SPERRY: AMERICAN ARTIFACT POSTER

CHUCK SPERRY: NEKO CASE: WARFIELD: FAYA GALLERY N. Y. C.

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CHUCK SPERRY: THE ENGLISH BEAT: REGENCY S. F.: 2009

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CHUCK SPERRY: PHOENIX: WARFIELD S. F.

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CHUCK SPERRY: BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA: WARFIELD S. F.: 2009

CHUCK SPERRY: FLASHBACK: LA STATION ORBITALE: GENEVE: OCT. 2010

CHUCK SPERRY: FIREHOUSE + LINDSAY KUHN: I – FLUSS: BERN: OCT. 2010

CHUCK SPERRY: FESTIVAL OF ROCK POSTERS: S. F.: OCTOBER 2010

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10 comments on “CHUCK SPERRY: Greatest living San Francisco psychedelic poster artist

  • New generation psychedelic art, urban influenced abstraction, and craziness! http://syncopaint.com
    Much respect to the rock poster artists of the past, especially chuck sperry, the generation bridge to the next millennium and here we are! Lets keep the psychedelic art movement going on strong!

  • You are welcome, Goyo. I just got commissioned to do a sign job for a head shop, should be fun, lots of creative freedom given to me by the owner…time to get to work, this world needs more color.

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