witkor gorka is a graphic designer and poster designer born on the 30th of November, 1922 an komorowice. in 1952 gorka finished his education and got a degree in graphic design, from the academy of fine arts in krakow.
during the 50’s and 80’s wiktor gorka worked alongside the largest polish publishers, he designes posters, magazine/book covers, logos and prints, etc. gorka created posters for many different films, some including how far, space odyssey, twilight of the gods etc. his works are usually pretty surreal and bizarre, and in most cases quite simplistic. minute colours are used.
Shag is a painter, designer and illustrator working in Southern California. His distinctive artistic style draws from commercial illustration from the past five decades, but the work is imbued with an attitude and sly sense of humour which is unmistakably of our time. Solo exhibitions of Shag’s work have been held in the United States, Europe, Japan, Australia and South America.
He changed his major to graphic design and achieved his first successes as an illustrator while in college, with work for the magazines Forbes, Time and Entertainment Weekly. Also, he designed record covers for bands in the area. When he designed a cover for his own band, the Swamp Zombies, he first used the pseudonym Shag, composed of the last two letters of his first name and the first two letters of his surname, so as not to make it look as if the cover artist was merely a band member, but that the band was successful enough to hire a graphic designer.
The paintings themselves celebrate consumerism and consumption on vividly coloured sharply rendered panels; the characters drink, smoke and eat in lavish, stylish surroundings. But Shag sees the visuals of his work as window-dressing or stage scenery. He’s more concerned with the themes and narratives in the paintings, and the meanings a viewer might find when he looks at a piece of Shag art.
Born in Spain, Victor was the first of the rock poster artists of the 60’s era with formal academic training and experience. After studying art at Cooper Union in New York City and at Yale University, he moved to San Francisco in 1959. There, he attended the San Francisco Art Institute, where he eventually became an instructor.
Moscoso’s use of vibrating colors was influenced by painter Josef Albers, one of his teachers at Yale. He was the first of the rock poster artists to use photographic collage, He used this technique in many of his posters.
Professional lightning struck in the form of the psychedelic rock and roll poster for the San Francisco “Hippy” dance halls and clubs. Victor Moscoso’s posters for the Family Dog dance-concerts at the Avalon Ballroom and his Neon Rose posters for the Matrix were to bring his work international attention in the “Summer of Love”, 1967.
Within a year, lightning would strike again in the form of the Underground Comix. As one of the Zap Comix Artists, Moscoso’s work, once again received international attention. Moscoso’s comix and poster work has continued up to the present and includes album covers for musicians such as Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Herbie Hancock, and David Grisman. He also created art for use on t-shirts, billboards, animated commercials for radio stations (for which he received 2 CLIO’s) and more.
I think the way that Victor uses shapes, line, colour and texture to create his psychedelic posters is very interesting. His posters are very eye catching and nice to look at.
From the beginning of his career in the 1920’s to the year of his death in 2004, Gruau never ceased to draw and work.
Born in Italy in 1909 , with an Italian father and a French mother.
His father was an aristocrat, withgreat expectations for his young son: he wanted him to be a diplomat and resented his son’s passion for drawing. But Gruau followed his elegant mother — his first model — a jetsetter, traveler and fashionista, throughout Italy and then to Paris
During the post-war period, he reached the summit of his career as he worked with the most brilliant fashion designers such as Dior, Givenchy and Lanvin, and high class music-halls such as the Moulin Rouge and the Lido — clients whom he continued to work with later on. my favourite being his work with Dior.
Not only was Gruau an Illustrator and a poster artist, he also sold paintings, designed costumes and stage sets, and even created his own collection of clothing in 1948-49
One of the main characteristics of Gruau’s style is the importance he puts on what he calls “la ligne” (the line) — as the line that forms his star-topped signature — a concept reminiscent of Cappiello, whom Gruau greatly admired, and his “arabesque.”
For Gruau, a line also often implies a movement. Therefore, throughout his long career, Gruau always made a point of working with models, refusing to create pure paper beings. The artist based a lot of his creations on his models’ movements, attitudes, expressions. Because for Gruau a poster should have ‘a strong personality’ and because, to him, drawing was so much about style, he chose his models very carefully. Some of the most elegant ladies of the time, such as Nitzah Bricard, Dior’s muse, or the model Bettina Graziani, posed for him.
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Frank Kozik is an American graphic artist who was born in Spain but moved to America, he’s best known for his alternate posters of rock bands such as Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Pearl Jam, The Offspring and Nirvana. He was often credited with reviving the lost art of old concert posters he found laying around. His creative rose for Austin’s growing underground punk rock scene in the early 80’s. His reputation grew even more when he began creating and posting black and white posters on telephone poles for his friends that were in bands of their own. The reason he become so popular with his designs was because they were culturally gripping and graphically fascinating. He eventually transitioned into producing large, colourful concert posters for musicians such as Green Day, The White Stripes, Neil Young and Nirvana.
In 1995, he started his own record label – Man’s Ruin Records. The majority of his posters and album art were silkscreened and numbered in the studio. Also during this time he designed and released over 200 singles and designed a full-length album with the Sex Pistols and the first Queens of the Stone Age single. It wasn’t until 2001 that Kozik closed the studio and devoted himself full-time art and design. He also still designs products and campaigns for major media and lifestyle brands including the 2007 spike TV Video Games Award Trophy, a pair of NikeSB Dunk Quickstrike sneakers and an ‘Absolut Kozik’ ad print.
Wolfgang weingart, who was born in 1941 his early work was as a typesetter before moving into graphic design in the 1960’s. his work was regally angular and full of bright colors and he also used image manipulation in his work to help portray his messages.
He has won awards in 2013 he received the AGIA Medal, the highest honor of the design profession, for his typographic explorations and teaching. In 2014 Weingart received the Swiss Grand Prix of Design award, presented by the Federal Office of Culture for his lifelong merits as a designer. Wolfgang weingart taught typography in many countries including Europe, North and South America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. He originally taught Swedish typography but he Sais that “but then I blew it apart, never forcing any style upon my students. I never intended to create a ‘style’. It just happened that the students picked up—and misinterpreted—a so-called ‘Weingart style’ and spread it around.”
His work on many posters one that stands out to me is the museum für gestaltung zürich Kunstkredit from 1982/83 the use of color and angular shapes to draw the eye to the center is an excellent way to create a center and force the viewer to read what you have to say.
Shigeo Fukuda born on the 4th February 1932 died 11 January 2009 is a Japanese sculpturist, graphic designer and poster designer. He was well known for his minimalistic and optical illusions. Fukuda grew up in Tokyo with his family who worked as toy makers. He showed an early interest in Swiss design as a child and attended the Tokyo University of The Arts.
He was the first designer to be introduced to the New York Art Directors Club hall of fame. A lot of Fukuda’s work was created to make a social impact rather then be used for commercial use. One of his well known pieces of work was ‘Victory 1945’ which is a poster celebrating the end of WWII showing a bullet going back into the gun.