One can easily see the influence of rock posters of the 60's/70's in my work. I absolutely love them and that might be an understatement. Their play with color, the vibrabancy, and lack of black is so mentally stimulating. Black is substituted with various colors given it an other worldly feel. To me using black is placing a void in your work. Black is nothingness, absence, emptiness, it doesn't provoke emotion; not like a red, green, or yellow. Grant it, black is essential for a lot of pieces, epecially for contrast and depth, but you really move into the realm of the mind when you don't use it. If you close your eyes and you see black you don't think of it as black, it's nothing. But then colors and patterns emerge, pulsating, evolving in glowing colors and that black background has been lifted to a deep red or purple. The nothingness is gone and you're immersed in thought.
These posters are straight from the mind, the movement of thought, emotions, music. Which is why they are such amazing ads for music, they're visual music.
Their message really hits home when they incorporate a photo. There's a couple above which do. When they have a photo in the center it bridges the music with the musician in one image. The posters stimulate anyone who sees them. You have the colors evoking emotion and thoughts in a musical way in connection with the musicians and artist, drawing you in to experience the image in person. I find these posters so profound and each one really blows me away.
Unfortunately, I don't know much about the individual artists who made them. I've looked it up and there's no specific one whom I admired most, it's the general style I find inspiring. Jefferson Airplane seems to have the best/most posters in this style.
Also, I separate these posters from the 60's/70's blacklight style which will probably be another post, and again, Jefferson Airplane blacklight posters really stepped up and pushed boundries. But more about that later! :)
Hello! I'm Cascadian colored pencil artist extraodinaire.