Posts Tagged ‘poster artist’

Artist of the moment………Victor Moscoso



Victor Moscoso is an Spanish/American artist associated with the San Francisco Poster movement that took place in the 1960s and 1970s. He blazed a path in the commercial industry designing concert posters, advertisements, and comics.


Victor Moscoso was born in Olerios, Galicia, Spain in the year 1936. The artist is well educated having studied at the Yale University, Cooper Union College, and the San Francisco Art Institute.

He learned color in college and art school, yet most of his posters were based on the opposite of what he learned. For his use of color he counts the artist Josef Albers as a major influence.

In this clip we catch with our beloved fellow artist and art enthusiast James Kalm to visit a show featuring drawings from the 1960s to the 1980s of Victor Moscoso:

Price range information: Drawings and posters range from $1,000 to $5,000.

Victor Moscoso remains based out of San Francisco.

What I enjoy most about the poster artists, is their modernist ideas when it comes to design. Sure the posters look great and I think sometimes are taken for granted with the use of the computer and so much digital art. But this artist used color by applying to a surface, not by working it on photoshop.

Another key aspect in his design was his use of using his hand drawn letters. He didn’t use a computer or certain font, he developed his own styles of lettering.

What a great artist that was far ahead of his time!



Artist of the moment…………Eric Lacan


Eric Lacan is a wonderful  French artist renown for his depictions of the female figure. Eric Lacan was born in Marseuile, France in the year 1976. The city is suburb of Paris, France.

The artist produces fantastic drawings, is a prolific printmaker, and also a paper cut master artist. Most works consist of wheatpaste, acrylic paint, spray paint, and paper cuts.

Lacan began his career as a fashion illustrator.

Below we watch the artist install one of his posters at night time:

Lacan is also known as Monsieur Qui and is based out a city very near Paris called Vincennes.

The artist is very open about his work performing most of his street art during daylight hours. With his dress and overall employee look he does not seem out of place at all. In this clip we view Lacan put up one of his posters of a woman during the daytime:

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Below a link to the website of Eric Lacan:

If you enjoy the work of Lacan be sure and check out American street artist Swoon. Who also creates wonderful wheatpastes of women.



Artist of the moment…….Jean Carlu


Jean Carlu was a French born artist who became famous for his poster work in the World War 2 era. Jean Carlu was born in Bonnieres-Sur-Seine, France in the year 1900.

Carlu attended Les Ecoles des Beaux-Arts located in Paris where he studied architecture. Due to an accident Carlu had his right arm amputated and he switched from studying architecture to graphic design and illustration. His family tree included many architects. One brother of Carlu’s named Jacques designed one of Paris’ most famous castles, the Palais de Challoit.


Below a short biographical film on Carlu. Images, including his first poster of Charlie Chaplin, are shown starting 52 seconds into the clip:

Jean Carlu passed away in 1997.

One of his most famous works was for the wine label for a 1924 Mouton- Rothschild wine. He was also associated with a brand of soap called Mon Savon, which can be seen in the gallery.

price range information: This artist produced many posters and prints over his lengthy career especially around World War 2. Works range from $5,000 to $40,000.


Artist of the moment……….Carlos Raquel Rivera



Carlos Raquel Rivera was a fantastic poster artist and printmaker.  Carlos Raquel Rivera was born in Yauco, Puerto Rico in the year 1923. Rivera attended the Art Student’s League of New York City.

The artist flourished in the 1950s and 1960s as his work was heavily sought after for posters and commercial art.

His works were also used to push political ideas and agendas.

Carlos Rivera passed away in 1999.

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Carlos Raquel Rivera, like most poser artist, had a wonderful sense of design and use of color. The poster artist are among my favorite because they have mastered not only visual art, but most were excellent at designing and working with various letter forms.


Artist of the moment………….Bonnie MacLean


Bonnie MacLean was an American poster renown for her work with the Fillmore Auditorium located in San Francisco, California. MacLean was also a promoter and was also once married to concert promoter Bill Graham.

Bonnie MacLean was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the year 1961.

She attended Pennsylvania State University where she received a B.F.A. After college she headed to California and took a job where Bill Graham would serve as her boss. When living in California she attended the San Francisco Academy of Art, the California College of Arts and Crafts, and San Francisco Art Institute.

MacLean took over for artist Wes Wilson after the two had a falling out. She was then in charge of all promotional works that took place at the Fillmore. She went from overseeing the projects, to being the one that had to produce them. She handled the task wonderfully.

MacLean quit doing the posters in 1968. She divorced Graham in 1975. The artist went on to paint landscapes and the nudes.

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Below a montage of works by Bonnie McClean. Images began at the 1:50 mark in the clip:

She became famous for her posters during the late 60s. Her posters gave the appropriate look of psychedelic imagery quite popular at that time. She lived an exciting lifestyle in the 1960s. She expanded on what prior artist Wes Wilson did for his posters by cultural items from the Native American culture. Other poster artists profiled here include David Klein, Stanley Mouse, and Alton Kelley.



Artist of the moment………John Alvin



John Alvin was a painter who loved movies and spent his career making wonderful movie posters and character design for companies including Disney. John Alvin was born Hyannis, Massachusetts in the year 1948.

The artist grew up around the world as his parents were in the military, but the family settled in California. Alvin attended the Art Center College of Design located in Los Angeles, California.

Alvin’s posters were admired by people in and out of the industry because his posters provided inspiration to the viewer that a great movie was waiting to be seen.

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John Alvin passed away in 20008 at the age of 59.


In this clip a great interview with John Alvin talking about inspiration and his growth as an artist. His first major poster was the great spaghetti western “Blazing Saddles.”

Another of the artist’s best work were his posters for the movie E.T.



Artist of the moment………..Emory Douglas



Emory Douglas was a wonderful African-American artist who worked tirelessly for civil rights and also served at a high level in the political organization known as the black panthers.

Emory Douglas was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan in the year 1943. Douglas attended the San Francisco City College of Art where he studied graphic’s design.

Douglas served as the art director for a now extinct newspaper called the “Black Panther Newspaper.” that served to inform African American’s of their rights. Through the paper Douglas created many images that people linked with freedom and black pride.

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Here we visit the studio of Emory Douglas:

In this clip we view an exhibition of works by Emory Douglas that went on display in the United Kingdom:

Douglas is now based out of San Francisco, California.

I enjoy artists who work for results and this artist reminds me of other “poster artists” like Rupert Garcia or Elizabeth Catlett. Douglas has created works that also bring to light the current struggle for African Americans like the deceased Treyvon Martin.




Artist of the moment…..George Dorival

George Dorival was a wonderful French artist best known for his work with poster designs. George Dorival was born in Paris, France in the year 1879.

For his artistic education Dorival attended the National School for the Decorative Arts located in Paris, France. He found employment right after college int he graphics design industry.

Dorival was best known for his work from 1910 until the second world war.

Much of his work was to get the general public excited about travel. Long before the days of internet and flickr, artists were the only way people could envision their travels. Some locales illustrated by Dorival include the Cote D’Azure, Brittany, and Venice.

George Dorival passed way in 1968.

Price range information: Posters (which I consider a print) can start around $2,000 up to original paintings which can reach $20,000.

Some other artists that worked with posters design and profiled here include Jules Cheret and David Klein. Klein used to illustrate for the airline of Howard Hughes and his poster works have broken the $10,000 barrier at auction.