Art Chantry

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Art Chantry
Art chantry’s full name is Arthur S.W. Chantry II, he was born on April 9, 1954 in Seattle. Chantry attended college in Bellingham, Washington. He graduated with a degree in painting but turned to the graphic work that had been his livelihood through his school years. In a curious way, Chantry's ability to look for and reinvent the out-of-fashion, the purposely outside the mainstream international style, has resulted in his being selected for many exhibition and design magazines. Even with the recognition of his peers, he chooses to remain an outsider, often rejecting work with commercial corporate clients for commissions that allow him to remain on the fringe. As he is now the art director of an alternative Seattle paper, he has the advantage of economic stability with the luxury of working only on projects that interest him. Art Chantry received a bachelor's degree from Western Washington University in 1978. He is a famous graphic designer often associated with the posters and album covers he did for bands from the Pacific Northwest, Such as Nirvana which his mostly known for and other bands such as Hole and The Sonics. He is also known for logo design. He also designed the book cover for Some people can’t Surf written by Julie Lasky. His work has been exhibited at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum of Modern Art, Seattle Art Museum, the Smithsonian and the Louvre. Art Chantry has been making posters since he was fifteen. Among his influences are many forms of outsider art, such as monster magazines, hotrod art, and psychedelic culture. He found much inspiration for innovative graphic ideas in an article on Polish posters. Chantry's sense of design relates to the punk scene in Seattle as he finds himself, with the avant-garde, creating posters for local rock concerts. Chantry has championed what he considers to be the "subculture" of design, a neglected commercial usage of the industrial trade seen in the tool catalogs of the 1940s and 50s.
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