We’re kicking off this summer with our calendar artwork for June. Through art nouveau influences and psychedelic styles, studio artists Nanette Newbry and Beibei An celebrate the spirit of summer with photographic inspiration from Bob Schnepf, a popular rock concert poster artist during San Francisco’s Summer of Love in the 1960s.
As a professional artist, Bob Schnepf, like Fried and Moscoso, enrolled in San Francisco State’s art program and completed his training as a painter. After extensive world travels he settled in the Bay Area in 1965, and began producing postcards for head shops and posters for rock music clubs. Encouraged by other poster artists, Schnepf began receiving commissions from the Family Dog. His style, often combining photographs with a maelstrom of hot negative and positive colors and precise lettering, was exceptional and continued to break the mold for pop culture art. When the Family Dog switched to black and white posters, Schnepf found he could not work without color. Failing to gain commissions from Bill Graham, Schnepf disappeared, all too soon from the San Francisco poster scene.
Our June artwork is one of a series from our 2019 Flashback calendar and was created in our drug-free studios in Carlsbad, California.