Happy 4th of July! Studio artists Nanette Newbry and Beibei An celebrate American Independence Day with a throwback to the artistic styles of Philadelphia-born Greg Irons, a popular rock concert poster artist during San Francisco’s Summer of Love in the 1960s.
Greg Irons arrived in San Francisco in mid-1967, and put his artistic influences from N.C. Wyeth, Heinrich Kley and comic book art to good use in forging a style that was innocent in its initial execution. Irons matured, but never quite reached the heights set by his contemporaries. Rather than drawing from photo-collage techniques or other borrowed elements, Iron’s work is anchored in his drawing and stylized lettering. His later work was much stronger in impact and design. In 1984, Irons tragically died in a traffic accident in Thailand.
Working for Bill Graham at The Fillmore Auditorium, Irons was commissioned to create a series of posters for popular bands, some of which included Moby Grape, Jefferson Airplane, Crosby-Stills-Nash & Young, Albert King and Santana. He also contributed to the Beatles’ animated film “Yellow Submarine” along with several other artists.
Our July artwork is one of a series from our 2019 Flashback calendar and was created in our drug-free studios in Carlsbad, California.