Taking cues from the creative explosion of the San Francisco music scene in the 1960s, our studio artists Nanette Newbry and Beibei An have created artwork in the styles of the period as monthly calendar graphics. Artistic styles of poster artist Randy Tuten pushed the boundaries of design during that period, and is the inspiration for our October calendar illustration. This artwork honors Breast Cancer Awareness Month with the intent to give awareness about the disease and the importance of early detection.
In 1969, attracted to San Francisco poster art primarily by the work of Mouse Studios, Randy Tuten began emulating the work of Mouse and Kelley with a series of posters that echoed the studio’s style. Using photographs, strong imagery and sinuous lettering, Tuten created a body of work that is satisfying in its orderliness and colorful in execution. Bill Graham hired Tuten as in-house artist for the Fillmore, where he worked for ten years. Besides his output as a poster artist, Tuten has amassed an impressive collection of San Francisco dance posters.
I liked Mouse and Kelley’s posters because they were so friendly to the eye. But Griffin influenced me the most. Griffin still influences me.
Tuten’s poster work for The Fillmore spans more than 50 years. Early influences of the 60s era have remained part of Tuten’s later work, however, his personal artistic style has evolved with increasing art deco influences.