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Chuck Sperry

United States 1962

Illustration, Prints

Chuck Sperry
Chuck Sperry
United States
December 21, 2015

Chuck Sperry is an American artist, illustrator and rock poster designer, recognized for his luscious silkscreen prints. Since 2012, he is the owner of Hangar 18, a silkscreen print studio located in Oakland, San Francisco.

Silkscreen prints

Chuck Sperry - Olympia
Chuck Sperry – Olympia

Born in 1962 in Dayton, Ohio, Sperry got his education from the University of Missouri, School of Journalism, with a dual major in Art and Journalism.
For over 15 years, the artist nourishes his unique signature style of silkscreen technique that blends splendid artistry with impeccable craftsmanship. With perfect precision, Sperry utilizes up to 9 color layers in his complex designs.

Chuck Sperry’s Rock Art

Left Chuck Sperry - Bob Dylan and His Band at The Warfield, Right Chuck Sperry - Soundgarden at The Fox Theater, Oakland
Left: Chuck Sperry – Bob Dylan and His Band at The Warfield / Right: Chuck Sperry – Soundgarden at The Fox Theater, Oakland

From 1997 till 2012, Sperry was a co-owner of Firehouse Kustom Rockart Company, together with Ron Donovan. The company created posters for rock bands including Pavement, Pearl Jam, the Beastie Boys, Hole, and the Rolling Stones.

Although Sperry has worked with numerous major rock bands, he managed to maintain his street credibility by furnishing posters for such events as Incredibly Strange Wrestling, which mixes punk bands and Mexican wrestlers. He has also made screen-print gig posters for bands like Widespread Panic, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, and The Black Keys, among others.

Throughout his career, Sperry has also collaborated on many projects for Goldenvoice, Live Nation, Virgin Megastore, Guitar Center, Random House, Harper Collins, Harvard University Press, Nylon, and Wired.

The Black Keys poster design

Chuck Sperry - The Black Keys Philadelphia 2014
Chuck Sperry – The Black Keys Philadelphia 2014

His art has been featured throughout the United States and also internationally in many group and solo exhibitions and art festivals, from Athens to Argentina, Bristol to Belgrade. Chuck also leads workshops and lectures all over the world, inspiring a new generation of rock poster and silkscreen artists worldwide.

He is represented by Spoke Art Gallery.

Chuck Sperry lives and works in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco, California.

All images courtesy of Spoke Art Gallery

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015LittletopiaSpoke Art Gallery, LAGroup
2015Don’t Panic Open House - Chuck Sperry Widespread Panic Poster RetrospectiveHangar 18, OaklandSolo
2015Muses: Chuck Sperry Solo ShowNext Door Gallery, Geneva, SwitzerlandSolo
2015Chuck Sperry Explosition, with Claire Chevalier de PrevilleLes Mille Colonnes, Draguignan, FranceDuo
2015Chuck Sperry Explosition, with Batch and Claire Chevalier de PrevilleLa Rouille, MarseilleDuo
2015Push Me, Pull Me - Art of Pearl Jam Poster InstallationSeaTac Airport, Terminal A1, SeattleGroup
2015L’Oeil Ouvert République Gallery Inaugurationl’Oeil Ouvert Gallery, ParisGroup
2015The Rock Poster Society, Rock Art by the BaySan Rafael Rocks Block Party, San Rafael, CaliforniaGroup
2015Bad Dads, an art show tribute to the films of Wes AndersonSpoke Art Gallery, New YorkGroup
2015Muses In Parisl’Oeil Ouvert Gallery, ParisSolo
2015Gig Poster PowerLondon Design Festival, Clinic Design Agency, LondonGroup
2015The Poster Printed Will Remind MeReeperbahn 116, HamburgGroup
2015Muses Los AngelesBeyond Eden Art Fair, Spoke Art Gallery, Barnsdall Park, Los AngelesGroup
2015Spoke Art x Chuck Sperry at NYCCNew YorkSolo
2015Contaminazione Tra Arte e Musica - Rock Poster ArtCollection of Stefano Marzorati, La Permanente, MilanGroup
2015The Rock Poster Society, Festival of Posters 2015Hall of Flowers, San FranciscoGroup
2015The Art of Musical Maintenance 12Goodfoot Gallery, PortlandGroup
2014Gig Posters: 150 affiches underground américaines contemporainesLa Fete du Graphisme, Cité de la Mode et du Design, ParisGroup
2014Noise Pop Poster RetrospectiveBenders, San FranciscoGroup
2014In Dreams: an art show tribute to the films of David LynchSpoke Art Gallery, San FranciscoGroup
2014Don’t Panic - Chuck Sperry Widespread Panic Poster RetrospectiveHangar 18, OaklandSolo
2014Universe: Art of ExistenceModern Eden Gallery, San FranciscoGroup
2014Spoke Art x Chuck Sperry at C2E2ChicagoSolo
2014Pop Époque: The Art of Chuck SperryFirehouse 8, San FranciscoSolo
2014ArtmarketHashimoto Contemporary, San FranciscoGroup
2014Pop Époque: The Serigraphs of Chuck Sperryl’Oeil Ouvert, ParisSolo
2014Pop Époque: The Serigraphs of Chuck SperryGalerie Oberkampf, ParisSolo
2014Spirit of Californial’Oeil Ouvert, ParisGroup
2014Spoke Art x Chuck Sperry at NYCCNew YorkSolo
2014MEX Collects: Recent Gifts & AcquisitionsThe Mexican Museum, San FranciscoGroup
2014Le Chat NoirModern Eden Gallery, San FranciscoGroup
2014The Rock Poster Society, Festival of Posters 2014Hall of Flowers, San FranciscoGroup
2014Muses: Chuck Sperry RetrospectiveSpoke Art & Hashimoto Contemporary, San FranciscoSolo
2014The Art of Musical Maintenance 11Goodfoot Gallery, PortlandGroup
2013Dazed and Confused DebutHangar 18, OaklandGroup
2013Scorcese: An Art Show TributeBold Hype, NYCGroup
2013Decade-1Varnish Fine Art, San FranciscoGroup
2013Bloom, After Party and Chuck Sperry Rock Art ShowBloom Gallery, NapaSolo
2013Argentina Print Release PartyHangar 18, OaklandGroup
2013The Flowers of Popular VictoriesMondo Bizzarro, RomeSolo
2013The Flowers of Popular Victories - with Bill Ham and Franz TreiclerOratorio di Santa Maria in Selaa, TellaroGroup
2013The Flowers of Popular VictoriesClub Borgata, LericiSolo
2013The Flowers of Popular VictoriesBOSS, La SpeziaSolo
2013The Rock Poster Society, Rock Art by the BayMission Mason Center, San FranciscoGroup
2013Chuck Sperry solo retrospective showPeoples Art of PortlandSolo
2013Arte Espacio, Almacén de ArteBuenos AiresGroup
2013Chuck Sperryl’Oeil Ouvert, ParisSolo
2013Hometown Disadvantage - Chuck Sperry and Chris ShawHangar 18, OaklandDuo
2013The Rock Poster Society, Festival of Posters 2013Hall of Flowers, San FranciscoGroup
2013I Am Therefore I ThinkGoodfoot Gallery, PortlandGroup
2013Bad Dads, an art show tribute to the films of Wes AndersonSpoke Art, San FranciscoGroup
2013Extended Engagementl’Oeil Ouvert, ParisSolo
2013The Art of Musical Maintenance 10Goodfoot Gallery, PortlandGroup
2012Mind SpringVarnish Fine Art Gallery, San FranciscoGroup
2012Masters of Venice, Patrons PartyVarnish Fine Art Gallery, San FranciscoGroup
2012Dead RockstarsBlunt Graffix, Eugene, OregonGroup
2012The RootsFirehouse, San FranciscoGroup
2012It’s Only Rock & Roll - Chuck Sperry & Chris HopewellMr. Musichead, Los AngelesDuo
2012Flatstock 33SXSW, Austin, TexasGroup
2012The Art of MoonaliceBrooklyn Bowl, New YorkGroup
2012The Class of ’72The Flood Gallery, LondonGroup
2012ArtPadSFVarnish Fine Art Gallery, SFGroup
2012Evolution Goes On FestivalCentro Sociale Leoncavallo, MilanGroup
2012Chuck Sperry Poster ExpoUnited Club, TorinoSolo
2012Italian Poster Rock Art ExpoSanta Croce sull’Arno, PisaGroup
2012Chuck Sperry Postermaking Workshop & ExpoSpazio Cernaia, GenovaSolo
2012Chuck Sperry and Kepi Ghoulie Art ShowClub Shake, La SpeziaDuo
2012Occupy Bay AreaYerba Buena Center for the Arts, San FranciscoGroup
2012Varnish Fine Artists Benefit Visual AidVarnish Fine Art Gallery, San FranciscoGroup
2012TRPS Rock Art By The Bay 2012The Cannery, San FranciscoGroup
2012High Volume, The Art of Chuck SperryTrimarchi Design Conference, Mar del PlataSolo
2012High Volume, The Art of Chuck SperryBlackfin Trend Store, Buenos AiresSolo
2012Chuck Sperry Postermaking Workshop & ExpoEspacio Cabrera, Buenos AiresSolo
2012High Volume, The Art of Chuck SperryCentro de la Juventud, RosarioSolo
2012High Volume, The Art of Chuck SperryUniversity of Buenos Aires (FADU)Solo
2012The Art of MoonaliceBrooklyn Bowl, New York, New YorkGroup
2012High Volume, The Art of Chuck SperryFree University of San FranciscoGroup
2012Ten Club Art and Poster ConventionThe Showbox, SeattleGroup
2011Required ReadingGallery 1988, Melrose, Los AngelesGroup
2011Make Tacos Not WarWildcat Loft, NapaGroup
2011Firehouse & Les Editions PéniblesSésame, ParisGroup
2011SFMOMA Artists Gallery WindowsSan FranciscoGroup
2011I Poster Dimenticati di Chuck SperryCentro Sociale Leoncavallo, MilanSolo
2011LA vs. WARThe Vortex, Los AngelesGroup
2011Varnish Relaunch (Part 1)Varnish Fine Art Gallery, San FranciscoGroup
2011High Volume: Rock Art From The Chuck Sperry Archive and Firehouse Goldenvoice Poster SeriesSan Francisco Public LibrarySolo
2011TRPS Festival of Rock Posters 2011Hall of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San FranciscoGroup
2011Chuck Sperry Rock ArtSésame, ParisSolo
2011Chuck Sperry Rock ArtSalon Claire du Preville, MarseilleGroup
2011High VolumeSan Francisco Public LibrarySolo
2011The Art of MoonaliceFairfax PavilionGroup
2011SCOPE Miami Art Fair 2011Varnish Fine Art Gallery, MiamiGroup
201030 Years of the Art of World War 3 Illustrated: America’s Longest Running Political Comic BookThe Sanctuary of Independent Media, Troy, NYGroup
2010Spring ForwardArtrock, San FranciscoGroup
2010Flatstock 24SXSW, AustinGroup
2010Group ShowMondo Bizzarro Gallery, RomeGroup
2010Group ShowClub Shake, La SpeziaGroup
2010The Decade With No NameJack London Square, OaklandGroup
2010Hangar 18 Poster Show & BBQBottom of the Hill, San FranciscoGroup
2010Chuck Sperry, Chris Shaw & Peter LeCompteFaya Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2010Rockaholics IIFabien Von Unwerth, ZurichGroup
2010Rock Poster BazarMetzgerhalle, LuzernGroup
2010Rock Poster BazarReithalle, BernGroup
2010FlashbackLa Station Orbitale, GenevaGroup
2010Rock Poster ShowBergstrom Studios, FrankfurtGroup
2010TRPS Festival of Rock Posters 2010Hall of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San FranciscoGroup
2010Bad Dads, A Tribute to the Films of Wes AndersonLoPo Gallery, San FranciscoGroup
2010The Bridge Is OverLoPo Gallery, San FranciscoGroup
2010Graphic Radicals: 30 Years of World War 3 IllustratedExit Art, New York, NYGroup
2009Signs of ChangeVarnish Fine Art, San FranciscoGroup
2009Eyesore Anniversary540 Club, San FranciscoGroup
2009Wordless Worlds: World War 3 IllustratedMuseum of Comic and Cartoon Art, New YorkGroup
2009Stop The Armed Forces: Exhibition Against Police BrutalityLos AngelesGroup
2009Rock The Streets: The Rise of American Rock Poster ArtOgilvy Advertising Agency, San FranciscoGroup
2009Eminent Domain AwarenessVarnish Fine Art, San FranciscoGroup
2009Lucky 13 Art ShowLucky 13, AlamedaGroup
2009Best of The East BayOakland Museum of CaliforniaGroup
2009TRPS Festival of Posters 2009Hall of Flowers, San FranciscoGroup
2009Dark Nouveau, with Malleus and Alan ForbesArtrock, San FranciscoGroup
2009Dark Nouveau, with Malleus, Dave Hunter, and Alan ForbesVarnish Fine Art, San FranciscoGroup
2009Mission Muralismode Young Museum, San FranciscoGroup
2009Art of Musical Maintenance VIGoodfoot, PortlandGroup
2008Group ShowNotting Hill Arts Club, LondonGroup
2008Art of Musical Maintenance VGoodfoot, PortlandGroup
2007Flatstock 12Austin, TXGroup
2007Escape From the Island of the Damned TourRed Room, BerlinGroup
2007British Rock Artists Group WorkshopSan FranciscoGroup
2006Visionary Delusion TourCinema Les Variétés, MarseilleGroup
2006Flatstock 10SeattleGroup
2006Babel FestivalAthensGroup
2006Group ShowCoffix Café, ThessalonikiGroup
2006Group ShowViva Dolor, LyonGroup
2005Art of Modern Rock World Book TourFirehouse and Lindsey KuhnGroup
2004Flatstock 4AustinGroup
2004Kalifornia Kustom TourMagnet Club, BerlinGroup
2003Flatstock 2SXSW, AustinGroup
2003Sci-Fi Western111 Minna Street Gallery, San FranciscoGroup
2003Eyesore Northwest TourGallery Bink, PortlandGroup
2003Eyesore Release540 Club, San FranciscoGroup
2003Eyesore ReleaseAnu Bar, San FranciscoGroup
2003Deconstruction TourFranken, BerlinGroup
2003Top Fuel, with Chris Shaw, Dirty Donny, and Lucky MuleLo-Fi Customs Gallery, San FranciscoGroup
2003Eyesore & Lowlife Paradise Book Release, with Glen BarrVarnish Fine Art, San FranciscoDuo
2002Safety Third TourZ Bar, BerlinGroup
2002Tiki Fondu TourCafe Moloko, GenevaGroup
2002Happening Internationale Underground 8Centro Sociale Leoncavallo, MilanGroup
2002Meat FestChris Shaw Studio, OaklandGroup
2002Porca Madonna 2Chris Shaw Studio, OaklandGroup
2002Knight of the Wrong Table, with Alan ForbesLucky 13, San FranciscoDuo
2002Flatstock 1Cellspace, San FranciscoGroup
2002Cover The EarthFlatstock Party, Balazo Gallery, San FranciscoGroup
2002Flatstock Closing PartyThee Parkside, San FranciscoGroup
2002Vino Is KeenoHotel Biron, San FranciscoGroup
2002Eyesore Tour - Firehouse European Book TourScandia, HamburgGroup
2001All Quiet on the Western FrontMax Fish New YorkGroup
2001The San Francisco Pop Art Poster ShowUsine, GenevaGroup
2001Happening Internationale Underground 7Centro Sociale Leoncavallo, MilanGroup
2001G8 TourHiroshima Mon Amour, TorinoGroup
2001Bikini Biker Festival, with Chris ShawCafé Degli Artisti, CessinanaticoDuo
2001Eyesore Yugoslavia, with Chris ShawApollo Theater, PancevoDuo
2001Group ShowZ Bar, BerlinGroup
2001Group ShowRazzle Dazzle, BerlinGroup
2001Meat FestChris Shaw Studio, OaklandGroup
2001Porca MadonnaChris Shaw Studio, OaklandGroup
2000Happening Internationale Underground 6Centro Sociale Leoncavallo, MilanGroup
2000Gangbang TourRock N Roll Weekender, WadorfGroup
2000Firehouse Spacedocks with La Station ObitaleLa Station Orbitale, GenevaGroup
2000XPO, with Chris ShawMilanDuo
1999HazmatCrocodile, SeattleGroup
1999San Francisco Rock Poster RevivalGreat American Music Hall, San FranciscoGroup
1999ChromeGrober Unfug, BerlinGroup
1999Bellevue Punx ShowUsine, GenevaGroup
1999Trasgressioni Cromate TourRoadrunner, PistoiaGroup
1999ComicConSan DiegoGroup
1998Visual FeastSpectrum Gallery, San FranciscoGroup
1998The Devil Made Me Do ItTransmission Theatre, San FranciscoGroup
1998Stalker.comMNO Gallery, Los AngelesGroup
1998No LoveBalazo Gallery, San FranciscoGroup
1998First StrikeBalazo Gallery, San FranciscoGroup
1998Warriors Come Out and PlayNoiseville Gallery, New YorkGroup
1998EyesoreMax Fish, New YorkGroup
1998Contemporary Mexican and American Poster ArtistsPanaderia, Mexico CityGroup
1996Temporary Insanity 2Off The Wall, San FranciscoGroup
1995Temporary InsanityOff The Wall, San FranciscoGroup
1995Cyber SpiderArtrock, San FranciscoGroup
1995Rock n Roll Hall of Fame OpeningPowerhouse, ClevelandGroup
1994Two Rad Dudes With Big Dental InstrumentsOff The Wall, San FranciscoGroup
1994Rock Art ExpoHall of Flowers, San FranciscoGroup
1994IgnitionNitebreak, San FranciscoGroup