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The Who Hits 50 poster by Chuck Sperry, 2014.

“The Who, 50th Anniversary British Tour 2014″
21″ x 31″ (53.35 cm x 78.75 cm)
Limited Edition of 260
7 color screenprint on cream paper
Signed and Numbered

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There was a very limited online release of my “The Who Hits 50″ poster officially through The Who – Thank You, they are Sold Out in the US and UK.

I will be making a very, very limited release of a handful of my “The Who Hits 50″ posters – live in person – at my solo show at Spoke Art on Saturday, November 29, 2014. Details of my solo show – HERE.

I will be making a very limited online release of “The Who Hits 50″ when the tour ends in December. Stay tuned for release info.

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Often, in the 20 years I’ve been designing and printing my own rock poster art, I have been asked, “If you could do a poster for any band, one you haven’t done a poster for, which band would that be?”

I inevitably answer, “The Who.” I am honored to have been asked by The Who to create the official poster for their “50th Anniversary British Tour 2014.” And now, in their 50th year, I can check the box next to my dream-come-true, wish-list item.

It crossed my mind that in The Who’s 50th year rocking the planet, I am in my 52nd year alive. I grew up with The Who. They have colored every corner of my life for every year I’ve been alive. 

I poured my love for The Who into the seven hand-screenprinted colors of my limited edition poster. I felt the design should reflect a modern, pop art, attitude. I rendered The Who’s emblematic RAF symbol in bright colors adorned with my signature psychedelic circle patterns, printed in heavy gold and silver, hand mixed inks. I’m extremely happy with the result, and couldn’t be happier to have made this piece of art for one of the best rock bands on earth.

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Opening night reception: Saturday November 29th, 2014 (6PM- 10PM)
On view until: Saturday, December 20th, 2014
Spoke Art (816 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA)
Hashimoto Contemporary (804 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA)

Spoke Art and Hashimoto Contemporary are pleased to present Muses, a new solo exhibition featuring the work of San Francisco based print artist Chuck Sperry. Reigning over the gig poster scene for well over a decade, Chuck has pulled a plethora of ultra rarities from his archives and flat files. The show will be broken up into two parts, with a new body of work consisting of wood panels and paper editions at Spoke Art Gallery and an extensive retrospective on display just a few doors down at Hashimoto Contemporary.

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After fifteen wildly successful years creating memorable gig posters and fine art work, Sperry ventures into this exhibition with momentous force. With a massive following of collectors and fans by his side, Chuck continues his on-going series of Muses, creating a new body of work that is as breathtaking as it is skillful. Playing off the classical greco-roman idea of “muse”, being a source of inspiration for all things art and music. Sperry’s figures are emblematic of the energetic creative spirit represented in his work and the bands he showcases. Influenced by the psychedelic art nouveau style, Chuck has propelled the American rock poster genre to a new level of fine art status with his print work. With impeccable precision, Sperry utilizes up to 9 color layers in his complex designs, the result is dazzling display of female figures enveloped in expressive patterns.

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For his solo show at Spoke Art, Sperry will be presenting some of his most iconic images from his most famous gig posters on new oak panels. In addition to these revived classics, there will be one new paper edition print release, in congruence with the rest of the show. Just a few doors down at Hashimoto Contemporary, a sweeping museum-like display of Rock Poster history will be on view in the form of extremely rare gig posters from Chuck’s personal flat files, all custom-framed and fully archival.

Muses opens on Saturday November 29th from 6 to 10 pm. All sales will be conducted in a first come first serve manner with limits per collector. Complimentary beverages will be served and the artist will be in attendance.

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Primus and the Chocolate Factory, Atlanta
18 x 35
Edition of 250
5 colors on archival cream paper
Signed and Numbered
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“I know you want this poster NOW, my little dearest, but you’ll have to wait.”
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This poster was available at the show through Primus (Did you like how we kept that a secret until show time? Wonka was keeping an eye on some naughty children who always plan on making away with all the Gobstoppers!)
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Due to my preparations for my solo show at Spoke Art Gallery – opening on November 29, 2014 (I will be making very limited wood panel art editions for Spoke / and showing some of my rarest and finest rock posters at Hashimoto Contemporary – all in one fun night) -
All my dearest sweets will have to wait until Wonka makes a very limited online release of my Primus poster and it’s variants on November 30, 2014 at a random time.
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Opening night reception: Saturday, November 29th 2014 / 6pm-10pm
Shows run through December 20th 2014

Spoke Art
816 Sutter Street

Hashimoto Contemporary
804 Sutter Street

I am excited to announce my upcoming solo show and retrospective opening at the end of this month!

Spoke Art (816 Sutter Street): I will be presenting a body of work including new prints, as well as fine art wood variants of some of my most coveted gig posters. Hashimoto Contemporary (804 Sutter Street): will be hosting a retrospective of ultra rarities pulled from my archives. I’m combing the absolute depths of my flat files to pull some gems, all prints in the retrospective will be offered custom framed and fully archival. I have been working with Spoke Art since 2010 and I couldn’t be more excited for this long awaited debut solo show with Spoke Art.

Stay tuned for more soon!

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