JOHN VAN HAMERSVELD BIO
Visual artist and designer, John Van Hamersveld, over the last half century, has been responsible for so many iconic music, art, business, food, surf and pop culture images throughout the last five decades. He ranks as one of America’s leading multi-disciplined graphic artists and illustrators of his era. Best known for his psychedelic patterns and vivacious color schemes.
Van Hamersveld’s art can be found in The Smithsonian Institute, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, Experience Music Project and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
John Van Hamersveld was born at the John Hopkins University Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland in 1941 and immediately raised in the South Bay section of Southern California. He is a graduate of Art Center College Of Design and Chouinard/California Institute of the Arts. Van Hamersveld is a former instructor at California Institute of the Arts.
John Van Hamersveld’s commercial artistic journey began with The Endless Summer poster. What followed was more than 300 album covers, including designs for the Beatles’ American pressing of Magical Mystery Tour, the Rolling Stones’ Exile On Main St., Jefferson Airplane’sCrown of Creation, Grateful Dead’s Skeletons in the Closet, Blondie’s Eat to the Beat, Hotter Than Hell from KISS, and An American Prayer, poetry from Jim Morrison, music by the Doors.
Endless Summer Poster http://vimeo.com/57982625