Art Chantry is a local and influential graphic designer well known for his work in poster design and album covers for a variety of Pacific Northwest bands such as Soundgarden, Mudhoney, Pearl Jam, The Sonics and a variety of other bands on the Sub Pop label (as well as many other record labels). Even spoken word albums for the Beatles and Elvis. Art also worked throughout the 80’s at The Rocket, a Seattle-based music biweekly music magazine, as an editorial and cover designer.
Chantry advocates a low-tech approach to design that is informed by the history of the field. His work has been exhibited at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Museum of Modern Art, Seattle Art Museum, the Smithsonian and the Louvre. Chantry builds his record, poster, and magazine designs by hand, eschewing the now-ubiquitous computer and laser printer for X-acto knives, Xerox machines, and photoset type. His bright, eye-popping creations can be seen frequently in the mom and pop record store as in the pages of establishment design magazines like Print or Communication Arts.
Some People Can’t Surf: The Graphic Design of Art Chantry by Julie Lasky is a book released in 2001. The monograph explored Chantry’s process crafting his graphic design.
Chantry is the author of the book Art Chantry Speaks: A Heretic’s History of 20th Century Graphic Design, released in 2015.
Art also received the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Medal in 2017.
Art is a huge vault of information when it comes to the Pacific Northwest, the music scene in addition to being a long time comic book fan.