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Presented in partnership with The Chambers Project and The Griffin Estate, 1xRUN is excited to offer these extremely rare editions in limited quantities.
"Both editions feature artwork that was originally published in 1972 as part of Rick Griffin's "Man From Utopia.". Amongst Griffin heads it is considered to be his Magnum Opus and some of
his best, most abstract work. Done during his most psychedelic years
and purely out of self interest, both images are very iconic and
translate very well in this larger format." - Brian Chambers
"In 1966, Rick Griffin moved from Los Angeles to San Francisco and began shifting away from producing cartoons for Surfer magazine,
which insisted on censoring his work, and towards designing rock music
posters in San Francisco, which was a new genre of art that was all the
rage in the counterculture. By 1967, Griffin was recognized along with
Wes Wilson, Stanley "Mouse" Miller, Alton Kelley and Victor Moscoso as
the "Big Five" artists who set the creative direction for psychedelic
American rock posters...
...Man from Utopia is first and
foremost a remarkable collection Griffin's most beautifully composed
illustrations, which include recurring icons far removed from
Christianity. Hearts, roses, pussies, light bulbs, aliens and skulls
flourish throughout the book, embedded in Griffin's complex,
sharp-edged ink lines. Despite the lack of a specific story or defined
narrative in Man from Utopia, the drawings feel like they are
thematically connected, delivering precious lessons for those who are
patient enough to absorb the entire scope of their message." - M. Steven Fox of Comix Joint
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Rick Griffin was an American artist and one of the leading designers of psychedelic posters in the 1960s. As a contributor to the underground comix movement, his work appeared regularly in Zap Comix. Griffin was closely identified with the Grateful Dead, designing some of their best-known posters and album covers such as Aoxomoxoa. His work within the surfing subculture included both film posters and his comic strip, Murphy.
While attending Nathaniel Narbonne High School in the Harbor City area
of Los Angeles, he produced numerous surfer drawings, which led to his
surfing comic strip, "Murphy" for Surfer magazine in 1961, with
Griffin's character featured on the front cover the following year. In
1964, he left Surfer and briefly attended Chouinard Art Institute (now
CalArts), where he met his future wife, artist Ida Pfefferle.
That same year, he hung out with the group of artists and musicians
known as the Jook Savages. He traveled with Ida on a Mexican surfing
trip and later planned a move to San Francisco after seeing the
psychedelic rock posters designed by Stanley Mouse and Alton Kelley. In
late 1966, the couple arrived in San Francisco, where they first lived
in their van before moving to Elsie Street in the Bernal Heights
In the mid-1960s, he participated in Ken Kesey's Acid Tests. His first
art exhibition was for the Jook Savages, celebrating the one-year
anniversary of the Psychedelic Shop on Haight Street. Organizers for the
Human Be-In saw his work and asked him to design a poster for their
January 1967 event. Chet Helms was also impressed by Griffin's work and
asked him to design posters for the Family Dog dance concerts at the
Avalon Ballroom, which led Griffin to create concert posters for the
Charlatans. In 1967, Griffin, Kelley, Mouse, Victor Moscoso and Wes
Wilson teamed as the founders of Berkeley Bonaparte, a company that
created and marketed psychedelic posters. Griffin returned to Southern
California in 1969, eventually settling in San Clemente.