Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Larry's Vault: Artists in Print of San Francisco


Artists in Print, the San Francisco Graphics Artists Guild was a non-profit organization of and for graphic artists in the San Francisco bay area. AIP was founded around 1975 and provided workshops, seminars, educational events, exhibits and a much needed communication network between local graphic artists.
The membership roster included designers, photographers, calligraphers, illustrators (medical  illustrators, fashion illustrators), copy writers and cartoonists – in addition to typesetters, paste-up artists, layout artists and probably a whole lot of others occupations that are now extinct
I was a member in the mid 70’s-early‘80’s and thought AIP served its member well as an educational program.

Meeting topics included Elimination of Advertising, A Defense of Advertising, Selling Your Graphic Humor, Fear and Creativity, Illustrating the Children’s Book and Artwork by Computer (in the late 1970’s not too many people knew what that meant). Featured artists and speakers (at events and in the pages of Graphiti ) included  Ardeshir Mohasses, Primo Angelli, Dugald Stermer, Jerry Mander, Leslie Cabarga and Milton Glaser.
Art by Tim Boxell

Art by Phil Frank


Art by Lourdes Agnes Duterte

Art by Erkki Alanen


AIP is long gone. I left San Francisco in the mid-80’s and lost track of the guild. I have no idea what happened to it.  
Graphiti, the AIP tabloid, was published bi-monthly and highlighted a lot of nice work.

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Here are few examples of AIP members work from Graphiti (and the AIP Directory).

Art by Bruce McGillivray


Promo by my old pal, Alan Cumings


Erkki Alanen, a very talented artist originally from Finland

Steve Leialoha's great piece for a portfolio night


Art by Leialoha


Here's a couple of things I did for Graphiti :






One issue of Graphiti was dedicated to hand lettering. Here are profiles on Leslie Cabarga, Becky Wilson and Tom Orzechowski :
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Fine calligraphy by Jenny Hunter Groat



Art by John Patrick Sullivan


All artwork copyright by respective artists

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