Art Chantry

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Arthur S.W. Chantry II
Chantry & Thayil 02.jpg
Chantry (left) with Kim Thayil of Soundgarden, 2007
Born (1954-04-09) April 9, 1954 (age 61)
Seattle, Washington
Known for Graphic Design
Notable work Album covers for Mono Men, Soundgarden, and The Sonics
Awards Exhibited at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian, and the Louvre

Arthur Samuel Wilbur Chantry II (born April 9, 1954 in Seattle) is a graphic designer often associated with the posters and album covers he did for bands from the Pacific Northwest, such as Mono Men, Soundgarden and The Sonics.[1][2] He is also notable for his work in logo design.[3][4] Chantry designed the cover for Some People Can't Surf, which was written by Julie Lasky.[5]

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.[6]

Chantry received a bachelor's degree from Western Washington University in 1978.

Some People Can't Surf: The Graphic Design of Art Chantry[7] is a book released in 2001. The monograph explored Chantry's process crafting his graphic design.


  1. ^ "The ornery appeal of lamppost art" - Toronto Star
  2. ^ "THE ART OF ART (OR: THE POSTER BOY OF POSTER ART)" - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  3. ^ "Art Chantry; Ansel Adams; `In Full View'" - New York Times
  4. ^ "Art Chantry" - The Portland Mercury
  5. ^ "Chantry's illustrations epitomize Seattle scene" - Star Tribune
  6. ^ We Owe You Nothing: Punk Planet : the Collected Interviews. Akashic Books; Revised Edition. April 1, 2007. p. 209. ISBN 1933354321. 
  7. ^ Lasky, Julie (February 1, 2001). Some People Can't Surf: The Graphic Design of Art Chantry. Chronicle Books. 

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