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Carolyn Ferris. See other work at: www.CarolynFerris.com
Carolyn joined the Moonalice artist pool in 2009, and has created over 60 posters for Moonalice and Roger McNamee, within the Moonalice group she is known as the Queen of Surreal. An acrylic on canvas painting became her first poster in 1997 for Prodigy at the Warfield. She created the world's first singing canvas painting to illustrate Roger McNamee's song Silver Lining. She has worked with the Fillmore, Santana, Widespread Panic, and many other bands. She has enjoyed creating interactive paintings with Timothy Leary, as well as creating many illustrations for his published writing. Wes Wilson taught her how to create ink posters during a visit to California and later she moved to Missouri and became art partners with Wes Wilson. Carolyn has now returned to Fairfax, California where she has opened Carolyn Ferris Art Studio.
Psychedelic poster artist, Wes Wilson. See other Wes Wilson work at: www.Wes-Wilson.com
Wes Wilson, the father of the 1960s rock concert poster, came into the world via Sacramento, California on July 15, 1937. As a child his interests meandered among artistic pursuits and an intense love for the natural world. His post-secondary studies reflected these interests; he focused for a time on forestry and horticulture before eventually coming to philosophy. By the latter half of the 1960s Wes found much inspiration in the avant-garde neighborhoods of San Francisco. Serendipity interrupted all of his plans, as is typical, and Wes Wilson soon found himself creating fine art for the masses. His style, inspired by the Art Nouveau masters, took what was understood about promotional art and turned it inside-out. Nearly cryptic letters filled every available space, lines melted into lines, colors clashed... and the psychedelic poster was born. The love of art and nature eventually carried Wes away to the beautiful Ozarks foothills, where he still enjoys creating and discussing art and ideas. Wes taught Carolyn Ferris how to create ink posters during a visit to California and later she moved to Missouri and became art partners with him.
- Current Museum of Modern Art in New York, NY 2014-2015 Exhibition. http://www.moma.org/explore/inside_out/2014/12/18/rock-concert-posters-at-moma/
- Ben Marks (September 19, 2011). "Psychedelic Poster Pioneer Wes Wilson on The Beatles, Doors, and Bill Graham". Collector's Weekly.
- Alice Rawsthorn (March 16, 2009). "Tripping Back to the World of Psychedelia". The New York Times.
- Michael Erlewine. "A Brief Biography of Wes Wilson".
- Robert Brignall. "The Psychedelic Poster Art of Wes Wilson".
- Walter Medeiros. "Robert Wesley Wilson".
- Thomas Albright (March 3, 1973). "A Unique Radiance: Wilson's Giant Step Forward". San Francisco Chronicle.
Since becoming art partners Wes and Carolyn have created over 30 images together. These images include artwork for logos, posters, product labels, and various other projects that will be seen here on the site.
Posters may have opened the door to Wes' artistic abilities, but they certainly weren't the only character in the room. Wes has enjoyed creating unique ink drawings and ink and watercolor art for many years. Carolyn had been an acrylic on canvas painter and digital poster artist before learning to create ink posters.
Since about 2009, the two joined Moonalice Poster artist team and found they enjoyed each others company at events. They even met a couple of times in New York with the Moonalice poster artist group for art shows. Left stranded with adventurous minds in New York on one of those trips, they partied through with their fellow poster artists during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. They'd been evacuated from a hotel just across the street from the famous dangling Crane visible from the hotel window, there was fear that the crane would explode on the street below if it fell!
In the beginning Carolyn worked with Wes through her digital art which included a cover Wes created for Rolling Stone Magazine. By 2014, when visiting Carolyn in Fairfax, California at her home/studio, Wes transformed her art style into ink on paper with a poster lesson. Soon after, Carolyn moved to Missouri, the two merged as art partners, both working on the ink designs together.
Carolyn has now returned to California and opened Carolyn Ferris Art Studio in downtown Fairfax, where she has a design/gallery studio by day, (by appointment only) and art classes by night and weekends taught by some of the best artists in the Bay area.