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60 Concert Posters From Ten Amazing Artists

      When scouring the design field, searching for stand-out artistic expression and fluid composition, one area that should always catch the eye, is poster design. Moreover, concert poster design, which has produced some truly revolutionary artists and works for generations now, should be paid particular attention to. Fluidity of design is especially key in poster layouts, as there is a finite space, and numerous points to capture and pass along within these confines.

      When scouring the design field, searching for stand-out artistic expression and fluid composition, one area that should always catch the eye, is poster design. Moreover, concert poster design, which has produced some truly revolutionary artists and works for generations now, should be paid particular attention to. Fluidity of design is especially key in poster layouts, as there is a finite space, and numerous points to capture and pass along within these confines.

      The designer must encapsulate not only the band’s attitude and tone with the work, but also impart the feel of the album or tour that the poster is announcing. And speaking of announcements, the posters must seamlessly incorporate the typography that tells the reader the names, dates, and places of import. All the while maintaining the impact of the piece, and not overworking or overfilling the area and detracting from it’s overall arrangement.

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      So many shining examples of this exist in the art community. We present 60 inspiring concert posters from 10 amazing artists. The links at the bottom will take you to sites dedicated to showcasing other wonderful works from the concert poster genre.

      Emek

      Emek is an awe-inspiring artist with a natural depth and vibrance to his work. From stunningly styled typography to intricately carved creative designs, Emek’s work shines out among his peers, and was an easy addition to this inspiring bunch.

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      The Mars Volta by Emek

      Peeping Tom by Emek

      The Pixies by Emek

      Coheed and Cambria by Emek

      The Distillers by Emek

      Mike Klay

      Mike Klay is a stellar stand-out in the field of concert poster design. His simplicity of style and nature packs so much of the message in such compact creations, using clean, crisp vectors to achieve his task without using all of the available space. Saying so much with so little, is an awesome feat, and Mike Klay achieves this with ease.

      The Mountain Goats by Mike Klay

      Bob Marley's Wailers by Mike Klay

      Simian Mobile Disco by Mike Klay

      The Faint by Mike Klay

      Wilco by Mike Klay

      Fu Manchu by Mike Klay

      Jim Phillips

      Jim Phillips’ singular voice and untethered style give his work such a varied and boundless feel that it’s easy to see why his work has spanned generations, standing firmly against the tests of time.

      George Clinton by Jim Phillilps

      Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers by Jim Phillilps

      Robert Cray Band by Jim Phillilps

      Zero by Jim Phillilps

      SF Arts Show by Jim Phillilps

      Billham by Jim Phillilps

      Rex Ray

      Rex Ray’s eclectic work in concert poster design combines a retro feel with a piercing, modern attitude that explodes from within his work and captures the attention while tickling the imagination. Rex Ray’s stimulating style can not, and should not be ignored.

      Beck by Rex Ray

      Nine Inch Nails by Rex Ray

      PJ Harvey by Rex Ray

      U2 by Rex Ray

      Bjork by Rex Ray

      Oasis by Rex Ray

      Jermaine Rogers

      Jermaine Rogers is one of those raw expressive artists whose work makes you feel like an addict. It seeps into your skin and excites your senses with it’s bite and it’s dark beauty leaving you longing for more. With his sharp and edgy style, Jermaine Rogers’ work will be inspiring artists for years to come.

      Ween by Jermaine Rogers

      The Deftones by Jermaine Rogers

      The Mars Volta by Jermaine Rogers

      Tool by Jermaine Rogers

      Morrissey by Jermaine Rogers

      Radiohead by Jermaine Rogers

      Frank Kozik

      Frank Kozik stylishly blends a punk rock attitude with intense colors and textures to stamp an imaginative mark on the design community. His no-holds-barred and uncompromising approach to his work, make it easy to see why this creative giant has been credited with reviving this lost artform.

      Iggy Pop by Frank Kozik

      Red Hot Chili Peppers by Frank Kozik

      Sweet Vine by Frank Kozik

      Emo's by Frank Kozik

      The Beastie Boys by Frank Kozik

      High On Fire by Frank Kozik

      Chris Shaw

      Some artists’ work has an aura about it, that creates a tone which radiates from the piece and infects the environment around it. There are not many artists with a voice this vibrant and alive, but Chris Shaw is one of them, and a concert poster list would not be complete without giving this titan of artistic style and complex composition a nod.

      Pearl Jam by Chris Shaw

      Primus by Chris Shaw

      Hole by Chris Shaw

      Matchbox Twenty by Chris Shaw

      Widespread Panic by Chris Shaw

      Violent Femmes by Chris Shaw

      Nel ‘Jagmo’ Jacobson

      Some artist’s style speaks volumes with the depths of their designs, and the intricate weaving of different elements throughout their work. Nel Jacobson, known also as Jagmo, is the type of artist that can accomplish these amazing feats with ease and simplicity. This inspiring artist consistently uses minimalistic design elements, and then fills the space brilliantly incorporating massive typography with balance and skill.

      Grace Face by Jagmo

      Dee Lite by Jagmo

      The Proclaimers by Jagmo

      The B52's by Jagmo

      Bob Dylan by Jagmo

      Dead Kennedys by Jagmo

      Craig Howell

      For nearly a decade, Craig Howell, has led a charge through the concert poster design community leaving a vibrant and explosive mark in his path. His highly original work has kept his name circulating throughout the industry, and has kept this talented artist in popular demand. With an unmatched voice, and unparalleled vision, this behemoth of beauty is destined to be a classic in the field.

      Jay Farrar by Craig Howell

      System of a Down by Craig Howell

      Godsmack by Craig Howell

      Coldplay by Craig Howell

      Phish by Craig Howell

      Fatboy Slim by Craig Howell

      James Rheem Davis

      As far as insipiration goes, the work of James Rheem Davis is that rare breed of designer that adeptly captures the very essence of beauty in the dark and macabre. Flawlessly conveying the desired message with near nightmarish representations of a twisted take on the world around. With morbid and melancholy tones to match the images, Davis’ posters have a haunting effect on the viewer.

      Poison The Well by James Rheem Davis

      The Devil Wears Prada by James Rheem Davis

      Flyleaf by James Rheem Davis

      Slayer by James Rheem Davis

      Tool by James Rheem Davis

      Bleeding Through by James Rheem Davis

      Last Click

      Again, with Chris Shaw’s amazing talents having inspired so many artists in the field, we felt the last click should go to him.

      Billy Idol by Chris Shaw

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