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Emek: The Thinking Man’s Poster Artist
The Thinking Man’s Poster Artist
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Poster artist Emek combines 60’s counterculture psychedelia and 90’s postindustrial iconography to create vibrant, visually stunning illustrations for rock concert posters and protest art. “The thinking man’s poster artist” his unique visual style has graced music posters on a diverse spectrum. Initially, the poster offered a commercially viable alternative to advertising for a young art school graduate — and later proved to be an opportunity for artistic freedom rarely allowed in other commercial work.
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Emek first hand draws, then silk screens multi- colored posters on paper, as well a experimenting with various mediums such as metal, glass and plastic, (he has even carved posters from stone!) for some of the music worlds brightest stars — from B.B King to The Beastie Boys, The Flaming Lips to Bright Eyes — in limited editions of around 300 copies often with complete creative license for their content. He brings the same passionate intensity from his music posters to his protest art posters and illustrations for magazines such as Rolling Stone.

Emek’s work has received international praise and has been collected by the Rock n Roll hall of fame. Collected together here for the first time is a retrospective of his rock n’ roll art as well as his editorial illustration and protest posters showing his work in amazing detail.

272 pages, Hardcover, 9 3/4'' x 12'' (248 x 305 mm)
300 color illustrations, English
ISBN: 978-1-58423-307-7 $ 39.95
About the Artist:
Emek graduated with a Major in Art, and a Minor in Un­employ­ment. His first poster commission was done im­me­di­ately after the L.A. riots/uprising of 1992, for a unity rally and concert held on Martin Luther King Day. The poster was a success and from then on, Emek was hooked on the art form.

"I appreciate the flexibility this medium allows me because the bands generally give me total creative free­dom (as long as I include the show info). I am al­lowed to dip into the re­cesses of my own ima­gin­a­tion and see what spills out onto the page. I am my own art director so I can experi­ment with different concepts and styles to keep things fresh. Today’s disposable culture paves the way for tomorrow’s col­lect­ible nostalgia... I'm just trying to keep it interesting."

Some Quotes:
“Emek's work is among the very best of the genre of posters being created in the world today.”
— Art Chantry
“Emek is the rare artist in this age of impatience and digital short-cuts who has developed a unique voice through his powerful concepts...”
— Shepard Fairey
“Emek = Great design and impeccable political sentiments, what more could you ask for?”
— R. Crumb
“EMEK is a true pioneer of the new wave of poster artists in the late 20th century.”
— Stanley Mouse
“Emek's precise craftsmanship has elevated his name to undeniable prominence.”
— Robert Williams
“EMEK's book kills Fascists!”
— Frank Kozik
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GINGKO PRESS | POP CULTURE GRAPHIC DESIGN BOOK | ISBN-13: 9781584233077 | ISBN-10: 1-58423-307-9 / 1584233079