press release

Rick Griffin (1944-1991) was a renowned “surfer artist” when he arrived in San Francisco in 1966 just in time to earn a poster commission for the Human Be-In. Creating a simple, yet powerful design for that event, he quickly made a name for himself with his brilliant lettering, use of nineteenth century graphics, humorous approach to advertising motifs, and breathtaking color combinations. Rick’s most famous designs include “Flying Eyeball”, “Aoxomoxoa”, and “Heart and Torch”. Rick Griffin's style reached maturity in the richly colored psychedelic dance posters he designed for Bill Graham's Fillmore and Chet Helm's Family Dog rock concerts. There has never been a museum exhibition of Rick Griffin’s work. The exhibit would include a survey of Griffin’s work spanning thirty years from the 1960s until his death in 1991. Curated by Laguna Art Museum chief curator, Tyler Stallings. Accompanied by a catalogue.


Rick Griffin and His Transcendence
Curated by Tyler Stallings