About Ryan Kerrigan
Ryan is a New Hampshire native who currently resides in Portland,
OR. His poster art has become a mainstay in the world of Rock poster
art and beyond. He has worked with many of today's promoters and
up and coming bands as well as a host of concert venues, festivals
and alternative businesses. His use of color and his immediately
recognizable style are as free and loose as the music it has been
created for. "My first love in art was the old psychedelic
rock posters, and to actually be doing that now is a dream come
true. I listen to the band as I'm creating the images, and just
let the feeling of the music come through in the colors and design."
Upcoming plans involve many new projects, both musical and otherwise,
as well as continuing to exclusively use hemp paper for all prints.
In Ryan's Own Words...
Growing up in New Hampshire, my first experiences with music art
were at flea markets I'd attend on weekends. I would pore over stacks
of albums checking out the cover art and occasionally run across
an old Fillmore or Family Dog poster. People like Rick Griffin,
Randy Tuten, and Stanley Mouse became my heroes.
In college at Penn State in the early 1990's, I studied the worlds
of Dali, Mucha, and Maxfield Parrish. Combining my love for music
and visual art, I began to create poster art for local bands such
as PLUV, The Purple Helmets, Grinch, and others.
The very first one was for a blues band called "Bob Hideycat
and the Groovy Boots" in 1990.
After graduating with a degree in printmaking in 1994, I wandered
around the country for a few years, spending time drawing in Wyoming,
Pennsylvania, Washington, New Hampshire, Delaware, California, Colorado,
and everywhere in between. In the Fall of 1998, I landed in beautiful
Ithaca, New York and soon created a series of posters for jamband
shows at the historic venue, The
Haunt (35 posters over 12 months), as well as other venues
In the Spring of 2000, I decided that I had seen my last winter, at least for a while, and a few Phish tours and many miles later, I was living in Berkeley, California, and immediatelty began projects with Jambase, High Sierra music festival, the JoshuaTree Music Festoval, and many acts like Tea Leaf Green, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey , Animal Liberation Orchestra and more. Over the past 15 years i've fulfilled a lifelong dream of creating posters for the Fillmore in san francisco, and continued to work with bands of all levels (grateful dead, umphreys mcgee, moe., california honeydrops, and so many others) while also developing an extensive collection of non-band, non-gig related artwork. In december of 2014 my family and I relocated north to beautiful Portland Oregon.
Feel free to contact me at email@example.com with any questions or comments and keep watching this site for updated work and news about upcoming events and exhibits