John Van Hamersveld is an icon in Southern California culture, or more aptly described as a creator of icons. While not everyone may know his name, almost everyone will recognize his pop-art style and most likely something he has created. In a career spanning over fifty years, he can be credited with many graphics and images that identify with the West Coast, including The Endless Summer and many of the most famous album covers of the '70s, including Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Cream and Jefferson Airplane, just to name a few. He's arguably one of the most relevant pop-artists to come out of California, helping pave the way for many of today's pop and street artists with his minimalist drawing style and his use of vibrant, bold color.
We've long been fans of John's work, from his humble beginnings at Surfer Magazine through his long career as art director at Capital Records, and work with brands like Jimmy Z and Gotcha in the '80s. His roots run deep in the culture that makes up the California we know today. So it's a dream come true to be collaborating with such an iconic and influential artists and one that has been such an inspiration to us over the years. It's with great pride we welcome John Van Hamersveld to our Iron & Resin Artisan's Collection
All photos from Coolhous Studio/JVH Graphics and Photographs Under License to Iron & Resin