About the artist
Chuck Sperry was born in Dayton, Ohio in 1962. He was exposed to art at a very early age by his creative parents. His father was apprenticed to master sculptor Robert Koepnick (who studied under famous Swedish sculptor Carl Milles at The Cranbrook Academy of Art). As a boy, Sperry worked along side his father making sculptures and drawings. At the same time, he was enrolled in extra-curricular arts classes at the Living Arts Center and The Dayton Art Institute.
Moving to New York City in 1985, Sperry co-edited “World War 3 Illustrated” for four years with a famous editorial board of today’s top illustrators: Peter Kuper, Eric Drooker and Seth Tobocman. WW3 continues today with Sperry as a contributor. Over the years WW3 has also published such art luminaries as Art Spiegelman, Sue Coe, Spain Rodriguez, David Wonjarowicz, and Anton Van Dalen – and has gained critical praise from art critic Lucy Lippard in “Art in The Public Interest” (Da Capo Press, NY).
He moved to San Francisco in 1989 – contributed to underground comics – “Last Gasp Comics and Stories”; and edited “Filth Weekly Weird News” – a free underground humor magazine that published 25 issues in 4 years and had a circulation of 10,000.
When Filth closed it’s doors, Sperry joined the Psych Sparkplug Printing Collective in SF, and after 3 years opened his own poster printing company – The Firehouse Kustom Rockart Company – with partner Ron Donovan.
Since 1997 the Firehouse has created approximately 500 posters of their own design – and has printed posters for Frank Kozik, Rick Griffin, Stanley Mouse, Alton Kelley, and Victor Moscoso.
Recently Firehouse has been commissioned to art direct and create a series of silkscreened rock posters for The Warfield and The Regency in San Francisco for Goldenvoice. In just over six months The Firehouse has created 50 posters for these two venues – and still continue to the present day.
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