Luminaries of the Haight-Ashbury #1

Eva, Colin, Theanna & Wes Wilson. Taken at their Lagunitas, Marin County home, circa 1970.   Photo by Harlan Floyd.

Wes, of course, is the founder of rock poster art.  Not literally, – the first San Francisco rock poster was created by Mike Ferguson and George Hunter of The Charlatans to advertise their mid-1965 gig at the Red Dog Saloon.  But Wes’ wraparound lettering set the tone for an entire generation of psychedelic poster designers,  His ideas can still be heard echoing through the design canyon today…

Back in the mid-Seventies Wes and Eva decided to do the back-to-the-land thing, and, unlike most, they made a success of it.  Today, when he’s not rounding up the cattle, Wes practices his art out in the barn – now his studio.  Get the full story at Wes’ website: www.wes-wilson.com It’s full of interesting reminiscences about the sixties as well as his more current work.

Eva , a luminary in her own right, eventually went back to school, earned her Ph.D and today practices in Missouri as a clinical psychologist.  Together since the mid-Sixties, Wes and Eva are a true Haight-Ashbury success story.  Way to go, guys.

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4 thoughts on “Luminaries of the Haight-Ashbury #1

  1. Besides being a hugely talented, innovative and consistent artist, Wes was also heroically prolific. He did 12 of the first 15 Avalon Ballroom posters and 56 of the first 62 Fillmore posters. For several months in 1966, he somehow cranked out two posters a week, one for Chet Helms and one for Bill Graham.

    Between 1966 and 1968 Wes produced 80 Avalon and Fillmore posters. During that same period Mouse & Kelley produced 33 posters for those venues.

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  2. Dear All;
    Regarding Wes and also his wife Eva:

    “Eva, a luminary in her own right, eventually went back to school, earned her Ph.D and today practices in Missouri as a clinical psychologist. Together since the mid-Sixties, Wes and Eva are a true Haight-Ashbury success story. Way to go, guys.”
    Hey, I went professional Visual Artist myself – having drawn and painted mostly as a third grader on up in my home town of San Antonio Texas. Like everyone else, I completed grad school and went even further to not only paint and exhibit but to earn a professorship and teach Studio Art at the collegiate level – AND on 12 September 2001 joined the Army and serve today as an Officer! Problem with alot of American ills is that in spite of the natural process of maturation, far too many remained Liberals and sadder still, “progressives”
    Art making is good but consider what will happen to the art world in a socialist obama society – CYA artist go make yourself useful or else!!!
    Thank goodness for growing up Texan!

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