What do The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and KISS have in common? Besides being awesome bands, they share a very talented album cover artist, John Van Hamersveld. You have most likely seen his iconic Endless Summer movie poster that is recognized around the world too.
After the historic Williams Bookstore in Downtown San Pedro closed its doors in 2013, Hamersveld and his wife, Alida Post, saw the potential of this unique space. Together they opened Post-Future: The Art Company at Williams Bookstore as a place to display and sell art, with a work space in the back for Hamersveld to create new art.
They have purposely kept the Williams Bookstore sign as a tribute to the former store, which opened in 1909 and was the oldest bookstore in Los Angeles. They also have some bookstore memorabilia on display too for visitors to see.
The Post-Future gallery is open to the public during San Pedro’s monthly 1st Thursday Artwalk, where downtown’s art galleries are open to explore, restaurants serve special menus and various food trucks come to visit. Check out Post-Future’s exhibition for the month of May below.
Gabriel Figueroa Exhibition (May 7th & 10th)
Both John & Alida invite you to come out and enjoy this month’s exhibition, which will be featuring photographic works by Gabriel Figueroa (1907-1997). The exhibition will be on display this Thursday, May 7th during the Artwalk from 5 PM – 9 PM and during the Sunday Salon on Sunday, May 10th from 2 PM – 6 PM.
Figueroa is known for his iconic images that helped to forge a Mexican visual cultural identity. The exhibition highlights Figueroa’s contribution to visual iconography. “His photos are impeccable examples of lighting, composition and chiaroscuro in both landscape and portraits.” (See the press release)
Figueroa “The Fugitive” 1947 (left) and “Lago de Patzcuaro Maclovia” 1948 (right). Gabriel Figueroa signed photographs and limited edition carbon ink jet digital photos are on view at the gallery. All images are also available for viewing and for purchase online at www.post-future.com
John Van Hamersveld Around Town
You will see John Van Hamersveld’s art while walking around downtown San Pedro too! Topaz at the San Pedro Waterfront has a huge piece of custom artwork done by Hamersveld in their lobby.
The artwork is 20 feet x 10 feet, it’s huge! Go check it out at 222 W. 6th Street in the Topaz Lobby. “Hamersveld’s latest work for Topaz brings the vibrant colors with which he’s become synonymous, embodied in the artist’s iconographic elements influenced by Hokusai waves, Constructivism and Dutch Abstraction.” – Jupiter Holdings Unveiling
Iconic Images That You’re Sure to Recognize
John Van Hamersveld has made a huge impact on popular culture with his extensive career of over fifty years. These images are just a small example of his amazing talent as a graphic artist. You can click here to see more of his artwork.
Hamersveld has also written a book called Drawing Attention, which highlights his approach to drawing and catalogues his designs that use music, popular culture and surfing as inspiration. As you can see from above, his art is full of color!
John Van Hamersveld and Alida Post are true testaments that San Pedro is an ideal place to live, work and be inspired to create world class art.
♦ Visit the Gallery in Downtown San Pedro ♦
- City Parking Lot on 7th Street between Pacific Ave & Mesa St, then walk through the Brown Brothers Corridor & make a right
- Metered Parking on 6th Street; free after 6 PM
- Riding the free downtown trolley bus? Get off at the Warner Grand Theatre Stop
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