Dave Hunter is an alumni of the California College of the Arts in Oakland and the Center For Electronic Arts in San Francisco and has been involved in the Bay Area rock art/music scene for 23 years. Hunter first became interested in rock art while looking through his sisters album collection when he was 8 years old. After moving to San Francisco in 1985, He surrounded himself in the company of rock posters and the original Fillmore/Avalon Ballroom artists who created them while helping to organize and install rock poster shows at the Psychedelic Shop and Artist Rights Today benefits in San Francisco. Dave first started designing logos and signage for the Psychedelic Shop in 1986, catching the eye of master poster illustrator Rick Griffin and other members of the “Big Five”.
Dave went on to work as head picture framer for the Bill Graham Archives and was in charge of installing poster art at The Fillmore, The Warfield Theater and Shoreline Ampitheater from 1988 till 1992.
From these rock art rich backgrounds Hunter began to create rock art for San Francisco Bay Area bands, record labels and venues. After going down several career rabbit holes including audio engineering and web/print design, several years ago Hunter returned to his roots in printmaking and started silkscreening posters in collaboration with Ron Donovan and Chuck Sperry of the Firehouse Kustom Rockart Co.
Dave has created silkscreened posters for the likes of Metallica, Sly & The Family Stone, Gov’t Mule, The Decemberists, Throbbing Gristle, The Neville Brothers & Dr John, Les Claypool and more – some of which are featured in the new Firehouse/Goldenvoice San Francisco poster series.
Hunter currently lives and works from his art studio in Fairfax, Ca, supporting his young daughter and a healthy art habit.