Chantry received a bachelor's degree from Western Washington University in 1978.
Chantry's designs are perhaps most closely associated with the Seattle, Washington-based Sub Pop Records and the Bellingham, Washington-based Estrus Records, for which he has worked with dozens of bands. He is also notable for his work in magazine and logo design. Chantry worked throughout the 1980s as art director at The Rocket, a Seattle-based music biweekly.
Chantry advocates a low-tech approach to design that is informed by the history of the field. His work has been exhibited at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Museum of Modern Art, Seattle Art Museum, the Smithsonian and the Louvre. Chantry builds his record, poster, and magazine designs by hand, eschewing the now-ubiquitous computer and laser printer for X-acto knives, Xerox machines, and photoset type. His bright, eye-popping creations can be seen frequently in the mom and pop record store as in the pages of establishment design magazines like Print or Communication Arts.
Some People Can't Surf: The Graphic Design of Art Chantry by Julie Lasky is a book released in 2001. The monograph explored Chantry's process crafting his graphic design.
Chantry is the recipient of the 2017 American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Medal.
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|Eleanor Marx |
Bathhouse Theater, 1984
1985, Poster for the New City Theater production of “Propaganda”
|1986, trade science ﬁction paperback book cover|
| Give peace a dance|
1987 was when the INF peace treaty was being negotiated (a nuke reduction treaty)
between Reagan and Gorbachev
|This is the back of a 7″ EP issued by C Z Records in 1987|
|Louder Than Love|
| Unexpected Production|
1992, LP and CD cover for Love Battery’s album “Dayglo” on Sub Pop Records
|T shirt, 1992|
|Jack o'fire album|
|Mono Men Pajama Party|
|1995, This was a production of Shakespeare re-set in a seemingly inappropriate period|
|1996 Album cover is a re-created pattern found on an old vintage plastic shower curtain|
|CD cover is for a compilation of accordion music being released by Rhino records, 1996|
|Double Godzilla with Cheese|
1996, Record cover for the X-Rays
| Noise Addict|
|Cramps Showbox |
All the type for this 1997 poster was either ﬁltered and altered
from existing vintage trash cinema advertising
|Skin printers devil|
1997, ad for a play about S&M relationships
1998 concert poster is a re-creation of some lettering used on one of their old
record covers from the early 1960s.
|Lee County Killers|
this band wanted this 1998 poster to tie in with the swamp monsters and black panthers
of legend in the Delta swamps
|Some People Can’t Surf|
| “Sweat Soaked & Satisfied” |
2002, Record cover for Cookie's album “Sweat Soaked and Satisfied” on Infect Records
|All the lettering on this 2004 poster was done by photocopying pages from old type catalogs |
2004, Poster at AIGA Austin
2004, DVD cover for Criterion Collection release
|New city tiny kuchner |
2012, theater poster for a low-budget performance by a struggling theater company