Graphic artist and local treasure Jimbo Phillips was on Artists on Art for the last Tuesday in March 2010. You can see his work all over town. His current posters for the Santa Cruz Derby Girls are beloved and tacked to many a teenager’s wall all across the Santa Cruz county. Here’s a picture of one of his posters for the Derby girls.
The time flew by during this half-hour radio show. We had a great time talking about his early training (mostly self-taught with a few classes from Cabrillo, our local junior college) to his emergence in the field of poster and deck graphic arts, logo design and even video games. His illustrations can be seen in Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland.
Jimbo got his start right after graduating from high school working in his father’s studio, the world renowned graphic designer, Jim Phillips. Many a vintage skateboard and surfboard are graced with Jim’s art. Jim started creating surf art in the 60s continuing into the 70s when he became the art director for Santa Cruz Skateboards.
Jimbo is continuing the legacy. Jimbo’s early influences of R. Crumb were greatly motivated by his father. During our show, Jimbo told us a great story of his father planting Mad Magazines in his bedroom when he was a youngster.
Way back in the 80’s, Jimbo started his career from the bottom, literally, sweeping the floors in his dad’s studio. Within a year, though, he had moved up to drawing comics. His passions, commonly shared by many Santa Cruz locals, for skateboarding and snowboarding quickly translated into deck art for skateboards, snowboards, and surfboards. You can find Jimbo’s work here in town at the NHC outlet store at the Santa Cruz BoardRoom on 41st or online at NHS Fun Factory.
Another place to see Jimbo’s work is at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History in the current exhibition entitled, Surf City Santa Cruz, A wave of Inspiration. This multi-media, museum wide exhibition features almost half a dozen poster art pieces by Jimbo. There are also many surf boards and movies to be seen in this unique museum show. The show began March 27 and runs through July 25, 2010.
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