Hometown Disadvantage

H18 Open Studio Party with Chris Shaw & Chuck Sperry Hangar 18, 1428 34th Street, Oakland, CA Friday, October 18, 2013 – 6:00pm – 11:00pm Join Chris Shaw and Chuck Sperry for Hometown Disadvantage at The Hangar 18 Open Studio Party on Friday, October 18, 2013 from 6pm to 11pm. The party is FREE and open to the public. This will the perfect opportunity for local and out-of-town attendees (including Artists) of The Rock Poster Society’s Festival of Posters to hang in a fun, informal atmosphere. Join us as we also celebrate the 10th anniversary of the website Expressobeans.com! Chris Shaw will be exhibiting his paintings, (a few pictured below) while Chuck Sperry will feature his large format screen prints. Both Chris Shaw and Chuck Sperry will also present new posters, rarities and a few surprises to those in attendance. We hope you can make it! Feel free to join and share the event on Facebook.



Hangar 18About Hangar 18
Hangar 18 (H18) is a showcase for artwork in the unique setting of Chuck Sperry’s screen printing studio in Oakland, California. The H18 Project is an ongoing pop up gallery where collectors are presented with a unique studio experience.




1428 34th Street, Oakland, California


Exhibit Pieces

Paintings by Chris Shaw

Madonna of the Particle by Chris Shaw, 2013Madonna of the Particle 36″ x 48″ Acrylic on Canvas 2013

Dark Matter by Chris Shaw, 2013

Madonna of Dark Matter 36″ x 48″ Acrylic on Canvas 2013

Madonna Kalashnikov by Chris Shaw, 2012

Madonna Kalashnikov 30″x40″ Acrylic & Metal Leaf on Canvas 2012

Elvis Illuminati by Chris Shaw, 2011

Elvis Illuminati 36″x48″ Acrylic on Canvas 2010

Jimi Hendrix painting by Chris Shaw, 2010 Jimi Hendrix Icon 36″x48″ Acrylic on Canvas 2010

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Public Enemy Poster Timelapse Video

On August 25, 2011, in Video, by Chris Shaw

Chris Shaw and Chuck Sperry printing Shaw’s Public Enemy poster for the Regency Ballrooom, San Francisco – August 19, 2011. This video was shot August 18 at Hangar 18, Oakland, California. Watch it in HD, its better.

The poster is #139 in the Firehouse-Goldenvoice series.

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Public Enemy poster by Chris Shaw

On August 25, 2011, in Posters, Silkscreen, by Chris Shaw

Public Enemy poster Chris Shaw

I was thrilled when Chuck Sperry asked me if I wanted to do a Public Enemy poster for his Goldenvoice series, I’m a huge Public Enemy fan from way back when. Doing a poster for a band you love isn’t always as great as it sounds, sometimes you can get hung up on trying to get a perfect image and idea and overwork the art. Trying not to over-think things, I decided to go with an old-school political poster, the kind of thing I was making in the 80’s when I listened to P.E. constantly. I’ve made a ton of art over the years listening to that band, and felt like going back to my roots.

Somehow I think I’ve wanted to make this poster for a long time. The last time I made a Public Enemy poster it was for the Fillmore, I don’t think a riot cop with a bloody baton would have passed pre-screening over there. In particular, I decided to make this poster a BART cop. BART is a Bay Area transit agency who’s police force has been involved in some very questionable shootings, have been handling themselves pretty badly, they’ve been in the news a lot. Knowing the band, the image seemed fitting, and timely.

The image is a collage of pieces from different riot cop photos, put together to make an especially sinister figure. I altered a lot of the small details along the way then separated the art into 3 colors, standard “politics” black & red, plus a bright silver… the silver gives it that rock poster feel. For the variants, we printed a pure cyan instead of the black plate, and used some different stock. A big thanks Chuck for being the master of his press, this was an especially clean run of posters.

Silkscreen poster printed by Chris Shaw & Chuck Sperry at Hangar 18, Oakland, CA.

Public Enemy poster Chris Shaw alternate photo 2

Public Enemy poster by Chris Shaw
August 19, 2011
Regency Ball­room – San Fran­cisco, Cal­ifornia
Firehouse-Goldenvoice series #139
18′ x 28″ impression on 20″ x 30″ 100 lb. Cougar paper
Edition of 145
Signed & Numbered


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