To say that Rob Sheley loves the graphic arts is an understatement. As an accomplished art director, illustrator and artist, Rob spends his free time collecting vinyl records and pop art posters. Most of his poster collection is driven by his ever-growing passion for music and love of pop culture. So I went to his house to see some of his fantastic collection for myself.
Why Did You Start Collecting?
He says that the idea of owning original artwork was very appealing to him and he grew up admiring the works of artists such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. Rob says that collecting posters is an affordable option vs. collecting original works often sold by auction houses like Christie’s and Sotheby’s.
What’s He Got?
One of my favorite posters in Rob’s collection is this one by street artist, Shepard Fairey. I was fortunate enough to go to a show that Shepard Fairey was featured in about 10 years ago, but walked away empty handed. Now after seeing Rob’s poster neatly hung on his wall, I wish I had made the splurge. Shepard got his big start with the “Obey” sticker campaign that featured imagery of Andre the Giant. But the masses didn’t start paying attention until he created the now famous “Hope” poster during the 2008 Obama election campaign. Shepard Fairey’s artwork prices can range from $40 to $15,000 depending on the subject matter.
Another cool poster in Rob’s collection is this poster by artist Peter Max. Rob spotted this poster in a small gallery in downtown Richmond, VA but it didn’t reach his hands for a while. A few years later the gallery was closing and Rob was able to snag this gem for a mere $50 because it had some minor damage to one corner. The poster was created to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Beacon Theater and is signed and dated by the artist.
The pièce de résistance of Rob’s collection is this MASSIVE poster for the Clash. This is an original concert poster for the band, The Clash, for a 16-night show that was held in 1981 at Bond’s International Casino and Club, located in New York. It was love at first sight when Rob spotted this poster at an exhibit for the Clash at the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame, in Cleveland, Ohio. It took him about 2-3 years to locate this poster from a private seller and he believes that there are less than 100 in existence today. Christie’s auction house recently sold this very same poster in November 2011, for $1,491.
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