High school graduate and mostly self-taught graphic artist and poster designer Mike King has been doing his part to enrich and beautify the Northwest music scene for more than three decades.
Week in and week out since the late ‘70s Mike has created posters for concerts and other events in the Northwest and around the world. He has also designed, illustrated, laid out or art directed dozens of album covers for a wide variety of artists, including: Ben Harper, Elliott Smith, The Decemberists, The Wipers, Jack Johnson, Poison Idea, and Pink Martini, as well as all manner of print advertising and other material for record labels, breweries, shoe companies, and a very popular doughnut shop.
His work has appeared in several museum shows, including: The University of Maryland, College Park; The Museum of Design, Atlanta; The Brighton Fringe Festival, Brighton UK, Rock en Seine, Paris as well as two solo shows at the Experience Music Project, Seattle. More often you can find Mike’s posters on phone poles, shop windows, and in bars, bookstores, and coffee shops.
Mike has been featured in more than a dozen books, including: Art of Modern Rock (Chronicle), Swag, Rock Posters of the ‘90s (Abrams), Sonic, Visuals for Music (Die Gestalten Verlag, Germany), Rock Poster Art, Serigraphies de Concert (Eyrolles, France), Swissted (Quirk) and others, as well as numerous publications, including Art News, Juxtapoz, the Guardian.