Jay Ryan (1972) is primarily known as a poster maker, particularly for Rock bands, including The Flaming Lips and Shellac. He currently owns his own studio The Bird Machine in Skokie, Illinois and according to its website Ryan’s prints aim to “attain the same goals as other concert posters, but using raccoons and toasters instead of skulls, breasts and hot rods.” In 2005 he published an anthology of his work called 100 Posters, 134 Squirrels: A Decade of Hot Dogs, Large Mammals, and Independent Rock: The Handcrafted Art of Jay Ryan. As far as possible, he employs hand-drawn and traditional screen printed techniques and, when not making art, Ryan also plays bass guitar in the band Dianogah, which he formed in 1995.
The book in the photographs, The Final Solution, has a jacket design and illustrations by Ryan and is a first US edition of Pulitzer Prize Winner Michael Chabon’s account of the later years of Sherlock Holmes, published by the 4th Estate in 2004. The story first appeared in a slightly different version in The Paris Review in 1993.
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