DAVID EDWARD BYRD
SIGNED AND NUMBERED - YOU WILL GET #15/100
17" x 22"
ARTIST OF THE MONTH - DAVID EDWARD BYRD
David Byrd was born April 4, 1941, in what is now Cleveland, Tennessee, and was raised in Miami Beach, Florida. David has lived in the Los Angeles area since the 1980s. He graduated from Miami Beach High School in 1959, attended the Boston Museum School for a year and then Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he received a BFA in Painting and Design in 1964 and an MFA in Painting and Printmaking in 1966.
After graduating, David moved to New York City where in early 1968, work was started for Bill Graham for venues in the new Fillmore East Ballroom in Manhattan's East Village. David was reputedly hired on the spot after showing his portfolio to Bill Graham and signed on as the exclusive poster and program designer, beginning with a poster for the upcoming Traffic event. In the period 1968 to 1973, he and Fantasy Unlimited created posters for Jimi Hendrix, Iron Butterfly, Jefferson Airplane, Ravi Shankar, Traffic, and Bill Graham favorite the Grateful Dead.
In 1969 David created the original poster for the legendary Woodstock Festival (not to be confused with the artwork by Arnold Skolnick). You can purchase that poster here at Dead Media.
He also did work for Broadway. Posters were designed for the Follies, Godspell, The Robber Bridegroom and The Grand Tour. He has also made posters for The Survival of St. Joan, Jesus Christ Superstar and other musicals. David worked with The Who and their rock opera Tommy (not to be confused with the work by Michael McInnerney). From 1970 to 1979 David also taught at the Pratt Institute and the School of Visual Arts.
In 2010, Poster Pash David Byrd and Arnold Skolnick traveled to Bethel, NY - where they met up at site of the Woodstock Memorial and reminisced the weekend about Woodstock 1969.
Spanning a career of nearly 50 years, David Edward Byrd has made a significant contribution to modern American culture. Although Byrd is nearly 70 years old, he is still very much active and working. He lives in Los Angeles with his partner of 28 years, Jolino Beserra, a noted Mosaic Artist.