Electric Forest Poster History
Each year, HQ collaborates with a chosen artist to create a unique collector’s edition poster that embodies The Forest. Some years the artist is well known, some years the artist is just emerging. Each official poster is one of a kind and a part of the history of the Forest.
See below for a glimpse into each Official Electric Forest Poster by year, and the talented visual artists that created them.
ELECTRIC FOREST 2019 – TORY ELENA
Tory Elena is an artist whose work is a snapshot of visions born from her dreams of night and day. As a painter, illustrator, graphic designer, sculptor, and installation artist – art expands beyond a career to her very way of life.
ELECTRIC FOREST 2018 – DEREK HATFIELD
Derek Hatfield is a Sr. UI/UX Designer at General Motors in Austin, TX. In 1998, he graduated with a BFA in Photography and Design from Columbia College in Chicago. That may seem like an eternity, but don’t worry, this hyperbolic old dog is on top of all the new tricks. Some of his interests are going to see live music, cooking in the kitchen, grilling on the back porch, traveling to experience something new, scuba diving, and spending as much time as he can with his two sons.
ELECTRIC FOREST 2017 – SOPHIE ROACH
Sophie Roach is a self-taught artist splitting time between her hometown of Austin, TX as well as Brooklyn, NY. By using familiar shapes, patterns, and her own intuition, she has created a unique visual language based on spontaneity and rhythm. Her abstract style is playful yet austere, extremely detailed and often vibrantly colored.
ELECTRIC FOREST 2016 – ARCHAN NAIR
Archan Nair is a self- taught visual artist, illustrator and Digital Artist, specializing in mixed media, illustration, and digital art based out of Berlin, Germany. Archan’s visual expressions are part of a journey which is really influenced by the mysteries of our existence and how every action, emotion, and our interconnectedness in a universal scale sets of a chain of reactions.. which we experience from the micro to the macro scale.
ELECTRIC FOREST 2015 – DREW MILLWARD
Drew Millward was born in 1981 in Coventry; he grew up in Bolton, studied and lived in Leeds for many years and now lives in a quarry in the Aire Valley. He has been drawing pictures since around 2004. Drew likes to draw ‘the old fashioned way’, using pencils, pens and a love of the craft of illustration. While his subject matter can vary dramatically, he hopes that the attention to detail and the love of drawing is apparent throughout his work.
ELECTRIC FOREST 2014 – CRAIG HOWELL
Craig Howell has worked as an Illustrator, Designer & Art Director. Creating for Book & Magazine Publishers, Record Labels, Film Companies & Ad Agencies. Working in the Music & Entertainment industries with clients including Lucasfilm, ESPN, Warner Brothers, Interscope Records, Random House Publishing, Hasbro, Universal Music and more. Creating for multi-platinum albums and Best Selling Novels alike. In 1999 he started CHEEBA PRODUCTIONS in San Francisco and now resides in Upstate New York.
ELECTRIC FOREST 2013 – EMEK
In Emek’s posters, psychedelic ‘60s imagery collides with ‘90s post-industrial iconography. To this collision of the organic vs. the mechanical worlds he adds humor, social commentary and fantasy. Even in the smallest details there are messages. All of Emek’s artwork is originally hand-drawn and then hand- silkscreened for each actual concert or event, usually in limited editions.
ELECTRIC FOREST 2012 – PHIL FENSTERER
“Creative Schism (a.k.a. the art of Phil Fensterer) is a moniker I adopted to explain why you see different styles of art from one artist. I enjoy the darker and more surreal works that inspire me to create some weird but freeing artwork. At the same time, I have fallen in love with the gig poster side of illustration, or if you prefer, the gig life.
Since this duality has caused a division or schism, if you will, in which direction I would like to pursue as both styles are very different from each other, I chose to do both, why not? Hence the name Creative Schism.
Originally from the 505 (Albuquerque, NM) now currently creating in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, expanding the Creative Schism name internationally creating gig posters, book covers and album art plus whatever else strikes a client’s fancy. I am always evolving so styles that I create one moment can vary a bit the next. But there is an overall vibe that’s unmistakably evident it was my original art/design.”
– Phil Fensterer
ELECTRIC FOREST 2011 – TODD SLATER
Operating out of a converted garage studio on the outskirts of Austin Texas, poster artist Todd Slater is as prolific as he is piercingly inventive. In less than a decade he has created hundreds of dazzling posters featuring the music industry’s hottest acts. He draws his inspiration directly from each artists music, translating the sounds into gut instincts or vibes that drive color selection and design themes.