Gee Vaucher, graphic artist for British punk band Crass


This music video is called White punks on Hope – Crass.

From Art for a Change blog in the USA:

Peace, Love, and Crass Art

Mostly known for the remarkable graphics she produced for the late 70’s British anarchist punk band Crass, Gee Vaucher continues to create extraordinarily insightful imagery that strips away society’s veneer to reveal hidden truths. Introspective, her current exhibit at the Jack Hanley Gallery in San Francisco, gives further evidence of her importance as a socially conscious artist for our time. Vaucher’s exhibit opened on Dec. 14, 2007, and surprisingly… San Francisco’s local NBC affiliate dropped-in to cover the opening. Click here to view NBC’s slideshow of the event, which gives a pretty good visual summation of the evening as well as showcasing the quality of Vaucher’s art.

Vaucher’s proficiency at drawing serves as the rock solid foundation for her art, and she calls upon traditional skills to create her complex paintings. Even as a young art student, it was clear that Vaucher had a natural talent for figurative realism, but possessing and utilizing time-honored methods does not necessarily lead to conventional artworks – and one would be mistaken to call Vaucher’s works “conservative.” Another misjudgment would be to accept the commonly held view of punk aesthetics as minimalist, crude, mindless, and intentionally designed to repulse. Vaucher’s early works for Crass were intellectually sophisticated, technically well crafted, and dare I say – beautiful. Full of narrative and profound meaning, they wielded a social critique as pertinent today as when they first appeared decades ago. If at times Vaucher’s works seem a bit obscure in a surrealist manner, they are always clear in communicating a love of humanity and utter contempt for despotism.

See also here.

7 thoughts on “Gee Vaucher, graphic artist for British punk band Crass

  1. Hi Kitty, I haven’t posted a comment here in a long time, but I continue to check your blog. Thanks for this post. I work quite near this gallery. I didn’t know about the exhibit. I’ll try and walk over there on my break.

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  2. Wow, I’m very impressed. Really. The exhibit was very good, but pretty small. Maybe 15 pieces done for Crass, or The International Anthem newspaper, about a dozen more recent prints, and 4 gigantic head and shoulder portraits, three of children, one of a young woman. No information was given on the portraits, but they were quite striking. Some of the collage work from the late ’70’s- early ’80’s seemed dated. There were at least a couple of them that have held up really well. These were from a series called “domestic violence.” They were really very sinister, and evoked everything that seems miserable about the nuclear family. Some of the prints, also based on collages also seemed a little predictable, but four of them were quite compelling. Not at all in the style of Max Ernst, but they reminded me of the effect that Ernst’s best work has on me.

    Gee might have been there. There was a woman in her ’50’s with an English accent. I didn’t ask who she was, and she didn’t tell. A dismal wet cold day in San Francisco. I was the only person in the gallery.

    It was a good walk, to a neighborhood that I used to know well. I enjoyed the exhibit and was pleased to see a few institutions from years ago when I lived in that part of SF.

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