Guy Juke was born in San Angelo Texas on September 4th, 1951. Juke’s father was a local architect who saw natural talent in his son and gave him encouragement and private art lessons at an early age. He began his career writing and illustrating underground comics. In late 1972, he moved to Austin, Texas.
While hanging around the local music scene, the Armadillo World Headquarters especially, Juke was exposed to the Austin music poster artists. It wasn’t long before he was producing concert posters for the likes of Frank Zappa, Ricky Lee Jones, Talking Heads, and too many more to mention. Numerous illustrations for local magazines and album covers were designed in years to come.
As a poster artist he has created memorable imagery for nightclubs such as the Armadillo along with Micael Priest and Jim Franklin and rest of the Armadillo Art Squad. His work is recognized for its darkly detailed, often shadowy and angular figures inspired by horror films, haunting western landscapes, and loopy cartoon characters. Performers such as Joe Ely, B-52s, Willie Nelson, Frank Zappa, Talking Heads, Pavarott, Asleep At The Wheel and Roy Buchanan are all immortalized via his graphic design. As a musician he has performed as a guitarist with Butch Hancock, Doak Snead, Ponty Bone and as Blackie White in the Cornell Hurd Band.
He recently designed the logos and posters for author and musician Kinky Friedman’s 2006 campaign for Texas Governor. Juke has won numerous awards for his designs, including one from AIGA. His classic series of silk-screened posters for local events such as Carnival and the Austin Chronicle Music Awards are still coveted collectors items proudly hanging in hipster’s homes the world over.