Born in British Columbia in 1945, Bob Masse attended the Vancouver School of Art and produced his first poster as a school project. The rest is history. He has produced posters for all the great musical legends and venues, and continues to produce work today, producing graphics for numerous contemporary performers.
In the 1960s, after his initial work for Canadian folk acts, he spent time in both San Francisco and Los Angeles where his psychedelic Art Nouveau inspired posters and album covers were synonymous with the vibe of the time, and helped to define a graphic identity. Returning to Vancouver in 1969, he produced work for venues such as Gassy Jack's and the Retinal Circus, and these pieces are highly collected today.
As the rock poster craze waned, Bob worked as a commercial graphic designer and in the 1980s designed movie posters, among other projects. In the 1990s, as rock posters began to be collected, there was a resurgence in interest from bands who wanted to create posters of their own gigs and albums, and Bob has enjoyed a second era of prolific production and appreciation.
He lives and works on Salt Spring Island, and his work is highly collected, and can be found in museum and private collections around the world.
where to see or read more
shows: Steffich Fine Art on Salt Spring Island carries a selection of Bob Masse's work.
web: Visit Bob's website for more images and an informative history of his work.
Bob maintains a Facebook fan page, please visit and like to receive up to date info.
Read an excellent interview with Bob on the Play it Loud Music blog here.
Read an informative biography of Bob Masse with Michael Erlewine.
Watch this short video interview with Bob Masse on youtube.
press: Much has been written and published about Bob Masse, and his work has been illustrated in magazines and books for decades.
contact Bob Masse
phone: 250 537 8352