Neil Passey was born in Ogden, Utah in 1950. According to his mother, Lois Passey Marcantonio, Neil wrote and illustrated his first book Crusher The Whale at age six. Neil attended schools in Clearfield, Salt Lake, and Magna. He was a Sterling Scholar in art at Cyprus High under his art instructor, VaLoy Eaton. He also attended the University of Utah and Utah State University John Anderson, art professor).
Starting in the late sixties, Neil began drawing artwork for local garage bands including his own. These posters and handbills flowered into a series of "Stomps" at the U of U in the early seventies.
During a five year period from 1970 - 1975, Neil created an astounding body of artwork for rock and roll concerts, performing artists, and various counter culture establishments. Several dozen concert posters were created for United Concerts and the University of Utah alone.
An outstanding series of posters for the Human Ensemble Theatre and calendars for the Cosmic Aeroplane and the General Store were popular during this period. Clients also included Aardvark and Son (the classic, little Ortho in Photoland and Great Moments in Photographic History series), Chester's Drawers and dozens of others. Neil was employed as an artist by the Salt lake Tribune from 1969 - 1978 and as artist / art director for the Hansen Planetarium, 1978 - 1985. In 1985, along with co-conspirators Mark Knudsen and Tim Kelly, he wrote and illustrated Utah, Gateway To Nevada! Neil subsequently relocated to California where he worked at the Griffith Observatory in los Angeles. He currently resides in the Mojave Desert in southern California where he produced the poster for this show.
From the Salt Lake Tribune, December 1995: