cal schenkel

Calvin Schenkel is responsible for the art & design of many of Frank Zappa's best albums covers (as well as work on the film “200 Motels”). Today he's an active artist and a contributor to

His ever-morphing website/art statement is at:

You can e-mail Calvin at:

or by snail mail-
   PO Box 78 Willow GRove PA
   19090-0078 USA

Bobby Marquis broadcasted an interview with Cal Schenkel on 2012/12/12 on his "Pure Radio Kaos" radio show on Canadian CKCU FM.

Painter Maximiliano Lopez Barrios has produced some work that was inspired by Cal Schenkel.



3 the mothers of invention: we're only in it for the money
   (1967, lp, usa, verve)

4 frank zappa: lumpy gravy
   (1967, lp, usa, verve)

5 the mothers of invention: cruising with ruben & the jets
   (1968, lp, usa, verve)

7 the mothers of invention: uncle meat
   (1969, 2lp, usa, bizarre)


frank zappa: hot rats
   (1969, lp, usa, bizarre)


the mothers of invention: burnt weeny sandwich
   (1970, lp, usa, bizarre)


frank zappa: chunga's revenge
   (1970, lp, usa, bizarre)


the mothers: fillmore east, june 1971
   (1971, lp, usa, bizarre)


frank zappa: 200 motels
   (1971, 2lp, usa, united artists)

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the mothers: just another band from l.a.
   (1972, lp, usa, bizarre)


frank zappa: waka/jawaka
   (1972, lp, usa, bizarre)


the mothers: the grand wazoo
   (1972, lp, usa, bizarre)


the mothers: over-nite sensation
   (1973, lp, usa, discreet)
  tom waits: closing time
    (1973, lp, usa, asylum records) - album design by cal schenkel

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  ruben & the jets: for real (1)
   (1973, lp, usa, mercury) - produced, featuring, parts written & arranged by frank zappa
  tom waits: nighthawks at the diner
    (1975, 2lp, asylum records) - album design by cal schenkel

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  tom waits: small change
    (1976, lp, usa, asylum records) - album design by cal schenkel
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  ant-bee: with my favourite "mothers" and other bizarre muzik
    (1992, k7, usa, electrik yak 003) - cover drawing by cal schenkel / feat. gardner, preston, black, snyder


frank zappa: mystery disc
   (1998, cd, usa, ryko)

  various artists: affz-cd 1
    (2000, cd, usa, private pressing) - made by members of the newsgroup; artwork by cal schenkel

  various artists: affz-cd 2
    (2000, cd, usa, private pressing) - made by members of the newsgroup; artwork by cal schenkel


bogus pomp: a pungent steaming affair
    (2002, cd, usa, private release) - all compositions by frank zappa

  bogus pomp: live at mahaffey theatre
    (2005, dvdr, usa, private release) - all compositions by frank zappa, feat. n.m.brock & the persuasions

  captain beefheart: it comes to you in a plain brown wrapper
    (2008, 2lp, usa, sundazed)
  dweezil zappa: live - 'in the moment'
    (2011, 2cd, usa, fantom records fr1 112011)

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  dweezil zappa: f.o.h.
    (2012, 2cd, usa, fantom records) - all compositions by frank zappa / = zappa plays zappa

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  jon larsen / terje stromdahl: willie nickersons egg
    (2013, cd, norway, zonic entertainment zen 2011) - feat. tommy mars, arthur barrow, jimmy carl black / artwork by cal schenkel  (= the norwegian version) / includes frank zappa theme

random notes

     From: Patrick Neve (
I ran across a Cal Schenkel credited with playing keyboards for a post-punk band called Rig, featuring Greg Ginn.  Izzat you?

     From: Cal Schenkel (
It's me, but that's not really the correct credit. They used a sample of some sounds from a goofy tape I made once. The band was run by my daughter's (ex) boyfriend. I also did the cover of their 2nd album.

     From: "Fischer, Scott" (
In 1998, he did artwork for my band (front & back covers plus inlets etc....) Deja Voo Doo.  The album was entitled Carpe P.M. (Honor Comes Only After Humility).

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Cal Schenkel
by Steven Cerio

Originally printed in SECONDS #32: 1995

CALVIN SCHENKEL is the uncrowned king of rendered absurdities. A painter, designer, and illustrator who was entrusted by Frank Zappa to design the lion's share of album covers for his voluminous catalog (as well as various other groups, including Captain Beefheart), Cal came to define the proto-Punk pseudo-Psychedelic point-of-sale propagandist. Album cover culture threw Cal's work screaming into the mindscreens of Sixties and Seventies youth at a time when the music was analog and the discs were big - real big - and an album cover sleeve was always there like a good friend (dog), its tender crease cradling your seeds oh so tenderly as you split up the contents of that alligator baggie ...

Though born, bred, and raised in that drug-drenched era of anti-war slogans and brown acid, Schenkel's work had edge - an edge that graphics of the later Punk Wave were seldom able to match. Schenkel's influence still flows heavily through the work of Winston Smith and Gary Panter - two artists with a few notches of their own on the headboard of classic Rock imagery.

Whether riding the wave with Zappa or hiding out and painting in the Mojave with Beefheart, Schenkel always had the smarts - grabbing onto the reigns of his id and crashing it directly onto the paper, canvas, or film with a style that is at one moment silly, the next moment elegant. At some points his work echoes the throes of a crumbling machine gone berserk, spewing out Surrealist visual non sequiturs and Dadaist absurdities held together by only the thin threads and mucilage paper glue offered by its feeble and faltering composition - an illusion; similar to that created in much of Zappa's musical work. It's an amusement turned sarcastic; an intentional retardation of logic and it comes from a mindset straight out of the manifestoes of Surrealism. While some of Schenkel's works delight while they destroy, some of his other stuff presents a snideness with the oversweetening of sustained beauty and harmony of composition - no doubt a contagion from his later work.

In the Nineties Schenkel is still keeping his distance from the spotless skivvied Art Forum boys and their white wine sipping fans. Schenkel carves himself a deeper niche - one filled with history, creation, and freedom. And with Rykodisc's newly-renovated and repackaged release of the Zappa catalog, Cal's work is once again gleaming from the "record store" shelves like moistened gum drops and broken glass.

SECONDS: I guess you're known first and foremost for your Frank Zappa covers. How do you feel about being so closely associated with him?

SCHENKEL: I have a lot of respect for his work, so I feel that it's definitely an advantage. I think the disadvantage is that it's always a subsidiary thing to be known in relation to someone else - especially with Frank, who was notoriously stingy for giving credit. Right now, it's certainly an advantage because it's going to help me to use that history to show my other work.

SECONDS: How much was Frank involved in the concepts for the covers?

SCHENKEL: It varied a great deal from the process of actually just illustrating his concept ... For instance, One Size Fits All was basically an illustration based on a story, with some input from Frank as to what he wanted to see in it. Then there's interplay, too, where I would have ideas beyond that preliminary state. On One Size Fits All, the back is pretty much my concept.

SECONDS: Was he much of an art fan?

SCHENKEL: Yes and no. I don't think he was really studied in art or followed art trends, but he was certainly was aware of basic art movements. Back to how we worked One Size Fits All and The Grand Wazoo were obviously based on existing stories, but then a piece like Uncle Meat was entirely my design and I showed him what I did and he liked it. It ran the gamut from a great deal of control with a pre-existing concept to no idea to start with and me coming up with something and showing it to him.

SECONDS: Did your stuff fit Frank's image or did you help define his image?

SCHENKEL: That would be really hard for me to say. I think that would be for someone else to say because I would have to be immodest. I think that, sure, there was definitely an interplay, you know?

SECONDS: You guys were sharing an apartment, right?

SCHENKEL: First of all, I lived with him for a very brief period. When I first met him in New York, the art studio was in his apartment - but that was only for a brief period. I didn't actually live there, but I would commute to work at his place. When we moved to LA when he had rented the log cabin, I had a wing of it. It was my living quarters and art studio, which I rented separately from them. There was probably more of a chance to fraternize when I lived in that close proximity than when I didn't, but even when I lived in my own place I'd be hanging out a lot and listening to what he was doing with the music. I think that it was just that I happened to fit the mold. I'm not sure I totally did understand it, but it just happened to coincide with what I was doing. I liked working in a lot of different directions and doing very eclectic stuff and working in different styles and Frank was doing that with his music. That's one reason why it did work. In fact, many times in later years, there was very little relationship because Frank was much more isolated in his studio, working. I'd be dealing a lot more with his wife Gail or a secretary. There wasn't as much communication.

SECONDS: How about Zappa's ethos of ugliness - ugly Americana? Did you ever feel that would saddle your work with a tag you might not be able to transcend? Did you ever want beauty in there?

SCHENKEL: I don't remember that being a problem particularly, because I could see the beauty in ugliness, too. I think that's part of my art statement, too. There's aesthetic beauty in a lot things that normally may not be considered beautiful.

SECONDS: If you look at your covers for Burnt Weenie Sandwich or Uncle Meat, there was no other covers at the time quite like that -

SCHENKEL: Actually, Burnt Weenie Sandwich was done much earlier for another project when we were still in New York, which was around the time of Lumpy Gravy and We're Only In It For The Money. It was done for a project that Frank got involved in with Alan Douglas. We were going to be supplying advertising and packaging for a little label that Alan Douglas was starting, Moop. There were some ads done - crazy comic strip stuff, very surrealistic. Then I did a series of covers - I don't remember what most of them were - but Burnt Weenie Sandwich was originally done for an Eric Dolphy album. Then at the last minute Alan Douglas backed out. That piece of art sat around for a couple of years and then Frank decided to use it. At the time he decided to use it, we had a minor falling out. I was out of the picture and he had this nice piece of art and decided to use it for Burnt Weenie Sandwich.

SECONDS: Back then, particular Rock bands and particular artists became known together - you and Frank, Roger Dean and Yes, Hipgnosis and Pink Floyd ...

SCHENKEL: It would be really hard for me to critique that because I'm not familiar with as much stuff now as I was. Everything is so diversified now that there's so many different directions and there's also so many different ways stuff is going out. One thing in hindsight is when you look back at stuff, you see more of what's classic and less of what's mediocre. I think there's always good around. I see a lot of good graphic art and I see a lot of mediocre art, too. As far as that specific connection between artists and groups, I don't know of it myself. I don't know that it was a real major thing. If you try and look for examples, you're not going to find a lot of them.

SECONDS: Frank's early work has that intense Psychedelic thing happening but he's always been such a militant anti-drug guy. Was he making a statement about the Psychedelic thing?

SCHENKEL: Definitely. I didn't use drugs either. I experimented with them a little bit when I was younger but I was never involved in the drug scene, which is one of the reasons that I did like working with Frank. I found it to be a problem with other people I might have started working with ... it was a big problem to deal with the drug scene.

SECONDS: It seems most people think that when Zappa says "We never did drugs," it's bullshit.

SCHENKEL: He was an artistic genius and I also think he was able to see what was going on in society.

SECONDS: Whether or not you and Zappa did drugs you were still part of that drug culture by default. Frank and yourself are very much the exceptions - most Rock music comes out of a subversive and problematical origin. You have the look and feel of the lifestyle even though you don't live it. How do you feel about that? Are you opposed to drug use?

SCHENKEL: On a personal level, it doesn't agree with me. I think that's primarily metabolic. I experimented a little bit with drugs when I was younger so I'm familiar with the experience. I found that a lot of people I know that use drugs for the insight it gives them, have gained insight. I think drugs can be used to gain insight - depending on the drug and the user - and I'm not against that insight, but I think that insight doesn't only have to come from drug use. The insight is coming from the individual; the drug is only a mechanism.

SECONDS: Do Zappa fans make up a big part of your fanbase?

SCHENKEL: Definitely. Over the years, I've been able to cultivate it myself. I've done some mail-order catalog merchandising and I hope to do a lot more of it in the future. I'm working on some projects now and I really want to work with Ryko to do something. I'm not particularly aggressive, and I haven't been in the past - like going to galleries and looking for outlets for my work. I'm kind of a hermit, you know? Once you get to communicating with certain fans, it just kind of grows. I've built a pretty big base of people that I deal with.

SECONDS: Do you have reservations when it comes to promoting your work?

SCHENKEL: It's very hard for most artists to market themselves. Some may be better than others. I'm probably in the group that's the worst at it. Being a very introverted type of person, I find it so much easier to deal directly with people because I'm talking to somebody who knows my work and likes my work. There's a common base for communication. If I go out to a gallery - it's changed a lot because the people involved in that echelon of art marketing are more aware of my work. But back when I started doing it, it was just an enormous obstacle. I spent a lot of time looking for work. A lot of people were aware of my work but it just wasn't ready for the market at that time.

SECONDS: It seems like your style started the whole Punk graphics thing.

SCHENKEL: I'd love to see that mentioned in some history. I'm happy to take credit for anything you want to give me credit for. It's hard to give yourself credit; it's hard for an artist to market themselves. I think probably the most successful artists are able to do that, or have someone close to them do that for them - that's another thing that's been difficult, because I've been pretty isolated. I haven't found someone to work with me to do that. I've also been on the outside, even when I was in LA, which is the middle of the market. Where I am now, there's no market at all. If people find out about me, great, but I rarely go out looking for work. I probably will now that there's this big thrust of material that's suddenly out there. I definitely will take advantage of it, but I'll do it in a way that will be very impersonal. I'll just send out promotional material, a mini-portfolio ... I really hate calling people and looking for work.

SECONDS: You've always straddled the fence between illustration and design.

SCHENKEL: After thinking about it for years and years, I've always come up with the conclusion that I'm really not in any camp. I'm just an artist. That's one of the great things about working for Frank, that there was always something new I could experiment with and there was always a lot of different realms I could deal with. That's what I enjoy most about art. I never could find a niche that was just the thing I was going to concentrate on. A lot of it was practical in the beginning when Frank had the need for a lot of different things. I got into advertising, working with type and working with all the elements of a project because it all needed to be done. Then I got into doing animation and even set design because it needed to be done. I enjoyed stretching in all those different directions. For me, that's what I really like about it. I don't consider myself a designer or an illustrator - I know I'm not an illustrator because I'm not good enough. I just don't have what most illustrators have, and that's that honed, polished, single-minded look. Some illustrators have a specific look and that's it. A lot of that's practical, too, because that's the easiest way to sell your work. I could never fit into any mold, I'm too crazy.

SECONDS: Do you think that's related to the way you are personally?

SCHENKEL: Probably is. I just have a very weird metabolism. I get real low spots and real high spots with energy. The only way I can really get a job done is to work all night on it. The hardest part for me is getting started. Once I'm into it, I can't quit. There are times I'm working on a project that's so intense that you have to work all the time on it, whenever you can ... I have a tendency to spend more time on the beginning phases of a project and then have to rush to finish it. Once I've designed the whole thing, finishing it is relatively easy.

SECONDS: When you were developing your style, who influenced you?

SCHENKEL: It's a hard question to answer because I've been influenced by so many people and different things. From the standpoint of the work I'm known for, it would be the Surrealists and Duchamp. If I'm working on a specific project and I have a particular style in mind that I want to work in, I will allow myself to be influenced by certain artists, particularly older master artists I love looking at all schools of art.

SECONDS: Would you have liked to been around for Dadaism?

SCHENKEL: Actually, I think that now is always the best time to be around. Being around now allows to really appreciate that period. If you were around then, you wouldn't be appreciating now.

SECONDS: You've now repackaged the part of the Zappa catalog you originally worked on.

SCHENKEL: That only amounted to about a third of the full catalog.

SECONDS: It's still a giant amount of records, though ...

SCHENKEL: I should sit down and count them out. There's probably no more than twelve.

SECONDS: Of all the records covers you did not do for him, which was your favorite?

SCHENKEL: I'm not going to give you one answer to this because I like all of them - well, a lot of them. I really like David McMacken's work - Overnite Sensation, 200 Motels He has a fantastically sophisticated, polished style. I really like Neon Park's work a lot although the cover of Weasles Ripped My Flesh is not my favorite Neon Park work. Wait, let me not forget Gary Panter because I love his work too. I think the covers he did for the Zappa stuff for Warner Bros. without Frank's involvement don't represent his - I don't want to say anything negative here but I think I like his other work more too. I think that they're not as complex as some of the other stuff.

SECONDS: How is musical composing similar to visual design? Did you learn anything from working with musicians that helped you to expedite the production of your own work?

SCHENKEL: I don't think I would say so, although I probably did. Some of the work I do is more of a almost a dance. Some graphics, where I'll be working with technology - it's like playing an instrument in a sense, too. I see it less with illustration and traditional media.

SECONDS: Do you do any painting?

SCHENKEL: I'm doing some large stuff, working on panels and on unstretched canvas. It's starting to really turn into what I want. It's hard to explain what it's about. In terms of the working process, I'm working primarily in acrylic, but I use a lot of mixed media and sometimes I incorporate found objects. A lot of it is kind of Abstract but it does have Surrealistic tendencies. I just like painting - it's so much fun and fulfilling. Then I'm also doing more fan-oriented stuff where I'll do a pastiche of an illustration from elements from the Zappa covers. I'm doing some limited-edition prints in different prices and sizes - some silkscreen, some multi-color litho. I'm also doing what I call album reconstructions where I take an album cover - which I have to get from collectors now - like Uncle Meat and I'll open it up to a four panel spread and then I'll work on top of it using found art and painting and all types of gooey materials. To do a piece like that is a little more affordable than starting from scratch and it also has that relationship to the old work. I've done quite a few of them over the years and I've got them to a point where they're a little more formalized. Another thing I'm doing is selling t-shirts and cards and I hope to have a catalog of that before the summer's done. One thing I want to do with this catalog is a newsletter which will have some background and stories. I've come up with some of the history of these covers and I want to write that down. I want it to be a real free-form crazy thing.

I used to silkscreen, print and splatter whatever else onto this huge sheet of board and then chop it all up into little pieces. I found each one is this unique little piece of art and I didn't want to sell them. It's a real cheap way to create something and sell it for an affordable price. I found that when I do the mail-order thing, it is nice to have affordable stuff because a lot of the fans don't have a lot of money to spend. It makes it worthwhile to sell a hundred t-shirts when I do a catalog mailing.

SECONDS: What kind of designs are you going to be doing for those?

SCHENKEL: I'd silk-screen all different stuff and then I would wind up with a whole bunch of samples that I wanted to keep for the next batch so I wouldn't forget what I did. Then I decided I needed to formalize it. Now, everytime I do one I'll print the same shirt in an edition. They're pretty cool. The next time I do it, I'll do a different edition with different images but it's the same idea. I always have my Rraallff shirt, which is that dog guy and also my E-mail address on America On Line. It's just a giant blowup of this little drawing and I have that on the front of some of them. I always have some odd ones. Sometimes I do a t-shirt of the month when I'm really cookin'.

SECONDS: Who are your favorite contemporary artists?

SCHENKEL: In the Fine Art realm, one artist I've been looking at is Sigmar Polke. He mixes Pop with Post-Modern ideas. We mentioned Gary Panter - I really like his stuff. I like a lot of artists that I don't even know their names. I love Captain Beefheart's stuff, I always have, and he's finally getting some recognition.

SECONDS: Didn't you hang out in the desert with Beefheart? Anything strange happen?

SCHENKEL: It's really hard to remember all the details we hung out a lot and painted. We'd go on little trips. One time I went out to take some photos of him.

SECONDS: For the Trout Mask Replica cover?

SCHENKEL: No, that was much earlier than when I was hanging out with him. There were a couple of brief, intense periods of relating to Beefheart - or, to call him by his proper name, Don Van Vliet. At other times, Don and Frank weren't getting along, so he wasn't around or I wasn't around. There were just a couple of brief periods and one of them was when we did Trout Mask. I don't remember whose idea it was to do what we did but I would say it was a collaborative thing. The way it came about, I went and found this carp head at some fish market. We took it back to my studio, which was the same place that I did the Uncle Meat cover - another very interesting thing that happened there was the cover for the Wild Man Fischer album - and I took this trout head and hollowed it out - the thing stank like hell - and Don had to hold it up to his face for a couple of hours while we shot.

SECONDS: Was he complaining?

SCHENKEL: Not really, he was really good-natured about it all. I have this incredible piece of 8mm film of him playing the baritone sax through the trout head. It was like an actual animated version of that cover. That was when I first met him and we had a lot of interesting conversations about art, philosophy and reality. He would come by when I was working on the cover and we would hang out and talk. We got into some interesting conversations. The whole band was living in Woodland Hills when they were working on that album. I went out there to do photos, but then I didn't see much of him until around the time of Bongo Fury, a good four or five years later, when he got involved with Frank again. At that point, he was living in this little trailer in Lancaster, where he grew up. I would go out there and we'd paint all night. It was right across the street from the desert and we'd just walk out into the desert and watch crows. Don was into nature, as I am too. Since I didn't use drugs, it was the equivalent of tripping in nature. Don is a very unique person - I don't want to say "peculiar."

SECONDS: Tell me the other covers you did for other bands.

SCHENKEL: I did Trout Mask Replica for Captain Beefheart, I did the first three Tom Waits covers, I did a lot of stuff I wouldn't want to mention - a lot of groups that just totally disappeared.

SECONDS: Tell me one of them.

SCHENKEL: I can't think of one I want to mention. More recently, I've done stuff for obscure groups that no one would ever have seen.

SECONDS: How should Frank Zappa be remembered?

SCHENKEL: If I were to sum up his meaning to music and art in this century, it's as someone who opened new doors by experimenting with so many different things, expanded the envelope, and brought other types of music into Rock.

SECONDS: And how should we remember you?

SCHENKEL: To some extent, in the same way - for connecting diverse parts of art. I think one of the things that I feel that I did was bring different types of art into that commercial record package. But I haven't begun, so there's nothing to remember me by yet.

Album artwork credits:



1971 Frank Zappa's 200 Motels- production design

1974 Cal Schenkel's Reel

1974 Apostrophe (') promo ad TV/CM ?

1972 The Naked Ape (3 min. reel)

1974 Animation promo reel for the album, Apostrophe (')

1987 Uncle Meat- (as himself)

1987 The Amazing Mr. Bickford (cover art)

1989 The True Story of 200 Motels


other artwork


Hit Parader 1967,

an ad for "Absolutely Free".

comic book advertisment for "We're Only In It For The Money", 1967

by Cal Schenkel


"Lumpy Ralf", 1978, limited edition of 300 signed copies.
Silk screen on heavy paper, 26 x 20 inch. Signed in pencil.
"Wild Meat", 1979, limited edition of 300 signed copies.
Silk screen on heavy paper, 26 x 20 inch. Signed in pencil.
"Cruisin'", 1979, limited edition of 300 signed copies.
Silk screen on heavy paper, 26 x 20 inch. Signed in pencil.
"Apesma", 1979, limited edition of 300 signed copies.
Silk screen on heavy paper, 26 x 20 inch. Signed in pencil.
"Zappa Lint'", 1979, limited edition of 300 signed copies.
Silk screen on heavy paper, 26 x 20 inch. Signed in pencil.
In 1981, Cal Schenkel released the first issue of his "Magazine Project":  

Magazine style publication with various bound elements and inserts. Include archive material, personal facts and trivia, photo, visual notes, memorabilia, facsimile, etc.

Issue One:
The first year (of the work of Schenkel) with Frank Zappa. “We´re Only Money”, “Lumpy G.” plus facsimile of ads, drawings, etc. Japan Xero collage and other zanyness.

Edition limited to 500 signed numbered copies.

Pictures and description taken from the AuktionHaus Neustadt sale.





Color-Xerox Graphic, signed by CAL SCHENKEL and dated (1981). Each piece is unique, incorporating old and new artwork.

Size: 16 x 20 inches (40,5 x 51 cm)

Picture and description taken from the AuktionHaus Neustadt sale.



The above illustration is taken from Cal Schenkel's "Artwerks" catalogue, from 1986.

"zappa's universe" poster  -  art by cal schenkel, 1991

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Carlos Medina Mendoza:

"Calvin Schenkel send me a fax with this artwork back in 1995 and I got included in his (then) database. That was the time when Angel "Mollo" Tejeda and myself "Chollo" start planning the Mud Club México...amazing days!"

Picture on the right shows an 8" by 10" color cover print of the Honker video case, autographed by Cal Schenkel.

Offered for sale at BackStageAuctions in 2009.

Picture on the right shows a 12" by 24" color printers proof for the Honker video, autographed by Cal Schenkel.

Offered for sale at BackStageAuctions in 2009.

frank zappa memorial print  -  cal schenkel litho, 1994

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From: Cal Schenkel
Date: July 9, 2005
Subject: Original Cal Schenkel Album Artwork


Moving to Florida ...hurricanes be damned!
(& I ain't going to raise up no orange flavored dentil floss)

Need extra $$ for moving expenses so I am making this


Original Cal Schenkel album artwork
--hand painted album cover of your choice

==========Only $2000.00==========

Regular Price: $4000.00


---Payment plan available

Details with photos on my website:
--click on Special Offer!

Other covers not illustrated also available.

prices & availability subject to change.


call or write: 215 659-9039 <calvin at ralf dot com>

p.s. to all my friends in Florida--
If you have a little piece of swampland for sale, let me know!

Thanks for your time.


From: Cal Schenkel
Date: May 19, 2006

Subject: New Cal Schenkel Artwork


I just wanted to let you know about some new original hand painted art by Cal Schenkel of one of his classic album covers from 1968: "Cruising with Ruben & the Jets"

For a very limited time, as a SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY PROMOTIONAL OFFERING, this original hand-painted artwork is being made available for the un-heard-of price of a print ...a fraction of its value!!!

Price until May 22, 2006 is only $295.00
Price after May 31, 2006 (full price) $1000.00

But you Must Act Now!!!

For pictures, details, and more information:


Also still available at half price: the "*****PERFECTO Album Cover Painting" (your choice of covers) --but only until the end of this month! (details on the website).


thank you for your time!


Cal Schenkel

art sale:


Here's a drawing that Cal Schenkel did for a friend in L.A. in 2011.

"exhibition guide: rokne - helmut king - the frank zappa singles"

the catalogue of the exhibition that was held during Zappanale 24 (August 2013)

cover art by Cal Schenkel

Keeley Premium Guitar Effects presents :
"The return of the son of fuzz head",
the Robert Keeley fuzz pedal, with a Cal Schenkel design.


Up for auction at Julien's Auctions "Icons & Idols: Rock n' Roll 2016
Featuring Property From The Estate of Frank & Gail Zappa", November 4, 2016.


A print of a Frank Zappa and Cal Schenkel cartoon titled "The Curtain Comes Up." Undated. Housed in a frame.

18 3/4 by 12 1/2 inches


Up for auction at Julien's Auctions "Icons & Idols: Rock n' Roll 2016
Featuring Property From The Estate of Frank & Gail Zappa", November 4, 2016.


An assemblage created by Cal Schenkel that was used on the cover of The Mothers of Invention 1970 album Burnt Weeny Sandwich . The mixed media collage is mounted to particle board.

18 1/4 by 14 1/2 inches





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soundtracks various artists