Jerry Garcia, an American musician and fine artist became well-known as the lead guitarist and vocalist for the Grateful Dead, a San Francisco rock band which came to recognition during the counterculture movement of the 1960’s.
As one of the original jam bands, the Grateful Dead has some of the most loyal fans in rock ‘n’ roll history.
Although the world has been blessed to have experienced Garcia's musical talents in his 30-year run with the Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia, the man, was much more than his Grateful Dead persona.
As a youth, he attended art classes at the San Francisco Art Institute and over his lifetime, produced over 2,000 original pieces of artwork.
Garcia considered himself “an artist, that played music.” In 2014, Jerry's art was displayed in the Art In Pop Exhibit at the Centre National d'art Contemporain Le Magasin located in Grenoble, France. Several pieces of the late virtuoso's artwork were donated to the museum.
Jerry Garcia was a humanitarian and an environmentalist who actively supported rainforest conservation and coral reef preservation.
Photos courtesy of Herb Greene and Elliot Newhouse.