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Arete Gallery: Art by Jerry Garcia

Featured Artist: Jerry Garcia

Meet the Artist

Jerry Garcia was nearly as prolific an artist as he was a guitar player, attending classes at the San Francisco Art Institute as a kid and eventually producing over 2,000 pieces. His work is displayed and for sale here at Arete Gallery.

The art on display includes both concrete pencil images and watercolor abstractions: “Snail Garden,” for instance, gets psychedelic, offering an out-there depiction of a snake inspired by a drop of paint. In “Figaro” Garcia shows his love for his cat sketched on his favorite leather chair, also on display in the gallery. Sense of humor by sketching the beloved Sesame Street character opening the sky into the world of Mister Rogers.

In conjunction with Image Makers Art, Arete Gallery has compiled walls of the singer-songwriter’s best pieces, with captions provided by his daughter Keelin, wife Manasha and Roberta Weir.

Jerry Garcia was an American musician and painter best remembered as a member of the band the Grateful Dead. In addition to his celebrated musical career, Garcia maintained a painting practice characterized by a playful energy and a palette of intensely bright colors. His work often depicts people, animals, landscapes, and psychedelic abstractions, influenced by his widespread touring and exposure to international countercultural movements. Born on August 1, 1942 in San Francisco, CA, Garcia played music and made artwork starting at a young age, studying painting at the San Francisco Art Institute as a teenager. After a serious car accident in 1961, the artist decided to focus entirely on music and would not pursue visual art again until the late 1980s. During that time, he began producing a variety of watercolors, ink drawings, and computer-based artworks. Today his artwork is hosted at Arete Gallery in New Hope, PA. After a long struggle with diabetes and drug addiction, Garcia died on August 9, 1995 in Forest Knolls, CA from a heart attack at the age of 53.

Jerry Garcia, Featured Artist at Arete Gallery in New Hope, PA