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a pastel painting of a skeleton with roses used in Grateful Dead art

A work in progress…

Something I’ve had on the back burner for a while now is my “Roses for the Dead”. A pastel painting inspired by the artwork for posters, albums, t-shirts and all the paraphernalia that the Grateful Dead used to promote the band. The artwork created for the Dead was by artists Alton Kelley (1940-2008) and Stanley Mouse. Kelley also created a “look” for rock of that psychedelic time and worked not only with the Dead, but Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix as well.

But did you know the original images they based their work on dates back to the nineteenth century from obscure etchings ? Huh.

I myself like the Touch of Grey album, but I’m not a huge fan and never really got into their music. They were a little out of my generation I think, not that that really matters. But I love the art.

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