Stanley Mouse, born Stanley George Miller (October 10, 1940), is an American artist best known for his psychedelic rock poster designs and album cover artwork during the 1960s and 1970s. He gained fame for his collaborations with fellow artist Alton Kelley, and together they created iconic posters for bands such as the Grateful Dead, Journey, and Steve Miller Band. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Mouse displayed a talent for drawing at a young age. Initially, he made a name for himself by creating hot rod-themed illustrations, heavily influenced by the work of Ed "Big Daddy" Roth. In the early 1960s, Mouse moved to San Francisco, where he met Alton Kelley. They became a part of the burgeoning counterculture movement, and their artwork for rock bands reflected the colorful, swirling, and surreal imagery that characterized the era. Mouse and Kelley's art became synonymous with the San Francisco psychedelic scene, and their work has had a lasting impact on graphic design and rock culture. Some of their most famous pieces include the Grateful Dead's "Skull and Roses" design, the "Zig-Zag Man," and the cover for Journey's album "Infinity." Mouse continues to create art, and his works remain influential and highly sought after by collectors. Stanley Mouse and Alton Kelley's partnership flourished as they became prominent figures in the San Francisco psychedelic scene, working alongside the likes of Wes Wilson and Victor Moscoso, who were also creating innovative posters and artwork. Together, they founded the Mouse Studios and the Monster Company, which served as their creative outlets. One of Mouse's most iconic designs, created with Kelley, is the Grateful Dead's "Skull and Roses" (also known as "Bertha"), which features a skull with a crown of roses. The design was inspired by a 19th-century illustration by Edmund Joseph Sullivan for an edition of "The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam." The image became synonymous with the Grateful Dead and remains a lasting symbol for the band. Mouse's artwork often featured intricate details, bold colors, and whimsical, otherworldly themes. He combined elements of Art Nouveau, Surrealism, and Pop Art in his designs. Mouse and Kelley were also among the first artists to use the split fountain technique in poster printing, which created a smooth gradient of colors. Beyond album covers and posters, Mouse has also designed concert backdrops, T-shirts, and various forms of merchandise. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Although Alton Kelley passed away in 2008, Stanley Mouse continues to create art and is involved in various projects. His work remains a testament to the creativity and innovation of the counterculture movement and its impact on music and visual arts.
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Purchase Drug Free Zone Blotter Paper Limited Edition Archival Pigment Print Art on Perforated Blotter Paper by Stanley Mouse pop culture LSD artwork. Stanley Mouse was born in California on October 10, 1940. His father was an animator with Disney Studios who worked on Snow White. Stanley grew up in Detroit where Motown music and the city’s obsession with motor cars combined with his genius at drawing and made Stanleys life path clear at an early age. Quiet and always drawing in class, Stanley earned his pen name, Mouse in the seventh grade. He’d become known for his sketches of monster-driven muscle cars and as soon as he began signing with his pen name, he became instantly famous at thirteen.
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Purchase California Dreams- Book & Original Drawing of Mouse Drawing Person, The Art of Stanley Mouse Hardcover Limited Edition Art Book by Stanley Mouse. 2015 Signed Original hand drawing on the first page in graphite pencil of a mouse-person hybrid drawing a stick figure, Stanley's logo, and his large signature. Drawing measures about 15x10 California Dreams Art Book & Original Drawing by Stanley Mouse is a definitive anthology charting the influential career of Stanley Mouse, a visionary artist whose psychedelic visuals became emblematic of the 1960s cultural revolution. Spanning over five decades, this extensive collection comprises 240 pages of Mouse's diverse and unceasingly inventive portfolio. Mouse gained acclaim for his arresting poster art, album covers, and T-shirt designs that he frequently created in partnership with Alton Kelley during San Francisco's cultural heyday and continued well into the 1970s. His work from this period encapsulates the vibrant ethos, exploratory spirit, and creative freedom of the era's shifting currents. Yet, "California Dreams" goes beyond Mouse's renowned contributions to the counterculture movement. It traces back to his roots in Detroit, where he honed his craft on hot rods and produced original airbrushed shirts and posters featuring fantastical creatures and flamboyant automobiles. His recent ventures into the fine arts are also showcased, revealing arresting landscapes and poignant figure studies that signify a new chapter in his artistic journey. The collection presents previously unpublished works, offering a rare view of the early stages and evolution of Mouse's most celebrated pieces, alongside insights into his archives. This book not only commemorates Mouse's legacy in the visual arts but also celebrates the breadth and depth of his enduring artistic expression. "California Dreams" stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of Stanley Mouse, an artist whose work has become a cornerstone of the pop art movement and whose influence can be seen across street pop art and graffiti artwork. This hardcover art book is not only a celebration of Mouse's storied career but also a showcase of his dynamic range as an artist, featuring his iconic illustrations that have captured the California spirit and the broader American imagination. What sets this limited edition book apart is the original hand-drawn illustration by Stanley Mouse himself on the first page. The graphite pencil drawing of a mouse-person hybrid engaged in drawing a stick figure is a whimsical self-reference and a nod to the artist's whimsical and subversive takes on popular culture. The Mouse, a recurring character in Mouse's work, is depicted with human-like features and expressions, adding a personal touch that blurs the lines between artist and artwork. Stanley Mouse's signature style, characterized by its fluid lines and psychedelic overtones, is evident in this drawing, measuring approximately 15x10 inches. His large, distinctive signature anchors the piece, a mark of authenticity and a symbol of his contributions to the art world. The book "California Dreams" and the accompanying original drawing provide a unique insight into the creative process of one of the greats in pop art. It's a collector's piece that captures the essence of an era defined by its boldness, rebellion, and artistic innovation. The legacy of Stanley Mouse continues to inspire street pop art and graffiti artists as they carry forward the torch of creating vibrant, engaging, and deeply connected to the cultural zeitgeist.
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