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Original Portrait Paintings by Jerry Garcia at Heritage Auctions

"Seated Woman (For Rothko)" painting by Jerry Garcia
“Seated Woman (For Rothko)” painting by Jerry Garcia

The Heritage Auctions 2012 Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction includes more than twenty lots of artwork by celebrities. Some of the most interesting are several original portrait paintings by Grateful Dead Frontman Jerry Garcia.

Jerry Garcia studied at The California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco (now known as the San Francisco Art Institute), and continued to paint and draw during his career as a musician. During the last years few years of his life, Jerry Garcia exhibited and sold his artwork throughout the United States. His estate continued to exhibit his art after his death. In 2005, to coincide with the tenth anniversary of his death, a book of Jerry Garcia’s artwork was published titled, Jerry Garcia: The Collected Artwork. The book is said to include more than 225 full-color and black-and-white photographs and illustrations, and more than 150 full-color reproductions of Jerry Garcia’s paintings, drawings, and prints.

The painting shown above, “Seated Woman (For Rothko)”, comes with a provenance letter that states that the piece was found during the renovation of a home on Harrington Street in San Francisco in the late 1980s. The letter also says that the painting was created in a style consistent with other paintings known to have been created by Garcia in his student years at the Art Institute and the College of San Mateo between 1962 and 1965.

According to the auction description, the painting below is estimated to have been done in the late 1980s.

Portrait of Man With Beard, painting by Jerry Garcia
Portrait of Man With Beard, painting by Jerry Garcia

In addition to several other original artworks by Jerry Garcia, the auction includes artwork by John Entwistle, of the Who, the Beatles’ George Harrison, singer Grace Slick, and actor/dancer Geoffrey Holder. The auction takes place at Heritage Auctions in Beverly Hills on July 24, 2012. Visit the Heritage Auctions website for more information.

Visit the Pop Life Art homepage for links to many more celebrity painters.

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