Jerome John “Jerry” Garcia (August 1, 1942 – August 9, 1995) is most commonly known as the lead guitarist and vocalist of the Grateful Dead. Garcia was a diverse musician who also collaborated with the likes of David Grisman and John Dawson and David Nelson. He also worked on several solo projects and created the Jerry Garcia Band.
Rolling Stone ranked Garcia 13th in the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” issue. Garcia also graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute. During the last decade of his life, he used painting as a therapeutic means to combat his failing health. Garcia was as varied an artist as he was musician, creating a vast array of fine art pieces, ranging from graphic design and airbrushing to watercolor and acrylics, with the help of his original publisher Norah Sage. The wide variety of mediums which Garcia used to express his creativity define him as a truly diverse artist.
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