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Stanley Mouse

American, b. 1940
Stanley Mouse (born October 10, 1940) is an American artist known for his Art Nouveau-influenced, psychedelic rock concert poster designs for the Grateful Dead, his cover art for Journey albums, and creating numerous iconic images for musical artists such as Janis Joplin, Steve Miller, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, and the Beatles.

Though Mouse was born in Fresno, California, he grew up in Detroit, Michigan where he gained local artistic renown for spray-painting and airbrushing cars and tshirts. In 1965, Mouse travelled to San Francisco where he met self-taught artist Alton Kelley, who would become his lifelong collaborator. The pair began working together to produce posters to promote events at the Avalon Ballroom, and later produced posters for promoter Bill Graham and for other events in the psychedelic community of San Francisco. The pair are credited with creating the skeleton and roses image that became the Grateful Dead’s archetypal iconography, and Journey’s wings and beetles that appeared on their album covers from 1977-80.

Mouse currently lives and works in Sonoma, California, where he continues to paint and create music.

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