Learn how and when to remove this template message. Stanley George Miller (born October 10, 1940), better known as Mouse and Stanley Mouse , is an American.
Notable for his 1960s psychedelic. Poster designs for the Grateful Dead.
Albums cover art as well as many others. Miller grew up in Detroit, Michigan.He was given the nickname Mouse as a ninth grader. He was expelled from Mackenzie High School (Michigan). In 1956 for mischievously repainting the facade at The Box , a popular restaurant across the street from Mackenzie. Following his junior year at nearby Cooley High School. Mouse completed his formal education at Detroit's Society of Arts and Crafts. By 1958, Mouse had become fascinated by the Weirdo Hot Rod art. Movement that had begun in California a decade earlier.
Having developed skills using an airbrush. He began painting T-shirts at custom car.
There he met and worked with Ed "Big Daddy" Roth. The leading exponent of Weirdo Hot Rod art. Mouse was also strongly influenced by the art of Rick Griffin.
With whom he would later collaborate on posters and album covers. In 1964, he was invited to help in the design of Monogram. Automobile model kits using the "monster" cartoon characters he had developed to compete with Roth's Rat Fink. In 1965, Mouse travelled to San Francisco, California.
With a group of art school friends. Kelley, a self-taught artist, had recently arrived from Virginia City.
Where he had joined a group of hippies. Who called themselves the Red Dog Saloon gang. Upon arrival in San Francisco Kelley and other veterans of the gang renamed themselves The Family Dog, and began producing rock music dances. In 1966, when Chet Helms. Assumed leadership of the group and began promoting the dances at the Avalon Ballroom, Mouse and Kelley began working together to produce posters for the events.
Later the pair also produced posters for promoter Bill Graham. And for other events in the psychedelic community.
In 1967, Miller collaborated with artists Kelley, Rick Griffin, Victor Moscoso. To create the Berkeley Bonaparte Distribution Agency. Miller and Kelley also worked together as lead artists at Mouse Studios and The Monster Company - producing album cover. Art for the bands Journey.
The Monster Company also developed a profitable line of T-shirts, creating the four color process for silk screening. The psychedelic posters Mouse and Kelley produced were heavily influenced by Art Nouveau. Graphics, particularly the works of Alphonse Mucha. Material associated with psychedelics, such as Zig-Zag.Producing posters advertising for such musical groups as Big Brother and the Holding Company. And Grateful Dead led to meeting the musicians and making contacts that were later to prove fruitful. In 1968, Helms and Graham began turning to other artists for their poster work, and Mouse's career languished. After brief periods in London and Massachusetts, he moved to Toronto.
Where he ran a Yorkville. Waterbed store called The Waterbed Gallerywith the walls featuring his artwork. The pair resumed their partnership in 1971, producing commercial artwork related to the Grateful Dead and later Journey. 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 to 1980.
With Kelley, in 1977, created the intriguing Styx. Album cover for The Grand Illusion.With homage to painter René Magritte. Mouse and Kelley continued to work together on rock memorabilia until 1980. Mouse continued to produce album cover art and other music-related graphics through the 1980s. Early in the decade, he moved to New Mexico where he began producing fine art in a variety of media. In 1993, Mouse required a liver transplant. Stanley's liver transplant was paid for by the State of California not the Grateful dead as is commonly thought. In 1999, he contributed a portrait of Skip Spence. More Oar: A Tribute to the Skip Spence Album. Being a collection of cover versions. Of songs by the co-founder of Moby Grape. Performed by such artists as Beck. Stanley Mouse filled a lawsuit against the producers of the film Monsters, Inc. In 2002, alleging that the characters of Mike and Sulley were based on his drawings of Excuse My Dust , which he unsuccessfully pitched to Hollywood producers in 1998. A Disney spokeswoman responded that only the characters in Monsters, Inc were "developed independently by the Pixar and Walt Disney Pictures creative teams, and do not infringe on anyone's copyrights". Mouse now lives in Sonoma County, California. Where he continues to paint and create music. The item "Grateful Dead Skull & Roses Poster 1960's Vintage Bootleg Rare Variant FD#26 AOR" is in sale since Friday, February 24, 2017. This item is in the category "Entertainment Memorabilia\Music Memorabilia\Rock & Pop\Artists G\Grateful Dead\Posters". The seller is "graphxfan" and is located in Petaluma, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.