Jerry Garcia

Mandolin Player

Guitarist, singer, and songwriter Jerry Garcia was best known as a founding member of the Grateful Dead, the rock band for which he served as de facto leader for 30 years, from 1965 until 1995.

But Garcia was nearly as prolific an artist as he was a musician, having attended the San Francisco Art Institute and eventually creating over 2,000 pieces. At 17, Garcia considered himself “an artist who played music.” Though he took an extended break from visual art, he immersed himself once again starting in 1983, mainly working with drawing, ink paintings, and watercolor.

Even less well known is that Garcia was an early adopter of Macintosh computers as a means of creating digital art, of which he was at the forefront.

"Jerry always had sketchbooks on hand at home and while on tour” said Manasha Garcia, Jerry’s wife and co-founder of the Jerry Garcia Foundation. "He filled books with sketches and drawings in various media. As a family, we had fun creating art together. Often, his art served as a visual travelogue.” Learn More


Mandolin Player

Featuring the song "Jack-A-Roe" as performed by Jerry Garcia and David Grisman.

This drop is in celebration to honor what would have been Jerry Garcia's 80th Birthday Celebration.

Jerry Garcia’s artistic practice is characterized by a playful energy and a palette of intensely bright colors to depict the people, animals, landscapes, and psychedelic expressions inspired by The Dead’s relentless touring schedule and Garcia’s passion for environmental preservation and protection.

MakersPlace will cover all costs associated with carbon offsets through its partnership with leading sustainability platform

3% of NFT net proceeds from this project will be donated to the Jerry Garcia Foundation to support the arts and ocean preservation.

Auction Winner Bonus

Winner of the auction will receive will receive a certificate of authenticity signed by Manasha and Keelin Garcia and a giclée of the NFT image.


Subscribe to receive early previews and updates on each of our weekly Drops