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Rick Griffin Grateful Dead Reckoning SIGNED A/P AIRBRUSH ART
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Current price $1,350.00
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Location: new york
Started: 11/29/2015 11:00:00 PM
Ended: 12/7/2015 11:49:00 PM
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 Original 16&1/4 x 18" circa 1989/90 hand-airbrushed (embellished with additional gold/silver/black pen accents and a few areas of paint splatter) original art on (heavy Crescent art board) featuring the album cover design for the Grateful Dead's 1981 live album "Reckoning".

 Art by (and SIGNED and marked A/P (Artist's Proof) 31/50 by) Rick Griffin, this image was part of a series of low-run/batch stencil-based airbrush paintings that were each individually hand-done by Rick (in his un-ventilated garage), featuring different combinations of various 1960's-inspired (and beyond) icons. Most are simply art pieces featuring assorted Griffin "totems" (eyeballs, hopi masks), but this is the only one I know of that features a fully-realized Grateful Dead image.

 As the story goes, a good number of these stencil paintings have better or worse registration, depending on when Rick did them. Some (such as this one) are very tight/crisp, while others can be a bit more "wobbly". This particular example was likely marked as an Artist's Proof by Rick due to the bit of white paint splatter around the skull's eye sockets (it actually creates a really cool astral effect), but the addition of the extra gold/silver/black accents more than make up for it. I have seen about 5-6 of these over the years, but this is the first one I have seen where Rick not only signed his full name (most are signed with just "Griffin"), but it is the first I have seen with any reference to the intended number of pieces in the run (50) and the first I have seen with additional hand-done accents.  

 This example was in a frame with a custom matte (which can be included if the buyer desires), so there's a 15&1/2" diameter area of slight discoloration/reverse matte shadow going around the image, plus a few small edge dings and there is a small pull (about 1&1/2" in the top right corner) on the reverse, but overall this example is in really nice shape. 

 An absolutely AWESOME-looking ORIGINAL RICK GRIFFIN ARTWORK featuring one of Rick's most-loved Grateful Dead designs.

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