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Stanley Mouse

A true innovator in the realm of pop culture, artist Stanley Mouse forever changed the face of graphic design with his famous 60s posters and album cover art. Having contributed his art to such notable rock ‘n’ roll icons as The Beatles, Eric Clapton, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Journey, The Steve Miller Band and The Grateful Dead, Stanley Mouse is recognized as one of the “Big Five” American poster artists.

Stanley Miller was born in Detroit and gained his nickname as “Stanley Mouse” after illustrating countless notebooks with his signature rodent sketch. Stanley was not enthusiastic about school (having been expelled from high school and considered Detroit’s School for the Society of Arts and Crafts uninspiring); he traveled around the country and later established his own corporation called Mouse Studios which produced a line of decals, posters and t-shirts. In 1964, Stanley moved to San Francisco where he got a job creating promotional posters for Family Dog. In conjunction with Alton Kelley, Mouse created designs that evolved into a unique style famous today, such as the popular Grateful Dead skull-and-roses motif or the cover for Steve Miller’s album Book of Dreams, which won a Grammy Award in 1977.

Today, Stanley lives with his wife in Sonoma, California and has established his reputation for his rock designs and fine art painting.

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