Alton Kelley and Stanley Mouse Studios original artwork, acrylic on canvas, Europe 72 (Foot Through the Rainbow), made for the Grateful Dead, accompanied by a proof sheet for the album of the same name
With a Europe 72 CD featuring the artwork on the cover. Also known as the "Truckin'" icon. Signed in lower right corner by both artists; canvas with light age soiling. With album proof sheet showing wear.
According to Rock Scully: "Europe 72's packaging was designed by Alton Kelley and Stanley Mouse (Kelley/Mouse Studios). The front cover depicts what has become known, in San Francisco's comic book world, as the 'truckin'' shoe. In our case it represents the band heading out and over the Atlantic to Europe. The back cover has been known over the years as "The Ice Cream Kid.' Kelley always claimed he got the idea from an actual event in his youth. I think our take on it was how foolish the band felt as tourists outside of the continental United States for the very first time. My co-manager Danny Rifkin objected to the art work because he felt it was making fun of spastics. We all finally agreed we were really just making fun of ourselves. Actually the 'Kid' became the cover art and the 'truckin'' shoe went on the back."
The current owner writes the "HISTORY OF THE ACQUISITION OF KELLEY'S RAINBOW FOOT: After we finished filming "Joe" at the Fillmore East in early 1970, I had carte blanche entre to any and all shows backstage. I became quite friendly with the Grateful Dead ... I [moved] out [to San Francisco] in late September, 1970 and ... [met] this lady, Kathy who ... was and had been in the center of the 'World of 1960s San Francisco' since before it was. She and Kelley had been very close for years, both being serious artists, and Kelley and I became quite close also ... Sometime around late 1972 or early 1973 Kelley gave the Rainbow Foot painting to Kathy and [me] in a fit of generosity. We've had it hanging on our wall for the last 40 years. With the release of the Europe 72 double album, it became clear immediately that the Dead had a new branding image with the Rainbow Foot. The image encompassed all of the music/philosophy of the 1960s San Francisco world ...'TURN ON, TUNE IN, Spread the word,' LSD conscious, through music across the globe ... This painting expresses all the parts of what was happening in one image ... the Rainbow Foot was the evolution of the worldwide spreading of the word, and thus has become an icon of international proportions, not only for the Grateful Dead brand, but on a much grander scale ... for all human conscious ... Love the messenger, AND EMBRACE THE MESSAGE!! ... That is what has made the Grateful Dead, the messengers, an unquantifiable presence."
14 x 11 in. (painting); 12 x 18 in. (proof sheet)
US$ 50,000 - 75,000
£33,000 - 49,000
39,000 - 58,000
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