Gary Grimshaw: Poster Artist


Gary Grimshaw's talent has kept him in demand and in the spotlight in a career covering the rock scenes in Michigan and the San Francisco area for over four decades. For those of us in the Detroit area, Grimshaw's work was our introduction to the psychedelic era. He was the primary poster and light show artist for Detroit's Grande Ballroom through 1969.

At the start of his career, the Detroit native became well known as the Grande Ballroom artist and later as the MC5 artist. These works stand out as the centerpiece of an enormously prolific output of art from the mid-1960’s to the late 1970’s.

Grimshaw was part of a dynamic collective of intellectuals, promoters, poets, artists, musicians - people that spent many years together in some form or another and in different circles of interest. As a Vietnam veteran he was an anti-war activist and a key player in the White Panther Party working to reform unfair laws and unjust incarcerations. His contribution was through art, and his art inspired and energized the people. He was a member of Trans-Love Energies and The Rainbow People’s Party. He worked on newspapers, magazines, created posters for music events and artwork for record albums.

In 2011 just months after returning home from a serious health odyssey, Gary worked on the Concert of Colors poster and several PJ’s Lager House designs. In 2012 Gary’s work with re-purposed images has taken center stage; classic Grimshaw designs are receiving an electronic restoration and new colors for a new purpose. He began this practice many years ago when he restored a flyer that was originally a mimeographed work; black ink on colored paper; he created and colored a digital file and enlarged it to the size of his other posters. “Love-In Detroit” is now one of Gary’s best selling and most colorful.

Several items in the Gary Grimshaw ArtWear line feature Gary's first poster titled "The Seagull", from 1966, which marked the grand opening of the historic music venue The Grande Ballroom.

Seagull T-Shirt            

by Gary Grimshaw             

Printed on Anvil Organic Cotton
Sizes S - XL

$29.95

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Love-In Detroit T-Shirt            

by Gary Grimshaw             

Printed on Anvil Organic Cotton
Sizes S - XL

$29.95

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Seagull Tote Bag

by Gary Grimshaw             

Canvas
15.5" x 14"

$25

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Seagull Tote Bag Signed

by Gary Grimshaw             

Canvas with Bird Appliqué
15.5" x 14"

$40

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Seagull Large Tote Bag

by Gary Grimshaw             

100% Cotton with Bird Appliqué
20" x 14" - Zipper Closure

$50

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Pisces Messenger Bag

by Gary Grimshaw             

100% Cotton
16" x 13" - Snap Closure
2 Inside Pockets / 2 Outside Pockets

$60

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Capricorn Messenger Bag - Brown

by Gary Grimshaw             

100% Cotton
16" x 13" - Snap Closure
2 Inside Pockets / 2 Outside Pockets

$60

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Capricorn Messenger Bag - Black

by Gary Grimshaw             

100% Cotton
16" x 13" - Snap Closure
2 Inside Pockets / 2 Outside Pockets

$60

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Love-In Detroit
Shoulder Bag - Tan

by Gary Grimshaw             

100% Cotton with Appliqué
14" x 15" - Inside Pocket

$50.00

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Love-In Detroit
Shoulder Bag - Brown

by Gary Grimshaw             

100% Cotton
14" x 15" - Inside Pocket

$50.00

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Love-In Detroit
Shoulder Bag - Black

by Gary Grimshaw             

100% Cotton
14" x 15" - Inside Pocket

$50.00

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Love-In Detroit
Tote Bag - Red

by Gary Grimshaw             

100% Cotton

$50.00

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Love-In Detroit
Tote Bag - Black

by Gary Grimshaw             

100% Cotton

$50.00

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Louder Than Love:
The Grande Ballroom Story

by Gary Grimshaw             

11" x 18"

$15

Seagull, Grande Ballroom
Grand Opening, 1966

by Gary Grimshaw             

Fourth Edition
13" x 19"

$15

Zebra Man, 1966

by Gary Grimshaw             

Second Edition
12" x 15.5"

$15

Love-In Detroit
Belle Isle 1967

by Gary Grimshaw             

40th Anniversary Edition
13" x 17"

See, 1967

by Gary Grimshaw             

Second Edition
13" x 19"

$15

Black To Comm

by Gary Grimshaw             

30th Anniversary Edition
13" x 18"

$15

Creamsicle, 1967

by Gary Grimshaw             

Third Edition
11" x 19"

$15

Butterfield - Cream, 1967

by Gary Grimshaw             

Second Edition
12" x 19"

$15

Jimi Hendrix Experience
Masonic Temple 1968

by Gary Grimshaw             

Third Edition
12" x 19"

$15

Big Brother & The
Holding Company
Grande Ballroom 1968

by Gary Grimshaw             

Third Edition
12" x 19"

$15

MC5 at Straight Theatre
San Francisco 1968

by Gary Grimshaw             

Fourth Edition
12" x 14"

$15

Jeff Beck Group 1968

by Gary Grimshaw             

Second Edition
11.25" x 18"

$15

MC5 (Television), 1969

by Gary Grimshaw             

Second Edition
11" x 18"

$15

Sinclair Freedom Rally
Crisler Arena
Ann Arbor 1971

by Gary Grimshaw             

Third Edition
13" x 17"

Iggy Pop
Bookie's Detroit 1980

by Gary Grimshaw             

Third Edition
13" x 19"

$15

Detroit Cobras
Bottom of the Hill
San Francisco 2004

by Gary Grimshaw             

First Edition
13" x 17.5"

$15

The Dirtbombs, New York City, 2004

by Gary Grimshaw             

First Edition
13" x 18"

$15

George Clinton
Parliament Funkadelic
Royal Oak Music
Theatre 2007

by Gary Grimshaw             

First Edition
13" x 19"

$15

Butchers Inn
Poster Exhibit, 2007

by Gary Grimshaw             

First Edition
12" x 19"

$15