Obituary: Gary Grimshaw (1946-2014), poster artist and Minister of Art for the White Panther Party

Gary Grimshaw, poster artist and Minister of Art for the White Panther party, has died after a long illness at the age of 67.

Funeral information: Gary Grimshaw funeral set for Sunday at MOCAD, Detroit News

Funeral arrangements for Gary Grimshaw, famed Detroit poster artist, have been set. Grimshaw, 67, died Monday at Detroit Receiving Hospital after a lengthy illness.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Saturday at MOCAD, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, at 4454 Woodward in Detroit. There will be music from 8-9 p.m.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Sunday at MOCAD, with a reception following at the Scarab Club.

Grimshaw had just been honored last week by the Scarab Club, which had his wife Laura affix his signature to one of the ceiling beams on Friday, joining the signatures of artists including Diego Rivera, Tyree Guyton and Norman Rockwell. The Scarab Club is exhibiting Grimshaw’s work until Feb. 15.


Obituary: Detroit News.

Grimshaw’s vivid fliers and posters for the legendary Grande Ballroom in the late 1960s featured artists such as the MC5, Cream, the Yardbirds and Paul Butterfield. His style went beyond psychedelic, and is instantly recognizable to rock poster fans, and highly collectible.


Grimshaw was best friends in childhood with the late MC5 singer Rob Tyner. He was also a part of revolutionary poet John Sinclair’s Rainbow People’s Party and the “Trans-Love Energies” artistic movement. Grimshaw was active from the late 60s until recently, doing new work for local appearances by The White Stripes and Patti Smith and publishing a book last summer with Leni Sinclair titled Detroit Rocks! A Pictorial History of Motor City Rock and Roll 1965 to 1975.

Gary Grimshaw page on Facebook

In December 2011 the Ann Arbor District Public Library celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the Free John Now! Concert featuring John Lennon, in great style. The poster for the original concert is one of Gary’s most popular images. For the Ann Arbor events Gary drew a commemorative poster by hand. A group of Gary’s friends from the time organized a Hill Street House Reunion gathering and Gary was able to reconnect with many friends. The newspaper The Ann Arbor Sun is electronically available at thanks to the Library’s great effort.

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