Gary Grimshaw was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1946 and graduated from nearby Lincoln Park High School; He has created art work since the age of twenty -that’s forty five years of continuously producing music-related graphic art, and counting. Most recently Gary completed work on the Concert of Colors 2011 poster and several PJ’s Lager House posters. He has a healthy job list going and appreciates interest in his past body of work as well.
At the start of his career Gary became well known as the Grande Ballroom artist and later as the MC5 artist. He became part of a dynamic collective of intellectuals, promoters, poets, artists, musicians -people that spent many years together in some form or another. For instance, as a Vietnam veteran he was an anti-war activist with special interests; a key player in the White Panther Party who worked to reform unfair law and unjust incarcerations. He worked on newspapers, magazines, did posters to advertise music events, did record album covers. Gary worked with Underground Press Syndicate icons The San Francisco Oracle and the Ann Arbor Sun. Gary is working to complete a book with Leni Sinclair that documents this part of the history of Detroit. It features a small sample of his prolific output during the first fifteen or so years of his career.