February 2012 Featured Artist Grace Slick

Limelight Agency Still lovely at 67, Slick is enjoying increasing fame as a painter, a career she has seriously pursued since retiring from music in1989.

WSJ In early 1967, Grace Slick’s ambulance-siren voice on Jefferson Airplane’s “Somebody to Love” and “White Rabbit” ignited a psychedelic-rock revolution that put San Francisco on the map.

Rock icon, artist, and activist Grace Slick paints every day
Rock icon, artist, and activist Grace Slick paints every day

Her uninhibited persona and Mother Nature fashion sense also helped advance the hippie counterculture and, by extension, the free-love and feminist movements.

Artist, Musician, and Activist Grace Slick is a painter living in California
Artist, Musician, and Activist Grace Slick is a painter living in California

Ms. Slick in 1968. ‘I was singing with the force and anger that women were afraid to express at the time.’

On May 13, Ms. Slick will be among more than 70 female rockers celebrated by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s “Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power” exhibit, where two of her stage outfits will be displayed.

SF Weekly And for today’s Most Typically San Francisco news item, we bring you this: No, it’s not a new ban on kittens. Rather, Grace Slick, singer of the famous ’60s S.F. psych-rock band Jefferson Airplane, is selling new artwork tomorrow night to aid the effort to legalize marijuana.

Oh, and Slick’s name for the series of art she’s unveiling? It is — we kid you not — the 420 Collection.

Grace Slick part of Women Who Rock Exhibit
Grace Slick part of Women Who Rock Exhibit

Said collection includes paintings and prints made specifically for the exhibition, which will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 tomorrow night at SOMA pot dispensary Sparc. A portion of each sale will go to benefit the Marijuana Policy Project, a nonprofit that advocates for legalization of marijuana for adults. And even though the exhibit is at a pot gallery, non-medical-marijuana patients can attend — if they RSVPto LRobinson@MPP.Org.

Area Arts Grace Wing was born on October 30, 1939, in Evanston, a suburb of Chicago, IL. Her father was an investment banker, and her mother was a singer. The Family moved to Southern California in the mid 40’s, and finally settled in Palo Alto, Ca. where Grace grew up.

Grace Slick

Grace stayed in the Bay Area until she left to attend Finch College in New England, She later attended the university of Miami and studied art before returning to SF shortly before she joined the Great Society in 1965.

Shortly thereafter she and some of the members of Great Society including Darby Slick, the brother of her future husband, Jerry Slick, formed the Jefferson Airplane and recorded the songs White Rabbit and Somebody to love. Through the next 25 years Grace participated in several incarnations of the band including The Jefferson Starship, Starship and several solo albums with Paul Kantner.

Grace retired from Rock and Roll in 1989 and began a new career in the visual arts in the mid 90’s. Her first show was in Ft Lauderdale Fl, in 2000. Since then she has had over 100 exhibits and is represented by some of the best Galleries in the US and Europe.

Grace now lives in Malibu, CA. and paints every day.

Welcome to the visual Concert of Grace Slick’s artwork

Grace’s art communicates the same type of high energy of that in her music of the late ‘60s. Raw and energetic would be a good description for some of her works while detailed and warm would describe others. The portraits of her rock contemporaries contain a certain mystique that comes from Grace’s personal relationship with these people. Her nudes are somewhat minimal pieces that suggest the Japanese sumi ink style of painting that is so difficult to master. Her animals contain all the love and good feelings that she has for all animals. The Wonderland pieces are a visual version of the song White Rabbit. The originals for this series are done on scratchboard to give them the intense detail.

“As far as I can determine at this point, creation is taking place constantly and my life is a result of and pursuit of that process. Sometimes the form is music; sometimes it is giving birth to another human being, or maybe just sitting and appreciating a sunset. Simply watching beauty helps it “exist”.

At this time in my evolution, painting is the way “it” wants to take shape. I create with the help of that massive system of energy that permeates everything and allows it to be distributed for free. As a conduit, I am occasionally quite clear – but as a beginner, the results can be technically raw.

When I am in the process of painting “ I “ am gone – to a place that relieves me of trivia and encourages the expression of a more vibrant existence. It (painting) is a still form. Unlike film, the movement has to be implied on the canvas and translated to you by way of a mutual and basic recognition.

When I see a work of art that raises my own level of appreciation, it becomes propulsion that, in turn, moves me into the creative continuum. By receiving my work you complete the celebration”

Grace Slick 2001

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