Monday, June 20, 2011

Courtenay Pollock, tie dye Artist and Visionary

Courtenay Pollock, Tie dye Artist and Visionary creates fine art Tie Dye called Geometriart. A technique he developed in the late 1960's. He became well known while living in Marin Co. California as being the original Tie Dye artist of the Grateful Dead, making their speaker covers and backdrops. He produced, as well, hundreds of T-Shirts and Mandalas for many of the band members, other bands, and fans in those early days. He now lives and creates in Powell RIver B.C. HIs method is completely unique to the Tie Dye industry and he now focuses most of his time on his creation of fine art pieces dyed on cotton fabric. see his work at:

Courtenay Pollock moved to Powell River six years ago to settle into a more relaxed lifestyle and enjoy the simple pleasures of life. Having lived the rock and roll dream for a number of years, along with the hard work of running his businesses while creating art on the side, Pollock, then 58, felt ready to slow down. Pollock started to spend more time indulging in his oldest love, his art, more as a hobby than a business.
In Powell River Pollock has found a community that supports and celebrates his art and one that gives him the peace and quiet to pursue it. He’s as busy as ever creating and marketing his art. Modern nostalgia for the 60s, along with the timeless spiritual and aesthetic qualities of tie-dye, keeps demand up and Pollock says he’s never lacked orders to fill.

“Powell River has been a wonderful environment for inspiration,” said Pollock. “It’s ideal for what I do.”

For an art form so commonly associated with a back-to-the-earth hippie movement, it at first seems surprising how much Pollock uses the Internet to promote his art these days. Pollock sells his work online at , a website celebrating the history of his art and offering a variety of products from panels to T-shirts.

Business picked up too after Furthur, the latest musical outing for Grateful Dead alumni Phil Lesh and Weir, ordered a stage backdrop larger than anything Pollock had ever produced. Fifteen nine-foot by nine-foot panels are combined to create a 45-foot long by 27-foot high mandala backdrop for the band’s tour, which kicked off last year in Minneapolis on Monday, November 8.

Pollock said that most modern tie-dyers tell him they were inspired by his work and after 40 years of tie-dying Pollock is looked to as the guru of the art. The Smithsonian Institution, based out of Washington, DC, has expressed interest in displaying Pollock’s art as a cultural exhibit, something which Pollock hopes comes to be in a year or so.

Until then Pollock just keeps doing what he does best: puttering around his kitchen in rubber gloves and apron, like a mad scientist among a plethora of pots filled with multicolored fluids. (excerpt from Powell RIver Peak article Nov, 2010 see here:
Courtenay Pollock


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