9 months ago I mentioned I had sold my original Division Bell, Pink Floyd’s 14th studio album, at the local art show on Long Island. Well, I have been hard at work creating a new Division Bell at the request of a client. I have been able to use this as an opportunity to dive right back into my wood working and improve upon my work.
I thought I would share the piece’s journey, from just an outline to a finished product ready for my client. Would love to hear what you think!
This is the original, since sold.
Here is a slideshow, showcasing the journey of the Division Bell.
He was considered by many to be the best drummer of rock and despite all the Led Zeppelin work I have done, this is the first time that I have painted his likeness.
John Bonham (1948-1980) was the drummer for Led Zeppelin from 1968 until his death in September of 1980 where he passed away at the age of 32. He was known for his speed, power, fast bass-drumming and distinctive sound and without him, Led Zeppelin could not continue.
“We wish it to be known that the loss of our dear friend and the deep respect we have for his family, together with the sense of undivided harmony felt by ourselves and our manager, have led us to decide that we could not continue as we were.” signed Led Zeppelin.
I am a HUGE Civil War buff. My guest room is themed and I have been to Gettysburg on multiple occasions. I have a friend who shares this passion as I covered here. I finally found some time to do a new one on the Union side. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain!
He was an American college professor from the State of Maine, who volunteered during the American Civil War to join the Union Army. He became a highly respected and decorated Union officer, reaching the rank of brigadier general (and brevet major general). He is most well known for his gallantry at the Battle of Gettysburg, which earned him the Medal of Honor.
Jeff Daniels portrayed him in the 1993 movie of Gettysburg and that is the likeness I chose to capture. You can see it available here.
I am going back to my roots. As you might know, my work first started back in the late 80’s using wood as a medium, in many instances making three dimensional paintings using a router and other carving tools to give depth to my work.
I have recently sold some of my original pieces, the 3-D album covers I had in the made in the 80’s and 90’s. That alone was amazing, to see fans out there who crave rock art! It also triggered a desire to go back to where I started. Working with wood as a medium to create rock and roll art.
If you have followed me before, you’ve probably seen pictures of where I paint with my easel, paints and other tools. That is usually in my home, in a room I have dedicated to my work. But I also have a space outside that has traditionally been used for my wood working tools. With new woodworking router tools in hand, I am setting to work on my first wood work! What that is, I won’t say. You’ll have to stick around and find out!
My last completed work of 2016! I present Christopher Squire from the band YES.
Chris Squire is well known for his use of the Wal Triple-Neck Bass Guitar in which he played during the song ‘Awaken’. On canvas I have captured him live performing ‘Awaken’ with the Wal Triple-Neck Bass Guitar.
It is very cool to have fans of my work out there and it is a privilege to see how my work is displayed and enjoyed. I received some pictures from one such fan. As you can see, a couple of wood and canvas pieces!
In there you can see Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Brain Salad Surgery, YESSONGS – Yes, When Giants Walked the Earth – Led Zeppelin and Joe Bbonamassa!