Steve Olson’s work confronts and undermines the way society constructs and imposes a traditional hierarchy of cultural values and meanings by critiquing contemporary society and our relationship with it. The artwork explores power and the way economic and social forces exert that power by shaping the identities of individuals and culture. Questioning the nature and extent of our freedom hisart challenges our acquiescence to authority and conventional thought.
Bold imagery, layered texture, deconstructed material and a playful relationship between Art, language and meaning gives this thoughtful work a dimension beyond its visual impact. “My art gives contemporary art a juvenile delinquent phase. Its self-made style icons gleefully trashed
conventions of beauty and society while pick pocketing from the coolest underground styles and beliefs of the precious centuries…” Steve OlsoN
is a musician, author, consultant, and owner of Andy Babiuk’s Fab Gear in Fairport, New York. He is a founding member and bassist of the super-group, The Empty Hearts (est. 2014) featuring Elliot Easton of The Cars; Clem Burke of Blondie and Wally Palmar of The Romantics and was also a founding member of The Chesterfield Kings. Babiuk is the author of Beatles Gear (2001), The Story of Paul Bigsby (2009) Rolling Stones Gear (2014) and his latest work, Beatles Gear – The Ultimate Edition (2015). The world’s leading authority on Beatles and Rolling Stones gear and vintage guitars, Babiuk also serves as a consultant to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and to prestigious auction houses in New York, Los Angeles and London. He authenticated and predicted that John Lennon’s long lost Gibson J-160 E would sell at auction for more than any other guitar, which it did, selling for 2.4 million dollars in November, 2015. Babiuk worked as technical consultant and associate music supervisor for David Chase’s feature film Not Fade Away released by Paramount Pictures in the fall of 2012.
He resides in Rochester, New York with his wife and six children. Babiuk continues to lecture about all that is Beatles and Rolling Stones gear all over the world at prestigious museums, galleries, and universities.
Reach him at Andy@AndyBabiuksFabGear.com
London, 1962, Chris Walter at 16 years old, takes his first pictures. Those pictures were of Little Richard. It was the beginning of the Rock and Roll era and the beginning of Chris Walter’s career that has spanned over half a century.
Chris continued with The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, The Who and the many music icons that shaped, not only the music scene, but our culture the world over. Chris’s talent, with an incredible eye to capturing the moment, is unique and timeless. Chris continues capturing and memorializing our most beloved entertainment stars.
Chris Walter is one of the most published music photographers world wide with many album covers, magazines, newspapers, books, documentaries, television and motion pictures.
For those of us lucky enough to have lived though the greatest music to grow up to, we now have the opportunity to own and enjoy this collectable art. And, for those new aficionados that get inspired by historical music icons, it’s a great collectable art treasure to own.
Chris Walter’s photography is now available as Limited Edition Art Prints and other various formats.
Maryanne Bilham is an award-winning photographer best known for subjects including rock ‘n’ roll musicians, celebrities and personal fine art pieces. Maryanne started her career in Auckland, New Zealand. Maryanne moved to Hong Kong in the mid-’80s where she produced photography for Asia’s top agencies and music companies. When Bilham moved to Los Angeles in the mid-’90s, she formed a business with husband (rock photographer) Robert Knight. Since her arrival in this city, her pathway has led her to commissioned work with some of the music industry’s more visible music companies and publications as well as artists such as Carlos Santana, Def Leppard, The Go-Go’s, Cyndi Lauper, Zakk Wylde, Orianthi, Slash, Dave Navarro, Tommy lee, Garbage, Blondie, Sheryl Crow, Jeff Beck, Heart, Courtney Love, John 5, Carole King, and Lorde.
Robert M. Knight
Rock and roll photographer Robert M. Knight has been visually documenting legendary music artists since 1968, and has amassed an archive of over 200,000 images. As a professional photographer, his first three subjects were, in order, Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin – the latter at the first show on their debut U.S. tour in January ’69 at the Sunset Strip landmark Whisky A Go Go (Knight had to sneak in with the band because he was underage). In a career that has since found him at the right place at the right time many times over, Knight has maintained longtime friendships with many of his famous subjects, and continues to seek out the best new musicians – with a penchant for guitarists – who carry on the tradition of the rock stars who first passed before his lens.
“108 Rock Star Guitars”
Armed with a macro lens, an incredible eye for detail and a truly ground breaking vision, Lisa Johnson’s guitar art, is taking the world of fine art photography on a rock and roll ride.
Born into a talented family, with a mother that sings and a father that plays guitar, bass, violin and mandolin, Lisa fell in love with melody and imagery and pursued a career in photography. After a successful 10-year stint at Kodak, Lisa found herself befriending the owner of a vintage guitar shop in Memphis, TN. It was there that she began to exclusively photograph guitars.
Since then, Lisa has photographed the guitars of Les Paul, Jimmy Page, Roger Waters, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, Eric Clapton, Lou Reed, Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee, John Lee Hooker, Peter Frampton, Chrissie Hynde, Joe Satriani, Wayne Kramer, Michael Wilton, Phil Collen, Ace Frehley, Ted Nugent, Carlos Santana, Scotti Hill, Ben Harper, Bucky Pizzarelli, John Scofield, John Hiatt, Luther Dickinson, Dickey Betts, Warren Haynes, Lucky Peterson, Al Kooper, T-Model Ford, Robert Belfour, Steve Earle, Keb Mo, Nancy Wilson, Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, Robbie Robertson, George Benson, Steve Vai, Jack White, SLASH, John Entwistle, Michael Monarch, Brian May, Derek Trucks, Johnny Winter, Brad Paisley, Willie Nelson, Richard Thompson, Gary Rossington, Joe Walsh, Robby Krieger, Mick Ronson, Bob Margolin, Hutch Hutchinson, Bonnie Raitt, Brian Setzer, Ian Anderson, Martin Barre, Zakk Wylde, Warren DiMartini, Dave Mustaine, Lemmy Kilmister, Phil Campbell, K.K. Downing, Steve Howe, Dave Mason, Tommy Shaw, Mark Farner, Brian Robertson, Steve Morse, Porl Thompson, Michael Schenker, and many more.
Far from still life, Lisa’s work conjures the abstract, yet also possesses a very sensual and ethereal feel that intentionally illustrates the intimate wear and tear details of the instrument. Her unique presentation undoubtedly personifies the musician and captures their true spirit in these wooden extensions of their own iconic flesh.
Her debut book entitled “108 Rock Star Guitars” was released on October 8th, 2013 in which the foreword was written by Les Paul. A softcover edition was released November 11th, 2014 by Hal Leonard. A second edition, 108 Rock Star Guitars, Vol 2 is scheduled for release by Hal Leonard in Fall 2018.
Jim Evans aka Taz
Artist and designer Jim Evans, aka TAZ, learned his trade in the San Francisco underground scene. He has illustrated comics, album covers, rock and film posters, as well as advertising and magazine illustrations. Evans is the founder of the TAZ collaboration, which is responsible for hundreds of gig posters, album covers, and rock ephemera. TAZ has turned out numerous posters for bands like the Foo Fighters, U2, Oasis, Porno For Pyros, Green Day, Pearl Jam, The Beastie Boys, Ramones, Rage Against The Machine, Wu Tang Clan, Metallica, and Nine Inch Nails. TAZ also did a number of high profile album jackets for The Beastie Boys, Beck, Aerosmith, House of Pain, and Face To Face. TAZ has been exhibited and disseminated worldwide.
Eamon Harrington is a multi Emmy-winning producer/director based in Malibu, who has in recent years emerged as one of the most original artistic voices in Southern California. His work embraces bold, dramatic colors, provocative word play, and an impish sense of humor. Eamon is a painter for the people… his work is accessible and joyful, which is why so many homes in the Malibu community have Eamon’s paintings on their walls. We are happy to have him exhibiting at the Malibu Guitar Festival this year.