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June 1st, 2019

Vintage Fender Telecaster

ARTIST: John Fishman, United States
ARTIST STATEMENT: I have admired the design of guitars since I began playing them as a teenager, and built a few of my own in high school and college. They are truly practical art, meant to be admired and used. In my mind, Fender Telecasters, such as this 1962 “Fiesta Red” example, epitomize mid-century American design: mass-produced, futuristic, exciting and fun! Telecasters have provided the inspiration for countless innovative musicians whom I admire across so many genres, including country, blues, rock ‘n’ roll, folk, jazz, and bluegrass.

In this piece, I tried to capture not only the light, but the details that reveal this guitar’s journey: the dents and dings, the chip marks and scratches that testify to a well-loved, much-used instrument.
I was playing in my 9” x 12” Stillman & Birn Gamma sketchbook, using my Platinum Carbon fountain pen, Platinum Carbon Black ink, and some brand-new-to-me Schmincke Horadam gouache paints, plus a Uni-ball Sign pen for the highlights.

MEDIA: Ink, gouache
SURFACE: Gamma Series – Heavyweight – 150 gsm – Ivory – Medium Grain

ABOUT THE ARTIST: John Fishman uses his sketchbook as a place of meditation to unwind from his sometimes stressful day job as a hospital chaplain. He believes that each piece of art is an act of recreation, not only of the object, but of the artist, and that making art is a form of play, in the best possible way. He tries to post daily to his Instagram account: @justrecreationing.

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