The Guitar as Art

  • 2 Magicians
  • Custom Ariel
  • Ariel and Goodfellow
  • Oberon and Falstaff
  • Othello and Orsino
  • Caliban and Egyptian
  • Model 42
  • Mandolin Family
  • King John and Sir Toby Bass Guitars
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  • 2 Magicians
    Two magicians !
  • Custom Ariel
    Custom Ariel
    Mike English originally commissioned this guitar in 1982. That is actually a mirror, made in that shape. It isn't a trick. Notice the edges of all the individual panels.
  • Ariel and Goodfellow
    A series of photographs by Keith Beardmore within a complex studio set - no retouching or computer enhancement, just lots of work.

    Goodfellow (left) and Ariel
    The lanterns were picked out by individual spotlights - look at those shadows. Even the branches and lanterns are cut outs, not painted onto the background.
  • Oberon and Falstaff
    Falstaff (left) and Oberon
    The lighting on these wasn't just to show the guitars, the shadows became part of the pictures. All the sets and props were hand painted and jig sawed from mdf sheet, by a local theatre designer.
  • Othello and Orsino
    Orsino (left and Orsino
    Shadows, spotlights. I still have these photographic sets. With the amount of work involved, I could not throw them away!
  • Caliban and Egyptian
    Egyptian (left) and Caliban
    Note the shackles for the 'Savage and deformed slave'
  • Model 42
    Model 42
    The guitars here are Model 42 which we don't make now. Notice the mouse? Think Douglas Adams.
  • Mandolin Family
    The mandolin family
    The 'sky' and two floor sections were individual plywood panels painted in perspective. The curtains are two more panels, with two more 'stage left'
  • King John and Sir Toby Bass Guitars
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    Single Malt
    Keith and I took these pictures at the 'Barrel Park' in Alloa in 2002. Empty casks from all the distilleries.
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    Single Malt Alexander
    One of my favourite shots. That poor guy missed his tea break for this photograph, stood there in a cloud of steam for 30 minutes. Word of advice - never argue with a cooper. If he wants to help, he will. If he doesn't.
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