While the guitar itself is an instrument used to create art, it’s amazing what happens when an artist uses a guitar as an object of his art.
I’m not talking about painting a guitar body – although I’ve seen some pretty cool guitar designs over the years. I’m referring to art that utilizes the recognizable shape of the guitar, not just its ability to create beautiful sound.
The art featured here is, in my opinion, amazing. If there’s a particular piece that you like, share it and give the artist due credit!
So without further ado I would love to share with you my favorite works of art featuring the guitar.
F*@! You Pablo – Ron Ulincy
This work was produced by Portland-based artist artist Ron Ulincy. I don’t feel comfortable repeating the name of the work here on this site but if you want to see the sculpture in more detail, check out the specific sculpture page on his website.
This was a real guitar that Ron sliced up and re-imagined. All of the sudden I think I know what I want to do with old acoustic guitar that’s collecting dust up in the attic!
IF VI WAS IX by Trimpin
Located at the EMP Museum, a incredible non-profit museum in Seattle, the IF VI WAS IX is a sculpture consisting of over 500 instruments and 30 computers used to play them. This work of art was designed by Trimpin, a Seattle-based “sound sculptor”.
What’s most interesting about this art is that viewers are able to don headphones and listen to the different sounds being created by all the instruments together. Crazy indeed.
Present Arms by Yoshihiko Satoh
Japanese artist Yoshihiko Satoh is known for doing some crazy things with strat guitars. One of his earliest works is Present Arms that melds 12 different Strat-like electric guitars into one.
Perhaps he’s poking fun at the guitarists who actually do put together some weird instruments or perhaps he just likes putting together guitars. Either way, I still kinda want to play it.
Rise by Paul Villinski
Paul Villinski is a New York-based artist whose art is often distinguished by butterflies. This particular work, Rise, takes an old hollow-body electric and makes it come alive.
Coffee Table by Chris Chappell
Although it has a practical use – one reason some may not consider this “art” – this coffee table is meant to feel like the guitar is just floating in mid-air. Entitled “Keef Smashed Electric Guitar Steel And Glass Coffee Table”, it’s obvious that creator Chris Chappell is not too keen on succinct names.
Unlike much of the other art showcased here, this piece can actually be bought…for $6,000. I’m fine with my boring coffee table, thank you very much.
The CargoGuitar website describes this art as “a large scale electric guitar consisting of 8-meter long strings that flare through the space in a hyperbolic paraboloid shape.” Designed by Marcelo Ertorteguy, Takahiro Fukuda and Sara Valente as part of an international container competition, this art actually produces some beautiful sound.
You can hear what it sounds like and see videos on the website if you’re interested.
Jimi’s Nightmare by Bruce Gray
Another distortion of the guitar shape for the sake of art, artist Bruce Gray takes a Fender Squier Strat and turns it into something…not a Strat. Having been cut up and re-assembled, this Squier Strat was specifically made for a Children’s Museum in Los Angeles.
Guitar Sculpture by Jeffro Uitto
As part of an installation at Westport Winery, artist Jeffro Uitto decided to use driftwood to create a strangely beautiful guitar. Jeffro is a Washington-based artist who has taken driftwood to an extreme, creating art resembling not just a guitar but also birds, crabs, horses and more.
The cool part of Jeffro’s art is that each piece of driftwood you see here are not formed but rather “rescued” and cured from areas around his home.
Guitar Motorcycle by Ray Nelson
Perhaps this is another example of a loose interpretation of the term “art” but I couldn’t pass it up. This Guitar Motorcycle by Ray Nelson looks interesting but I’m not sure how it would ride. Motorcycle magazine Top Speed guesses that it’s a converted Kawasaki 750 LTD from the 1980’s.
The crazy thing is that based on the headlight, mirrors and even the fact that it has a license plate…it seems that this motorcycle is street legal. I would LOVE to see this driving down my street!
Millenium Falcon Guitar by Tom Bingham
Retired printer and Star Wars enthusiast Tom Bingham decided that having a guitar wasn’t enough. He needed a Star Wars Millennium Falcon guitar.
He didn’t stop there, though. His custom guitars range from other Star Wars ships to a cigar box guitar.
Long Neck Guitar by Rudi Mantofani
What happens when you hang your guitar on the wall for too long? According to artist Rudi Mantofani…it’s not good. This particular piece went on display at the Gallery of Modern Art in Queensland.
Rudi actually had a few different guitar designs on display.
Les Paul Skyline by CubeWorks
Have an extra 5,500 guitar picks laying around? Here’s how you could put them to good use! The folks over at CubeWorks Studios created this beautiful “painting” of a Les Paul electric guitar.
There’s plenty of great guitar pick art out there and it’s even possible to create your own picks out of pretty much anything now.
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