The Mockingbird Foundation is excited to announce the upcoming release of a new, 8-piece art print series commissioned for our upcoming book, The Phish Companion 3rd Edition (TPC3). These gorgeous hand-crafted art prints, each with an edition size of 420, will go on sale via the Bottleneck Gallery website on Thursday, August 6th. Full, matching-number sets of eight prints will go on sale at 12:00 noon ET, and will be priced at $400. Individual prints, priced at $50 each, will go on sale at 1pm ET.
Mockingbird will also be participating in the PhanArt-produced A World Café Live One art show on August 12th in Philadelphia, where we will debut the TPC3 art print series. The Foundation will have both full sets and individual prints available for purchase, as well as an exclusive rainbow foil variant of AJ Masthay's latest masterpiece (only available at the show).
The Phish Companion by The Mockingbird Foundation is the definitive guide to the band and its music. First published in 2000, the all-new Third Edition is being self-published by the Foundation, with all proceeds going to charity – youth music education. The full-color TPC3 is chronologically organized, will be complete through the end of Phish’s summer 2015 tour, and will go to print shortly thereafter. The Mockingbird Foundation has commissioned eight top rock artists to interpret and illustrate each of eight eras of the band’s career, each of which will be presented as a two-page spread in TPC3 and as a limited-edition (420 signed and numbered copies) art print.
In the days leading up to the August 6 sale, we will be giving a preview on Phish.net of each of the prints in the TPC3 series. Here are the first two:
Print #1: TPC3 - Phish 1.0, 1983-1989
Artist: David Welker
We are honored to have acclaimed artist David Welker (Phish's Rift album cover, 6+ official prints, Hoerle-Guggenheim Gallery artist) interpret the genesis era of Phish's 32+ year career. Featuring knight-in-shining-armor Rutherford the Brave as he plunges into the watery depths, this print is bursting with imagery from the the band's epic saga (and Trey's Goddard senior thesis) "The Man Who Stepped into Yesterday" (aka Gamehendge), and deftly honors Phish's earliest years. Includes a hidden glow-in-the-dark layer! We've really gotta hand it to you, David...
Print #2: TPC3 - Phish 1.1, 1990-1992
Artist: Sei Rey Ho
Sei Rey Ho and his studio Us & Them are the creative forces behind numerous posters, logos and patches created in recent years for Phish and side projects, and his clean, engaging design has won numerous awards. In his print for TPC3, Sei Rey presents a parade of the animal subjects of many of the band's songs, led by the not-quite-yet-famous mockingbird, as they follow the lines going south toward bigger shows, larger crowds, and ever-greater success.
Come back tomorrow to see the next print in the series!
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