Lennon and Jones No Longer M.I.A. at Rock Hall

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Artists Regi Hendrix and Paul Thatcher bring imagery of British Invasion rockers Lennon and Jones to life in support of the Cleveland Rocks! Project with "M.I.A." entry. Original works contributed by the artists are currently available for bid at http://www.juliensauctions.com prior to the Hall of Fame gala and silent auction.

Regi Hendrix provides the missing link to a creation by strumGallery owner and artist Paul Thatcher. Regi, cousin of the late Jimi Hendrix, has recently completed a hand-painted guitar bearing the likenesses of Brian Jones and John Lennon in support of the Cleveland Rocks! Project. The imagery completes Paul's creation of a canvas, titled "M.I.A.", where a ghostly silhouette of a guitar reserves the spot for the famed British Invasion rockers. M.I.A. depicts images of the legendary guitarists Page, Clapton, Beck and Townshend. The Cleveland Rocks! gala attendees will be bidding on sixty-eight custom painted and celebrity signed Epiphone Les Paul guitars donated by Gibson. This event will be held at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum on June 3, 2010. The public can participate in the bidding on-line prior to the event at http://www.juliensauctions.com.

About the Artist
Its no coincidence that visual artist Paul Thatcher embraces sweet distortion. A reckless guitar slinger since seventh grade, Paul is in love with the silky overdriven sound that can be garnered by a vintage Strat backed by a full Marshall stack. As British rockers were invading the hearts, minds and radios across America, Paul's musical pallete was developing and vulnerable to the intoxicating hooks, licks and grooves of the time. The universe that Paul has to draw upon has evolved over the last thirty years. He has performed with many rock bands, experienced the British music invasion, spent countless hours gawking at music gear and frequented bars famous for their musical heritage. It was the computer revolution though that has enabled Paul to visually unleash the fruits of his musical tenure. Inspired by Peter Max's unfettered use of color and bold lines, Warhol's selection of hackneyed subject matter, and the philosophy that what is worth doing, is worth overdoing, Paul constructs his works through the manipulation of digital photography leaving an edgy but memorable hint of the original. Before discovering his musical bent Paul solicited the talents of the late Adirondack artist Ray Jackman to tutor him beyond the basic ability to draw and color management. "Creating the visual equivalent of a catchy tune intrigues me. My unique perspective supplants great lyrics. Disobedient lines govern tempting melodies, while color and texture collaborate to set the hook", states Thatcher. As a reflection of the times, Paul continues to work to capture the vibe of the guitar hero generation. His works can be view on-line at http://www.strumgallery.com or live at his East Avenue gallery in Rochester, New York.

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