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Seeing this on the site today made me smile. Thanks for making my day, and bringing back fond memories.
I have been cultivating quite the Rheostatics obsession lately, and this guitar in particular is a big part of that. Saskatchewan on the Double Live album must be listened too, and if anybody DOESN’T have Music Inspired by the Group of 7 get to Maple Music, order it now and after listening to the whole thing put track 7 back on…and again…and again…and again…
Does anyone know where he got the painting done? Did he do it?
i’m 99.9% certain Martin painted it himself.
man, i miss the Rheos.
yes, martin painted the guitar. martin? care to comment?
Thank you Mia ,
It’s a car retouch enamel version of A. Y. Jackson’s
never quite presented idea -for the new Canadian flag in the
’60’s. The drawing I saw seemed like a back of the sketchbook
afterthought. Scribbled notes for the colours. Crimson, Cyan and white. I remember asking Kurt Swinghammer how to do it.
I painted it up for the Group of Seven album.
Mama Mia- beauty On!
Hey CDR, why is Pearson’s Pennant not in your catalogue? Just did a quick search and one website I found says that Commander Alan Beddoe designed the flag known as Pearson’s Pennant, but Martin (along with a host of other sites) suggests that AY Jackson was the artist responsible.
The only distinction I could find (in my few minutes of research!) is that the government’s design had two dark blue lines on each side of the flag, whereas Jackson put two lighter blur – cyan – on the top and bottom. Hmmm…perhaps you’ve just titled your post incorrectly? Maybe Martin Tielli “AY Jackson flag” Guitar might be more accurate?
I cannot find a picture of it, but the original AY Jackson design that Martin emulated can be seen at the Ottawa Art gallery.
I know I’m way late with this question, but is there any way this is the guitar that is hanging at Capsule music in Toronto? Some east coast friends spotted it there and it looks very similar, but is not for sale. I’m in the maritimes, so I can’t confirm anything.
I sure hope it’s not. This thing is iconic to me and a lot of my friends. A wonderful use of a piece of Canadian design history.
It’s nice to see so much Rheos love here. Martin needs to go down in the history books as one of the most unique and genuinely gifted artists in Canada.