10 Guitars. 10 Artists. 1 Great Cause.

For the month of October, Art Attack SF partnered up with the Hard Rock Cafe to raise funds for the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund.The Hard Rock Cafe San Francisco provided 10 of our artists with 10 guitars to go wild on and creatively reimagine using various artistic mediums.

100% of all proceeds for this project will go to the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund, an organization that provides emergency financial assistance to low-income people battling breast cancer in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. 

Guitar 1: Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh (sold out)

Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh is an Oakland, CA based visual artist whose current work is focused primarily on the shifting urban landscape. An avid observer and prolific photographer, she employs a vast catalog of visual notes and memories to create her work.

A lover of materials and process, Dawline-Jane uses a range of media including relief printmaking, pen and ink, photo transfer and encaustic. She is currently an artist in residence at Oxtail Studios and Gallery in Berkeley, CA.

Artist Inspiration Statement:

"I was a young teen living in the suburbs of New York when I first got bitten with the rock and roll bug. It was the era of hair metal, and most of the narratives of the music videos and the legends behind the formation of my favorite bands were the same: kid gets off the bus in Hollywood, joins a band, parties.

I spent most of my time drawing pencil portraits of my idols, dreaming of the day I would move to California and design album covers for a living. Though I ended up moving to California for different reasons, I chose the inspiration for my guitar design, The Golden State, in the hope that it will help to allow people facing the challenges of dealing with breast cancer the resources they need to dream big." 

About the GuitarFENDER SQUIER ® STRATOCASTER

- Contoured alder body
- Bolt-on maple neck
- Late '60s style headstock
- Three single coil pickups 
- Standard tremolo system

 

Medium:
Oil based paint marker


See more work from Dawline-Jane here.

 

Guitar 2: Elliott C. Nathan

Hailing from rural Connecticut, Elliott C. Nathan has been living and working in San Francisco for three years. In that short time he has had over 30 public showings, including four gallery shows and three art auctions.

Elliott loves bright colors and thick black lines. His most recent works explore the world through a Pop and Surrealist lens, translating elephants, squid, eyes, pyramids, explosions, San Francisco architecture, vintage TVs, robots, hearts, and ham into colorful mixed media paintings.

Artist Inspiration Statement:

Elliott's artwork often incorporates bright colors and bold outlines as he flows from light sketches to the final piece. Nathan took as simpler approach for this guitar project choosing a limited color palate and focusing on the inspiration for the Hard Rock Cafe event and raising money in support of breast cancer research.  

About the Guitar: Fender Acoustic DG-8S

-Branded with Hard Rock's iconic logo
-Fender acoustic is numbered for authenticity
-The Acoustic DG-8S is a Dreadnaught Acoustic with a Solid Top. 

 

Medium:
Acrylic paint

See more work from Elliott here.

  

Guitar 3: Elvira Dayel

A Ukrainian native, Elvira Dayel is currently based in San Francisco Bay Area. Elvira works in series of large abstract works of drawings done in soft/dry pastel on paper as well as 3D-printed mixed media sculpture.

In her work, Elvira references the 20th century Russian avant-garde, the Constructivism and Suprematism, Matisse’s “cut-outs”, etc. but incorporates her own 21st century voice. Trained as an artist & an architect, she also work in new media including digital rendering (surface & space visualization) and 3d-printing.

Artist Inspiration Statement:

"In my dream I saw a flower explosion and music like an emotional outburst both land onto the body of my guitar and a holding case. Inspired by a pattern of the flower abstraction willing to fragment its petals and stamen give birth to a small butterfly whose wings are only partially formed. Only the bottom pair of its wings is formed at birth. The flower petals open up further and give life to a melody, which inspires another set of wings for the tiny and amazing creature. It starts to fly. A few moments later is the moment where the butterfly spreads its wings and flaps them freely. Wind picks up the song, flap of the wings and, finally, the strings’ vibration bring to life the instrument. Each string and chord strike give a unique sound yet together they make a melody, a song; similarly each line of the artwork is on its own while forming an overall composition. My wish for the guitar/case assemblage is to bring hope, life and cure to those who currently are in a desperate and critical need."

About the Guitar: FENDER SQUIER ® STRATOCASTER

- Contoured alder body
- Bolt-on maple neck
- Late '60s style headstock
- Three single coil pickups 
- Standard tremolo system

 

Medium:
Permanent acrylic markers (Guitar), laser cut acrylic sheets for display case(front panel – clear acrylic, back panel – mirror acrylic)

Image of a flower and butterfly progressively growing a second pair of wings.

See more work from Elvira here.

 

 

 

Guitar 4: Heather McFarlin

Sausalito-based artist Heather McFarlin walks around with eyes, ears, and senses open, letting the impressions and imprints of her surroundings wash over and through her, and eventually end up on the expressive playing field of her canvas.

Finding the most interest in the blending of vibrant beauty with imperfection and vulnerability, McFarlin takes viewers into a realm that is a bit off-kilter and out of perspective. Often the surreal juxtaposition of subjects, shapes, or energetic marks are reminiscent of a dreamstate, fairytale, or rearranged reality. Her colorful paintings are akin to storytelling or narration, only each viewer will certainly have a different interpretation. Each piece is rich with symbolism, color, movement, and tonality. 

Artist Inspiration Statement:

"I want to express the memories and energy of Rock music as I experienced it from growing up in the ‘70’s and ‘80’s in Northern California. When you are a kid, rock music can be like a savior, because it is so authentic and emotional, so real when everything else is trying so hard to be status quo. There is a freedom that is felt when the mysteries and restrictions of life are delved into and touched, and that experience can be heard/sensed/felt in the sound of rock ‘n roll and the electric guitar specifically. The symbols here are what I associate with the transcendent experience of rock ‘n roll: The amp, the American flag, the skull, Pink Floyd triangle and spectrum of light, stars, the record, mixed tape, lightening and fire, etc. The color pink is used throughout in honor of breast cancer awareness." -Heather McFarlin

About the Guitar: FENDER SQUIER ® STRATOCASTER

- Contoured alder body
- Bolt-on maple neck
- Late '60s style headstock
- Three single coil pickups 
- Standard tremolo system
 

Medium:
Decocolor paint pens

See more work from Heather here.


 

Guitar 5: Jilliann Silva (sold out)

 

Jilliann Silva is an ever-evolving artist that explores new concepts and mediums without fear or hesitation. When she's not painting on canvas, she can often be found applying her art to existing objects, or creating mixed media pieces.

Without any formal artistic training, her success in custom painted shoes has projected her name into the world single handedly, and helped her open her own small shop. Jilliann plans on going back to school and creating a brand that will steadily give back to both people and animals which is what she loves best.

Artist Inspiration Statement:

"For this project, I focused on her favorite era of San Francisco history, the 1960's, and traveling nomadic hippies.  The artistic guitar called for feminine details as its curves suggest—for these details, I honed in on folk music (which then I thought of folk art), ultimatealy leading leading to be inspired by Russian folk art.  I imagined someone traveling, a gypsy perhaps, and picking up this guitar in a rural era of the country, and eventually it making it to our very own Golden Gate Park during the Summer of Love." 

About the Guitar: Fender Acoustic DG-8S

-Branded with Hard Rock's iconic logo 
-Fender acoustic is numbered for authenticity
-The Acoustic DG-8S is a Dreadnaught Acoustic with a Solid Top. 

 

Medium:
Acrylic enamel paint

See more work from Jilliann here.

 

Guitar 6: Maria Motta (sold out)

”Growing up surrounded by colors and landscapes gave me the inspiration to create images that reflect my childhood.”-Maria Motta


María was born in Colombia and grew up feeding her imagination with stories and landscapes that she treasured in her drawings. As a result, her love for illustration flourished. In 2010 she received a BFA from Jorge Tadeo Lozano University (UJTL) in Bogotá, Colombia. Maria currently resides in Berkeley, CA, and attends the Academy Of Art University (AAU) in San Francisco, CA, where she is a candidate for a MFA in Illustration.

 

Artist Inspiration Statement:

It is important to remember that life goes on and beauty does not diminish, but rather change. The petals may fall from the flower, but the plant itself, with its curves and colors, remains. It is unique and special and the removal of a, perhaps, more celebrated piece does not lessen the whole. The same goes for survivors of breast cancer. Beauty remains in spite of the pain and loss that has gone before.    

About the Guitar: Fender Acoustic DG-8S

-Branded with Hard Rock's iconic logo
-Fender acoustic is numbered for authenticity
-The Acoustic DG-8S is a Dreadnaught Acoustic with a Solid Top. 

 

Medium:
Acrylic paint and a lot of love!

See more work from Maria here.

 

Guitar 7: Noah Ptolemy

"I never did live in any one place for very long. I was born in Victoria B.C. but was living in Kyoto, Japan by the time I was 5yrs old. Japanese was my first language, and subsequently Japanese culture is what shaped all my sensibilities very early on. Coming to America for the first time when I was 13 yrs old was a huge culture shock for me. I looked the American part, but I couldn't read or write English and my spoken word was very weak. Feeling like an outsider began right then for me. Ironically, in Japan I was the minority but never ever felt left out of the group.

         
At 23 yrs old I found myself constantly asking myself what I was supposed to do with my life. I knew it was something creative - but what? It was during the Summer of 2004 while living in Detroit, Mi when I started putting all my energies into drawing and painting. Set against Detroit's crumbling neighborhoods and economy, my work quickly started incorporating elements of both isolation and hope. As someone who had a rough time forging an identity when first arriving in the U.S., I felt like I could really relate to a city no one seemed to cared about. Ten years later my work carries a similar tone, but has become character based. All the characters look the same so that everyone has an equal shot." -Noah Ptolemy
 

Artist Inspiration Statement:

"The artwork on this guitar, much like all my other works, is primarily inspired by mankinds everyday struggles and triumphs. This is expressed through the piling of my characters, as they all fight for their place to call home."

About the Guitar: Fender Acoustic DG-8S

-Branded with Hard Rock's iconic logo
-Fender acoustic is numbered for authenticity
-The Acoustic DG-8S is a Dreadnaught Acoustic with a Solid Top. 

 

Medium:
Acrylic paint and India Ink

See more work from Noah here.

 

Guitar 8: Norio Fujikawa (sold out)

"Currently based in San Francisco, I am a product designer by trade and have been doing it professionally for a while (longer than I’d care to admit). When I’m not working at my 9 to 5, I try to find the time to sketch, paint, or make 3D models. Characters to robots to vehicles, I love putting all the ideas floating around in my head out in some way.

 

I grew up reading classic manga and watching a lot of anime, sci-fi, and fantasy films. So, as you can imagine, the amazing visions and designs of those artists have greatly influenced my work. I remember reading books over and over such as Cyborg 009, Ginga Tetsudo 999, Captain Harlock, Black Jack, Doraemon, Dr. Slump, Dragon Ball or sitting down for the first time to watch Yamato, Gundam, reruns of Mazinger, Kamen Rider, or Ultraman (7 was always my favorite). Old sci-fi shows like Thunderbirds or Space 1999 with their amazing vehicles have left quite an impression on me too. Of course film has a done a lot to inspire me. I have to run out and see any and all films with effects in it, live action or animation." -Norio Fujikawa

Artist Inspiration Statement:

"In my work, women and bikes are a common theme. The combination of a strong woman with a powerful machine is an image I find inspiring. I felt the guitar project for the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund was a perfect opportunity to showcase such an image. I am honored and humble to be given the opportunity to contribute to support a worthy cause." 
 

About the Guitar: Fender Acoustic DG-8S

-Branded with Hard Rock's iconic logo
-Fender acoustic is numbered for authenticity
-The Acoustic DG-8S is a Dreadnaught Acoustic with a Solid Top. 

 

Medium:
Acrylic paint 

This guitar sold during the opening night on 10/8!
See more work from Norio here.

 

Guitar 9: Turtle Wayne

Wayne Chan (born December 25 1978) is an artist also known as Turtle Wayne. Heavily influenced by comic strips, cartoons, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, he focuses on turning everything into a turtle in hopes of brightening people’s day.

Turtle Wayne has a bachelors in Art studio from UC Davis and a masters in multimedia from Cal State University, East Bay. His turtles and doodles have been on walls in Facebook Headquarters, on a garage at an Art Gallery in San Francisco, and several restaurants in the Bay Area. Turtle Wayne’s artistic philosophy is to be like the turtle. To go at your own pace, to have everything you need with you, and to live a long care-free life.

Artist Inspiration Statement:

"I am humbled, honored, and proud to be involved in such a creative event designed to bring awareness to women’s breast cancer. The charity’s objective is to assist women in need within 24 hours and that’s inspirational. I hope that my artwork will help this cause. I drew items onto the guitar’s pick guard and back plate that represent breast cancer awareness and rock and roll. I am grateful for the chance to help."

About the Guitar: FENDER SQUIER ® STRATOCASTER

- Contoured alder body
- Bolt-on maple neck
- Late '60s style headstock
- Three single coil pickups 
- Standard tremolo system

 

Medium:
Black Decocolor paint markers and Krylon clean matte finish 

See more work from Turtle Wayne here.

 

Guitar 10: Zebulon Goodell

Originally hailing from the Midwest, Zeb has resided in San Francisco for over 10 years. Zeb works with various mediums and enjoys all forms of communicating through art.

 
“I believe in art work that engages people but in a fun and exciting manner. I like my work to inspire other people’s own creativity. I like to create works that are approachable, humorous and non-threatening.  When we are young creativity and art is a priority in our lives. As we age people are encouraged to be more practical and gravitate away from creative endeavors. Because of this, art often becomes an activity of the elite and often intimidates rather than inspires. I hope I can give a little voice to those who are unrepresented in the art world and hopefully inspire others to be have some sort of creative outlet in their life.” -Zebulon Goodell
 

Artist Inspiration Statement:

 "Ice cream like life can have outside factors that help to speed up its’ impending ending. We must remember the sweetness of life and strive to focus on the delicious nature even when things start to get sticky. Embrace the melty parts and take whatever life throws us, because before we know it the flavor is gone forever." 

About the GuitarFENDER SQUIER ® STRATOCASTER

- Contoured alder body
- Bolt-on maple neck
- Late '60s style headstock
- Three single coil pickups 
- Standard tremolo system
 

 

Medium:
Resin, acrylic spray paint, and traditional paints. High gloss and matt gloss for the finish. 

See more work from Zebulon here.