Rare is the kid who first picked up a guitar over the last three decades who wasn’t influenced in some way by Yngwie Malmsteen, the Swedish-born guitarist whose virtuosic, neo-classical reinvention of the form landed him on Time’s list of the ten best electric guitar players of all time. So now that Los Angeles-based creativity house SceneFour has decided to reinvent art once more after the success of their rhythm-on-canvas collections, it is only fitting that Yngwie Malmsteen is the flagship artist for a new collection set for release on June 18, 2015, which utilizes a light-based process to craft a limited number of completely unique fine art pieces that literally crystallize Malmsteen’s fretwork on canvas.
Citing classical composers Niccolo Paganini, Bach and Vivaldi as equal influences, Malmsteen received his first guitar at the tender age of 5 years old and started to composing and record his own material at a very early age.Yngwie Malmsteen was also the very first artist to have Fender release a signature model Stratocaster soon to be followed by Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck. Yngwie was recently inducted into the Swedish Music Hall Of Fame, won composer of the year from the Swedish Society of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, and his handprints are in cement on Hollywood’s Rock Walk. Malmsteen and SceneFour spent the last year working in Miami and Los Angeles to develop and craft the seven works in the collection. All pieces are numbered and individually signed by Malmsteen.
SceneFour’s release with Malmsteen is the first full scale release since their massively successful rhythm-on-canvas series, which introduced their groundbreaking method of building abstract artwork through capturing rhythm with 20 iconic drummers such as Bill Ward, Carl Palmer, Rick Allen, Terry Bozzio, Mickey Hart, Dave Lombardo, Steven Adler and Jose Pasillas. SceneFour’s brand of art is often referred to as “arena art” as a result of the unprecedented number of patrons that attend gallery showings of the work, which is quickly making them the fasting selling art team in the United States, boasting a collector base that spans the globe. SceneFour has also released fine art collaborations with RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan, Chuck D of Public Enemy and Bootsy Collins, to name just a few.
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