Quasi x Will Gaynor

Quasi x Will Gaynor

Will Oldham aka Bonnie Prince Billy

Last year Quasi Skateboards released the “Prince” deck, featuring a portrait of Will Oldham, aka Bonnie “Prince” Billy, by Austin based artist Will Gaynor.

Oldham is one of my favorite musicians and when I saw the photo of him holding this deck I was psyched. The deck was solid, but it was Gaynor's depiction of BPB that captivated me. After a little research I tracked down Gaynor through his Instagram account and inquired about purchasing a print of his drawing. I was in luck as he still had a few remaining and now it hangs proudly in my office. 

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Artwork

Since then, Gaynor has been an inspiration in my own artistic endeavors. His work has a rural folk art feel that tells a story with his rich color palette and his near collage/storybook layouts. He says his artwork is "An interpretation of stories and experiences retold to create an ongoing personal and visual, canonical folktale." Nailed it! 

The Arc of My Journey - Acrylic on paper 2006

The Arc of My Journey - Acrylic on paper 2006

3X'S The Pain (The Ballad of Ricky Akers)

3X'S The Pain (The Ballad of Ricky Akers)

As a painter myself, I feel that music is the ying to art's yang and I'd say Gaynor may agree. Besides his tribute to Oldham, Gaynor sprinkles in or flat out commemorates musicians in his work.

Untitled - Acrylic on book cover, 2016

Untitled - Acrylic on book cover, 2016

Songs of Loving and Leaving - Acrylic on paper 2014

Songs of Loving and Leaving - Acrylic on paper 2014

Collaboration

Last month, Quasi and Gaynor teamed up again with Will providing the artwork for both Al Davis and Tyler Bledsoe's pro models. 

Al Davis Pro Model

Al Davis Pro Model

Tyler Bledsoe Pro Model

Tyler Bledsoe Pro Model

This collaboration is one I will continue to watch. You can purchase either deck by following the link below and please take a chance to visit Will Gaynor's website. He has quite the portfolio on display and even a shop where you can purchase original artwork, prints, t shirts, as well as that awesome print of Will Oldham.