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This Week in PhanArt History – Derek Finholt’s Bliss

New from PhanArt in 2011 is our weekly Friday Feature: This Week in PhanArt History. Each piece of art we share is from days of Phish in the past, typically from the 1.0 and 2.0 eras, something of note that fans of all ages can appreciate that is featured in the book PhanArt: The Art of the Fans of Phish, with some commentary on the piece by PhanArt Pete.

This watercolor piece, ‘Bliss‘ from Derek Finholt, a Minnesota native living in Salem, Oregon who painted this piece. He saw his first show at the Target Center in Minneapolis, 11-13-96. At the show he tried drawing a few scenes with his eyes closed, to see what might happen.  The first two just looked like scribbles, but the third one was started right after they started playing, picturing the band in his head and this is what it looked like (hence the old, and current stage layout.)

To copy it exactly, he used plexiglass as a printing plate so he could trace the image, then flip the plexi over and retrace it (to account for it being mirrored in printing).  “Bliss” was printed in a S/N edition of 8 with one A/P, all on Okawara, a thin Japanese mulberry paper.  There is also one A/P on a much heavier cream colored watercolor paper (the first proof). The Okawara paper size is 12 x 17, with deckeled edges, and the platemark measures 6 x 8 3/4.  Color was added by hand with watercolor pencils.

This Week in PhanArt History- Geoffe Stucke Hampton 2003

New from PhanArt in 2011 is our weekly Friday Feature: This Week in PhanArt History. Each piece of art we share is from days of Phish in the past, typically from the 1.0 and 2.0 eras, something of note that fans of all ages can appreciate that is featured in the book PhanArt: The Art of the Fans of Phish, with some commentary on the piece by PhanArt Pete.

This poster was made by Cape Cod area artist Geoffe Stucke for the hiatus-ending shows in January of 2003 in Hampton, Virginia. Taking into account multiple aspects of the weekend, Geoffe created 10 x 23 poster in the style of a ticket stub, replete with the indented edges from those machines that spit out the tickets at the movie theater. Hampton Coliseum is represented in a unique way, with an atom and/or the universe behind his take on the facade. A play button is located in the O of Hampton, noting that it was time to play. Yet there is no reference to the band playing, a creative effort made by many artists to avoid using the word ‘Phish‘ and falling into legal issues as a result.

New feature for 2011 on the PhanArt Blog – This Week in PhanArt History

New from PhanArt in 2011 is our weekly Friday Feature: This Week in PhanArt History. Each piece of art we share is from days of Phish in the past, typically from the 1.0 and 2.0 eras, something of note that fans of all ages can appreciate that is featured in the book PhanArt: The Art of the Fans of Phish, with some commentary on the piece by PhanArt Pete.

For our first piece, we go back to 1999, 11 years ago for the most epic Phish New Years Eve ever. ‘Java’ John Goldacker made this poster for the 12/30-31/99 shows on the Big Cypress Indian Reservation in Florida.

Small fishes adorn the written Phish at the top, with a fish dotting the i. The banner of Big Cypress frames the Cypress Tree that features the silhouettes of the band members very carefully drawn into the branches and leaves. Behind the tree are the sun and the moon, highlighting and symbolizing the day->night nature of the shows and the midnight to sunrise set of the band to ring in the new millennium.