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THE GUITARS - RICKY WATTS
Born in San Francisco in 1980, Richard "Ricky" Watts moved to suburbia the following year and spent the majority of his childhood in a small, close-knit town in northern California. He picked up a love for typography at the young age of 4, when his mother would draw names in bubbly script fonts and he would color them in with markers, tracing over the letters. In his early teens, Watts was introduced to graffiti art by some of his friends. Soon after, he began sneaking out at night to paint his nom de plume on anything and everything in his path. This form of art quickly became a voice to the world and fueled his creative fires.

Graffiti played an important role in Watts' learning, developing color concepts, composition, and a strong attention to detail. His eclectic influences include H.R. Giger, M.C. Escher, Andreas Marshall, Wes Wilson, Jim Phillips and Salvador Dali; his father's finely detailed pen and ink work; as well as skateboard, tattoo and graffiti cultures. In the past few years, he's begun to exhibit his art in invitational and one-man shows up and down the west coast. He is among a select group of artists who have created pieces for a private collector in Washington state.Today, Watts continues to spend his days working as a graphic artist for a bay area printing company and evenings working diligently in his studio on a variety of art projects and freelance design gigs.

For more information on Ricky Watts, go to rickywatts.com.


Guitar: Gibson Les Paul / Acrylic


EXHIBIT PRIOR TO GALA
The Ricky Watts guitar will be publicly displayed at Gallery One in downtown Petaluma from late January until the Gala (February 28, 2009). Gallery One is located at 209 Western Ave. in Petaluma, CA. For more information about this exhibit, please call Gallery One at (707) 778-8277.

This guitar will be auctioned on the evening of February 28, 2009 at the Phoenix Guitar Gala & Carnaval.

The auction will take place in the Phoenix and will be broadcast worldwide via the Internet while accepting bids from around the world.

ONLINE BIDDER REGISTRATION
Click here to register to bid online for the Guitar Gala on 2/28/09.


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