Kantor on Chris Reccardi
When starting the creative process… I ask my artists who their inspirations are… what turns them on… to kind of get inside their head before beginning… Elliot has long used the “TIKI” God as his personal symbol. Elliot mentioned that he was quite enamored with a particular artist who had worked in various mediums including television that had an eye for the type of vibe Elliot wished to capture. I suggested he contact the artist and see if in fact he might be interested to pen some artwork for our guitar project. As it turns out… Chris is also a musician, a guitar player, and had worked on a few other unrelated guitar art projects. Chris got right on it and quickly delivered the amazing imagery you see here. Being a big fan of Elliot and The Cars, back in 1979 Chris snuck in to see his first “CARS” concert in New York’s Central Park so this guitar is payback time!
Kantor Guitars featured artist Chris Reccardi has been working 24/7 on a his new TV series for Disney and only now finally found the time to catch up with his friend, fan and TIKI GODS bandmate Elliot Easton.
Here’s a shot at Elliot’s home in CA. Chris finally signing this one of a kind piece of musical art that has been created in collaboration with Kantor Guitars. Now we have officially finished this amazing project!
Elliot Easton’s Momofuku
Check it out! the guitar was recently delievered to Elliot and seems he’s been enjoying it already! Check out this link at ‘The Les Paul Forum’: http://www.lespaulforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=176562
About the artist
Chris Reccardi is a veteran of TV and Film Animation and a successful fine artist in the Pop Surrealism fine art scene.
An Animator, Designer, Story Artist, Director, and Musician, Chris has contributed to such acclaimed cartoons as The Ren & Stimpy Show, Samurai Jack, powerpuff Girls and many more . His conceptual design and storyboard work can be seen in features recently released by DreamWorks (Shrek 3 & 4, Monsters Vs. Aliens), Film Roman (“Rob Zombie’s haunted world of El Superbeasto”) and Sony Pictures Animation’s “Cloudy with a chance of meatballs”. He has recently completed development on 3 original pilots for Cartoon Network’s “Cartoonstitute” shorts program.
Chris’s Paintings have developed an international collector base and have been featured in Juxtapoz Magazine (June ’06). Past exhibits include galleries in Palm Springs, Seattle, Los Angeles and Denver, and future exhibitions at Outre Gallery in Melbourne AU, and M Modern Gallery in Palm Springs, CA.
Chris won a Rueben Award from the National Cartoonists Society (for “Samurai Jack, 2002), and has been nominated for an Annie Award (for Powerpuff Girls, 2005).
Chris has also composed and performed music for 2 original TV pilots (“IMP, inc, 2002, and Nickelodeon’s “The Modifyers”, 2007) as well as the title theme songs and various background music for “The Ren & Stimpy Show”. A future music solo album is planned as well.
Chris lives and works in a tiny suburb of Los Angeles which was nearly destroyed by fire in 2009. Thank goodness the town survived!