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ALBUM COVERS ART FOR STEVE VAI by CIRUELO
These paintings were created for rock guitarist Steve Vai
EN ESPAÑOL

The Elusive Light and Sound, Vol. 1
This painting is included within the book Luz, the Art of Ciruelo


This painting portraits Steve's head exploding
with light and sound and it's featured within
the EL&S booklet.

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The Secret Jewel Box was initially released
with three CDs in the box, with the remaining releases coming separately throughout the
next couple of years. It's available almost exclusively through Steve's official website,
Vai.com. The Secret Jewel Box is largely
comprised of unreleased material, and music
from dozens of different records (many out
of print). Ciruelo was commissioned to paint
this piece in 1998 by Steve who had seen
a series of illustrations in his first artbook, published in 1990, and liked the
effect of this new marbling technique.

In that book Ciruelo said:

"I especially like to add strange textures to the
skin, like marble or stone, because in this way
I am adding an aesthetic attraction to the
human skin. So, often I start to work the figure
on a blotted ink background. I shape the body
like a sculptor, airbrushing in the shadows and depths, then with a hand brush introduce the highlights and exalting the texture of the stone.
Essentialy what I aim for is to give these figures
the appearance of sculptures while remaining
alive"
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.. The 7th Song

Steve Vai - Enchanting Guitar Melodies
Archives Volume 1

November 2000 - Epic Records - USA

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Mystery Tracks - Archives Vol.3 & Vol.4 - 2001

Steve's idea was to use the same image for all of the Archive's
covers altering the color for each volume.


.. Mystery Tracks - Archives

Various Mysteries - Archives Vol. 3 - 5
Favored Nations 2013

Vai Archives is a series of discs that can contain
anything from minor contributions that Steve has
made to various other artists’ records, to bootlegs,
B-sides, vault tapes and re-shaped extrapolations
of his past catalogs.
Archives Vol. 3 is a compilation of Steve’s bonus
tracks featured on Japanese releases of his CDs,
along with promotional tracks, songs featured on
other albums and unreleased/demo tracks.

Archives Vol. 4 is a collection of songs Steve has
contributed to other projects and records.
Originally only available through Vai.com as part of
the Secret Jewel Box, these albums were re-released
by Favored Nations in 2005.

Various tracks of Vol.3 and Vol.4 are amalgamated
into the digital only release of “Archives Vol 3.5″.

THE 7TH SONG original artwork was painted on a stone, and it's a very representative
work of Ciruelo's technique called Petropictos, the art of painting on stone, in which
the rocks, which are only painted, look like they have been sculpted. To achieve this
realistic effect, he uses the natural relief of the stone surface transforming it into a
figure just by painting it with oils. In 1995, when Steve phoned Ciruelo to commission
him a painting for "The 7th Song" Ciruelo was developing this technique.


A complete step by step of this piece's process
can be found in the book Luz the Art of Ciruelo.

View part of that process.

POSTER AVAILABLE at U$ 29
19" x 27,5" (48 x 68cm)
Contact us for payment details and shipping cost.


1997 Campaign for Dean Markley Blue
Steel Strings using the image of
Steve Vai painted by Ciruelo.

Steve's official site:
www.vai.com

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