Don’t miss your chance to take home this amazing hand-painted Gibson Guitar painted by American portrait artist Michael Shane Neal.
Keith Urban Portrait is a unique guitar that belongs to the GuitarTown Kids Nashville special collection.
GuitarTown Kids is a public arts project of the Gibson Foundation, partnering with the T.J. Martell Foundation, to draw together several of Nashville’s art students and celebrities to raise funds for cancer research at flagship hospitals across the United States. The project focuses on kids helping kids fight cancer while creating beautifully hand-painted Gibson guitars.
Michael Shane Neal (Born November 23, 1968) recently completed portraits of such luminaries as Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, former Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham, former Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne, U.S. Senators Arlen Specter, Robert C. Byrd, Bill Frist, Federal Chief Judge Anthony Scirica, Sir Malcolm Colquhoun of Luss, Scotland; and Actor Morgan Freeman. Listed among 20 contemporary artists “On the Rise” in The Artist’s Magazine’s annual survey in 2004, Neal’s unique, sensitive and insightful paintings display a commitment for portraying not just the outer likeness of his subjects, but their character and personality as well. A self-described “people person,” Neal enthusiastically shares his excitement for interpreting his clients on canvas in a traditional yet painterly style. Since beginning a full time career as an artist at the age of 21, he has completed nearly 500 portraits on display around the country. Of particular note was the commission to paint Senator Arthur Vandenberg for the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. Vandenberg’s portrait is the first commission of its kind in nearly 50 years, and upon receiving the commission at the age of 32, Neal is among the youngest artists ever commissioned by the United States Senate. Neal is the Grand Prize winner of the 2001 Portrait Society of America International Portrait Competition and recently received the Catherine Lorilland Wolfe Award from the National Arts Club and the Tara Fredrix Award from the Audubon Artists, both for landscape. In 2004, he received the Artist’s Magazine Award of Excellence at the Oil Painters of America National Exhibition.
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