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Fleetwood’s by Hamish Burgess. Signed and numbered Limited Edition Giclée print of 300 on water-colour paper. Currently unavailable at this time.
48 x 16 inches, plus a white unprinted border.

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FLEETWOOD’S © Hamish Burgess 2015.
Signed and numbered Limited Edition Giclée print of 300 on water-colour paper. 48 x 16 inches, plus a white unprinted border. Currently unavailable at this time – please email us if interested.
Original illuminated Celtic script by Hamish Burgess, telling the story of Mick Fleetwood, the famous drummer of Fleetwood Mac. The original painting is on stained watercolour paper, with acrylic paint colours, and acrylic black ink outline. A piece specially designed for the Mick Fleetwood Gallery in Lahaina, Maui, Hawai’i.

Hamish created the art after the style of the ‘Book of Kells’ (c.800AD) and ‘Lindisfarne Gospels’ (c.700AD), combined with a modern twist to tell Mick Fleetwood’s story. From his origins and heritage in the UK, through the early Fleetwood Mac years, and up to the present day, the piece contains 23 historical references to Mick’s life and career.

The illuminated ‘F’ is in the classic Insular art style, but contains motifs representing Mick Fleetwood’s heritage. Top left is the black and white Cornish flag (St.Pirans cross), as Mick was born in Redruth, Cornwall, UK.
Below that is the white and red English flag (St.George’s cross), representing his father, John Joseph Kells Fleetwood.
Above is the blue and white Scottish flag or Saltire (St.Andrew’s cross), representing his mother ‘Biddy’, Bridget Maureen Fleetwood. The flag is topped by a purple thistle, the symbol of Scotland.
The entwined yellow spirals represent Mick’s sisters Susan and Sally.
Inside the ‘F’ are more motifs for Mick’s mum and dad. Wing Commander Fleetwood is remembered by the red, white and blue RAF circle with grey wings, which leads into a stylized shamrock, as Mick described his father as ‘an Irish storyteller’ in his autobiography “Play On”.
A spiral connects John to his wife Biddy represented by a Celtic ‘key pattern’ in the colours of Mrs.Fleetwood’s tartan (or plaid), the Kerr tartan, which is her Scottish clan. There is a photo of Mick in his Kerr kilt in the main restaurant.

Under the ‘F’ is an Albatross, which the artist remembers from growing up in the UK, as a huge #1 hit there for the early Fleetwood Mac.
The ‘F’ itself contains classic Celtic knotwork, and turns into Mick Fleetwood himself, in black and white outfit in the style of the ‘Rumours’ album era. Notice his famous wooden balls.

The smaller letters are in classic insular script.
The ‘l’ has a red accent that represents Mick’s red African talking drum.

The first ‘e’ contains two motifs, a green ‘P’ to signify Peter Green, original founder member and guitarist who coined the name ‘Fleetwood Mac’. Also the blue Celtic knotwork represents the ‘cold’ regimented regular drumming style, as opposed to the red Celtic knotwork in the second ‘e’, representing Mick Fleetwood’s unusual ‘hot’ drumming style, as he attributes in his book to his dyslexia. The second ‘e’ also had a pink object, which could represent Harold the pink dildo, attached to Mick’s bass drum during his early Fleetwood Mac days.
The ‘t’ has a Celtic penguin chilling out, a nod to the long-time logo used by the band.
The ‘w’ has a Celtic Blue Whale, representing a house Mick had in Malibu, and also a blues band he had.

The first ‘o’ contains an English Rose, the title of an important early Fleetwood Mac album release in the US.
The second ‘o’ contains ‘Lugh’s Knot’, named after the Celtic sun god Lugh, or Llud, who likely lent his name to Ludgate (Llud’s Gate), part of London. Mick’s rock ‘n’ roll career started in London, which could also be named after the same deity or an early British king.
The second ‘o’ is also shown here as Mick’s bass drum, with snares and cymbals made of Celtic knotwork.

The ‘d’ is another illuminated letter of importance, as it represents Mick Fleetwood today, still in a black and white stage outfit, but now with a red neck scarf. It contains classic Celtic knotwork, but also early Celtic art spirals and curvilinear shapes in flamboyant colours to suit Mick. Although most definitely Celtic, these shapes are similar to Polynesian art, appropriate for Mick’s adopted home of Maui.

The ‘s’ contains a nod to Mick and his father’s middle name of Kells, as his full name is Michael John Kells Fleetwood. The early Celtic shapes in the ‘s’ are the orange and green of Ireland. This whole art piece in in the style of the ‘Book of Kells’ (c.800AD), an ancient illuminated manuscript originally drawn by monks on the sacred Scottish island of Iona, but due to Viking raids on the monastery, it was moved to the abbey in Kells in County Meath in Ireland. The book became known by the name of it’s resting place Kells, where it remained for most of the medieval period. The treasure of Celtic art is now on display in the Library of Trinity College, in Dublin, Ireland. Another masterpiece of Celtic art in similar style are the ‘Lindisfarne Gospels’ (c.700AD), now on display in the British Library in London, England.

The whole piece is surrounded by red dots, a traditional way of picking out an important key word in both of the afore-mentioned manuscripts.

All prints signed and numbered by the artist in pencil at the bottom.
The print you receive will not have the artist’s name across it, as in the photo. That is for internet viewing only.
Aloha and mahalo for looking.

Dimensions 48 × 16 in