John Fahey: Paintings is a catalogue of rarely seen paintings by the much-revered avant-garde guitarist John Fahey (1939–2001). Relatively late in life, Fahey extended his so-called American Primitive approach beyond music, and into abstract paintings.
The first publication focusing on his visual output, this volume, edited in collaboration with Audio Visual Arts (AVA), is illustrated with ninety-two plates and is accompanied by essays from Keith Connolly, founding member of No-Neck Blues Band, and the critic Bob Nickas. In terms of design, it is a conventional book about an extremely unconventional figure. The paintings are all shown in relative proportion to one another, maintaining fidelity to the range of sizes in which Fahey worked. The book’s cover is exposed board with a book cloth spine, featuring a tipped-in cover plate and foil stamped typography.