Jason was 15 at the time I painted this painting. What inspired the painting
was my amazement at Jason's wizardry on guitar.
I had taught him Dylan and classical guitar.
I did not know he secretly
became a master of rock guitar
on his own in his room
when through with my lessons.
It is kind of goofy
but fitting with the eternal naughty child that Jason is
that the title was inspired by the Disney cartoon
of Mickey mouse
as a the sorcerer's apprentice.
Mickey secretly gets hold of the Sorcerer's wand
and commands mops and buckets
to dance and splash water and clean everything
until they flood the world.
Jason took my wand guitar
and made wild crazy music.
You can see in the painting
how his guitar creates mountains
and thunder and magic everywhere.
he was the Sorcerer
the lowly apprentice.
Gary Becker's son Jason joined David Lee Roth's band (following Steve Vai and Edward Van Halen) in 1989. A week later, Jason was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). He completed one gold record with Roth and had to quit the band as his paralysis increased. Jason has 6 solo albums to his credit, and is world-famous for his innovative pyrotechnics in his band "Cacophony" (with Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman).
Gary says, "When Jason told me of his disease I promised him I would never let him go through this alone or in an institution. I resigned from my job to be Jason's full-time caregiver. I assist him in all his medical and musical needs and projects, including his album, "Perspective", which he composed, recorded, and released while battling ALS."
Though Jason is on life support systems and is completely paralyzed now, he continues to compose deep, emotional work using only eye movements. Since 1989, Gary has spent his days with Jason, going from heartache to witnessing miracles. He has never stopped drawing, painting, and writing poetry. He says, "My art has helped to keep me stable and centered and focused on what is really important in life." Sales of his art help with some of Jason's medical bills.
Art Center Gallery has the Gallery Exclusive with Jason and Gary Becker Art for Team Becker in Gallery.
Please look at the art carefully and consider supporting Gary and Jason. Art Center Gallery is the first gallery to offer Becker's art. We exclusively carry all the canvas giclées, which are signed and numbered to 99 only. This is the SN Edition. Each canvas giclée includes an original Jason Becker thumb print/signature, and Gary signs his name.
We also have the paper giclées that are all open edition, and signed by both Gary and Jason. If you have a question we are also handling original pieces of Gary's and new pieces as they become available. He has only limited time to paint because much of his time is spent caring for Jason, and helping his son share his music with the world. Their story is detailed in the documentary "Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet."
We at Art Center Gallery are moved by Gary and Jason's drive to continue to create despite the many challenges they have faced together. Jason's 260k+ Facebook fans consider him a deep source of inspiration. We are eager for you to learn about Gary and Jason, and to see the artwork that draws from every facet of their fascinating lives.