Art Ukeuleles

The art ukulele by Amy Crehore that I mentioned on Friday caused a bit of a stir on the intertubes after it was picked up by Boing Boing, so I thought I’d take a look at some of the other b-uke-iful creations out there.

christoph Mueller painted ukuleleMy personal favourite is this uke by Christoph Mueller. Hank Williams III calls Mueller’s art, “bad ass work,” and I can’t help but agree. Be sure to check out his Flickr and Saatchi Online.

ukulele book peter donna thomas artFlea Market Music’s art gallery features a selection of ukes including one of Peter and Donna Thomas’ ukulele books.

Duane Hielman’s Picasso style uke is a thing of wonder. He also makes many high quality conventional ukuleles as Black Bear.

Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center display a gallery of painted instruments including this uke.

Fluke ukuleles seem to have inspired many artists and the Fluke Museum has a number of examples including this carved koa fluke.

Ron Phillips makes Deco inspired resonator instruments such as these drool-worthy ukuleles.

Ukuleles and smiles are so often seen together such as on this uke.

Update: Robert Armstrong has created a number of painted ukes and has some creative uses for soundholes – such as the yowl-a-lele.

I’m sure there are plenty I’ve missed. Let me know your favourite.

A huge thanks to the awesome Jenny Flame of Ukulele Nation for her help putting this post together.

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  1. jennyflame July 25th, 2007 6:05 pm

    You’re very welcome.

    Now if I can come up with something to paint on mine. :P

  2. Woodshed July 25th, 2007 6:37 pm

    I’m sure you’ll come up with a mind-blowing idea. Be sure to show me when you do :D

  3. DanDeej July 26th, 2007 1:30 am

    I think I’m going to have to kidnap me an art student.

  4. Mandy July 26th, 2007 9:35 am

    Thanks for mentioning my work, and for your kind comments. If you ever want a ukulele painted, you know where I am!

    Mooglymoo ( Mrs Nipper )

  5. Thomas July 26th, 2007 4:11 pm

    Great article!! I love those painted ukes!! I think I’m gonna contact Mrs Nipper :D

  6. Woodshed July 26th, 2007 5:40 pm

    You’re welcome, Mandy. I just hope DanDeej doesn’t know where you are :P

  7. Joshua July 20th, 2011 4:35 pm

    Check out this great uke complete with mustache inlays:

  8. Woodshed July 20th, 2011 8:31 pm

    Thanks for the link, Joshua.

  9. Corrie Woods May 27th, 2013 11:48 am

    Just came across this post and hope you’ll add Lichty Guitars specialty hand painted guitars and ukuleles. They have been crafted by Jay Lichty and painted by NC artist Clark Hipolito. Great post!

  10. Corrie Woods May 27th, 2013 11:48 am

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