There are several new paintings hanging on the walls at the Yavapai College Library; there for a short-term exhibit. The paintings may help the community remember a young artist and musician named Brian Gianelli. And to those who didn’t know the Prescott native, the paintings may serve as an introduction to him, via some of the work he left behind.
On December 29th, 2004, Brian and his two friends, Dewey Nelson and Luke Agosta decided to take their canoe down Granite Creek. Because of storms the waters were racing down the creek in flash-flood fashion. Nelson was the only one who survived when the canoe capsized. Gianelli, 25, and Agosta, 21, died that day in the creek.
Gianelli was born in Prescott and his father, Steve, taught at Prescott High School for several years. Brian attended PHS, and while there drew political cartoons for the school newspaper, The Badger. He was also a cartoonist for the newspaper his mother, Charlotte Keller, and her husband Bob published in Lake Havasu City.
Gianelli’s talents also extended into the world of music; in fact he was well known as a musician, lyricist and performer. His first band, under the name Bueno, released 2 albums for Volcome Entertainment before changing their name to All Autonomy. Gianelli was a singer and played guitar in the groups. He was also known for writing the group’s song lyrics, which were usually about social and political issues. In a July 14, 1999 interview with the University of Arizona’s newspaper, The Wildcat, Gianelli’s feelings about his music are evident when he said, “The aspiration is still the music. It’s all that we want to do, we feel it in our bones.”
Gianelli’s paintings will be on display through April 30th.