Author: Drew

SATURDAY April 15, 2017:  I’m giving a free demo on how to use UNI POSCA Paint Pens.  

WHERE:  Art Supply Warehouse, 6672 Westminster Blvd., Westminster, CA 92683

WHAT:  Learn all about these great water-based paint pens.  

During this demonstration I will share many different tips and techniques on a blank skateboard.

You can join in and create your own mini drawing on a wood panel with POSCA paint pens.

PRICE:  It’s FREE.  

REGISTER: http://www.artsupplywarehouse.com/events_registration.php?type=DB

It’s tough to spend most of my life working to be known as a surf artist and then to make a complete change in style and subject matter. 

It’s like starting all over again.  But I’m not afraid of change.

 

Some of you have followed my work for decades.  Most of you love the ocean and the idea of living a carefree lifestyle, and that’s what pulled you into my work.

I’ve painted surf inspired art for decades and now have transitioned into my new style which incorporates energy, physics and mathematics. 

But if you break down the surf art and the sacred geometry art, it’s actually not very different.

Both depict the awesome energy of nature and the essence of what it means to live a life well lived.  They just show it in different ways.

Many of you are embracing the explorations I’m making but some look at my newer works with confusion.

Regardless of which camp you fall into, I appreciate you sticking by me on this journey.  If I can lead you into some thought provoking ideas, even if you don’t resonate with them, I’ve done my job as an artist.

Below is an article I wrote for Awakenings Magazine this month.  It explains why ancient symbols are a great fascination and why more and more people are diving into their meaning.  I hope you enjoy it.

I would love to hear your take on these ideas – please leave a comment on this blog post with your thoughts – I read every comment and appreciate the feedback.

Life is good – Drew


 Ancient Wisdom-Modern Art:  Thought, Symbols and Concepts by Artist Drew Brophy

Article printed in Awakenings Magazine Feb/March 2017 Issue

There are timeless symbols that we are all familiar with, such as the cross, the Star of David, the vesica pisces and yin and yang.   We see these symbols all the time, yet many don’t know their true meaning.

Many of these symbols originate from a time when people had a deep understanding of the way the Universe works, an understanding that we lost a long time ago.

The symbols that ancient artists created were describing ideas that they understood and wanted us to remember.  But, it seems that over time people lost the true meanings and for the past few thousand years we have been rediscovering the truth.

Archimedes, Pythagoras, Plato, Da Vinci, Newton, Tesla, all were great thinkers who have led us back to discovering our true potential.  I feel as an artist I am at the crossroads where art, math, and science meet.

We tend to think that everyone sees the world as we do, but most are missing the magnificence of what’s happening around us.

I love nature and surfing and this is where my journey began.  I could always sense the subtle energy happening around me, capturing the natural patterns that make up our world.

 A surfer becomes part of the rhythm of the sea, riding waves of energy created by storms that traveled from far across the globe. It is astounding that humans can navigate this massive amount of energy creating an experience that can only be described as pure joy.
 
Surfing led me to studying meteorology and the science of what makes these magical waves that I love to ride.  I wanted to know more about what influences the weather and began studying solar dynamics and planetary physics, and that’s when I had an AHA moment that changed my view of everything.
 
The concepts I learned describe forces that we mostly cannot see but that affects matter that we can see every day.  You can call these forces prana, ether, firmament, space, or energy.   The Universe is obviously working in a very organized system.
 
That led me to studying theoretical physics and as I explored the ideas my artistic mind began to imagine the very difficult concepts being discussed.  It led me to symbols, geometry, and mathematics. These are languages that we use to describe our world and how it works, and they are beautiful.
 
An Artist’s job is to expose these beautiful ideas and articulate them into a medium which others can understand. 

My paintings are an attempt to understand the information that has been passed down for us.

It is strangely familiar to me.  I’ve become more curious; what can we learn about ancient symbols, geometry, and mathematics, through art?  

Maybe we will remember something mankind once knew and has long forgotten.

I feel we are ready and it is happening.

 


I’ve created a series of paintings that are inspired by sacred geometry and ancient symbols, view them here.

Sacred geometry is woven through all-that-is.  It is the invisible architecture of creation.  It raises our vibration and touches a deep chord in our soul’s memory.

This ancient language describes a definite order of physics; how everything works.  When we understand how it all works, we have the tools we need to become extraordinary.

Greater understanding allows us to tap into the power of, and to be in harmony with, the Universe. 

Drew Brophy has created a series of paintings to visually prompt a rediscovery of this ancient language.

Join us on this journey at Awakenings on March 18 for a casual discussion of these ideas and an exhibit of the artwork that is inspired by them.

All paintings on exhibit will be available for purchase that evening.  

WHAT:  Exploring Sacred Geometry & Ancient Symbols – an Art Exhibit and Discussion with Drew Brophy

WHERE:  Awakenings Conference Center, 25260 La Paz Road, Suite D, Laguna Hills, CA 92653 949-457-0797

WHEN:  Saturday, March 18, 2017 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

WHAT TO EXPECT:  An art exhibit of Drew Brophy’s work inspired by sacred geometry and ancient symbols and a casual discussion about the where these symbols originated and what we can learn from them.  All paintings are available to purchase and take home that evening.

QUESTIONS:  Text or call Drew Brophy Studios at 949-678-8133 or  Call Awakenings at 949-457-0797

“Three-fifths of an octopus’ neurons are not in their brain, but in their arms; each arm has a mind of its own.”  Sy Montgomery

GNARLY OCTOPUS is painted on at 24″ x 36″ Fredrix Canvas, mixed media.  

The painting is a play on the band Dirty Heads’ mascot, the octopus.  In this painting, the octopus is eating Magical Butter off of a spoon.  (Scroll down to see the video of me painting this.)

All of this stuff comes from my imagination, naturally.  People think I take drugs, but I don’t.  My natural state is wide open.

In real life, I see shapes, expressions and bright colors that most people don’t see. I put these things into my paintings.

Would love to send this octopus to a good home.  You can buy it here.

Some of my paintings are created as illustrations for a particular use.  It works like this – my illustration client will buy the rights to use the digital artwork and then I’ll keep the actual paintings to sell to my collectors later.

I create my illustrations old-school and paint them on canvas so that they will make for a collectible piece of art.

The actual painting doesn’t have lettering or anything on it that will take away from it as art – it’s designed so that it will make for art that will be hung.  

It’s a great program, because I have been able to turn most of my illustrations into art that is collected by people around the world.  Over time, many have become a little slice of history.

Usually, I’ll only take on art commissions that I know I’ll enjoy.   If something comes along that I won’t like, I turn it down.  You only do your best work if you’re having fun.

Today’s painting, the Gnarly Octopus, was one of three paintings that I created for Magical Butter.  They wanted artwork for a 2016 summer concert tour for Sublime with Rome and the Dirty Heads.

I loved working with Magical Butter, because they are a company of fun people who are creative and open to new ideas.  And, listening to the bands’ music kept me going through the process.  It was a lot of fun.

If you want to talk to me or Maria before deciding to add Gnarly Octopus to your collection, call or text the studio at 949-678-8133.

Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction.”  E.O. Wilson

The Singing Schrooms is painted on a 36″x24″ canvas, using mixed media.

Scroll down in this post to see a live video of me painting this art piece.

Singing Schrooms is one of three illustrations I created for a concert tour poster for Sublime with Rome and Dirty Heads, sponsored by Magical Butter Machine.  

The idea for this painting was inspired by my fascination for nature.  

Sometimes I look at mushrooms and they look so happy and I was imagining a bunch of them singing.

Then, somehow as I painted, the singing mushrooms took on a life of their own and wound up looking like the three band members of Sublime with Rome; Rome Rarmirez, Josh Freeze and Eric Wilson.  It’s probably because I was listening to their new album, Sirens, while painting.

Would love to see this painting go to a good home.  It was recently exhibited at The Edibles Awards in Los Angeles and is now released to the public.

While it lasts:  you can buy it here: http://store.drewbrophy.com/singing-shrooms-24×36-original-painting-on-canvas-by-drew-brophy/  – Sign up for my newsletters to get 10% off.

If you want to talk to me or my manager, Maria, before deciding to add this one to your collection, call or text the studio
at 949-678-8133.