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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

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.

 

deep into paradise cell phone coverANNOUNCING NEW CELL PHONE CASES:

As an artist, you always want to see your best work printed on things.

Unfortunately, most of the retailers these days are ultra conservative and are reluctant to print some of my best images, because they are too “edgy.”

But not this time – I’m happy to announce that I have teamed up with Head Case to print some of my best and favorite images on cell phone cases and wallets.

Their cases are priced really well – you can see all of my designs here:

http://www.goheadcase.com/en-US/Drew-Brophy-Surf-Art

If you do order your Brophy Head Case, let me know in the comments below.  It will make me happy to know that some of you like it enough to put on your phone!

Life is good – Drew

 

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If I’m not on tour , I’m in nature somewhere, usually some kind of ocean.  It’s a tremendous opportunity to be able to spend your life being surrounded by nature.”   Eddie Vedder

As huge Pearl Jam fans, Drew and I were so excited when Eddie Vedder’s people called to have Drew create the artwork for Eddie’s new live event, the Ohana Festival in Dana Point (happening this weekend).

Eddie liked the work that Drew did years ago on the Pipemasters’ surfing contest poster, and so he wanted Drew to be the guy to create his Ohana Festival art.

The Ohana Festival is probably the biggest thing to happen to this little area in a long time – it’s a two day event with a great musical lineup, including Eddie Vedder himself, Lana Del Rey, Mudhoney, Elvis Costello, and so much more!

The artwork was designed to capture the essence of being at the beach with your family, in its simplest form.  The beaches in this area are beautiful and special, and we need to treasure it.  

Proceeds from this event will benefit the San Onofre Foundation, a small group of people who work hard to preserve the San Clemente state beaches and parks;  San Onofre State Beach, all of Trestles, and miles and miles of natural trails, which hosts thousands of surfers and nature lovers every day.  The San Mateo Creek watershed, located at Trestles, is the last intact water shed in Southern California.  It connects Trestles to the Cleveland National Forest; basically connecting the beach to the mountains!  These are areas that need to be preserved and treasured; a natural link from the ocean to the mountains.  It’s only fitting that Eddie Vedder cares about these surfing beaches; he’s a surfer and a nature lover himself.

Ohana Festival includes an exclusive Luau and auction Friday night, presented by Eddie Vedder and Kelly Slater, with proceeds going to the San Onofre Foundation.  Drew will have several art pieces in the auction, including the original artwork painted for the Ohana Festival.  Drew and I both will be there.

OHANA FEST IS THIS WEEKEND!  It’s not too late to get your tickets – we will be there with our kids.  Hope to see you there!

OHANA ARTWORK CAN BE YOURS – NEW RELEASE AS A LIMITED EDITION

Drew has released this artwork as a limited edition print on canvas in two different sizes (see here).

If you opt for embellishment, Drew will hand-paint your family name in the sand on the bottom of the art piece.  (See this video on Facebookof Drew embellishing a print with a family name on it.)

Each one is numbered and hand-signed by Drew.

You can ORDER ONLINE here.

Are you going to Ohana Festival this weekend?  Leave a comment on the blog and let us know, we’ll look for you there!

Maria (for Drew)*If you have any questions, feel free to call me 949-678-8133.

 

THE MEANING OF ‘OHANA:  The word ʻohana means “family” in the Hawaiian language, but in a much wider sense, to include not only one’s closer relatives, but also one’s cousins, in-laws, friends, race, and other neighbors.

But a quote from the cartoon movie, Lilo and Stich, has an even better definition of Ohana that helps you to feel what the word really conveys:  “Ohana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind… or forgotten.”