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Win this! Drew Brophy 420 Drinkware by Gallery Drinkware

Do you celebrate 420?  If so, I’ve got something awesome for you to win!

This Saturday is 4/20, a day to celebrate the fact that now more than 50% of the USA states have legalized medical marijuana.  In celebration I’m giving 3 of my Instagram followers a killer gift!  You’re gonna love it.  Thanks to my friend Kenny at @Gallerydrinkware we are giving away 3 sets of my 420 line of glassware ($75 a set). 

Three winners will be chosen Saturday 4/20.  (For USA residents only, sorry!)

What you’ll win:  A Drew Brophy 420 glassware set that includes: One 420 glass water bottle and two (2) Sweet Leaf glasses to go with it.   AND: One Art print called SUMMER DREAMS. Summer Dreams is the inspiration behind the art on the glassware.

To enter to win: 



1.) Like the Post

2.) Follow @Drew Brophy Artist and @gallerydrinkware

3.) In Comments:  TAG 2 friends that celebrate #420

*Extra credit to anyone who re-posts this on their own feed or story

DISCLAIMER: Per Instagram rules, this promotion is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. By entering, entrants confirm that they are 13+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s terms of use.

RULES: No purchase necessary. Must be 18 years old to enter. For USA Residents only. Contest is hosted by Brophy Art Gallery and Gallery Drinkware. Contest runs from April 16 2019 through Midnight PDT Timezone on April 20, 2019. Winner will be chosen at random – when all instructions are met, each entrant will be entered into a digital list and winners will be randomly chosen. Winners will be notified via Instagram on the post, tagged appropriately. Once we receive a mailing address, the prize will be shipped via USPS Priority mail. Questions: call 949-678-8133 or email

Everything we’ve been taught about the origins of civilization may be wrong.” Danny Hilman Natawidjaja, PhD, senior geologist with the Research Center for Geotechnology

I’m excited to start the year with a painting series called ANCIENT OBSERVERS.  (Click Here for a time-lapse of me painting Viracocha, God of the Incas.)

Most of my paintings are commissioned and I don’t always get to paint what I want.  But this series is my own and I think it’s going to be one of my best.

I’m starting to understand why some of the best art comes from decades of practice and study.  It’s taken me nearly thirty years to get to where I can confidently paint this current series.

As a surfer, I’ve chased waves all over the world, and some of my travels led me to stumble upon ancient sites in Peru, Tahiti and Hawaii.

I’ve always been interested in ancient cultures, even as a kid flipping through my dad’s National Geographic magazines.  

During one of my adventures, something clicked and made me realize that there is a lot more to ancient wisdom than we know.

That epiphany happened in May of 2011 when I stand-up paddled the entire 225 miles of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon with my friend Seth Warren.  It was a 16 day adventure that took us into some of the most inhospitable spots on the planet.  

The thing about going down the Colorado River through the Canyon is this:  Once you go in, you can’t come out until the end. Everything you need to survive has to be with you.  You sleep in the sand. You are at one with the land. It was dangerous and intense.

What surprised me was this; the Grand Canyon has ancient structures and petroglyphs in the bottom of the canyon, in spots that are so inaccessible that it’s nearly impossible to get there.

Laying in my sleeping bag one night, staring at the bright stars in the stillness, I started thinking about ancient people and how they did things.  It was so peaceful in the Grand Canyon without human devices. You are instantly connected to the natural environment. You have no choice but to be present in the NOW. It made me realize that as humans, we created a false environment that has disconnected us.

I suddenly had many questions in my head about what the ancient people knew.  I began traveling to other ancient sites for answers. In the past few years I visited pyramids and ruins in places like Egypt, Bosnia and Mexico.

I also took my family to ruins in America, such as Cahokia Mounds in Illinois, Chaco Canyon in New Mexico and the Cliff Dwellings of Mesa Verde in Colorado.

In sync with that, I have been hired for illustration projects that required me to do intensive research on things like structured water and agriculture.

All of these experiences have led me to this current series, ANCIENT OBSERVERS.

This series will illustrate what the ancient cultures were trying to communicate to us through their symbols, structures and art.

The first three paintings in the series are:

1 – THE SUN – The return of Viracocha and what the ancients were trying to tell us about our skies

2 – THE EARTH – Electromagnetic fields and Water’s role on earth

3 – THE GREAT YEAR – The Precession of the Equinox and what ancient people understood about it

ANCIENT OBSERVERS EXHIBIT:  This series will be exhibited at Observing the Frontier Conference in Albuquerque, NM next month and also at CPAK in Newport Beach, CA in October 2019.   These paintings are available for pre-purchase and sponsorship – for details, call Maria at 949-678-8133.  

I’ll be painting the first three big pieces over the next few weeks; follow me on Instagram to see to the daily updates:

If you are interested in learning more about the path that led me to this current focus, please check out my friends Jay and Chelsea Alders podcast interview with me on their SHIFTING PERCEPTIONS podcast show.

And if you’re local, I’m having a private early preview and discussion of the works by invitation only, in San Clemente.  If you want to come, email for the details.

Thanks for reading this far!  Life is Good,


PS:  If you’re interested in the science of the sun and how it affects the earth and our climate, check out – Ben Davidson gives a daily space weather report on Youtube (subscribe to his channel here) and comments on current scientific papers and breakthroughs.  I begin my day each morning, listening to Ben’s daily update.

Describing the ANCIENT OBSERVERS Series

Brophy Art Gallery and Design Studio
PO Box 836
San Clemente, CA 92674

Please join us the last weekend of October 2018 for a very special presentation of Drew Brophy’s 30-year art career in a retrospective exhibit. 

Included are the artist’s most iconic paintings on both canvas and surfboards —among them Pure Joy (2001), Sunrise (2006), and celebrated surfboard triptychs from the 1990’s.

Also exhibited will be Brophy’s art on skateboards, wakeboards and apparel, and the accompanying paintings that were used to design them. 

Brophy’s career as an illustrator and painter comes full circle in this exhibition, showing his progression as an artist from a young teen to the present day.

This unique exhibit traveled across the country from its original host, Myrtle Beach Art Museum, to San Clemente, California. It includes over 50 original paintings and artworks, including some of Brophy’s most iconic pieces that were loaned by collectors for this exhibit.

The exhibit begins with some of Drew’s earliest sketches and paintings and continues through his surfboard painting explosion in the 1990s to his most recent “sacred geometry” body of work inspired by the mathematic and physic discoveries of ancient cultures.

Along with the exhibit, Drew Brophy is releasing his new book titled PAINTING SURFBOARDS AND CHASING WAVES.

Copies of the book and artwork will be available for purchase and all will be signed by Drew himself.  (If you cannot attend, you can order the book from Amazon HERE.)

Join us for this one-time only event and book signing!

All tours and live events are FREE and open to the public. Call the Brophy Art Gallery in San Clemente, California at 949-678-8133 with questions.



Brophy Art Gallery, 139 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, CA 92672   Phone:  949-678-8133

Saturday October 27th 2018 open from 12 p.m – 7 p.m.
Artist led tours at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Sunday October 28th 2018 open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Artist live Posca surfboard painting demo at 11 a.m.
Artist led tour at 2 p.m.

All events are FREE.  Books and artwork available for purchase.

“Everything is dependent on everything else. We tend to forget that in our world.” Nassim Haramein

Howdy everyone.  This past year’s journey around the sun has been the most enlightening of my life. 

I’ve been wanting to share my recent experiences, things that have changed me.  But it’s been hard to put into words.

I believe that life experience is the true measure of a man. It is not enough to educate through books or watch endless videos on a subject, because nothing replaces an experience with your own senses and your own thoughts.  

My art is inspired by these experiences and they are the foundation of who I am.   In the past year and a half I found myself surrounded by extraordinary thinkers. 

Instead of surf adventures, I changed course and visited three different places:

1 – The mysterious Bosnian Pyramid (said to be the largest in the world)

2 – Teotihuacan, City of the Gods in Mexico, and

3 – The majestic land of Egypt.

I felt a calling to these ancient sites in hopes to understand something from our distant past.   This is linked to my lifelong interests in Meteorology, Solar dynamics, and Physics.

Most all of my surf paintings contain the sun and a wave, which is energy.

My newer paintings in mathematics and geometry celebrate a deeper understanding of the connection between the seen and the unseen. 

The unseen is space which is full of  energy and the seen which is the formations of matter caught within it.  

These ancient sites and the people who built them had a deeper  understanding of the flow of energy and our place within it.

I wanted to meet some of the experts who have dedicated their lives to their research.  I wanted to see and touch the sites so I could visualize how and why they built such unbelievable structures all over our planet.

I would have to write a book in order to tell you all the things I have seen and learned through these travels.  It’s an overwhelming amount of information.   

My hope is to inspire you to have your own curiosity and adventures. I want to inspire others to think much bigger and realize everything is much more interconnected than we can imagine.  

The Information Age has unleashed almost all the pieces of the puzzle for anyone to access.  I believe we have hit a tipping point where modern technology and the ancient past will explode into a whole new understanding of who we are and what we are capable of.

I am firmly convinced that the last gate-keepers of information will fall to the pressure of an ever expanding awakening of the people.  The whole history of the world will change overnight.

Here is a slideshow of photos from all 3 sites: SLIDESHOW.  In future posts I’ll go deeper into some of the things I discovered.

I also want to share a list of resources that you might want to look into, if you’re interested in ancient wisdom and how it ties into changes that are happening today. 

I do not profess that any one person has all the right answers, but I do think they are asking the right questions and I commend them on their dedication and curiosity to discover truth.

Below are my favorites:

Ben Davidson of and suspicious (I start every single day listening to Ben’s morning solar update)

Randall Carlson –

Nassim Haramein – founder of Resonance Science Foundation and the person behind the movie, The Connected Universe (He led our Egypt and Bosnian tours)

Foster and Kimberly Gamble – Producers of the movie, THRIVE  (They were in Egypt with us and are extraordinary people doing great things for humanity)

Dr. Sam Osmanagich Bosnian Pyramid (he guided us into the Bosnian Great Pyramid and is the leading expert on it)

Erik Rankin – a personal friend and highly knowledgeable

Yousef and Patricia Awyan – they were our main guides in Egypt and I was blown away by their teachings

Graham Hancock – expert on ancient cultures

There are so many more, but this is a great start.

Life is Good – Drew
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We are very happy to announce that the Franklin G. Burroughs • Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, S.C. is curating a Drew Brophy Retrospective Exhibition the summer of 2018. 

Many of Drew’s collectors are graciously loaning their Brophy paintings for the exhibition, and for that, we are very grateful.

MAKING WAVES – A Drew Brophy Retrospective

Franklin G. Burroughs Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina – June 23rd through September 16 2018.

This is the first museum exhibition devoted to the full scope of the career of Drew Brophy, considered to be one of the most prolific surf inspired artists in history.    Brophy began his art career in his hometown of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  The exhibition presents an opportunity to study the artist’s development over three decades, beginning with his early illustration works as a teenager, to his surfboard painting explosion in the 1990’s, and onto his illustrated career designing everything under the sun in action sports.  There will also be an introduction into the current fine art paintings inspired by Drew’s love for nature and physics.

The exhibition includes over fifty original art pieces and will occupy Myrtle Beach Art Museum’s entire first floor gallery space, totaling approximately 1,700 square feet.

Brophy’s retrospective includes paintings, drawings, sketches and surfboards.  Included in the exhibition are the artist’s most iconic paintings—among them Pure Joy (2001), Sunrise (2006), and celebrated surfboard triptychs from the 1990’s.  Also exhibited will be Brophy’s art on skateboards, wakeboards and apparel, and the accompanying paintings that were used to design them.

Brophy’s career as an illustrator and painter comes full circle in this upcoming exhibition, as he is bringing his art that he created around the world, back home again.

Brophy’s unique style of artwork has inspired thousands of artists to take up painting, using his favorite mediums and emulating his distinct painting style.  (Some of the pieces on exhibit are available and can be acquired here.)

Drew Brophy and his wife Maria will be available at the exhibition for the first two weeks, leading several scheduled, guided tours.


Franklin G. Burroughs • Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum Myrtle Beach
3100 South Ocean Boulevard
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29577     843-238-2510

Opening Date:  June 23, 2018

Closing Date:  September 16, 2018

Opening Day Celebration:  From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 23, 2018.  Celebration will include live music, a hands-on-community mural painting project and surf-inspired workshops.  All events are FREE for the public (except the workshop which is $50/person).


OPENING DAY:  Sat.  June 23  11-3
Exhibit Tour:  Fri. June 29  2 p.m.
Exhibit Tour:  Sat. June 30 10:30 a.m.
LIVE POSCA Workshop:  Sat. June 30 1-4 p.m. $50/person
LIVE POSCA Workshop:  Sun. July 1 1-4 p.m.  $50/person
Exhibit Tour:  Tues. July 3  2 p.m.
Exhibit Tour:  Thurs. July 5  2 p.m.

**NOTE:  To attend Posca Painting Workshop:  Call the museum to register at 843-238-2510.