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MYRTLE BEACH ART MUSEUM FEATURES SURF CULTURE ARTIST IN
MAKING WAVES – A DREW BROPHY RETROSPECTIVE

The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum’s exhibit presents the first museum exhibition of Drew Brophy’s body of artworks that cover the span of thirty years.

April 13, 2018 – Myrtle Beach, SC – Drew Brophy, an American artist born in 1971, is a self-taught, professional illustrator and fine artist. Brophy is globally known for his surfboard art and distinctive style of surf-inspired paintings. He is credited as the artist who changed the way that surfboards were painted worldwide, in the 1990s, using painting techniques that he developed with opaque paint pens.

Brophy grew up surfing in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He left the area in his early 20s to experience surfing throughout the world while creating art inspired by his travels. He currently resides in San Clemente, California.

Brophy’s art has a distinctive style of bright colors and exaggerated features and is a direct expression of his love for surfing and nature. His images, which have become ubiquitous in surf culture and beyond, capture the emotions of having fun at the beach and a love for the ocean. Through his travels, Brophy has been able to reach a global audience. His art has been featured in mainstream magazines, such as Spin and Playboy, and have graced the cover of several surf-culture magazines, such as Surfing Magazine and Longboard Magazine. He has been commissioned to create surf-inspired works for tech companies such as Google, IBM and Western Digital. Brophy’s designs have adorned hundreds of beach lifestyle products, including skateboards, surfboards, bodyboards and apparel.

The exhibition features over 70 of Brophy’s most iconic sketches, paintings and surfboards, arranged chronologically – from his early illustration works as a teenager to works for action sports companies, such as Liquid Force Wakeboards, Lost Surfboards and Sector 9 Skateboards, and more recently for bands and musicians, like Sublime with Rome and Eddie Vedder. The exhibit finishes with Brophy’s expansion into his latest style of work inspired by physics and mathematics, incorporating sacred geometry into large, mixed-media paintings on canvas.

Most notable in the exhibit is the visual demonstration of the evolution of the artist’s work from sketch to product output. For many of his iconic works, the exhibit includes Brophy’s original graphite sketch, the painting and the item that the illustration was later printed on, allowing the viewer to see the complete progression of a design.

Brophy says of the exhibit, “I feel honored to have this opportunity to showcase my life’s work. This exhibit celebrates a 30-year journey of surfing and drawing that began in Myrtle Beach and allowed me to use those skills to travel the world with my family. It is my intention to inspire younger artists to imagine what is possible for themselves.

The exhibition is on display June 23, 2018 through September 16, 2018 at The Franklin G. Burroughs • Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, 3100 South Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, 29577 | MyrtleBeachArtMuseum.org.

Press Contact: Brophy Art Gallery at 949-678-8133 or info@drewbrophy.com. http://www.drewbrophy.com or Liz Miller of The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum at 843-238-2510.

**PRESS IMAGES (Available ONLY for press to use in connection with Drew Brophy’s Museum Exhibit):  https://www.dropbox.com/sh/7qkhchd1dikr9r5/AACTMMfKCkU0qXdkcbYJlgXsa?dl=0

The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum is Myrtle Beach’s only art museum. Opened in 1997, this nonprofit museum is located at 3100 South Ocean Blvd and contains seven first-floor galleries with rotating exhibits, four second-floor galleries, an art studio, an art resource library and tea porch with an ocean view. The Museum was named after Myrtle Beach pioneers Franklin G. Burroughs and Simeon B. Chapin for their longtime contributions to the cultural and educational development of the community. The Art Museum’s hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

The Brophy Art Gallery and Design Studio features the illustration and fine artworks of Drew Brophy. Located at 139 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, CA, the gallery has a showroom for designer meetings and it houses the working studio of Drew Brophy.

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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.

EXHIBITION DETAILS:

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).

LIVE EVENTS WITH DREW AND MARIA BROPHY:

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.

Drew Brophy painting the Los Cabos Open of Surfing Surfboard

Painting the Los Cabos Open of Surfing Surfboard

This is an excerpt from a Drew Brophy interview with SurfCareers.com – to read the entire article go to:  Drew Brophy Surf Careers Interview

When did you start surfing?
I was about four or five years old.

What is it that you love about surfing?
It’s just me and nature, and the energy of the earth.

Do you have a session that stands out as your most memorable?
Hard to choose. I’ve surfed all of the best waves in the world, I have great memories of all of them.

When did you first get into art and did you always want to pursue it as a career?
I used to draw on the walls when I was a child. I drew on everything. I just did what I did best. Surfing and art were my passions, and that’s where I put my focus.

How did you find your niche in surfboard art?
I love to surf, and I always painted my own surfboards.  People started asking me to paint theirs. In the late 80’s, I was painting my own surfboards using techniques with Uni Posca Paint Pens that no one else was doing or cared about at the time. I developed my own style of painting with Poscas, and I knew it was the better way to paint surfboards. It took years before others caught on. I never gave up on my vision, though it did not come easy. Early on, I painted production boards, traditional airbrush style, for H2O glassing and Kelly Richards’ Perfection Surfboards, in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Then I moved to Hawaii, airbrushing surfboards at Bill Barnfield’s Pro Glass in Haleiwa on the North Shore for the best surfers and shapers in the world.  Brands like Channel IslandsRusty and Brewer and surfers like Tom Curren and Tom Carroll.  This was a big jump for me, coming from South Carolina. I was in the thick of the industry, and I was in my early 20’s.

But, what I really wanted to do was paint surfboards using my own style and paint pen techniques, but none of the companies would let me.  The local underground chargers on the North Shore wanted it, but the companies held it back. While in Hawaii, I had approached all the best surfboard companies, asking if I could paint their boards using Poscas. No one would let me, my art was too radical. I was turned down by T & CLocal Motion, all the big companies at that time. Nobody cared about what I was doing.

Eventually I moved to California, painting at Ron House’s Surf Glass in San Juan Capistrano.  There, StewartHobie and Harboursurfboards, among others, were being made.  At that time, it was the busiest surfboard factory in the world; it ran 24 hours a day. For a surfboard painter, this was a dream job.  There was always plenty of work.  But I still wanted to paint using my own style, so I continued to seek out other surfboard companies to let me paint my way.  I approached Spyder Surfboards, one of the biggest brands at the time, and just like the companies in Hawaii, they didn’t get what I wanted to do and told me “no”.

One day, on my bike ride home from Surf Glass, I stopped to meet artist Matt Biolos, an edgy, up and coming surfboard shaper.  We were the same age, and his art was really cool.  He was the only person I had seen who was painting with the Poscas, the same as me. He made surfboards for all the young guys.  My art was a perfect match for the vibe of …Lost Surfboards at the time. Matt got it!  I started painting …Lost surfboards that day.  Matt would let me paint whatever I wanted.  I would paint ten boards traditional style at Surf Glass, and then at the end of the day I’d go to …Lost where Matt would have surfboards waiting for me, and I’d paint them in my own style.They were an instant hit with the new breed of surfers. Within six months, my art and …Lost Surfboards began to take over the surf market.  That was 1996.  And the rest is history.  Surfboards were changed forever.

Do you recall when your pieces first started receiving widespread response?
Yes, it was in the late 1990’s, when I started painting, live, at the surf trade shows.  …Lost would exhibit at Surf Expo and other shows. The surfboards were never finished in time before the show for me to paint them.  So my solution was for me to paint, live, at the shows.  What surprised me was ……

READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE HERE:  http://surfcareers.com/blog/drew-brophy-artist/

Son of the Sea announces Buff® USA’s partnership with surf lifestyle artist Drew Brophy for bright, colorDrew Brophy SUNSET SESSIONS Art for Buff USA 2015 Collectionful BUFF® products.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 (Press Release) – July 31, 2014 – BUFF® Inc., the headwear company long known for its seamless multifunctional headwear, has signed a partnership with surf lifestyle artist Drew Brophy for their Spring 2015 Collection of UV BUFF® headwear and Sports Series Water 2 gloves.

For more than 25 years, Drew Brophy’s colorful surf art has been featured in hundreds of print media and television shows, and emblazoned on numerous products, including Converse Shoes, Sigg water bottles and Liquid Force Wakeboards.  Brophy currently licenses his art to over thirty companies.

Brophy’s art career began as a young surfer, painting his edgy art onto surfboards.  He became known for painting surfboards using techniques that he developed with water-based paint pens, eventually changing the way that surfboards were painted worldwide.

Now, Brophy’s distinctive surfing art style will be enjoyed during any outdoor sport, on Buff® headwear and sports gloves.

As an avid waterman and adventurer, I was stoked to be able to partner up with Buff® Inc.  Their headwear is a necessity when I’m paddling long distances or hiking.  Their reputation for quality makes me proud to contribute to their spring 2015 collection,” Brophy says.

The new Buff® collection will be shown at Salt Lake City’s Outdoor Retailer Show in August 2014, booth number 28031.

About Son of the of the Sea, Inc:  Son of the Sea is an art licensing agency which represents Drew Brophy and is Master Licensor for all Drew Brophy Properties.  For more information, visit http://www.drewbrophy.com.

About BUFF®:  Buff USA is a subsidiary of Original Buff®, SA Spain, and established its U.S. presence in 2003. Original Buff® now distributes products in more than 60 countries. Buff® performance headwear is all about versatility and simplicity – one garment serves many functions and is designed to offer technical performance and protection from the elements during a wide range of outdoor activities and sports. Watch how-to-wear demo videos online at www.buffusa.com.

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