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CLIENT:  TAG HEUER

WHEN:  July 2021

MISSION/SCOPE OF WORK:  Design a painting on a fine art surfboard for Tag Heuer’s first California retail store in South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, CA.  Paint it LIVE during their grand opening V.I.P. event with their special guest, surfer Kai Lenny.  Celebrate the store opening and the Tag Heuer Surf Watch.  The painting should capture the lifestyle of surfing and the brand, incorporating their surfing brand ambassador Kai Lenny.

Drew Brophy says:  “incorporated many disciplines into this surfboard painting.  This special piece was hand-made by shaper Chris Christenson and hand painted using mixed media by Drew.  Kai even added a little paint to it during the live event.

RESULTS:  A memorable live painting event at the grand opening and an iconic art piece that now is proudly displayed on the wall at the Tag Heuer Costa Mesa, CA store.  

Here’s a video capturing the essence of the event:  https://youtu.be/ClLf_puq2FI

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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.

EVENT DETAILS:

LOCATION:

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.

You can paint anything with water based paint pens!  

Learn Drew Brophy’s tried and true Uni Posca Paint Pen Techniques in this hands-on workshop. 

Drew has earned a good living as an artist for over 30 years, using the medium of opaque, water-based paint pens made by Uni Posca.   He has painted surfboards, skateboards, motorcycles, guitars, canvas, just about everything, with this medium.

UNI POSCAS offer a quick learning curve; it’s an easy, un-intimidating method of painting.  Artists who try it fall in love with the possibilities of this medium.

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

This is a full day workshop, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break in between.   (Lunch is on your own – there are many places to eat within walking distance of the workshop.)  WORKSHOP IS ONLY OPEN TO TEN PEOPLE.

All painting supplies will be provided, all you need to bring is your imagination and your sketchbook (optional)! 

You will begin and finish a painting in this workshop, regardless of your experience level.  In one day, you will learn Drew’s most impactful techniques, including HOW TO: 

  • Prepare your painting surfaces
  • Create the perfect composition
  • Design color schemes
  • Blend the colors
  • Use Drew’s color blending combinations
  • Properly seal your art on various surfaces
  • Earn money $$ using these painting techniques

This is a rare opportunity for artists to spend time with Drew on a personal level.  This is his first hands-on private workshop in years.

Drew will welcome questions during the workshop about the business of art and will freely share what has worked for him as a professional artist for over 30 years.

WHEN:  January 27th, 2018, SATURDAY, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

WHERE:  Brophy Art Gallery and Design Studio, 139 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, CA 92672

SIGN UP: Three ways to sign up:

1 – Go to PAINT PEN WORKSHOP SIGN UP

2 – Call Maria Brophy at 949-678-8133 with a credit card number.

3 – Send payment in the amount of $275.00 via Paypal to mariab@drewbrophy.com – include your name and phone number in the comments section of the payment form on Paypal.

THIS WORKSHOP IS FOR YOU IF YOU FALL UNDER ONE OF THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:

  • You are an artist who has mastered other mediums and want to try something new to get your creative juices flowing, or;
  • You have never painted before, and want an easy-to-use medium to begin your endeavors as an artist, or;
  • You have been using water based paint pens as a medium but want to up-level your skills, or;
  • You have never tried the paint pens, but you want to learn.

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE WORKSHOP?  Email mariab@drewbrophy.com or call 949-678-8133.

IMPORTANT:  Sign up quick – class is limited to ONLY 10 artists!

*Please note some of our links lead to affiliate sites where we may earn a small commission if you purchase from our links*

Uni-Posca Paint Markers

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