PERCESSION 2012 painted by Drew Brophy, Uni Posca Paint Pens on 7’4″single fin retro 1970’s Surfboard shaped by Ron House. POST UPDATE: THIS BOARD is SOLD! A portion of proceeds went to SurfAid’s Board Art Benefit.
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There are 3 things that make this surfboard painting special:
1 – I’ve painted thousands of surfboards. But this is the first where I’ve painted both sides and wrapped the painting around the rails; 2 – The proceeds are going to SurfAid’s Board Art Benefit and will provide food and water to the people of the beautiful Mentawai Islands, a surfing paradise;
3 – The theme speaks to the end of the Mayan Calendar in 2012 and what it could mean.
THE INSPIRATION: I’ve always been fascinated by the stories of ancient civilizations. Most people don’t know this about me, but I’m an amateur historian. I can tell you about the history of just about any civilization with accuracy.
But I’ve never really painted these subjects until now.
The Percession painting was sparked during a recent trip to Puerto Escondido Mexico where I flew over the Ancient Aztec Pyramids at Teotihuacan in Mexico City.
A man that I met on my flight filled my head with crazy legends of the pyramids. His stories inspired me to want to go there and stand on the top of the pyramid of the sun.
He spoke of how the Zapotec Indians ruled the Pacific coast and built massive cities in the area around Puerto and Oaxaca.
When they put the road into Puerto Escondido they discovered a massive sculpture of the head of Quetzalcoatl, the god of the underworld.
The sculpture was so large they could not even move it. The road would have to go around it.
The Indians there believe an awakening is coming in 2012. One man told me about strange lights he had witnessed in a valley, balls of light of different sizes and colors emanating from the horizon at super fast speeds for over a half hour, all of this sent my head spinning as I charged giant tubes.
Who were these people and where did they go? With it being 2012 and all I could not help but let these ideas spill out onto my painting.
THE PAINTING: The Pecession 2012 painting depicts the center of a crumbling Mayan Calendar being overtaken by the roots of the Tree of Life. A golden snake spirals from the sky, wrapping around the surfboard. This marks the end of days and the return of Quetzalcoatl.
The pyramid on the bottom of the board represents a re-awakening of ancient knowledge.
The waves on the top and bottom of the board represent stories of the great flood and Mother Nature’s ability to reclaim the planet.
The balls of energy emanating from the calendar are spheres of light, essentially energy, our life force.
In the final days you will either be doomed to start over, or be transformed with this awakened knowledge. It begs for an answer to a question:
This surfboard was painted for the SurfAid’s Board Art Benefit in Solana Beach, CA. Other artists and shapers include legend Gerry Lopez and artists Phil Roberts, Spencer Reynolds, Matt Beard, Rick Rietveld, Eric Abel, and so many more great surf artists.
UPDATE ON 3-26-2012: This surfboard painting was purchased March 2012 by collector Greg P. of Leucadia, California.
Thanks to Jason Wallis, a photographer and surfer transplanted from New Zealand, some of the local Orange County Surf Artists got full page press with Orange Coast Magazine’s May 2009 Issue.
Artists shown in this photographic surf art feature include Rob Havassey, Drew Brophy, Ed Templeton, Rick Rietveld and Phil Roberts.
The artists were photographed by Jason Wallis on their own turf, and then given a copy of their photo to have their artistic way with it. It’s interesting to see what each artist did with their own photo……
You can pick up a copy of the Orange Coast Magazine’s May issue on newstands now!