Surf Cinema Re-Vision Auction
London Surf / Film Festival teamed up with Approaching Lines, Oakley and some of the UK’s most exciting surf creatives to present ‘Surf Cinema Re-Vision’, a specially commissioned gallery show celebrating the connection between art and celluloid in support of Water Aid.
We tasked nine of the UK’s leading surf creatives to reinterpret and redesign the art work for an iconic surf film that resonated with them, creating a unique piece that captures the essence of the movie and stirs the imagination. The resulting gallery, ‘Surf Cinema Re-Vision’ was on show throughout 2013’s LS/FF at the Riverside Studios, London and these exciting and eclectic pieces of art were then made available to buy. These are one-off, unique A2 prints from hugely talented UK artists including: Chris Dorning, Nick Radford/ Frootful, Droog 79, Richard Brahams, BULL, David Beckitt, Victoria Jones, Wilma, Seamouse. All proceeds from this sale were then donated to WaterAid, an international non-governmental organization that transforms lives by improving access to safe water, improved hygiene and sanitation in the world’s poorest communities.
Big Wednesday by David Beckitt.
A one off graphic print inspired by the iconic 1978 John Milius film. Considered by many the only mainstream movie to have captured the spirit of surf culture, Milius drew on his upbringing as a surfer and a member of the Malibu set. David Beckitt is a graphic artist, designer and typographer. Raised surfing the frigid North Sea, David has worked with filmmaker Chris McClean creating the design elements for Beyond the Scars and Uncommon Ideals.
Crystal Voyager by BULL.
A one off print inspired by the game changing 1973 George Greenough movie. This film broke the mould and inspired a new generation with barrell riding footage and a closing sequence set to Pink Floyd’s ‘Echoes’. This amazing work is built around an original oil painting with intricate colour and textures. Artist, designer, publisher of fine tomes, Richard Bull’s work always amazes, from his mind bending oils, to his beautiful books. An award winning designer who’s also been prolific in the field of art direction for the music industry, his oils include the series ‘Waves I seem to Recall’ and ‘Waves I will Never Know’.
Litmus by Droog 79
A one off print inspired by Andrew Kidman’s seminal 1996 film, featuring Derek Hynd, Wayne Lynch, Tom Curren and Joel Fitzgerald plus the Mark Sutherland animation “Dream”. Droog79 is the alter-ego of a salty-faced, suburbia-fleeing, inky-fingered, board-propelled artist, illustrator, designer and lawn bowls aficionado. His weird and wandering work via ink, paint, pixels, words or just a line in the sand has festooned walls, bodies, beaches, posters, windows, shopfronts, skate and surfboards, phones, laptops, canvas, clothing and publications.
Ride The Wild Surf by Wilma Johnson.
A one off print inspired by the 1964 Hollywood beach romance movie which broke new ground for a mainstream flick by featuring big wave surfing footage at Waimea as a central part of the plotline. Wilma Johnson was born in London in 1960, she went to St Martins College of art 1978-82, and has a degree in fine art. She exhibited paintings based on hitch hiking round Iceland, Lapland until 1987 when she went to Mexico on holiday and decided not to come home. She followed the fiesta for a year, returned briefly to London before heading off to a fishing village on the Dingle peninsula on the west coast of Ireland. She moved to an art deco casino near Biarritz, where she took up surfing at the age of 45, an experience that inspired her to write her first book, Surf Mama, an illustrated memoir published in 2011.
The Drifter by Chris Dorning.
A one off print inspired by the 2009 Taylor Steele film that centres around Rob Machado’s six month journey through Indonesia, stepping out of his comfort zone and emerse himself in the voyage – a real soul surfers soul search. Chris Dorning, aka Moot, is a creative of many talents. His artwork has adorned clothing, canvas, buildings and beyond. Infact the sky is the limit for the man behind the Cunning Craftman. This poster has already drawn envious enquiries from both Taylor Steele and Rob Machado.
Barefoot Adventure by Nick Radford/ Frootful.
A one off print inspired by the Bruce Brown’s 1961 surf classic. This movie features footage from iconic spots such a Makaha Point plus a stand-out jazz score by saxophonist Bud Shank. A former member of the Lighthouse All Stars from 1953-56, Shank later started his own quartet and became a prominent figure in the West Coast jazz scene (along with Chet Baker and Shelly Manne) in the late fifties/early sixties. Frootful is the name that illustrator and musician, Nick Radford, works under. Being something of a throwback, his influences lie sometime between the late 50s and early 60s – be they the limited colour palettes of traditional screenprinting and lithography techniques, jazz and soul album covers, or the music itself from this era. Nick is also an accomplished musician, signed to Freestyle Records.
Have Board Will Travel by Richard Braham.
A one off print inspired by the Don Brown 1963 classic. Rich Braham, aka Whale Submarine, has been a long time collaborator with the Approaching Lines team creating distinctive artwork and creative direction for events such as the Slyder Cup and the 5 to 1 Fin Fair. Whale Submarine produces a range of limited edition t-shirts and prints.
The Heart and the Sea by Seamouse.
A one off print inspired by the modern masterpice by Nathan Oldfield. The Heart and the Sea screened at the 2013 London Surf / Film Festival and features inspirational surfers such as Dave Rastavich and Kassia Meador, shot around the world fromt the point breaks of Noosa to the Basque region in Europe. Seamouse aka Keiron Lewis, is a surfer and talented creative living in Sydney. Keiron has produced drawings and designs for books, murals, fashion, posters, and magazines around the world.
Blue Crush by Victoria Jones.
A one off print inspired by the 2002 mainstream surfer girl movie that achieved global commercial success coinciding as it did with a boom in female surfing. The film follows three friends as they chase the surfing dream on the North Shore. Victoria Jones is a multi-talented artist, turning her hand successfully to photography, graphic design, illustration, and fashion design. Her imaginative illustrations are noticeably influenced by her interests in nature, the environment and her surroundings in Cornwall. Jones describes herself as a freelance illustrator and designer, and her work has a distinctive look and feel often weaving a pastel palette with line-drawings of people or animals. Her work has featured on canvas as well as prints for boardsports brands.