Category Archives: Art

We recently discovered the work of Chris Robb, who happens to be a surfer but also an amazingly good surf artist. Internationally respected, Chris, who surfs, lives and works in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, has worked in many mediums, including painting, printmaking, illustration and graphic art. His work hangs in collections in California, New York, Florida, and France.

Chris’s art has been featured in many publications, including Longboard, ESM, LineUp, One Magazine, and Nordic Surfing Magazine, Sweden’s premiere surfing publication. Chris was recently featured on the “thinking” surf site, The Inertia.

According to Chris’s artist statement, “Painting is the promise of the unknown. A constant dance. Satisfaction and defeat. Liquid realms seeking a higher order. Poetry defined by motion and emotion. Meditation leading to an enlightened space. A way out of the world but also a way in. A way to make things clear that were once fuzzy.

This is an ongoing practice. No beginning, no end. The picture constantly changes.

No wonder his artwork is so freshly unique. Check out his moving artwork, influenced by his love of surfing, its people and places, the natural rhythm of the coast and his ongoing concern for the over-development of the natural environment.

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The Board Art Benefit, a project that first began last October and is designed to bring leading artists and shapers together to create original works of art utilizing surfboards for the purpose of raising support for SurfAid International, had its first 2012 event last Saturday, January 21st in Solana Beach, CA.

The event, held at the Aaron Chang Ocean Art Gallery, had 15 surfboards decorated by esteemed surf artists on display. Art patrons and artists alike crowded the sidewalks of Cedros Avenue to view the works of art, which included thrusters, alaias, single fins, retro shapes and more; each piece a collaboration between shaper and artist. In addition, a blank longboard was transformed into a board art collective over the course of the evening, as each artist contributed with their own live, in-house painting.

The aim of the Board Art Benefit is to provide a great venue for the participating artists to showcase their work, to provide the public with a great chance to see collections of amazing hand-crafted board art in one place, and to support SurfAid International.

The finished boards will later be auctioned, with the final live auction of the finished boards tentatively scheduled for sometime during the summer of 2012.

The Board Art Benefit is an artist-driven project, and is not directly affiliated with SurfAid International, but funds raised will directly support SurfAid’s humanitarian efforts on the Mentawai and Nias islands in Indonesia.

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We’re psyched to have the Billabong x Andy Davis new clothing collection available for sale here at Becker. The collaboration between Billabong and heralded San Diego County surf artist Andy Davis is a sweet new range of apparel celebrating the fun and funk of surfing’s bohemian lifestyle.

Billabong and Davis announced their partnership last August, and the collection has only been available through surf specialty stores such as Becker Surf, since December 1st. It features 18 pieces including including t-shirts, woven shirts, boardshorts and hats, and we’ve got 10 of those pieces here.

Davis is renown for his stylized illustrations depicting the joy and camaraderie of the surfing life, first entering the clothing scene with his Free apparel line in the 1990s and then under the Ando and Friends label. But, with the Billabong partnership, Davis can focus on his art while Billabong’s infrastructure absorbs the complexities of sales, manufacturing and distribution.

“I’m just totally stoked,” said Davis. “It’s a dream set-up as far as I’m concerned. Moreover, the apparel line is 100% organic or recycled. “That’s very important to me,” said Davis in reference to producing a line showcasing his art.

“It’s all light-hearted and fun,” said Davis in describing the vibe of his latest creations. “It’s surf-driven, but there are many other elements beyond just riding waves which make up the spirit of the surf and beach lifestyle. I try to capture that feeling in my art.”

“This is the first time an outside artist has collaborated with us on a project of this sort and so far the response has been incredible,” said Rob McCarty, design director at Billabong.

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Writer, Musician and Teacher Joel Harper had an epiphany one day while riding home on his bicycle and saw the effects of pollution in the storm drains around his community. He realized that he needed to do something meaningful with his talents to help change the way people interacted with their environment. So, in 2006, he wrote his popular’s children’s book, “All the Way to the Ocean.” Since then, more than 30,000 copies of the book have been distributed around the world via schools, organizations, caring communities and parents.

The award-winning book features pint-sized heroes, Isaac and James, as well as “Ocean’s” dozens of endangered undersea creatures, as they take on one of the world’s most critical problems – coastal pollution. It begins when James has thrown a wrapper and plastic bottle in the gutter and doesn’t believe that it will go all the way to the ocean. Isaac warns James about the consequences of his littering. A concerned crane from the coast line and James’ Mother educate the children about the harmful effects of storm drain pollution.

“All the Way to the Ocean” was honored with a green earth book award, which is bestowed to books that inspire a child to grow a deeper appreciation, respect and responsibility for his or her natural environment. Started in 2005, the award focuses on books that best raise awareness of the beauty of our natural world and the responsibility that we have to protect it.

Additionally, a portion of the proceeds of the book is donated towards the efforts of the Surfrider Foundation.

Now, the book’s core message that caring for our oceans and environment must become a way of life, is reaching other media. Joel, who is two-time Grammy winner Ben Harper’s younger brother, is currently working with his partners at Mediatavern to share his story in an even more powerful way, with a movie in the works and scheduled for release in 2012. Starring Marcia Cross, Laird Hamilton, Amy Smart and Xavier Rudd and directed by Pete Michels and Douglas Rowell, we can soon see the book come to life on screen.

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The photographs within “Surf Riot” contradict the standard imagery associated with American surf culture from the 1980s. No laid-back Adonis figures with flaxen-haired beach babes. Instead, “Surf Riot,” released in a strictly limited edition of 300 copies, with 100 specially packaged and containing a hand-numbered photographic edition, displays a youth revolt, in full dramatic color, of frenetic teens running wild.

“I knew I only had one roll of film,” New York-based British photographer Nick Waplington says, “so I was very careful about the shots.”

Waplington, who was then a 16-year-old on holiday in Los Angeles from college in Nottingham, England, carefully snapped away (with one roll of 25 exposures) to capture the fiery scene in Huntington Beach, on the final day of the Ocean Pacific Pro Surfing Championships. On that last day of August in 1986, thousands of youths went on a rampage. Waplington’s full-color photographs from that day are now on show for a month-long exhibition titled “Surf Riot” at Deyermond Art + Books in Santa Monica, California.

The action captured in his vibrant images is so impactful and immediate that you can almost feel the smoke yourself. In one, a man stands in front of a car swallowed up by thick, black smoke; in another, a man either saves a bright-yellow surfboard, facing a car-borne inferno blackening the sky, just as the Aeroméxico blaze raged in Cerritos. Other photos show the other aspects of the riot, embodying the darker side of youth.

In addition to the exhibition in Santa Monica, the shots have been collected for a limited-edition book, also titled Surf Riot, published by Little Big Man Books. Plus, limited-edition, fine-art prints of Waplington’s photographs are available.

Waplington has created a number of acclaimed photographic books including Living Room (1991), Other Edens (1993), The Wedding (1994) Safety in Numbers (1996), and Truth or Consequences (2001). Solo exhibitions include The Philadelphia Museum of Modern Art, 1992, Photographer’s Gallery, 1995, the Underwood Street Gallery, 1999, and the Whitechapel Art Gallery in 2007. In addition, Waplington’s work was exhibited at the 2001 Venice Biennale and is held within a number of international collections, not limited to the MoMA, The Guggenheim, and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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