Drew Brophy is best known for his surreal surfboard paintings and bright, colorful designs. His art is easily recognized by a distinct style of energetic, lively characters, sun & waves. Drew has created thousands of paintings while traveling and surfing around the world. He draws his inspiration from the waves and the beautiful places he visits.
A self-taught artist, Drew started painting on surfboards as a young boy when he first began to surf in his native South Carolina. Originally, Drew set out to be a professional surfer, and he traveled the globe doing artwork to help pay for his surf adventures. More and more, he was commissioned to create art, and a lifetime profession was born. After living & surfing in Hawaii for several years, Drew moved to California in 1996 to put his art career in high gear. He now lives with his wife Maria and their son Dylan in San Clemente near Trestles, one of his favorite surf spots.
Drew and his wife, Maria, have made a successful business of licensing Drew's art to companies who produce high-quality products, such as boogie boards, beach towels, cell phone screensavers, apparel, greeting cards, and much more.
Drew's art is recognized and collected locally and internationally. Known as the artist who pioneered the art of surfboard painting, Drew's painted surfboards are sold in art galleries and establishments world-wide, and are collected by individuals including Laird Hamilton, Kid Rock, Motley Crue's Vince Neil, and Uncle Cracker. He holds several art shows a year in different locations. A prolific artist, Drew completes about 100 new pieces of art a year.
An ocean conservationist, Drew contributes his time and efforts to organizations such as Surfrider Foundation and Ocean Institute to help in their quest to keep our oceans healthy. He also takes time to talk to art students at various schools & colleges, sharing his painting techniques and secrets of success.
Drew considers himself fortunate to have found the formula to make a living off of his art, and to continue to surf and travel the world with his wife and son. His mantra is "Life is Good" and it is! He hopes to inspire your imagination with his paintings.
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