June 2018

Drew Brophy Mixed media on canvas, 36” x 48”

Drew Brophy, who was born and raised in Myrtle Beach, is an internationally renowned surf artist. He developed his unique style and technique using Japanese paint pens and his painted boards are some of the most sought after in the world. Brophy was one of the first to use these opaque pens to paint boards in the ’90s when colors and designs became popular in surfer gear. His original creations have also been used by companies like Google, IBM, Lost Surfboards and Sector 9 Skateboards.

Brophy has been producing art professionally for 25 years, and the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum will present a retrospective exhibition of his vast career. Making Waves will begin with some of Brophy’s earliest paintings and sketches and continue through his surfboard painting explosion in the early 1990s. The exhibit will also include his most recent body of work—“sacred geometry” inspired by the mathematic and physic discoveries of ancient cultures. The 50-plus objects in the collection will vary from surfboards, skate decks, wakeboards, T-shirt and logo designs, poster art and more. Making Waves: A Drew Brophy Retrospective will run from June 23 through September 16. An opening celebration will be held on Saturday, June 23, from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. and will be a community festival day full of art, food, music, vendors, workshops and special appearances by Brophy.


Photograph courtesy of the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum