​Stan Chew - Surf Art 

Surf Art

Artist's Statement

When I paint, I relive a lifetime spent on the coast, amazed by the beauty of this earth and ocean.  As I paint, I feel the sun break out of the clouds and quickly sear my back, the salt caking my skin.  I hear the waves pound the reef, the wind crackling palms as I rest in their shade, looking out to the surf, taking it all in.  I feel the northwest wind kick in after a nor'easter has dumped a foot of snow.  The in-the-moment wonder of painting immerses me into these places and moments, allowing me to channel to the viewers of my art these rapidly changing ocean and landscapes.     

I am a painter of the greatest fortune having lived a full life in stunning places going back to the 1960’s.  My wander lust developed early on as a kid living in Hawaii and Asia which fueled my deep desire in later life, while living on the coast in New Hampshire to find far-flung places and cultures, to surf ancient coasts, to meet people that speak in ways I can’t, eat foods I’d never knew were possible, living fixed to the settings I paint.  I am inspired to recreate these experiences, to keep wandering.      

My art signifies the beauty of this earth and our oceans, and if we choose, the awe of living differently.  My paintings are windows into places that truly exist, now, and can remain so forever if we collectively desire.  I have searched out these places, surfing alone, watched only by the indigenous stewards who know how special their home is.  These places do exist and my art signifies the hope that they will forever remain.

I paint realistically with an emphasis on combining the viewer’s need for exacting perspective with the movement of lurching organic subjects… waves, ocean, clouds, sky, flora, shoreline and mountains.  The reef bleeding through the surface, the waves jacking up, the white water exploding, the spindrift spraying skyward.  All of this is seen through this artist’s lens of a life time spent married to the surf and the hope that these fantastic coasts will forever benefit from our respect and reverence.