Saturday 26 June sees the launch of a unique new exhibition celebrating the rich and esteemed surfing talent that has long been ingrained within the fabric of the Gold Coast.
The exhibition will showcase an epic array of surf themed art, music and film and is the brainchild of local artist Emily Rose Hastie. With a background in drawing and paint media, Emily has forged her own artistic path through her exploration of pyrography (wood burning), holding exhibitions and exhibiting artworks as well as founding the Mint Art House in 2019.
As part of the exhibition, Emily has incorporated a live fundraising auction of a series of pyrographic portraits of local surf legends (to support the important coastal conservation work of Surfrider Foundation Gold Coast and Gold Coast World Surf Reserve, and the empowering mental health education and stigma reduction work of LIVIN.)
Says Emily of her pyrographic works:
“I used a combination of soldering iron and butane torch tools to create this body of pyrographic artworks. If anyone has seen me work, they know it is a patience game which is why I began embarking on this body of work back in October 2020.
“I have made sure to preview each resolved portrait with the surfing legends before the exhibition and have been stoked with their responses. Wayne ‘Rabbit’ Bartholemew told me he was impressed, and felt I had captured his and Michael Peterson’s personalities. It’s the highest compliment, especially as he had spent much of his time out there alongside MP.
“The idea just seemed to snowball with each email and phone call with hearty support from the surfing legends I reached out to, but ultimately lifted off the ground with the constant and generous support of Andrew McKinnon. Andrew, fondly known as Andy Mac, beloved surf icon, conservatist, activist, historian and reporter, has been the most enthusiastic and knowledgeable ally I could have asked for with this project. He has made every challenge I’ve encountered surmountable and taught me so much.
“Wayne “Rabbit” Bartholomew, Dick Hoole and Lachlan McKinnon are also supporting the big opening event, and so too Coolangatta Sands Hotel, The Art Space Coolangatta and The Surfboard Warehouse who are key sponsors of Legends of the Surf. Community is truly the lifeblood and heart of this project.”
Legends of the Surf launches at 6pm on Saturday 26 June at the Coolangatta Sands Hotel. The exhibition (free entry) will then be open from 26 June – 8 July 2021 at The Art Space on 19 McLean Street, Coolangatta, featuring portraits with permission of our surfing legends including Steph Gilmore, Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson, Rabbit, Mark Occhilupo and Michael Peterson.
Tickets are available now at Humanitix.