A Grant Pecoff painting can stop you in your tracks.
Using mesmerizing blends of color and light, Pecoff reimagines those magical moments on the water and at play in nature or in the world. His art is "an invitation to slide into a state where we feel alive and awake - into a setting of passionate depth and radiating energy where our hearts and imaginations are filled with possibilities."
Staring into the vibrant colors of his latest creations, "Sunset Gold" and "In Between Sets" it's easy to be transported back to those sunset surf sessions. Getting lost in Pecoff's fusion of light and color is easy as he captures beauty of those moments, the gentle sway of the ocean, and when the sun slowly pours its brilliant golden rays into the water, blending the two.
Sunset Gold was inspired by Grant Pecoff's time on the water. Painted on wood, this small intimate water painting is painted a little looser and more impressionistic than some of this other work.
Pecoff's favorite element of this work is the reflective light from the sun, cast on the clouds and again reflected in the sea.
In Between Sets
"It was late in the afternoon, the sun was shining through the spaces between the clouds, and a softness hung in the air. The water was gentle and glassy underneath me, and the sets of waves rolled in, raising me up and down, and up and down again, as if I was being gently rocked into a dreamlike state.
The time between the sets, just waiting, after the paddling and exhilaration of riding a wave, was long and mesmerizing, relaxing and filled with ease. The shadow from the tattered blanket of clouds above cast a metallic blue hue over the whole water. The colors of the sun peeking through the clouds shifted in brilliant patterns of pinks, yellows, and oranges.
I sat on my board, enchanted by the movement of shapes and the incredibly beautiful vibrant color palette before me. I realized that in every moment, even in-between the sets, when we are seemingly just waiting, there is beauty and constant magic. Now I find, I look forward to the time between sets. The time of intermission and endless beauty." -Grant Pecoff
Kauai South Shore Sunset
Capturing the vibrant warmth of Hawaiian sunsets, Pecoff's newest work is pure euphoria. His signature use of electric and dynamic color variations and stunning reflections of light on water make this work a blissful and hypnotic retreat. This inspired work is tranquil and vibrant in the same breath
Pathway to Napali
Grant Pecoff's compositions have been described as “dreaming-while-awake oil paintings.” by John Shore, editor of Décor & Style magazine.
Pecoff's expression of light as it reflects on water is particularly stunning in his work. He makes the light appear as if it is dancing on the waves and recreates the movement of the water using electric blues, rich oranges and fiery crimsons. His deliberate distortion of images as they are echoed on the water is whimsical and surrealistic.
Check out these stunning new originals featuring his signature electric colors and vibrant lighting that have made this artist a popular favorite at the The Bright Side Gallery!
I feel like a proud mama when my artists get recognized for being so awesome... because they ARE! So proud of Tim Saunders and beyond lucky to have him as a part of the gallery. This guy is crazy talented and probably one of the nicest most humble people you're lucky enough to meet... or collect!!
A hip new local Hawaii travel blog for the islands called Create In Hawaii wrote a great piece on Tim. They focus on the artistic little guy who is making their way through the world doing what they love and sharing it with others. Check it out....
Tim Saunders March 30, 2015
What do you create?
I create metal and mixed media sculptures using reclaimed materials- mostly fish and waves… things I’d like to catch. My art is trash.
What makes you different from others?
I feel my pieces are unique because of what they are made from- found and salvaged materials that have personality. I look for texture, type, embossments, color… rust is always good. A lot of the material comes from abandoned or torn down plantation camp houses- real history. I don’t use templates so everything is hand drawn, cut and welded back together- straight out of my sketchbook- the real shape doesn’t come out until I start beating it and forming it… sometimes metal has a mind of it’s own with how it will bend so every piece truly is one of a kind.
What's the story of how you began?
I’ve always been a bit of a pack rat and I’ve been surfing and fishing since I was a kid so making waves and fish out of old junk seems to make sense. My grandmother started me crabbing and fishing at 7 or so, and my mom got me a surfboard when I was 11- both have been ingrained in me ever since. I’ve also always been super into art- from drawing to 3-D sculpture to mixed media creations, and I went to the Savannah College of Art and Design where I studied photography, art history and graphic design. I tried snow one winter in Tahoe but didn’t last long. While there, I worked with super talented metal artist Mike Okonowski who taught me the basics of welding and metalwork. A lot of fun but too cold! That was 15 years ago and I’ve been doing metal work off and on ever since.
What are your personal favorite local businesses and products?
The Bright Side Gallery- www.thebrightsidegallery.com –
KUGA Visual Arts- www.kugava.com/
Ebert surfboards – www.ebertsurfboards.com
Z-Rods and Lures
Mark White Lures - www.markwhitelures.com/
The Fresh Shave- www.thefreshshave.com/
The Aloha Exchange- www.thealohaexchange.com/
What is your favorite breakfast, lunch and dinner spots, and your favorite coffee shop?
Breakfast- G’s Juice bar in Waimea and Little Fish Coffee in Hanapepe
Lunch- Ishihara Market in Waimea for poke and Koloa Deli in Koloa for sandwiches
Dinner- Kalaheo Steak and Ribs in Kalaheo for Ribs and Burgers and Da Imu Hut in Hanapepe for Kalua Pig
Coffee- Little Fish Coffee- Hanapepe
We are excited for the newest addition to The Bright Side Gallery... WELZIE!
Resin artist WELZIE creates a hybrid of abstract expressionism and illustrated imagery. Surrounded by fiberglass and resin in the Two Crows Surfboard Factory, he has combined his studies in art and the craft of surfboard building into his unique style of resin art.
Resin art is the use of resins to create art. WELZIE's history as a board builder for Two Crows Surfboards was the perfect catalyst for combining his creativity with the resin medium. The resin art is created s the same way surfboards are built.
This process creates a distinct look as wood gets laminated with white pigmented resin and fiberglass. This creates a unique canvas like background.
Next, the paintings get attacked with colored pigmented resins leftover from the surfboards. Paintings are then coated with a clear layer of resin to be sanded, creating a vibrant and flat background surface for WELZIE's inked images.
The paintings get finished with another layer of resin over the inked art, which gets sanded and polished. Paintings are durable and resistant to water, dents, and sun. Just like a surfboard.
The response to his work has already been overwhelming and we are honored and very excited to feature this new, fun and unique addition here in our Hanapepe art gallery!
Last Saturday we had our "pop-up" art show with Aloha Exchange in Kalaheo and it was SOOOO much FUN! There was some really fantastic art by two of our featured artists Tim Saunders and Nathan Ledyard. .We also had some wonderful live music, food and drinks as well as a raffle drawing for some fun prizes. Hopefully we can collaborate with them again in the near future! Big Mahalo to Aloha Exchange for having us!
Photos courtesy of the infamous Bryce Johnson!!
We have been so proud from day one to feature the phenomenal original works of world renowned surf artist Steven Valiere. Every single piece that graces the gallery is a story in it's self of adventure and travel to unknown lands in search of the perfect wave!
His canvas practically vibrates with the unbridled energy of huge waves, perfect offshore winds, dancing palm trees and that lucky surfer (or "surf yogi" as Steven coined them) with a paused reflective moment as he is dropping in on a bomber or getting toobed by the perfect barrel!
It sparks a sense of nostalgia and shares genuine stoke with even the most land locked collector who has never set foot on a surf board. There is just something about his paintings, they lighten your heart, make you smile and you simply can't look away! There is no doubt that Steven Valiere will continue to make his mark on the art world and inevitably be a part of surf art and surf culture history. Thanks Steven for sharing your art... cant wait to see what adventures are to come! Happy Birthday!