2015 Event Artist
Announcing Matt beard as the 2015 Luau & Legends of Surfing Event Artist
A recurring thread in my art has been the California coastline as seen from a surfer’s perspective. I grew up surfing all over southern California with my brother and friends and moved to the far end of the state to attend school in Humboldt at the age of 18. Twenty years of travelling up and down the state exploring new sections of coast with each road trip has provided ample inspiration for an ongoing effort to paint every region of this amazing coast. I have a long way to go still, but that’s half the fun, there’s always another bend in the coast to look around. I am fascinated by our connection to the coast and the different meanings it can take on in each of our lives. It can be a place of celebration, or a place to mourn a loss. Last year I had to say goodbye to my sister, lost to cancer after a ten year battle during which she beat the odds time after time. No one can do that forever. I am honored to dedicate the artwork for the Longboard Luau 2015 to her, and view this work as an integral piece in my life’s work.
Matt Beard has been making and showing art up and down the California coast for the last 20 years. He’s seen his work published in many art and surfing related periodicals, most prominently the Surfer’s Journal in 2008, (vol. 17, #3). His live painting at fundraising events (such as the 2013 Luau VIP night) and concerts (such as sharing the stage with Tom Curren and Matt Costa) have raised thousands of dollars for various nonprofits and charities through his AidCurrent project. He currently lives in Humboldt county with his wife and three children. They put up with his art habit remarkably well and he doesn’t know what he would do without them.
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Blog - Twisted Eucalyptus
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Instagram - @beardart