Here you'll find cool stories, events, progress pics and other highlights of my surf art.
'52 Chevy Derelict Styleline
This project was a special commission from the owner of 4x4icon.com out of LA. It was donated to help the "GoCampaign" charity, by Artful Surfboards. The Chevy was a custom build for one of ICON4X4's clients.The artwork is all hand-painted using acrylic medium. The winning bid ended up at $10,000! I'm so happy for the new owner and for what this money will do for the GoCampaign charities involved.
Underwater scene painted on a Sailfish
This painting was commissioned by a close friend, a diver and fisherman who wanted to transform his mounted Sailfish into a work of art. The Sailfish surface and texture provided quite the challenge but he and I are both very pleased with the end result. The painted is now hanging in his home for all to see. Below and to the left is also another commissioned underwater scene painted on a surfboard. I am open to commissions and welcome the idea of creating something unique for you. Please email me with a request.
'51 Ford Country Squire Wagon Painting
This painting was a commissioned by the SoCal Woody Club for their 2020 summer event, unfortunately cancelled by the COVID-19 situation. The artwork was painted on a old surfboard which was left exposed on the backside. All art is hand-painted using various acrylic mediums. As of now it is not for sale, but all inquiries are welcome.
Atom Tin Toy Car Surfboard
This surfboard painting is #1 in a series of retro tin toys that I find super interesting to paint and crop to fit on a surfboard. The inset picture was the original inspiration for the toy Yonezawa Atam car painting. There's lot's of details here including distressing the paint and adding a bit of rust to give the "played with" effect. This paint is for sale. $3200. USD. Measurements: 73"x19.5".
Heavy Metal Surfboard
The concept of making a surfboard look like a heavy piece of rusted steel - just the opposite of what you expect a surfboard was the inspiration for this piece of art. I took an old board and painted it up to look like a big piece of rusted, heavy metal. Adding in a few seams and faux bolts for the effect and this is what I ended up with. The video above shows that it still floats and can be surfed too. Pictures really just don't do the surfboard surface justice so putting together a fun short video with the help of several talented people seemed to be the way to go. Turn up the sound and enjoy! If you'd like a one-of-a-kind piece of surf art please get in touch with me. By the way, this one is for sale. Link to the board here: artfulsurfboards.com/surfboards/
This project started with meeting the owner of 4x4icon.com out of LA. Then this became an opportunity to create another unique creation to help a worthy charity "GoCampaign" with a custom-painted surfboard, donated by Artful Surfboards recreating the CEO's own '50 DeSoto station wagon, painted on his 9'6" used Bear surfboard. The charity raised over $180,000 at the event where this board was auctioned off for $4000. The photos below show the DeSoto and the board at various stages, the event and the final video of the board which was too big to put in one photo.
Surfboard and car now resting together in a great collection
Artful Surfboards was at the Doheny Wood Car Show. If you were in the SoCal area, you would've seen Dwight's latest boards and a live demo. Dwight had a special offering in the mix for one lucky winner (see a photo of the finished art above). There was a discount flyer available to use towards the purchase of one of his works of art or a commissioned piece of art at the Artful Surfboard booth.
This cool project came together for the 2019 Fuel Fest event held in March. This '69 Z28 was briefly owned by Paul Walker (Fast and Furious) and Roger Rodas. The board was painted in a crazy short amount of time to meet the festival deadline. Fuel Fest arrived and so did the rain, but Artfull Surfboards was there with many auto-related boards to show. Interestingly, the current owner of the car, Bill Fowler of Solo Speed Shop, ended up buying the board and it now rests alongside Bill's collection of cars. This was by far one of Dwight's most challenging works of art.
Dwight with Cody Walker at Fuest Fest 2019 Anaheim, CA