“JOURNEY OF THE POLYNESIANS” Fine Art Painting by Drew Brophy on a 7'10″ Single fin Swallow Tail surfboard, custom shaped by Ron House.
Drew Brophy is best known for his surfboard paintings; they are acquired by art collectors, celebrities and musicians worldwide.
The surfboard itself is a fine example of craftsmanship; custom shaped by Ron House with a blue resin pigment on the bottom and rails; this is a fine art piece meant to display on the wall. Finished so that it will never fade or yellow.
The artist was inspired by the history of the Polynesian people. Every symbol in the painting has deep meaning and some are ancient concepts.
The Polynesian's journey is one of bravery and adventure. They navigated thousands of miles of the Pacific. Historians aren't sure where they originally came from.
This painting celebrates the journey of the Polynesians. They were master navigators of the sea by the stars. No one is quite sure where they came from or how they gained this amazing knowledge. Some speculate that they reached much further lands, like North and South America.
They were the first surfers. Surfing is one of the few activities that was done just for pure joy, riding the ocean’s energy.
The sky in the painting is a visual depiction of the Polynesian’s “mana.” In Polynesian culture, mana is a spiritual quality considered to have supernatural origin—a sacred impersonal force existing in the universe.
Just like all indigenous people, they weren’t separate from the earth, they were a part of it. They were connected with nature and the Universe, which enabled them to read the skies and the waves.
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