If you’re a California surfer, paddler, or coastline explorer, you’ve likely seen a piece of Matt Beard’s incredible artwork somewhere before. That somewhere could have been on a couple of the Molokai 2 Oahu posters (2012, 2015), or at a ‘live art’ show in your favorite beach town watering hole, or perhaps featured in Surfer’s Journal (Vol. 17 #3). Now you can see it all in one place.
This is not just any book of paintings; this is a visual love letter to the California coastline. Matt’s paintings are rich and sublime, capturing the unique personality and soul of each location, not only in colorful brushstrokes, but in words as well. What’s the catch? In the tradition of the core surfer, you don’t get names of spots. You must do your homework to score. Study the paintings, read the stories and figure ‘em out on your own. Isn’t that part of the fun? Here’s more from the man himself, Matt Beard…
“I’ve been working on this book for over a decade. After years of slowly working toward my long term goal of painting the entire California coast, I’ve realized that it’s going to take a lifetime, and even then I will never be truly ‘finished’. But hey, even though there will always be more work to do, I have already painted a wide range of locations in every coastal county of the state and at last I am stoked to release a large collection of my favorite pieces in this first volume of my life’s work.
But it’s more than just a book of art. Every painting has a story to tell; fences hopped, encounters with friendly locals, battles with nature itself while attempting to paint out on the edge of a cliff in the wind and against all better judgement. These are the stories of real places. They can’t always be told through art alone, and they certainly can’t be conveyed in a gallery show (who reads anything in a gallery?). To put it simply, this book is, without a doubt, the fullest expression of the artwork I’ve created over the last 15 years. I hope you all dig it.”