about jeff's surfing art
I was born in australia and grew up on the northern beaches of sydney, I started surfing when I was 10 years of age.
this was the 1960’s and 1970’s a time when surfing was having a never before seen influence on a generation along with fashion, music and art and still has major influences on popular culture worldwide.
I studied art at narrabeen boy’s high school and it was probably the only subject that held my attention aside from surfing, which wasn’t an official subject then, but is now.
after school I completed an apprenticeship in photo lithography at sydney technical college -school of graphic arts,these studies encompassed many technical skills that took an image from an original piece of artwork through all the various stages of photographics, colour etching, colour correcting and film planning then onto the printing press. these skills have become redundant and are now replaced by photoshop and its variations.
for many years I had photo lithography and screen printing businesses in sydney and canberra.
after sydney I lived in noosa for a long time.
I made the move to the south island of new zealand some years ago where I have recently re-discovered my enthusiasm for print making.
taking inspiration from the ocean, surfing and most things aquatic, I am particularly inspired by the resurgence of style, grace and flow in surfing.
currently I am concentrating on lino-cut and zerachin plate printing methods.
I hope that you find my work different and interesting.