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John Severson

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Artist — San Clemente, California

Left Line
Left Line
2005

John Severson grew up surfing off the beaches of Southern California. In the 1950s he became the first person to create a large body of art relating to the Hawaii-California surf culture. Since then he has provided a steady output of oil paintings, watercolors, drawings, and prints. In 1958, John used his art, photography, and surfing passion to create a popular surf movie series, including Surf Safari, Surf Fever, Big Wednesday, and Pacific Vibrations. His surf movie posters remain collector favorites. Severson’s art and photography have been featured around the world in magazines, galleries, and exhibitions. Severson is the premier surf culture artist. No one has captured the stoke of searching for surf, riding huge waves, or just paddling out, better than John. He’s a true original — his works will pass the test of time. Biography by Gordon McClelland, Art Historian. RIP John (2017).

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Surf Be Bop
Surf Be Bop
1963
The Great Wave
The Great Wave
Free Fall
Free Fall
2007
Surf art from the 1950s
Unknown title
1956
Wild Angels
Wild Angels
2016
Discovery
Discovery
1970s
Rock and Roar
Rock and Roar
High Times
High Times
Rounding Kaena Point
Rounding Kaena Point
1970
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