@drewbrophy anouncement --> Yesterday an exciting thing happened - I got to see one of my favorite paintings for the first time in 17 years!
The collector/owner delivered the painting to my gallery from Los Angeles. I hadn't seen PURE JOY since he bought it at the Surf Gallery in Laguna Beach in 2001.
It was like welcoming an old friend back home. PURE JOY has become one of my most iconic paintings. It has been printed on magazine covers, many different products, and we've sold thousands of prints of it over the years, all over the world.
PURE JOY is a very important piece in my museum exhibition this summer, as it marks the start of a change in my art from angry and edgy to love and joy. It's no coincidence that it was the same year my son Dylan was born.
ABOUT THE MUSEUM EXHIBIT:
I'm honored to be The Myrtle Beach Art Museum's featured artist of 2018. I am excited to exhibit over 30 years of my work in a museum, right in the town I grew up in.
Preparing for an exhibit of this size is a huge task. Original paintings, sketches and surfboard paintings, ranging from my high school years to the present, will be displayed in a space of over 1700 square feet and in 7 different "gallery" rooms.
I'm gathering over 70 pieces of art from collectors all over the country, most of which sold a long time ago.
It feels surreal, going through all of my old sketches and works. Luckily, I saved almost everything going back to my high school days.
In the early days, my art wasn't even that good. In the Retrospective exhibit, people will be able to see the progression of my work as they walk from room to room - all 7 rooms will represent a place in time.
If you're near South Carolina this summer, consider coming to the exhibit. Maria and I will be there the first 2 weeks, giving personal tours and a Posca Paint Pen Workshop.
Franklin G. Burroughs • Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum Myrtle Beach
3100 South Ocean Boulevard
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29577 843-238-2510