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Original Paintings

In the ’50s John 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 original paintings that spans decades and continues to this day. “I am working on a new series of watercolors entitled ESSENCE. It started with the painting below, and has moved …

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New Book Available John Severson’s SURF ______________________ An odyssey through painting, photography, film and publishing ______________________ Foreword by Gerry Lopez. Interview by Nathan Howe. Afterword by Drew Kampion. John Severson (born 1933) revolutionized pop culture’s vision of surfing and surf culture through his innovative performance in big surf and his prolific artistic output that transverses decades and disciplines. He began …




John Severson’s SURF explores Severson’s lengthy surf odyssey through painting, photography, film and publishing. Designed by Nathan Howe, with photos restored by Alize’ de Rosnay, the book features an interview with the artist by Nathan Howe, curator at Puka Puka, Hawaii. The forward is by Gerry Lopez, co-founder of Lightning Bolt surfboards and the afterword by Drew Kampion, author and former editor of Surfer. Surf recalls the birth of surf culture and serves as a testament to our ocean.

• Flexi, 9.5 x 12.25 in.
• 212 pgs
• Over 300 illustrations.

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Founder of Surfer Magazine and Surfing Hall-of-Fame surf culture artist, John Severson is noted for surf movies, surf posters, prints, paintings and aloha shirts.     John Severson, well known as the creator of the internationally acclaimed SURFER Magazine, grew up surfing off the beaches of Southern California. He began his career as a painter, selling his first works while …

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The Surfer’s Journal – John’s Travel Journals

February-March 2012 6 page spread in TSJ featuring sketches and doodles from John’s travel journals. According to The Surfer’s Journal: “It’s not often that an artist opens up his sketchbook for the world to see, but then John Severson’s never been one to shy away from sharing his vision of surfing with the world. Culled from recent travels and tranquil …

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Print Ad From Left to Right, Paul Hornung, Frank Gifford, Bob Cousey (on board), John Severson and Ken Venturi (Old guns now). A nice paste-up Sunset Beach surf shot by Homer Groening (the Jantzen Ad genius and father of ‘The Simpsons’ creator Matt Groening). “We were actually on the beach at Sunset. Homer and his wife Marge left their young …


Puka Puka Gallery 43 Hana Hwy • Pa’ia HI 96779 tel: 808 579 3080 • www.pukapuka.tv The gallery in 1946 after the big Tsunami. The gallery as it is today. Puka Puka is owned by Jenna and Emmanuel de Buretel. Puka Puka presents jewelry, fashion, interior as well as fine art and limited edition prints. Jenna is John Severson’s eldest …