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The Ride Gallery

Art inspired by surf culture finds a home online

by Graham Hiemstra
on 05 February 2013

There seems to be no shortage of interest in surf culture recently. While not all of us are gifted with natural surfing ability, the draw to the sport's free-spirited culture never seems to fade. For both legit surfers and casual enthusiasts looking to land a piece of art inspired by the board world there is The Ride Gallery, an online platform celebrating surf culture through art in various mediums. Launched in November 2012—with a recent revamp late last month—by former art museum director Sam Anderson, the web gallery aims to enter the physical domain by hosting a slew of pop-ups at various design, street art and surf culture events in 2013.

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"Rather than face the burdens and costly overhead of a permanent brick and mortar location, The Ride Gallery is able to deliver immediacy and enhanced relevance by staging these exciting artists online and through a nomadic pop-up model," explains Anderson. On top of offering culturally sensitive art online, Anderson hopes to establish an arts center in Latin America to exhibit both new and well-known artists involved in the sport, as well as offer workshops in an effort to expand arts education and cultural entrepreneurship in nearby developing communities.


Artists currently represented online include Brooklyn-based David Jacobs and Montauk local Dalton Portella, as well as eight other internationals. Limited run photography prints and one-off screen prints sell from around $225 on up to $1600+ depending on medium and size prefered. For more information visit The Ride Gallery online.

Images courtesy of The Ride Gallery. Artists from top: David Jacobs, Kamargo, Nick Frank

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