Wave Migration is an intimate portrait of 15 people who are part of a growing community of nearly 40 surfers who live in Lewis. Some were born in the Hebrides, but the majority were drawn to the islands by the waves and the way of life.
Browse the 15 artworks and read the stories of each surfer by clicking on their portrait at the bottom of this page.
I tell their stories through large mixed media diptychs in the exhibition which was at An Lanntair, Stornoway, from April 6th to May 11th 2019. My portraits are studies of each surfer and their favourite surf break, and I’ve layered each work with subtle symbols that hint at key moments, places or events in their lives. The goal is to tell the stories that have led them to stay or settle on Lewis and make the wild Atlantic coastline, cold water surf and close knit surf community their home.
Each individual painting is a life story. But as a body of work Wave Migration intends to shine a light on a positive new island sub culture. A group of independently minded, family focused individuals who make surfing and being at the coast a priority - pursuing a work life balance that is so difficult to achieve in today’s world.
Alongside my work, film maker, photographer and surfer Jim Hope’s showed his short film of the islands’ wild coastal landscape, waves and cold water surf paradise especially produced for the exhibition. Mark Lumsden is a surfer and board shaper, designing and making handcrafted surf boards in his work shop in Ness. His shaping skills were showcased in boards specifically designed for the waves and conditions of Lewis.
Press coverage of Wave Migration:
I was also on the Out for the Weekend programme on BBC Radio Scotland.
The exhibition was at An Lanntair from April 6th - May 11th and now available to tour the country. Please get in touch for more details.
Here are some photos from the launch party on Friday April 5th.