What's that Jack O'Neill art worth to you?
Jack O’Neill one-off art pieces to go to auction on charitybuzz.com with bids closing 28th November 2012
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 22 November, 2012 : - - O’Neill is concluding it’s highly successful global art tour revolving around one of the surf industry’s incredible pioneers Jack O’Neill. The main commissioned art pieces will go under the final online hammer November 28th. All 6 of these amazing one off works will be auctioned with charitybuzz.com. and proceeds of all sales are to be distributed evenly to 6 charities – O'Neill Sea Odyssey, Japan Tsunami Appeal, Surf Aid, Protect Our Winters, Christchurch Earthquake Appeal & South Africa's Umthombo.
The feature artworks are by renowned artists Thomas Campbell, Geoff McFetridge, Liam Gerrard, Jim Phillips Jnr, Tim Chapman and Mark Penxa who adds. "For me, Jack’s face is the O’Neill brand. He is genuine, sincere and he broke himself for what he loves it is all right there for everyone to see and that is why the level of success has been so high for him and his company. Honesty. It really does go a long way.
He wasn’t too difficult to draw. I had always wanted to paint a portrait of him and was just looking for a reason. I had it worked out pretty well in my head but, it was more fun for me to finally work on than anything and those are always the best projects to work on."
Jack O’Neill, 89, has lead a life of innovation and discovery. All from a simple notion of just wanting to surf longer, he became a true non conformist waterman and adventurer, in every sense. From developing the first wetsuit, the first surf shop, to hot air ballooning, surfing, sailing, and creating a global brand. The surfing world owes a lot to Jack.
Brand Ambassador and Asia-Pacific Marketing Manager, Rob Bain, says ‘When we set out this year to celebrate Jack’s life and the 60 years of the O’Neill brand, I personally had no idea just how inspired people would be to learn the story. It has been such a joy to see the interest in Jack, the art submissions worldwide, and the chance to now make the main art pieces available for collection.”
“The pinnacle of the tour for me, was when Jack and his family visited the final Santa Cruz exhibition, and he was so stoked and had such a great big smile on his face. That for me, was a great moment. I have no doubt that these one off pieces will greatly add in value as the years pass by, and the money raised will be deeply appreciated by the charities. Let’s dig deep and celebrate the life of Jack, and give to a good cause."
Author: Rob Bain
Tags: O'Neill, Art, Surf History, Jack O'Neill