SURF THE NINTH WAVE
Vinyl art installation by artist John Van Hamersveld
Artist John Van Hamersveld first began experimenting with graphic design in the 1960s as a student at the Art Center College of Design. His career took off with his design of the iconic Endless Summer movie poster. His continued success as a designer and illustrator in the music industry, in surf culture, and in the corporate realm has solidified his position as one of the top creative voices of his time.
In 2006, he created his Next Wave design and expanded on the series with different layouts, colors, and scale. The look and style was informed as much by the 1960s pop aesthetic as it was by Japanese wood block printing from the Edo period. In 2009, Hamersveld created the Pipeline Wave for the Billabong Pipeline Masters surfing tournament in Oahu, Hawaii. The intensity of vivid color and movement combined with large scale representation captured the impressive force of the actual pipeline and the imagery quickly became iconic.
The Surf the Ninth Wave installation at Wells Fargo Center is an homage to the entire wave series by Hamersveld as well as to the “big wave” that some surfers spend a lifetime chasing. Hamserveld’s visual exploration of fluidity in color and form, his mastery and understanding of various printmaking techniques, and the scale and kinetic quality of the wave provides a visual narrative that viewers can seemingly step into as they move alongside the graphic.