Yesterday we took a little drive down to beautiful San Clemente, a gem of a Southern California beach town which is the home of Water Gallery's next glass water bottle and drinkware artist Drew Brophy. Drew was hosting an open house at his gallery this weekend, so we decided to jump in the car with our kids and show them some of his incredible art in person.
Drew has this really special ability of combining vibrant color and flowing paint strokes to create whimsical, dynamic, thought-provoking beach scenes, replete with zany details like eyeballs in the waves and happy faces in the suns. His signature wave curls and squiggly water droplets appeal to kids and adults alike. While being whimsical and appealing to people of all ages, his art is also quite sophisticated and powerful, showcasing the majesty of the ocean and the camaraderie amongst the people who love the sea. We knew our girls would be drawn to his art as much as we are, so it was definitely a worthwhile trip.
We were excited to see Drew's gallery appear as we rounded the bend in our car-- he even displays his awesome art work on the outside of the gallery building!
Once inside the gallery, our girls hunkered down with Drew's instructional art book, aimed at teaching kids how to sketch some of his most dynamic images. Drew explained to the girls how the little boy surfer character seen in the picture below is actually a character he created when he was a young boy himself, and this character has appeared in his art for years.
When Drew's son was born and as he grew into a teenager, Drew was amazed to see how much his own son resembles the character he dreamed up years ago in his youth, almost like he dreamed of his own son before he was born. The girls and I enjoyed hearing this story and we were touched by how emotionally connected Drew is to his art.
In recent years, as I've mentioned in previous blog posts like this one, Drew has become fascinated by "sacred geometry," the art of repeating, symmetrical shapes in nature, and his sacred geometry artwork is some of the most amazing art we've ever seen. It was really exciting for us to see his most beloved sacred geometry piece "Metatron's Cube" in person, the original piece itself, since this will be featured on one of our next glass water bottles. It's absolutely incredible.
We had a great time visiting Drew's gallery and it was especially rewarding to watch our girls, who both happen to be very interested in art, jump right into Drew's art book. Art is such a valuable experience for children-- observing it, interpreting it, trying it out themselves, and just enjoying it for what it is to each individual person. Drew Brophy continues to create some of the most beautiful art we've seen and we can't wait to feature his work on our glass water bottles and upcoming drinkware.