Today we’d like to introduce you to Jeff Beck.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I make alternative wood and foam surfboards and fins with an emphasis on sustainability through the use of more environmentally friendly materials and manufacturing processes. I came from an art background with a masters degree in painting but always remained close to my first passions of surfing and building and sought to combine the aesthetic sensibilities I gained in the art world with the freedom and joy I get from surfing. I’ve been building surfboards now for over 13 years, and in that time I’ve explored many different design ideas and construction techniques. I now offer five different build styles, all geared toward a more durable, beautiful, and better riding surfboard.
Please tell us about your art.
I consider my surfboards to be an artistic outlet. I do still paint and retain representation, and it has a very special place in my heart. My painting exercises my intuitive side and the surfboards my analytical side but they are two sides of a creative coin. I usually paint local, urban landscapes with an emphasis on social and environmental dynamics. I like the observer to be possibly drawn in by something familiar or nostalgic but then experience something deeper that speaks of what this place means or where it’s headed. My wish is that my surfboards add to this dynamic without unnecessary clutter or waste. Useful and fun items of beauty, separate from wasteful consumerism.
Choosing a creative or artistic path comes with many financial challenges. Any advice for those struggling to focus on their artwork due to financial concerns?
I definitely know about the financial struggles associated with pursuing a creative endeavor. I have three kids and my wife, and I homeschool so that money can be tight. My advice would be to live as simply as possible. You don’t really need a lot of stuff. And if you truly love what you’re doing, that passion will get you through the hard times.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I stock surfboards at Patagonia Santa Monica and Patagonia Cardiff as well as a shop in Japan called Holysmoke. Recent work can be seen on Instagram @nine_lights and on my website ninelightssurfboards.com
My shop is located in Huntington Beach, and I’m always accepting custom orders.
My art representation is through Ali Barron at alibaron-art.com
- Address: 15601 unit F, Producer Lane, Huntington Beach, CA 92649
- Website: ninelightssurfboards.com
- Phone: 714 743-0370
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @nine_lights
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Nine-Lights-Surfboards-105298159503501/
Personal and working hand photos via Robert August