Dale and I, thought we would try a team surfing painting in overhead stormy waves in Avalon. It was tough! After 2 hours of riding the washing machine with canvas, paint and Go Pro camera strapped to us we managed to get paint on the canvas. I originally met Dale and his partner Fleur at Cactus on the West coast of SA, we surfed some supa fun waves there together. Traveling we were on the same route clockwise around Aus, we crossed paths again in Albany, Broome (had some fun party time in Broome, some how Dale and I adopted a mother) narrowly missed them in Darwin and then stayed with them for a few days in Avalon in Sydney. Thanks Dale and Fleur for having me! It was a fun challenge trying to make a painting in the storm ya legend!
Mona Vale rip bowl, Dale and I surfed some fun waves on the edge of a strong rip at Mona Vale. I tried a new variation of surfing painting: I used oil paint in place of the reliable acrylic. It did not work in the way I was hoping, the paint would not connect to the canvas. But funny enough it covered me head to toe and my board top to bottom.
Mooball taking in the view of Kelly Slater’s favourite wave in Aus, Little Avalon!
Henry The Octopus, I have had this piece of material since a spotlight special in Albany. Its first productive use is in this photo taken by Danny Strapps!
Henry, a van, an umbrella and a kangaroo dragon! Photo: Danny Strapps
A day in Kingscliff, everything out, four artists, a performer and a bbq… Good times.
Renuka Rajiv doing her thing
Circlework and Open Road Painting residue
A painting on glass: at this stage by Renuka and Henry
A man dress in the appropriate attire to be riding past a Henry Painting
The Performer: Matt Richardson
Renuka Rajiv and a her sandcastle face
Stripes in the sky, Lennox headland
Strips on Henrys face, Henry the tribal warrior goes surfing painting
Ron Burgandy in Burgandy paint in Byron Bay
henrys pole at Tallows beach
This was a the start of a nice unintentional collab, My friend Chelsea left two towels in Henrys Mobile Studio and they have been popping up in various artworks since.
Learning about Stacey
It was great to spend some time hanging out at the Stacey surfboard factory, which is part of a mega surfboard supplier the Glass Lab! I was lucky to get in close on the action, observing Lee designing the computer shapes and then slugging it out in the shaping bay.
There were lots of highlights around the Glass Lab, this was my favorite, the mess made from painting surfboards!
Glass in the Glass Lab… Epic
Blob sculptures hold down the boards, so the uv rays can cure the resin.
This is in the glassing bay, masking tape is used in the process of applying each layer of fibre glass to the board. The Tape is the wrapped around the stand that the board leans on, to create a forgiving surface. So these layers of tape contain the process history of many surfboards being made. Thanks for having me LEE STACEY ya guru
RALPH RIDDEL SURFBOARDS: looking in a cafe/surfboard shop in Coolangatta, I came across one of these crazy surfboard like objects. Rocking up to the Lee Stacey factory, I was pretty excited to cross paths with Ralph making boards next door.
Ralph has been making surfboards of various varieties for over 30 years, it is exciting to see all this knowledge funneled into a creative shaping project. These fish like objects are made in an organic process, Ralph told me they start with out an end design in mind. Whilst shaping he lets the character of the foam grow, and follows it to build its form.
Henry Surfing painting/face painting on a small day at Snapper Rocks. Photography: Jessie Lumb
monochrome Henry head and canvas
Boardart with some paint
Team painting with Danny Strapps: The eye of the Jock Strap
Uncle Dicknose by Jock Strap (Danny and Henry)
HMS paint building
HMS on the beach at Tugan, beach shade photo shoot with Chelsea Lobban!
HMS and curious chooks at Sunhouse
Sun House was a great surfboard and hardware shop/cafe/creative space, what made the experience quite unique was a chook from down the road inviting itself in and pecking about in and around the surfboards. The coffee was good too!
there were some great historic boards, colorful glass jobs and all sorts. Including a retrospective comic book on Captain Good Vibes, My life as a Pork Chop by Tony Edwards. This Cook was reading out the dimensions of the board I liked.
- PAUL BENBOW at WM
As I was passing through Brisbane there was an opportunity to have a show at Witch Meat, a small Artist Run Space in the center of a share house in the West End. The premise of the show was to do an everything out of the van. We built a make shift slippery dip from the side door of the van into the front yard. I unloaded various objects onto the slide, it made a pile on the front lawn, I invited people to take them inside to the gallery.
As the space loaded up various combinations and arrangements excited me
A leg rope used to suspend a Painting
Umbrella, beach ball and Perspex
A landscape painting, rubbed back into a palette by the landscape.
Dash Space, this was a shelf full of everything collected on my dash board since The beginning of the HMS journey. Installed by Anna Carluccio
the music played for the nigh was from the cassettes I have been collecting and playing en route
post Witch Meat apocalypse, thanks for having a late notice Henry show Candy and Anna, was an adventurous evening!
late in the evening, the use of vegetables and golf sticks was creatively combined, Ash teeing off with an onion.
staying in Stella Johnson’s paradise. Well one night i was meant to be staying here in the 13th floor at Johnos apartment. We went out for dinner and followed with a few drinks. Johno headed home and I stayed out a bit longer only to realize, i had no cash left, flat phone and had mis placed my van key. I walked the ten km, back and did not want to wake up the apartment. I had no key to my van. Near my van found a phone box a some spare change. I the called RAQV and they let me into my van in the carpark of the fancy apartments for a good rest. The next day we went out to South Stradbroke Island on Johnos jet ski and scored some fun Waves.
Jacks arse on Roof. This my cousin Jack, hard at work fixing his roof.
Emma and I, were using Henry’s Mobile Studio to cart the old roof, and scraps from the new roof down to the local recyclers
Archy riding in HMS
a nice pair of appropriate colored hand me down sneakers from Jack, Thanks mate
Sunshine Coast: first surf in nearly three months, I didn’t care that it was a one foot shore Break, I was pumped. I did this painting, surfed for nearly to long and nearly missed my flight from Brisbane back to Melbourne for a next wave intensive.
Open Road Painting palette
‘Hey’ Honey painting before and after
I got this gestural delight for One dollar, at an OP shop in Rockhampton! Bit sad I painted over it, this painting was amazing!
Bush Rag/pumping kirra
A small lizard hiding under some duct tape on the side of the van, in Cairns