Breaking out of the conventional mold for successful athletes, snowboarder Travis Rice opened the online art gallery Asymbol early this year with a program of fine art featuring extra love for action sports. One of the most renowned and talented shredders around, Rice pushes the edge of possibility and sanity on the snow and now applies that same tactic to highlighting talented artists.
Created in collaboration with artist Mike Parillo, the Jackson Hole-based duo showcase selected artists in a limited-edition format.
Asymbol came about as an extended "thank you" to the many photographers and image-makers inspired by the sport, who in turn inspire the athletes. "The effort it takes to produce a picture worthy of hanging on a wall is humbling. Asymbol exists to pay tribute to the creative workhorses who have inspired us by making their imagery available to the world," Rice explains.
With a web design that imitates a gallery space, the Asymbol site makes viewing the work approachable and intuitive. It includes brief biographies of each artist and illuminating histories of individual pieces. A comical yet helpful guide on sizing features Chewbacca, Mr. T, Miss Piggy and Chucky as models.
Separated into photographs and artwork, both categories show a range of imagery, subjects, emotions and styles, but maintain a cohesive feel as a whole. From Jeff Curtes' melancholy "Chairlift" photograph (and the adrenaline-drenched chaos of a heli-drop in his "The LZ," pictured above) to Jamie Lynn's colorful "Moonlit Polihale" painting, each takes the viewer to a rare moment in time that many don't often get to experience.
See more artwork after the jump.