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The Ride Gallery

Art inspired by surf culture finds a home online

by Graham Hiemstra in Culture on 05 February 2013

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There seems to be no shortage of interest in surf culture recently. While not all of us are gifted with natural surfing ability, the draw to the sport's free-spirited culture never seems to fade. For both legit surfers and casual enthusiasts looking to land a piece of art inspired by the board world there is The Ride Gallery, an online platform celebrating surf culture through art in various mediums. Launched in November 2012—with a recent revamp late last month—by former art museum director Sam Anderson, the web gallery aims to enter the physical domain by hosting a slew of pop-ups at various design, street art and surf culture events in 2013.

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"Rather than face the burdens and costly overhead of a permanent brick and mortar location, The Ride Gallery is able to deliver immediacy and enhanced relevance by staging these exciting artists online and through a nomadic pop-up model," explains Anderson. On top of offering culturally sensitive art online, Anderson hopes to establish an arts center in Latin America to exhibit both new and well-known artists involved in the sport, as well as offer workshops in an effort to expand arts education and cultural entrepreneurship in nearby developing communities.

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Artists currently represented online include Brooklyn-based David Jacobs and Montauk local Dalton Portella, as well as eight other internationals. Limited run photography prints and one-off screen prints sell from around $225 on up to $1600+ depending on medium and size prefered. For more information visit The Ride Gallery online.

Images courtesy of The Ride Gallery. Artists from top: David Jacobs, Kamargo, Nick Frank

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