Another exceptional piece of art submitted for the Santa Cruz stop is this number by Martin Machado who grew up in the local area. Read on to find out more.
What did you know of Jack O’Neill & his iconic look before submitting your work?
I know if you dug through the drawings I did when I was 8 years old you’d find stacks of O’Neill surf magazine advertisement rip-offs. I grew up pretty obsessed with the Santa Cruz surf scene and tried to immerse myself in it as much as they would let a San Jose val jerk such as myself. Jack O’Neill is such a huge part of the surf scene there, he basically created it. So needless to say I knew a bit about Jack at a very young age: which house was his by Pleasure Point, which boats were his in the harbor, etc. I’m sure it sounds like I’m a stalker, but that stuff was common knowledge in Santa Cruz, Jack is like royalty there!
What medium’s do you work with?
I mainly use Gouache and Oil paints, but the surfaces that I paint on vary. Sometimes it’s on traditional materials such as paper or panel, but I like to work on found material as well, like driftwood I find on the shore or nautical charts I get off of ships that I’ve worked on.
What do you call your style of art?
Are you classically trained?
I went to art school at the San Francisco Art Institute with a lot of talented folks.
Where would you like to see your piece eventually hanging?
Jack’s house of course!
Where can we see more of your art?
Point your browser towards my website and check it out www.martinmachado.com