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John Severson, Pipeline 1964.

Digital print on Epson paper, semi-gloss finish. Size: height - 43.5 in, width - 48 in, depth - 0 in. Estimate: from $1,500 to $2,000

Note; John Severson founded Surfer magazine in 1960 as a program to accompany his yearly surf films. Surfer magazine is a monthly surfing culture magazine published around Dana Point and San Clemente, California. Severson's photography, art and sense of humor set the pace for the future of Surfer, which quickly grew to be a reflection of the sport and culture, as well as a sounding board for surfers and environmental activists. Today it is recognized as the premier surfing publication. [wiki] John Severson, well known as the creator of the internationally acclaimed SURFER Magazine, grew up surfing off the beaches of Southern California. He began his career as a painter, selling his first works while finishing his Master's at Long Beach State College. In the 1950s he became the first person to create a large body of art relating to the Hawaii-California surf culture. Since then he has provided a steady output of oil paintings, watercolors, drawings, and prints. In 1958, John used his art, photography, and surfing passion to create a popular surf movie series. His films included SURF SAFARI, SURF FEVER, BIG WEDNESDAY, and PACIFIC VIBRATIONS. The posters, smash hits in the '50s and '60s, remain collector favorites. As a surfer, Severson was known for riding big waves, and for his innovative performance style in big surf. In 1961, he won the Peru International Surfing Championships and was a finalist in the U.S. and Hawaiian Championships. With the founding of SURFER, John's art focused on the magazine and graphics. His painting "Surf Bebop" was selected as the outstanding cover painting of 1963 by Communication Arts. C.A. devoted five pages to Severson's magazine and film work in 1970. During the 1960s, he authored two surf books for Doubleday. In 1968, LIFE Magazine ran 10 pages on Severson's family and surf success. Over the years, John has continued a parallel career in photography; his work has appeared in LIFE, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, PARIS MATCH, GERMAN STERN, and others and was selected for a '60s SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SPORT-IN-ART show in New York. John Severson was voted into the Surfing Hall of Fame in 1993, the Walk of Fame at Huntington Beach in 1995, and given a lifetime achievement award by the Surf Industry Manufacturers' Association as Waterman of the Year in 1997. [Gordon T. McClelland]

Artnet Auctions. Thursday, November 05, 2009. www.artnet.com

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John  Severson,  Hammond's Reef, 1964.

Digital print on Epson paper, semi-gloss finish. Size: height - 43.5 in, width - 48 in, depth - 0 in - Estimate: from $1,500 to $2,000

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John  Severson,  Spartan Reef, Maui 1978

Digital print on Epson paper, semi-gloss finish. Size: height - 43.5 in, width - 48 in, depth - 0 in - Estimate: from $1,500 to $2,000

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John  Severson, Sunset Beach, 1962

Digital print on Epson paper, semi-gloss finish. Size: height - 43.5 in, width - 48 in, depth - 0 in - Estimate: from $1,500 to $2,000