Surfdog & Artbird’s interests are in domestic animals and wildlife, beach culture and their passion for the ocean and nature. They use dogs and animals to symbolise the people they characterise in their artworks, and paint people coming together with their pets to enjoy fun and adventures in the great outdoors. It’s these ideals that bring people together to share in a common love of the outdoor life.

Paintings start with sketches when they are out engaged in nature or travelling, and then fleshed out in the studio with a loose and thick impasto style. Their art is quirky and brings a smile to everyone’s face, and their funky interpretations are of everything from holidays with friends to meeting the locals at favourite surf spots.

Surfdog first emerged in 2009, and of Surfdog & Artbird and the characters portrayed, a gallery director said of this work “The enormous energy, gaiety and presence that the artists exude is also encapsulated in these works. Well-travelled and with a probing interest in local cultures and people, the bold background and quirky characters is much more a reflection of the light and playful nature than a response to current trends.“

Their paintings have been sold around Australia, with artworks also being sold to international clients who have had these works shipped overseas.

Surfdog & Artbird paintings and commissioned pieces are only available through their representative galleries. Please click on the contact link to find a gallery near you.


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