Art of Jack

If you’re looking for a very unique piece of surfing history as a gift for a surfer in your life (and that may well be yourself) then these Jack O’Neill portraits – part of the brand’s 60 Years of Innovation Tour – could be just the ticket. Works have been contributed by Thomas Campbell, Geoff McFetridge, Liam Gerrard, Jim Phillips Jnr, Tim Chapman, Mark Penxa and many more. Best of all, proceeds from the auctions will be distributed evenly to 6 charities – O’Neill Sea OdysseyJapan Tsunami AppealSurf AidProtect Our Winters,Christchurch Earthquake Appeal & South Africa’s Umthombo.

Jack O’Neill, 89, has lead a life of innovation and discovery. All from a simple notion of just wanting to surf longer, he became a true non conformist waterman and adventurer, in every sense.  From developing the first wetsuit, the first surf shop, to hot air ballooning, surfing, sailing, and creating a global brand. The surfing world owes a lot to Jack.

Artist Mark Penxa said, “For me, Jack’s face is the O’Neill brand. He is genuine, sincere and he broke himself for what he loves. It is all right there for everyone to see and that is why the level of success has been so high for him and his company. Honesty. It really does go a long way. ”

Talking about his contribution Mark added, “He wasn’t too difficult to draw. I had always wanted to paint a portrait of him and was just looking for a reason. I had it worked out pretty well in my head but it was more fun for me to finally work on… and those are always the best projects.”

You can bid for these one-off, unique portraits on charity auction website Charity Buzz, click here for the direct link to Arts and Collectables.

Some of the artworks include:

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