Glitterati Incorporated is pleased to announce the release of the book Surf by Peter Wise with preface by S.C. Gwynne.
From the earliest mention of it in Captain Cook’s Journals in 1779 to the recent article in TheNew York Times (8/22/07)--where surfboards provided a moment of collaboration betweenthe Palestinians and the Jews--the surf has always been a source of inspiration, and not justfor surfers, beach lovers, sailing aficionados, or nature lovers. In Surf, artist Peter Wise pairs 60 of his collectible and evocative, powerful paintings of the surf with anecdotes from surflovers and aficionados around the world.
“Surfing goes through periods of fashion and faddishness. I know a little something about that as someone who turned thirteen in 1966. But this book is more about people who don’t follow trends, but rather move on gradually, step by step, seeking their own balance between the thrill of new experiences and the comfort of being at ease with one’s body, whether engaged inwardly with mind and spirit, or outwardly with the great world that surrounds us.” --From the Introduction
Whether professional surfing legends, like Buzzy Kerbox, to surfing journalists or even businessmen who are surfers at heart— the artist puts side-by-side the inspiring beauty of the waves with stories from the people who know them best. Here is a book sure to inspire surf-lovers and anyone who understands surfing to be a metaphor of personal expression. The surfing world has long been embraced by mainstream pop culture, thanks to a plethora of films like Blue Crush and iconic documentaries like The Endless Summer; and youth culture itself. Even people who don’t surf like to endear themselves to the kind of qualities that describe surfers: adventurous, strong-willed, curious, independent, risk-taking individuals. Beyond surfers themselves, this miniature artbook will find a wide audience among aficionados of music, fashion, business, and art—as well as those who love to ride the waves.
PETER WISE was born in Boston and educated at Amherst College, the New York Studio School, where he studied under Mercedes Matter and Paul Georges. His work is found in various public and private collections, including Mead Art Gallery, Amherst College, Estee Lauder Corporate Collection. His work has been shown at The Drawing Center, NYC; Coe Kerr Gallery in NYC; Hokin Gallery, Bal Harbour, FL; Govinda Gallery in Washington, DC. He Lives in New York City. S.C. GWYNNE is currently the executive editor of Texas Monthly Magazine and has that written for Harper’s, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Time, The Washington and California Magazine. He lives in Austin, Texas.
painting by Peter Wise
Published by Glitterati Incorporated/Distributed by National Book Network
HARDCOVER, 5 x 7”, 128 pages with 60 and four-color paintings,
ISBN13: 978-0-9793384-6-5 Price: $25.00
DELUXE BOXED EDITION with signed limited edition print ISBN 978-0-9793384-9-6 Price $100.00
Publication Date: September, 2008
The author is available for media interviews and appearances through the publisher.
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