|Gavin Arts' Huntington Beach Surf City Hawaiian Shirt|
Gavin Arts Huntington Beach Surf City Hawaiian Shirts
rediscovered thanks to a post on Huntington Beach Community Forum
Facebook Page post.
What a nice
First one order, then another,
then more… Kimberleigh asked the new clients why the sudden interest and was sent the HB Community Forum Page link with positive reviews of her work. The orders were great; the
kind comments even better!
During that time Paul painted many Classic Surf City scenes
including the first (1982) and second (1983) OP Pro’s
painted from the pier and
also painted and published limited editions prints of the Golden Bear (1986)
and the Old Huntington Beach Pier (1988)
Then after almost 20 years in 2002 the Gavins (Paul
had since met and married Kimberleigh) who had also now done military Air Show
Art for years ventured into Gavin Hawaiian style fabrics for the US Navy Blue Angels,
the USAF Thunderbirds and US Marine Corps and then created the San Clemente and
Surf City Hawaiian Designs.
Each design was created from Kimberleigh and Paul’s own
original artwork and each design pattern was hand drawn by Kimberleigh.
For the Surf City Hawaiian shirt she redrew
Paul’s paintings of the old Huntington Pier and the Golden Bear and other
sketches of buildings and people from this earlier Huntington Beach “era”, all
of them part of Paul’s daily life including George’s surf shop with Jan’s
smoothie stand, the Sugar Shack and International Surf Museum that was founded when
Paul lived down the street in 1987.
there are newer versions of older structures, like Duke’s that was previously
Maxwell’s and a view of the new lifeguard tower and the new pier.
The 1951 Ford Pickup parked in front of the
Surf Theater was the same truck Paul drove when he lived there. Most noticeably Huntington Beach’s world famous surf
heritage and very well known Fourth of July Parade are perfectly married in
Kimberleigh’s “United We Surf” image of surfers riding the stripes of Old
It’s a very special and beautiful design.
Thanks for remembering.