Lost Surf Art Posters of Santa Barbara

Exhibit opening during SBMM's Sea Festival featuring works by surf artist Rick Sharp.

When: Saturday, April 28, 2012, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: S.B. Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Wy., #190, Santa Barbara

Cost: Not available

Age limit: Not available

Categories: Art (opening)


Rick Sharp, who was born into an entertainment family, made a name for himself as a poster artist in the '70s surf culture of Southern California. During that time period, the young artist’s work appeared on national magazine covers, Hang Ten t-shirts, surf posters, album covers and concert posters for folk music icons such as Donovan, Arlo Guthrie and Peter, Paul & Mary, to name a few. Working out of Santa Barbara, Sharp’s early work, which was reproduced as posters by Channel Islands Surfboards, KTYD Radio and the City of Santa Barbara’s Fiesta celebrations – are now historic and hard-to-come-by.

Today, if you walk through gift shops in Hawaii, you’ve more than likely either seen or bought Rick Sharp’s vintage-styled art on a myriad of products produced by Island Heritage: candles placemats, coffee mugs, calendars, tote bags, tumblers, photo albums and the list goes on and on. You name it – and you’ve probably noticed his art on it. But you may have thought it was artwork from the travel poster era of the 1920s, '30s, or '40s, probably from an artist who’s now dead and gone. But Rick Sharp is very much alive and well – creating his nostalgic art for a new worldwide audience. Of Sharp’s career in the arts, one thing is certain: Rick Sharp doesn’t become his work – his work comes out of what he loves.

For more information on Sea Festival and Rick Sharp’s Exhibit visit SBMM’s website at

Phone: 805-962-8404

Event posted April 6, 2012
Last updated April 19, 2012


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