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Check Out This Awesome Paddleboarding Portrait Painter

November 5, 2015

As if successfully creating beautiful portraiture on dry land wasn’t difficult enough, Hawaii born New-Yorker Sean Yoro (known in the art world as Hula) takes to the water in his efforts to discover the perfect canvas. 

 

Sean Yoro aka Hula

 

Loading up his paddleboard with paint cans and brushes, Hula sets out to find an ideal spot to drop anchor and start work. He tends towards abandoned industrial areas where, although his work is presumably less likely to be spotted, it will arguably stand out and make a greater impact on those lucky enough to come across it.

 

Sean Yoro aka Hula

 

"I chose the locations because they reminded me of ghost towns needing to breathe life again," Hulu explained in an interview with The Huffington Post. "[These] figures seemed lost in these structures, almost out of place.”

 

Sean Yoro aka Hula

 

Sean Yoro aka Hula

 

Having (separately!) attempted both paddleboarding and en plein air painting, I can't help but think of how hugely demanding, both physically and technically, a combination of the two would be. Working in oil paint, Hula must wait for lengthy periods of time for his layers of paint to dry, and so supposedly returns to the same spot on a number of occasions throughout each work's process. He must also ensure that his work schedule ties in with that of the local tides, so that he is not stuck trying to paint an area of the portrait that is underwater during particular times of day. In addition, keeping one's posture stable enough on the open water to execute exact brushstrokes must require exceptional balance and strength.

 

Sean Yoro aka Hula

 

The resulting portraits, whilst astonishingly beautiful, are undoubtedly chilling. The painting pictured above, for example, has the air of a woman who has fallen unconscious in a bath. As the water laps at the corner of her mouth, the viewer wills the figure's realistically rendered eyelids to snap open as she wakes from an accidental sleep, realising that the water has long turned cold. Perhaps it is the dank surroundings of the work that cause us to worry that the reason for the woman's presence in the water is less innocent than that of a bathtime doze.

 

Sean Yoro aka Hula

 

This painting (above) also seems to reflect a bathroom scene, as the figure turns her face away from the old light fixture acting as a shower head above and to the right of her.  

 

Sean Yoro aka Hula

 

Some of the works are more confrontational, as the figures gaze out at the viewer or, in our absence, across the water in front of them. 

 

For the purposes of 'legal safety', the locations of Hula's murals are deliberately undisclosed on his website. One wonders if he is worried about art enthusiasts trying to paddle out into the water themselves, to get a better look at the work. In any case, it seems that the best way to keep up with the artist's work is, for now at least, via his Instagram

 

 

 

What do you think of Hula's street art?

Is the final effect worth the effort? Or do you think that he ought to stick to painting on dry land?

 

Let me know in the comments! 

 

resources: The Huffington Post 

                   ByHula.com

 

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