Bruno Turpin is a self-taught painter living in Paris. Born in Cotentin Island, son of a fisherman, he grew up in the marine atmosphere docks. Naturally familiar with the seafarers and marine world, Bruno has ocean in his gene. He discovered the surf culture during a long stay in California in the 80's. Coming back to France, he started to dawn patrol and surfing the coastline of Cotentin Island and Brittany with his longboard and brushes. Bruno has always painted; surfing and painting was at this time for him a natural association. Among the surfart pioneers in France, Bruno started his exhibitions in the very early 2000s: Art Gallery, Happening, festival, collective & solo exhibits... Bruno Turpin has sold paintings internationaly, his artworks have been published in many countries (USA, Japan, France, Ireland; Italy...). Also he released several music band event posters (The Take Offs from Hawaii,…) and surfing event posters ( Chineese Taipei surfing association,…). Bruno was invited twice (2007 and 2011) to exhibit in the prestigious international show "Who's Next" during the fashion week in Paris. Today Bruno is 47 years old, married, two children, still surfing and keeping total freedom in his painting.
I paint what I love and that comes from the ocean. Since my childhood I grew up at the seaside in a marine universe, then I became a surfer exploring the coast and waves, contemplating the sea sit on my surfboard. All those years of experience have shaped a vast world of images and sensations that constantly feed my painting. This is an immersive and contemplative painting that leads to meditation. My painting is identical to the vision of a person contemplating the vastness of the ocean. It is an internal experience that begins in this immersion look. My painting is deeply rooted in the surf culture and feeds on the vision of surfer I am. The ocean is life, its pulsations are the waves, and its energy is a matrix singing the eternal youth. We are part of; we are in unison with him. We are made by the same living water, connected by nature with this blue immensity. Painting is for me like surfing, a medium that allows feeling and fully experiencing this oceanic oneness. My painting has this research ambition of a universal language through this uniqueness to glimpse the unutterable. I am both abstract and figurative painter. My figurative painting is strongly narrative; the abstract is immersive and contemplative. These two aspects of my work complement each other as twin diptych causing a scalable emulation. Although its foundations are in the ocean, my painting goes well beyond, longing to discover the inner world.
2005 "Les Artistes et la Mer", SAINT MALO.
JULY 2015, FESTIVAL VAGABONDE, BORDEAUX, France.
SEPTEMBER 2011, “WHO’S NEXT“, Special Guest, International Fashion Show, PARIS.
SUMMER 2011, VISION 4, Collective Daily Surf Art , St Pol de Leon.
OCTOBER 2008, Happening with Urban Groove Unit Band, PARIS.
SEPTEMBER 2007,“WHO’S NEXT“, International Fashion Show, PARIS.
MAY 2005, SURF OPEN VI, SIOUVILLE
JUNE 2004, SURF OPEN V, SIOUVILLE
JULY 2003, Exhibition "La Mer et la Glisse", LA TRANCHE SUR MER
SUMMER 2002, Collective Expo, GRANVILLE
SEPTEMBER 2001, “GLISSEXPO 2001”, International Surf Show, PARIS
SUMMER 2001, Collective Expo, GRANVILLE
JUNE 2001, “FESTIVAL DE LA GLISSE”, AGON COUTAINVILLE
2017 SURF STORY II, ROBB HAVASSY, International Issue.
SUMMER 2015, BEACH BROTHER, FRANCE
FEBRUARY 2013, PARAFINA MAG, BRAZIL
NOVEMBER 2012, BLUE MAGAZINE, Num 38, JAPAN
JUNE 2011 ,DREAMS & MORE LONGBOARD, Num 15, ITALIA.
JULY 2008 , LONGBOARD MAGAZINE, Annual Surf Art Issue, USA
APRIL 2007, FIN’S MAG, Ireland
MARCH 2005, LONGBOARD MAGAZINE, Annual Surf Art Issue, USA
APRIL 2004, SURF'N BEACH, Holland
DECEMBER 2003, TRIP SURF, France
FEBRUARY 2003, SURF SESSION, France
AUGUST 2001, SURFER'S JOURNAL num 29 French Edition, International
JULY 2015, BEACH BROTHER Magazine, "Ala Moana", FRANCE
MARCH 2009, Book Illustrations, « Surfing Adventures », Andrew Forsyth, USA
JULY 2016, CD Album cover, TSUNAMI of SOUND, USA
DECEMBER 2012, CHINESE TAIPEI SURFING ASSOCIATION, Surf Contest, TAIPEI
NOVEMBER 2012, Concert THE TAKE OFFS, HAWAII
AUGUST 2011, Concert THE ORBITRONS, HAWAII
NOVEMBER 2008 , Concert URBAN GROOVE UNIT, PARIS
OCTOBER 2008, Concert THE TAKE OFFS, HAWAII
MAI 2005, SIOUVILLE SURF OPEN 6, FRANCE
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This painting is coming from Glide Series, painted on wood panel. A Ground swell is always an impresive and fascinating vision which need observation and close reflection before entering in water.