Sydney, Aust., Nov.19, 2012 – Surf brand O'Neill, widelyrespected as the 'first name in the water,' is concluding it's highlysuccessful global art tour revolving around one of the surf industry'sincredible pioneers Jack O'Neill. The main commissioned art pieces will gounder the final online hammer November 28th. All 6 of these amazing one offworks will be auctioned with www.charitybuzz.com, and proceeds of all sales areto be distributed evenly to 6 charities – O'Neill SeaOdyssey, Japan TsunamiAppeal, Surf Aid,Protect OurWinters, ChristchurchEarthquake Appeal & South Africa's Umthombo.
The feature artworks are by renowned artists ThomasCampbell, Geoff McFetridge, Liam Gerrard, Jim Phillips Jnr, Tim Chapman andMark Penxa who adds. "For me, Jack's face is the O'Neill brand. He isgenuine, sincere and he broke himself for what he loves it is all right therefor everyone to see and that is why the level of success has been so high forhim and his company. Honesty. It really does go a long way. He wasn't toodifficult to draw. I had always wanted to paint a portrait of him and was justlooking for a reason. I had it worked out pretty well in my head but, it wasmore fun for me to finally work on than anything and those are always the bestprojects to work on."
Jack O'Neill, 89, has lead a life of innovation anddiscovery. All from a simple notion of just wanting to surf longer, he became atrue non conformist waterman and adventurer, in every sense. Fromdeveloping the first wetsuit, the first surf shop, to hot air ballooning,surfing, sailing, and creating a global brand. The surfing world owes a lot toJack.
Brand Ambassador and Asia-Pacific Marketing Manager,Rob Bain, says 'When we set out this year to celebrate Jack's life and the60 years of the O'Neill brand, I personally had no idea just how inspiredpeople would be to learn the story. It has been such a joy to see the interestin Jack, the art submissions worldwide, and the chance to now make the main artpieces available for collection."
"The pinnacle of the tour for me, was when Jack andhis family visited the final Santa Cruz exhibition, and he was so stoked andhad such a great big smile on his face. That for me, was a great moment. I haveno doubt that these one off pieces will greatly add in value as the years passby, and the money raised will be deeply appreciated by the charities. Let's digdeep and celebrate the life of Jack, and give to a good cause."
For art bidding and more info, visit: http://www.charitybuzz.com/categories/77/catalog_items
For art tour info visit: http://60yearsofinnovation.tumblr.com/
Special thanks to theO'Neill family their support of the 60 Years of Innovation Global Art Tour.