The Vans US Open of Surfing is very fortunate to have talent in every aspect of the event. From the individuals who are competing to the individuals who create the atmosphere, the event is electrifying with the amount of skill, creativity, and influx of expression. Within the Pro Park as well as other areas around the event, you can see pieces by the following artists. Some are new to the event, some have experience on the beach, but all are positively crushing it with their masterpieces. For more information, check out their websites!
Based in Detroit, Ellen Rutt is a multi-disciplinary artist whose abstract and playful murals evoke both emotion and curiosity. Her work was recently used as the poster and creative assets for FORM fest, and she has been recognized by boooooom.com, satchi art, Juxtapoz and other recognizable art publications. Currently she has been featured in Form Festival, Contre Temps Festival, Murals in the Market, Detroit Achievement Academy, Shinola, Facebook, Brooklyn Art Fair, “Nothing Is Seperate,” Polaroids Originals, Juxtapoz Magazine.
Back for another year, you might have seen some of his work in the 2017 VANS US Open of Surfing, Jack Graydon is a skateboarder and artist from Portland OR. His colorful murals and illustrations can be found in hidden corners around the globe as Graydon (or his street moniker Toilet Snake) has been invited to do public art in the US, Canada, Thailand and Europe. Jack was introduced to the Vans family during the 2017 Vans US Open and he has also shown at the Nationale Gallery, Charlie’s Deli PDX, PDX Project Pabst, and Antisocial Skateboard Shop.
No newcomer to the Vans family, Benjamin Marasco is an illustrator and muralist based in Chicago, MI. Most recently, Marasco painted the new skate park inside the House of Vans in Chicago. His artwork has been featured in DropJunk, Hyper Allergic, and the Visualist. His creative affiliations can be seen with Vans, House of Vans Chicago, Brookyln Brewery, Go Tavern Chicago, Pipeworks Brewery, and Goose Island Beer Company.
Local to California, Michael C. Hsiung is based in Los Angeles and has been present in the 2017 Pro Park and the Van Doren Village. An assistant to the Pro Park for the first years, his artwork is now recognized by Vans fans and we are excited to have him close out the Open. His current projects as well as public pieces can be seen with Vans, the Vans US Open 2017, Murray State University, Chinese American Museum, Vincent Price Art Museum, Dew Tour.