THE BUS TO NOWHERE - Is from the "Surfing in the 70's Surf Art series" by Garry Birdsall.
In this painting Garry creates the mythical search for the ultimate surf life style. Living the adventure of traveling where-ever the waves take them, these free spirited surfers make the best of an old Sydney public bus, by pulling out a few seats and converting it into a communal mobile home. The day is fading into night and its time to hang out, tell a few tales of surfing days gone by, play a few tunes and relax with a few beers after a long day in the surf. What a magic life style for some in the early 1970s.
Garry was born in Sydney where surfing is a national pastime (in his words). He spent all his leisure time as a youth on the beaches surfing. He was one of the pioneers of Malibu surfboard riding. Garry’s surfing ability was so good that he competed in numerous Australian and world surfing events. He was the first artist in Australia to do airbrushed paintings on surfboards. Most of his life he’s worked in the surfing industry form board building to wholesale & retail sales.
Today, Garry paints in his Sydney based studio. He uses a variety of mixed media but mostly favours the technique he used in “Cronulla Point Going Off” which is a combination of opaque and translucent watercolours. He’s still out actively surfing and many of his painting are inspired by the magic of the ocean and his love of riding waves.