A Passion for Performance Tim Bessell loves his job. He combines lifelong surfing experience with expert craftsmanship to create some of the best custom surfboards in the world. From world class professionals to weekend warriors, ask anyone who knows him and they'll tell you the same thing: Tim is more than a shaper, he's an artist.
The History of Bessell Surfboards Tim shaped his first surfboard in his parents garage when he was only thirteen years old. Only two years later, Tim began his professional surfboard shaping career when he began working at Sunset Surfboards. He was one of the youngest surfboard shapers at Sunset, but he was already making a name for himself in and around his home break of Windansea Beach in La Jolla, California.
Three years later Tim moved to Hawaii to prove he has what it takes to be a shaper on the North Shore. He began shaping custom surfboards for Lightning Bolt, one of Hawaii's premier surfboard manufacturers. In fact, Tim Bessell would later become one of the few shapers allowed to manufacture surfboards under the Lightning Bolt name.
In 1982, Tim returned to San Diego to re-open Bessell Surfboards. By 1987, Bessell Surfboards had grown into one of the largest surfboard manufacturers in Southern California. Tim also made a name for himself as an artist, with exhibitions as far away as Japan.
Tim branched off into the world of apparel when he started his own clothing line in 1992. He designed every item himself, and his unique touch of style was an instant hit. Tim even helped design styles for other clothing companies such as T&C Hawaii and Billabong.
Tim decided to focus once again on surfboards in 1997, when he returned to the shaping room to reinvent Bessell Surfboards. He built primarily custom shaped boards for surfers who demand more that the typical cookie cutter shapes. Tim's willingness to work individually with each customer has helped build a reputation few shapers can match.
To date, Tim has produced over 46,000 surfboards. His boards have graced the covers of Surfer Magazine, Surfing Magazine, Beach Culture, and countless other surfing magazine. Many world class surfers have ridden Bessell Surfboards including: Peter King, Luke Egan, Jon Roseman, Glen Winton, Brad Gerlach, Vetea David, Ricky Irons, David MacAulay, Saxon Boucher, Debbie Melville Beacham, Ryder Mackey, Chris O'Rourke, Billy Choe, Simon Law, Juston Postin, David Eggers, Davie Miller, Richard Kenvin and more.
Bessell Surfboards are currently sold throughout the world with distributors in Japan, South America and Europe. If you're lucky enough to visit Tavarua Island, you'll notice Tim's trademark guns are standard equipment on the island. Wherever you end up, chances are there is someone riding a Bessell.
Currently Tim and his team at Bessell surfboards are starting many new exciting projects. These projects include Watershed Productions,a new film production company that is focusing on cutting edge surf films. He is also shaping new boards like the G2, which are limited edition models.Contact Bessell Surfboards or stop by the shop to learn more about the new things Tim and his crew are doing at Bessell Surfboards.
Born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, 1986. Raquel Echanique lives and works in New York.
Selected Solo Exhibitions:
2007 ‘Talking Apparatus to Look at With Glasses’,
Museum of Fine Arts Pedro E. Martinez, Argentina;
2013 ‘Sequence of Bases’, The Mooney Center Gallery, New York; ‘Red’, Plush, New York;
2014 ‘Chain Reaction’, Spinelli Galleries, New York & Shanghai; ‘Vortex’, Rebelution Ink, New York.
2012 ‘Double Stranded’, Phantom, New York.
Selected Group Exhibitions:
2006 ‘Annual Art Exhibition Salon Mariano Aguilera’, Museum Centro Cultural Metropolitano, Ecuador;
2013 ‘Bowl of Mixed Art’, Fountain Art Fair, Armory, New York;
2014 ‘Hogarth Worldwide Biannual’, New York; ‘Mas es Mas’, Museum of Contemporary Art, Centro de Arte Contemporaneo de Quito;
‘INTERBIFEP,The International Biennial of Portrait’, Bosnia y Herzegovina;
‘Diver Up Showdown’ Stray Kat Gallery, Meatpacking District, New York;
2015 LustforLife campaign and auction, benefiting Lifebeat, Music Fights AIDS, Urban Outfitters Herald Square,
New York. Publications: Full illustration of the book of poems ‘Descartes’ by Mangiante Marcelo, Argentina. Permanent Collection: Museo Municipal, Guayaquil, Ecuador.
Raquel’s commissioned murals can be found around the streets of New York.
Statement: I assemble disordered portrait scenarios that disturb almost as much as they comfort us. My subjects don’t believe in gravity: they are lifted by strings that are often extensions of their own structure. Every part of their built faces seems to be knitted by a centrifugal force that enters the scene like a chaotic Prometheus. My distinctive visual style is characterized by circular motioned brushwork that bursts polychromatic energy. My portraits are stirred up by swirls that pull, twine, divide and modify anatomy in different directions, resulting in a sight of hypnotic relaxation. Muscles get knitted from underneath and over the skin to show fully constructed areas; eyes, nose and mouth. Most of my works explore aggressive as gestures as we experience in my title Nebula, The Sugar Powdered Princess (2014). In a similar spirit, paintings like Jillian's Vortex (2014) and Galilea (2014), show an out of the headlines appreciation for the spotlight they have decided to live with. What is both challenging and refreshing are the ways in which I have prepared this cocktail of abstraction, representation and realism to approach to the psychological and aesthetic characteristic of the beings, while preserving shapes that can be found in their internal system. More than ever, I enjoy giving every stroke a very different direction with precision, to register them separately so that the viewer can unveil the clear canvas where the action emerges from.
AWARDS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS
2017 London Contemporary Art Prize, Second Place
2016 Curators Pick, Habatat International, from Ft. Wayne Museum
2016 Keynote Speaker, Digital Dreams and Windows of Wonder”, with Habatat Gallery at Ringling College
2015 Curators Pick, Habatat International, Royal Oak, Mi
2014 Brilliance Award – Habatat Gallery, Royal Oak, Mi.
2013 Curators Pick….Habatat Invitational, Royal Oak, Mi.
2012 Fulbright Scholar, Sunderland University, Sunderland, England
2012 Critic’s Choice Award, Habatat International Invitational, Royal Oak, Mi.
2012 Speaker, GAS Conference on Glass Secessionism
2011 Board of Trustees, Creative Glass Center, Millville, NJ.
2010 Virginia Groot Foundation Award for Sculpture - $35,000 first prize
2009 “Rising Star of the 21st Century” award, Museum of American Glass, N.J
2009 Artist Fellowship Award, District of Columbia Arts and Humanities Council
2008 Instructor : Penland School of Crafts, Penland, N.C.
2008 First Place , Niche Award for Blown Glass, 2008
2008 Speaker – Smithsonian’s American Art Museum, Luce Center for Education, quarterly lectures entitled “The Tim Tate Talks”
2007 Special Honoree ,Best of Fine Arts DC by the Urban Artists Alliance
2007 First Place, International Artist Competition Art-Interview Magazine/Gallery 24, Berlin
2009 Miami International Art Fair, Projects Gallery
2009 Red Dot during ArtBasel-Miami with Projects Gallery and Alida Andersen Projects
2009 SOFA Chicago with Maurine Littleton Gallery
2009 Wheaton Arts Glass Weekend with Maurine Littleton Gallery
2009 L.A. Art Fair with Steps Gallery, London
2009 Palm Beach 3 with Maurine Littleton
2008 Steps Gallery, London, England, solo show
2008 Bridge Art Fair during ArtBasel with Projects Gallery, Philadelphia, Pa.
2008 Billy Shire Fine Arts, Los Angeles, Ca.
2008 Habatat Gallery, Berkshires, Ma.
2008 SOFA Chicago, with Maurine Littleton Gallery
2008 Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, Pa. (solo)
2008 Donna Seager Gallery, San Rafael, Ca. (group show)
2008 Marx-Saunders Gallery, Chicago, Ill. (group show)
2008 Jane Sauer Gallery, Sante Fe, New Mexico (solo)
2008 Gallery 24, Berlin, Germany
2007 FLOW Miami with Duane Reed Gallery/St. Louis,Mo.
2007 S.O.F.A Chicago, with Maureen Littleton Gallery
2007 Glass Weekend, Wheaton Village, New Jersey with Maureen Littleton Gallery
2007 S.O.F.A. New York, with Jane Sauer Gallery
2007 Smithsonian Craft Show, National Building Museum
2007 Fraser Gallery, Bethesda, Md (solo)
2006 Smithsonian American Art Museum , Luce Foundation Center for American Art , Washington, DC Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA (solo)
Fraser Gallery, Bethesda, MD “Compelled By Content II” (feature)
2005 S.O.F.A. NY / WeissPollack Gallery, New York, NY (Feature)
Fraser Gallery, Bethesda, MD “Caged by History” (Solo)
Fraser Gallery, Bethesda, MD “Compelled By Content” (feature and catalogue)
2004 Fraser Gallery, Bethesda, MD (solo)
2001 Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery Washington, DC (permanent collection)
1994 S.O.F.A. Chicago / Wood Street Gallery, Chicago, IL
One day, more than 20 years ago, I piloted my Hot Air Balloon to 11,000 feet as a jumping platform for sky divers. While descending, I noticed what looked like a high school from a mile up, and made my way toward an empty area nearby. I soon learned that I mistakenly landed on prison ground. After landing, the warden and inmates all had a laugh about my mile-high confusion, posing for pictures with the balloon. It was soon thereafter that I decided to sell the balloon and start traveling.
Camera in hand.
During the past 20 years I have split my time between New York, the Mediterranean and California. The photography skills and artistry I developed along my travels have evolved into several multimedia platforms such as film, commercials, music videos, documentaries and print campaigns. After photographing the island life for three summers in Mykonos, Greece, I was drawn to another island in the Mediterranean: Ibiza, Spain. While in Ibiza, I was brought on board by Manumission, a surreal theatrical clubbing party, to document the inside of its production. Many of my photographs captured the “Fellini-esque” happenings of Manumission that have gone down in Ibiza lore.
Since 2007, I have successfully steered my company, Camera Verité LLC, to a distribution base of more than 30 countries.
In the early 1990s, as mentioned above, I became a commercial hot-air balloon pilot-instructor and started a rag-tag but successful Hot-Air Balloon sky-diving and bungee-jumping business. I am part of an unofficial World Record (See Ripley’s Believe it or Not) for having the oldest lady, Grace Tall, then 75 years old, to bungee jump from my balloon.
I earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in Architecture from the University of Buffalo. Prior to this I was merited with the title of Eagle Scout, which taught me how to live a rich and fulfilling life. All told, I have traveled through, around, and up and down more than 70 countries.
I've never won a photography award, nor have I won any creative awards. My experiences drive and fuel my creative spirit. I think everything is possible through a positive outlook.
Scope Art Fair, Emmanuel Fremin Gallery, Miami, December 2017
Spectrum Art Fair, Aced Gallery, Miami, December 2017
Aspen Art Fair, SPiN Galleries Aspen Colorado August 2017
World Trade Gallery. Broadway. New York City. May 2017
Affordable Art Fair, SPiN Galleries, Hong Kong May 2017
GX Gallery, Denmark HIll, London 2017
Kevin Barry Fine Arts. Las Vegas, Nevada 2017
Art on Paper Fair. Pier 36. S Artspace Gallery. NYC March 2017
Scope Art Fair. SPiN Galleries, Miami Beach. December 2016
Red Dot Air Fair. Bruce Lurie Gallery. Miami, Florida December 2016
Pier Antique Show. Pier 94 Bruce Lurie Gallery. NYC November 2016
London-Ibiza Collective Group Show-SoHo New York October 2016
Affordable Art Fair-Emmanuel Fremin Gallery. NYC. September 2016
Ginvi Gallery. Rotterdam, Holland. September 2016
Hidden From View, House at Pikes, Ibiza, Spain. July 2016
Art Hamptons, Bridgehampton, NY June 2016
Affordable Art Fair, NYC April 2016
Smith&Jones for “Love is a Battlefield. Brooklyn Jan 2015
Sulkin/Secant Gallery. Santa Monica, California 2015
Sheraton Tarrytown, Tarrytown, NY 2015
Aqua Art Miami, December 2015
The Norwood Spring Collective New York March 2014
Opening of SPiN Galleries- Chelsea NYC April 2014
Juicy-Group Show- Gitana Rosa Gallery Chelsea, NYC Sept 2014
Diver UP! Showdown. Stray Kat Gallery NYC Nov 2014
Opening of SPiN Galleries – Shanghai, China. March 2013
Pulp Fiction Show. The Norwood Club. NYC. October 2013
The Norwood Club, New York Permanent Collection 2013
The Jinn Gallery, Ludlow St, New York City, 2012
The Robert Anderson Gallery. New York City, 2012
The Joseph Bottari Gallery. Lambertville, NJ, 2012
The Westbank London Art Gallery. London UK, 2012
Essential Erotica Show. Broadway. New York. May 2012
Work featured in the John Turturro film “Fading Gigilo” 2012
Ibiza Rocks House @ Pikes, Permanent collection, Ibiza 2011
Delano Beach Club Gallery, Ibiza, Spain. August 2011
Urban in Ibiza collective show, Atzaro, Ibiza, Spain, August 2011
Prive Show. Joy Wai Gallery. New York 2011
Rogue Gallery-group show, New York City, February 2010
Bar Suzette, NYC 2010. Permanent collection
205 Club, NYC 2009-2010
Sushi Club 133- Lago Di Garda, Italy 2010
La Barchessa Gallery-Bardolino, Lago Di Garda, Italy 2010
Atzaro-Ibiza, Spain 2010
MA (Music Arts) Club, Catania, Sicily 2010
White Plains Public Library, NY-Beaches & Cream Show July 2009
Art Basel, December, Miami Beach, Florida 2008
Tracy Park Gallery, Mailbu, California Oct 2007-2010
Exposure Gallery, Palm Springs, California 2007
Ibiza Spring Art Show, Ibiza, Spain 2006
Earth2Mars Exhibition, NYC May 2006
Museo-Palazzo di Ariccia. Lazio, Italy. 2006- Permanent collection
The Bedroom, Ibiza, Spain 2005
Duncan Miller Gallery, Hollywood, California 2005
Ocean Brewing Company, Laguna Beach, California 2003
Café De Ville, New York -Permanent collection 2002
Galleria Ikebana, Ibiza, Spain 2001
Enigma, Ibiza, Spain 2001
Belmont Lounge, New York 1999.
Vail Library, Vail, Colorado 1998
Galleria Portoportiani, Mykonos, Greece 1997
Victor is represented by:
Emmanuel Fremin Gallery, Chelsea, New York
Cha Cha Gallery, Aspen Colorado & St. Tropez, France
The Westbank London Art Gallery. London UK
Victor’s photographs have been published in:
National Geographic Traveler
Company Magazine UK
In Touch Weekly
Cosmo Girl Magazine
Soap Opera Weekly
Harpers & Queen
Beat Leg Magazine
Please see more of Victors work at:
For any commercial, advertising or editorial booking inquires please contact my agent at: Todd Frank Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Diver UP Bronze
Diver UP. Bronze with chrome plate
USA Water Polo
USA Water polo 2
USA Water Polo 3
Hollywood Dreaming Featuring Amber Heard
LT. Youngblood II
LT. Ferran "Pintxo" Malecon
LT. Longnose Silvershanks
LT. No Show
My series of U.S. Constitutional Amendments. Mixed media on Canvas with acrylic.
13th Amendment. Abolishment of Slavery
15th Amendment-Right to Vote
16th Amendment- Income Tax
18th Amendment- Prohibition
19th Amendment- Womens Suffrage
21st Amendment- Repeal of Prohibition
14th Floor apartment of the Kavanagh Building in Buenos Aires
Promotional sales video that Victor shot for this magnificent apartment in Buenos Aires.
Santa Maria de Lobos Polo Estate
A promotional real estate sales video that Victor shot for this splendid property. www.VictorSpinelli.com www.SPiNGalleries.com
Diver Up Showdown- Chelsea New York
The story behind "Diver UP" A collaborative show of 18 New York Cities urban and contemporary artists interpret a photograph that Victor Spinelli took almost 10 years ago in Ibiza, Spain. The photograph is titled “Diver UP!”. Victor initially wanted to mix the soft female body with the man made industrial bronze helmet while keeping the women anonymous. This balanced juxtaposition is what makes this image so inviting and alluring. Victor starting painting on his work about 5 years ago. In 2012 he created the first of his flag series, a USA (Yankee) flag and has since been commissioned to paint about 20 different flags on “Diver UP!”. They are now hanging all around the world.
The veil was introduced more then 3000 years ago and initially worn as a symbol of social status and not religion, I.E. by respected women & wives of the household so that they could be distinguished from slaves and or prostitutes.
This ART project of mine, which I call The UnVeiling Project, questions the use of this Pre-Roman piece of cloth in our world today. I have photographed numerous women, the first in 2004, from many backgrounds and religions, wearing only a Veil and asked how they felt wearing it.
Just this piece of cloth, their voice and Mother Earths very own, female form.
WORSHIP the feminine. Worship the Female Goddess.
There are only 8 images from the series of 35 women shown on this page. The rest will be released shortly.
The Veil Project #1
The Veil Project #2
The Veil Project #3
The Veil Project #4
The Veil Project #5
The Veil Project #6
The Veil Project #7
The Veil Project #8
Synopsis of the project: As human development continues, we are endangering many species on the planet and driving them to extinction, therefore I have created crosses and placed real animal skeletons and skulls on them. The process of learning to articulate these skeletons and my foray into sculpture has been very enlightening,
Aqua Art Fair
"Panthera Leo" African Lion Skull. 58x44in
Lynx Rufus. 68x40
"Sobek" American Alligator skelton- 84x50in
Walrus Skull with Eskimo scrimshaw on Ivory tusks 77inx44in
Steven Swancoat is a full time Ob/Gyn resident at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn and full time artist living in New York’s Upper West Side. Steven moved to New York in July 2010 to pursue his clinical rotations as a medical student. Steven’s father, on a visit to the city encouraged him to “give art a try”. Steven began exploring photography that December, capturing New York’s landscapes and architecture.
In February 2011, after being inspired by a street art documentary, having never taken a single art class his entire life, he put the camera down and picked up the paint brush. Less than one year later, in February 2012 Steven had his first Solo Exhibition in New York City which he doubled as a Fundraiser for Ovarian Cancer. Since then Steven’s art and philanthropy career has taken off. In the just three years Steven has had two New York solo exhibitions, hosted three Ovarian Cancer Fundraisers/Art shows, created over 200 paintings and is a Jr. board member at the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.
“In surgery I am always looking for a better and safer technique, an instrument to invent that can reduce complications. In art I am always looking for a new process, concept or approach".
In late 2012, Steven meet neighbor & SCAD graduate Tripp Derrick Barnes. Encouraging Tripp to paint together with him one night they discovered something they never imagined... Surprisingly not only did they work very well together but their collaborative paintings were phenomenal. Since then the two have become best friends, founded PopNeoism, something that started as a way to describe their work, is now an art team of over 10 individuals and is progressing each day more and more towards and Avant-Garde movement.
"I embrace entering Art from an outside field such as medicine. Because of this I feel more free in my art and avant-garde in my approach to the art scene".
Steven’s future goals include practicing Ob/GYN in New York City, continuing as an Avant-Garde artist, being a media correspondent for women’s health while creating new innovative ways to advance medicine, art and philanthropy. He is also currently conducting (2) original prospective research studies; increasing the detection rate of false labor, and the new use of a device to help increase the detection rate of uterine cancer during routine hysteroscopy dilation and curettage.