Heather Brown has made it her life’s work to capture the true essence of the most beautiful beaches, surf breaks, and locales in Hawai‘i and around the world. She has been coined the “Godmother of Modern Surf Art” by the Los Angeles Times. Heather Brown’s art has become a benchmark in the global surf art market, finding its way into collector’s homes around the world.
Throughout her career she has been named “Best Up and Coming Artist in Hawai‘i,” “Best Artist in Hawai‘i,” and Rip Curl’s “Artist of the Search,” garnering herself a clothing line, “Heather Brown for Rip Curl.” In 2009, she opened The Heather Brown Gallery in Tokyo, Japan, and in 2013, opened a second gallery in Osaka, Japan. She has produced art for The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, Jack Johnson’s Kōkua Festival, The Surfrider Foundation, and numerous non-profits around the world, knowing deep in her heart that giving back is one of the most important things in life.
Heather Brown’s art can be seen in galleries around the world, as well as in some of the most elite private collections of fellow artists, musicians, professional athletes, Hollywood’s finest, and happy homes in every corner of the globe.
Awards & Exhibitions
Heather Brown was voted “Best Up and Coming Artist in Hawai‘i” by readers of the Honolulu Weekly in 2007, and then “Best Artist in Hawai‘i” for the next three consecutive years! She has earned the Rip Curl “Artist of the Search” title for the past five consecutive years. In April 2013, she won $10,000 in the Verizon 4G4Hope contest for the Kōkua Hawai‘i Foundation.
Heather Brown has been featured in many magazines, including: Blue, Elle, Foam, Freesurf, Honolulu, Jane, Longboard, Modern Luxury Hawai‘i, Nylon, and Surfer. She has also been spotlighted on KHNL News with Guy Hagi.
Throughout the years, Heather Brown has had the chance to work with some amazing organizations, including: The American Red Cross, Keep a Breast Foundation, Kōkua Hawai‘i Foundation, Rip Curl Planet Foundation, Seathos Foundation, Surfrider Foundation, Wyland Foundation, and NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Project. She also has her own clothing line produced by Rip Curl, and has designed custom graphics for two JALPAK tour busses on O‘ahu
“Heather Brown’s art always puts a smile on my face.”
- Jack Johnson, musician
“From the first time I saw Heather Brown’s paintings, I knew she was an artist with talent, vision, and a deep love of the ocean. As a surf writer, I could tell she was intimate with the many moods and colors of the sea, and her playful artwork celebrates that beauty. As a Surfrider, I have also been impressed with her commitment to organizations like ours and others who are dedicated to protecting our oceans and coastal areas. Like the waves she portrays in her paintings, her artwork inspires and touches the ocean-lovers in all of us!”
- Stuart H. Coleman, author and Surfrider Foundation Coordinator
“Heather Brown’s art reflects today’s global recognition of surfing and conservation. Her original style captures the imagination of our generation.”
“Heather Brown is one of my favorite artists. Her pieces are sincere and honest… an island treasure full of love and aloha.”
- Jake Shimabukuo, musician
“Heather Brown’s art inspires me to surf and reminds me that the ocean is a big, colorful, whimsical playground. Looking at her work puts my mind at ease, just like a great surf session. The paintings communicate feelings we beach people experience, using colors and images that translate into any language.”
- Guy Hagi, KGMB anchor
“You can hear the waves, taste the salt, and smell the plumeria. Makes me want to jump into the ocean.”
- Clark Little, photographer
“Heather Brown was a big inspiration for me when I was deciding to pursue my career as an artist. She helped me realize that success as an artist was not just a pipe dream but a tangible goal for those who decide to put their heart/mind to it. I think her accomplishments pave the way for many artists, as well as entrepreneurs, who are reaching towards big dreams. It’s great to have a role model so close to home and it will be amazing to see what she creates next.”
- Colleen Wilcox, artist
“Heather Brown’s beautiful artwork captures the joy and spirit of Hawai’i. Her artwork brings aloha to the hearts of many, and she has contributed significantly to the world of surf art.”
- Susan Wickstrand, artist
“Every generation an artist comes around that breaks new ground and sets the art world on fire. Heather Brown is that artist in this generation! Her art can be described as surf inspired folk art. It has the ability to reach a huge audience, from the groms to the old timers. Her use of color evokes playful emotions while her stylized subjects invite people to identify with its characters. It is said that you can see the heart of an artist through their creations. Heather’s heart is filled with her joyous compositions which are as infectious as a much needed holiday. She is influencing the next generation of artists to not be so serious and have fun!”
- Walfrido Garcia, artist
“Heather Brown radiates the true aloha spirit that people like Rell Sunn and Duke Kahanamoku shared with us all. I always love to talk to her to feel that vibe, its gotta come from surfing and the life she leads. She is truly inspiring, her artwork is great to look at, such happy images that make you think about the great things we have in life. I hope the mana that people feel looking at her beautiful paintings never dies. Her cute little birds above my desk make me smile, and I hope all the world gets to experience her gift!”
- “Banzai” Betty Depolito, surfing icon
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