As we reported, Kelly Slater will be debuting his art show, “Apolitical Process” in Venice, California, today:
The art exhibit — which was curated by RVCA founder Pat Tenore — is described by Slater as an “artistic journey through the chaotic and sometimes inflammatory 2016 election cycle.”
The art show is Slater’s latest creative outlet away from competitive surfing — he has already founded a clothing line and dabbles with a music career — and calls to mind the handful of other action sports athletes who have created successful careers in the arts.
Here are just a few others who have shown off their creative sides away from their athleticism:
Bryan Iguchi is one of the most influential snowboarders of all time, a pioneer of the sport noted for his intense and humble devotion to snowboarding as a lifestyle and to progressing riding in the backcountry.
Praised within the snowboarding community for his soulful, creative style — Travis Rice calls Iguchi “The Humble Master” and credits him for helping inspire his new film The Fourth Phase — it should come as no shock that Iguchi has pursued an artistic career.
Iguchi’s acrylic paintings seem to mirror his personality, often showcasing mountain landscapes in dreamlike, awe-inspiring ways.
Named as one of 30 most influential skateboarders of all time back in 2011, Ed Templeton is an athlete-turned-artist whose artistic career arguabley might have even surpassed his athletic history.
Templeton helped progress the formative days of street skateboarding in the early 1990s, before founding Toy Machine in 1994.
Over a skateboarding career spanning more than two decades, Templeton filmed classic parts for multiple skate films while also fostering an impressive contemporary art portfolio.
He has released several collections of photography, including Teenage Smokers and Teenage Kissers to critical acclaim and had his art exhibit “The Essential Disturbance” displayed in Paris’ Palais de Tokyo.
Jimmy Chin is a world-renowned professional climber and skier.
In 2006, he became the first American to ski down Mount Everest, and in 2011, his first ascent of the Shark’s Fin peak in India’s Garwhal Himalayas was nominated for the Piolet d’Or award, considered among the most prestigious awards in mountaineering.
He has also carved out a remarkable career as a photographer and a filmmaker, working as a photographer for National Geographic while directing numerous documentaries, most notably Meru, which showcased his first ascent of Shark’s Fin.
The documentary received much praise and won the U.S. Audience Documentary Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.
Another skateboarding icon, Chad Muska rode his board out of poverty, going from being a homeless skater living on the beaches of San Diego to one of the most important street skateboarders ever.
He also built an artistic career that culminated in 2013 with his art show “Transitions” which was hosted at the New Image Art Gallery in Los Angeles.
For the art show, Muska used materials like concrete and metals to create structural art because, as he told TRANSWORLD SKATEBOARDING, “I’ve spent my entire life looking at the concrete sidewalk that I’m riding down.”
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