Jay Alders

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Jay Alders
Known forPainting, photography, graphic design

Jay Alders is an American fine artist, photographer and graphic designer. He is best known for his original surf art paintings, and is a well-known profile in surf culture for his work with musicians, artists and cause organizations.

Early life[edit]

Born in Lakewood Township, New Jersey[1] Alders was raised near the Jersey Shore in Howell Township, New Jersey. This environment provided an early-childhood influence for beach culture. Alders openly attributes surfing as one of his artistic inspirations.[2]

Alders attended Montclair State University and earned a bachelor's degree in art in 1996.

He was also a member of the fraternity Theta Xi and illustrator for the Montclarion college newspaper.

According to his website, Alders' stylistic influences include Salvador Dalí, M.C. Escher and Ingres, among others.[3]

Career and cultural impact[edit]

Although Alders drew and painted since childhood, it wasn't until his mid-20s that he started displaying his work at regional art shows.

In November 2007, Alders toured Brazil with musicians Donavon Frankenreiter, G Love and Matt Costa as part of the Billabong-sponsored Mostra Festival AlmaSurf. The tour also included surf artists Celine Chat, Sean Davey as well as other prominent personalities in the surf-entertainment industry.[4] The tour helped push Alders' work into the global market, landing his artwork in art galleries, on skateboards and surfboards and television, including Fuel TV.[5]

In 2008, dietary supplement company Emergen-C used Alders' artwork for a new packaging design,[6] with a portion of the proceeds donated to the Surfrider Foundation.[7]

In February 2009, Alders designed musician and pro surfer Donavon Frankenreiter's Limited Edition Tour Poster.[8] This modified version of Alders' painting, Rio Jam, was released during Frankenreiter's winter/spring 2009 West Coast tour. Alders contributions to Frankenreiter also included the artwork on his custom acoustic guitar and a flip book animation for Frankenreiter's guest edition of Surfer Magazine, published November, 2008.

Alders' artwork was used as a surfboard design for the first time in early 2009. His art piece Left Behind the Wall was shaped and distributed by 9Fish Surfboards.

New Jersey-based reggae band Echo Movement used Alders' painting Burning Inspiration as the cover artwork for their 2009 release, In The Ocean.[9]

Australian based Peter Dixon Band featured the Alders painting Home Slice as the album art for their 2011 release Long Way Home.[10]

Reggae band Echo Movement featured Alders' painting Star Crossed on their 2012 release Love and The Human Outreach.[9]

Acoustic musician Gabe Gomez released his album "In My Island" in 2012 which features Alders' painting Sea Zen of Tranquility.[11] In 2012, Bermuda born reggae musician Mishka featured Alders' painting Out of the Blue on his album Ocean Is My Potion.[12]

On August 24, 2013, Alders hosted a solo art show at Manasquan's historic Algonquin Theatre featuring much of Alders' original surf art as well as his other genres of work.[13] Following the art show, Alders shared the stage with blues music icon G Love; Alders painted during G Love's solo performance.[14]

In 2014, Alders linked up with friend Stefan Lessard, bassist of the Dave Matthews Band, to illustrate a setlist from the band's June 14, 2014 show in Camden, New Jersey by request of Lessard.[15]

In 2016, Alders was commissioned by Slightly Stoopid to create four art tour posters for their international music tours. In 2016, Santa Cruz, California based musicians The Expendables commissioned Alders for a T-shirt design.[14] The Expendables also performed several live shows while Alders did live painting in Philadelphia and Asbury Park, New Jersey.

In October 2016, Alders collaborated with Rock Climbing World Champion Sasha DiGiulian to create a painting inspired by her.[16]

In July 2017, Alders released a limited edition tour poster for the band 311 and their Asbury Park, New Jersey show at The Stone Pony.[17]

In July 2018, the band Slightly Stoopid released their new album "Everyday Life, Everyday People" which features an original Jay Alders surf art painting on the Album cover which is inspired by the band's hometown surf break Sunset Cliffs, San Diego.[18]

On October 10, 2018, Jay Alders and his wife Chelsea Alders, launched a podcast, The Shifting Perceptions Podcast:Inspiration for a Creative Lifestyle.[19]

Charity work[edit]

In 2009 Alders was named an official SurfAid International Ambassador for his dedicated philanthropic work for the organization.[20]

After Hurricane Sandy hit the Jersey Shore in October 2012, Alders took to action to help his home state. He was featured on Actions News Jax to cover his philanthropic support efforts.[21] Alders helped organize donation drop off points and helped fill trucks with donations.

In November 2012, Alders designed a charity [22] hoodie and [13] t-shirt design which he sold on his website with 100% of the profits going towards Rebuild Recover, a local grass roots Hurricane Sandy non-profit to benefit Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. As of mid-2013, over $15,000 in support was donated from this campaign.

In May 2016, Alders was named one of the 2016 Honorees for Hometown Heroes for his dedicated work raising money and awareness for the organization. [23]

Personal life[edit]

Alders has lived at the Jersey Shore, first in Belmar and then in Brick Township, together with his wife Chelsea Alders and his three children: Summer, Greyson and Judah.[24]

Awards and honors[edit]

Alders was named a 2016 honoree by the organization Hometown Heroes.[25]

Works of art[edit]


  1. ^ "Jay Alders Profile, ResinMag.com, February 2010. Accessed February 19, 2018. "RESiNMAG.COM: Where were you Born? JAY ALDERS: In Lakewood, NJ, about 12 or so miles from the beaches of Jersey."
  2. ^ a b [1]
  3. ^ "Home - Jay Alders - Lifestyle Artist, Inspired by Surf, Romance and Nature". Jay Alders. 2016-08-30. Retrieved 2016-09-05.
  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-02-13. Retrieved 2009-02-25.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ [3]
  7. ^ "Latest News - Surfing News, Surfing Contest, All the surf in one website". surfersvillage.com. 2016-09-01. Archived from the original on 2010-02-04. Retrieved 2016-09-05.
  8. ^ "Donavon Frankenreiter". Donavonf.com. Retrieved 2016-09-05.
  9. ^ a b "Echomovement.Com". Echomovement.Com. Retrieved 2016-09-05.
  10. ^ "Long Way Home by Peter Dixon Band on Apple Music". Itunes.apple.com. 2011-06-01. Retrieved 2016-09-05.
  11. ^ "Security Check Required". Gabegomezmusic.com. Retrieved 2016-09-05.
  12. ^ "Official Site". Mishka. Retrieved 2016-09-05.
  13. ^ a b Author: Jay Alders (2012-11-22). "Hurricane Sandy Relief T-Shirt & Hoodie Released by Jay Alders". Jayalders.com. Retrieved 2016-09-05.
  14. ^ a b Author: Jay Alders (2015-12-23). "T-Shirt Illustration for The Expendables - Jay Alders - Lifestyle Artist, Inspired by Surf, Romance and Nature". Jay Alders. Retrieved 2016-09-05.
  15. ^ Author: Jay Alders (2014-10-01). "DMB Set List Mermaid Art by Jay Alders". Jayalders.com. Retrieved 2016-09-05.
  16. ^ Author: Jay Alders (2015-10-24). "Sasha DiGiulian inspired painting=Jay Alders". Retrieved 2016-10-24.
  17. ^ Author: Jay Alders (2017-07-15). "311 Asbury Park Tour Poster =Jay Alders". Retrieved 2017-09-06.
  18. ^ Author: Jay Alders. https://www.sidestagemagazine.com/news/slightly-stoopids-new-album-everyday-life-everyday-people-out-now. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  19. ^ |url=https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/shifting-perceptions-podcast-inspiration-to-live-more/id1438321207?mt=2 |
  20. ^ Author: Jay Alders (2016-10-24). "SurfAid Ambassador Jay Alders". Jay Alders. Retrieved 2016-10-24.
  21. ^ Author: Jay Alders (2012-11-11). "Action News TV Interviews Jay Alders - Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts - Jay Alders - Lifestyle Artist, Inspired by Surf, Romance and Nature". Jay Alders. Retrieved 2016-09-05.
  22. ^ Author: Jay Alders (2012-11-22). "Hurricane Sandy Relief T-Shirt & Hoodie Released by Jay Alders". Jayalders.com. Retrieved 2016-09-05.
  23. ^ Author: Jay Alders (2016-10-24). "Hometown Heroes 2016 Honoree Jay Alders". Jay Alders. Retrieved 2016-10-24.
  24. ^ "Industry Magazine Feature – 'Catch A Wave'", JayAlder.com, July 6, 2015. Accessed August 7, 2016. "Although he enjoyed surfing among the dolphins and being inspired by the tropical beauty of Florida, Alders and his wife decided to return to Jersey in 2013 when Chelsea became pregnant with the couple's daughter, Summer Emerson, first settling in Belmar. The couple now resides in Brick with Summer (whose initials spell out S.E.A.), and newborn twins Greyson Dutch and Judah Kai."
  25. ^ http://usahometownheroes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/2016-GalaPacket-01282016-V2.pdf
  26. ^ a b c myspace.com/casper11
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  29. ^ http://jayalders.com/misc_gallery.html
  30. ^ https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=148461&id=18720144968
  31. ^ https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=206272&id=18720144968
  32. ^ a b c http://www.nynjsurf.com
  33. ^ hwww.nynjsurf.com
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  35. ^ http://myspace.com/casper11
  36. ^ http://jayalders.com/painting_still.html
  37. ^ a b c d e f http://jayalders.com/painting_stylized.html
  38. ^ http://jayalders.com/painting_portrait.html
  39. ^ https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=148472&id=18720144968
  40. ^ http://jayalders.com/art/new-yoga-painting-down-to-earth.html

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