Jay Alders

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Jay Alders
Born Jason Todd Alders
(1973-01-03)January 3, 1973
New Jersey, United States
Nationality American
Known for Painting, 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.


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

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.

According to his website, Alders' stylistic influences include Salvador Dalí, M.C. Escher and Ingres, among others.[2]

Alders moved to Atlantic Beach, Florida in August 2011.

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 Nathan Gibbs and Celine Chat, as well as other prominent personalities in the surf-entertainment industry.[3] 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.[4]

In 2008, dietary supplement company Emergen-C used Alders' artwork for a new packaging design,[5] with a portion of the proceeds donated to the Surfrider Foundation.[6]

In February, 2009, Jay designed musician and pro surfer Donavon Frankenreiter's Limited Edition Tour Poster.[7] 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 surf board design for the first time in early 2009. His art piece Left Behind the Wall was shaped and distributed by 9Fish Surfboards and is being overseen by master shaper Clyde Beatty.[8]

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 the 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 Jay Alders' painting "Sea Zen of Tranquility" [11]

After Hurricane Sandy hit the Jersey Shore in October 2012, Alders took to action to help his home state. He appeared on [12] Action News Jax and was featured on [13] Actions News Jax to cover his philanthropic support efforts. Alders helped organize donation drop off points and helped fill trucks with donations.

In Nov 2012, Jay Alders designed a Charity [14] hoodie and [15]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-prodit to benefit Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. As of mid 2013, over $15,000 in support was donated from this campaign.

In 2012, Bermuda born Reggae musician Mishka featured Alders' painting "Out of the Blue" on his album "Ocean Is My Potion"[16]

On Aug 24 2013, Jay Alders hosted a solo Art Show at Manasquan's historic Algonquin Theatre featuring much of Alders' original Surf Art as well as his other genre of work.[17] Following the Art Show later that evening, Alders shared the stage with blues music icon G Love while Alders painted during G Love's solo performance.[17]

Works of Art[edit]

"Left Behind the Wall" Oil on Panel 2008[18]
"Leaning Towards Love" Oil on Panel[18]
"Second Glance" 2008[1][19]
"Right Past the Light"[20]
"ESPN's Xgames '08 Snowboard Painting" - 2008[21]
"Cut Lip" Oil on Canvas[22]
"Rio Jam" Oil on Panel 2008[23]
"Solitube" Oil on Panel[8]
"High and Mighty" Oil on Panel - 2007[24]
"Lying by Moonlight" Oil on Canvas - 2006[18]
"Out of the Blue"[24]
"Anxious Contenment"[25]
"Jaimie" - 2005 - Oil on Canvas[26]
"Beach Bum" - Oil on Canvas[27]
"Lemons and Egg" - 2003 - Oil on Canvas -[28]
"A Girl" - 2004- Oil on Canvas[29]
"Rebirth of Angelic Intentions" - Oil on Canvas[24]
"Kerri" - 2003- Oil on Canvas[30]
"Canyon of Frustration" - 2003 - Oil on Canvas[29]
"Back to Me" -2005 - Oil on Canvas[29]
"Sky Meditation" - 2001 - Oil on Canvas[29]
"The Embrace" - 2000[31]
"Depression of Love" - Oil on Canvas - 1993[32]
"Down To Earth" - 2012[33]
"Vision of Surrender" - 2013 - Acrylic on Canvas[29]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://www.clubofthewaves.com/art_interview_jay_alders.php
  2. ^ http://www.jayalders.com
  3. ^ http://www.festivalma.com.br/index_2007.php
  4. ^ http://www.fuel.tv/ArtandCulture/blogs/view/1874
  5. ^ http://emergencblue.com/jay-alders.html
  6. ^ http://www.surfersvillage.com/surfing/38799/news.htm
  7. ^ http://donavonf.com/home/
  8. ^ a b http://www.billabong.com
  9. ^ a b http://www.echomovement.com
  10. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/long-way-home/id441534746
  11. ^ http://gabegomezmusic.com/
  12. ^ http://jayalders.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Vision-of-Surrender_web_alders.jpg
  13. ^ http://jayalders.com/press/action-news-tv-interviews-jay-alders-hurricane-sandy-relief-efforts.html#sthash.ItnB4NDC.dpbs
  14. ^ http://jayalders.com/charity/hurricane-sandy-relief-t-shirt-hoodie-released.html#sthash.2R4Eqlvm.dpbs
  15. ^ http://jayalders.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/RebuildRecoverShirts.jpg
  16. ^ http://www.mishka.com
  17. ^ a b http://jayalders.com/events/g_love-jay_alders-surf-art-music-show.html#sthash.bVfvdpMh.dpbs
  18. ^ a b c myspace.com/casper11
  19. ^ http://www.surfersvillage.com/gal/pic.asp?iCat=73&iPic=4179
  20. ^ http://www.nynjsurf.com/Coppermine/displayimage.php?album=64&pos=3
  21. ^ http://jayalders.com/misc_gallery.html
  22. ^ https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=148461&id=18720144968
  23. ^ https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=206272&id=18720144968
  24. ^ a b c http://www.nynjsurf.com
  25. ^ hwww.nynjsurf.com
  26. ^ https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=148470&id=18720144968
  27. ^ http://myspace.com/casper11
  28. ^ http://jayalders.com/painting_still.html
  29. ^ a b c d e http://jayalders.com/painting_stylized.html
  30. ^ http://jayalders.com/painting_portrait.html
  31. ^ http://jayalders.com/painting_stylized.html
  32. ^ https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=148472&id=18720144968
  33. ^ http://jayalders.com/art/new-yoga-painting-down-to-earth.html

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