Auction: 29th November 2016 / Tigers Milk Muizenberg


The Wavescape Art Board Project has been raising awareness and funds for ocean charities since 2005. We invite artists to turn surfboards into art for an exhibition and auction. This year, comedian Nik Rabinowitz will run the auction at Tiger’s Milk in Muizenberg for some fund-raising, fun and frivolity.

2016 Board Shape
The boards are based on a high performance shortboard. Thank you to Lifestyle surf shop & Craig Paul.

Since 2005, we donate proceeds of the auction to the NSRI, Shark Spotters and Waves For Change. We have helped fund several NSRI boats and helped the Shark Spotters keep surfers and sharks in mostly harmonious co-habitation.

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Proudly supported by Save Our Seas Foundation, SASSI, PETCO, the South African PET Plastic Recycling Company, MSC – Marine Stewardship Council, Jack Black Beer, Fast Company South Africa, Wavescape, Fipper South Africa, Wesgro & Channel24



Lionel Smit

Lionel Smit is best known for his contemporary portraiture executed through monumental canvases and sculptures. Perhaps more than anything else, Lionel Smit’s art is defined by a deeply rooted symbiotic relationship between sculpture and painting. Based in Strand, Cape Town, Smit’s process as an artist today remains adaptive, inventive, and physically engaging. Smit's painting has been exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London where it received the Viewer’s Choice Award, as well as selected as the 'face' of the BP Portrait Award 2013 for all campaigns. In June 2016, Smit, in collaboration with Cynthia-Reeves Gallery, installed a public art installation, Morphous, in Union Square, New York.


Brett Murray

Brett Murray is one of South Africa’s most renowned artists, and has been called “The dark prince of South African pop (art)”. Working with steel, bronze and and an assortment of mediums Murray aims to critically entertain. This often includes pop-culture iconography that he skillfully manipulates through satire and subversion. He is remembered by Wavescapes Surf Art fans for his infamous surfboard featuring a naked Bart Simpson with an erection, and the words “I Love Africa!”. Murray’s work has been exhibited extensively in South Africa and abroad, and he was the Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year for 2002. He is a full time artist and lives in Cape Town with his wife Sanell Aggenbach and their daughter and son.


Chris Burkard

Chris Burkard is an accomplished explorer, photographer, creative director, speaker, and author. Traveling throughout the year to pursue the farthest expanses of Earth, Burkard works to capture stories that inspire humans to consider their relationship with nature, while promoting the preservation of wild places everywhere. Layered by outdoor, travel, adventure, surf, and lifestyle subjects, Burkard is known for images that are punctuated by untamed, powerful landscapes. Through social media chris strives to share his vision of wild places with millions of people, and to inspire them to explore for themselves.


Jenna Barbe

Jenna Barbe is researching the duality of existing in two worlds. Exploring the inner and outer body, the artist addresses the conflict that occurs between the emotional state and the external physical image that is portrayed. This duality extends to the artist’s relationship with the ocean and the relationships within her social world. Barbe draws her inspiration and materials from nature, transforming her surf equipment by using the objects as metaphors for the body. Working from an introspective framework, the artist is interested in self-inquiry, communication of self and the human condition. By altering exterior façades, Barbe is able to create a new identity and initiate a healing process. The work confronts mankind’s need for escape from daily existence and explores the concepts of paradise in an effort to disrupt the viewers’ perceptions of their own reality.


Jake Aikman

Jake Aikman was born in London in 1978 and currently lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa. He obtained his Masters of Fine Arts in 2008 from the Michaelis School of Fine Art, after completing his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2005. Aikman had his first solo exhibition This Must Be The Place in 2006. Since then, he has presented five solo exhibitions includingEchoes(2009), Proximity (2011) and At the Quiet Limit (2013) at SMAC Gallery. In 2009 Aikman exhibited in L’Anima Del Acqua: The Spirit of Water an exhibition presented as part of the 53rd Venice Biennale. He was also an invited artist for the 4th Beijing International Art Biennale and exhibited in Paralleli, an official exhibition to the 2nd Sabbionetta Biennale in 2010 and the Olympic Fine Arts exhibitionCreative Cities Collection that was held at the Barbican Centre in London in 2012.


Steve Pike aka SPIKE

In a sketchy art CV, Spike spent all of 1 year doing Fine Art at Rhodes University, and worked as a part-time cartoonist and illustrator for newspapers such as the Weekly Mail, Daily Dispatch and South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. Dropping 'land' from landscape, he founded in 1998, partly as a platform for surf art and creative writing; where art and science converged through his quirky surf forecasts. In a career as author, journalist, wave science lecturer and forecaster, he loves to explore the art-vs-life debate and the surfing-as-art metaphor so famously espoused by Timothy Leary. Here the surfer is the artist, the wave the canvas, and our surfboard the brush with which we create our path through life. His Wavescape colleagues have finally allowed Spike to participate in the Artboard Project so he can stop dabbling in art viscerally via other people, including projects with his son Tyler and daughter Ella, for a more personal contribution to the creative realm.



Undeterred by an acute sensitivity to irony, Peter van Straten has been trying for 25 years to perfect his response to the enormity and disarming absurdity of being human. His only wish is to be left alone for another forty years to continue this impossible task. Thus far his quest has led to participation in over 100 group exhibitions and spawned 19 solo exhibitions. His 20th Solo exhibition will be held at The Obsession of Art Gallery, Holland, March 2017. If anything it is reassuring to know that one’s journeying will never be threatened by something as crass as destination, and it is pure bliss to paint that journey.This is his 4th time participating in the Wavescape Art Board Project.


Conrad Botes

Conrad Botes was born in 1969 in Ladismith, Western Cape, and lives in Cape Town. He has an MA Fine Arts from the University of Stellensbosch (1997) and a Diploma in Second Phase Illustration from the Koninklijke Akademie voor Beeldende Kunsten, Den Haag, Netherlands (1994). His biting satire, frequently directed at South African society, politics and religion, is channeled into both his painting and printmaking, and his comix which have been published in the Bitterkomix series, alongside those of his frequent collaborator Anton Kannemeyer, since the early 1990s. In 2004 Botes won the Absa l’Atelier award, and in 2009 he was festival artist at Aardklop in Potchefstroom and has since exhibited in several group exhibitions both locally and abroad.



Sanan grew up amidst the mountains of north India and is now forming a relationship with the mountains and oceans of the Cape. As every individual species is supported by the inter–relationships between many life forms, none can exist in isolation.The importance of environmental conservation has been established in the public imagination by the use of a few keystone species. More people have been made to understand the impact that human existence has had on the natural environment. Yet, there remains a great need to see that life is sustained by dynamic interconnected relationships between organisms and their environments.


Alexis Aronson

Alexis is a self taught illustrator, designer and artist, currently working in Cape Town. She has a passion for and fascination with nature and the unseen realms and relationships often described in animist beliefs. Her art is populated by mythical creatures and beings that serve as as embodiment's of natural forces, and emissaries from unseen realms. The people in her work are usually so tiny, you have to look twice to spot them. Her media range from digital illustration and design to fine art techniques such as intaglio printmaking, ceramic sculpture and painting. In between working for clients and creating her own art for exhibition, Alexis is an avid yogi, hiker, and gardener. Alexis's love for the ocean finds expression through obsessive swimming (no care for temperature), snorkeling, diving, and serving as an ocean kayak guide.