Powderfinger and one of the UK’s leading opera singers are among Col’s fans/clients. “Music and surf go together well.”
“Great Southern Ocean” One from Col’s “Storm Series”
Says Col: “A passer by snapped this after I’d gone up to check the surf at Currimundi. Wheel chairs aren't ideal but you do get to sit and have a good look at stuff.”
“Anatomy of a Wave Part 1”
5 October 21
And he’s donating the proceeds of his entire life's work to the Australian Marine Conservation Society.
65-year-old Moffat Beach resident Colin Chandler is no ordinary artist. Already suffering from severe Crohns disease, Col was diagnosed with Primary Progressive MS ten years ago, grinding a five-decade past-time of surfing, motorbike riding, sculpting and painting to an abrupt halt.
Once over the initial shock of the diagnosis, he set about finding alternative ways to manage his incurable condition through exercise, diet, meditation and mindset, allowing him to once again pick up brush and canvas.
He has previously featured in local and national news outlets for pushing himself up the side of a mountain in his wheelchair, has been awarded an MS Ambassadorship and is now hoping to do his bit to save the oceans he loves by donating the proceeds of his entire life's work to the Australian Marine Conservation Society.
The gallery launch in Mooloolaba on Saturday 2nd October - and will run for three weeks.
Long obsessed with waves, Col's's been lucky enough to surf in some of the most beautiful locations around the world and this contribution is his way of giving back.
Influenced strongly by the Japanese Ukiyo-e genre of painting exemplified by Hokusai, his pieces are often based on places he's surfed.
"While [MS] has limited my access to the surf, I am very blessed in that I can still paint it. My studio is a short wheel chair ride from the ocean... so when the inspiration starts to dry up I can always “roll” down to the sea and “just look,” says Col. "Waves are the heartbeat of the planet, the ballet of the sea, the symphony of life."