Stunning Portraits Of Bathing Women Breathe Life Into Abandoned Spaces

Published July 8, 2015
Updated January 19, 2018
Published July 8, 2015
Updated January 19, 2018
mysterious waterfront women sleepy swimming

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You’re on the train and approach a large body of water that’s split in half by a desolate bridge. In a moment’s time, you see what seems to be a larger-than-life woman poking her head out of the water. Are you dreaming? Maybe. But maybe you’ve also just caught a glimpse of Sean Yoro’s art.

mysterious waterfront women blue design

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Hawaiian-born painter and surfer Sean Yoro–known mainly as HULA–utilizes abandoned water-related infrastructure and images of bathing women to convene his love of water and the restorative power of art. Said Yoro, of his decision to craft these women in abandoned areas, “I chose the locations because they reminded me of ghost towns needing to breathe life again…[these] figures seemed lost in these structures, almost out of place.”

Positioning the subjects as if they are floating amid the waves is no easy feat, as Yoro must balance himself and his supplies on a stand-up paddle board in order to paint the portraits.

mysterious waterfront women location scouting

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mysterious waterfront women paddleboat

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mysterious waterfront women painting stripes

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mysterious waterfront women profile painting

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mysterious waterfront women profile finished

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Erin Kelly
Erin Kelly is a freelance writer, artist, and video editor that splits her time between the humid Midwest and the dusty corners of her mind.