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.
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.