Still Life with Large Artist: The Gallery of Kevin Ancell

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A profile on surfer/artist Kevin Ancell that covers his famed Aloha Oe mechanical hula girls exhibit at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and his background of how he got his start as an artist in San Francisco loitering around the Zephyr Skate Shop. Ancell apprenticed under Ed Ruscha and Bill Al Bengston before traveling to Beijing, China where he taught Western Culture at the Beijing Institute of Science and Technology, then ended up in Nayarit, Mexico where surfing helped him kick a drug habit. His scenery artwork can be seen in the films “Sphere,” “What Dreams May Come,” “Bicentennial Man” and “The Phantom Menace,” but his real passion is painting scenes about surfing, satire, social commentary, biography, history, gags and self-evaluation.