ABOUT

Chris Barela

 

Chris Barela’s love for the water has been life long. Growing up at the beach and becoming a pro surfer allowed Chris to travel the world. At the peak of Chris’s surfing career he had made it into the finals at the Banzai Pipeline Masters.

 

Having traveled the world’s oceans Chris retired from professional surfing however, he still wanted to stay connected, that connection inspired him to create his first line of bronze sculptures, an amazingly life like collection of big game fish. Barela studied with master patinaer & created the original formulas used to create his signature look today. 

 

As Barela’s sculpture line grew so did the opportunities, he accepted various commissions including The Zane Grey “Tales of the Gladiator”, Ted Williams, Memorial Sculpture, Public installations such as Marlin fountains in Key West, FL. & Salmon Fountain located in Medford, OR.,  The Tim Kelly Statue that sits at the base of the Hermosa Beach Pier, Chris’s home town and most recently the Bob & Bill Meistrell statue at Sea side Lagoon in Redondo Beach CA.. Along with the public arts commissions Chris’s commissioned works are owned  and exhibited by celebrities, public institutions and professional firms.

 

Barela’s passion for nature is the driving force behind his art …Chris’s talents are not limited to bronze sculptures, he excels at photography and filmmaking and recently was awarded first place in the Hawaii Ocean Film Festival for his short film on octopus.

It is with out question that Barela has become one of the worlds best sculptors/patina artist, which grants him the honor of being one of the most influential artist of today.

Chris Barela

Chris Barela

Life size bronze - Body Glove Redondo Beach, California

Chris Barela

Chris Barela

"From surfing to sculpting" Article by Kevin Cody- Easy Reader

Chris Barela

Chris Barela

Surfer magazine "People Who Surf"

Chris Barela

Chris Barela

Surfing Magazine

The Team

The Team

Barela

Barela

Hotlips

Chris Barela

Chris Barela

Big Wave Rider

Chris Barela

Chris Barela

Pro Surfer - Off Shore sportswear ad

Barela- pro surfer

Barela- pro surfer

Barela- pro surfer

Barela- pro surfer

Magazine Poster

Chris Barela

Chris Barela

Eddie Aikau - 1980

Barela- pro surfer

Barela- pro surfer

Sportswear Ad

Barela-

Barela-

Pipeline Finals

Chris Barela

Chris Barela

- 1983 Surfing Magazine Cover

Chris Barela 2015

Chris Barela 2015

Surfers Walk of Fame Hermosa Beach, California

Chris Barela - Life size bronze

Chris Barela - Life size bronze

Tim Kelly - Lifeguard Memorial Statue Hermosa Beach, California

Chris Barela- Clay sculpt

Chris Barela- Clay sculpt

Body Gove Founders Bob & Bill Meistrell

Barela

Barela

Barela Fine Art Photography

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Chris Barela-

Barela Fine Art Photography

Chris Barela

Chris Barela

2015

Chris Barela-

Chris Barela-

Ying Yang Wave Manhattan Village Mall Manhattan Beach, California

Ted Williams

Ted Williams

Custom sculpture for baseball legend Ted Williams- presented to him in the hospital with his doctors

Chris Barela

Chris Barela

Big Island, Hawaii 2015

octopus art

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Contact: barelaartstudio@gmail.com or (808)345-7641

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