The Wave - Beetle

The original drawing of this Beetle is graphite pencil on A2 archival paper. Limited Edition Prints are still available 29.5 x 42 cm. 


This is the very first limited edition artwork that was commissioned by The Wave, a company that brings surfing, education, sustainability and a healthy lifestyle to an inland destination in Bristol. The brief was to include their entire ethos within the design, whilst giving it a sense of destination.


I wanted the overall look of the piece to have echoes of the arts and culture of Bristol; with reference to Massive Attack (who formed and recorded in Bristol) where their third album Mezzanine famously used an image of a stag beetle plus adding hints of the artist Andy Council and his creatures made up of Bristol architecture.


The stag beetle is not only the largest terrestrial beetle in the UK but is also one of the rarest. In fact all of the fauna and flora included in the beetle’s silhouette are of endangered species of the UK. They are all vulnerable either from loss of habitat or from their unusual reproducing techniques.


This design was used on t-shirts and also sold as Limited Edition Prints to raise money in the initial Crowdfunder to help fund the build of The Wave in Bristol. Nick Hounsfield's brief was to create a drawing that represented all of the ethos of company and I had two weeks to design and get them produced. I did it and we made thousands of pounds selling them over a period of a few weeks. 


The Wave - Beetle - by Kristine Khan