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Ancell, Kevin


Burly California artist best known for his rich, layered, allegorical, and often satirical surfing-themed oil paintings, produced in the style of Rembrandt and Caravaggio. Ancell was born (1963) and raised in Santa Monica, and began surfing at age nine. He moved to China in 1985 and briefly taught at the Beijing Institute of Science and Technology; two years later, after the Chinese government expelled him as a "cultural pollutant," he moved to San Francisco and began drinking heavily. "When ...