“The Painter of Paradise,” Mr. Dan Mackin Returns to Atlantic Avenue to Premiere “That Lucky Old Sun!”


Florida Resident, Surfing Hall of Fame Honorary Member, the “Painter of Paradise” – Mr. Dan Mackin returns to Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach to unveil the World Premiere of his newest Wilson/Mackin piece, “That Lucky Old Sun,” at The Pop Culture Vault from November 29th – December 1st. Brian Wilson released his ode to Old California on September 2, 2009, with his 8th solo studio album called “That Lucky Old Sun.” It was co-written with his Van Dyke Parks who co-wrote “Smile” with him and touring band member Scott Bennett. It reached #21 on his Billboard Charts. Because of their past history of Mackin’s interpretive paintings of Wilson’s songs, Wilson’s wife Melinda contacted Mackin to do an interpretive painting based on this album. After submitting several sketches, the Wilson’s selected one and Mackin put paint to canvas. The result – an impressive 4-feet-high-by-6- feet-wide painting, featuring the sun peeking over the ocean waves. The painting was not used for the album, as deadlines were missed, but it remains a fitting tribute to a beautiful album and the state where both Mackin and Wilson grew up – California. In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of The Beach Boys and Brian Wilson reuniting and now touring – Mackin has decided to make available “That Lucky Old Sun” to his fans. Mackin, the man who’s formula for the color blue he uses in painting his beloved blue oceans is as secret as the formula for Coke, will be painting in gallery to showcase firsthand how he creates his unique interpretation of his “Paradise World.” An inductee in the East Coast Surfers Hall of Fame, a former Navy Vietnam Vet, and a self proclaimed Southern California lifetime surfer, Mackin has turned his passion for sailing, and surfing, into a full time global job!

Mackin says, “Everyone at some time in their life yearns to find their own peaceful paradise and escape from the demands of today’s hectic world. In my work, I try to offer my fans a window to their own tropical paradise. My paintings embody my desire to preserve the earth’s fragile beauty and to encourage the harmony that exists between people and nature.” Mackin will be a appearing at “The Pop Culture Vault” located at 250 East Atlantic Avenue, during the week the famous Christmas Tree Lighting, Thursday, November 29th, through Saturday, December 1st. He will be painting in the gallery during his appearance, as well as meeting with fans, and signing his coffee table book of his life’s adventures titled “Reflections of Paradise.” Admission to the exhibit, and to meet Dan Mackin, is free for all. For information, or to RSVP, call (561) 226-7651.