Alotta people just think Aquabumps is one person, a lunatic with a camera, fanatically capturing sunrises at Bondi and working on his base tan down the beach. Part of that statement is true. The tanning bit.
Well, news flash, there is a whole cool gang of peeps beavering away in the background, keeping the 22-year-old Aquabumps engine well oiled.
We work out of an old mechanics yard, 100 metres from Bondi Beach on Curlewis Street. We have had a gallery for 20 years and been at the Curlewis Street location for around 14 years.
Here’s the team…they do all the real hard work around Aquabumps….
Photographer/Mascot: Eugene (Uge) Tan
Known to sleep under his desk and eat all the cookies
Time on the job: Since 1999
Not many fruit-loops wanna wake up every morning at dawn to shoot the sunrise. Takes a special kinda fanatic. He’s passionate about his work and is not slowing down. Swimming with his camera, flying helicopters, working on his tan – it’s all in a days work!
Favourite artwork: At the moment – Hole Calm.
Commercial Director and Fitness Instructor – Debbie Tan (AKA BB)
Time on the job: About 12 years
First up, we’re a family business. Eugene Tan (Uge) met Debbie Tan (BB) on the gallery floor, whilst she was trying to acquire some glorious beach artwork – and she got a whole lot more than she bargained for…
Deb is from fashion and advertising. She loves meetings, collaborations and doing the deals. She’s good at it. We’ve worked with enormous brands, much bigger than us.
Favourite artwork: Italian Drift – cause it reminds me of our trip to the Italy. We were staying in Praiano at the most divine place, owned by our mates Rosa & Lewie called Casa Privata – having a romantic trip sans the kids and swimming in the bluest water with cliffs and water as warm as a bath. I think we’d just had an Aperol Spritz – dove off the edge of our private swimming ladder with not another person in sight. Heaven!
Gallery Manager/Big Cheese – Tyson ‘Tyler-Tyrone-Troy’
Spends his free time on the road in search of waves or wilderness
Time on the job: 10 years
No one gets his name right. It’s weird. They will name every other T name in the book – other than Tyson. He’s tall and doesn’t use ladders to hang artworks in the shop. He surfs Bondi whenever there is a bank and has rubber arms if a block of chocolate enters the gallery.
Favourite Artwork: Sunflare. A new shot that evokes the ritual of a morning swim.
Production Queen – Marnie ‘The Rock’
If you’re in need of a cocktail or some snacks, Marnie’s ya girl
Time on the job: 5 years
She prints, she ships, she’s the organizational backbone behind Aquabumps.
Favourite Artwork: Rock Bakes – I’ve never been to Italy, but I can just imagine myself laying on that rock, sippin’ an Averna Spritz, listening to a true crime podcast and watching the world go by. The dream.
Senior Artwork Consultant – Jojo
The calmest person you will ever meet
Time on the job: Since 1999
Jojo has a massive fork collection at home, ask her. She steals them from everywhere? It’s her little hobby. When she’s not polishing her forks she works in the gallery helping people find their beloved artwork pieces for their home.
Our Web Developer – Stormie
Time on the job: 6 years
Web developers are rarer than Hen’s teeth. A good web developer is like a good cleaning lady – you just don’t give out their details or they will get way too engulfed with everyone else’s work to do yours… So let’s just call him Stormie. He works a lot, he loves Star Wars and we occasionally let him go outside in the sunlight (not often). The Aquabumps website is a 20-year-old work in progress, and there’s never a week where we are not improving the site somehow.
Favourite artwork: It’s a secret
Gallery Art Consultant – Aimee
Our resident bookworm, if you need any recommendations – Aims has you sorted
Time on the job: 7 years
Aimee is a full-time student studying Law but works the weekends in our heavenly Bondi Gallery. A fantastic conversationalist, debater and incredibly intelligent. She knows Aquabumps inside and out, making her the right person to choose artworks for your walls.
Favourite Artwork: Aegean Blues