Medium of Choice: Acrylic
“We have been using Trekell Brushes for the past 10 years. They are perfect for everything we paint! For the tiniest details in our paintings the 5/0 script and round Golden Taklon brushes have excellent precision and for filling in areas on large installations and murals we love using the 1 inch wash brush (which we have nicknamed ‘cool-guy’) or the 20 round Golden Taklon."
The inside of the Los Angeles studio of husband-and-wife visual artists, DABSMYLA, is reminiscent of a movie montage; with an eclectic music soundtrack playing over the top of their steady stream of creation which is so effortless that conversation often isn’t even needed as they swap paintings back and forth in a pendulum of expression.
Surrounded by immaculately catalogued bottles of paints that harness a shared idea about color theory that is wholly unique to the duo, the moment it goes from squeezed tube to the unforgiving blankness of a canvas, it continues their ambitious new bodies of work which run the gamut from still-life, to characters, to ambitious physical installations.
The duo operates underneath a shared ethos about world-building that is decades in the making after first meeting in art school in Australia and since relocating to the United States to nurture their exterior viewpoint which incorporates mid-century elements with illustration and pictorial narratives.
“We don’t even have to discuss it,” they admit. “We just know what does and what doesn’t belong in our world,” while adding, “Our work is usually reflective of the things going on in our own lives, between the two of us being married and creating artwork together.”
Their fully-formed universe reveals tones that rely on the three primary colors (plus white) which serve as the basis for vibrant characters, animals brimming with personality, cheerful celestial entities, flowers/plants, food, cars, rocket ships, skulls and mid-century elements like record players and old tube televisions.
For someone viewing their work for the first time, it’s like entering a secondhand store where characters from the golden age of animation live on the shelves alongside gadgets that were built to last.
Everything from subject matter, positioning and perspective has been considered. Thus, the idea of including anything erroneous or presenting unneeded flourishes have been stripped away in favor of making more clever connections between works.
DABSMYLA achieves this through the use of panorama. Whether that’s depicting paintings from multiple points of view, or physically crafting immersive, three-dimensional environments in which their creations live, one begins to note that all the work contains a shared whimsy.
“It isn’t enough for us to just make a painting and be done with it,” they say. “We love the challenge of placing it in context. That usually means reconceptualizing the physical environment first. It’s almost like a movie screen inside a theater. Once you see the edges, you’re immediately transported out of the filmmaker’s world. We want to avoid that feeling.”
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