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BEYOND THE STREETS New York, 2019. Photo by Martha Cooper.

DABSMYLA

ARTIST AT A GLANCE

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Beyond The Streets NYC Companion Book

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Estevan Oriol LA Fingers Limited Edition Montana Spray Paint Can

Estevan Oriol "LA Fingers" Limited Edition Montana Spray Paint Can

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Martha Cooper Limited Edition Spray Nation Box Set

Martha Cooper Limited Edition "Spray Nation Box Set"

$250.00

MADSAKI Mona Lisa 3 Spray Paint Can

MADSAKI "Mona Lisa 3 Spray Paint Can"

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Spray Cans T-Shirt

Spray Cans T-Shirt

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Tigerclaw Skate Board Mount

Tigerclaw Skate Board Mount

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ANDRE Limited Edition Montana Spray Paint Can

ANDRE Limited Edition Montana Spray Paint Can

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Roger Gastman Don't Draw Dirty Pictures Skate Deck

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Ryan Travis Christian Infinite Knife Life Skate Deck

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Ian Reid A Few Days And Nights

Ian Reid "A Few Days And Nights"

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The Perez Bros. The Perez Bros. Volume 1

The Perez Bros. "The Perez Bros. Volume 1"

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Chaz Bojórquez LA MIX (Blue) Print

Chaz Bojórquez "LA MIX (Blue)" Print

$250.00

Dan Smith You'll Never Walk Alone

Dan Smith "You'll Never Walk Alone"

$40.00

Bert Krak Magic Touch 16 AP Print

Bert Krak "Magic Touch 16" AP Print

$200.00

Andre Saraiva Graffiti Dream Print

Andre Saraiva "Graffiti Dream" Print

$250.00

Tim Conlon Tropic-Ana Print

Tim Conlon "Tropic-Ana" Print

$200.00

DEFER Style Rider Skate Deck

DEFER "Style Rider" Skate Deck

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Bert Krak Magic Touch Skate Deck 1

Bert Krak "Magic Touch Skate Deck 1"

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Alex Pardee Blood Bag #1 Skate Deck

Alex Pardee "Blood Bag #1" Skate Deck

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Roger Gastman Don't Draw Dirty Pictures 2 Print

Roger Gastman "Don't Draw Dirty Pictures 2" Print

$100.00

Ian Reid Complex Geometry

Ian Reid "Complex Geometry"

$39.99

Gordon Matta Clark Pistol Experience, 1973 Skate Deck

Gordon Matta Clark "Pistol Experience, 1973" Skate Deck

$150.00

WILD STYLE Short-Sleeve White Tee

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$40.00

CORNBREAD The Legend Of Print

CORNBREAD "The Legend Of" Print

$200.00

Gustavo Zermeño Jr. Jack

Gustavo Zermeño Jr. "Jack"

$225.00

Kenny Scharf Fanny Pack

Kenny Scharf Fanny Pack

$50.00

The Perez Bros. Los Musicos Skate Deck

The Perez Bros. "Los Musicos" Skate Deck

$150.00

Roger Gastman Don't Draw Dirty Pictures 1 Print

Roger Gastman "Don't Draw Dirty Pictures 1" Print

$100.00

WILD STYLE Wild Style Zine

WILD STYLE "Wild Style Zine"

$40.00

Alex Pardee Blood Bag #2 Print

Alex Pardee "Blood Bag #2" Print

$150.00

LADY PINK 1969 Super Sport Camaro Print

LADY PINK "1969 Super Sport Camaro" Print

$250.00

WILD STYLE Long-Sleeve Black Tee

WILD STYLE "Long-Sleeve Black Tee"

$55.00

Ryan Travis Christian For A Good Time Skate Deck

Ryan Travis Christian "For A Good Time" Skate Deck

$150.00

Rust Magic (Grey) Tee-Shirt

"Rust Magic (Grey)" Tee-Shirt

$40.00

SWOON Amanda Print

SWOON "Amanda" Print

$375.00

Bert Krak Uptown Tony Collectible Figure

Bert Krak "Uptown Tony" Collectible Figure

$150.00

Chaz Bojórquez LA MIX (Red) Print

Chaz Bojórquez "LA MIX (Red)" Print

$250.00

Gustavo Zermeño Jr. Spike

Gustavo Zermeño Jr. "Spike"

$225.00

MIKE GIANT Skull Pennant

MIKE GIANT "Skull Pennant"

$150.00

MIKE GIANT Tupac Pennant

MIKE GIANT "Tupac Pennant"

$150.00

Hand-Signed Morning Wood by Roger Gastman

Hand-Signed "Morning Wood" by Roger Gastman

$50.00

The husband-and-wife team known as DABSMYLA are visual artists who employ a shared design language that dictates subject matter, positioning, color theory and perspective.

“Perfect System of Complementary Thoughts” is a new series dedicated to the idea of creating realistic situations in paintings while simultaneously creating an environment both strange and surreal.

The installation was created in collaboration with floral designer Amelia Posada (Birch and Bone), transforming the paintings into an immersive experience. DABSMYLA moved from Australia to Los Angeles in 2009 and combined forces to bring their lively, large-scale murals to iconic buildings in cities around the world.

DABS MYLA use a 100% collaborative approach in creating their whimsical paintings and playful installations, citing graffiti, mid century illustration and the golden age of American animation as major influences.

IN THE STUDIO WITH DABS AND MYLA

The inside of the Los Angeles studio of husband-and-wife visual artists DABSMYLA feels like a movie montage, with an eclectic musical soundtrack playing over the top of a steady stream of ideas flowing so effortlessly that words are rarely required, as the two swap paintings back and forth in a pendulum of creative expression.

Immaculately cataloged bottles of paint 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 extends their exploration into new visual dimensions, which run the gamut from still-lifes to cartoon characters to ambitious outdoor installations.

The duo operates under a mutual ethos about world-building that is decades in the making after they first met in art school in Australia and later relocated to the United States to nurture their exterior viewpoint — a hodgepodge of midcentury elements, illustrations and pictorial narratives, all informed by their formative adventures with graffiti.

“We don’t even have to discuss it,” Dabs and Myla admit. “We just know what does and what doesn’t belong in our world,” 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.”

Dabs and Myla
THIRD MIND ACRYLIC ON WOOD, 2017, 60" × 78"

DABS MYLA - THE CREATION PROCESS

DABS MYLA fully formed universe reveals tones that rely on the three primary colors (plus white), which serve as the basis for vibrant cityscapes, animals brimming with personality, cheerful celestial entities, kooky neon fruits, flowers, cars, rocket ships, ’50s-style 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 has been considered, from subject matter to positioning to perspective. Thus, the possibility of including anything erroneous or presenting unneeded flourishes has 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 detect 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.”

This physical manifestation is akin to how a carnival’s fun house can play with perception and enhance feelings of invigoration.

Dabs Myla
COSMIC LOVE, LOS ANGELES, 2017 PHOTO COURTESY DABSMYLA

DABSMYLA approach their new works with the same curiosity and excitement that they had as art students. The experiences they’ve shared together — both in life and in the studio — have led them down a path toward bigger and more ambitious undertakings.

“Of course, it’s all about striking the right balance in order to still allow the paintings to speak for themselves,” they say. “As far as the time commitment, we firmly believe the old saying, ‘the harder you work, the luckier you get.’

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