Josh Heilaman

april 11 // cycles – new works by josh heilaman

We are pleased to announce what will probably be a final showing of one of our all time favorite local artists, Josh Heilaman. Josh has a distinctly experimental quality to his works that blend fantasy characters with illustrative storytelling. Josh has built a reputable following with his work and has inspired many of us to look at life and art as one and not just something separate we do as as a weekend hobby. In his aptly titled show “Cycles” you will see the creative beginnings of his physical relocation to Japan this summer.

Come show you support for this influential local artist as he embarks on his next life chapter.

Artist Questions

What is your medium/process?
The works for this show are all mixed media drawings.  I used ink, watercolor, and
assorted markers on rice paper to create the drawings.  The drawings were then affixed
to wood panels.

Where are you from?
I am from Oklahoma City, OK.

How would you describe your latest body of work?
My latest body of work is primarily abstract with a heavy emphasis on line and space.
Many of the pieces began as ambient watercolor works and evolved into their final forms
through the addition of line.  The works in this show are the result of a subconscious free
form process, focused on experimentation.

What inspires you?
This series is mostly inspired by the process of experimentation, itself.

How did you get started?
I simply found art supplies and started experimenting.

What are your goals for the future?
My immediate goals for the future involve relocating to Japan so I can reunite with my
wonderful fiance, Akane.  After that, I plan to obtain an MFA and begin teaching art.


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Kalee Jones W.

march 14 // kalee jones w. + tammy brummell

We are pleased to have Kalee Jones W. and Tammy Brummell’s chromatic studies on our walls in time for spring. Kalee works spontaneously to capture the present moment unfolding. Through multiple layers of color, you can see the formations of anthropomorphic beings, animals and occasional text appear and dissolve into one another. Tammy’s latest series “Prison Girls” captures various females in vintage mugshots layered on a colorfully marbled background. She transforms these women with jewelry and flowers. The juxtaposition of the background and embellishment of the females characterizes the transformation of their souls.

Read more about the artists below.

Make sure to come out March 14th from 7-11pm for our opening of this show during LIVE on the Plaza.

You can RSVP to the Facebook event here.

Tammy Brummell

Artist Info

Kaylee Jones W.

What is your medium/process?
Acrylic and graphite.  I pick a color and jump in.  The composition is built up in layers of mark making and color washes.  Each choice is a deliberate move towards overall balance and rooted in focused spontaneity.

Where are you from?
Born in Texas, raised in Oklahoma, steeped in Colorado.  I currently reside in OKC.

How would you describe your latest body of work?
Cool and moody.  Reminiscent of landscapes and weather.

What inspires you?
Star dust and creation stories.

How did you get started?
Crayons and markers.

What are your goals for the future?
To stay centered and open; so that my work may authentically evolve.

Tammy Brummell

What is your medium/process?
My medium is digital photo montage in which I apply paper, ink and paint to a giclee print.

Where are you from?
Oklahoma City

How would you describe your latest body of work?
My latest body of work “Prison Girls” was inspired by arrest photos of women from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. I transformed the photos into portraits of the women, kind of reinventing them. Vibrant liquefied marble back grounds represent the transformation of the past, while the women are mirrored and adorned with jewelry and flowers as part of their outward transformation. Their souls are bursting into thin air with enamel embellishment.

What inspires you?
Life, art, granddaughters, old photos, new photos, people, nature, architecture, animals, wood, rocks, science, color, light, patterns, shapes, media, fashion, movies, music, the universe.

How did you get started?
I studied design and photography at Oklahoma State University and have been a graphic designer in Oklahoma City for 20 years, focusing on magazine layout and design. I later developed my technique for creating digital photo montage art.

What are your goals for the future?
Work more in mixed media, do more collaboration, work with wood. Explore video, sound and projection. Achieve more exposure on the web.

 


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Jason Pawley

feb 14th // jason pawley + ross adams

Say hello to our neighbors and artist friends Jason Pawley and Ross Adams. These native visionaries work tirelessly on their own art, are gainfully employed in the Plaza District AND run Tall Hill Creative; a gallery/studio space on NW 34th and Villa. Using spray paint, pens, watercolor and acrylic, their use of bright psychedelic colors create a complimentary body of work. In contrast, their subject matter is unique to their individual inspiration. Ross is inspired by punk subculture. Think album covers, zines, gig posters and punk fashion from the 80′s. Jason draws inspiration from nature and his many adventures on the road. You can RSVP to the Facebook Event here and make sure to read the artist questions at the bottom of the post.

Ross Adams

This 2nd Friday falls on Valentines day, so expect the district to be full of the appropriate celebrations. In the shop, we are stocked full of new product for the holiday. Expect to see lots of handmade gifts and Valentine’s cards in addition to new knits appropriate for this late chill. You can see some of the new products online or just come by the shop! Also be sure to see full list of Plaza District happenings for LOVE on the Plaza.

For those emerging and aspiring artists we have a group show taking place the first Sunday of March and are currently seeking entries. Details below:

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Artist Questions

Jason Pawley

Jason Pawley
What is your medium/process?
Acrylic, spray paint, paint pens….

Where are you from?
Earth

How would you describe your latest body of work? What inspires you?
It’s kinda like daydreaming of my travels and places or things that make me happy… where the mountains meet the ocean on a gravel road….. that’s my inspiration.

How did you get started?
Skateboarding graphics…. that’s what made me want to start drawing.

What are your goals for the future?
To say hungry :)

Ross Adams

Ross Adams
What is your medium/process?
Lately I’ve been working in a lot of different mediums. For this show I have been working with: pens, pencils, colored pencils, acrylics, spray paint & water colors, all on bristol board. Not exactly sure how I would describe the process, It’s just something I enjoy doing.

Where are you from?
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
United States of America

How would you describe your latest body of work?
#artorwhatever

What inspires you?
Probably punk, as a soundtrack and as a subversive subculture.  It is something I have always been interested in.  Album art was the first visual art that peaked my interest. Artists like Raymond Pettibon, Winston Smith and Pushead were some of my first major influences. From there, fliers for punk shows and independent zines pushed my interest in the visual art of the subculture further.  Lately, I have also been inspired by the punk fashion that was displayed so prevelently in 80′s punxploitation films like: Suburbia, Class of 1984, Repo Man etc.  I’m also inspired a lot by other visual artists.  Beyond that, I would say every moment that I am breathing I am being inspired to create.

How did you get started?
When I was a kid I would always draw pictures for my grandmother, because she was a painter and I thought that was cool. She always encouraged me to keep drawing. And from there I guess never stopped. I only took sketchbooks to class in high school and college (which, I’m sure was not her intention). I really don’t remember a time in my life when I wasn’t making or breaking something. Art has just always been there.

What are your goals for the future?
Survival.

 


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jake beeson skeletor

jan 10th //  jake beeson, tanner frady + jay hollopeter

UPDATE SHOW EXTENDED  //  We have decided to extend this show into January! Be looking for our next new show in February.

Jake Beeson is a Tulsa based artist and designer who has mashed up some 80′s and 90′s pop cartoon imagery and blended it with his signature graffiti influenced technique. His new series includes the best of childhood cartoon nostalgia from Transformers to Ninja Turtles and Skeletor from He-Man.

tanner frady pink panther

Oklahoma City artist Tanner Frady, is pulling influence from a similar realm of animated nostalgia, and has focussed on some of his favorite classics like Pink Panther, Felix the Cat and Huckleberry Hound.

Jay Hollopeter A Rothian Kind of Day

Jay Hollopeter is an Enid based artist that has been a regular in the OKC art scene for the past 30 years. His colorfully animated characters are illustrated with the depth of lifelike shading and detail. Inspiration for his latest work will include everything from Luchadores to Rat Fink.

We appreciate your support!


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mark gilmore

november 8th // mark gilmore, dennis murphy & neal robinson

For our 3rd show in 2 months we are excited to have a group of 3 artists who play with a contemporary vein of psychedelic influence.

Mark Gilmore is a long time Oklahoma City resident with a masters quality to his fantasy/surreal oil paintings. More information on the artist below.

Noble Oklahoma based artist and organic farmer Dennis Murphy brings an intense focus and vibrancy through his large studies of geometric patterns with a day-glo palette.

dennis murphy

Neal Robinson uses a mix of mediums to develop compositions which bring together line, shape and color. More information on the artist below.

neal robinson

artist questions

Mark Gilmore

What is your medium?
Pigments with varnish on canvas or panel

Where are you from?
My adult life has been in Oklahoma City

How would you describe your latest body of work?
In reevaluating my motives for painting after a long hiatus, I wanted to find touchstones from the images & colors that drove my imagination and my earliest efforts at being a professional artist.

Expressing my own creativity during a time of social, musical & chemical experimentation, felt like the opening of the vast frontier to Lewis & Clark. The command was to go and see, to explore and report back what you find.

That concept still rings true for me.

What inspires you?
Freedom, kittens, a child’s laughter, and the Hellbound train carrying each of us to our certain death.

How did you get started?
Painting signs for beer & pizza at a local juke joint.

What are your goals for the future?
Paint and make things until I die.

Neal Robinson

What is your medium?
I work in a variety of mediums.  Pen and Ink, acrylic, water color, screen printing and collage techniques.

Where are you from?
Oklahoma City

How would you describe your latest body of work?
My latest body of work is trying to find the balance between line, shape and color.  I try to create an organized chaos with my line work while still maintaining a fluidness that your eye can follow without being overwhelmed. Along with the color I also try and incorporate monochrome color and collage techniques that also work with the line work to create an overall harmony.

What inspires you?
Architecture inspires me the most.  We are surrounded everyday by your basic shapes that make up the world we live in.  Squares, triangles, circles make up the fundamentals of our cities skeletal structure. So it’s almost necessary for me to try and show these basic shapes to the viewer in a new and visually exciting way.

How did you get started?
I started early on as a compulsive doodler and just grew from that like most artists.  Even at an early age I’ve been interested in finding the infinite possibilities you can do with just a simple straight line, the most basic of marks.

What are your goals for the future?
I plan to continue to explore line, color and perspective.  I really think the next step in my process is work more on an ambitious scale.  I hope to incorporate my art into wall murals in the near future.


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DNA Anniverskully

nov 2 // anniverskully – 5 years at dna galleries

Nov 2nd we are ECSTATIC to celebrate a crucial milestone for any business, 5 years of business! If you have followed us from the beginning, you know this all started as 300sqf of our home and grew to completely overtake the entire location at 1705B NW 16th St. In April this year we were blessed to acquire the larger space beside us and finally expand our gallery. Come celebrate with us!

Special offerings throughout the day:

  • 25 goodie bags for the first 25 customers
  • Cafe EVOKE will be offering free artisan coffee 11am-2pm
  • 10% storewide discount from 11am-12pm
  • Opening reception for group SKULL show featuring 50+ local artists goes from 7pm-11pm
  • Limited edition t-shirt for the opening (7-11pm) $15/shirt
  • Cash bar

We would not be here without the loyalty and support of our patrons. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your lives and reshaping downtown OKC.

RSVP to the Facebook Event here.

 


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joey alvarez dylan bradway

october 11 // oaklahoma // joey alvarez + dylan bradway

DNA Galleries presents Oaklahoma: Oakland Meets Oklahoma featuring works by Joey Alvarez and our very own Dylan Bradway. This exhibit is an animated combination of styles utilizing a wide range of media including painting, sculpture, furniture and design.

Joey Alvarez is based out of Oakland, CA and creates most of his mixed media sculpture work from found objects in his neighborhood with inspiration from urban art. He has also developed a series of chair paintings are inspired by his passion for mid century modern furniture and design.

joey alvarez

Dylan Bradway has produced new works based off a series of recent sketches with emphasis on flowing lines and intermingled subjects. His work will also include a custom trike which includes a powerful sound system and plenty of style.

dylan bradway

We will also be featuring Blue Collar Built furniture, a joint venture between Joey Alvarez and Luke Austin of oakandwood.com. Blue Collar Built was established based on one simple idea, to find a balance between quality craftsmanship, materials, design and price. We are anxious to see the select okie centric furniture pieces they have made just for the show!

blue collar built


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september 13 // lindsay harkness, brooke rowlands + angela westerman

This Friday we are featuring 3 resident female artists who work in distinctly different styles and media. RSVP to the Facebook event here.

lindsay harkness

A lifelong resident of Oklahoma City. Her latest body of mixed media photography took 40 days of documenting the hands of 70+ Oklahomans. Her “exploration into individualism” characterizes a diverse cross section of residents in Oklahoma, each represented on 4″X4″ canvas.

brooke rowlands

A native of New Jersey, but has resided in Oklahoma for the past 10 years. Her recent body of mixed media on monotype prints, explores memories of her grandmother and pressed flowers. Brooke states about her contemporary approach that “Taking the color out of the flower and moving it to the background, expresses my love for something deeper and less superficial”

angela westerman

A native of Salinas, California whose recent acrylic mixed media tells a story of mankind’s “constant battle between nature and technology” This surreal blending of technological and natural textures are an articulate portrayal of the cyclic cleansing of light and dark.


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a vivid paradox

august 9 // a vivid paradox // amanda bradway + juuri

For August DNA Galleries presents A Vivid Paradox, this exhibit features a new body of work by local artists JUURI and Amanda Bradway. The artists have created an exhibit of enchantingly prismatic works including collaborative pieces specifically for the opening. This show is entitled ‘A Vivid Paradox’ due to the vibrant spectrum of colors that both artists utilize. The paradox is apparent through Amanda’s work with skulls and JUURIi’s somber, sad looking female subjects. Expect the color in which both JUURI’s girls and Amanda’s skulls are wrapped to bring them all vividly to life. These works will be on display until Friday August 30. Check out and RSVP to the Facebook Event here.

About JUURI & Amanda Bradway
Japanese-American artist JUURI, creates colorful female figures using watercolor and colored pencil. JUURIi about this latest series: “Several of my works in this show will present opposing questions, such as ‘Trash or Treasure?’ ‘Rotten or Redeemed?’ ‘Weak or Strong?’ I wanted to capture both the turmoil and the beauty of finding the answers to all those questions about yourself. The style of these works is a little more stark than my previous work. I wanted to draw maximum impact to the figures and their questions this time, instead of the backgrounds. Several of the pieces feature gilded Japanese calligraphy. Ask me what they mean, and I’ll teach you a little Japanese!”

Amanda Bradway, and owner at DNA Galleries, creates works with intricately cut and folded paper in a variety of colors and sheens. Combining these elements with skulls, she recreates elements of nature and reconstructs unworldly beings. Each piece in this new series draws on personal perspectives of the dichotomy of struggle versus surrender in a world where many truths operate simultaneously. These works ask the viewer to consider how we can all live with respect and awareness for others without sacrificing our own truth.


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everyday rituals conrad crespin

Pause - Sean Lyman

july 12th // conrad crespin + sean lyman

For July we are excited to be featuring two national artists Conrad Crespin and Sean Lyman. Conrad is a resident of Portland, OR and has created a body of work which focuses on his interest in line, form and pattern with a very minimal color palette. In contrast Sean, who resides in Springfield, MO, explores the concept of masks as a transforming element on individuals in his realistic but dreamlike drawings. You can check out the Facebook event here. More information about the artists in the questionnaire section below.

Keep an eye out for our collaborative group art show with B-wap coming Sunday August 4th, featuring 25 local artists.

questions for conrad crespin

How would you describe your work?
The work in this show explores my interest in pattern, form, and space. These pieces were originally inspired by fractals. With this work, I usually start with a basic form and build intuitively from that. I am extremely interest in process and how process informs or relates to the final visual outcome. As the artist, the process is just as important to me as the physical work.

What inspires you?
So much inspires me, especially people. There are a lot of artists living today that are producing just spectacular work. I am especially inspired by those around me and the way in which others interpret the world. I think we all have little kernels of truth to share. Music is a huge inspiration as well.

My biggest inspiration is most definitely nature. There is so much beauty, mystery, and absurdity in the universe and that makes me happy.

How did you get started?
I got started like most artsy kids with encouraging parents and an interest in making things. I was fortunate to meet certain people throughout my life who were there for me at pivotal times and encouraged artistic exploration.

Nowadays, it isn’t even a question. Why not make art?

What are your goals for the future?
I am currently pursuing a degree in Graphic Design and building a career in the art/design realm. I really want to build something unique that contributes to the community and keeps me artistically, professionally, and financially satisfied. I know that is a tall order. But I am realistic about a lot of things and ultimately my needs are simple.

I want to keep making things until the day I die.  I want to collaborate. I want to grow and explore. I want to fall in love. I want a root beer float.


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