Dabs Myla - portrait, (detail)

Dabs Myla /   Dabs and Myla

Australia 2009

Street Art, Installation, Illustration


Dabs Myla
Dabs and Myla
March 19, 2017
Eni is a yoga enthusiast and animal lover. She has been writing for as long as she can remember, and her BA in Philosophy helped organize her many thoughts and ideas. After graduation, she received an MA in Theory of Drama Arts and Media. She enjoys cycling and playing with her two dogs.

Melbourne natives Dabs Myla are a dynamic duo who have been living and working in Los Angeles since 2009, and they absolutely love it. They say it feels like home. Warm colors of L.A. and its vibrant life had an impact on their style, so they welcomed the change. It was in 1995 that Dabs started painting graffiti, unlike Myla who has been painting with a brush most of her career. During art school, where they met while studying illustration, Dabs started using acrylic. Along with their love, a unique style was born, and that is when they both started using spray paint. As it turns out they liked their collaborative work better than the individual one. From that point on they have been working together. They only work solo when they paint letters.

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Dabs Myla – mural – photo via powwowhawaii.com

Photorealistic Love

Inspired by graffiti, food, travel and their life together as a couple, their paintings depict Dabs’ mischievous characters on Myla’s photorealistic cityscapes. They say, with smiles on their faces, how in all their years together, not a day has passed that they’ve been separate. As they would say, truly – two peas in a pod, that is if peas were this creative, ingenious and flamboyant. The duo does all their work together, at a shared desk. And this is what brings them closer. When something happens, a spill on the painting, or an error – it’s not a problem, they will fix it. They keep motivating each other, growing ideas, and never separating their work, in the means of who did what. It is one art piece, and they are clearly one love, so why separate. They keep pushing their creative boundaries, and the collaborative process is blooming with ideas.

Dabs and Myla say they are two peas in a pod

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Dabs Myla – Before and Further (left) / Time and Space (right) – photo via dabsmyla.com

Changing Pop Culture

Their works include installations, murals, and paintings. They are also featured on famous clothing bradns, such as Vans collection 2016. The most ambitious exhibition yet was Before and Further, when Dabs and Myla transformed a 4,000 square foot factory property. Space was filled with their newest paintings, installations, sculptures, and furnishing, including hand-painted ceramics and custom-made light installations. This was more than an exhibition, it was an experience. In 2015 the duo reinvented the logo for MTV Movie Awards, symbolically claiming their place in pop culture history. In all of their art, not only do we get to witness the immense talent they both poses, but also a one of a kind consciousness two people can create and is not seen very often.

Their most ambitious exhibition is Before and Further

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Dabs Myla – mural, Vernon building, L.A. – photo via latimes.com

Harmonious Duo

When working outside, on exteriors, they use bold colors, and heavy strokes, while their paintings are subtle, gentle and harmonious. No matter what they do, their shared love for narrative illustrations is definitely to brighten everybody’s day. They imagine cityscapes inhabited by photorealistic drawings, with the most adorable faces. The impeccable drawings, filled with either paint or graffiti spray bring to life anything they set their minds to. Whether it’s a hydrant, flower or a piece of furniture, it will bring up the warmest memories from your childhood and make you feel like a child again, and all that with their weirdly, joyfully precise lines and fiery colors.

Dabs and Myla live and work in Los Angeles, California.

Featured image: Dabs Myla – portrait, photo via arrestedmotion.com

YearGallery/Museum/Name of ExhibitionType
2013THINKSPACE MINI SOLO SHOW, Scope Art Fair in Miami, FL (USA)Solo
2013SAN FRANCISCO IS FOR LOVERS, Installation based Solo Exhibition, White Walls Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2013ALL GOOD THINGS, Metro Gallery, Armadale, Melbourne (AUS)Solo
2012MARVELOUS EXPEDITIONS, Thinkspace Gallery, Culver City, Los Angeles, CASolo
2012BREAK NIGHT LOVERS, Known Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
2011THE BEST OF TIMES, Thinkspace Gallery, Culver City, Los Angeles, CASolo
2011DOUBLE DIAMOND, M Modern Gallery, N Palm Canyon Drv, Palm Springs, CASolo
2011NEW MOON, My Plastic Heart NYC, Forsyth St, NYCGroup
2011INLE, Gallery 1988, (Curated by Greg 'Craola' Simkins), Los Angeles, CAGroup
2011LAX/PDX, Together Gallery in Portland (curated by Thinkspace Gallery), Portland, OR Group
2010SMALL GIFT, Celebrating 50 years of Sanrio, Art Basel, Miami, FLGroup
2010FRESH PRODUCE, Grafitti Gone Global and Sushi Samba, Wynnwood Arts District, Miami, FLGroup
2010"Thinkspace 5 Year Anniversary Show", Thinkspace Gallery, Culver City, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2010"Tokyo Deluxe", Thinkspace Gallery, Culver City, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2010"The Next Generation", London Miles Gallery, Westbourne Studios, London, EnglandGroup
2010"Another Dimension", Twilight Zone Exhibition, 1988 Gallery, Melrose, Los Angeles, CA
2010"Hollywood and Western", Per Square Metre Gallery, Collingwood, Melbourne (AUS)Solo
2010"Fresh", Thinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2010"A Cry For Help" Endangered Species, Thinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2010"He-Man and the Masters of the Universe", The 4th Annual, 1988 Gallery, Melrose, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2010"Golden Age", New Puppy Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
2009Group Show, Luke Dolkas Gallery, Portland USAGroup
2009"On the Bright Side", The C.A.V.E Gallery, Rose Ave., VeniceGroup
2009"Cannibal Flower", 9th Anniversary Group Show, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2009GREEN DAY 21st Century Breakdown Tour, A roving art gallery curated by NY-based stencil artist Logan HicksGroup
2009"Like That", Per Square Metre Gallery, Collingwood, Melbourne (AUS)Solo
2008"The Inaugural Show", T&P Fine Art gallery, Philadelphia, U.S.A
2008"Sleep is the cousin of death", Per Square Metre Gallery, Melbourne, AustraliaGroup
2008"Luchadore Collab-O-Mask", Per Square Metre Gallery, Melbourne, AustraliaGroup
2008"10,320 Miles to Melbourne", DABS, MYLA, DVATE, SEAR AND ASKEM, US TourGroup
2008Crewest Gallery, Los Angles, CA. 7th June-29th June
2008Hoffman La Chance Gallery, St. Louis, 13th June-12th July
2008Rarebreed, Philadelphia, 20th June-14th July
2008Graffiti Comix, New Jersey, 21st june
2007"Sepo's And Yob's", Per Square Metre Gallery, Melbourne, Australia Group
2007"International Munny Show, The Colour Of Money", Villain Store, Melbourne, Australia
2007"Lowdown Art Show", Hardrock Café, Las Vegas
2007"The Boogie Down Under", Crewest Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
2007"No Comply Festival", The Atrium, Federation Square, Melbourne, Australia
2006"The First Meal Is The Hardest", Per Square Metre Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2006"Can Contol", Per Square Metre Gallery, Melbourne, AustraliaGroup
2006"Rumble In The Jungle", Until Never, Melbourne, Australia
2006"Woo Wot", Charity "OWL ART", Raising money for 'Worl Owl Trust', London
2006"In The End They All Die", Per Square Metre Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2005"Stuffed", This Is Not Art Festival, Newcastle, NSW