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Kristen and I have been tirelessly working on paintings this last few months for our first art show together! I like painting automobiles and she uses horses as her main subject so we decided to dub the show, “Horsepower.” The show is currently hanging at Firehouse Art Center in Norman and will stay up until October 19th. Feel free to visit the show any time during regular hours, or join us for a closing event on October 19th.

1949 Ford A2 Pickup, Acrylic & Aerosol on Canvas, 36x36

1949 Ford A2 Pickup, Acrylic & Aerosol on Canvas, 36x36

“NORMAN, OK – In their first exhibition together, husband and wife duo Kristen Vails and Dusty Gilpin bring “Horsepower” to the Firehouse Art Center. Horsepower is on display fromSeptember 14, 2018 to October 20, 2018, with a reception on Friday, October 19, 2018, from 6 to 9 PM. The exhibition juxtaposes images of horses and automobiles, rendered in the unique and contrasting styles of Vails, who explores painterly brushstrokes and the use of symbolism, and Gilpin, whose mixed artistic background is evident through photo-realistic renderings and street-style spray paint.

With the horse an established subject for Vails, her latest works weave an element of iconography into layers of acrylic and latex. Her imagery of horses fades in and out, creating a sense of emotion, impermanence, and mystery. A third-generation commercial artist, Gilpin honors the power of the automobile and its impact on design and aesthetic with his new works. He explores multiple mediums including spray paint, acrylic, and enamel as a nod to his experience as a mural artist, sign painter, and car enthusiast. The Firehouse Art Center is funded in part by select grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council, Norman Arts Council, Allied Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the City of Norman, as well as corporate sponsorships from Republic Bank & Trust and Fowler Automotive. The FAC’s programming would not be possible without the support of individual donors and members.”

Esther, Acrylic on Canvas, 36x36

Esther, Acrylic on Canvas, 36x36

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GRAFFITI, ART, PLAZA DISTRICT, VideosDusty GilpinComment

Very honored to be invited back to paint with the Plaza Walls family. It's been 2 years since I painted the portrait of Cuz and Domingo. When Kris asked me to paint the Gatewood wall, I was tasked again with coming up with a concept... always the hardest part.

As my paint date approached, I struggled to find a good concept. Then, in a stroke of chumpness as I drove into the Plaza, it kinda hit me. I went home, told Kristen the general concept, and she helped me fine tune it. 'Don't let the lights burn out.'

I've never painted a mural with the intention of later animating it. I've seen others do it, but have never given it a go. The concept is simple, paint and photo in stages. This particular animation only took 3 stages. I'm super thankful for Nathan Poppe for helping me capture the process with his fancy camera skills.

Give the video a watch below! I'm definitely looking forward to doing more of these soon.

Real Recognize Real:

Plaza Walls is a tremendous project headed up by Kris Kanaly. He and his crew are really curating an incredible mural scene in Oklahoma City. They deserve every bit of funding and appreciation they get. Please check them out, he is doing a ton of footwork to get these murals painted and funded. These murals bring patrons to the Plaza.

Dunlap Codding has been a supporter of my art for a long time. They have invited me over two dozen times to work on paint projects in their office. I was very humbled to find out that they sponsored this mural. Big thanks to Doug and Julie.

• Before I started this mural, I was contacted by my friend Josh Kouri. His 14 year old son, Elijah, had expressed interest in illustration and mural work. Without asking for lessons, tips, art, or my time, he asked if he could help. Sometimes I am hesitant to have shadows and interns because it can be mildly burdensome. However, Elijah never hesitated to find tasks to do. When I needed to work, he watched. When he saw that something needed to done, he helped. If I asked him to do a task, he did it or learned how to do it. He helped me trim about 4 hours of work off this mural and we knocked out a majority of it in one work day. Thank you!