A CHAT WITH THE RISING LOCAL ARTIST
At Mill No.3, we strive for our store locations to be spaces of collaboration and creativity. So for the first time, we are turning
our Dallas store into a gallery space for a night of art and community, with featured works by local artist, Matthew Brinston.
The art show will be on Friday, September 22 from 7-9pm, at our Dallas location: 3888 Oak Lawn Ave. Suite 108 Dallas, TX 75219.
During the event, all art will be for sale. Enjoy free drinks and light bites as you shop.
MATTHEW BRINSTON IN DEEP ELLUM
"THIS LINE OF WORK IS A DREAM...I'M GRATEFUL EVERYDAY."
WHAT ORIGINALLY DREW YOU TO PAINTING AS AN ART MEDIUM? DO YOU HAVE A BACKGROUND IN ART?
I’ve been painting since I was in high school. Then I went to school for art and marketing at DBU. I didn’t know exactly why I was going to school for that necessarily, it was just something I knew how to do. Marketing and sales is something that is kind of embedded in my mindset because my dad owned his own business- it’s how my brother and I were raised up- with that mindset of a salesman. All the stuff that I was passionate about in school wasn’t art or marketing- it was music. But that ended up not being the thing that I was going to do for the rest of my life. It ended up being art and business basically. Because that’s what this is.
WHEN DID YOU START PAINTING PROFESSIONALLY?
I made the decision to make art as a career towards the end of school in 2015. I had really started painting in 2013 and once I began to put my work out there in 2014, people started asking me to show in their galleries. I was kind of just showing in different spots and overwhelmed by how many people were reaching out to me. It was really nice to be welcomed that well into something that I hadn't even known much about- besides basic design elements. I knew how to paint but I didn’t realize people would be into it. So then in 2015 I started having a couple of solo shows around Dallas. Then after I graduated, I got a place in Dallas and I was able to continue showing work full-time as a career. That’s how it all started. This line of work is a dream. I have worries that some people would laugh at- the stresses that I have are things that don’t even occur for other people. But I’m thankful that those are my problems. I’m grateful everyday. I never know what’s going to happen the next day.
[LEARN MORE ABOUT BRINSTON'S STORY HERE.]
THE BEGINNING OF BRINSTON'S NEWEST MURAL IN DEEP ELLUM.
"I HAVE A NICE GROUP OF FRIENDS THAT KEEP ME INSPIRED."
IS THERE A CURRENT PROJECT YOU'RE MOST EXCITED ABOUT?
I have work in Los Angeles right now and that’s been really encouraging. I spent about a month out there making new work. It’s really fun to see things start to grow over there, as well as over here in Dallas. It’s cool to see that more people know about my art. I definitely see myself in LA in the near future…I have a group art show that I’m a part of out there in October, so I’m looking forward to that.
HOW DO YOU STAY INSPIRED?
I have a nice group of friends that keep me inspired. I would say almost all my friends do something artistic. They’re either painters, stylists, musicians, or photographers. It doesn’t matter who I’m with, they’re usually up to something cool and that keeps me on my toes. And definitely my wife, Marie. She definitely makes me want to keep creating. She’s been getting into her own artistic visions too- doing a lot of sculpting. She's been making a lot of progress with that. She learned how to weld in less than a month and created a whole body of work that we showed together at The Belmont Hotel. So that was fun.
HOW DID YOU MEET HER?
She was hosting house parties with bands playing and what-not at her house - now our house. During the house shows, she would have artists show work and she had heard of me through a mutual friend. So she came up to me and said “Hey, you’re that artist dude.” So that's how we met. And then 360 days later we got married in Vegas.
"I LOVE WHAT I DO, SO IT DOESN'T REALLY MATTER WHERE I AM, AS LONG AS I CAN CONTINUE CREATING."
WHAT IS HAPPENING NEXT FOR YOU?
I’m having an artist residency at The Belmont Hotel starting at the end of September and over the next couple of months we’re going to start doing these pop-up events every week. They'll be Thursday night happy hours by the pool for anyone to come to. The full moon party is also going to be a lot of fun on October 5th. So that’s the first batch of events leading up to that event in October. Then we’ll do another batch of events leading up to the second full moon party in November. Starting next year I also have a show here in Dallas. I'd like to move to LA and start things out there as soon as I can but right now I have a lot of opportunities that have come up in Dallas, which is still fun. I love what I do so it doesn’t really matter where I am, as long as I can continue creating and my wife’s there.
HOW DO YOU BREAK THROUGH A CREATIVE BLOCK?
It’s the same thing daily and it is long term, if you keep making and creating. That first 20 minutes of painting is kind of frustrating but if you stick through it then it turns out okay- you just have to push through it. So it’s the same thing long term. When you just keep making things during those tough mindsets and push out of it- at least for me- you can pull yourself out of it and keep going. If you keep yourself busy, there's no reason for a lack of inspiration. Also try to keep yourself surrounded by good people.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO LISTEN TO WHEN YOU PAINT/DRAW?
Lately, English house music. I’ve got an English friend that inspired me to listen to English house music - so The Allergies lately. Also some pyschedelic/funkedelic stuff. One of my friends sent me a documentary on the origin of funk, so I've been listening to George Clinton a lot. Then I have this list of 4 or 5 acts that I listen to all the time on repeat.
"I THINK FLAWS ARE GREAT. I LIKE THE IDEA OF MY STUFF CONSTANTLY BEING JUDGED BY PEOPLE."
TO YOU, WHERE IS THE IDEAL PLACE FOR YOUR ART TO LIVE?
I would eventually like to see it in museums, long term. But I would also like my art to be a place/focus point in different cities-like a monument in the middle of a city. I have these public installations that I’m working on and I feel like they’re worthy of that. Plus, I don’t want to show anything that I don’t have 100% confidence in. But I think flaws are great. I actually like the idea my stuff constantly being judged by people. Like hey I have work showing in this place and that place, and people are in there right now looking at it and they may or may not be judging the artist that did it. So it’s kind of fun.
IS THERE A THEME THAT YOU FIND THROUGHOUT YOUR WORK?
Overall what I’ve noticed is that everything I’ve done so far has to do with identity and finding ones self. My goal is for the viewer- whoever they are- to find out a little more about themselves by standing in front of one of my pieces. I'd like them to look at it and figure out what it means to them. Then ask themselves, "Why did I think this, why did I think that?" Some people are ignorant to that side of their head. So it’s good whether its a good reaction or a bad reaction. Like this mural I did [in Deep Ellum]. I was flattered when they told me they didn’t like it. They saw something in it that’s a reflection of who they are. The reasons you don’t like something are often the reasons you don’t like yourself. It’s really just a mirror.
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