Illsol: A Paradoxical Synthesis


Sep 23 2021 - Oct 31 2021


Hillsborough Community College Ybor City Campus Gallery 114
1411 E 11th Ave. Tampa, FL 33605

Gallery114@HCC Ybor City Campus presents A Paradoxical Synthesis, featuring work by artists Tony Krol and Michelle Sawyer of Illsol. This exhibition will be on display August 16 – September 23, 2021. A closing reception is scheduled for Thursday, September 16, 2021 from 5:00–8:00 p.m.

A Paradoxical Synthesis is a visual narrative of how the artists Tony Krol and Michelle Sawyer, who work collectively as Illsol, merge contrasting thought processes and approaches into one cohesive style. While the contrasting methods are apparent in their murals, A Paradoxical Synthesis offers a more intimate exploration of the pair’s artistic dichotomy. Through the display of both small- and large-scale artworks, their exhibition in Gallery114@HCC provides a closer examination of how each individual’s influences, experiences and inspiration have shaped their collective aesthetic.

About Illsol: Tony Krol and Michelle Sawyer started painting large scale projects together in 2015 but have worked as artists individually for over ten years. The pair’s mural work spans from interior projects to multi-story buildings, and the team works with private clients, city municipalities, corporations and small businesses. Half of the team is inspired to create art from the influence of the core elements of urban textures, with a background in aerosols, stencils, and wheat pasting. The other half of the team trained in traditional works such as oil and acrylic painting and worked in a traditional tattoo apprenticeship for a time. The result of the two styles creates a dichotomy of bright textured imagery intermixed with fine lines, and traditionally rendered elements, taking influence from reference photography and urban textures. Both members of the team have an education from the University of South Florida with a focus in fine art.

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HCC Art Galleries are free and open to the public. Programs are made possible in part by the support of HCC Student Activities/Service Fees and the HCC Dale Mabry Campus Student Government Association.

Gallery114@HCC is located on the first floor of the Performing Arts building, HCC Ybor City Campus. Gallery hours are Monday–Wednesday 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Thursday 9 a.m.–7:00 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.–2 p.m., closed Saturday–Sunday and major holidays. Street parking can be found around the HCC Ybor City Campus, or there are the following parking garages close by: Palm Garage (2012 N 13th St) and Centro Ybor Garage (1500 E 5th Ave).


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