Dubblex

New York City

 

Art defines me. I don't feel like I chose art, but more that art chose me as a vehicle of expression. I feel most free and alive when I'm creating artistic ideas and concepts. It's what gives value to my life. Art has been the thing that's kept me alive when I've been very depressed.

Dubblex has been creating and studying art in New York City since he was 12 years old:

He describes being drawn to graffiti from a young age and says he got his artistic start by creating tags on stickers and filling notebooks with drawings. Dubblex utilizes a combination of graffiti hand-styles combined with hieroglyphics and calligraphy. He describes that one of his favorite parts of his art process happens after it’s completed and on display somewhere: “I like the part where people are spending time with what I have created, working out the letters, and what the painting says.”

Dubblex typically begins a work of art with unformed ideas and words. He creates his own lettering style, combines them with symbols, then brings them together to make a statement. Sometimes he writes certain phrases or his or his wife’s poetry that he wants to bring to life. Dubblex uses markers, acrylics, inks and spray-paints to create the writing, symbols and backgrounds in his artwork. Dubblex says, “I find that markers and inks work best for fonts because they help me feel more in control of the materials.  This has the effect of providing me both a safe and uncompromised art process."

Dubblex describes having lived through significant struggles in his life:

“Nobody said that life was going to easy. For me life has always been difficult. I grew up with a very abusive mother and an alcoholic father. I suffer from Schizoaffective disorder. Growing up I heard a lot of voices in my head and saw things not there. I did poorly at school and was not social. I lost my job because of my illness and was forced to go on disability. I have spent my life going through ups and downs.”

Despite his many struggles, Dubblex says art and music are what bring him the most joy and give meaning to his life, helping him through hard times.  He receives supportive services at Fountain House and is a contributing member to Fountain House Gallery in NYC, where his artwork is exhibited and he connects with other artists who have mental illness. He writes: “ The most important lesson I’ve learned is do what you love and be around those who you love because live is too short to waste on doing things you don't love or being around people that don't love you.”

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Prints by Dubblex

Be in the Now
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From $ 75.00

Dream Life
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From $ 75.00

Encrypted Hearts
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Get Smart
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Looking for Love
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From $ 75.00

Lower East Side
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New Love
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From $ 75.00

Soul Time
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From $ 75.00

Trendy Spots
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From $ 75.00

Upper West Side Revisted
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From $ 75.00

Uptown is Lit
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From $ 75.00

Washington Heights
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From $ 75.00

We Are One
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From $ 75.00

Originals by Dubblex

Be in the Now
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$ 1,000.00

Dream Life
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$ 1,100.00

Encrypted Hearts
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$ 1,500.00

Get Smart
Dubblex

$ 1,100.00

Looking for Love
Dubblex

$ 1,500.00

Lower East Side
Dubblex

$ 1,000.00

New Love
Dubblex

$ 1,100.00

Soul Time
Dubblex

$ 1,100.00

Trendy Spots
Dubblex

$ 1,500.00

Upper West Side Revisited
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$ 1,000.00

Uptown is Lit
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$ 650.00

Washington Heights
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$ 1,500.00

We Are One
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$ 1,100.00

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