- Sun Clips
Words: Holly Jefferson
Collaborator Photos: Steven Visneau
Dallas artist Kyle Steed has made his mark all over the metroplex, and beyond. From large-scale murals that are distinctive for their bright colors, energetic design, and hand-drawn typography, he also works on smaller scale pieces that are quiet and quite minimalist in every sense. His prolific range takes him from his studio, to the streets, into galleries and office spaces, and into partnerships with popular brands. His hustle is real. And the results are nothing short of eye catching.
I am an evolution. You are an evolution. We are constantly evolving. So I have to allow myself—and my work—to change right alongside my being. To not do so is suffocating and unnatural. At first when I used to compare myself to others I wondered why I couldn’t do that one thing. It seems to make sense, and a lot of money, if you can be the “it” guy (or girl) with one specific style. I think we as humans love to label and put things in boxes, it helps us to feel like we have some sort of control. But the truth couldn’t be further, and I feel like my work is all about letting go of control.
Show up. Sit down. Start making lines. Fuck all this talk about waiting for inspiration to strike. That’s a myth. Fairytale. The real shit only begins when you reach your end. The best workdays are when I think I’m done and then I spot what needs to be there that I’ve been missing all along.
I don’t know. How would you describe what pizza taste like to someone who’s never tried it before?
I feel like I have to work through a lot of bad ideas to come around to a really good idea. No idea, however, is ever great until you’re willing to first make it bad. In other words, it’s all about making the first mark. Fuck it up a little and let go of the illusion of perfection.
Paint. Pencil. Paper. Walls.
Not really. I enjoy new challenges.
5 floors of a parking garage in Westbend Fort Worth The featured bar mural for Earls restaurant in Legacy West Broadstone LTD murals at the entry way off Commerce Street—as well as three interior pieces there. It’s some of my favorite work.
Integrated metal fabrication work for newly redesigned Taco Diner in DFW. A landmark mural in Gulf Shores State Park Resort—it’s an illustrated road trip through my home state of Alabama. And, a complete line of custom bags and hand-painted iaccessories in collaboration with Hook & Albert.
Cutting my work out of metal/wood. That shit is blowing my mind. Entering into a whole new dimension of possibilities—and all because of one simple email. All it takes is finding the right people who wanna make cool shit and love what you do. The rest is cake.
Mostly mornings. But anytime after a solid 10-15 minutes of meditating and I feel like my head has just been cleaned with Windex.
Yes, I work a 4-day workweek. Monday and Tuesday I’m in the studio by 6 a.m. and home by 2 p.m. On Wednesday I work 9-5. Thursday is my long day, normally 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. But, I take every Friday off to spend with my two daughters.
Oh shit, what isn’t on these days. In no particular order: Kendick Lamar, DAMN Khruangbin, old and new album Tommy Guerrero N.E.R.D. Chilly Gonzalez
Outside the obvious, I’ve really been moved by George Condo lately. He has something to say these days.
Sleep. Meditation. Wine. The human experience.
Mental images of where the light hits just right at a certain time of day.
Off and on ever since I was in the tenth grade (circa 1997) so... 21-ish years? I guess I’m legally allowed to drink on a board now.
Jen Mauldin Gallery. Neighborhood. Davis St Espresso. Common Desk Oak Cliff. Plaza of the Americas rooftop basketball court. The Trinity Strand Trail. My studio.