We had the good fortune of connecting with Brigham & Aelias Stewart & McHam and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brigham & Aelias, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The fact we get bored really easily.
I don’t mean to sound flippant, but it’s more honest than saying “dreaming bigger” which is true, we have big dreams we are excited about. But the fact of the matter is, once we do something like an event. Before it’s even over we’re already asking ourselves, how can we make this bigger and better?
A pop-up in our gallery is great, but a whole street fair with more vendors and live music is better. An art show is awesome, we help lots of artists price their work and network with the community, but can we throw an art show with 50+ artists and some from out of state?
Working with the city is an awesome gig, but how can we make it more awesome and help the art community while we’re at it? A full-blown art conference with the best artists and speakers we can find? And what if we did a mural festival on that same street as well? Yeah, that sounds like it’s just overwhelming enough.
I write all of this out and it sounds ridiculous and super braggadocious. But all I’m really saying is we are brave enough or maybe just ignorant enough to say why not? We doubt ourselves all the time, but at the end of the day, we realize there’s no reason for us not to try.
I joke a little, but we just never told ourselves no.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Meak is a pop artist who is largely inspired by old cartoons. Characters from across the decades are remixed with combinations of melting facades and x-ray vision to create artwork that draws you into the very center (literally) of the character. Although he has worked in detailed grayscales in the past, he is currently focusing on pieces with bright, eye-catching colors and bold color combinations.
Aelias is inspired by fashion photographs and streetwear. His memorable characters wear high-end streetwear and are often bisected and entwined with colorful smoke. The complimentary neon color composition combined with dramatic poses are often show stopping qualities to anyone passing by.
We believe what sets us apart is our willingness to lean into bright and bold compositions that may be unruly to work with. Neon colors, movement, and being unafraid to play around and experiment after we have started on our painting and murals make our art something exciting every time.
We are consistently pushing ourselves to level up in our art process, our tools, our knowledge, and our skills. To get closer to the ideas we have in our heads of what our art can be. Right now we are in the process of doing a lot of studying and thinking about achieving the next level in our art. Just like in our business, we’re constantly asking ourselves what we can do better, how can we go bigger in our ideas? An exciting next step is we are working on going 3-D with our art. So stay tuned.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
It’s funny you ask because we are going to do this at the end of the month (March) as of writing this. Some artists and film crew friends are coming over from California and were going to try to give them an awesome week. First, we’re going to get them a wall to paint a mural on. Something small they can knock out in a day or two. Then one of them wants to go snowboarding so we can potentially hook him up with the right resort and ride to go hit up. Most likely park city, where the 2002 winter Olympics were held and is one of the biggest resorts in the state. While we’re up there we would check out park city’s main, which is an entire street filled with art galleries with some amazing art and restaurants to check out. And afterward, we could go check out South Salt lake murals, and downtown salt lake where there is Fice gallery, Top Shelf sneaker store, and Roc Taco to go eat at.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are so many people we need to shout out and thank for our successes.
First, shout out to our families who have supported us since day one and believed in us from day one. Specifically, Aelias’s wife Haylee trusted Her husband and supported his artistic efforts even in the hardest days of our business.
Aelias’s mom who is probably Aelias and I’s biggest fan and best collector at this point. Her love and support were invaluable at the start of the business.
Jaycie, My girlfriend has been ride or die since day one of the business. She has shown up to every event and been just as much a part of the business as I have. She has been invaluable.
Patrick our landlord he gave us the gallery in the first place and was able to see the vision.
The City of Midvale and Cody, Nate, and Kate from the RDA they are making the art conference possible and have as much enthusiasm and vision as we do.
Everyone who comes to art night regularly and are the homies, Shelby, Sergio, Nate, Kathy,
The kid who on literally the worst day of our business came into our booth and asked “What’s the cheapest thing you have?” And then walked out. He doesn’t know it, but his backhanded question changed our perception of our business completely.
Shout out to all the artists ahead of us paving the way for the future of entrepreneur artists who have inspired us and given us a direction to head.
To everyone I missed or forgot who has helped us, and changed how we do business.
And lastly to ourselves, for working hard, taking risks, always doing what we believe to be the morally right thing to do. For being able to get along after a year of seeing each other almost every day for over a year and having the hard uncomfortable discussions with each other when we needed to have them. We strive to be our best every day and keep each other at our best.
Other: We’re hosting an art conference in April that is going to be all about art and business. For any creative professional to come and learn how to take the next steps in their business. As well as a mural festival on Midvale Main street on June 18th. Follow us for more info!