Less than two years ago, Dylan and Amanda Bradway established DNA Galleries in the historic Plaza District of Oklahoma City. Since then, their space has become a hub for urban contemporary art, exposing lovers of the craft to the unique style, as well as giving artists an outlet for their craft.
“There are a lot of young artists who are very talented and trying to make their way,” Dylan says. “That’s who we’re trying to support, the younger artists, so they don’t have to move somewhere else and try to make it in another city. They can have a good art career here.”
Dylan and Amanda studied graphic design at the University of Central Oklahoma and lived in Edmond for years. Married at 21, and now in their mid-twenties, the artist couple uses DNA Galleries as a home, as well as a studio.
“Amanda has been the head of DNA Galleries, putting the store together and doing most of the footwork for it,” Dylan says. “Amanda’s been kind of the backbone.”
At her second job, Amanda works with her father, Scott Weathers, at Weathers TV in Edmond. The business has been there for more than 50 years; her grandfather started it and still works there.
Influenced by storybooks, graffiti culture and Dr. Seuss, Dylan’s droopy, gray humanoids are endearing and instantly recognizable, as are Amanda’s Asian-infused characters.
“Growing up, I was very interested in graffiti art and urban art. When I got to college, I was interested in the illustration style instead of fine art and painting. I guess you could call it the low brow, urban art scene,” Dylan says. He uses clean lines and mixes textured, layered backgrounds with flat color planes and detailed line work. “Amanda got me hooked on using wood as a canvas. Once I got interested in that, it kind of