Studio Daboo is all about mixing the old and new, that may seem like a risky undertaking for many, but for Daboo, this comes with particular ease. His works breathe with traditional and contemporary style fused into one. With his sense of humour, while at the same time humanising the animals, his works are about creating an urban aspect of spirit animals in which everyone can find a sense of themselves and everyday life. Combining a blend of printing techniques, stencils, painting and graffiti in traditional and bold colours, synthesises this artist’s affection for Street Art aesthetics and traditional art practices.
Born in former Yugoslavia, trained in art & sculpting at the Split's School of Art and Design, Daboo’s art career started off after moving to the Netherlands where he still lives and works since ’92. He was a co-owner of a gallery for more then 10 years with his family that eventually led him to a chance cooperation with Herman Brood, through this meeting he started reconnecting with his graffiti roots and ideas of incorporating them into art. His creative practices have taken him across the globe, while living in a multicultural society and travelling throughout Europe, Asia and the United States, his creative practices have been continuously enriched with influences of a diverse range of cultures and environments that is evident in his work.
In the ever-evolving times when the ancestral legacy is becoming a fleeting image, dreams and reality are in a new challenge to continue co-existing and inspiring. As we build and expand as a society and civilization, we move forward, many times disregarding the path that has been paved for us to be where we are today. In past when people lived more intimately with nature, patterns & spirit animals have been an expression of our self and personal traits that we manifest, nowadays, we are fusing traditions and cultures from each other into one, subconsciously becoming one tribe so to say, however as with any process we lose some to gain some, with this our understanding of true self has shifted into an urbanized environment filled with stress and frustration as we continuously search for our natural balance.
This continuous struggle is a theme that underlies and defines these works of art.
Using diverse techniques that are ranging from traditional to modern, hand-painted layering brush strokes and spray paint, etching, silkscreening, stencilling and digital printing his works are a combination of methods developed throughout the years of continuous growth and interaction while looking for simplicity, humour, something intangibly recognisable and identifiable.
Merging different metals has been a long tradition throughout human history and represents one of the many ways we progress and strive for perfection. With that in mind, this jewellery is made to compliment and extend your personal traits, but also to react and adapt to different conditions as you wear it with time.
Following with the graffiti tradition some pieces of jewellery have been spray painted to give you dynamic changes of a street art consistency. Just as a piece of street art that ages with time so will the paint on these pieces of jewellery wear and tear on you. This is done with intention to give you that extra personal dimension as an expression of self.
Brass consisting mainly of copper & zinc is one of the first alloys next to Bronze dating back all the way to the prehistory. When mixed with Silver, Brass has a natural reaction when in contact with the skin, it forces the particles of copper, zink and silver to oxidase and Chinese acupuncturist say that absorption of these minute traces of metal aids entire body and strengthens Ch'i while amplifying bio-electrical network along certain meridians. Brass is also known to assist healing of skeletal structure and aid in eliminating toxins from the body just as helping reduce symptoms of different aches, s.a. arthritis, neuritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and repetitive motion injuries.
In spiritual and metaphysical traditions Brass is the metal that brings out natural good and inner truth. It has been used as conducive for spiritual/mental healing, self-discipline & strength, while increasing energy, longevity and general well- being. In druid beliefs Brass is a fire-oriented metal that exhibits energy similar to gold but on a gentler scale. By old Hebrew and Biblical tradition Brass is considered a symbol of Earthly man in its unrefined and unpolished form, representing the spiritual filthiness of fallen man fettered to mortality. Opposite to this polished brass by this very same tradition represents a not common Earthly man and signifies one's cleansing and spiritual purity on his journey to immortality.
Brass metaphysical healing properties boost the immune system and give courage. Repeated wearing of Brass jewellery pieces will cause them to take on your own body chemistry revealing your personal energy signature.
The best maintenance, in addition to being worn is an occasional buffing with wool or jewellery rouge cloth. This will maintain beautiful patina on the metal as it ages, and will give a more personal tint to it.
Wearing this metal is not a substitute for a professional medical advice or a treatment, but the history of the use with traditional beliefs and modern science approval we do not hesitate to mention the benefits of using this metal.