Shine 2018 - Illsol - photo by Edel Mohr

2010 1st Ave s

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Michelle Sawyer and Tony Krol are a husband and wife team working in Tampa under the moniker illsol. The name “illsol” combines “Sawyer, Krol” while referencing the Spanish word for “sun” (noting Michelle’s half-Cuban heritage).

Shine 2018 - Illsol - photo by Edel Mohr
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Michelle’s work is clean-lined, symmetrical and bold – while Tony’s work is often distressed, layered and muted. Their work together is in the realm of large murals and installation projects, where final pieces are subtly textured with overlaying clear images and bold lines.

They operate Mergeculture Gallery in Tampa Heights, an artist-curated gallery giving local and international contemporary artists a place to show their work.

Watch a video of illsol at work during SHINE 2018


Find out more about illsol’s work at

Follow illsol on Instagram @_illsol_
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