Michelle Sawyer and Tony Krol are a husband / wife team working in Tampa Florida under the moniker Illsol. The name “Illsol” combines “Sawyer, Krol” while referencing the spanish word for “sun” (noting Michelle’s half-cuban heritage).
Michelle’s work is clean-lined, often symmetrical, and bold, while Tony’s work is often distressed, layered, and muted at times. Their work together is in the realm of large murals and installation projects in which final pieces are subtly textured with overlaying clear images and bold lines.
Mergeculture Gallery: In 2017 Illsol started a contemporary art gallery in Tampa Heights to give local and international artists a fresh artist-curated place to show work. The goal of the venue is to build connections in the contemporary art world to expose Tampa to quality art through a laid-back experience. The space has hosted shows featuring artwork from internationally known contemporary artists as well as established Tampa bay area artists such as Justin Wagher, Jujmo, Bekky Beukkes, Palehorse, Tes One. The space has also shown work by muralists such as Sentrock and many others. The team also formed Heights Walls, which is a community mural initiative that helps to grow neighborhood connections through public art installations. Giving back to the community they live and work in is a priority.