Matthew Brinston is known for his hair. Not in the wavy, sultry, Herbal Essences kind of way either. His half-shaven style is artfully on display, intentionally revealing a scar that resulted from a near fatal accident he survived in 2013. Serving as more than just the typical conversation starter, the scar stamps his purpose. Delicately toying with his long, loose curls, the young model turned musician turned visual artist explains, “The doctors shaved my head for brain surgery to drain the blood that was flooding my brain out. They cut it open and shaved off the one side and nowhere else. So I keep shaving it because I like to share with people what happened and what I experienced and how it changed me.” And thus, our journey with Brinston begins. Mokah Coffee Bar. Soft acoustic tunes fill the air, but Brinston is unwavered and intensely focused. Casually dressed in a t-shirt and jeans, the ex-Dragon Fly model exudes ease and begins preparations for his next art exhibition – a mixed media presentation combining fashion photography and paintings that he’s sure will take the Dallas art scene by storm. Considering that the young 22-year-old artist has only been full-time in his artistry since December, the signs of a budding art phenom is apparent. Mokah Gallery in Deep Ellum through an exhibition entitled, “A Battle, A Transformation.” With visually striking images painted on canvas and wooden longboards, the topic of Brinston’s own personal transformation resurfaces. “I started playing music at 16,” Brinston reminisces. “It was madness in the band I was in…just crazy, selfish living, and partying all of the time.” He stops sketching as familiarity with old ways and toxic habits bubble to the surface. Brinston describes his prior life as an alt-rock musician and moves into discussions of November 4, 2013 – the night that changed his life forever. As a passenger on his friend’s motorcycle, the striking artist goes into details of his near fatal experience, being projected head first into a Dart Rail Station in downtown Dallas. “There’s still a dent today at the Dart Rail Station where I hit,” Brinston muses. “There’s an indention…it looks like a neck.” Casually he crosses his legs and moves on to chart his personal struggles with life after emerging from a coma where doctors had previously pronounced him dead. Janette Kennedy Gallery, The Ant Colony Gallery and The Misfit Gallery, Brinston through tragedy has found his purpose. Dishing exclusively to DFW Style Daily, the talented artist gave us details on his upcoming fashion meets visual artistry collaboration with Dallas photographer Nicolette Milet. Life In Deep Ellum will be on display until March 28. Visit our Events Calendar for more details on the closing reception celebration.