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Fredrik Eklund and Derek Kaplan's Twins Are Taking After Derek In a Major Way (Photos)
The MDLNY dads have "a couple of graffiti vandals" on their hands.
Fredrik Eklund and Derek Kaplan's twins are at an age where they are exploring the world around them — and it seems that in the midst of all that exploration they're taking to art and therefore quite possibly taking after their artist daddy Derek.
The hunky artist posted some snapshots to his Instagram that show off Fredrik and Milla getting creative in his studio space. "A couple of graffiti vandals dropped into the studio," the Million Dollar Listing New York husband posted about the adorable moments featuring the nearly 2-year-old twins.
Previously Derek, who is also a dad to son Kai who lives abroad with his moms, spoke to The Daily Dish about how his domestic life (including living in NYC, Connecticut, and now the West Coast with his family) influences his art.
"I would say the quality of the art I make is certainly affected by where I am living, but not the actual art itself. I love New York but there are days I struggle with the noise pollution and when the sky is gray and dead!" he said in a 2016 interview.
"I recall a trip I took with Fred to Fire Island a few summers back, where every day I painted in the direct sunlight and made some really fantastic work. [Our dog] Fritzy even approved by peeing on it when I wasn’t looking! I remember thinking, ‘Oh wow, the painting just doubled in value!'"
Oh, and it's not just Milla and Frerick who take after Derek in terms of his skills as an artist. Kai has also been photographed in the studio with his pop.
And if his kids are looking for any words of inspiration from Derek about how he approaches his paintings, the Zimbabwe-born artist shared his philosophy about art in that 2016 interview.
"I heard a brilliant saying once that said, ‘Art is for the mind, paintings are for the soul!' A painting can be this perfect ‘window’ of escape into another dimension," he said. "It can arrest the senses, without the use of words or explanations normally needed for most modern art works. I am also aware that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so not everyone out there will love what you do, which is perfectly fine!" he said.
Check out Fredrik chatting about fatherhood, below.