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DVATE – ‘Thirst’

DVATE is a Melbourne based artist who is well-known for his graffiti art and large photo-realistic images of wildlife. His work can be seen from trackside to galleries, festivals and zoos and his unique lettering which is often integrated into his portraits of the natural world create a dynamic juxtaposition between the figurative and the abstract forms of graffiti.

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His interest in conservation and climate change issues led him to be commissioned as the first artist to paint a wall for the festival, Climate+Art=Change a partnership between CLIMARTE (the not-for profit organisation aimed at creating awareness of climate change issues through art) and the City of Port Phillip in St Kilda, Melbourne.

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‘Absolute Mayhem’ – Mitch Walder

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Home grown in Melbourne, Mitch Walder is an artist who works out of The Arts Hole studio in Caulfield. An upbringing that involved mainly drawing on anything he could get his hands on, Walder was destined for an artistic career. After graduating from a Bachelor of Design Arts degree 2011 at the formerly known Australian Academy of Design he hit the ground running, forging a career in illustration, painting, graphic design, gallery installation and artist workshops. An internship at The Age beginning in 2010 proved to be a crucial stepping stone for an art practice that now hosts cliental such as Facebook, Adidas x Glue Store, Red Bull, Linked In, Lonely Planet, Splunk, Ray Ban x Boiler Room, AFL & White Night among many others.

Walder’s style lends itself to chaotic cartoon scenery with content often formed through a mix of observational & subconscious techniques. A vibrant colour palette washed over an entropic composition has been a signature display for Walder as he looks to develop this style into a number of different elds alongside painting and mural work including apparel, sculpture and animation.

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Reka ‘Aus Berlin’ Solo Show in Bristol

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After completing monumental murals in his homeland in Australia, Berlin-based artist Reka is returning to the UK for a new solo show titled ‘Aus Berlin’ at That Art Gallery in Bristol opening on Thursday 18 May.

Surrealist, abstracted creatures emerge from the depths of Reka’s mind, communicating through strong lines, dynamic movement and bold colours. These figures haunt the laneways over three continents, clambering up brick walls and giving the urban environment a literal fresh coat of paint. Their personalities mirror those of their often-decrepit metropolitan context, opening a dialogue between the viewer and their surroundings.

With influences in pop culture, cartoons and illustration, Reka’s style has become known for its fusion of high and low art. This style emerged from his Pop-Art-influenced logo design background, featuring simple but striking lines and colour ways.

With a diligent, almost obsessive attention to detail, Reka has created a new body of work featuring his signature characters and lines on canvas as well as on found objects, often sourced walking the train lines at night or exploring abandoned warehouses.

His art sits somewhere between humorous and menacing, contrasting the two opposing feelings in a way that is unique to his vision. These pseudo-human forms are recognisable but isolating, playful yet eerie. This is Reka’s art: a paradox between sharp design and graffiti, held together with a fuse of passion and spray paint.

James Reka ‘Aus Berlin’
19th May – 10th June 201

17 Christmas Steps Bristol BS1 5BS
PV 18 May 6-9 PM info@thatartgallery.com

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Mr Cenz – Studio Visit

Our man Liam Keown has been out and about with his camera taking snaps of artist’s studios. Here’s the first of a series giving a little insight into the artists and their work spaces…

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Mr Cenz: “This is my temporary studio in Holborn, London. Its a disused office shared with several other artists. We all pay a really reduced rent as its managed by a great charity called Uthink PDP. This is so important as having a studio in a central location in London is unattainable for most otherwise. I have lots of space and ventilation which is essential when working on large scale in spraypaint. My canvases are basically smaller and more intricate versions of my street pieces. On canvas i can experiment and push my style more adding extra dimensions and depth. These pieces are for Bartoux gallery in Paris.”

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DEAMS – ‘Transition’

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Painter, designer and geometric visionary Deams has been influencing the Melbourne street art scene for over a decade. A founding member of the infamous Melbourne collective AWOL Crew, his work can be found in both galleries and street contexts around the world.

Deams has an intuitive approach to painting and process, which allows for his work to oscillate between tangible and intangible forms and realities. He approaches his practice with a studious dedication to his past and the immediacy of his present, discovering links between the impressions of his childhood and his current ideas and experiences.

His work continues to explore aesthetic and interpersonal relationships through compositional conversations in form and texture.

Following on from his hugely successful 2016 exhibition, ‘In The Fold’, Deams returns to Backwoods for his second exhibition with the gallery. ‘Transition’ marks a further progression and sophistication of his distinctive approach to painting and abstraction. This new body of work encapsulates the seemingly chaotic yet clearly directed nature of energy and form in a state of transition.

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‘Spitting Blood’ – C215

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StolenSpace is proud to present ’Spitting Blood’ the new solo show by C215.

Parisian street artist C215 (Christian Guémy) has been working within the scene for over 20 years. Having taken over StolenSpace previously with his solo show ‘Back to Black’ and shown work in multiple solo shows (Reasons for the Seasons, LAX/LHR) StolenSpace are excited to see what he has instore with this new series of works.

This new body of work focuses on popular and influential musicians, painted directly onto vinyl records; incorporating both his iconic portrait style and use of found materials.
His elaborate stencil work can be found in cities around the world, including New Delhi, London, Istanbul, Fes, Rome, Barcelona, and his home town of Paris.

“I try to interact with context, so I place in the streets elements and characters that belong especially to the streets. I like to show things and people that society aims at keeping hidden: homeless people, smokers, street kids for example.”

His striking portraits of local people, children and famous characters and personalities are expressive and distinctive in style. His subjects are portrayed with a proud dignity, something which has become as recognisable to his style as his delicate stencil work.
The opening of ‘Spitting Blood’ will also include a new limited edition print release by the artist.

Opening Reception : 4 May 2017, 6 – 9pm Exhibition Dates: 5 – 28 May 2017.

ALL GOOD THINGS – LAUNCH PHOTOS

A huge thanks to everyone who came down last night for the show opening!

It was great to see so many familiar faces and so much love and support for VNA.

Massive thanks to all the artists who contributed to the show – 45RPM, AJ FOSIK, ARYZ, BLEK LE RAT, C215, CAM SCALE, CHLOE EARLY, CONOR HARRINGTON, CYRCLE, D*FACE, DAN KITCHENER, DAVE WHITE, DAVID SHILLINGLAW, EELUS, EINE, ELK (LUKE CORNISH), ERMSY, FAILE, FINTAN MAGEE, GAIA, GEORGIA HILL, GHOSTPATROL (DAVID BOOTH), HERAKUT, INKIE, INSA, INVADER, JAMES JEAN, JOE HOLBROOK, KID ACNE, LISTER, M-CITY (MARIUSZ WARAS), MOBSTR, MR JAGO, MYSTERIOUS AL, NIELS ‘SHOE’ MEULMANN, PAUL INSECT, REMI ROUGH, RONE, RONZO, RUFUS DAYGLO, SHEPARD FAIREY (OBEY), SICKBOY, STENDEC, STEVE CROSS, TOASTER, THE LONDON POLICE, TILT, TIZER, TODD FRANCIS, TOM FRENCH, TRISTAN EATON (TRUSTO CORP), VHILS, WILL BARRAS

Bidding is well underway and we look forward to raising thousands for Macmillan Cancer Support. All items are available for worldwide shipping, tracked and insured, but we cannot calculate this until we have the winning bidder’s details so please don’t be put off by misleading info on the listings! Hit us up with any questions – info@verynearlyalmost.com or via artFido

All items are up online here and bidding closes at 12 midday Monday 1st May (GMT):

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Special shout outs to the Macmillan Cancer Support team, Eve, Jay and Lauren at StolenSpace, the superhuman Andy Vasy for his stellar work getting the work on the walls, Simon at Luardos for the delicious tacos, James Grant for shooting these great pics below, Soffles for providing tasty snacks and the legends from Sailor Jerry for pumping out wicked cocktails all night long.

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Pixel Pancho – “Hold You Up Forever” print release

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On 26th of April Pixel Pancho will be releasing his brand new print “Hold You Up Forever”. Produced @ Sericraft studio, this 9 layer hand pulled screenprint comes in low edition of only 50 examples, all signed and numbered by the artist.
The image was originally created as a sketch for Valentines day and later developed into a print. Slightly simpler than his usual designs, it still covers his signature imagery that mixes retro robotic and human parts, showing human and robotic hand holding each other. This print comes on Fabriano Rosaspina Avorio 250gr paper measuring 18×26″ (45x67cm) with rounded corners to give that Pixel Pancho signature artwork look.

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