Lek & Sowat – Evry Day I’m Hustlin’

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Before heading to Rome to attend the prestigious Villa Medici for a year, Lek & Sowat stopped by the city of Evry to paint their biggest mural to date, entitled ‘Evry Day I’m Hustlin’

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Invited by the city’s on-going Street Art festival, the two artists took advantage of the immensity offered by one of local college’s wall and roof to deploy their art on a 150 feet long and 27 feet high surface.

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The mural, featuring all of Lek & Sowat signature moves, made of graphic lines, colorful and abstract shapes and repetitive calligraphies is a tribute to the colossal wall paintings that flourished in the 70s along France’s freeways and tunnels.

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Pictures courtesy of Nicolas Gzeley

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‘The Biker’ – Shawn Lu

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Melbourne artist Shawn Lu is an artist who creates scenes inspired by modern folk-lore and urban legend. Practicing mainly as an illustrator, his detailed pen and ink drawings are reminiscent of etchings by Gustave Dore. He has created his most recent mural, ‘The Biker,’ outside Juddy Roller Studios in Melbourne, Australia. Completed over three days using house-hold acrylic paint and a brush, allowed for the level of detail indicative of Shawn’s drawing style.

The video gives an insight into Shawn’s process and development of the mural, beginning with his sketch and concluding with a time-lapse of the mural being completed.

‘The Biker’ resonates the feeling of wanting to escape to nowhere in particular, and having gotten there enjoying a quiet reflective moment.

@shamuslu

www.shamuslu.com

Prefab77: First London solo show

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Newcastle-based  Prefab77 are hitting London this week with their first solo show in the city, ‘Damned If You Do, Bored If You Don’t’ at Hoxton Gallery. To mark the occasion the launch will have some mystery giveaways to the early birds through the door.

For the show, the collective, know for their large black and white pieces have expanded to mix traditional techniques such as screen printing, with laser engraving, CNC routing and metalwork. In their own words:

We want to explore the iconography and the power of the female form in traditional art, music and fashion, using our familiar ‘Groupies’. Throughout the ages portraits are used to reflect the subject but also the time period that the subject inhabits, with secret messages, religious affiliations and iconography woven into the piece. We want to take this forward and use the main figurative element reflect these messages into a powerful piece.”

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Just Another July

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Just Another Agency is turning 5!! The Just Another Project is turning 3! The Just Another Print Range is about to be born, the Just Another Group Show is on AND the latest Just Another Book is being launched! Yep everything Just Another all in one lump sum and all in July! Phew!!!

So this is alllll happening in one MASSIVE event! On July 4th from 6-10pm head on down to the Just Another Project Space – 2A/127 Greville Street, Prahran (entry off Grattan Street)!

It’s sure to be Just Another Amazing event!

‘Tree Spirits’ – Ears

One of Australia’s most iconic street artists, Ears, presents his first Melbourne solo show in over 4 years.

Tree Spirits is a culmination of work that Ears has produced during a month long residency at Juddy Roller, using the entire gallery space as his studio to produce a mix of large format and smaller mixed media paintings on canvas and wood panel.

Tree Spirits delivers of a series of imagined landscapes that reference mountainous Australian bush lands, accompanied by floating portraits warped by playful line work offset by sparse graphic elements.

Ears uses bold colours and geometric lines to create compositions born of a street context yet taken further into ideas of symmetry and form, utilising the tension between the man made world and the natural environment.

Ears is a multi-disciplinary artist working in sound, painting, video and photography. Ears’ work was born in the street and has matured into a successful fine art career, with many solo shows under his belt and multiple curatorial projects.

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Latin America comes to London: Entre Muros @ MYA Gallery

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MYA Gallery is hosting a brand new show, ‘Entre Muros’ showcasing some of the best artist from Latin America, opening this Thursday June 25th. The show features: Rodrigo Branco, Rafael Hayashi (Brazil) /  Doma, Elian, Jaz  (Argentina) / Cekis, Inti (Chile) / Curiot, Saner (Mexico) / Decertor (Peru) /  Stinkfish (Colombia) / Alexis Diaz (Puerto Rico).

From the previews this looks to be a really high quality show and it’s refreshing to see some different names being shown over in London. To mark the show, MYA has worked with the artists on the Entre Muros Box Set, a collection of 12 one colour silkscreen prints. Each of the 12 exhibiting artists created a unique portrait, which they have then hand customised and signed. These come individually wrapped, inside a black card box with foil lettering and a COA from MYA Gallery, limited to 30 editions for £900(plus VAT).

Show info:
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Opening reception: Thursday, June 25th / 6-9pm
Artist in attendance for the opening: Alexis Dias, Elian, Cekis, Jaz, Inti
MYA Gallery
150a Commercial Street, E1 6NU

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Obey Mural for Urban Nation in Berlin

Part of the ongoing curated projects by Urban Nation in Berlin, Germany project M8 was curated by Stolenspace Gallery and featured just about every major contemporary artist. First of many postings from this project is the beautiful and quite massive mural by Shepard Fairey and the Obey team. Take a look at their process in the pics we got while hanging out with the crew for a couple of days.birdman-pm8-8

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‘Satellite’ – Kyle Hughes-Odgers

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Australian Kyle Hughes-Odgers’ newest solo show opens at Turner Galleries (Perth, Australia) this week.

Turner Galleries have said “In the five years since we first worked with Kyle Hughes-Odgers, his career has taken a meteoric rise. From fairly humble beginnings as a street artist, this career has evolved rapidly to include major public art commissions, three children’s books, gallery exhibitions in Australia and overseas, and of course the (now international) street art has continued unabated. The spindly limbed characters that populate his artworks have certainly struck a chord with his viewers. They have a universal narrative; they struggle with their lives, carry their burdens, face difficult choices and are not afraid to dream.

Hughes-Odgers’ most important commissions include an eighty meter building exterior (including LED lighting design) at the new Perth international airport. Other recent career highlights include winning the Crystal Kite Award (Australia/New Zealand) with Meg McKinlay for their children’s book Ten tiny things, a forty meter mural for Murdoch University, a three storey building exterior in Washington DC, an interior mural for Jamie Oliver’s Perth restaurant, a four storey mural overlooking the Mitchell Freeway in Perth, solo exhibitions in Los Angeles, Amsterdam and Berlin, plus his third children’s book is due to be published in November 2015.”

The show consists of new drawings, works on linen and small sculptural works and if you can make it, is unmissable!

Exhibition runs June 26 – July 25 2015.

www.turnergalleries.com.au
www.kylehughesodgers.com
@kylehughesodgers

Jet Martinez presents KABLOOM at Black Book Gallery

Black Book Gallery and Denver Arts and Venues present artist Jet Martinez and his exhibition KABLOOM.

Jet creates beautiful artworks formed of lacquered plates from the state of Michoacan, Mexico. He takes information and inspiration from folk art he grew up with and reinterprets those works as means of paying homage to his own heritage.

Instead of recreating traditional themes, he utilises urban influences such as street art, hip hop, punk rock and multiculturalism to produce some truly unique works.

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Kabloom!
June 6th – 27th
Black Book Gallery
Denver, Co.

ROA paints new mural in Sardinia

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VNA 12 cover artist ROA recently painted another of his striking animal murals in Sardinia.

The Belgian artist visited the mediterranean island to paint the mural as part of the Murartista Street Art festival, taking place in the small town of Sadali. His piece fittingly depicts the Sardinian wild boar tied by a rope to the skull of another boar, a commentary on the nature of life and death.

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ROA joined artists Yama, Peeta and duo CAKTUS & MARIA for this year’s Murartista event, curated by LOOK-OUT, a new cultural association based in Sardinia.

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The festival aims to develop innovative initiatives for artistic exchange in Sardinia, inviting leading international street artists to work in a collaborative, small community environment to explore new processes and concepts in public spaces.

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Check out some shots of when ROA painted the VNA 12 cover piece in 2012 here.