VNA 32 is here!

VNA 32 is hot off the press!


Our much-celebrated cover is from Japanese-American artist Audrey Kawasaki. A firm favourite of ours for a long time, she blends together a beautiful mix of delicate female forms with a dark manga influence. Incorporating Art Nouveau-inspired pattern work, wood grain and soft colours with subtly tortuous and erotic undertones her exotic hyperrealism is otherworldly.


This issue’s Diggin’ In The Crates sees the return of the hugely talented Jeff Soto to give us the rundown on some of the highlights of his extensive career and some of the directions he has explored over the course of his professional life.


Cute French couple Ella & Pitr give us a glimpse of their amazing partnership of eight years, showing how they double up on their creativity, travelling worldwide to paint while still holding it down as parents.


Dipping deep into the Antipodean pond, we look at the amazing, huge murals of Aussie, Fintan Magee and look through the refined lens of Nicole Reed’s camera. While we’re out that way we also hunker down with New Zealander Askew to chat about Pacific Island life and world politics.


Our main men in London, photographers Claude Crommelin, Mark Rigney of Hookedblog, NoLionsInEngland, and Paul Gray stomp the streets of London to find the finest examples of art in the streets, while Paul Green covers the Bristol scene to shine a light on the West Country.


The regular Instagram feature throws a spotlight on the slick snaps of Australian photographer, p1xels, with a nice mix of urban exploring, graffiti, architecture, inside and outside art and street scenes.


Mr Penfold holds it down for the UK, with his cartoon-style and colours as he gains confidence in his abstract illustrations. Also from the UK, we have fine pencil work from Steph Morris, getting freaky over sneakers as she shares her obsession.


Repping it hard for the girls, Polish painter Natalia Rak demonstrates her enviable skills across multiple mediums, from canvas to concrete.


We go through the looking glass to view art from the other side with Patrick Hull of Chicago-based Vertical Gallery in our Gallery Talk feature. Staying in the US, we also have man of the land, Spencer Keeton Cunningham, with his blend of skate styles and doodled motifs. And last but not least, heading further north, we check in with Canadian Sandra Chevrier and her awesome mix of comic book and photorealistic portraiture.


All in, there’s plenty to shout about and more than enough to fill the pages of our bigger-sized pages. Get yours online and in store now.

Artcore – ESTHISIS – Group Show

The second exhibition for Artcore International’s newest gallery, Crow’s Nest Gallery, features contemporary art from a diverse selection of international urban artists, many of whom have developed from writing illegal graffiti and have risen in popularity to exhibit at esteemed art establishments like Victoria & Albert Museum, Moniker Art Fair, Miami Basel Art Fair, Nuart Festival and Cans Festival organised by Banksy.

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TLP Print Release – The Rise of the Samurai of Paul

Their forthcoming print release titled ‘The Rise of the Samurai of Paul’ sees a trio of beaming, three-headed characters in a ‘floating city’ theme, originally hand drawn on canvas, created for their spring 2015 exhibition at the Megumi Ogita Gallery in Tokyo, Japan. The occasion was, of course, marked by more of their Lads appearing outdoors in various spots, making themselves at home all around the famously vibrant city. It is a print that condenses the ambitious, irreverent brilliance of the pair as seen in vast, outdoor paintings in far-from-home locations, from Oslo to Los Angeles.


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‘Be Civilised’ – Shawn Lu and Kitt Bennett

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Be Civilised is a collection of ink works on paper, by Kitt Bennett and Shawn Lu. The works are a documentation of the artists’ perceived representations of culture and the human experience that comes with it.

Kitt Bennett creates humorous instances that focus on our materialistically driven society, steadfast in its ways and blindly expanding with little regard for the consequences. Themes of consumerism and assimilation add to the storytelling in an attempt to realise new perspectives on our lives.

Shawn Lu’s work explores imagined myths and urban legends perpetuated by the human condition, through modern machinery coupled with nineteenth-century medievalism. Vague narratives of a second dark age which is paradoxically documented through the artwork, include monuments and technology that are repurposed, and their original intentions and meaning forgotten.

The works allow a glimpse into the uncertainties that surrounds us, serving as a reminder to always be civilised.




Over the last few years the Australian street art scene has exploded with amazing work from local and international talent. This in turn has inspired hundreds of photographers to find creative ways to capture the evolution the Australian streets. In 2015 Chasing Ghosts are calling on the photographers of Australia to submit their favourite single shot as part of “That One Shot” Australia’s first street art photography award.

In this years competition, photographers from across Australia will go head to head to see who can claim the 2015 title!!

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Montana Cans x Futura x ACRONYM

On November 17th, iconic graffiti artist FUTURA turned 60. To celebrate his birthday and decades worth of artistic output, MONTANA-CANS have created a special colourway, the FUTURA 2000 Black, as part of their Iconic Series. For the global pre-launch, FUTURA asked his friends at ACRONYM® to collaborate on an exclusive design to appear on the can, produced in a limited run and for this occasion only.


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Book Review – The Political Set


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The Arts Hole – ‘REPEAT’


Opening its doors in the suburbs of Melbourne in 2011, The Arts Hole studio has, over the years, grown to become one of the most innovative and expressive artistic collectives within Australia.

Having produced the amazing Paterson Project in early 2015, the Arts Hole are no strangers to grand events. This time around, they’ve assembled a whole slew of artists from both within the studio, as well as a bunch of friends and extended Artsholian family, for their annual group show – REPEAT.

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INSA – Abrantes – 180 Creative Camp

Canal180, in partnership with VNA, recently produced a documentary with INSA to document their event in Abrantes, Portugal, earlier in the summer.

During 5 hot days, INSA painted several layers in stages (which were later transformed into a digital GIF as part of his ongoing ‘Gif-iti project), at the historical centre of Abrantes, for the 180 Creative Camp event.

INEVITABILITY is a genuine conversation where the artist speaks about his roots, his message and his personal approach about the meaning of art in our lives.