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Cam Scale – ‘State of Mind’

Growing up in Sydney and influenced by the trackside graffiti throughout the suburbs, Melbourne-based multidisciplinary artist Cam Scale was motivated to create his own art. “I grew up drawing. My parents encouraged me and tried sending me to art classes when I was young, but it wasn’t until I hit high school I showed a real interest. A close mate and I used to hang out creating mischief, mainly blowing stuff up, until we discovered graffiti,” says Scale. “After that, I was hooked. I tried to maintain some form of grades at school, but much of the time was spent out until the early hours, and then battling to stay awake in class!”

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After an attempt at graphic design, Scale realised that he wanted to be drawing the pictures, not moving them around. A ten-month graffiti binge around Europe followed, and upon return Scale moved to Melbourne and began an illustration course. As an artist, Scale admits, “Melbourne just had all the opportunities and a fresh start.” The rest as they say, is history.

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Considered a renowned graffiti writer and large-scale photorealist, Scale has now called Melbourne home for almost a decade. His first major solo show, ‘State Of Mind’ explores the viewer’s attitude towards graffiti, street and urban art and delves into the previously unexplored parallels of the urban and contemporary art world.

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‘HIC SVNT DRACONES’ – ROA

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For European explorers across the Fifteenth to Eighteenth centuries, Australia was a fantastic, geographically remote, ‘island’ continent. Australia represented a wunderkammer filled with curious animals, plants & cultures waiting to be ‘discovered’.

Early cartographers decorated maps of ‘Terra Australis’ with illustrations of extraordinary animals inspired by their encounters on the ‘island’. Transformed by the rare glimpses experienced by their illustrators, Australia’s native animals assumed a supernatural demeanour. However, these fantastical illustrations paled in comparison to those reserved for the unexplored sections of maps titled ‘Hic Svnt Dracones’, where the cartographers illustrations would cross into the realm of pure fantasy as they imagined what lay across the great, yet unexplored, horizons.

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Dran “Tiens” Solo Show @ Adda Gallery, Brussels

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Six years since his last major solo show with POW in London, Dran is coming back with a long awaited gallery solo show. After a large installation painted in Palais de Tokyo in Paris in 2014, live painting intervention exhibition @ POW in 2015, on June 11th 2016 Adda Gallery in Brussels will be opening “Tiens”, showing his latest paintings and unpublished drawings from 2015 to 2016.

Showing all new body of work in 200 square meters historic building in the heart of Brussels, the show is shaping up to a be a landmark event. Well known for his satirical and dark humor filled drawings and paintings, this monographic exhibition will be an important event for the non conventional artist and his large following. Marking the significance of this showcase, the artist will be releasing a new book “ABCD’air” as well as a special edition of hand finished silkscreen prints. On 64 color pages his 7th book will include some of the pieces that are part of the exhibition plus previously unseen and unpublished drawings and paintings.

“Finished in spring of 2016 in Barcelona, this exhibition is the product of two years of conversations, letters, pictures, drawings, nights, days and so much happiness. Along the endless work of all the beautiful people who made this possible in France, Spain, Belgium and England.” – reveals the curator of the exhibition, Anna Dimitrova.

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Rodrigo Branco’s “Distintos Filhos” (“Distinct Family”) Series

Brazilian artist Rodrigo Branco spent last couple of months working on a comprehensive series of portraits titled “Distintos Filhos” (Distinct Family). Commissioned by MyFinBec art project, part of the the series was recently presented to public @ Paris Urban Art Fair.

Branco was born and raised in Sao Paulo, and was showing interest for art from his early age. After discovering graffiti on the streets of his hometown, he started painting in public, but soon switched from textual towards figurative work. Influenced by the visual impairment he suffered from as a kid, his abstract portraits are showing subjects as blurred patches of colors and shapes. These images are inspired by his childhood memories of circus visits and looking at his dad’s photographs. For this series the artist created 42 such paintings using graphite, spray paint, acrylic and oil on canvas, along with 2 larger pieces that are used for vine labels. The canvases are available for purchase via MyFinBec website and are coming unstretched or framed, along with 2 bottles of organic wine with his Branco’s artworks.

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Reka – Mirage

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Beginning his journey as a conventional artist in 1999, James Reka – aka RekaOne – is an Australian-born artist, currently living in Berlin. In September 2015, the Parisians familiar with the M.U.R. on Oberkampf Street saw him working on site and discovered his colorful world. That summer, he also produced a 30-meter-high mural painting, in the 13th District of Paris, which can even be seen from the Périphérique.

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Articruz and Marion Gallery present SPECTRA

Selina Miles at the helm for this awesome little movie about some awesome little (big) artists… Nelio, 1010, Cisco Merel and Felipe Pantone go wild in the playground of Articruz workshop, in association with Marion Gallery.

All of the artists were trained in design and arose from the world of graffiti and street art, watch this for their explorative 3D creations.

(subtitles for those wot don’t speak nuffink uvver than Inglish)

VNA 32 is here!

VNA 32 is hot off the press!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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Denial – Studio Visit

While we were out in the States, Canadian artist Denial was recently over the border in Detroit for his part in the 1xRun ‘Murals in the Market’ project. We caught up with him there and skipped back over the border to check out his studio in Windsor, just across the water from the Motor City. Currently he shares his artist’s playground of a studio with the director of Australian print company Stupid Krap, Ben Frost, when he’s in the country.

In his own words, Denial takes us on a photo tour through his studio and neighbourhood…

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