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Jean Julien at Beach London

September 12th sees the opening of a new show from artist and illustrator Jean Jullien.

La Plage builds upon Jullien’s recent London exhibitions at Kemistry Gallery and Pick Me Up, which explore human interaction and social behaviours. The work in La Plage will draw inspiration from British seaside postcards from the early twentieth century; there will be a series of limited edition prints, bespoke framed by Beach. There will also be a very limited edition release of a product, designed by Jean and produced by Beach, that will be available on a first-come first-served basis.

For a catalogue of available works please email charlie@beachlondon.co.uk or call 0203 5656557.

Beach London, 20 Cheshire Street, London. 12th September, 6-9pm.

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Recommended Shows & Exhibitions

Tonight sees a number of exhibitions popping up around London. Here’s our pick.

Not For Rental – Timba Smits & ‘Flash’ Gordon Shaw at 71a Gallery

Two very good friends of VNA, Timba Smits and Gordon Shaw have both recently been the victims of life-changing events and circumstances. Last year, Timba was stabbed on a London bus while defending strangers and Gordon has recently been diagnosed with brain cancer. In the face of these events this pair of best friends decided to make art that helps the world to be a better place, and so their film inspired exhibition ‘Not for Rental’ was born, which will raise money for two charities; Art Against Knives and Macmillan Cancer Support.

With over 200 artists exhibiting, including design outfit I Love Dust, Crispin Finn, Stevie Gee, Gemma Correll, Pietari Posti, Roman Klonek, Hattie Stewart, Nick Deakin, Daren Newman, Gemma O’Brien, Mr.Penfold, Miso, Ghostpatrol, The Yok and Sheryo plus a cast of hundreds more, each one-of-a-kind artwork will go on sale with all proceeds going to the two charities. The pair have other surprises that they refuse to reveal until opening day.

“Like all good films, there has to be a twist,” Timba says.

“At it’s core, Not For Rental is an art exhibition, but one you can only fully experience once you step inside the door: be prepared to fall in love with movies all over again. Plus, there’s also an extended-cut roster of curated side events including workshops, talks and film/screening nights.”

More information on the project can be found here. www.notforrental.com

Private view – RSVP Only.

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Mircolife – Will Sweeney at Beach London

Beach London present the first UK solo exhibition in a decade of London-based artist Will Sweeney.

‘Microlife’ consists of a series of detailed drawings and prints inspired by his recent trip to Mexico, as well as what the artist describes as “alien mausoleums, brain harvesting machines and winklepickers”. Having had a sneak peak of this, I can safely say this is not one to miss, with a brilliant selection of intricate drawings that you can get lost in for hours. Make sure you pop in to Beach for an injection of Mexican vibes tonight.

Doors open at 6pm. 20 Cheshire Street, Shoreditch.

Editioned artwork from the exhibtion will be available online at beachlondon.co.uk
For a Catalogue of works contact charlie@beachlondon.co.uk



There is a War – Cleon Peterson at The Outsiders

“Cleon Peterson’s nightmarish tableaux feature scenes of a barbaric holocaust, where might is right and the weak are merely souls with holes for the strong to torment and abuse. Deviance is the norm, and the displaced individual is forced to navigate this wicked world alone, finding hollow bits of pleasure and meaning in violence, sex, religion and drugs.”

Doors open at 6pm. 8 Greek Street, Soho.

For gallery enquiries please contact: Marine Tanguy marine@lazinc.com



A Foot in The Door – RUN & Dscreet at Cock ‘n’ Bull

We’ve already given this a mention but it is a collaboration that can’t be ignored. Street Art London present this event by world-renowned street artists RUN and Dscreet at the Cock ‘n’ Bull gallery, beneath Tramshed.

“RUN and Dscreet will juxtapose wall paintings with drawings, painting and sculpture, leading the viewer to reassess the role of environment and context in contemporary art. Come along to tonight’s opening party for an opportunity to meet both artists alongside the release of limited edition exclusive signed prints.”

Free entrance, open to all.

Doors open at 6.30pm. 32 Rivington Street, Shoreditch.

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Group Show – Graffiti Life

The new Graffiti Life gallery has a group show opening tonight with work from AGENT, Birdseed, Curtis Hylton, Darren John, Dirty Thirty, Deus, Ermsy, Lucaso, Newso, Sepr and IAMVENTSA.


James Jarvis at Beach

James Jarvis returns to Beach London for a second solo exhibition ‘Objects in Space’ which consists of a series of large-format, freehand airbrush drawings by the London-based artist.

“The drawings all feature the Sphere, an abstracted, archetypal every-character, engaging with large geometric objects in a series of real-life urban environments. These locations are a selection of ‘spots’ made famous through skateboarding, and the character’s struggle to manipulate these objects mirrors the skateboarder’s re-appropriation and re-interpretation of architectural space. In recent years, the Sphere has been a primary focal point in Jarvis’ work; a distillation of his continued interest
in the creation and refinement of a minimal ‘ideal’ for a cartoon character; most significantly in his 2012 project, Spheric Dialogues, a series of 380 cartoons in which the Sphere responds to a series of philosophical conundrums.”

There will be an opening party on the 6th June, from 6-9pm. The exhibition will also see the re-launch of the refurbished Beach London space, prior to its second anniversary.


Beach New Website

Our friends over at Beach have just launched their brand spanking new website.

It’s now a lot easier to see what’s happening at Beach, what’s happened, and to find out more about their recently-integrated agency. They’ve also added some new books, prints and artworks, including some beautiful new books by Lubok Verlag, prints by Nous Vous and Crispin Finn and much more.


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Recommended Shows & Exhibitions

Sickboy & Word to Mother – Paranoia on Paper

13th December, for one night only, 73 Kingsland Road will house a revolutionary insight into the collective twisted minds of Sickboy and Word to Mother in the form of an exhibition, installation and collaboration event. The evening will also mark the release of Sickboy & Word to Mother’s Box Set ‘Paranoia on Paper’ which includes a hand-bound book featuring never before seen sketches, photographs of London painting missions, comics and a tear out screen print. If this wasn’t enough it will all be accompanied by luxury hand-made Sickboy & Word to Mother bits and presented in bespoke boxes. This is really a collector’s dream as the box sets and extras are all limited.

To ensure you attend this one off event drop an email to RSVP@thesickboy.com


Anthony Burrill – Beach London

Anthony Burrill’s look back over his hugely popular woodblock series of posters at Beach London on Chesire Street opens tonight and runs until 13th January. If you’ve ever worked hard whilst being nice to people then be sure to check this one out!

Hit & Run, WAH Nails & Kids Love Ink – Xmas Party

This tasty medley of live screen printing from Hit & Run, music from WAH DJ’s and festive food and drink from the Streetfeast Xmas grotto makes for the perfect Xmas party. Definitely worth heading down to at 347-349 Old Street, London EC1V 9LP
(Shoreditch tunnels near junction of Old St & Kingsland Road)

Burning Ink London

Our friends at Beach London Gallery & Kids Love Ink East are to play host to a truly unique style of show curated by DC Europe. Burning Ink has previously been held in Paris, New York & Berlin and works on the concept that no-one will be taking any physical art home with them at the end of the show, and instead all the drawings will be burnt, the only way for them to survive is if someone buys a design and gets it tattooed onto their skin!

The event will run until the 31st March and opens tonight.

Thursday Evening

As we prepare our bodies for the onslaught of free alcohol and art appreciation that Thursday has in store for us, I thought I’d provide a brief rundown of what’s on offer in London tomorrow night.

Sickboy – Heaven & Earth
VNA 14 cover artist Sickboy opens his latest show at Number Six, Dray Walk. As well as an entirely new body of work, you can expect to see installations created in collaboration with some of the biggest names in Street Art & Graffiti, incuding D*Face, Eine, Anthony Lister, Conor Harrington and a whole host of others. As if this wasn’t impressive enough you will also be able to clamber into a confessional booth and regale your naughtiest stories (anonymously of course) to a Pastor, as part of one of the main interactive installations entitled CONFESS. All I’ve got to say is beware of eavesdroppers and alcohol induced verbal diarrhoea.
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Sean Morris

A fantastic Australian illustrator who has recently appeared on our radar is Mr Sean Morris. We couldn’t help being drawn to his bizarrely amusing imagery and crude subject matter so thought we’d find out what the hell goes on inside his head before we head to his show ‘Killer Abs Will Kill You’ in a few weeks time.

So Sean Morris, for those who don’t know, could you introduce yourself?
I’m a picture drawer from Perth, which is a haunted cowboy beach town in Western Australia.

Your work is both comical and sometimes crude, what inspires you to create images in this style?

There’s this small part of my brain which comes alive when I watch trash TV at 2am, or when I walk past someone in the street with an amazing rats tail or home-made tattoos. It’s the part that makes me want to shave my facial hair into flames and hang out at the worst suburban shopping mall in the world. I usually manage to repress that shit, but when I start drawing it completely takes over.

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Beach London

As the weather warms and the streets of London are taken over by short shorts and flip flops one can’t help but wish there was a nearby beach to enjoy. Well wish no longer, for your prayers have been answered. Whilst it may not actually contain any real sand, sea or other beach qualities the newest edition to Shoreditch; Beach London will certainly provide a welcome solace from the sight of men in short shorts and the stifling London heat.
This new bookshop/cafe/gallery opens at the end of the week with a Private View on Thursday night to showcase ‘Beach Editions’ featuring new edition artwork from a whole host of talented guys. Check out the flyers below for a bit more information. Oh and don’t forget to pick up a copy of your favourite quarterly street art magazine while you’re there!