Tag Archives: Bristol

You’re Not Human x Rebecca Cleal

YNH X REBECCA CLEAL – You’re Not Human will present a unique exhibition featuring a series of new works by photographer and print-maker Rebecca Cleal on Saturday 8th October at The Old Coroners Court, Bristol, 7-10pm.

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The culmination of a 3 year collaborative relationship between Rebecca Cleal & You’re Not Human, this exhibition of screen printed photography celebrates the darker side of Bristol’s music scene. Whilst You’re Not Human are well known for their heavy and uncompromising contribution to the live music landscape of Bristol, it’s Rebecca’s photographic documentation of the events that has given a distinct sense of shape and presence to the scene outside the performances themselves.

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VNA 33 – Out Now!

VNA 33 is here and available to buy online – verynearlyalmost.com/shop/vna-issue-33

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For the cover of this issue, we bring you Seb Lester, a typographer and calligrapher living in the heart of Sussex, UK, who’s literally exploded into the public eye. He’s killing it across social media as well as in that funny old thing they call real life.

Always willing to keep broadening our horizons and testing our readers’ own boundaries and tastes, we have some fresh new talent alongside some of the more established names.

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45RPM at Entrepreneurs Store ‘Upstairs Gallery’ recap

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Bristol based graffiti artist / designer and sometimes-clothing-accessory-producer 45RPM recently opened a new exhibition Entrepreneurs Store ‘Upstairs Gallery’ in Stoke-on-Trent alongside a permanent mural in the city centre. Describing himself as a ‘Compulsive designer with his fingers in many creative pies who will paint, draw, design and photograph anything and everything’ 45RPMS work is a lighthearted take on 1970’s graffiti mixed with the slang and geographically idiosyncratic phrases in uk language. Continue Reading →

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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Book Review – The Political Set

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Mr. Jago – NIL – Interview

Mr. Jago is a veteran of the contemporary art scene. Often thrown into the catch-all street art category, his work transcends the boundaries of urban art and is more at home in the galleries and museums of the world than the back alleys of his current hometown of Bristol. His latest exhibition, NIL, opens Thursday 22nd October at Unit London.

Mr. Jago’s compositions have progressed dramatically from his character-based illustration to become some of the world’s most defining impressionist artwork. Experimenting with acrylics and oils, his work questions the duality of existence and the environmental impact of the human species.

Mr Jago in his Bristol studio ©Tim Crawley (24)

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Fluorescent Smogg present… COSMOGG

Notorious British artist Sickboy, alongside forward thinking collective, Fluorescent Smogg, has developed an old mechanics yard into a temporary gallery over the course of 6 months. Starting life as his personal studio, he has transformed the space into an immersive installation, featuring an all-star cast of artists.

Arms have been twisted and strings have been pulled all over the world to bring together some of the finest contemporary artists, each with their own unique style and skill-set.

The show will be an independently produced and all-enveloping alternate universe, running over the course of 10 days, with a carefully curated roster of events, timed print releases and originals available throughout the course of the showcase.

Limited editions dropping through to the week include an iridescent foil screen-print, ceramic pipes and enamel pin sets, super-limited micro-edition prints and some other surprises from Sickboy along the way, as well as an artist-curated outdoor cinema.

Exhibiting artists include: Mr Jago – Ben EINE – Xenz – Sickboy – Word To Mother – Broken Fingaz – Roid
MSK – Ekoe – Mudwig – Russell Maurice – Petro

The location of the show will be released 24hrs before it opens – details at www.fluorescentsmogg.com

This is expected to be a busy event, to guarantee entry, please RSVP: info@fluorescentsmogg.com

Beyond The Pale Blue Dot – Cheba

‘Beyond the Pale Blue Dot’ presents Cheba’s first major show in 4 years, a series of mixed media works presenting the artist’s journey into abstraction and futuristic spray can expressionism. His recent work has evolved into vibrant and abstract fluid formations, a new and refreshing direction for the artist although influences of the bold character led work that he is well known for can still be found.

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Nick Walker – Solo Show NYC & New Collabs!

Nick Walker’s first solo show in years, ‘All I Ever Wanted Was My Name On Fire’, is a continuation of the Vandal storyline. If you look at each ‘Morning After’ painting as a cover for a novel, then this show is the pages within the book.

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The show opens on Thursday 16th October – the venue is 345 Broome Street at Bowery, NYC 10013 and runs for one week. Please rsvp@jb-pr.com for guestlist.

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Nicks latest collabs with Royal Doulton and his latest book will be available soon and a ltd edition print, ‘Gotham Vandal’ is available to purchase at the show.

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And to whet your appetite a little more, here’s Nick modeling our new VNA x Nick Walker collab scarf, available to buy on our website soon…

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