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Adele Renault – Feathers And Faces

Amsterdam-based artist Adele Renault has something of a dirty habit… Painting pigeons is one of her favourite pastimes, and perhaps for what she is known best. However, her latest book also sheds light on some of her human portraiture.

Displaying the same intimate touch whether she illuminates people or pigeons, Renault’s masterful hand brings forth feathers and wrinkles with equal precision. From her aspirational quest to paint Mike Tyson’s portrait, via many flocks of pigeons on the way, to the inhabitants of Burkina Faso, her subjects are bathed in light, avoiding direct contact with the viewer in a way that brings them close, whilst maintaining distance and a sense of privacy.

Co-founder of Unruly Gallery, alongside her partner Niels ‘Shoe’ Meulman, Renault has always maintained a strong affiliation with the streets – whether it be the animals, the people from all walks of life that she encapsulates in her paintings, or the artistic movements she champions, such as Calligraffiti, Realism, Abstract Vandalism and Urban Surrealism.

This book follows Renault on her journey through many countries, cities and landscapes, charting a course through her exhibitions and projects over the past decade and beyond. As beautifully photographed as they are rendered through brush and spraypaint, Renault’s images are captured by the enormous talent of some of the world’s best street photographers, from Nika Kramer, to Colin Day, Brandon Shigeta and Martha Cooper.

With a foreword by the mighty Carlo McCormick, ‘Feathers And Faces’ weaves tales of tails and trials of humanity in a deeply compassionate way. Never leaving the subjects of her paintings overly-exposed to the gaze of the viewer, Renault treats both birds and people with an incredible respect, in the way that only a truly accomplished portrait artist can. Starting each painting with the eyes of her subject, she breathes life into each piece as she uncovers their soul, unravelling the character and the painting simultaneously.

‘Feathers And Faces’ is available from all good book stockists now.

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NUART: PLUS

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NUART Festival in Stavanger, Norway kicks off a strong line up of panels and discussions today, starting off with the inaugural Pub Debate, headed up by team captains Evan Pricco, Editor in Chief at Juxtapoz, and writer Carlo McCormick, the two go head-to-head with artists Harmen de Hoop and Bortusk Leer to explore the subject: Should Art Have to Carry a Deeper Meaning?

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Lister in Miami

We caught up with Aussie artist Anthony Lister back in Miami ahead of his show at Lazarides Rathbone, entitled Hurt People, Hurt People. Love or hate this loose cannon of creativity, he always has some interesting things to say about society at large. We chat about his arrest in Brisbane, freedom of visual speech and the World’s Longest Suicide Attempt.

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NUART PLUS Festival – Photo Round-Up

VNA were invited to check out NUART Festival in Norway, apart from being rainy and £10-a-beer expensive, it was also pretty good. These are some of the shots from Henrik Haven and Butterfly of what went on (mainly because they’re heaps better photographers than any of the VNA team)

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This years event featured a mostly Euro-centric line-up, including Andreco, Borondo, Fra.Biancoshock, Dotdotdot, Etam Cru, Icy & Sot, Levalet, Martin Whatson, Mathieu Tremblin, Strøk, Spy, Tilt, M-City, Maismenos and John Fekner, as well as a rad wonky Scandi-house collab from Liam Hayhow & Epifany.

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NUART PLUS

Nuart Plus is the festivals annual series of academic and industry talks from some of the world leading artists, academic and industry professionals. A dynamic series of talks, presentations, workshops, panel debates, film screenings and more take place in the days before the exhibition opening. Previous guests have included Ron English, Swoon, Saber, Chris Stain, Dan Witz, Brad Downey, Logan Hicks and many more.

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The events are recorded and made available on their website for research and educational purposes for free. The archive will be developed over the coming years into what they hope eventually gives an important historical insight into the life and times of Street Art. NUART 2014 : “BENEATH THE PAVING STONES, THE BEACH” This year’s Nuart Plus program will tackle the two ends of the street art-continuum, namely “safe murals” on the one hand and street art and activism on the other.

Guests and Keynote speakers:

Evan Pricco (US) / Carlo McCormick (US) / Andreco (IT) / Peter Bengtsen (SE) / RJ Rushmore (US) / Steven P. Harrington (US) / Jaime Rojo (US / Eirik Sjåholm Knutsen (NO) / Maismenos (PT) / Mathieu Tremblin (FR) / Natalie Hegert (US)