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‘Street Portraits’ – Stormie Mills, E.L.K, Adnate, and Kaff-eine

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Sydney is set to see a street art project that will see large scale murals appear on unused walls, recognising local people with inspiring stories to tell.

Four of Australia’s most celebrated street artists Stormie Mills, E.L.K, Adnate, and Kaff-eine will bring to life portraits of Nathan Hindmarsh, Father Dave Smith, Jenny Munro and Katherine Hudson.

Each of these local identities were chosen as they have left a positive mark on their community, and changed things for the better.

The artists have begun painting on walls in Sydney’s CBD, Parramatta, Haymarket and Bondi Junction.

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Crowdfunding launch for ‘Happyland’

Melbourne artist Kaff-eine and her cheeseagle team are creating an onsite art installation as much-needed shelter with two slum communities in Manila, Philippines. A crowdfunding campaign to support the Happyland project launches with a group exhibition of leading street artists on 1 April.

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Kaff-eine, whose artwork is found on the street, in private homes and in galleries, is reuniting with the Baseco and Happyland dumpsite communities and working with an international team to create ‘art tarpaulins’, which feature portraits of community personalities, and which will be used as much-needed shelter.

‘The collaborators who worked with me for my last project, Phoenix, made it clear that suitable housing is really important to them. I have so much admiration for the colourful, proud and resilient personalities in the communities; why not combine both?’, says Kaff-eine.

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Photo: Kaff-eine

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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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Luke Cornish (E.L.K) – ‘Concrete Jungle’

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Acclaimed Australian stencil artist Luke Cornish (E.L.K) returns to Metro Gallery with a new series of works.

‘Concrete Jungle’ is a result of Luke’s extensive travels overseas. Having visited over twenty countries in just two years, these works reflect in striking detail various urban scenes stretching from New York to Hong Kong.

Each painting features up to 800 painstakingly hand-cut layers and 200 colours – an endeavour that demanded almost two months of solitary confinement.

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‘Concrete Jungle’ presents us with questions surrounding the human condition within the built environment, where increased social connectivity within daily life exists simultaneously alongside an escalating human disconnect.

Luke is fast becoming a decorated artist – he was the first ever street-based artist to be nominated for the Archibald Prize in 2012, was a finalist in the 2013 Sulman prize, was awarded the Churchill Fellowship for Visual Art in 2013 and has had work acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra amongst many other significant achievements.

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He has been a key figure in raising the profile of stencil art both within Australia and internationally. Those who view ‘Concrete Jungle’ can truly see why.

The show will be on exhibition at Metro Gallery from 2nd March to 31st March 2016. Opening night Wednesday, 2nd March 2016 6.30 – 8.30pm will be opened by Cornish’s close friend and subject of his 2012 Archibald finalist portrait, Father Bob Maguire with the first 100 punters through the door receiving a limited edition original stencil print.

‘Your Kid Can’t Do This’ – aMBUSH Gallery

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Returning for the first time since 2010, international stencil art exhibition ‘Your Kid Can’t Do This’ launches at aMBUSH Gallery, Central Park, Sydney on Friday 26 June from 6-9pm. The group exhibition is curated by Luke Cornish, aka E.L.K, who became the first street-based artist to be selected for inclusion in the prestigious Archibald Prize in 2012, and currently holds the record for creating the highest selling piece of street art in Australia.

YKCDT is the ultimate showcase of contemporary talent within the field of stencil artistry, featuring over 50 artists from 16 countries, including the Godfather of modern stencil art Blek Le Rat (France), Australian stencil art royalty Haha and Vexta, and Hugo Kaagman (Amsterdam), who is heralded as the ‘original pioneer of stencil art’. YKCDT also platforms the work of every winner of the Australian Stencil Art Prize from 2009-2014, leading stencillers from across Europe and America, and an assortment of emerging artists whose quieter reputations belie their exceptional talent.

E.L.K says, “Modern stencil art exploded on to the scene in Australia in the early 2000s, around the time of the American invasion of Iraq. Hundreds of artists with a message hit the streets and lane ways, using the quickest means of delivering that message: stencil. In the decade that has followed, the boom of street stencils scene has slowed down, but the evolution of the medium continues to progress to a near hyper-realistic aesthetic. The 2015 installment of YKCDT is set to be Australia’s most outstanding display of stencil art yet.”

E.L.K (Luke Cornish) – Louder Than Words (Charlie Foxtrot) – Interview

Following a successful 2013, where he achieved the highest ever auction record for an Australian street artist, Luke Cornish will again use his desire to bring social awareness and change through his work. Charlie Foxtrot, in his latest exhibition to be held at Metro Gallery in Armadale Victoria opening on 12 June 2014, will be opened by controversial Catholic Priest, Father Bob Maguire.

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The exhibition follows Cornish’s journey to the Middle East where he wanted to gain access to Syria to photograph the ongoing civil war and highlight its humanitarian impact.

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Luke Cornish (E.L.K) x Will Coles – Into The Void

Two of Australia’s biggest hitters, Will Coles – best known for his subversive sculptures, and Luke Cornish, aka E.L.K – famed for his photo-realistic stencil work – have come together to create a new show of epic proportions.

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The show opens at Art Equity in Sydney on the 29th May and runs until the 13th June.

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New Hunting Ground Pop Up

Jaws, (Da Mental Vapourz), Adnate (AWOL), E.L.K. Taylor White, Does (Love Letters), Ears, Max Berry, John Aslanidis & more recently exhibited at the New Hunting Ground pop-up in Melbourne, this went down…

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Global Gallery Auction

Global Gallery, Sydney, present the Gala Auction. Works up for grabs include paintings, prints and sculptures from some of the worlds most iconic artists, rising stars and renowned street artists. With over 150 artworks up for sale from over 80 different artists, it promises to be a big night in a fresh space.

Featuring work from Anthony Lister, Ben Frost, Inkie, Ha Ha, Meggs, E.L.K, Beastman, Damien Hirst, Above, Bridge Stehli, Shannon Crees, Robin John, Justin Feuerring and more, the auction is currently previewing. Drinks start from 5pm and bidding kicks off at 6.30pm, Tuesday 24th April at Global Gallery. Phone bids and absentee bids will also be available for those unable to attend.

Global Gallery
5 Comber St
Paddington
Sydney
NSW
2021
www.globalgallery.com.au/

E.L.K in the Woods

Archibald Prize nominee, Luke Cornish aka E.L.K, is the first stencil artist to be nominated for the award. Ever. We managed to get a quick interview with him in between his hectic schedule of newspaper interviews, TV appearances and flights between Sydney and Melbourne…

How have you found it since everything blew up?

Everyone wants a piece, it’s very flattering, but it’s very frustrating too.

More jump off after the jump off

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