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An Interview With The DOC

The Waiting Game

Liverpool based artist Danny O’Connor aka DOC had a varied upbringing. As a 15-year-old with an insatiable appetite for art he found inspiration in everything from the Pre-Raphaelite to urban art and graffiti. He also drew reference from British cartoonists and illustrators for their erratic, energetic designs. “I’ve always loved drawing since I was a child and I studied Graphic Design and Illustration at “Liverpool John Moores Art School” After finishing there I was unsure for a while about what to do next. It’s quite an unusual career path to take for a person from my background, so I had no idea on how to go about beginning a career as an artist.” He obviously found his feet quickly however as now he is exhibiting his abstract portraits throughout the country. Continue Reading →

Steve Locatelli – SKL15 – Europe Tour

skl15The image of a skull is timeless, a permanent reminder of our own impermanence, and has been covered in art since times began. In the early Renaissance a skull would be kept on the desk as an ornament along with the phrase “Memento Mori” (“Remember you will die.”) and the same obsession has remained until today when we are casting them from platinum and encrusting them with over eight thousand diamonds. One artist, however, has taken it upon himself to undertake a three year long quest to explore our fascination with the humble cranium, everything it is, does and makes us feel.

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Stanley Donwood – Dream Cargo Exhibition

StanleyD-exhib-web-page.fullwidtheventWe always try to deliver a unique look into a variety of art forms, cultures and mediums across the creative world, and it is with that in mind that we bring this completely one of a kind exhibition from Stanley Donwood, key cover artist for Radiohead. The Lawrence Alkin gallery has brought together the extensive project known as Dream Cargo, three years in the making, covering the entire works of apocalyptic sci-fi writer, J. G. Ballard. Donwood has carefully re-rendered the cover art for each and every Ballard story and had a lot of fun doing it too.

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Smates Interview – Five Years On

“Time flies when you’re having fun,” was Bart Smeets’ aka Smates’ reaction when we first told him it had been a whole five years since we last covered him here at VNA. In the meantime he has managed to achieve that closest held dream of every creative mind, to make a living from his love. Although, as he later mentioned, such an achievement has come at a cost. With an interview that was five months in the making, we touched bases with him again after all this time for an update on how things have progressed.

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Creature Features – Franco Fasoli aka JAZ

Here at VNA we are always receiving updates on artists as they send in the results of their exciting adventures, new walls and experiments. Argentinian artist Franco Fasoli aka JAZ is one such artist who has been busily keeping us refreshed on his escapades around the world from Mexico to the Caribbean and Americas. Both prolific and diverse as an artist, we finally caught up with him to chat about the hidden depths to his work.

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Beau Stanton – Elegant Decay

Combining unshakably meticulous imagery alongside flawless displays of colour and deep, brooding themes of industrialism, religion and decay is a tall order for any artist. Yet Beau Stanton, with a tweak of his facial hair and ream after ream of recorded patterns and shapes, carries it off very well indeed. In light of his recent work with 1xRun, his muralism and solo show, Tenebras Lux, VNA got talking to Stanton in an exclusive interview on religion, architecture and the humble moustache.

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Fieldinspired – Richard Field

Bright-eyed, bushy-tailed new designer Richard Field is a graphic artist and aspiring clothes designer who has recently made waves with a series of limited edition prints, personally hand delivered to customers around London. His incredibly intricate illustrations explore the complexity of natural forms with a limited yet striking colour palette, each and every creation exhibiting the same ‘third eye’ distinctive logo. We caught up with him to find out a little more…

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A Blank Canvas Is A White Flag – David Walker

As we draw into a grey, monochrome winter a splash of colour feels much needed. That splash of colour comes to us in London next week in the form of David Walker’s upcoming solo show at the Lawrence Alkin Gallery, “A Blank Canvas Is A White Flag”. The show is heralded not only to be an all new collection of Walker’s trademark expressive portraiture but also groundbreaking for David as an artist as he explores new techniques and styles alongside collaborations with other amazing artists such as Ryan Callanan and Schoony. Ahead of this new development we sent Jodie to interview Walker for the lowdown on what to expect and where these new territories will lead him.

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The Extinction Project – Walden

In an artistic world where bigger is better, it can be easy to overlook street art’s subtler areas. From an 8-inch, 8-bit invader to a psychedelically coloured rough-and-ready Pidgeon statue brightening up your morning commute, it’s the little things that can sometimes make a big impact. Walden, or Indiana as she is casually known is prolific within the Shoreditch area of London, the local geography saturated with the quiet presence of her eulogy-style pieces, highlighting the extinction of iconic animals in the not so distant past.

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L7M – “No Hope, No fear”

In 2001 one thirteen year old Brazilian boy wielded a spray can for the first time… Thirteen years further L7M, now 26, has scarcely looked back. From his home city of Sao Paolo this prolific artist has sent colourful birds migrating onto walls on a worldwide scale. In light of his recent globetrotting, VNA got in touch with L7M for a short interview to find out a little more about his life and work.

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