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Mysterious Al – It’s All Love

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Still enjoying his life in Australia like some kind of extended Lads-On-Tour spraycation, Brit defector and ex-Finders Keepers aficionado Mysterious Al has steadily been upping his art game and these new abstracted monster collage pieces are peaker than the Peak District in the peak of summer. Peak on fleek. Or whatever the kids are saying these days…

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His new body of work will be on view at M2 Gallery, Sydney from the 24-26th June. Check it.

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www.m2gallery.com.au

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Tom French – TRANSCEND

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Step into the illusionary world of Tom French, who tricks our eyes with pareidolic abstractions and hidden features. In his first solo show in two years French is back and better than ever, with an entirely new body of work, having mastered the style which we last saw him working on in the wildly successful sell-out, FLUX. Transcend invites the audience to look a little closer at the subconscious, metaphoric paintings which represent the multiple facets of the conscious mind in evocative pictorial form.

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Joe Holbrook – Ten Hail Mary’s

Ten Hail Mary’s by Joe Holbrook opens on Friday 29th April.

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Joe Holbrook displays his new works which are the reflection of people and the sinister aspects of young adult life. These characters, attitudes, and the immediate surroundings of his social life are seen through his own young eyes. He feels it’s necessary and dutiful to document and translate his generation, capturing and telling the story of his peers as he sees and experiences it.

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With a laid-back approach to subjects and activities that are often frowned upon, Holbrook is not shy in creating a piece that audiences may not see as beautiful. His work is much deeper than just an image portraying contrasting and hypercritical personalities; it is not meant to be understood instantly. Holbrook’s work is shrouded in secrecy, often cropped in a unique, snapshot way to only tell part of a story. This gives viewers a taste of what’s going on, but not enough to feel fully satisfied; and at the same time not enough to be completely disappointed. This leaves a hunger and frustration, a desire for more and a feeling of mentally standing on your toes, hoping to glimpse the whole picture and bigger story through a crack in the artist’s door.

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This will be the first showcase of Joe Holbrooks work in London, for 8 years. He will be presenting a curated selection of oil paintings from the past year, as well as the release of two limited prints and a exclusive signed, numbered zine.

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“This is a private event, with no representatives nor gallerists involved. I want to give collectors of my work the opportunity to purchase straight the artist, no fees, no drivel.” Joe Holbrook

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A map will be posted on the Friday afternoon on Instagram so you can find the location of the show, with the show opening Friday 29th 7-10pm and the consecutive Sat/Sun from 1-5pm.

Postcode will be E1 5LJ, UK.

Instagram: joeholbrook15

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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Kai & Sunny – Whirlwind of Time

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StolenSpace Gallery is pleased to present Whirlwind Of Time, a series of new works by the UK based artist duo Kai & Sunny. It will be their 4th solo exhibition at the gallery and their first show in London since 2013 after solo shows in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. In conjunction with the exhibition, the artists will release a new print edition, and a series of 4 skate decks produced by Element available for purchase at the opening reception.

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CLET – Street Interventions

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CLET (Brittany, 1966) is an Italian artist with Breton origins working in the urban context with installations over buildings and (always removable) modifications to road signs.
The artist’s main purpose is to actively claw back public spaces.

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New! Steve Cross x VNA Tees!

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Earlier in the year, we teamed up with Steve Cross – a world class artist based in Melbourne – to produce these 6-colour screen-printed tees. Cross is an incredibly talented drawer, sketcher, painter, tattoo artist, muralist and illustrator amongst other things – check out stevecross-artist.com/

This process video was put together by the legends from Paste Studios, it’s how the printing for 6 colour spot process T-shirts by the guys at Sydney’s Aisle 6ix Industries.

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Shouts to the Aisle6ix crew for all the hard work and Alex from Paste Studios for putting the video together – pick up your super limited tee while stocks last, sizes S to XL!

www.verynearlyalmost.com/shop/steve-cross-t-shirt

www.stevecross-artist.com

www.mrstevecross.blogspot.com.au

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VNA 32 Limited Edition Launch – Thinkspace Gallery

VNA 32 launches at Thinkspace Gallery this Saturday 19th December, 6-9pm. Providing a little seasonal cheer and a few beers, this is the first opportunity worldwide to get your hands on a copy of the brand new, Limited Edition box set, featuring Audrey Kawasaki.

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VNA Magazine are proud to present the Limited Edition VNA 32, working closely with Audrey Kawasaki, we have produced a highly-collectible screen-printed set. Each imprint comes complete with a screen-printed sleeve, enamel badge and signed mini giclée print.

Stamped and numbered, this is an edition of 150, with the first sets available to buy in person directly from the gallery. Perfect for last minute presents and personal treats, it doesn’t matter if you’ve been naughty or nice this year, come down for some holiday drinks and a few tunes courtesy of neighbourhood superhero DJ, Kii Arens.

Thinkspace Gallery are throwing the doors open wide from 6pm, but get down early to make sure you get a copy! For international fans and those who can’t make this worldwide exclusive launch, a few issues will be held back to buy online after the launch.

*Apologies to our loyal London fans – we are putting all of our resources into the LA launch, so there will be no London launch this issue*

Screen prints by White Duck Screen Print in the UK, giclées printed by Static Medium in the USA.

Thinkspace Gallery, 6009 Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / Saturday 19th December, 6-9pm

Thinkspace Gallery – www.thinkspacegallery.com

Audrey Kawasaki – www.audrey-kawasaki.com

Kii Arens – www.lalalandprints.com

White Duck Screen Print – www.whiteduckscreenprint.co.uk

Static Medium – www.staticmedium.com

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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