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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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Natalia Rak is showing “Butterfly Effect” @ Montana Gallery Barcelona

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On October 16th Montana Gallery Barcelona opened a solo show by the young Polish artist Natalia Rak. “Butterfly Effect” is  her first exhibition in Spain and it features all new body of work created for this event, consisting of canvases and couple of works on paper.

Natalia gathered international recognition with her recognizable murals she’s been painting around Europe and the world. Mixing different classic techniques and methods learned during fine arts study along with street art aesthetics, her style is a blend of the most exciting from the two worlds. The influences by Marvel, Rockwell, or Giger are only adding to the uniqueness of her visual language. Her dreamlike, vibrant works are mostly inspired on her own view on reality or dreams, from an ironic viewpoint. Both scary and humorous at the same time, the works carry childlike innocence and imagination fused with almost twisted mind of a 21st century young woman. From little girls flying with balloons to drowning lovers “Butterfly Effect” shows both the power of her imagination and the strength of her artistic skills, accented with her signature use of exceptionally over saturated color palette.

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‘6×6′ – Auguste Clown Gallery

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An original artwork is one of a kind and irreplaceable; capturing a moment in time through the mind and talent of the artist behind it. On show at Auguste Clown Gallery, “6×6” introduces the works of more than 35 local and international artists in a group exhibition of small scale paintings.

Showcasing each artist’s style within the confines of a six inch square, these miniature masterpieces offer an obtainable piece of artwork to new and seasoned collectors alike.

Opening night: Friday 19th June from 6.00pm – 8.00pm. The exhibition is on view until 5th July.

Featured artists: Alex Garant, Anthony Clarkson, Brian Donnelly, Carol Liu, Ciou, Clare Toms, Danita Art, Edward Cao, Ella Smethurst, Emma Mount, Hye Jeong Park, Filthy the Bear, Jason Snyder, Jennalee Auclair, Jessica Charlotte, Julianna Menna, Kane Kokaris, Kari-Lise Alexander, Kassie McMahon, Kathleen Lolley, Kelly Vivanco, Kirbee Lawler, Laura Berger, Leilani Bustamante, Loretta Lizzio, Malojo, Megan Buccere, Michael Ramstead, Miss E, MJ Lindo, Mysterious Al, Natalia Rak, Redd Walitzki, Roby Dwi Antono, Rudy Fig, Silas, Steve Cross, Susan Apgar, Xue Wang and Yi Shu Wan.

POW! WOW! Hawaii 2015 Video Recap

The hardworking crew behind POW! WOW! Hawaii just wrapped up their official recap video for this years event. Showing on wall and behind the walls action by the participating artists, this video captures the essence of this world wide famous festival and its unique vibe. Shot from the ground, cherry pickers and drones, the flick gives an unique chance to see artists such as Doze Green, Strok, Natalia Rak, Case Maclaim, Hot Tea, Fafi, Kevin Lyons and many more, getting their work done under the tropical sun. With artists like Olek, Maya Hayuk or Tristan Eaton talking about their personal experiences and the distinctive atmosphere they experienced during their stay in the paradise, this video is great way to round up another successful edition and start warming up for the next years event.

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