Beginning his journey as a conventional artist in 1999, James Reka – aka RekaOne – is an Australian-born artist, currently living in Berlin. In September 2015, the Parisians familiar with the M.U.R. on Oberkampf Street saw him working on site and discovered his colorful world. That summer, he also produced a 30-meter-high mural painting, in the 13th District of Paris, which can even be seen from the Périphérique.
Finally we have some images to share with you of the amazing new art festival in Ostend, Belgium, The Crystal Ship. Get your peepers round these!
Selina Miles at the helm for this awesome little movie about some awesome little (big) artists… Nelio, 1010, Cisco Merel and Felipe Pantone go wild in the playground of Articruz workshop, in association with Marion Gallery.
All of the artists were trained in design and arose from the world of graffiti and street art, watch this for their explorative 3D creations.
(subtitles for those wot don’t speak nuffink uvver than Inglish)
as part of the Late Shows programming which channels over 10,000 people around the cities cultures traps, galleries, and museums. It’s this engine upon which we build ‘The Saint’. A dedicated body of work within the iconic landmark that is St Nicholas’ Cathedral here in the centre of Newcastle. We are presenting a hand full of our favourite artists, original work, selected pieces from our archive and commissioned photography. With specifically constructed scaffolding we will rig the work with bespoke lighting to great affect. Accompanying the beautiful works on display will be a line-up of specifically curated local music makers, live acoustic sets, and angelic additions.
The space is truly magical, so many break off areas, nooks, and crannies.
Curious Duke Gallery will be hosting one of the most curious and creative exhibitions of the year this May – the first UK solo show from metal artist Dan Rawlings ‘Untranslated’.
Work in progress from The Crystal Ship festival in Ostend, Belgium – check out their insta and follow our man from FifthWallTV for the latest updates from some of our favourites such as CYRCLE, Faith47, PixelPancho, Ella & Pitr, Fintan Magee, Roa, Zio Ziegler and more…
Pictures by Kristien Janssoone, Egmond Dobbelaere, Bjørn Van Poucke and Elian.
These awesome Seb Lester limited edition box sets will be available online to purchase from 4pm GMT on our website: www.verynearlyalmost.com
Featuring a limited edition ‘Passion’ foil block print, signed and numbered by Seb Lester, the set includes a screen-printed copy of VNA 33 and comes in unique screen-printed presentation wrap.
The edition is of /150, priced at £50GBP, with 50% of the profits going directly to the artist.
Get yours while they last, these gorgeous editions will sell out immediately…
Big thanks to all who came down for the launch of the Seb Lester limited edition box set…
Here’s a little photo wrap of the proceedings, stay tuned for more information on the online release of the box set.
With a background in graffiti and mural painting, artist Aaron Li-Hill is no stranger to the ongoing conversation surrounding what is considered high and lowbrow art. As a participant in many imposing disciplines of art, Li-Hill employs painting, illustration, stenciling, and sculptural elements in his art practice. His works range from smaller multiples to massive murals that explore mechanization, scientific development, and man versus nature. His work attempts to decipher the complexities of the rapid development in our contemporary age.
Using simply a pen and paper, Guno Park draws inspiration from the world around him. Through observation and investigation, Park reacts to the world he lives in and the everyday activities he participates in. Park’s art shows how one simple tool can be fundamental in form but complex in execution.
Mark Powell recycles old, used, and tattered envelopes and maps as canvases to produce hyper-realistic drawings. His sketches are made using only a Biro pen, and they often include original stamps, postage marks, and addresses. By preserving envelopes and appropriating their original purpose, this artist preserves a bit of antiquity and the tales behind the sender.
Von, described as “one of London’s most remarkable contemporary artists,” is influenced by the likeness and dichotomy between nature and popular culture. His work is as detailed as it is abstract, walking the graceful line between surrealism and documentary portraiture.
In what will be his third solo exhibition at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, Witz continues to develop his acclaimed mosh pit series while also exploring new surroundings. With a career spanning over three decades Witz has evolved from being a pioneer of the street art movement to refining a studio practice that incorporates both digital and old master techniques.
Influenced by the work of Renaissance painters Hieronymus Bosch and Pieter Bruegel, his large-
scale oil paintings of rampant crowds embody a rebellious and provocative nature that’s heightened by a stunning hyperreal aesthetic. He elaborates:
“I’m an academic realist painter, but I’m living in the 21st century, so I’m not going to be painting Roman soldiers invading, or some gothic baroque composition…The highest aspiration of an academic realist painter are these big group figure paintings, and I’m using the hardcore scene as my subject.”
In this new series of work, Witz continues to portray the frenetic motion of mosh pits but also expands upon his usual hardcore setting in a pair of works called Brite Nite, which depict rave scenes. As their luminous title suggests this atmospheric change has fostered a tonal shift, resulting in compositions that are euphoric and less physically aggressive. Witz further develops this notion in Small Orgy, an amorphous interlocking of nude figures in the midst of experiencing different stages of ecstasy.
While building upon established themes Witz remains true to his skillful methods of conveying light, shadow, movement and depth. Mosh Pits, Raves and One Small Orgy exemplifies his renowned trompe l’oeil artistry, as well as his ability to epitomize the primordial instincts of his subjects.