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.
NO CHURCH IN THA WILD – Curated by Nina Ghafari at Reedprojects Gallery affiliated with Nuart – March 11-April 4.
Huge shout outs to Rom Levy at StreetArtNews for the love on their website today – here’s a little insight into VNA and the Managing Editor behind the mag.
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VNA 33 is here and available to buy online – verynearlyalmost.com/shop/vna-issue-33
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.
TWOONE teamed up with Urban Spree and Mother Drucker to produce an exceptional hand painted screen print using only traditional techniques.
Hunted Hunter’s Head-Panther is a large format 4 colors screen print in a limited edition run of only 25 copies.
The print will be released on March 15th, 10:00 C.E.T.
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