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John Dolan – Exhibition

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For one week commencing 19th September, Howard Griffin Gallery presents a unique exhibition of works by artist John Dolan. You may not think you know John Dolan, but he is East London’s most notorious artist. For the past three years Dolan has sat every day with his dog George on Shoreditch High Street documenting the surrounding architecture, elevating the old, decrepit buildings that are so often ignored and under-appreciated.

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John Dolan has lived in London his whole life and has been drawing on Shoreditch High Street for the past three years. In the past, he has been in and out of prison and often found himself homeless. These days, Dolan is greeted by the likes of Gilbert and George as they walk past.

Dolan’s raw portrayals of the street lead a viewer to reconsider something that to them is merely a backdrop to their day. At the same time, he highlights how too often people living on the street are invisible to those walking past them. Dolan’s work asks us to open our eyes and see this city for what it really is. Dolan’s emphasis on repetition allows a unique insight into the changing face of what is now a highly fashionable, gentrified area. He represents the old Shoreditch, the unseen side that lies just below the surface.

An interesting facet of Dolan’s work is the way in which he documents the street art and graffiti that came to make Shoreditch the cultural capital it is today. For this exhibition, he has worked with some of the world’s best street artists including ROA (BE), Steve ESPO Powers (US), Sever (US), Gaia (US), David Walker (UK), Stik (UK), Nomers (RU), Maser (IE), Thierry Noir (FR), RUN (IT), Zomby (UK), Christiaan Nagel (ZA), Ian Stevenson (UK), Martin Ron (AR), Liqen (ES), Ben Wilson (UK), Dscreet (AU), Pablo Delgado (MX), MadC (DE), CEPT (UK), C215 (FR), BRK (ES), Michael De Feo (US), Ronzo (DE), Malarky (UK), 2Kold (UK), DALeast (CN), SNOE (UK), Faith47 (ZA), Agostino Iacurci (IT), Broken Fingaz Crew (IL), Hitnes (IT), Cityzen Kane (UK), Flying Fortress (DE), INTI (CL), Pelucas (ES), Rowdy (UK), SWET (SW) and others.

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John collaborating with ROA

A street artist in the traditional sense of the word, Dolan identifies with this new generation of street artists and them with him. These artists have collaborated with Dolan by working directly onto the walls of his drawn cityscapes, creating unique pieces. Ostensibly a solo show for Dolan, George the Dog, John the Artist will also in effect be the biggest street art group show of recent memory, bringing a unique group of artists together to document both the constant and the ephemeral in a city that is ever changing.

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In Stik’s studio

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A Foot In The Door

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A FOOT IN THE DOOR

This short film follows London based artists Dscreet and Run whilst they paint the doors of the Gallery and Restaurant above their new show “A Foot In The Door” at the Cock n Bull Gallery. Bearing flamethrowers, fedoras and happy smiles they meet the detritus of the night who have a bit to say about both the art inside the doors and out.

Recommended Shows & Exhibitions

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Tonight sees a number of exhibitions popping up around London. Here’s our pick.


Not For Rental – Timba Smits & ‘Flash’ Gordon Shaw at 71a Gallery


Two very good friends of VNA, Timba Smits and Gordon Shaw have both recently been the victims of life-changing events and circumstances. Last year, Timba was stabbed on a London bus while defending strangers and Gordon has recently been diagnosed with brain cancer. In the face of these events this pair of best friends decided to make art that helps the world to be a better place, and so their film inspired exhibition ‘Not for Rental’ was born, which will raise money for two charities; Art Against Knives and Macmillan Cancer Support.

With over 200 artists exhibiting, including design outfit I Love Dust, Crispin Finn, Stevie Gee, Gemma Correll, Pietari Posti, Roman Klonek, Hattie Stewart, Nick Deakin, Daren Newman, Gemma O’Brien, Mr.Penfold, Miso, Ghostpatrol, The Yok and Sheryo plus a cast of hundreds more, each one-of-a-kind artwork will go on sale with all proceeds going to the two charities. The pair have other surprises that they refuse to reveal until opening day.

“Like all good films, there has to be a twist,” Timba says.

“At it’s core, Not For Rental is an art exhibition, but one you can only fully experience once you step inside the door: be prepared to fall in love with movies all over again. Plus, there’s also an extended-cut roster of curated side events including workshops, talks and film/screening nights.”

More information on the project can be found here. www.notforrental.com

Private view – RSVP Only.

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Mircolife – Will Sweeney at Beach London

Beach London present the first UK solo exhibition in a decade of London-based artist Will Sweeney.

‘Microlife’ consists of a series of detailed drawings and prints inspired by his recent trip to Mexico, as well as what the artist describes as “alien mausoleums, brain harvesting machines and winklepickers”. Having had a sneak peak of this, I can safely say this is not one to miss, with a brilliant selection of intricate drawings that you can get lost in for hours. Make sure you pop in to Beach for an injection of Mexican vibes tonight.

Doors open at 6pm. 20 Cheshire Street, Shoreditch.

Editioned artwork from the exhibtion will be available online at beachlondon.co.uk
For a Catalogue of works contact charlie@beachlondon.co.uk

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There is a War – Cleon Peterson at The Outsiders

“Cleon Peterson’s nightmarish tableaux feature scenes of a barbaric holocaust, where might is right and the weak are merely souls with holes for the strong to torment and abuse. Deviance is the norm, and the displaced individual is forced to navigate this wicked world alone, finding hollow bits of pleasure and meaning in violence, sex, religion and drugs.”

Doors open at 6pm. 8 Greek Street, Soho.

For gallery enquiries please contact: Marine Tanguy marine@lazinc.com

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A Foot in The Door – RUN & Dscreet at Cock ‘n’ Bull

We’ve already given this a mention but it is a collaboration that can’t be ignored. Street Art London present this event by world-renowned street artists RUN and Dscreet at the Cock ‘n’ Bull gallery, beneath Tramshed.

“RUN and Dscreet will juxtapose wall paintings with drawings, painting and sculpture, leading the viewer to reassess the role of environment and context in contemporary art. Come along to tonight’s opening party for an opportunity to meet both artists alongside the release of limited edition exclusive signed prints.”

Free entrance, open to all.

Doors open at 6.30pm. 32 Rivington Street, Shoreditch.

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Group Show – Graffiti Life

The new Graffiti Life gallery has a group show opening tonight with work from AGENT, Birdseed, Curtis Hylton, Darren John, Dirty Thirty, Deus, Ermsy, Lucaso, Newso, Sepr and IAMVENTSA.

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Run ‘The Story Teller’

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We immediately started counting the pennies when information on this print release landed in our VNA inbox this week. Run’s “The Storyteller” is a drawing from a few year ago, one that comes directly from his sketch book.

Along with Mula printing, the drawing was chosen, as a sweet and dreamy image that tickles the imagination of old and young alike. The whole process was made quite analogically, there were no xerox printers for tracing and editing the illustration, it is all hand dawn and re-drawn for the final handmade screen print.

This 3 colour screen print is available in 4 different colours blue/red/yellow/green and is 60 x 39 cm printed on Fabriano Rosaspina paper 300gsm. The prints come signed and numbered as an edition of 12 for each colour at a bargain £65 + shipping.