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Born in 1983, Spencer Keeton Cunningham grew up in Portland skateboarding and painting from a very young age. Cunningham graduated from the prestigious San Francisco Art Institute. After leaving San Francisco in 2014, the prolific artist began working from the road on a self proclaimed permanent painting tour which took him all over the world including the North and South Island of New Zealand, Tasmania, Melbourne, Sydney, and the outback of Australia. Other countries Cunningham has exhibited and painted in include China, Japan, Ontario, British Columbia, the Yukon, Mexico, The Netherlands, Cuba, Tasmania, Hong Kong, Alaska, The United States, and Hawaii. Coming back to San Francisco to exhibit frequently, Cunningham has remained on tour for over 29 months and is now forced to pack his things and go. – Heron Arts

This is Cunningham’s first ever solo exhibition in San Francisco. Along with his solo works, there will be paintings for sale from his close friends, painting collaborators and roommates: Erlin Geffrard aka Kid Kreyola, Daisy Ortiz, and their son Daylin Geffrard. The four lived together in their house in San Francisco for numerous years and exhibited frequently in San Francisco and abroad, notably in 2013 at the Wenying Highland Art Museum in Guangzhou, China.


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Murals In The Market 2016


Last year we were lucky enough to be invited out to 1xRUN’s Murals in the Market in Detroit. The event was surprising in so many ways, from the time taken by the team to show us what the city was really about – the once-indomitable motoring capital of the USA, with a thriving industry that birthed a lot of modern Capitalist structure, that has since come back from being slammed into depression and decay – to the amount of heart and community that the organisers put into it. With barber-chair artist chats, a roster of local events and genuine support for the artists and workers involved in the festival and beyond, one message was clear, Detroit got soul.

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VNA 33 – Out Now!

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.

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Bicicleta Sem Freio are opening their 1st US show @ Fifty24SF


Few months after their successful London show, Brazilian duo, Bicicleta Sem Freio, will be opening their US debut @ Fifty24SF Gallery, San Francisco, in collaboration with Upper Playground and JUSTKIDS. For this show, the Brazilian illustrators and muralists, Douglas de Castro and Renato Perreira will showcase original work inspired by their love for hand painted poster art.
The works of Bicicleta Sem Freio has been recognized for their sharp line work, warm, vibrant colors and almost pshychodelic feel. With influences ranging from retro illustrations from 70s, 80s neon craze, comics and poster art, they’ve been commissioned by such names as Vampire Weekend, Jurassic 5, Kings of Leon and Beck among many. The works painted exclusively for this show are a great example of all these influences as seen from the preview images we just received. Along with presenting their first ever show in the United States, Bicicleta Sem Freio are gonna be painting a large mural in San Francisco as well. The show will open on the May 1st and will stay on view through June 15th.

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Mr Jago – New Coordinates

White Walls is pleased to present the new work of Bristol based artist, Mr Jago, in his latest exhibition titled New Coordinates. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, August 16 from 7 pm to 11 pm. The exhibit will be on view through September 6, 2014 and is free and open to the public.


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Kamea Hadar x Defer: Paradise Lost


During POW! WOW! Hawaii 2014, artists Kamea Hadar and Defer (K2S) collaborated on a mural that marked the start of a year-long series of collaborative walls, gallery shows and other creative projects between the two artists entitled “Paradise Lost”. The second installment of the series are two large-scale murals in San Francisco and a viewing of canvas pieces at First Amendment Gallery, San Francisco. The show at First Amendment Gallery opens Thursday August 7th, 2014.

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Julia Oppermann – Palinopsia

Berlin-based artist, Julia Oppermann, launches her first solo New York show at Joshua Liner Gallery this evening. The show features large scale canvas and paper pieces.


A confusing array of linear, almost psychedelic contours reflect the artists early forays into neuroscience. This challenging exploration into human perception from the San Franciscan-born Oppermann is at once a frustrating, yet visually pleasing exhibition.


Spraying Bricks – The Mission, San Francisco

The latest video from our friends at Spraying Bricks, in their own words:

‘Just before the turn of the year we were fortunate enough to be invited by none other than London based artist Word To Mother, for his recent California Coming Home show at White Walls Gallery. During our time there we caught up with Herakut, who were showing at the same time, as well as Spraying Bricks feature Ben Eine.

One of the highlights of the trip was The Mission District. Creatively vibrant and as equally chilled. Besides the multitude of delicious eateries, the area is rich with art. There is not a wall, door, road or pavement in sight that has not had a splash of paint.

Whilst, aimlessly, walking around the back streets I was fortunate enough to meet such a passionate individual named Ronin Tomoshima. A resident of The Mission District for 17 years, he has dedicated his life to the one thing that he loves and makes him happy, painting. As a muralist, using mainly brushes and acrylics, Ronin has spent up to two months at a time on one piece. He told me how he had chosen to sleep rough and sometimes even gone without food just so he had money for paint and brushes. I was puzzled to why he had sacrificed everything. We smoked on the Cali Kush and talked some more. Then it dawned on me…you can’t dwell on what you don’t have if the only thing that you do have is that what brings you the upmost joy.

I originally had no intention of producing a film on Ronin, I was simply picking up some general footage of San Francisco. However, I was inspired by his story so thought it necessary to share. Art is the freedom to express, there are many more creatives in The Mission who are just like Ronin. So if you’re passing through The Mission on your travels, spare a penny or two for the local artists, who each day are making this world a colourful and vibrant home.’

Track – Solitude by Entertainment for the Braindead


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