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ARTURb: imprisonment is a beautiful way to free art on the streets.

This summer we chose Lagos for our holiday destination. We were looking for beautiful, quiet beaches,  nice hot stretches in the sun, cool places for drinks before dinner, and, yes, a little bit of buzz.  No more expectations.  The truth is we had much more than that: we ended up being struck by what we found on the city walls. 


As you start to wander the alleys you literally bump into pieces from international artists such as ROA, BEZT, SAINER, ARYZ, SEPE, ONUR or BORONDO, to mention some, in addition to works from well known Portuguese ones as MÁRIO BELÉM, MAISMENOS, ADDFUEL, amongst others. It wouldn’t be as dazzling if we were in Berlin or Buenos Aires; the thing is it takes place in Lagos, a tiny spot on the Portuguese map, a small picturesque village. How the hell is this happening here?

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Sepe reveals a new piece at abandoned spot in Wołczyn, south Poland


After a successful London solo show, Polish artist Sepe is spending his summer exploring abandoned spots around his homeland and painting new works. Continuing slightly darker, more haunting style he’s been working with lately, he recently revealed this new piece in Wołczyn, south Poland.
Inspired by “Mouse Utopia”, experiment by John Calhoun from 1968, “And We Left All Our Cares Behind” is the title of this new raw and expressive piece he recently revealed. The piece is artist’s vision of what happens to human development when there are no dangers nor natural limitations like the struggle for existence etc. Painted in a secret, abandoned spot using dimmed, pastel colors with lots of sketch like lines and drips, this surrealist piece blends great with the environment with almost ghost-like feel to it.


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“Street Art, Book Art” – Ingrid Beazley


Street Art and the Baroque have not always been the closest of partners, be it due to their wildly different demographics, styles or time periods, however teacher turned curator Ingrid Beazley has aimed to change that in a three year long project which began when she collaborated with Stik, an artist who requires no introduction, and asked him to create his own reinterpretations of the old masters’ pieces. Three years and sixteen further collaborating artists down the line, today Beazley is the figurehead of a project that even she states is “more successful than I ever imagined.” Continue Reading →

Obey Mural for Urban Nation in Berlin

Part of the ongoing curated projects by Urban Nation in Berlin, Germany project M8 was curated by Stolenspace Gallery and featured just about every major contemporary artist. First of many postings from this project is the beautiful and quite massive mural by Shepard Fairey and the Obey team. Take a look at their process in the pics we got while hanging out with the crew for a couple of days.birdman-pm8-8

Shepard and Dface look up at the mural to check for mistakes. birdman-pm8-10 birdman-pm8-17 birdman-pm8-20 birdman-pm8-28 birdman-pm8-32 birdman-pm8-33 birdman-pm8-34 birdman-pm8-37 birdman-pm8-39Dface and Shepard’s mural side by side from each other. birdman-pm8-40


Pics by: Birdman Photos

Jet Martinez presents KABLOOM at Black Book Gallery

Black Book Gallery and Denver Arts and Venues present artist Jet Martinez and his exhibition KABLOOM.

Jet creates beautiful artworks formed of lacquered plates from the state of Michoacan, Mexico. He takes information and inspiration from folk art he grew up with and reinterprets those works as means of paying homage to his own heritage.

Instead of recreating traditional themes, he utilises urban influences such as street art, hip hop, punk rock and multiculturalism to produce some truly unique works.

Jet Martinez
June 6th – 27th
Black Book Gallery
Denver, Co.

ROA paints new mural in Sardinia


VNA 12 cover artist ROA recently painted another of his striking animal murals in Sardinia.

The Belgian artist visited the mediterranean island to paint the mural as part of the Murartista Street Art festival, taking place in the small town of Sadali. His piece fittingly depicts the Sardinian wild boar tied by a rope to the skull of another boar, a commentary on the nature of life and death.


ROA joined artists Yama, Peeta and duo CAKTUS & MARIA for this year’s Murartista event, curated by LOOK-OUT, a new cultural association based in Sardinia.


The festival aims to develop innovative initiatives for artistic exchange in Sardinia, inviting leading international street artists to work in a collaborative, small community environment to explore new processes and concepts in public spaces.


Check out some shots of when ROA painted the VNA 12 cover piece in 2012 here.


Francisco Diaz aka Pastel paints a new mural in Gaeta, Italy


Currently in Europe for a two men show he is having with Elian @ Montana Gallery in Barcelona, Francisco Diaz aka Pastel was recently in Italy. Invited by the Memorie Urbane festival, Argentinian artist recently finished “Non ora (Not now)” mural.

Usually mixing the natural, mostly floral elements, against man made objects, mostly prehistoric ones, Pastel created another beautiful piece that looks like a wallpaper wrapping up the facade of a building. This effect is emphasized by covering every side of the unusual structure, but also, using black color as a background against dimmed tones of pink, orange, blue or beige. Though feeling decorative at first, as usual, the artist is hiding a deeper message in his work. In this particular case, he painted African plants, symbolizing native roots of people trying to immigrate to Europe. With the problem of immigrants from Africa being bigger and bigger through Europe, the artist is calling on action with this piece at one of first stops for majority of those looking for brighter future – south Italy.

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Shepard Fairey will visit Detroit to paint his largest mural to date


Shepard Fairey will paint his largest mural to date in Detroit, on the recently purchased and soon to be renamed Compuware Building.

The 184 ft wide by 60 ft tall piece will go up some time during Detroit Library Street Gallery‘s “Printed Matters” exhibition, running from May 22 to August 31 across the street. The show features prints inside the gallery using slightly more unorthodox materials such as wood and metal, whilst an outdoor section of the gallery called ‘The Belt’ showcases a smaller mural, displayed for the duration of the event.

Shepard’s largest piece will be placed on the blank, vertical, yellow space shown in the middle of the building, which was recently joint-purchased by two large companies.


LSG displays modern and contemporary fine art, and has previously exhibited artists such as HUSH, Vhils and VNA cover stars Swoon and Cleon Peterson. Printed Matters promises to explore Shepard’s usual themes of iconography and phenomenology alongside his own musical and artistic influences.






Sepe and Chazme collaborate on a piece in Estonia

Polish artists Sepe and Chazme recently collaborated on a street piece in Tartu, Estonia. Titled ‘Supilinn 15’ after the name of neighberhood they painted in, the mural is kind of tribute to
two famous Polish creatives born in this town.
Mixing their different but complementing styles, the image is depicting a bus known from Bogusław Linke’s famous painting “Autobus”, along with architectural elements of a futuristic building ‘Spodek’ in Katowice, designed by the architect Jerzy Hryniewiecki. By mixing those two elements through their distinctive technique and interpretation, the young artists paid their tribute to their influential countrymen.






Anthony Lister paints a large mural in Detroit


During his current US tour that included a solo show in Miami, Anthony Lister recently visited Detroit to work with 1xRun and Inner State Gallery. Along with other projects that are yet to be announced, Australian artists painted this 100 foot long mural just down the street from their offices.
Working his way with rollers and limited palette, our cover artist (issue #19), created this great signature piece continuing his superheros series of works. Through repetition of shapes and contours, Lister created the illusion of dynamics in this expressive piece. Bordering with abstraction, this large mural is an example of his creativity and refreshing style to be seen on the streets.


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