In VNA 26 we’ve managed to cram in large-scale muralists, fine art, graff writers who’ve transitioned to galleries, abstract art and even some skateboarding. From London and California, to New York and Penang by way of Bristol, we’ve scoured the world to bring you a mix of awesome artists we’ve just discovered alongside some of our old favourites who haven’t yet had their time to shine in VNA.
This issue, our cover feature is a bit of a personal hero of ours, Robert Del Naja, a character from the art world perhaps better known by his musical moniker; Massive Attack’s 3D.
3D’s brooding, politically motivated work stems from early punk album-art influences. Always one to buck social trends, he cut his own path and his own stencils, unwittingly sparking interest in a trend that surged from the States, leaping the Atlantic and taking the UK by storm.
After our inaugural visit to Pow! Wow! Hawaii, we made the most of our contacts there, staying in touch with Augustine Kofie, we also went back to dig in the crates with Buff Monster. We’ve pulled out the stops to bring you some gallery talk with Jonathan LeVine, as well as crossing over to Australia to catch up with James Jirat Patradoon and Numskull.
We also feature 10101010101010101010, or Ten Ten for short, the mystical eastern styles of Calma, London-based print wizard, Aida, and US-artist, Greg Lamarche, as well as Lithuanian street painter, Ernest Zacharevic and abstract Icelandic mark-maker, Katrin Fridriks.
Photo features focus on London, Singapore and Los Angeles, with contributions from NoLionsInEngland, Claude Crommelin, Mark Rigney, Chasing Ghosts and Birdman.
With cover shots from the talented photographer James Sharrock, we’re stepping up our game all round with this issue!
NB This is not a Special edition magazine. It’s not a screen printed cover nor is it signed by 3D.