Untold Stories — Group Show

Untold Stories is a mixed-media group exhibition produced by the arts programme of homelessness charity SHP. The show which opens this evening explores the idea that by listening to the hidden narratives of those who are socially excluded, we can move away from stereotypes to a more equal and inclusive society.

The show sees over 30 artists contributing work to the exhibition including, Matt Small, Wreckage, K Guy, Carrie Reichardt and Teddy Baden to name a few.

Untold Stories is on show from 1 – 22 July 2011. Opening times are from 10.30am – 5.00pm weekdays. There will be a special opening on Saturday 23 July, as part of the Whitecross Street Party. Admission is free and the nearest tube stations are Barbican and Old Street.

Together Our Space Gallery — 12 Old Street —London — EC1V 9BE (view map)

Ron English — Grade School Guernica Print

‘Grade School Guernica’ is one of street art titan Ron English’s most famous works. The Outsiders will be releasing the piece as a spectacular edition of 95 Giclee prints priced at £225 each, available exclusively from The Outsiders at 18.00 BST (that’s 19.00 in continental Europe, 13.00 on the east coast of America and 10.00am on the west coast) Thursday June 30th 2011.

Ron English — Grade School Guernica, Signed and numbered edition of 95, 100cm by 49cm (image 89.5cm by 37.5cm)Giclee print on Somerset enhanced radiant white satin 330gsm paper priced at £225.

K-Guy — Primate Pontificate Print

Primate Pontificate is artist K-Guy's visual response to the archaic views, actions and hypocrisies of the Catholic Church.

These limited edition, hand pulled screen prints are printed in four different colourways, limited to 25 of each colour. Release date is Friday 1st July via the artists website www.k-guy.co.uk for £125 plus shipping.

Urbanite — Otto Schade

"URBANITE" is the tile of Otto Schade (Aka Osch) latest Solo Show which opens at Frameless Gallery later this week. Otto was born in Chile in 1971. He initially studied Architecture at the Bio Bio University and Construction and Design Architecture in Concepcion, Chile. As a successful architect, he has been awarded for public and private projects.

Otto has always felt an avid fascination for the Surrealists, as well as the freedom which surrounds abstract painting. This influence has made him turn his creative skills to painting/urban art, which has become his strongest passion and for which he is beginning to get serious recognition.

Opening reception on Tuesday the 28 June 2011 6pm - 9pm
Exhibition runs from the 27 June to the 10th of July 2011

Framless Gallery - 20 Clerkenwell Green - Islington - London EC1R 0DP

Liu Bolin x Kenny Scharf On The Streets Of New York

On June 20th, 2010, world-renowned Chinese contemporary artist Liu Bolin camouflaged himself into the Kenny Scharf mural in New York for his first live painting/ performance piece in the United States.

Eelus — Alice Print

UK artist Eelus is set to release a new Special Edition print and 4 Originals next Tuesday June 28th in association with Dark Hall Mansion. Editions sizes and pricing can be found here.

Eelus on Alice:
“Recreating a classic scene from a story so rich in imagination with so many instantly recognisable moments to choose from has been a lot of fun. The story of a little girl called Alice who followed a white rabbit into a fantasy world of madness has been inspiring artists for decades and I’m happy to add myself to that list with this piece.”

Banksy TOX Stencil In Camden

Banksy TOX in CamdenLess than 24 hours after appearing on the street the lastest streetart piece from stencil artist Banksy has been boarded up. The new stencil piece saw Banksy hitting up Jeffrey's Street in Camden and mentions legendary graffiti artist / tagger TOX who was recently convicted of criminal damage.

As with most new Banksy pieces the lastest drew a huge crowd yesterday of fans, journalists, photographers and bloggers all snapping away and tweeting. We managed to capture the piece before the work got boarded up 'to protect it' from damage! We expect that in time the piece will go the way of other recent Banksy street pieces and no doubt it will be covered in plexi-glass, which as much as we hate to see at least the public will be able to still enjoy the piece.

Stik Video Interview — Bristol

Last week saw the opening of London based street artist Stik's new solo show entitled 'Council Property' at the King Of Paint gallery in Bristol.  The clip above features an interview with the artist, at the launch of this recent show.

King Of Paint —  9a Haymarket Walk— BS1 3LN 


Another three short clips from this years recent Street Fest event in East London. Produced by the guys at itdrewitself for Very Nearly Almost magazine. You can see the first few clips on our earlier post here.




Meggs — Inner Demons

Australian contemporary artist and member of Melbourne’s infamous Everfresh crew Meggs will be hitting London town for his first ever UK solo show in June 2011. The exhibition entitled Inner Demons will use a combination of Painting, Collage, Print, Film and Installations to explore the darkness which can be found within all of us!

“Inner Demons is an exploration of fears, desires and obstacles which each person faces within themselves. A demon is commonly represented as an undesirable evil, however when personal challenges are overcome these 'demons' can become empowered as a symbol of achievement and self-reflection. Meggs continues his observation of human dualities by combining demonic and human elements in expressive layered canvas works, photographic references and illustrated symbols.”

Inner Demons opens at 6.30pm on Thursday June 23rd. The opening night is strictly guest list only so if you would like to attend please email zerocool@zerocoolgallery.com to be added to the list.

RED BULL STUDIOS - 155-171 Tooley Street - London (Nearest Tube London Bridge)

Ron English — Skin Deep Exhibition

From 24 June Lazarides Gallery will present the first UK exhibition of paintings by painter, pundit and prankster, Ron English. Spanning multiple mediums, Skin Deep is an exploration of the intersections, discrepancies and synchronicities of personal mythologies on display in our public personas.

"Skin Deep presents multi-layered portraits of some of his most iconic characters, tracing the arc of their inner lives. Often using his children as models, English chronicles the soul's sojourn through Pop dioramas of fear and appetite, aspiration and rage. While paying homage to the great art before him, English maintains his very personal point of view, transforming the public to intimate and the universal to specific."

The show runs from 24 June – 23 July 2011
Lazarides Rathbone — 11 Rathbone Place — W1T 1HR

Xue Wang & Nom Kinnear King Exhibition — Coming To Town

A dual exhibition of 20 new artworks by two emerging UK based female oil painters, Xue Wang and Nom Kinnear King. A show inspired by the Fun Fair and the characters that work inside the circus.

Opening Reception: June 23rd 2011 from 6pm to 11pm at the London Miles Galleries East London pop up space.
Exhibition on show until June 28th 2011

London Miles Gallery | 65 Hanbury Street | E1 5JP

Meggs — Flash Sheet Print

New print from Australian artist Meggs. The Flash Sheet screenprint & (gold) aerosol is on 250gsm Dutch Etching paper (acid free) 560 x 380mm. Printed, sprayed & signed by artist in an edition of 50* (*20 currently available) $180 from here.

VNA x Montana-Cans x Streetfest

Very Nearly Almost magazine and the crew over at itdrewitself, teamed up with a talented group of UK based street and graffiti artists at the recent Street Fest event in East London to produce a series of mini art edits.

The first clip above sees a collaboration wall from The Toasters and Remi Rough.

The second clip features BLAM.

Stik — Council Property Exhibition

Another solo show from London based street artist Stik entitled 'Council Property'. The show will take place at The King Of Paint in Bristol with a private view on the 16th June 2011.

RSVP for private view: info@kopaint.com

King Of Paint | 9a Haymarket Walk | BS1 3LN

Phlegm — Shrines and Caskets

New mural work from Phlegm in Sheffield. This from Phlegm's website:

"Here's the beginning of a slightly more macabre chapter of the wall comic. I've found a nice spot that's all big, burnt out smooth walls all covered in soot. Hopefully it won't turn out to be a bust and i can get a few good walls painted here." — Phlegm

We look forward to seeing what he gets up to in this new spot.

Images ©Phlegm

REFLECTIONS: KAWS "A sweeter version of death..."

Reflections NY edition with KAWS — a series of interviews of NY artists.
Directed by Matt Black.

Malarky & Billy — Summer Breeze

Producing upwards of six murals in a single evening may seem like the work of ten robots, but Malarky and Billy simply have it down to an animalistic instinct. Being inspired by skateboarding and trained by foxes has certainly had its benefits; the adroit duo has been painting towns in a medley of ‘look-at-me!’ colours across the UK and beyond non-stop since the freezing snow day when they first met.

As the warm weather approaches, the two artists have delivered hoards of redecorated work trucks and shop shutters with lightening-fast ferocity, the culmination of which heralds their first London show, SUMMER BREEZE. The exhibition blows in on 11 June with a series of original paintings and prints to resonate the new season.

Raised in South London, Malarky’s style is influenced by a combination of the multi-cultural surroundings of Brixton, and the laid-back vibes of sunny Barcelona where he spends half his time. Malarky’s trademark foxes pay homage to his home turf where the animals roam freely around the city streets at night, echoing that of his own evening escapades with the likes of Billy, Mr Penfold, Rowdy, and Mighty Mo.

Childhood adventures in Africa fused with a background in graphic design influence Billy's tribal-esque shapes and bright colours. Billy incorporates funky typefaces and wild colour combinations to create a style that is abstract, bold and fun. Taking this on trips to colour up the streets, Billy is enjoying the positive vibes and community impact of drawing big and painting bigger in Brixton and beyond.

SUMMER BREEZE presents both individual and collaborative works by the artists, and runs until Sunday 3 July at High Roller Society Gallery.


Alec Monopoly — Graffik Gallery

Most people will recognise ‘Alec’ for the depiction on billboards, street walls and other streetscapes of the beloved Monopoly board game mascot Rich Uncle Penny Bags. In a more controlled, commercial gallery setup, ‘Alec’s’ work translates from an expletive gesture towards the invisible bureaucratic juggernaut into a multi-faceted array of Pop culture icons interspersed with financially-apocalyptic newspaper clippings. What separates his efforts from other high-profile graffiti artists who have effectively transitioned into the commercial art sphere (a.k.a. Banksy and Mr. Brainwash) is a deeper attraction to the ‘anti-hero’ personas of Jack Nicholson and Robert De Niro.

Exhibition opens 9th of June to 23rd of June 2011
Private view 9th of June. RSVP franco@graffikgallery.co.uk
Graffik Gallery | 284 Portobello Rd

Banksy, War Boutique

Andipa Gallery is hosting a Banksy / War Boutique exhibition an will present an exciting opportunity for collectors to acquire original works by two mavericks of urban art - one just emerging onto the international stage, choosing to put on his first commercial exhibition at Andipa, and one already recognised as amongst the biggest names in contemporary art today.

The show includes an unparalleled collection of sought after original paintings by Banksy, from the collection of Andipa Gallery, in the ground floor gallery. New works by War Boutique are on show in the lower ground floor gallery. The show opens on the 09th June and runs until the 09th July 2011


RETNA — London Exhibition Video

RETNA's "The Hallelujah World Tour" Solo Show opened last night to a packed crowd at The Old Dairy in London. Check this great walkthrough video of the show filmed by the guys over at Graffiti TV.

The Old Dairy is open Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 6pm. Admission to the show is free. The Hallelujah World Tour exhibition will run at the gallery space from 9th June – 27th June 2011.

The Old Dairy | 7 Wakefield St | London |WC1N 1PB

Ghetto Wrestling — Dave The Chimp

This weekend sees Berlin based artist Dave The Chimp take part in the Ghetto Wrestling Party. Not exactly sure on the info here but looks like you can sign up an take part in Ghetto Wrestling too if you live in Berlin.

According to the site it's " An exploration of taste for bad taste's sake through the joyfully slummy genre of Lucha Libre!" As the party is free, Chimp has made a two colour screenprint to help promote the event. It's an edition of 15 on 300gsm paper and 50 x 70cm in size. The print is only 50 euros (plus shipping - 10 euros Europe, 20 euros rest of the world). If you would like one email: davethechimp@gmail.com

And if you are in Berlin this weekend make sure you check out the Ghetto Wrestling party and don't forget your costume. More info on the event can be found here.

Sneaker Street Light Art

We posted a video last week featuring some Neon Sneaker street art and the same guys has just emailed over their newest video 'Sneaker Street Light Art', again on the sneaker tip.

Faile — Fashion Chimps Print

Yesterday 7th June saw a new print released online from the Faile via Papermonster. Fashion Chimps NYC print is based on a piece from their 2010 show at Perry Rubenstein Gallery. The impressive 25 color screenprint is done in their recent "block" style which gives the illusion of its 3D sister from the show. The new print is huge, size wise and this is reflected in the $800 dollar price tags which might also explain why the edition is still available on the site almost a full day after it's release.

Fashion Chimps NYC
Acrylic and Ink on Coventry Rag 290 gsm Paper, Deckled Edges
Dimensions: 36 x 47.5 Inches (91 x 121cm)
Signed, Stamped & Numbered 2011
Price $800 and available here

Image via Papermonster.

Labrona — Head Space 2 Print

We have been fans of Canadian artist Labrona for a number of years now. We see he has a new print released through 5 Pieces Gallery. The 'Head Space 2' print is an edition of just 20, printed on high quality Epson Smooth Fine Art paper (100% rag, acid free, archival paper) using Epson Ultra Chrome K3 inks. It's signed and numbered by the artist and is 50.8 x 50.8 cm in size.

It is available from 5 Pieces Gallery fro $160 here.

Image via 5 Pieces Gallery

Crimes Of Minds Project

Back in April of this year saw the beginning of the first session of the street art project "Crimes of Minds". The project will run throughout 2011, and will see a selection of emerging and confirmed contemporary artists from various countries invited to paint about twenty walls in the town of Brest in France.

Above is the first episode which featured the following artists : Ben Slow (UK), Best Ever (UK), and Guy Denning (UK). The second clip recorded in May has just been posted online and features Morten Andersen (DAN), Finbarr Dac (UK) and Sly 2 (FR), posted below.

For more info on the project and the line up of artists who will be painting visit crimesofminds.com

COST Print Release — Papermonster

New York based artist COST, along with his cohort REVS, is notorious for expanding the parameters of graffiti in the early to mid 1990's. He introduced different mediums to the graffiti culture in the post train era and influenced the growth of the street art scene world wide. From wheat-pasted posters to his sprawling and long running roller pieces, New York City has been graced by his presence for over two decades.

Papermonster have teamed up with COST for this new print from the NYC graffiti legend. It will certainly brighten up your wall with an almost neon hand painted orange.

Print details:

Acrylic and Ink Relief Print on Archival Paper
Dimensions: 16 3/4 x 24 3/4 Inches.
Signed and Numbered by the Artist.

Available now from Papermonster for $150.
Image via Papermonster.

OUTSIDE IN movie trailer

OUTSIDE IN is a celebratory and historical look at street art through the lens of the Museum of Contemporary Art's groundbreaking exhibition Art in the Streets. The film features renowned artists Shepard Fairey, Lee Quiñones, Swoon, Futura, Mister Cartoon, Revok, Martha Cooper, Invader to name a few. Director Alex Stapleton (Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel) documents the artist's creative process, their pitfalls with the law, the poetic impermanence of their craft and the artists' evolution from the back seat of a cop car to the walls of a well-respected institution.

Filmed at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) in conjunction with the exhibition Art in the Streets - moca.org

Don't Call Me Urban Book Launch

DON’T CALL ME URBAN! The Time of Grime’ is a photographic record compiled over a 12 year period, focusing on the youth of London’s inner-city at a vital time, taking as its prism the genre of grime - the most significant and controversial musical expression to emerge from the UK since punk. The book is a visual reflection of what grime represented, chronicling the conditions that spawned the genre. It is a combination of music portraiture, social documentary and architectural photography.

Many black youths reject the ‘urban’ label that has been imposed on them by commerce and the media. There is a significant discrepancy between perceptions of black culture as ‘cool’ and the often-harsh reality of being born black on a London council estate. ‘Don’t Call me Urban!’ takes us through the raw environment from which the new stars of British popular music, such as Dizzee Rascal and Tinchy Stryder emerged, and introduces us to many other hopefuls who remain stranded in bedroom studios, hidden amongst concrete blocks glamorised in countless music videos. ‘The Time of Grime’ is an era when ‘clashing’ and postcode warfare have emerged, when young lives have fallen victim to absurdly trivial disputes, when rampant material aspiration collides with grim social reality. The book is a unique and penetrating document of an era in which London’s inner-city youth has veered out of control.

Featuring Simon Wheatley's stunning photography, the DON’T CALL ME URBAN! The Time of Grime book has been published by Northumbria University Press and is available now directly from their website or on Amazon.

A lunch night and exhibition is planned for the book on the 2 June 2011 at Rich Mix in East London. As well as images from the book they will be hosting a grime showcase with performances from GODS GIFT, JAMMER, CHRONIK, JENDOR, NO LAY, LIONESS, LADY SHOCKA, JUNIOR VILLAIN, TOMBOY & NYJA and LITTLE RASCALS.

The preview starts at 6pm with and afterparty from 8. The exhibition runs until the 24th June at Rich Mix.

Rich Mix | 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road | London | E1 6LA
Images  ©Simon Wheatley

Street with Barry McGee, Todd James and Steve Powers

Street, 2011 featuring work from Todd James, Barry McGee, Stephen Powers, Devin Flynn, Josh Lazcano, Dan Murphy, and Alexis Ross. The installation was created for "Art In The Streets", The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA LA.

Directors: Andy Bruntel & Felipe Lima
DP: C. R. Stecyk III
Producers: Bret Nicely & Jett Steiger
Camera: Larkin Donley
Sound: Owen Granich-Young

Myne — It's All In My Head Print

Check this video featuring London based artist Myne's first official screen print release - "It's all in my head".
The five colour edition is available from the artists website at myneandyours.com