French artist Ken Sortais aka Cony is currently showing new works at Galleries Goldstein near Hoxton Square in London. Check the video from the opening evening of the show with the artist taking about his work and the exhibition.
Prince of Darkness by Ken Sortais
Galleries Goldstein - 20 Coronet Street - London N1 6HD
Runs until the 12th January 2013
NYorkers catch up artist Steve Powers in this clip above.
"I’ve known Steve Powers for years and he never fails to impress or surprise. I told him that we wanted to do a New Yorkers feature on him and he told me to come to a new address in Brooklyn that I've never been to. When I arrived, I was surprised to see that he had set up shop in a 5000 square foot space in downtown Brooklyn. Even more intriguing, but in character for Steve, was that he had somehow convinced some community board to provide this space to him for free. Like the title of his book, Steve is a master of “The Art of Getting Over”.
Smug. An Australian street artist based in Glasgow. Since recognising his passion for Graffiti, Smug has quickly become one of the most talented street artists around. His high-quality murals demonstrate a photo-realistic style, and a careful and precise attitude to his work. Smug is inspired by the people he knows and whomever comes into contact with, creating thoroughly unique pieces that have been exhibited globally.
The first episode of Spraying Bricks captures Smug painting the face of Louis Jensen, founder of Spraying Bricks. The piece was executed on the Village Underground, Great Eastern Street, in the heart of Shoreditch.
Spraying Bricks is a channel which explores beneath the surface of artistic creation. For every piece of art tells a story. Art is not just reliant on the superficial final piece, however the process, thought and meaning which creatives go through prior to the final art form.
Our friends at Very Nearly Almost magazine are celebrating reaching their twentieth issue last month and have decided to pay homage to some of the amazing artists they have been lucky enough to work with over the years, by gathering together twenty friends of VNA to create the ultimate sticker pack. With original, one-off artwork from each artist these are stickers you won’t get anywhere else.
Check out this lineup; 45RPM, A.CE, Buff Monster, D*Face, Dabs & Myla, Dscreet, Eine, Invader, Kid Zoom, LUDO, Mr Penfold, Mysterious Al, Numskull, Nychos, Richt, Ronzo, The London Police, The Toasters, The Yok & Vinnie Nylon.
VNA website while stocks last.
A fine new print with a message of hope from Amsterdam's aerosol poet of the street, Laser 3.14.
"Baby It's Happening Now" is lovingly silkscreened on Somerset 300 gsm high quality paper, size 50x50cm and ready to adorn your wall. Limited to an edition of 50.
Available here for 55EURO
Following Anthony Lister's Unslung Heroes exhibitions at Lazarides The Outsiders Gallery in London and Newcastle the artist headed over to Miami for Art Basel.
The guys at BPTD production hung out with Lister in Miami and filmed him while he was painting one of a number of Miami murals.
Vans Offthewall.tv lands in Copenhagen for the latest episode of Topsafe's Crack and Shine Int'l. Meeting up with graffiti artists in the capital of Denmark as they paint train cars and city structures, aiming to build their artist reputations in Copenhagen's storied graffiti subculture.
Film by Will Robson Scott.
His inspiration comes from old cartoons and daily city life; citizes corruption and greed, found in our capitalistic system and contemporary art world. In this object Horfee shows 2 strong vices, a snake and a gun, who fight for power. The black dots refer to early graffiti patterns.
Snake/Gun is made in white porcelain with hand painted black details in an edition of 9. Each object comes in a customized wooden box hand painted by the artist, each box is unique and comes with a numbered and signed certificate + screenprint. Size: 20x17x15cm. (7.8x6.6x5.9inch) It is available from Case Studyo here
This wonderfully crafted book comes in a handmade and finished presentation box with a tear out screenprint, individually signed and numbered by both artists. The box-set also include two dye-cast enamel Sickboy and Word To Mother badges, only available with this release. The book itself is a 125 page black box with a foil embossed cover, hardback and hand-bound and includes lots of other goodies inside from hand drawn comic stips to customized sticker pages! The edition is limited to just 50 and for those that missed the show last Thursday you can now purchase a copy online for £150 from Fluorescent Smogg here. Check the video below to get an idea of what has gone into this beautiful publication.
Returning to their regular spot within The Old Truman Brewery the sample sale will feature both OBEY Men’s and Women’s Christmas Samples and it all kicks off at 5.00pm this Thursday. Lots of new Men's and Women's pieces will be on offer and everything will be half price or less!!!
Thursday 20th December 5.00pm — 8.00pm
Friday 21st December 10.30am — 7.00pm
Saturday 22nd December 10.30am — 7.00pm
Sunday 23rd December 10.30am — 5.00pm
The Old Truman Brewery - 91 Brick Lane - East London - E1 6QR
Buffed Dog is the lastest t-shirt release from street artist D*Face. The newest silk screened design has been released on his new Rebels Alliance label and the design is limited to just 50 shirts.
The Buffed Dog t-shirt is available now for £39 via the Rebels Alliance website.
The fifth in their series is by Geneviève Gauckler; a French artist, illustrator and art director who is probably best known for her ever-evolving procession of lovable characters. Gauckler's accomplished career has seen her working for French record label F Communications (with Laurent Garnier and St. Germain), on music promos for Dimitri from Paris, Pierre Henry and Sparks (with directors Kuntzel & Deygas), plus commercials for the likes of Yves Saint Laurent.
Each print is a limited edition of 50, and is emboss stamped, signed and numbered by the artist. To enhance the futuristic theme of the piece, the artwork has also been screenprinted on to a metallic silver paper using opaque white, black and purple inks.
To order a copy of Elevation by Geneviève Gauckler, visit here.
Australian street artists Rone and Meggs recently coloborated on this new mural in Melbourne for the new ‘Everything Goes’ Venue / Bar / Eatery and Marketplace – The People’s Market. Built in a carpark in Collingwood from old shipping containers, the venue is lively pop up space which will run till April 2013. If you happen to be in Melbourne you can visit the wall in person Thursday to Sunday at 62-64 Stanley St Collingwood.
Please join him at the private view on Wednesday 19th December 2012 from 6pm-9.30pm. Eat, drink, be merry and most importantly come and check out this seriously cool new collection of work.
Exhibition runs from 19th to 29th December 2012
Studio 74 - 74 Salusbury Road, 2nd Floor - London - NW6 6NU
Arrive early for giveaways, competitions, brandy, mince pies and Christmas vibes.
THURSDAY 13TH DECEMBER - 6PM - 11PM
STREET FEAST XMAS GROTTO - 347-349 Old Street - London EC1V 9LP
(Shoreditch tunnels near junction of Old St & Kingsland Road)
Beach London have announce a very exciting last-minute addition to theri 2012 line up. Anthony Burrill, one of the most respected graphic designers working today will present a look back at his hugely popular series of letterpress posters in their gallery.
Join them for a private viewing of the posters tonight December the 13th from 6-9pm.The work will be on display at Beach London until the 13th January.
Beach London - 20 Cheshire Street - London - E2 6EH
Hypebeast are set to launch issue three of their magazine this Thursday 12th Decemeber at London's BAPE STORE®. NTS Radio presents: Kutmah,Martelo & Exclusive showcase of A Bathing Ape archive pieces. If you want to attend be quick as it's invite only and if you are fast enough you might just get on the list. RSVP: RSVP@BAPEUK.com
Thursday - 13th December 7PM - 9PM
4 Upper James St.- London W1F 9DG
As long as we have known Bristol based artist 45RPM he has been drawing owls...on paper, canvas, walls, trucks, tents you name it.
The owls are available now from 45RPM's online Bigcartel shop here. Don't hang about as these will be snapped up fast! Be sure and also check some of the other goodies in his shop including zine's, tshirts and prints.
London based film maker Charlie Inman was in Rio to shoot a film about Samba but got a little sidetracked by all the amazing Graffiti in Rio and decided to make a film about it for the guys over at VNA Magazine.Check some of the stunning work in the film above.
The Toasters have released their EVERYWHERE film. You can watch the whole thing below.
EVERYWHERE from Toasters on Vimeo.
During his time in Melbourne, Roa struck up a collaboration with the staff and animals of Healseville Sanctuary, a nature reserve dedicated to native Australian species. The Sanctuary commissioned two works to be painted on their grounds north-east of Melbourne and provided consultation, information and inspiration for the artist in turn.
Here, emerging filmmaker Matt Harding follows Roa over a weekend as he encounters the strange and wonderful animals native to this country and reinterprets them on various sites within the Sanctuary.
'Deck The Walls' is a celebration of the Greetings Card in all its splendour. From the time they arrived in London in 1843, Greetings Cards have been an overlooked artform, and have changed drastically in nature. The early Egyptians used papyrus scrolls; we use Moonpig and horrific family photos.
The show's original pieces will include reworked vintage designs, religious and holy depictions, and newly imagined traditional scenes. Using a range of different media, our artists share their unique Christmas vision with canvas, wood, paper, and collage.
StolenSpace Gallery invites you to join them in Greeting the Season with festive beverages and snacks provided by The Bread Street Kitchen. Warm your hands, sample some festive treats, and feast your eyes on a delicious collection of Christmas artworks.
STOLENSPACE GALLERY - Dray Walk, The Old Truman Brewery - 91 Brick Lane - London E1 6QL
Published by 1980 Editions, DIY is the result of Dublin-based Gilligan's years of travel around the USA and Europe to skate and photograph the most exciting unauthorised and illegal skate structures.
Signed copies of the book will be available on the night, as well as exclsuive, limited-edition framed originals. This book is being launched on Thursday December the 6th from 6pm. More info on the Facebook Event page.
Beach London - 20 Cheshire Street- London - E2 6EH
The international competition, organised by Black+White Photography magazine, attracted more than 6,000 images from professional photographers and experienced amateurs around the world.
Judges included Magnum photographer Ian Berry, Guardian photographer Eamonn McCabe, fine art printer Robin Bell and Black+White Photography editor Elizabeth Roberts.
Exhibition running 3rd - 31st December 2012.
Gallery open Monday to Friday 09:00 - 19:00
theprintspace - 74 Kingsland Road - London -E2 8DL
Packed with the work of 33 of the world’s best graffiti artists, this book is endorsed by some of the most exciting names on the worldwide graffiti scene. It also contains interviews with all the artists so you can learn more about their drives, creative ambitions and how they got where they are.
On the launch night they will be giving a FREE A5 print to the first 100 people through the door plus you’ll be able to buy the book at the reduced price of £20 (RRP £29.99) . You will also get FREE Joys of Childhood graffiti postcards when you buy the book.
Make sure the 6th of December is in your diary. No guestlist, just rock up from 7- 11pm. Be sure and check the Facebook event page as the have been posting some sneak peak images from inside the book.
SHOREDITCH TUNNELS - 347-349 OLD STREET - LONDON EC1V 9LP
The price is £15 with worldwide delivery included (!), the size is A3, is black ink on white recycled 300 gsm paper, signed and numbered. There are 100 editions printed. They are available directly from my the artists redesigned website here.
84 projects from Yokoland marks the 10 year anniversary of Yokoland, looking at a selection of projects from the past decade. Based in Oslo and Trondheim Norway, Yokoland promise a range of visual treats at Kemistry, including trees, a flag, a smashed light box, a miniature factory, several posters, some record sleeves, one friendship pin, one tote bag, one t-shirt, a soda bottle, a usb-key, a brick, two newspapers, Painter Green, an award statuette and plenty of books.
There will be a range of products available for sale exclusively at Kemistry Gallery during and after the show, including British-Yokolandic friendship pins, an array of posters and an exhibition catalogue.
Private View: Thursday 29th November, 18:00 - 21:00
Exhibition runs 29th November 2012 — 19th January 2013
Kemistry Gallery - 43 Charlotte Road - London - EC2A 3PD
The show consists primarily of original paintings on a variety of framed objects; as well as a selection of limited edition prints and an accompanying publication. As always, C&C’s ethos of beautifully hand rendered typography and illustration remain at the heart of their practice, this newest body of work is a prime example of what they do best.
Private View - 29th November
Show runs from 30th November - 8th December
London Framing Workshop - 12 Felstead Street - Hackney Wick - London E9 5LG
In these end of the world days, the only thing left is to know how to get it together. Below is Mr. Phomer's step by step video guide for those who want to make it in the game, whatever it is.
To celebrate those of us out there keepin' it real, there's a Limited edition of Screen Printed Tshirts, Bags, and signed and numbered Prints made in collaboraton with COPYEM. Released for a limited time, while the world still runs.
All are availabe over on Mr.Phomers online shop here.
Shown together the works create new points of departure. Incorporating poetry, appropriation, trompe l'oeil, photography and sculpture, the show is a manifesto of sorts, which lays the ground work for a series of possible new directions. If the atlas is a big as the earth, the exploration starts where you stand.
Price is one of very few artists to be accepted onto the Royal College of Art's MFA painting course without any prior training or qualification. This exhibition will show a culmination of work created during his time spent at the college, building on an artistic path that has led from graffiti, painting the UK's largest illegal piece & being invited to appear in Banksy's Oscar nominated film “Exit through the Gift Shop”, via fashion and design.
Private View: Thursday 6th December 6 - 9pm
Exhibition open 7th - 21st December 2012 - 10am - 6pm Tuesday - Saturday
Rove Gallery - 33-34 Hoxton Square - London, -N1 6NN
Join them for:
* Discounted designs from current and previous collections.
* Prices starting at £5.
* One-off Lazy Oaf pieces.
* Refreshments from Popchips & Rekorderlig.
The sample sale is taking over their Islington studio from 3pm-7pm on Thursday 13th December and as with most it will be CASH ONLY.
Nearest tube: Highbury & Islington or Old Street.
Space is limited so if you're planning to attend: RSVP to email@example.com.
Lazy Oaf Studio - Unit 6, Canonbury Business Centre - 190A New North Road - London - N1 7BJ
The brief is pretty open, the only requirements are that your work is handcrafted and in proportion to the size of their menu (205mm wide by 315mm high). This competition is open to everyone and they are happy for you to can use any medium you like – paint, pencil, collage – but no photography, as it isn’t in keeping with their style.
If you think you have what they are looking for you better get your skates on as the deadline of December 1st is almost upon us. All the details and entry forms for the competition can be found on the Nando's site here. Good luck everyone!
UPDATE: OK so Nando's have just extended the deadline on this and is now the 7th December 2012, which is good news as we have only just started working on our design! *Terms and conditions apply.
East London shoppers had the surprise of their lives when their local corner store in Dalston’s Kingsland High Street became a giant musical instrument for one day only.
The shop, Best Supermarket, was radically transformed overnight from a typical neighbourhood store selling everyday goods to an all-singing, all-dancing musical masterpiece by Red Stripe lager beer for their Make Music in the Corner Shop project which brought a little slice of Jamaica to the UK for one day only.
Products on the shelves and items left scattered around the store became the most unlikely of instruments, triggered into performance when a customer chose a Red Stripe from the shelves. The reactions of surprised patrons were captured in a ground-breaking video, released today, as they set off the corner shop to the well known rock steady tune of “A Message to You Rudy” by Jamaican musician, Dandy Livingstone, later made famous by The Specials.
To see how they made the store come to life check out this additional behind the scenes video below:
The Mammoth Book of Street art will be launched this Friday 30th November at Beach London. The evening will also see work on display from JAKe, Ronzo, Pinky, Malarky, Kid Acne, Espo, Florence Blanchard and more.
Beach London - 20 Cheshire Street - London - E2 6EH
You can expect a wide variety of styles, from the ‘Classic Graffiti’ popularised in Madrid to Barcelona´s own bright, happy, colourful styles… from Black Book pieces to the most current innovative video art… Espanish Conexion opens the door for a generation of artists that are currently transforming the face of contemporary Spain art.
1 December – 16 December 2012
Opening 30 November 6:00 – 9:00 pm
HIGH ROLLER SOCIETY - 10 PALMERS ROAD - LONDON E2 0SY
Tube — Bethnal Green, Mile End
Bus — 8, D6, 277
Location: 54 Rivington Street - London - EC2A 3QN
Thursday 29th November to Saturday 1st December, 10:30am-7pm all three days.
"I am humbled to have Chris Stain volunteer his remarkable talent to Studio Disaster Relief; he recently pumped out an edition of 50 prints and donated them to me as means to generate additional funds. Equally commendable is photographer Luna Park who provided the source photograph for the print. It is hard to express how grateful I am for all of those who've helped me during this time of need. Good friends and family are by far the best insurance policy. Love, Leon."
Artist: Chris Stain
Size: H: 19" x L: 25" (frame not included)
Edition: Of 50, signed and dated
Paper: 80lb acid-free, archival, made in USA
$25 (+ $5 shipping) Available here.
The contributing artists include Emma Block, Lesley Barnes, Laura Barrett, Natsuki Otani, Yelena Bryksenkova, Emmeline Pidgen and Karolin Schnoor. Prepare to be spellbound as you enter The Enchanted Forest.
This free exhibition opens on Wednesday 28 November and runs until Saturday 8 December.
The Gallery at Foyles - Third Floor - Charing Cross Road - London.
All the artists in the show have been given strict instructions not to have a good time and have been chosen for their penchant for the quirky anyway. Expect the worst! More details and a full line-up of the artist taking part can be found over on the event Facebook page here.
At the private view Thursday, 29 November 2012, the fabulous steam punk band ‘The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing’ will be performing a politely riotous set.
Private view 29th November 6 - 9pm- Open 30th November - 21st December Signal Gallery - 32 Paul Street - London - EC2A 4LB
Bomber Jackets, conceived by Ollystudio, sees the featured artists from Stencil Republic create limited editions of 50 covers for the popular street art edition published by Laurence King.
Each artist has been asked to produce their own unique, bespoke works of art for the book jackets, working with stencils, screen print and hand spraying techniques. The artists involved include: Aiko, Dan Innes, Dr.D, Rene Gagnon, Oriticanoodles, Ezbai, Run Don’t Walk, Ozi A1one, Sr X, Pisa 73, Artist Ouvier, STF and Alto Contrast.
The project looks to reinterpret classic and cult films posters. Much of the modern imagery associated with film marketing contains banal, spliced together pictures of the main actors with no soul or meaning behind it. I want to create artworks that reflect artistry, skill and the importance of Cinema.
Peter Strain is an AOI (Association of Illustrators) Critics’ Choice Award-winning illustrator based in Belfast.
Private View: 6.00pm - 9.00pm 10th January 2013
Coningsby Gallery - 30 Tottenham Street - London - W1T 4RJ
Artist Imbue has just released their brand new 'Bootleg Colouring Book' in a limited edition of just 100.
Professionally printed and bound the A4 book is full of imbue artwork, ready to colour in. Ideal for the Christmas season. Signed and numbered editions with each book including an exclusive 'Gold Mickey' screen print. Also signed and numbered. The book can be purchased from the artist website here.
The poster (18” x 24”) is an original design by Lush referencing the United States Postal Services’ Label 228 Priority Mail postal label that so many sticker artists use to create works and put up all over the world. In addition to the posters, each buyer will receive a special bonus item of original work by Lush, from an actual tagged postal label to a hand sprayed poster. Items will be available by blind tube and are priced at $15 plus shipping and handling through The Vandalog Shop.
Pop Lives, Pagan Hearts is Copyrights 2012 solo show and sees him exploring the pop elements of his work the bright colours and repetition, but combining this with mythological narratives at the same time. Copyright discussed that despite our confidence that we are on the cutting edge of science and technology, living in a modern cultured world, that generally speaking all our belief systems be they religious, moral or superstitious are rooted in ancient times. “You may think you’re the coolest kid on the block with your latest iPhone and AF1’s but if things go wrong it won’t be Apple that you’re praying to.”
Private View: November 22nd 6pm – 9pm To attend the private view please RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pure Evil Gallery-108 Leonard Street - London
Artist Brian Donnelly, better known to most as KAWS joins the balloon line-up of this years 2012 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. His balloon is in the shape of one of his most famous characters, Companion. ARTINFO visited KAWS in his Brooklyn studio and talked about his preparation for the parade.
Deliberately esoteric and argumentative from the outset, HYB's varied content was curated by a select group of contributors drawn from the darkest corners of graffiti's uniquely peculiar demographic. With scant regard for aesthetics or punctuation the site inexplicably developed into a fully fledged blog with a hefty following.
HurtYouBad#1 aims to be the crystallization of a half remembered and fully inebriated mission statement: 'a graffiti magazine without graffiti'.
"So, with the demise of the glossy graffiti magazines we grew up on and a desire to produce something that would appeal to the more cerebral reader, we set forth. Forget the Illuminati; the connections that graffiti affords its participants would have David Icke affording us lizard man status.
This insipid infiltration of the mainstream world by writers allows us a unique insight into contemporary culture. For its debut outing HurtYouBad#1 indulges in some pig plastic surgery, talks to a couple of artists and takes a few snapshots on its travels."
With contributions from TopSafe alumni Will Robson-Scott and world-renowned graffiti writers Roid and Horfe, the magazine also features artist Will Tuck, Smart Crew, Sean Vegezzi, Gary Warnett and Stephen K Shuster, amongst others.
HurtYouBad#1:Concealed Intentions is available now from TopsafeLondon and selected retailers worldwide. £8 + p/p 108 pages American newsletter size.
Our friends at VNA magazine recently dropped their latest issue number 20 featuring the one and only RETNA on the cover. The latest issue also featured a whopping 32 extra pages of freshness and includes Greg Simkins, Neckface, Smash 137, Guy Mckinley, Josh Keyes, Ben Frost, DeeDee Kid, Ozmo, Above, Will Robson-Scott and as mentioned cover star Retna.
The VNA team headed out to visit Retna in his LA studio where he shared with them some great insight into the thought process behind his work. Check out the video below directed, filmed and edited by Dscreet. We then suggest you head over to VNA and buy yourself a copy of the latest issue if you haven't already done so here.
Image via VNA Magazine.
Our friend RUN has recently released a new screenprint titled The Storyteller. Here is what the artist had to say about the new edition.
"The story teller’ A story, or the beginning of a story, an illustration for a book that has never been written. Everyone wants a storyteller near by to send us floating into our world of dreams and suspended intrigue; at least we all wanted it when we were little. All that can be imagined will be, it’s a timeless theatre of tales to be told with whispers and roars. Find the child within you, wrapped in reckless abandon. Be brave and curious, have no fear of the black shadow, embrace the diversity and give voice to your fantasy…The story teller is coming." — RUN
The new edition has been printed by East London print house MULA Printing and is sized at 60 x 39 cm, 3 colours available in 4 different colours blue/red/yellow/green . Each is an edition of just 12, printed on Fabriano Rosaspina paper 300gsm signed and numbered. The new prints are £65 + shipping and available now via the artists website here.