Dave The Chimp Plush Toy

Berlin based street artist Dave The Chimp has just released his first Plush Toy. These limited edition toys are hand-made with love. Each box is hand-painted by the artist. Give the toy to your kids and frame the box and hang it on your wall. The perfect gift for the one you love.
• Hand made, hand painted box. Signed.
• Plush toy, soft and cuddly. Numbered tag.
• Certificate of authenticity, stamped, numbered, and signed by the artist.
• Lino print greeting card, with removable greeting from the artist. Use the card as a gift tag when giving this toy to a loved one.
 • Limited to only 30 pieces.
• Made with love by Mamas and Papas in Germany.

The Plush toy is available to purchase now via the artists online shop here.

José Parlá's Broken Language London Exhibition at Haunch of Venison

Haunch of Venison presents its first solo exhibition of New York based artist José Parlá. Born in Miami of Cuban parents artist José Parlá’s vibrant works explore the multi-layered histories of cities and urban environments; his paintings and site-specific installations are created both in his large carriage house studio and also works outside throughout city surfaces.

His expressive painting style and layers of ephemera and found objects combined with calligraphic abstraction have a lyrical feel to them, are uniquely his. This exhibition presents new paintings, works on paper, photographs and sculptures throughout our three gallery spaces.

José Parlá summarizes the work in the exhibition Broken Language:  

"For most of my life I have experienced being in transition and migration. This feeling allows me to bring the broken languages of the global community and its conditions into the gallery. My work is an empire of fragmented cacophonies, observed performances, palimpsestic musical gestures, and topographical compositions governing the essence of the cities I’ve travelled through."

José Parlá has exhibited internationally, including major shows in London, New York, Paris and Havana. In 2012 he exhibited at the 11th Havana Biennial, Cuba, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York, the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and was added to the collection of the British Museum.

Haunch of Venison - 103 New Bond Street - London - W1S 1ST
Opening Thursday, February 7th, 2013. 6pm to 8pm.
Show runs 8th February — 28th March 2013

Spraying Bricks - Episode 6 - ID-IOM

Spraying Bricks ventured south of the river to an abandoned, soon to be demolished, 5 storey Edwardian building. Standing outside the townhouse there was a feeling of desertion, but as you walk through the door of the Brixton property it is clear to see that ID-IOM have made their mark. With their studio situated in the basement, and their canvas being the entire building, the two brothers have established a creative hub that has no limits or restrictions. With very little space left to paint, Spraying Bricks were fortunate enough to capture a glimpse of the process these guys go through on a daily basis within the house of paint.

ID-IOM are a collective based in Brixton. Originally from the Isle Of Man, brothers Hugo and Sholto adopted their name from their late, father's art supplies shop. However, their father was not the only person to influence them in their lives. Their mother was a seamstress, and their older brother was the person responsible for exposing them to graffiti culture. With a creative gene running in the family, it is unsurprising that Hugo and Sholto have taken the path they have. Since moving to London, Hugo's and Sholto's work has developed and progressed ten-fold, with unique techniques and styles which ensures that their work is recognisable and stands out from the crowd.

Check out more of ID-IOM here: http://www.id-iom.com

VNA Issue 21 Launch Party

Please join Very Nearly Almost Magazine at Stolen Space Gallery on 31st January to celebrate the launch of the latest issue of VNA.

With a cover by Miss Van and interviews with the likes of Rone, Inkie, Dal & Faith47, Alex Fakso and MadC to name just a few, this issue is brimming with talent.

There are two alternate covers of issue 21, one is exclusive to the VNA web store and subscribers, the other will only be available in stockists. However they will be selling both at the launch alongside 100 limited edition packs featuring a screen-printed copy of the magazine with artwork designed by Miss Van.

Doors open at 6pm but arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Supported by Stolen Space & Wehangit
Stolen Space Gallery - Dray Walk, The Old Truman Brewery - 91 Brick Lane  - London E1 6QL

The Music Circle present Rumble in the Jungle #2

The Music Circle is organising a charity jumble sale in association with Oxfam on January 26, with celebrity donations from Paloma Faith, Tinie Tempah, Dermot O'Leary, Bat For Lashes, Jessie Ware, Fearne Cotton, Daisy Lowe, Alison Mosshart, Anna Calvi, Gemma Cairney, Annie Mac, Stooshe, Claudia Winkleman, Lucy Rose, Little Boots, Zara Martin, House of Holland, Nova Dando, The Broken Hearts, Marilyn Manson, Charlotte Church and many more.

The sale is in aid of abused women in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in tandem with Oxfam’s Get Together for International Women’s Day on 8 March 2013, and will be held at East London’s Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club.

There’ll be a pop-up retro hair salon from Lipstick & Curls to give you instant Victory rolls, a stylists' corner and photobooth featuring some surprises familiar faces, hyper ping-pong action from the mighty Pongathon crew, food from Gizzi Erskine, tea and cakes from Joe's Tea Co and Drink, Shop & Do and DJs including Gizzi, Jen Long (Radio 1), My Ex Boyfriend's Records and more all day long


Full details and line up can be found on the Facebook event page here. 

Bethnal Green Working Men's Club - 42-46 Pollard Row - Bethnal Green- London- E2 6NB

Walk by, Ignore me, Forget you ever saw me a solo show by My Dog Sighs

After 10 years of giving his art away for free as part of the now infamous Free Art Friday project, My Dog Sighs has this year finally found himself strapped in to a well-deserved meteoric rise. With an incredible international following in Israel, Japan and of course the UK, three sold-out shows under his belt, and astronomical numbers on Facebook and Youtube; My Dog Sighs is fast becoming an important figure on the contemporary art scene.

My Dog Sighs' style is characterised by the combination of melancholic and often naive portraiture with the use of found materials including abandoned food cans; an unusual choice when considering traditional street art ideas of painting or pasted walls. Initially stemming from the desire to interact with the true public without causing permanent damage to public and private property. This transient work is not concerned with permanence or mass audience, but a beautiful desire to communicate quietly with a single participant. Why cans? By recycling already ‘lost’ and abandoned materials, the cans add a layer of humanity and fragility echoing the solitary moment the'finder' discovers this lost soul.

Private View will be 6-10pm on Thursday 21st March 2013
Please Note: Private View is strictly by invitation only.

RSVP is ESSENTIAL Please send names to guestlist@londonwestbank.com.
Show open to public thereafter until Sunday 31st March.
(Gallery open daily 11am-7pm).

London West Bank Gallery, 133-137 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2RS

Franck Allais In Passing Exhibition

KK Outlet is proud to announce the first solo show of French photographer Franck Allais. In Passing will present two of Allais’ projects that encapsulate his skill of taking a simple concept and executing it with his trademark flair and wit.

Opening the show, Allais presents Subverting The City – a collection of images featuring city boys dressed in drab conservative clothes from the waist up but who are a little more flamboyant in skirts and heels from the waist down. The composition of these images are so seamless and their motion so natural that you have to look twice and call your judgment into question.

In Passing, also features The Weight of Words. Originally Allais wanted to create a series about the movement, sound and chaos of traffic. After setting up his camera on a tripod and taking photos of passing traffic, Allais noticed that he was ignoring what should have been obvious: what was written on the vehicles. “Instead of seeing vans and trucks, I saw words floating by like a visual dialogue, messages bombarding my brain that were instantly forgotten. I realized I had hit on something both playful and disturbing.”

Private View: Thursday 7th February 7 – 9pm
Exhibition Runs: 8 – 26 February

KK Outlet - 42 Hoxton Square - London - N1 6PB

Spraying Bricks - Episode 5 - INKFETISH

October 2012 saw the launch of Tom Blackford's, aka Inkfetish's, first solo show. Spraying Bricks was fortunate enough to catch up with him a couple of weeks prior to the execution of this piece to mark the launch of his solo show, named Imaginary Friends. Held at the Blackall Studios, East London, Imaginary Friends explores childhood mythologies and fears of adapting to a surreal adult world and also marks Tom's progression into the fine-art world.

Tom was born and raised in London, and has been creating street art for over a decade, building a successful career as both a muralist and illustrator. His love for Japanese animation and pop culture has seen him produce work for Pixar & Blue Sky Studios and publications such as Vanity Fair, Bizarre and Graphotism. His fascination with Japanese animation that drove him to grace the streets of Tokyo and create large murals for Manga Entertainment ad his own brand of visual iconography.

“What Are You Doing After This” - Group Exhibition London

Ivory & Black Soho in association with Vans Syndicate proudly present – “What are you doing after this?” – A group exhibition featuring some of the most exciting young artists currently living and working in New York and Los Angeles, working across a wide range of disciplines including photography, video, sculpture, painting and mixed media.

At first glance it would be easy to dismiss this show as just another skate art show. To many that would be the obvious connection between the 17 artists in the show, but the real theme for WAYDAT is friendship. It is the friendship between the group that connects them. Although they have been friends for many years this is the first time they have all exhibited together. Some of the artists names may be familiar, others you won’t have heard of but all are of equal importance in terms of the friendships they all share and the world that they have created.

Artists in the exhibition: Curtis Buchanan, Jason Dill, Leo Fitzpatrick, Fuck This Life, Jerry Hsu, Atiba Jefferson, Todd Jordan, Kevin “Spanky” Long, Nina Long, Neckface, Alex Olson, Jeff Potocar, Tino Razo, Lele Saveri, Chris Shonting, Meryl Smith and William Strobeck.

February 1st – March 8, 2013
Opening reception with the artists: February 1st, 7-9PM
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 12-6 PM
- 94 Berwick Street- London - W1F 0QF

RAE 'Whatevers Clever' New Print

We have already posted about NY artist RAE's upcoming solo show Nocturnal Trips which opens later this week at The Signal Gallery in East London.

Ahead of the show opening the artist has released a new edition with the gallery called 'Whatever's Clever'. An edition of 12, this mixed media screenprint on archival paper is available now here on the Signal Gallery website.

Conor Harrington's London Exhibition

A Whole Lot of Trouble for a Little Bit of Win is the name of the next exhibition at The Outsiders in London and is set to feature Conor Harrington's sought-after study paintings.

Conor has given his studies the name Morning Glories as he paints them daily, first thing upon arrival at his east London studio. These particular studies were painted during Conor's work on the painting A Whole Lot of Trouble for a Little Bit of Win itself, originally exhibited at Lazarides Rathbone's Bedlam exhibition in October 2012. The painting and its accompanying works from the same series, Whose World is This? and For Want of a Kingdom, the Battle was Lost, concern the transition of power from the West to new superpowers in the East, specifically China.

The show is planned to include over 20 studies on canvas board and framed, plus larger studies on paper. The exhibition runs from 1st February — 9th March 2013.

The Outsiders - 8 Greek Street - Soho - London W1D 4DG

Photography: ©Ian Cox


Shot in winter 2011, this movie invites you to spend one night in Paris with the French street artist Invader.

A shorter edit of this video has recently been doing the rounds as it has been used for ToBy Screamer's Analog Trip music video but this version is the entire 13 minute film. Sit back and watch the invasion!

Stay Up! Los Angeles Street Art Book

Stay Up!: Los Angeles Street Art is an investigation of the global phenomenon of street art published by Cameron + Company. Told from the perspective of artists working in Los Angeles, it offers a new vantage point for understanding an art form that is widely popular yet has been the subject of speculation and much uncertainty.

Questions whether street art is the next major art movement or if it a simply a trend and the differences between graffiti and street art are explored. A number of counterintuitive themes plague street art but that does not stop the excitement and enthusiasm surrounding this engaging and exciting art form.

Street art has exploded as a creative outlet and progressed from a counter culture movement based in graffiti in previous decades to a legitimate business platform in design, fashion, film, publishing, and art. The author explores the uniqueness of L.A. along with some of the successes and pitfalls these creative artists encounter. The major themes presented will familiarize the reader with the street art scene in L.A. and add new meaning to this creative capital.

This new publication is available now and you can buy it here via Amazon here: Stay Up! Los Angeles Street Art Book .

Jason Botkin aka KIN in Miami Video

Shot in Wynwood Miami during Art Basel 2012 this clip features the artist Jason Botkin. A native from Colorado, now based in Montreal Canada, director and co-founder of the EN MASSE project, who is now focusing on his own solo career.

If you happen to find yourself in Montreal at the end of the month, the artist's upcoming solo exhibition, «ALL KIN» presented by LNDMRK in collaboration with Yves Laroche gallery, will be opening on January 29th. More details on the event can be found on the Facebook page here

A Bathing Ape Pirate Store London

The iconic and much acclaimed Japanese brand, *A BATHING APE® will open their fourth ever European Pirate store in London, giving fans of the brand a chance to buy special edition and hard to find items at reduced prices.

The Pirate Store concept launched in Tokyo four years ago and was introduced in New York City in 2010. Each store is heavily branded with BAPE® Pirate Store graphics and imagery. Staying true to the brand’s exclusive roots, celebratory limited edition t-shirts and sweatshirts to match the theme and mark the occasion will be released every other day exclusively at the Pirate Store.

Since it’s arrival in London in 2002 the BAPE® Store London has only three times before offered any items at discount prices. The store will open for nine days only, and as such is likely to be hugely popular, drawing large crowds in search of exclusive BAPE® treasure. The Pirate Store will be located at the European flagship store, BAPE® London. This is a unique chance to get BAPE® product at a heavily discounted price.

Dates: 26th January – 3rd February 2013
BAPE® London - 4 Upper James - London W1F 9DG

Opening times: Monday – Friday 11am – 7pm, Saturday 11am – 6:30pm and Sunday 12pm – 5pm

Frank Malt's 100 UK Graffit Artists Book

Simply opening these covers commits you to being dazzled by 100 of the UK's top "writers" and street artists, immersing yourself in the styles, past and present, which make UK street art great.

Upon its arrival in the UK from New York in the 1980s, graffiti rapidly spread across the island, infecting the youth like a stylistic virus. Out of the early days came names that would become part of UK writing legend, such as Mode2, Zaki Dee 163, Choci Roc, Goldie, and Robbo. Alongside works by these pioneers, we sweep across the whole of the UK, taking in Scotland and Wales, running through the nineties and right up to the modern day when more advanced, technical graffiti, wheat pasting, and stenciling are the new media on the street.

This collection includes works by Aroe, Skore, Xens and Kem, Mef, and more. Guiding us through this review is Steam 156, who was there at the start and is still as passionate as ever. This is a must-have collection for graffiti writers and fans around the world.

100 UK Graffiti Artists was released just before Christmas is available now online from Amazon

Remi Rough Images Of Home 01 Journal

London artist Remi Rough has just finished his new journal  Images Of Home 01, which is available to purchase online from his website.

The publication is A5 and 72 pages of images you rarely get to see…a sort of behind the scenes look! Mock ups, sketches, ideas, instagram photos and more all printed in full colour. There are only 100 copies of Images of Home, which has been loving printed on recycled 100gm paper with a 250gm cover by the team at Ripe Digital. Go get yourself a copy now!

Images via Remi Rough.

Now Thats What I Call Photography 30 Bristol Exhibition

The Photocopy Club and One Giant Arm are proud to announce a new exhibition: Now that’s what I call Photography 30.

They will be joining forces to present a split show on the 23rd January 2013 at Bristol Diving School featuring 30 contemporary photographers from around the world and a zine fair. There will be an open submission wall - Please bring your photocopied photographs to The Diving School on the 21st and 22nd. There will also be a zine fair, submission welcome.

One night only - 23rd of January at The Bristol Diving School Gallery, 5pm - late.
Bristol Diving School - Hanover Place, Bristol, Avon BS1 6TZ

Sickboy Dreamworld Print Release

Next week sees No Walls gallery drop their first print release of 2013. Dreamworld is an incredible hand painted edition of 20 from Sickboy.

The prints are 70cm x 100cm on super thick heavyweight paper with Sickboy having painted the background on each one, a clear ink was then screened over the background and he's then hand painted individual details before the black was screen printed over the top making each one slightly different.

The Dreamworld edition will be released online on Tuesday the 15th of January from 4pm UK and will be priced at £260 each including free shipping within the UK from the No Walls website

Barry McGee Art In The Street Video

Vanity Fair Magazine caught up with legendary artist Barry McGee in this video which follow the artist as he created the spectacular mural at the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn, New York. 

A new book from Barry McGee was also recently released which we featured on the blog earlier in the week. The new McGee publication is available online for £22.40 over on Amazon.

Dave Kinsey "Congotropolis" Print Release

American artist Dave Kinsey starts the new year with a brand new screen print entitled "Congotropolis" released via BLK/MRKT. An edition of 100, the new release is a 4 colour screenprint on 250gm cotton rag paper, 18 x 18 inches in size and it is numbered, signed and stamped.

The edition is available to purchase online for $85 over on the Black Market website.

The Underbelly Project - Martha Cooper & Ian Cox

In the latest episode of Art In The Streets from MOCAtv they catch up with photographers Martha Cooper and Ian Cox to interview them about the the difficulties in photographing The Underbelly Project in Paris.

Barry McGee New Book / Catalogue Release

Published on the occasion of the first major survey of Barry McGeeswork, this monumental volume records more than two decades of incredible fecundity, over the course of which McGee has pioneered a new iconography of sharp street vitality and graphic snap. McGee began as a graffiti artist on the streets of San Francisco, working under such tags as Ray Fong, Twist & Twisto, and his work since then has hugely expanded the terms of both street art & contemporary art.

This volume revisits McGees most influential installations in art spaces, and considers the evolution of his aesthetic within institutional settings. Previously unseen photographs by Craig Costello document the artists work on the streets of san Francisco in the early 90s, highlighting the contributions of his friends and mentors.

Also included are images from the artists famous slide lecture, compiled and refined over the past 20 years, and an oral history of the bay areas Mission school by McGees friends, mentors and collaborators. Featuring 450 images, including many never before published, the book is designed by the artist in collaboration with Conny Purtill.

The new publication is available online  for £22.40 over on Amazon.

Jean Jullien Allo? Exhibition At Kemistry Gallery

Jean Jullien is a French artist, living and working in London. After graduating from Central Saint Martins and the Royal College of Art, Jean has gone on to become one of the finest young illustrators working today, producing a coherent body of work full of bold graphics and clever wordplay.

Kemistry are excited to host Jean Jullien’s first solo show in London, Allo?. Intrigued by everyday life and human interaction, Allo? explores our social and asocial behaviours, the relationship between people and how we communicate with one another.

There will be a range of prints, posters and t-shirts available for purchase at the gallery and online, each print will be limited, signed and numbered by Jean Jullien.

Private View: Thursday 7th February 18:00 - 21:00
Show: 7th Feb — 23rd Mar 2013

Kemistry - 43 Charlotte Road, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3PD

Signal Gallery Present RAE ' Nocturnal Trips' Solo Exhibition

Signal Gallery are delighted to to be introducing the work of Brooklyn street artist RAE to London. RAE has made a name for himself in New York with a series of lively installations on the street combining sculpture made up of found objects and painting. His work has a intelligent and witty quality which comes across as 'very New York' to us Londoners. Placement is very important with some works finding their way onto apparently inaccessible spots (e.g. on the top of lamp posts).

'Nocturnal Trips' will be his first show in the UK. The title refers to the nighttime 'trips' he takes to plan and install his artwork on the street. The city is a very different place, especially when you are seeing it both as a blank canvas and the potential scene of your arrest. It also refers to the thought processes that can happen in the dead of night when you're unwillingly awake. This can be a feverish state where extravagant ideas are bubbling up in a way that couldn't happen in the sane light of midday. RAE has tried to capture some of the semi-dream state images in the works for his show.

Private view 24th January 6 - 9pm
Open 25th January - 16th February
Signal Gallery, 32 Paul Street, London EC2A 4LB
Opening Times: Tues-Sat 12-6 pm, and by appointment at other times.

Kurt & The Gang - Belly Kids‏ Exhibition

Kurt Cobain is one of the most iconic figures of the Twentieth Century. He’s the poster boy for the MTV generation.

Belly Kids celebrate Cobain’s legendary status with Kurt and the Gang, an illustrated sticker collection chronicling the life, influence and friends of Kurt Cobain. The book is packed with work from 13 artists in the form of 60 stickers and features illustrations not only of the Nirvana singer/guitarist, but also of his friends and contemporaries including Daniel Johnston, Courtney Love, The Pixies, Dave Grohl and more.

The launch of the book will be accompanied by a month long exhibition at KK Outlet where illustrations from the book will be on show alongside specially devised, extended work.

Belly Kids will also be showing a selection of previous work in our side gallery including original pieces from Thrill Murray, The Mona Pizza, Monsters, Milkshakes, The Egyptians and more.

Artists involved – Murray Somerville, Patrick Schmidt, Michael C Hsiung, Sophy Hollington,Nick Alston, Chris Golden, Steve Keane, Paul Windle, Sean Morris, Thomas Key, Anneka Lange, Stu Ross, Thomas Slater, James Clapham, Logan Fitzpatrick, Christopher Worker,Sophie Alda, James Burgess, Louise Handyside, Daniel Fischel, Daisy Whitewolf and Mike Kilkelly.

Private View: Thursday 10th January 7 – 9pm
Exhibition Runs: 10 – 28th January

KK Outlet - 42 Hoxton Square - London - N1 6PB

Spraying Bricks - Episode 2 - ARTISTA X IRONY

The second video from the Spraying Bricks series features ARTISTA and Irony. If you missed the first episode with Australian street artist Smug, you can catch it here.

Spraying Bricks caught up with Kayleigh Doughty, aka Artista, in Cambridge recently, to film her collaboration with photo-realistic artist, Irony. The two artists met at UpFest last year and have wanted to paint a wall together ever since.

 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.

Christian Palmer Solo Show at Graffik Gallery, London

Having had the most amazing successful year in 2012, exhibiting in Australia, Europe & Asia, Christian Palmer comes to London in January to present his very first UK solo show at Graffik Gallery

Christian Palmer embraces the urban contemporary genre from a kind of mongrel fine art perspective. His work is a culmination of many years in the creative arts ranging from graphics and illustration to painting and stencil art. Current work has been influenced by the street art movement, the death of his dog and working with kids. It is from the vantage point of an outsider he reflects on our preconceptions and poses questions about the human condition. Canvas, wood, street scapes and screenprints are all used to communicate lyrical art works, using a child's writing, the most elementary graffiti.

RSVP for Private View Party
15th January:

Graffik Gallery - 284 Portobello Rd - Notting Hill W10 5TE

Popper Magazine Issue 2

Popper magazine is the first Latvian illustration magazine, which was launched last year  Compiled and released by an enthusiastic collective of artists, passionate about the visual form of illustration.

 "Our goal is to communicate with people through visual language and also to make a contribution to the Latvian cultural life. Having each artist interpreting a common theme may reveal many different, surprising or even conflicting aspects and views about a topic, giving spectator the “whole picture” of the theme and letting him to form an opinion of his own."

Popper have just released their second issue of the magazine pictured above. Featuring a mix of Latvian and international artists the magazine is an A4 Format with 176 pages, black & white, stiched binding, in both English / Latvian. It is priced 11 EUR shipping is extra. Available on the Popper Mazaine website here. Check out the launch party video for the second issue below!

'Too Much Vino' an exhibition by Billy

Billy is an English artist focussing on creating unique, colourful and positive artwork. From digital illustrations to large outdoor wall murals, the adaptability of Billy's work ensures that her signature style can be seen across a range of media in all shapes and sizes.

Taking influence and being inspired from traditional and contemporary African tribal culture, living in unfamiliar surroundings and keeping a positive perspective on life. The distinctive shapes, colours, characters and symbols in Billy’s work are created with an intention to communicate a positive visual message and story and to make other people smile and be happy too. Billy’s work has been taken into galleries around the UK, Germany and Belgium and can be seen decorating the streets of London, Berlin, Madrid, South Africa and beyond.

'Too Much Vino' is a visual account from Billy beginning in her younger days on a river in South Africa, observing her parents and their friends get completely drunk and disorderly, right through to the present day where Billy resides in Berlin and enjoys a drop of wine herself. It is a documentation exploring how the development of a taste for wine, a love of colour and the search for happiness can work together in such harmony (or not, if you’ve drunk too much).

Exhibition launch party Thursday 24th January / 6pm at Common

Common - 39 to 41 Edge Street -  Manchester - M4 1HW