On September 29th, Dutch artist Piet Janssen (better known as Parra) will be opening a new show at the HVW8 Gallery in Los Angeles entitled Kind Regrets. On display will be new works featuring his distinctive saturated colors and characters – namely men with beaked heads and voluptuous women. Check out the painting in progress (above) and the show card (below) and we’ll see you at the opening. Discuss Parra here.
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After invading space, finally living up to his full name, Space Invader has decided to explore another frontier – the underwater realm. With an assist from Jason deCaires Taylor, whose underwater sculptural coral reefs and photography was featured in a recent show in New York, the French street tilist has affixed his classic imagery on the side of one of the reefs in Cancun adding another exotic locale notch to his belt of conquest. Discuss Invader here. Discuss Jason deCaires Taylor here.
Coming up on the 29th of September, Tran Nguyen (above) and Stella Im Hultberg (below) will join forces for a dual showing at the Thinkspace Gallery entitled Borrowed Memories. Nguyen will be presenting new paintings featuring her surreal and dreamy imagery, while the NY-based Hultberg will be bringing her enticing portraiture mixed in with some sculptural elements. You can follow the progress of the exhibition as well as more sneak peeks here. Discuss this show here. Discuss Tran Nguyen here. Discuss Stella Im Hultberg here.
Recently, the Mexico-based Liqen travelled to Galicia, Spain to get some work in. One of the resulting murals was this stunning new piece featuring the legend of the white boar, with some of his signature surreal touches thrown in. What stood out for us was not must the detailed execution, but also the beautiful lush palette he utilized. Check out more detailed pics below… Discuss Liqen here.
Last week, the Galerie Itinerrance in Paris put new works from LUDO (interviewed) on display in a show entitled Metal Militia all executed with splashes of his signature green tinge. The series of paintings mirror the imagery seen in the public murals of the locally-based street artist and reflect his ongoing Nature’s Revenge campaign where his plants, insects, and animals have evolved deadly appendages and skills to fight back again the human race. Other pieces featured LUDO’s Co-branding series and his commentary on public advertising. Discuss LUDO here.
Fans of the New York-based Todd James will be able to greet their hometown hero 6-8 pm on Thursday night (September 20th) at The Standard in New York where he will be releasing his new book - Yield to Temptation. The NYC legend, otherwise known as REAS, will have original candy sculptures on view as well as will be available to sign the new publication, which includes images of 60 of his drawings featuring his cartoon-like graffiti style, all created exclusively for the volume. Photo by saL. Discuss [...]
On only for several days (October 12-14), the upcoming exhibition entitled A Study Of Hands will be presenting to Melbourne works from a solid lineup of artists, many whom are based in Australia. Curated by Alexander Mitchell, the showing at the Backwoods Gallery includes Anthony Lister, Ashley Wood, Dave Kinsey, Haroshi, James Reka, James Greenaway, Kid Zoom, Mark Bode, Shohei Otomo, Twoone, Usugrow, and Yuske Imai. Seen above is an example of the thematic nature of the show from Kinsey, who offers up a variation [...]
Last week, the Opera Gallery hosted an opening for a rare solo from Bäst at their New York location entitled Germs Tropicana. The show featured somewhat of a new direction for the Brooklyn-based street artist as he delivered pieces that were dense with his collage-style imagery, some of which were circular in nature. Teeming with his signature pop iconography, they resembled giant petri dishes – hence the title of the show. Along with his collaboration with Greek olive oil brand Eléia, rounding out the exhibition were a series of gun sculptures. Photo credit: Joe Russo for Arrested [...]
For our Art Focus this week, a new artist you may want to check out is Vasilis Avramidis. The Greek artist’s oil paintings depict scenes and objects that overgrown where inhabitants are attempting to control and maintain the lush vegetation. Avramidis draws inspiration from gardens that are both real and imaginary, his references vary from the far away reality of Gilgamesh’s Garden of the Gods to the gothic Highgate Cemetery. He currently has a show Caretakers on display in London at Jacob’s Island Gallery for those who want to see the [...]
The Bay Area-based ABOVE (interviewed) was recently invited to paint at the 7th annual International art festival ASALTO in Zaragoza, Spain. He chose a 120 foot long wall to highlight an issue that has been front and center for the people of the country – their 24% unemployment rate (the unemployment rate for those under 25 years old, is a staggering 53%). He enlisted the help of the local Spanish people who posed in his studio to have their silhouettes traced for the project. Check the video and more photos [...]