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Previews: Ludo – “I’ve Been Missing You” @ Magda Danysz (Paris)

On June 17th, Ludo (interviewed) will be opening a new show at the Paris location of Magda Danysz. The prolific street artists is often on the road so this exhibition entitled I’ve Been Missing You reflects his feelings for his hometown. Along with pieces featuring his distinctive “Nature’s Revenge” theme as well as signature green tint, this show will also feature an an installation made up of an army of fireflies whose phosphorescent light dazzles and envelops while questioning the relationship between men and technology. Discuss LUDO here.

Releases: Banksy UK Election Print

Trying a new technique to further his political activism, Banksy has announced that he will be releasing a new print soon to coincide with the UK Elections on June 9th. He explains – “This limited edition artwork on archival quality paper is completely free, but is only available to registered voters in the Bristol North West, Bristol West, North Somerset, Thornbury, Kingswood and Filton constituencies. Simply send in a photo of your ballot paper from polling day showing you voted against the Conservative candidate and this complimentary gift will […]

Showing: Tom French – “Paralax” @ Unit London

On the 1st of June, Unit London opened a new exhibition of work by Tom French (featured) titled Parallax. Through this show, the London-based artist explores the literal, metaphorical and metaphysical manifestations of perspective and visual perception through his expressive monochromatic works. Stepping away from his previous work that used illusion and double images, French is this time focusing on the apparent displacement of his subject matter and its relation to the viewer. With this in mind, he snatches his figures, preserves them in oils with photographic clarity and incorporates them within abstract […]

Showing: Greg “Craola” Simkins – “No Strings” @ KP Projects Gallery

Currently at KP Projects Gallery in Los Angeles, Greg “Craola” Simkins (featured) has a show on view through June 17th entitled No Strings. The new body of imaginative work features paintings (including the massive 6′ x 9′ piece seen above), drawings, as well as a few limited editions. Continuing to explore the rich world he has created, the locally-based artist was inspired by the story of Pinnochio and the idea of escaping reality which can be seen in the surreal imagery featuring his signature hybrid amalgamations as well as some more […]

Previews: Kisung Koh – “Long Live the Polar Treasure” @ Thinkspace

This Saturday night (June 3rd), Thinkspace’s project room will play host to Kisung Koh’s first solo exhibition with the Culver City gallery. The Toronto-based painter is another young artist whose imagery touches on environmental issues as is evident with his choice of subject matter for this showing. Entitled Long Live the Polar Treasure, the new collection of oil paintings from Koh is entirely dedicated to the endangered polar bear and the displacement from its habitat, paralleling the Korean artist’s own life experiences of “deracination and the pangs of dislocated belonging.”

Murals: The Draculas @ ETA Agency

We first got turned on to the work of The Draculas during this year’s POW! WOW! Hawaii where they painted an amazing and surreal campfire scene. The Southern California-based duo, comprised of Gary Musgrave and Jeff McMillan, recently painted mural for the ETA Agency in Long Beach featuring a seaside city rampage kaiju battle. Take a look at more photos below… Photo credit: Brandon Shigeta.

Upcoming: Josh Keyes – “Implosion” @ Thinkspace Gallery

On August 5th, Los Angeles will finally getting that big solo show from Josh Keyes (interviewed) at Thinkspace Gallery that his fans have been waiting for all these years. It looks as though Implosion will have some paintings that continue his recent works that feature graffiti in natural and unusual settings. We’ll have more about the exhibition for you as it gets closer to the opening but for now, enjoy another preview image below… Discuss Josh Keyes here.

Recap: POW! WOW! DC 2017

The Washington D.C. edition of POW! WOW! recently returned in 2017 with another 15 artists creating murals in the NoMa district. Local artists CHELOVE, JD Deardourff, Jordann Wine, Julia Chon, Key Han, Martin Swift, Mas Paz, and Matt Corrado joined artists traveling from afar – Kaplan Bunce (Hawaii), Madsteez (California), STASH (Brooklyn) – seen above, TRAV (California), It’s a Living (Mexico), Muro (Spain), and Qbic (Russia) in painting walls in the neighborhood at a number of locations such as the Metropolitan Branch Trail and the new AVA apartment building at 55 M Street NE. Take a look at more photos below…

Ryan McGinley Photographs Brad Pitt For GQ

Continuing to capitalize on the demand for his commercial work, Ryan McGinley recently shot Brad Pitt for a feature in GQ magazine. Hitting three national parks (The Everglades, White Sands, and Carlsbad Caverns) on a epic cross county road trip shoot like the ones he is famous for, the New York-based photographer used his unique talents to catch candid images of the famous actor. Examples of McGinley’s signature use of light and motion, penchant for capturing raw images of humans interacting with nature, and compositional style […]

Streets: Aryz (Germany)

Painting through Mother’s Day weekend, Aryz recently finished a new mural in Saarbrücken, Germany. Painted for the people behind Artwalk – Saarbrücken, the new piece from the Spanish artist featured some tiles that are a small reference to his mother’s work. Take a look at more in-progress photos below that document him creating yet another memorable wall with his signature pastel still-life imagery, this time with a little different twist. Discuss Aryz here.