London: Rone – Wallflower

Rone - Wallflower

Known for his large scale female portraits across the globe, Australian street artist Rone has debuted his first UK solo show Wallflower at StolenSpace in London.

The exhibition showcases a series of artworks with his female muse surrounded by flowers on reclaimed wooden crates. Through a clever juxtaposition of layers, delicate and transparent portraits blend on a decaying background. While in London, Rone also painted a mural in London Brick Lane.


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Rone – Wallflower
Until 4 May 2014
Stolenspace
17 Osborn St, London E1 6TD

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London: Liu Bolin – The Heroic Apparition

Liu Bolin - The Heroic Apparition

Chinese artist Liu Bolin debuted his first UK solo show The Heroic Apparition at Scream in London. The exhibition features a series of photographic self-portraits from around the world where Liu Bolin, dubbed the “invisible man”, paints himself to merge with his background. The results are breathtaking.

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View the full set of pics from the opening here

Liu Bolin – The Heroic Apparition
Until 9 May 2014
Scream
27-28 Eastcastle St
London W1W 8DH

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London: Chloe Early – Suspended

Chloe Early
London based painter Chloe Early debuted her solo show titled Suspended at The Outsiders. Featuring a series of large-scale paintings alongside a selection of exquisite smaller works, the exhibition explores the themes of weightlessness and gravity.
Her female subjects seem to be floating into a celestial space and enjoy a state of enlightenment.

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Chloe Early – Suspended
Until 3 May 2014
Outsiders London

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London: YZ – Lost in the City

Yz - Lost in the City

Lost in the city’ is the first solo show by French street artist YZ in the gallery frenchartstudio in London.

YZ questions the duality of two cities from an architectural perspective, Paris vs Hong Kong through a series of monochrome artworks depicting architectural elements such as facades, monuments, ornaments and highlights what make them such unique and fascinating places. Going further, YZ integrates classic architectural elements from Paris into Asiatic traditional run downed surroundings to create great aesthetical harmony.

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YZ – Lost in the city
Until 27 April 2014
French Art Studio
58 Gloucester Road
London SW7 4QT

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London: Rafael Gómezbarros @ Saatchi Gallery

Rafael Gomezbarros

Columbian artist and sculptor Rafael Gómezbarros has brought his army of giant ants to Saatchi Gallery. Titled “Casa Tomada”, (Seized House), the ants represent the displacement of columbian peasants due to war and strife. Spreading aggressively over all the walls, these 2 feet sculptures made of fiberglass are taking power .

Gómezbarros previously deployed his legion of ants onto historical buildings such as Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino – the haçienda where Simón Bolívar spent his final days – as well as Barranquilla’s customs building.

Ants being usually associated with hard labour and a complex social organization are turned into phantasms of the disappeared, ghost like figures that have acquired the capacity to take over national monuments.

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Rafael Gómezbarros
Saatchi Gallery
Duke of York’s HQ
King’s Road
London SW3 4RY

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London: Tomory Dodge @ Alison Jacques

Tomory Dodge
Californian based artist Tomory Dodge opened his third solo show at Alison Jacques Gallery in London.  Using a technique of repeated layering process Dodge created a series of abstract paintings that he defines as ‘phantom figuration’, distorted imagery distant from its physical origins.

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Tomory Dodge
Until 17 April 2014
Alison Jacques Gallery
London W1T 3LN

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Streets: Banksy #withSyria

#Syria - Banksy London
To mark the third anniversay of the Syrian conflict, Banksy has reworked his iconic portrait of a girl with heart balloon, to depict a young Syrian refugee wih a head scarf.
A “global recreation” of the moving Banksy piece saw the release of red balloons en masse around the world while the stencil have been projected on major landmarks, like the Nelson Column in Trafalgar Square in London, or the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

On his website the following statement reads:

“On the 6 March 2011 in the Syrian town of Daraa, fifteen children were arrested and tortured for painting anti-authoritarian graffiti. The protests that followed their detention led to an outbreak of violence across the country that would see a domestic uprising transform into a civil war displacing 9.3 million people from their homes.
#WithSyria ”.

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Amsterdam
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London: Hysteria @ Maison Bertaux

Hysteria

Ahead of their upcoming exhibition opening on March 12th at the legendary patisserie and gallery, Maison Bertaux, in Soho, London, we met up with the all girl collective HYSTERIA in their Hastings studio. Made up of Collagism, Aida Wilde and Shuby, the UK based collective creates colourful artworks  featuring eggs, legs, bananas, bunnies, cats, cupcakes, jewellery and bold iconography using mixed media collage and screenprinting techniques.

Their new body of work explores their relationship between food, sex, gender and symbolism. Their interpretation of celebrity subversion devours pop culture serving it up in as explosive dish of delectable proportions. Spanned across two floors, the exhibition promises riotous visual misconduct and infamous bad behavior using mainstream, historical and religious imagery all to be enjoyed with the sumptuous taste of Maison Bertaux’s legendary tea and cakes. Throughout the tenure of the show,  the Hysteria crew will be running a series of workshops and High Tea events, giving visitors and insight into their collaborative workings.
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HYSTERIA
Until 15 June
Maison Bertaux
28 Greek Street
Soho, London W1D

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London: Brett Amory – Twenty Four @ Lazarides

Brett Amory

Continuing his ‘Waiting’ series, Californian contemporary artist Brett Amory presents Twenty-Four in London, at Lazarides Rathbone, featuring twenty-four paintings of London’s most iconic locations, from Kensington, Soho to Hackney and Brixton, alongside multimedia installations.

Portraying a localised arena including  a diverse demographic of the city dwellers from night clubbers, commuters, school children and traders on their daily routine, Brett Amory offers visitors a unique and an intimate snapshot of London through his own eyes.

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Brett Amory – Twenty Four
Until 13th April 2014
Lazarides Rathbone
11 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1HR

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London: Alexis Diaz & Jaz – La Linea

Alexis Diaz & Jaz - Rex Romae

Running for one week until the 12th March 2014, La Linea is a joint pop up exhibition in London organised by Rex Romae displaying works by Puerto Rican artist Alexis Diaz and Argentinian artist Jaz (Franco Fassoli)

For La Linea, Jaz juxtaposes football hooliganism with wrestling using different mediums such as tar, petrol, or lime, while Diaz depicts surrealistic creatures by morphing different animals into each other and including elements of the human body.

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Alexis Diaz & Jaz  - “Linea”
Until 12th March 2014
Rex Romae
132 Commercial Street,
E1 6NG London

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Streets: MSK crew in London

AROE / MSK Crew

The MSK crew was in London over the week end taking advantage of the great weather.
AROE and the rest of the crew completed this mural undisturbed under the watchful eye of some “special visitors”.

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London: PRO176 – Liquid Mechanism

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French artist PRO176 debuted his London solo show at Pure Evil Gallery. Inspired by comic books the show features colourful paintings within a sci-fi universe where vilains meet superheroes in futuristic machines and other spaceships.

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PRO176 - Liquid Mechanism
Until 30th March 2014
Pure Evil Gallery

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London: Hackney Wick Takeover at the V&A Museum

Hackney Wick at the V&A Museum

For one night only the creative teams of Hackney Wick have taken over V&A Museum in London with art, music and many workshops.

In the Grand Entrance designer Charlotte Papon created giant HW paper installation, where visitors could participate by adding their own personalised origami piece to the surface and watched as the shapes and colours of Hackney Wick emerged. 

In one of the rooms, street artist OKO created a large drawing installation with animal creatures and romantic envisagings.

The Pen Pushers team invited participants to their drawing workshop and create a fairy tale interpretation of Hackney Wick and Fish Island complete with pirates and canal monsters.
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Exiting through the gift shop of the museum (no pun intented…) viewers could enjoy an installation by  graffiti artist Sweet Toof, featuring a model version of his infamous water tank in New York (covered here) with his trademark teeth and gums, as well as miniature trains with Paul Insect

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Streets: Best Ever in London

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The british duo Best Ever recently completed this mural in London, off Hanbury St, using their signature hyperealism touch.

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London: Phillips Contemporary Art Auction

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London auction house Phillips is hosting a contemporary art auction featuring works by major contemporary artists. It is a great opportunity to see works by Warhol, drawings by Keith Haring, sculptures by Marc Quinn, an installation by Barry McGee, pictures by Ed Templeton and more. Last but not least, viewers can also enjoy Banksy Happy Shopper and Rembrandt that were shown at the Bristol Museum vs Banksy 2009 exhibition (featured here)

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Phillips de Pury – London
Contemporary Art Auction
11-12 February 2014

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London: C215 – Back to Black

C215 - Back to Black

French stencil artist C215 just launched a new solo show called “Back to Black” at Stolenspace in London. Drawing inspiration from his different encounters through his travels in Europe, C215 decided to use a restricted colour palette on a series of portraits on a multitude of materials and recycled objects such as folders, luggage and tins.

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C215 – Back to Black
Stolenspace – London
Until 02 March 2014

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London: Phlegm – The Bestiary

Phlegm - Bestiary

For his first ever solo show Phlegm created a large scale installation called the Bestiary at the Howard Griffin Gallery in London. Using wood, clay, plaster and spraypaint, Phlegm invites us in his imaginary world, where strange animals and other street artists are stored in jars and shelves, from Descreet, Burning Candy to Banksy to name a few. Upon entering the main room, we are surrounded by different narratives, on one hand a vessel reminiscent of Noah’s Ark, while a giant owl overlooks a scene of fleeing animals.  Also to note that nothing is for sale, but a true experiment for the viewers.

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Phlegm – The Bestiary
Until 4th March 2014
Howard Griffin Gallery
London

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London: Sage Vaughn – Nobodys Home

Sage Vaughn - Nobody's home

LA based artist Sage Vaughn is back to London for a solo exhibition called “Nobody’s home” at Lazarides Rathbone. The show features a series of paintings with collages of pastel coloured wildlife birds and butterflies in stale interiors. On one of the paintings, an MSK tatooed bird seats proudly outside his cage. Nobody’s Home challenges viewers to break free from routine acceptance of our domestic and public surroundings and look at the beauty of nature has to offer in this lifetime.

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Sage Vaughn – Nobody’s home
Lazarides Rathbone
London
Until 1 March 2014

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London: Jef Aerosol – One Another

Jef Aerosol - One Another
French stencil artist Jef Aerosol returns to London for a solo show one another at French Art studio.
The exhibition showcases a large number of recent and older stencils on cardboard and canvas, depicting a series of cultural icons and anonymous portraits with his signature red arrow.

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Jef Aerosol – One Another
French Art Studio
Until 27 February
58 gloucester road
London SW7 4QT

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London: Saber – The Ugly American

Saber - the Ugly American

After Newcastle, LA based graffiti artist Saber launched the second installment of his first European solo show “The Ugly American” at The Outsiders London.

Suffering from epilepsy and being denied healthcare, the politically engaged artist decided to voice issues  and battles for universal care by attacking and transforming iconic images of US and Union Jack flags. Using found packing crates, the flags have been scratched and look raw and angry.  

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On the other hand Saber’s abstract paintings, made with layered collages and painted paper, juxtapose harmoniously a delicate texture with his strong and powerful sharp signature lines.

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Saber – The Ugly American
Until 15 February 2014
The Outsiders

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