VNA 26 manages to cram in large-scale muralists, fine art, graff writers who’ve transitioned to galleries, abstract art and even some skateboarding. From London and California, to New York and Penang by way of Bristol, VNA scoured the world to bring you a mix of awesome artists they’ve just discovered alongside some of our old favourites who haven’t yet had their time to shine in VNA.
This issue cover feature is a bit of a personal hero of theirs, Robert Del Naja, a character from the art world perhaps better known by his musical moniker; Massive Attack’s 3D.
Hit the jump for more info and images and if you are in London on Wednesday, the Launch party will be happening on 8 Greek Street at The Outsiders starting 6PM.
3D’s brooding, politically motivated work stems from early punk album-art influences. Always one to buck social trends, he cut his own path and his own stencils, unwittingly sparking interest in a trend that surged from the States, leaping the Atlantic and taking the UK by storm.
After our inaugural visit to Pow! Wow! Hawaii, we made the most of our contacts there, staying in touch with Augustine Kofie, we also went back to dig in the crates with Buff Monster. We’ve pulled out the stops to bring you some gallery talk with Jonathan LeVine, as well as crossing over to Australia to catch up with James Jirat Patradoon and Numskull.
We also feature 10101010101010101010, or Ten Ten for short, the mystical eastern styles of Calma, London-based print wizard, Aida, and US-artist, Greg Lamarche, as well as Lithuanian street painter, Ernest Zacharevic and abstract Icelandic mark-maker, Katrin Fridriks.
Photo features focus on London, Singapore and Los Angeles, with contributions from NoLionsInEngland, Claude Crommelin, Mark Rigney, Chasing Ghosts and Birdman.
For the cover of VNA 26, we’ve returned to the UK to chat to a hugely influential artist and a bit of a personal hero of ours, Robert Del Naja, a character from the art world perhaps better known by his musical moniker; Massive Attack’s 3D. Featuring our first ever glitter screenprint, this is a milestone in VNA history and we’re pretty stoked with this collaboration with the Bristolian artist.
In our special LTD Edition packs, we also include a super-limited heavyweight cotton tote bag, featuring one of 3D’s iconic knife and fork prints, and some tasty postcards of his work.
With cover shots from the talented photographer James Sharrock, we’re stepping up our game all round and pushing the boat out.
As usual, it wouldn’t be a VNA launch without a big party to celebrate the release of the LTD Editions, and this time we have another dual-city launch in both London, at Lazarides’ The Outsiders, and Bristol, at Weapon Of Choice Gallery, with delicious, beery support from our buddies at NYC’s Sixpoint Brewery.