Graffiti Life Mural for Atlantic Records’ band Phoenix

Parisienne band, Phoenix will be visiting the iconic Shoreditch Art Wall tomorrow (Monday 22nd April) to see the Graffiti Life mural designed for them. The band is fresh back from headlining at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival last week where they performed to a 50,000+ strong crowd.


Graffiti Life Mural

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Phoenix performing at Coachella


Coachella Photo: Jennifer Cappuccio Maher

Mural Shot: London Art Wall

Anup Vega | Awakening the Art

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Sri Lankan artist, Anup Vega is well known on the art scene, having achieved international recognition with his stunning drawings and paintings. Anup has exhibited his work both in Colombo and internationally,

Anup once said his obsession is with his immediate surroundings, especially nature.

*“Art to me is a process of witnessing. We witness with our eyes and we build our thoughts and imaginations based on what we see. I witness the wheel of time in my paintings. As art is inside the person, and he or she sees his own version of it through the mind’s eye, I’m very careful in provoking thoughts through my work. My work is an echo of my own thoughts so I am cautious in what I stir in the minds of others. I want to be able to heal, help and ground people through my art pieces,”


Anup kindly spoke to Public Description


Elle: How did your journey into art first begin?

Anup: Karmic coincidence! Pilgrimage from village to city as a teen, I am now back in bliss.


Elle: Being from Sri Lanka, do you feel Sri Lanka recognises and provide support and a good platform for inspiring artists?

Anup: Sri Lanka provides anything you name, under the sun on its own scale.


Elle: What motivates and inspires you to create different types of art?

Anup: Anything from magical sensual pleasures to infinite abstraction of existence in itself, and simply experiencing being here as a human divine being.


Elle: Have you a favourite artist?

Anup: Zorba and Buddha.


Elle: What work of art do you wish you owned?

Anup: Awakening from man made reality.


Elle: Where do you feel art is going?

Anup: Main stream is always parallel with so-called civilization.


Elle: What is next for Anup?

Anup: Continuing the pilgrimage I am on and celebration.


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Pearls | V&A and Qatar Museums Authority exhibition | 21 September 2013 – 19 January 2014


A rare selection of natural pearls from the Qatar Museums Authority Collection

A pearl-drop earring worn by Charles I at his execution in 1649, magnificent pearl tiaras worn by European nobility and a necklace of cultured pearls given to Marilyn Monroe by Joe DiMaggio in 1954 will be among the incredible array of jewels and other objects on display in a new exhibition at the V&A this autumn. Organised in partnership with the Qatar Museums Authority (QMA), the exhibition will explore the history of pearls from the early Roman Empire to the present, and will be the highlight event of the Qatar UK 2013 Year of Culture.

On display will be over 200 pieces of jewellery and works of art showcasing the extraordinary variety of colour and shape of natural and cultured pearls. The exhibition will examine how pearls have been employed over centuries in both East and West as a symbol of status and wealth, how tastes vary in different cultures and as well as the changing designs of jewellery with pearls.

The exhibition will be a highlight for the Qatar UK 2013 Year of Culture which aims to forge new partnerships in education, sport, creative industries and science, while promoting an awareness and appreciation of each other’s culture, achievements and heritage.

David Bowie | V&A London | 23 March – 11 August 2013

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The V&A has been given unprecedented access to the David Bowie Archive to curate the first international retrospective of the extraordinary career of David Bowie. ‘David Bowie is’ will feature more than 300 objects that include handwritten lyrics, original costumes, fashion, photography, film, music videos, set designs and Bowie’s own instruments.

Eberhard Havekost | 22 March – 11 May 2013


White Cube Mason’s Yard is pleased to present ‘Cosmos Now’, an exhibition of new work by Eberhard Havekost, his fourth with the gallery. Havekost is known for both the playfulness and the conceptual rigour of his paintings, earning a reputation as one of the most accomplished and ambitious artists exploring the limits of figuration today.

‘Cosmos Now’ brings together a diverse body of paintings and is one of Havekost’s largest solo exhibitions to date. For Havekost, anything that grabs the eye or mind is a legitimate subject for a painting. He derives his motifs from just about anywhere, not least press images and his own photographs of seemingly mundane scenes or objects. Even a sun-yellowed piece of paper or a flatscreen TV has a deadpan resonance for the artist. Through this restless and democratic set of images, Havekost examines what kind of information might be conveyed by a picture. There is little sense of space or depth in a Havekost painting: an image might have the dry clarity of a snapshot, while other surfaces might be mysteriously cloudy or occluded, still others appear to be dissolving into pure colour. Both the photo-realist and abstract paintings sit in sharp contrast to other pictures that feature – in a new technique for the artist – heavy impasto.

This restless deployment of techniques and ideas is best demonstrated in a series of multi-canvas works such as the two from which he derives the title of his show, ‘Kosmos’ (2011) and ‘Jetzt’ (2010) (Cosmos and Now). The largest canvas in ‘Kosmos’ depicts a dark TV screen: the most common medium for transmitting images today is here depicted as a clear, black and empty rectangle. The other canvases in the group are faint, painted in a kind of lavender grey as if redacted or covered in a dust. The combination of imagery in the ten canvases of ‘Jetzt’ is yet more peculiar and thought-provoking. On the left, a fragment of an alligator’s head; on the right, a cloud of mottled purples and blues. Between, the same image – does it depict the sharply cropped head of a woman? – is repeated from a slightly different angle, while two other canvases appear to reveal no imagery at all in their thickly applied paint. Havekost frustrates and pleases in equal measure, asking how much visual information we need before a painting can be read as an image.

Placed high on the wall, ‘Kosmos’ and ‘Jetzt’ bring to mind the mystery of a multi-panel altarpiece or the flickering poetry of cinema. Instead of a narrative, however, Havekost asks how the different canvases affect each other. How does each image inflect the other as our eye passes from painting to painting?  Do the abstractions suggest imagery or remain mute material, an accumulation of lumps and colours? In ‘Spekulation, B12’ (2012), we see what looks like the surface of a moon or asteroid, punctuated by a large black dot. Here certainty and perfection – the circle – seems to mask the image rather than open it up to our understanding.

This exhibition will travel in its entirety to join a larger body of work on the occasion of a major Eberhard Havekost solo exhibition at Museum Küppersmühle, Duisburg, Germany, 11 July – 20 October 2013.

Born and trained in Dresden, Eberhard Havekost lives and works in Berlin. He is professor of painting at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. He has exhibited widely in both solo and group exhibitions, including Museum der Moderne, Salzburg (2012); Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden (2011); Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (2010); FRAC Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand (2008); Hayward Gallery, London (2007); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2006); Kunstmuseum, Wolfsburg (2006); Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2005); Centre d’art Contemporain, Carjac (2003) and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Serralves, Porto (2001).

Shoreditch Art Wall | Upcoming Event | March 2013

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A fun event is coming to SAW with the week of “What Are You Grateful For?” similar to the last December’s Times Square, New York.

SAW are the only art and advertising wall in London that works with a pubic relations company to ensure that clients’, and artists’ work is seen by individuals and corporations around the world.

Come along to Peter the Pleaters at 17-19 Great Eastern Street, London EC2 the week of March 10 – March 16, 2013 and leave your mark – “What are you grateful for?”

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