MISS VAN: SHE-WOLVES

I can remember back when I first began painting, Miss Van was one of my biggest inspirations. Being first introduced to the graffiti world of art, Miss Van was one of the first female graffiti artists (along with Fafi) who’s style captivated me.  Her strong illustration skills, use of color, and mysterious female characters were like nothing I had ever seen.

In the early 90’s, at the age of 18, Miss Van (Vanessa Alice Bensimon) began painting in the streets of her hometown of Toulouse, France. Over the years her characters (poupées as they are called) evolved on the streets and grew their own personal style full of colour, eroticism, voluptuousness and ambiguity. Her recognizable style and techniques quickly made her one of the most well known names in the global graffiti and street art scenes.

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Over the years she has focused more and more on her painting and the development of her characters, continually evolving and experimenting with new techniques, colors and concepts, and always referring to her own life and experiences. Just as she continues to grow so too do her poupées.

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Her recently launched online shop with Barcelonian artist Anaoana is now up and live, showcasing their fabulous line of clothing and accessories.  I think I want everything.

Also check out her new fine art shop Princesas Market.  Here you’ll find prints, postcards and signature jewelry!

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And here is the best news of all!!

Miss Van will be showing her art this Saturday, Feb. 6th through March 6th, 2110 at Merry Karnowsky Gallery in LA alongside Victor Castillo!! eek!! I am definitely making the trip up!

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VICTOR CASTILLO: STRANGE FRUIT & MISS VAN: SHE-WOLVES

Opening Reception Saturday, February 6, 8-11pm

MERRY KARNOWSKY GALLERY
170 S. LA BREA AVENUE
(IN THE ART 170 BUILDING)
LOS ANGELES, CA 90036
323.933.4408

www.mkgallery.com

Exhibition Dates: February 6 – March 6, 2010

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  1. Kim

    Wow, I really like those paintings!! They do look quite similar to Fafi, but I like the she-wolves more.

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