Miss Van aka Vanessa Alice Bensimon is a French artist, considered one of the best female painters of the international graffiti scene.She started wall-painting at the age of 20, in 1993, initiating the feminine movement in Street Art. Originating from Toulouse, France and having spent most of her artistic life in Barcelona, Spain. Miss Van has travelled the world painting her instantly recognizable women on the streets, as well as on canvas. She has exhibited extensively for decades worldwide in Europe, USA and Asia.
Miss Van’s recent artistic pursuits have taken her to Los Angeles, Miami, Spain and Brazil, which hallmarks a recent return to street art, after several years spent solely painting in the studio, charging her new works with increased depth, emotion and an elevated romantic darkness and delicacy. Her iconic sultry female characters reappear in sensual yet dark animal masks and evolving environments.
In a gauzy romantic compositions, they carry a surreal quality of burlesque, resonating with a beautiful synergy of rawness, softness and emotion.
– via missvan.com
We are looking forward to our upcoming Show ‘Three Of A Kind’
A Group Show with Miss Van, Dave Decat and Mode 2
May 17, 2017
The latest from MOSES & TAPS™
New in our Gallery
N.O.Madski for METROPOLEKREATIV AWARD
Katarakt, 200×130 cm, acrylic on canvas, 2017
April 27, 2017
Upcoming show…Dave Decat on 8/6/2017 with Miss Van and Mode 2
Cover by Dave Decat, 2016
April 22, 2017
Artworks by Dave Decat from the show Dirty Livin’
On June 8th he will present his latest works at the group show ‘Three Of A Kind’
April 7, 2017
Soon to come…Miss Van Opening June 8th
Detail of Blooming Muse III by Miss Van
April 1, 2017
Biography of Mode 2
Credit Joel Fox
Born in Mauritius in 1967, Mode 2 arrived in London in the hot summer of 1976, discovering a whole new environment from that of his native island, where punk was in full boom, while dub and reggae were the prevalent musical backdrop of his Lewisham neighbourhood.
Having been drawing since he was small, his mother supplied him and his siblings with comics, and encouraged to watch TV and listen to the radio, in order to lear English as quickly as possible. With 2000AD as a weekly comic, Star Wars coming out in 1977, and an introduction to The Lord Of The Rings and Dungeons & Dragons by a friend of his oldest brother, Mode 2 was constantly inspired to explore these genres with his drawings, while also trying out the odd oil paintings and aquarelles.
By the early eighties though, the sound of electro and rap, along with the discovery of spray-painting, via Malcom McLaren’s Buffalo Gals video, turned his focus towards new horizons. So; from the summer of 1984, we would find him hanging around Covent Garden, where Hip Hop culture had found a new home, and pretty much everybody from the London scene hung out. Having already been interested in lettering and logos, picking up the marker and spray-can was a logical step for him. That summer, he would pair up with another artist called Scribla, and then with Zaki Dee and his crew, and paint on different events where he would also run into Pride, and 3D (Massive Attack).
He helped to form a new crew called The Chrome Angelz, in March 1985, then met with Bando from Paris, before going there to paint in May that year. Along with the music, the travelling and exchanging of styles made everybody progress very quickly in that short space of time, meeting up with Shoe from Amsterdam in mid-July, and travelling yet further as the years went by.
He settled in Paris to work in computer graphics in 1987, but didn’t stay there long, getting back to murals, posters, logos and contributing to the Hip Hop scene, having one of his characters on the front cover of the seminal book Spraycan Art. He did record sleeves, the posters for dance events, or collaborations with photographers like Jean-Baptiste Mondino or later Harri Peccinotti, before eventually beginning to regularly produce paintings from 1995.
Having taken part in many events and festivals; from the ones organised by the scene itself, to official and historical events such as Art In The Streets at the MoCA in Los Angeles, to co-curating The Bridges Of Graffiti at the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015, Mode 2 has always been a keen live performer, emphasising how the culture is based around action itself, whether in dance, music or on the microphone. He is also considered to be one of the historians of the culture (before the digital revolution muddied the waters somewhat), with his personal photo archive having recorded its evolution, alongside his continuing artistic output.
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