A.K.A.: IT ISN'T JUST A MAN'S GAME! - A Celebration of female street art @ Nuart Gallery

Often aliases, like art, indicate no gender. Gender after all has never been a big issue when it comes to art. But what happens when art gets selected for display? Or when it comes to street art?

Often illegal and interlaced with high-risk activities to produce it, street art still conveys a strong stereotypical male image. And even the most popular street artist, whose identity is still mysterious, has driven home the narrative that street art requires an all-boys club education.

Some artists will agree, some others will not. In some countries certainly being a street artist is a tough game, we all know this. However, when it comes to Western countries, what really matters is recognition.

It is 2017, certainly it took some time, but that time has now come: street art, like every form of art, is no longer a man’s game!

With A.K.A: IT ISN’T JUST A MAN’S GAME! We want to scratch the surface, rebalance the ‘inequalities’ and celebrate the work of some of the great women artists we had the pleasure to work with over the years. We hope you will see them as Artist and not just as ‘women artist’, and love their work as much as we do.

OPENING NIGHT: Wednesday, May the 24th at 19:00
EXHIBITION DATES: May 24th - June 24th
Nuart Gallery, Salvågergata 10, 4006 Stavanger (NO)

First artist to be announced: Alice Pasquini’s Art (IT)

One of the Nuart Aberdeen participating artists, Alice is a multimedia artist from Rome whose affectionate street art explores the brighter side of human relationships. Pasquini’s art revolves around the topics of femininity, encompassing murals, paintings, and illustrations which tell stories about various acts of kindness and love.
Street artist, painter, illustrator and set designer, Alice has developed a multitude of artistic expressions, from narrative-based, pastel-toned murals to her most recent series of installations created from found materials.
Her work focuses on positive values “I’m interested in representing human feelings and exploring different points of view”.
Because of the nature of her work, she was commissioned to work for organisations such as Red Cross and Greenpeace. In addition, Alice has completed projects with international clients, such as Canon, Nike, Range Rover, Toyota, and Microsoft, illustrated the graphic novel Vertigine (Rizzoli, 2011). Alice and her work have been featured in New York Times International, The Wall Street Journal, l’Espresso, Panorama, Vanity, and many other international publications.
Sydney, New York, Barcelona, Oslo, Moscow, Paris, Copenhagen, Marrakech, Berlin, Saigon, London, and Rome are some of the cities where her work can be found.
Come check out her work and give Alice a warm welcome to the Nuart Gallery!!!

Second artist for today: ELLA / Ella & Pitr duo (FR)

Internationally acclaimed French couple Ella & Pitr specialise in creating large-scale murals of fairytale-like characters. Their gigantic characters can be found sprawled across rooftops, runways, houses, shipping containers and even entire fields; each defined by an innate playfulness and a unique style appropriated from influences as diverse as comics and children’s books to graffiti. As well as producing their trademark gigantic murals the world over, Ella & Pitr have exhibited at international art galleries at home and abroad.
In 2015, as part of Nuart Festival’s 15th Anniversary celebrations, they created the world’s largest outdoor mural in Klepp, Rogaland. Visible from planes flying into and out of Stavanger’s Sola airport, it has quickly become a new international landmark.

“When this duo met, Pitr, serious and of dour demeanor, unrepentant tagger and graffiti artist, had been clandestinely hitting the city walls for close to a decade, and wondering where to take things next. One dark and stormy autumnal night, this solitary individual would pack his rucksack with cans and markers, alone, one last time.
On that very same night, Ella, a bright and energetic young artist looking for ways to engage a larger audience with her character-driven works, had taken to the streets with bucket and paste and an armful of rolled-up paste-ups. Ella & Pitr were, of course, aware of each other’s work, Saint-Étienne being a relatively small town, but they had yet to meet. That evening, as Pitr was just finishing a mid-sized throw-up with a cheeky ultra-wide tag down an unlit alley, a dog started to bark wildly. Quickly packing his rucksack, pulling his hood over his baseball cap, he quickly moved down the street with a well practiced head-down march. Approaching the corner, he broke into a jog.
Several yards down an adjacent street, Ella, dressed in a red and white Polka dot raincoat (with matching hat), had also heard barking, from what she imagined to be a very large and menacing dog. She quickly finished pasting up her work, a hand - coloured illustration of a birthday cake she was going to post for a friend as a surprise. She plonked the brush into the bucket, scooped up the remaining paste-ups, pulled her collar up and her hat down, and sprinted home. Nearing the corner, she instinctively looked over her shoulder, as Pitr, on the other side of the wall, did likewise. Bam! The two crashed into each other at almighty speed, polka dots and paste meeting hoodie and cans in a tangle of arms and legs as they came crashing to the floor together amongst a pile of ruined paste-ups. At that moment, the Prussian-blue clouds parted to reveal a beautiful full moon, beams reflecting incandescently off the glistening street. Laying on their backs, wet and dazed, they looked at each other, then in unison at the moon. “Hey,” said Pitr. “Hi,” said Ella. The rest is history.” — Martyn Reed

Lastly for today, our girl Line Osmundsen!

Line is a Norwegian artist, ex clubber turned painter, best known for her use of sharp geometric forms and female characters. She had her artistic debut in 2014, at Nuart Gallery when she presented herself and her art with an exhibition titled “Beautiful Crazy”. The show raised huge amount of interest in her work which has now become very popular.
Line’s characters draw on a large and complex accumulation of influences from both urban club culture and the more sedate country lifestyle they embraced when the music ended and motherhood began. We feel echoes of wild weekends in the sharply rendered, vibrantly coloured shapes that jag at the backdrop of coloured washes. Like sharp memories dissipating and washing at the shore of their past.
A work full of love, life and lust. A Seductive, independent trip with Mother Gaia and her sisters that channels everyone from Egon Schiele to David Choe, Modernism to Graffiti and beyond!

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One of 2016 NUART FESTIVAL participating artists and a good friend of Nuart, Argentinian Hyuro is the first artist we announce today.
Argentinian born street and urban artist best known for her powerful compositions that blend socio-politics with a distinctly surrealist sensibility, Hyuro has carved out a reputation for addressing prevalent social and political issues in her work.
The characters she depicts are often those suffering under predominantly patriarchal and capitalistic systems.
By submitting reflections on both individual and collective identities, and questioning the conditions of freedom as the fundamental and inalienable rights of the person, Hyuro has become one of the most influential female artists working in public space.
Originally working on canvas, Hyuro took to the streets after striking up a friendship with Spanish street artist Escif.
However, she continues to produce watercolour paintings and drawings regularly and has presented solo exhibitions at galleries worldwide.
Here is a link to “In/between”, a piece she painted in Copenhagen in 2013 on a 271 metre long wall https://vimeo.com/68028595
Check it out and come have a closer look to her new strong series of watercolours!

Local artist and illustrator Anette Moi also joins the roster for our upcoming group show " Aka : It Isn’t Just a Man’s Game!
Interested in drawing since her early age, Anette Moi is a freelance illustrator and artist based in Stavanger, Norway.
Deciding to follow her interest in drawing, she has been working as a full time illustrator and artist since March 2013.
Inspired by people, music, movies, street photography, daily life, and animals, Anette Moi creates illustrations that bring good mood and positive attitude. Her illustrations are bold, colourful and fun. Truly devoted to her job, the artist enjoys her commercial assignments, different projects and illustrating various things, from newspapers to clothing and murals.
Her work has been featured in Le Monde, Taschen´s Illustration Now! and she has worked with clients like Vice Magazine, Wimp, Dagens Næringsliv and many more.
In 2014 she published her first book “365xMOI” and in 2015 she illustrated her first children book “Eg elske Stavanger”.
With Nuart Gallery, Anette had a debut solo show in 2012 and has participated in several group exhibitions. Come check out what she has in store for “A.K.A.: It isn’t just a man’s game!”

Next up is Norwegian leading female street artist HAMA WOODS who is also joining the roster for Aka : It Isn’t Just a Man’s Game!
In search for methods to communicate the importance and revival of nature, and predominantly known for her intricate stencil artworks, Hama Woods is currently based in Oslo and shares a studio with Martin Whatson with whom she collaborates from time to time.
Breaking was a big part of her life before she developed an interest in street art. She cut her first stencils in 2009 and is the latest in a new generation of Norwegian artists who have chosen the stencil as their main medium.
Hama takes inspiration from popular culture, particularly in offering alternative views on mainstream opinion. Her focus is on the relations between people, and as she says, in generally “an attempt to understand what the fuck we are doing in the world”.
Her work intuitively reflects and focuses on a sociological approach to greed and human consumption and demonstrates a reverence for nature and its immediate connection to humanity. Her hope is to empower and challenge viewers to come to their own conclusions and to rethink the choices they make which effect today and tomorrow.
On behalf of Nuart Hama Woods has participated in sever projects
‘Hama Woods for Stavanger Sola airport’ http://www.nuartfestival.no/…/hama-woods-for-stavanger-sola…,
‘Nuart Street Art Buses’ http://www.nuartfestival.no/home/nuart-street-art-buses, Nuart x Vitenfabrikken science museum http://www.nuartfestival.no/openIndex?ARTICLE_ID=7350 among others.

LADY AIKO leading today’s line up for Aka : It Isn’t Just a Man’s Game!
One of the most important female street artists from this millennium, AIKO is a Japanese street artist based in NY known for her ability to combine western art-movements and eastern technical artistic skills.
A female in a world dominated by omnipresent male figures like Banksy or Shepard Faire, AIKO is an influential figure in contemporary street art, highly respected for her large scale murals that have been installed worldwide.
Already creating art since a young age, her art career in NYC began when she started working for Takashi Murakami.
She apprenticed in Murakami’s studio in Brooklyn and worked for him until the late 90′s going on to a direct a digital biography on the artist (“Superflat” 1998).
After leaving his studio, she continued to practice her own art and in 2006, when she left the group FAILE, she began a solo career, establishing herself on the street art scene as Lady AIKO.
Acclaimed in the contemporary art world and well-respected within the international graffiti and street art scene, AIKO rarely collaborates, but when she does, it is with a well-known artist, including the famous Lady Pink and Martha Cooper, but also with Banksy for his award-winning documentary “Exit Through the Gift Shop” in 2010.
AIKO has also been commissioned to create works in collaboration with Louis Vuitton, Coach, The Standard, W Hotel, Hello Kitty, Isetan and Warner Bros among others.
“Often placed among some other great names of the street art scene, such as Faith47 and MadC, Lady Aiko is not just one of the most famous female artists today, she is undoubtedly one of the most popular artists in the contemporary street art scene.” - Widewalls http://www.widewalls.ch/artist/lady-aiko/
A very warm welcome back to Nuart for this street art legend!

Alice Pasquini sneak peek for our upcoming group show A.K.A.: IT ISN’T JUST A MAN’S GAME!

Check the event page HERE

A strong young woman and one of the country’s leading female voices in new expressionism, Stavanger based Iranian artist Nina Ghafari leads today’s line up for Aka : It Isn’t Just a Man’s Game!
Nina Ghafari is an Iranian – Norwegian visual artist and street poet, known for rejecting a historical fine art narrative in her paintings, sculptures, assemblages and texts.
She has been instrumental in helping to develop a growing dynamic independent art scene in Stavanger that exists outside of more recognised mainstream culture. Her art practice and productions transcend genres and have previously included curation, music production, fashion, visual art and performance based work. In 2014 her production company NMNP (No money, No problem) staged the much praised multi disciplinary art exhibition and “event” ” Right Time, Wrong City”, an event which brought a growing underground movement of dynamic young artists, thinkers and producers to the City’s attention. Right Time, Wrong City has since become regarded as a ground breaking Exhibition.
Nina Ghafari’s work is a raw and often painful testament to her unfiltered exploration of memory and self through text and image. A self taught artist whose short lived spell at art school showed her that the teaching of “art” for some social classes, was nothing more than an attempt to condition and mute the often brutal realities and associated creativity of those operating outside mainstream culture. In her case, this concerns second generation immigrant outsiders with a passionate need to express themselves. With no anchor into the prevailing culture, Nina Ghafari rejected the teaching of a historical fine art narrative and set out on a journey of her own.
This journey, riotously and violently laid down in a series of paintings, sculptures, assemblages and text, is an expedition that explores and shines a light on the stark realities of operating on the margins of society. It’s at once both passionately introverted and personal whilst at the same time fiercely engaged with highlighting the entrenched inequalities found within our current political and social institutions.
“Her unorthodox approach (and being unorthodox in a sphere of art is not that easy) set in motion a new category of artists – active, away from white cubes, art fairs and Biennales – because pure art is just not enough, it was time for a Raw art!
Their work is very often strongly engaged in highlighting the inequalities inside the political and social life. Nina experienced it first hand in her life, communicating that experience in her creations.” - Widewalls http://www.widewalls.ch/artist/nina-ghafari/
Nina was a part of the NUART FESTIVAL for several years, as a representative of this new voice on the stage of urban contemporary scene and participated in several exhibitions in Norway and abroad. In 2015 and 2017, Nina held two important solo exhibition at Nuart Gallery.

Delighted to announce that also Hera from the German duo HERAKUT joined the line up for our female group show Aka : It Isn’t Just a Man’s Game! Depicted below is her amazing contribution to the show!

“And one day you come to terms with being different”
Spray paint, charcoal & acrylic paint on canvas stitched to stretched canvas, 60 x 60 cm & 60 x 80 cm & 60 x 80 cm, 2017. → sales@nuartgallery.no

Give Hera a very warm welcome to the Gallery!!!

“Cosmic” by Indie184 (US)
Mixed media on stretched cotton canvas, 60.96 x 60.96 cm, unique, 2016.
→ enquiries? Please mail us at sales@nuartgallery.no

Indie184 is a native New Yorker who has been active in the graffiti culture for over a decade and a half, and joins our roster for the first time ever!
Determined to express herself to the world through art, INDIE 184 quit business college to teach herself how to sew, paint and produce graphic design.
Influenced by abstract expressionism and pop art, her paintings are raptures of colour and textures fused with of her original graffiti and street art, imagery, and designs juxtaposed with personal messages.
Indie’s art has been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide and her graffiti pieces can be found in the streets from the South Bronx to Paris.
Indie has curated several group art exhibitions featuring several of the legendary contemporary street artists, such as Shepard Fairey, Kaws, Fafi, Swoon, Os Gemeos and Cope 2.
She is currently designing the latest collection for her streetwear brand Kweenz Destroy and her graffiti was featured the record breaking Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto IV video game.
Her most recent collaborations have been with M·A·C Cosmetics, Marvel and Netflix.
Give Indie184 a warm welcome to the Nuart Gallery and come check out her works at the Gallery!

“Teamwork” by HAMA WOODS currently on display at the Gallery as part of Aka : It Isn’t Just a Man’s Game!

12 layers screen-print on 250gsm Fabriano paper, edition of 75, 51 x 71 cm, 2017.
Only 5 available. Price: 2000 NOK + 5% BKH

Please, contact us at sales@nuartgallery.no for interest.