Featured Artist: French painter Miss Van

Miss Van, Vanessa Alice Bensimon (also known as Vanessa Castex), born in 1973 in Toulous, France is considered one of the best known painters of the graffiti scene.

Miss Van started painting walls in the streets of Toulouse at the age of 18. Her drawings are of sloe-eyedwomen, covering a varied array of female forms, expressing many different emotions.

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Her recent artistic pursuits have taken her to Los Angeles, Miami, Spain and Brazil, signalling a return to street art, after several years spent solely painting in the studio. Her new work has an increased depth and emotion, an elevated romantic darkness and delicacy. Her iconic sultry female characters are described on her website as “sensual yet dark,” carrying a “surreal quality of burlesque, resonating with a beautiful synergy of rawness, softness and emotion.”

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I’m evolving and growing up with my paintings. It’s the only way, when you paint with emotions and feelings. I’m trying to be true with myself.
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Extracts from this interview appear in IdN vol.23, no.1 Contemporary Street Art Graphics, a joint collaboration with IdN + Inkygoodness, published June 2016.

 

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Posted on Oct 26th, 16 by | Twitter: @lisahassell

Founder and director of Inkygoodness, Lisa currently heads up sister agency WE ARE GOODNESS, a Birmingham based artist management and creative consultancy, representing a diverse roster of artists globally.

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