"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." -Miss Van. Miss Van has gone from painting the curvy, enticing pin-ups in the streets of Toulouse, to producing the melancholic and subtle works showcased at her latest exhibition at the 18 gallery in Shanghai and the Magda Danysz gallery in Paris. Together with an insightful introduction by Magda Danysz as well as an exclusive look at many paintings that were not featured in the exhibition, the book presents an immersive and encapsulating transition into the renowned artist's new, darker style. "Miss Van will once again exhibit a melancholic collection of paintings. As always women are the centre of attention. By adding a generous dose of coquetry and mischief to the ingredients of her work, she manages to bring out all the glamour, sensuality and sparkle of the female characters she has created. This exhibit celebrates the femininity or should we say felinity of women in an almost erotic way. Her previous series were a mix of bright, warm colours, whereas here, she has chosen to play with black and white contrasts, with sophisticated white faces balanced delicately on dark almost shadowy bodies. The ensemble is therefore far darker, allowing Miss Van's dolls to trouble us evermore." Miss Van started wall-painting at the age of 20, in 1993, initiating the feminine movement in Street Art. Since then, the artist 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 ; text Magda Danysz
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