FEATURED ARTIST: MISS VAN and Her Masked Ladies
2015 has only just begun and Freeway Editions is excited to work with some new artists this year. To celebrate some of our favorite emerging and established urban artists we are using our Artist of the Week blog to talk about people we admire and have yet to feature.
This week we are giving our full attention to the work of Miss Van. She is a painter we have revered for a long time so we wanted to talk about her work, career, and evolution as an artist.
From her biography:
“Miss Van 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, 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 gauzy romantic compositions, they carry a surreal quality of burlesque, resonating with a beautiful synergy of rawness, softness and emotion. Miss Van adds, ‘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 has been working on large-scale murals as well as studio paintings over the past year. Her style is so incredibly distinctive and feminine yet there is darkness in her masked forms. Her work translates from canvas to wall and has a seamless fluidity no matter the context. Please check out Miss Van’s website to learn more about her vast array of work and new happenings.