Miss Van, Twinkles, 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 Galleryin 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 ( also known as Vanessa Alice ) 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, New York, San Francisco, UK and Europe, 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. 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 is celebrating over 25 years of painting’.