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Exclusive: Q & A with Van Donna

Exclusive: Q & A with Van Donna

Van Donna’s “All You Need Is Love” at the Faberge Museum in St. Petersburg (Russia)

We are pleased to hear from artist Van Donna as 2020 unfolds. We asked her 10 questions, here’s what she has to say…

How has your 2020 started?

Very quietly, I have been spending some real quality time with my family in the beautiful English countryside, horse riding and taking long walks with my dogs. I am only now starting to get back in the swing of things with a few commissions and a new print release called “Kaleidoscope” I am really fond of, as it represents a new direction for me, more mature if you will.

Van Donna’s new print release “Kaleidoscope” in situ

How was 2019 for you?

It has been a challenging year on the personal level… there has been a lot of work, tight deadlines with my gallery in London so I have been struggling a bit to keep the pace. On top of it a lot has been going on in the UK and on a global level that obviously concerned me quite a bit – I hope the New Year will bring more stability and a bit more positivity. Perhaps we should all leave the hedonistic turn that our society has taken and take care of each other a little bit more.

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INVEST IN ART

Diversify Your Assets – Enjoy Your Art – Pursue Passion Investment

In a moment of great economical turmoil and political uncertainty many collectors are investing heavily in art while at the same time selling property and making plans for survival.

  • Art has proven to be the most solid form of investment by reliable sources such as the Wall Street Journal, outstripping every other type of asset.
  • Diversify Your Assets – Nobody likes to put the proverbial eggs all in one basket. Passion investment is fun and uplifting as well as valuable.
  • Enjoy Your Art – You have something physical to hold on to which at the same time add to your lifestyle, status and décor.
  • Art is a portable asset which can be moved with ease.

 

More and more investors are looking at the art market (and other collectables) as an alternative to traditional investment assets. At the same time, numerous academic studies have tried to ascertain the returns for art over the years. Perhaps though, a key part of the investment return is that part that cannot be measured – in this case, the enjoyment one gets from collecting and owning art.” (INVESTEC)

HARD TIMES CREATE GREAT ARTISTS However all is not lost it is times like these that there are great potential opportunities of finding an emerging artist of the future. As a matter of fact artists such as the great Francis Bacon made it during troubled times as did our very own Bambi, who started her trail towards her great success during the last round of the Great Recession of 2008.

At WFA our team of specialists see hundreds of artist submissions every month, picking one out of hundreds which they feel have a great collectible potential as well as outstanding artistic value.

” Some of the best investments today are to be found not in stocks, property or even gold, but in works of art, with some 40% of art collectors working in the asset management industry.” (INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT)

Art collectors are either buying works by big blue chip artists such as Warhol, Picasso, Bacon or Banksy. Or they are looking for the next big thing among hot upcoming artist.

Let’s not forget that early Banksy prints originally released for £100 or less are now worth tens or hundreds of thousands!

So if you don’t want to (or can’t afford to) invest in the blue chip market, emerging artists offer an exciting affordable opportunity.

As well as now household names such as Bambi, Van Donna and we’ve seen new artist Billy The Kid steadily on the rise.
Each artist offers buying options from limited edition signed prints from £199 up and originals from under £1,000, making  for great potential opportunities to start a new collection as well as adding to an existing diversified selection.


The Vagina Museum

The Vagina Museum is the world’s first bricks and mortar museum dedicated to vaginas, vulvas and the gynaecological anatomy. The project launched in March 2017 and ran pop ups around the UK. The first premises is opening in Camden Market in 2019 with a view to open a permanent premises in a few years time.

“We have a vision of a world where no one is ashamed of their bodies, everyone has bodily autonomy and all of humanity works together to build a society that is free and equal.”

The Vagina Museum is now open in London Camden.


Inside Robbie Williams and Ayda Field’s THREE amazing homes in London, LA and Malibu

Loose Women‘s Ayda Field and her husband Robbie Williams often keep fans updated on their enviable lifestyle on Instagram, dividing their time between London and Los Angeles with their three children – Teddy, Charlie and Coco. The couple have three incredible homes to choose from, including a £17.5million west London mansion, a property in Los Angeles, and a third £15.9million mansion in Malibu that once belonged to Janet Jackson. Until recently, they had also been renting another property in London as they underwent a planning battle with their neighbour Jimmy Page.

Above the fireplace you can see street artist Bambi’s striking painting “Baby Love”

Robbie and Ayda pulled out all the stops for their son Charlie’s 5th birthday in October 2019, hosting a dragon-themed sleepover party. As the youngster opened his presents, fans got a look inside the couple’s dining room, where there is a long wooden dining table and a cosy window seat, with a striking portrait hanging on the wall (NOTE: the painting is actually street artist Bambi‘s “Baby Love”. Robbie Williams is famously an early collector of her work) above the fireplace. Take a look through the gallery to see more of their home…


INTERVIEW-It’s a man’s world, says street artist (reluctantly) dubbed female Banksy

Bambi’s ‘Weapon of Voice’ mural on Pickering Street/Essex Road, London N1

British street artist Bambi said women in the public eye were being ‘dehumanised’, be it murdered British lawmaker Jo Cox or Meghan Markle, wife of Prince Harry

By Adela Suliman

LONDON, Oct 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – She’s been called the female Banksy, but acclaimed street artist Bambi is sick of how the media portrays women, saying it builds them up only to knock them down.

“We’re in a man’s world, I feel, everything is judged against what a man would do,” said the graffiti artist, as she unveiled her newest work in London.

“Women are always on the back foot.”

Like Banksy, Bambi insists on going incognito so the focus stays on her work, though her graffiti is yet to fetch the sort of record prices notched up by her fellow artist.

His latest work, depicting primates sitting in Britain’s parliament, sold for more than $12 million this month: a record Banksy price, according to Sotheby’s auction house.

On Wednesday, Bambi sprayed a lifesize picture of a female graffiti artist on a north London wall, mocking celebrity culture’s depiction of women. As she painted, her identity was shrouded by a tent and she spoke on condition of anonymity.

The artwork showed 22 sprayed Hollywood-style stars, each emblazoned with the name of an artistic “hero” – from suffragette Emily Davison to singer Nina Simone – and all purportedly sprayed by the sassy, central figure.

The tagline read: ‘weapon of voice’.

Bambi said women in the public eye were “dehumanised” and silenced, be it British lawmaker Jo Cox, murdered a week before the 2016 Brexit referendum, or Meghan Markle, wife of Prince Harry and subject of heavy tabloid speculation.

“It’s difficult because you know we want to look at women in ‘Hello’ magazine…so they’re almost public property, but the whole paparazzi harassment is terrible,” she said in an exclusive interview staged alongside her freshly sprayed work.

‘MALE BAMBI’

Bambi, whose art is owned by reality TV star Kim Kardashian, singer Adele and actor Brad Pitt, came to fame in 2009 and says she finds comparisons with Banksy “irritating and flattering”.

“Actually, he’s the male Bambi,” she said.

The cafe wall picture is part of a new series where women will dominate, Bambi said, with the original canvas to be sold at auction to benefit the Eve Appeal charity, which supports women with gynaecological cancer.

Bambi said that art should entertain but also make a social comment, especially in the aftermath of #MeToo two years ago.

The movement erupted after multiple women accused film producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct, fuelling a rash of similar disclosures under the #MeToo hashtag.

DANGERS

Bambi risks arrest, passersby taking photographs and lorries blocking her walls to produce outdoor art but said she prefers the “democratising” nature of the street to formal galleries.

“It’s not pretentious at all, it’s accessible…it’s an equaliser.”

Her most famous piece was defaced at a nearby spot; it had shown U.S. President Donald Trump dancing with former British Prime Minister Theresa May with the tagline ‘Lie Lie Land’ in a pastiche of the blockbuster film ‘La La Land.’

“If they don’t last, they don’t last – that’s all part of it,” she said.

Her biggest hope is to make art that gives women a “home” and provokes debate about gender imbalances, she said.

“It’s a big responsibility, being an artist – a female artist,” she said.

“[But] it’s incredible.” 

(Reporting by Adela Suliman @Adela_Suliman; editing by Lyndsay Griffiths. Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, climate change, women’s and LGBT+ rights, human trafficking and property rights. Visit http://news.trust.org for more stories.)


New Bambi Street Art

‘Weapon of Voice’ is Bambi’s “gift to the strong ladies of London”

An awesome new mural by the one and only Bambi, just appeared on Pickering Street in London N1!

In Bambi’s own words:

” Weapon of Voice. My gift to the strong ladies of London. Come see the work on Essex Road @ Pickering Street.

Bambi has been one of the most successful street artists from the UK in the last 10 years creating such buzz around her stunning work and elusive persona to be called ‘the female Banksy’ by the press.
With VIP collectors, huge press coverage and most of all excellent art, she is a true street art star.


HAPPY

This is a special new release by Van Donna, printed in an dedition of 25 only on a special German Etching fine art paper enhancing its colours to the maximum and cut in gorgeous deckle edge borders.

In her own words the artist has:

“been toying with bright colours a bit as of late. I have to say they make me feel really HAPPY 

😊

 colourful art can really boost your mood! ” 

We couldn’t agree more as this one is uplifting in a major way!


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