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        Ben Frost "Yogi on Xanax" Print Release

        Ben Frost "Yogi on Xanax" Print Release

        We are very excited to release a new print from Ben Frost for our 9-Year Anniversary Show! Prints will be for sale at the gallery and online Saturday, April 2nd at noon (central time zone).

        CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE AT NOON

        Prints will begin shipping within a week of your order. We ship in 5" heavy-duty ULine cardboard tubes. Shipping is $45 USA/ $95 International. If purchasing multiple prints, we can combine up to two prints per tube for the same shipping price. For USA, we ship via UPS ground with signature required. For international orders, all import duties and fees are the responsibility of the buyer.

        Limit of one print color per person (For example, you may buy one of each color but not multiple of the same color). Please contact us if you have questions on shipping: sales@verticalgallery.com or 773-697-3846

        Ben Frost
        Yogi on Xanax, 2022
        9-color Hand-Pulled Screen Print on Mohawk Superfine UltraWhite, 160 lb Cover
        24 x24 in., 61 x 61 cm
        Edition of 50, signed & numbered by the artist
        Printed by POP!NK Editions
        $450

        Ben Frost
        Yogi on Xanax (Blue Variant), 2022
        7-color Hand-Pulled Screen Print on Mohawk Superfine UltraWhite, 160 lb Cover
        24 x24 in., 61 x 61 cm
        Edition of 25, signed & numbered by the artist
        Printed by POP!NK Editions
        $550

         

        Ben Frost
        Yogi on Xanax (Black Variant), 2022
        7-color Hand-Pulled Screen Print on Mohawk Superfine UltraWhite, 160 lb Cover
        24 x24 in., 61 x 61 cm
        Edition of 25, signed & numbered by the artist
        Printed by POP!NK Editions
        $550

         

        Also available, over 20 unique 1/1 prints!

        Ben Frost
        Yogi on Xanax (Unique 1/1), 2022
        10-color Hand-Pulled Screen Print on Mohawk Superfine UltraWhite, 160 lb Cover
        24 x24 in., 61 x 61 cm
        Unique variant, signed & marked 1/1 by the artist
        Printed by POP!NK Editions
        $750
        Limit of one 1/1 per person.

         

        Vertical Gallery turns NINE

        Vertical Gallery turns NINE

        Vertical Gallery, Chicago’s premier urban-contemporary art gallery, is very proud to present ‘NINE,’ its nine-year anniversary exhibition.

        ‘NINE,’ which runs from April 2-23 at Vertical’s 1016 N. Western Ave. location, includes ten artists, each contributing nine original 12”x12” works. The show features Ben Frost, Mau Mau, Liz Flores, Jeremy Yamamura, FNNCH, Helen Proctor, Chris Uphues, Jamiah Calvin, 2choey and Flog. Vertical will also release new prints from Frost and Yamamura on opening day, and from Kayla Mahaffey on April 15.

        “We’re thankful to all of our artists and collectors for their support over the past nine years,” says Patrick Hull, owner of Vertical Gallery. “We’re thrilled to have this group of amazing artists in our anniversary show. With 90 original works and multiple print releases, there is something for everyone.”

        While Vertical originally planned to include nine artists in the ‘NINE’ roster, the gallery evolved the theme to encompass ten artists representing nine years — plus one to grow on. Many of the names will be familiar to longtime fans of the gallery. Australian Ben Frost has been exhibiting with Vertical since June 2013; he curated “Paper Jam,” its first anniversary show, and has headlined four art fair solo exhibits over the years. UK street artist Mau Mau, known for his mischievous fox, has also featured in numerous Vertical group shows as well as two solo shows.

        While 2choey from Bangkok is showing for his second time, following his participation in Vertical’s recent Winter Group Show, four of the ‘NINE’ artists are showing at the gallery for the first time. Tokyo-based Jeremy Yamamura brings his signature Dogzzz; San Francisco-based FNNCH offers his trademark honey bears; French artist Flog is showing for the first time in the U.S. with his whimsical “glass people” series; and Australian artist Helen Proctor will feature her colorful abstract landscape paintings.

        Last but not least, ‘NINE’ features three Chicago artists. Liz Flores, who participated in a couple of previous Vertical group shows, will present a solo exhibit at the gallery in December 2022, while Jamiah Calvin follows his sold-out September 2021 Vertical Project Space solo show with new drawings. Chris Uphues has participated in many Vertical group shows since 2015, and brings a new series of intricate acrylic paintings to the ‘NINE’ show.

        Vertical Gallery, established in April 2013 in the Ukrainian Village neighborhood, focuses on work influenced by street art, urban environments, graffiti, pop culture, graphic design and illustration. The gallery has distinguished itself as a pioneer through its consistent programming of significant emerging and established local, national and international artists.

        NINE
        April 2 – 23, 2022
        Opening Day: Saturday, April 2nd, noon-6pm
        Vertical Gallery, 1016 N. Western Ave., Chicago

        Ben Frost "#frostworldproblems"

        Ben Frost "#frostworldproblems"

        Vertical Gallery is proud to present Ben Frost “#frostworldproblems” at SCOPE Miami Beach December 4-9, 2018. This is the 4th year that Vertical Gallery has presented a solo exhibition with Ben Frost in Miami, this time with over 120 new paintings, along with limited edition prints and stencil editions.

        Australian artist Ben Frost is known for his kaleidoscopic Pop Art, mash-up paintings that take inspiration from areas as diverse as graffiti, collage, photorealism and sign-writing. By challenging mainstream iconography from the worlds of advertising, entertainment and politics, he creates a visual framework that is bold, and often controversial. Merging cartoon characters with darkly humorous situations and pop-culture references.

        Ben Frost “#frostworldproblems”
        Vertical Gallery Booth F19
        SCOPE Miami Beach
        801 Ocean Drive Miami Beach, FL 33139
        December 4 – 9, 2018

        PAPER JAM at VERTICAL GALLERY - video 3 of 3

        Vertical Gallery's one-year anniversary show, PAPER JAM, is curated by artist Ben Frost. Listen to Ben talk about the exhibition and discuss a few of the artists. All 17 artists will be featured over three videos. In this video: Anthony Lister, Greg Gossel, Mark Drew, Bridge Stehli, Michael Cain, and Collin Van Der Sluijs.

        Collin Van Der Sluijs (NL)
        At the age of 12 he attended the school for traditional painting in Goes, the Netherlands where he studied the old techniques from painting and theory. In 1996 he graduated and was accepted for a 4 years painting and graphic education at St.Lucas in Boxtel, the Netherlands. In 2000 he graduated the art-academy St. Joost in Breda, the Netherlands. He studied illustration for 4 years and graduated with a bachelor-title in 2004. His work can be described as personal pleasures and struggles in daily life, translated in his own visual language. The work from Collin van der Sluijs has been published in magazines, books, and shown in galleries and project-spaces or walls in The Netherlands, Germany, France, England, Belgium, The U.S.A, Luxembourg, Italy, United Kingdom, Spain.

        Greg Gossel (USA)
        Greg was born in 1982 in western Wisconsin. With a background in design, his work is an expressive interplay of many diverse words, images, and gestures. Gossel’s multi-layered work illustrates a visual history of change and process throughout each piece. His work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and abroad, including San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Copenhagen, and London. His commercial clients include Levi's, Burton Snowboards, Stussy, VICE Magazine, and Interscope Records while his work has been published in The San Francisco Chronicle, Juxtapoz Art & Culture Magazine, Artslant, and ROJO Magazine. Greg currently resides in Minneapolis, MN.

        Michael Cain (AUS)
        Michael is an artist working out of Melbourne, Australia. His artwork is derived from an affinity with birds and animals, and his exposure to them through pop culture and real life experiences. His quirky, abstracted characters are created with loose, fluid brushstrokes and a vivid colour palette that immerses you in their world and makes you smile.

        Mark Drew (AUS)
        Mark Drew is an Australian graphic artist, and co-founder of Sydney's China Heights Gallery. He has been based in Tokyo since 2009.

        Bridge Stehli (AUS)
        Bridge is an internationally celebrated artist, exhibiting across Australia, Europe and the USA. She was co-curator and founder of the acclaimed Paste modernism exhibition in Sydney and has been featured in numerous publications including Empty, C.O.P and Curvy. Bridge has recently combined her loves for painting and skateboarding into a range of skateboard decks and has produced murals across Australia and London. Originally from Sydney, Bridge Stehli currently is based in London. By referencing some of her early influences, specifically writers such as Lewis Carol and cartoons from Disney and Warner Bros, Bridge explores the importance of animal personification within classical and contemporary culture and how some of these fictitious anthropomorphised figures relate to, impact and comment on the physical world.

        Anthony Lister (AUS)
        One of Australia's most renowned contemporary artists, Lister's work presents us with a grimy fusion of high and lowbrow culture with influences from a number of areas and genres, including street art, expressionism, pop art, and contemporary youth culture, often drawing from television and the "misguided role models" that result. Revelling in the “spirituality”, and the “heritage” of Western popular culture he takes this joint legacy and remoulds it into something equally alluring and grotesque, a perfect representation of the society he seeks to depict. Taking influence from the dirtier and rough techniques of “Bad” Painting and merging it with the spirit and practices of graffiti art Lister has embraced an explosive, scratchy, scrawling form of figurative art using a variety of mediums from painting, drawing and installation to film and music.

         

        Special thanks to Loosey Goosey Art for producing all of the PAPER JAM videos!

        Ben Frost discusses PAPER JAM in video #2 of 3

        Vertical Gallery's one-year anniversary show, PAPER JAM, is curated by artist Ben Frost. Listen to Ben talk about the exhibition and discuss a few of the artists. All 17 artists will be featured over three videos. In this video: Dale Keogh, Mysterious Al, Taylor White, Ben Frost, Denial, and Denialex.

        Taylor White (US)
        Taylor White is an active producer of fine pictorial convention. With a background in illustration, her work can be found in print, in urban gallery spaces, on city streets, and in public and private collections. Taylor is currently based in Raleigh, North Carolina.

        Mysterious Al (UK)
        Mysterious Al is a London based artist, illustrator and designer who creates iconic gothic / pop imagery. Initially drawing inspiration from illustration icons such as Jamie Hewlett, James Jarvis and Pete Fowler, as well as his graffiti and art-school peers, Mysterious Al's characters are monsters, mutants and subhumans... Creatures that inhabit a dark yet playful universe parallel to our own. In 2001, alongside friend and contemporary D*Face, Mysterious Al co-founded the now world-renowed 'Finders Keepers Crew'; a collective of young outsider artists using stickers, wheat-paste and found objects to create illegal street installations. The Finders Keepers crew gained international notoriety and found themselves at the forefront of a new art movement: 'Street-art'. Their widely attended yet illegal pop-up exhibitions formed an often replicated template for promoting the biggest art trend in a decade whilst the roster of artists associated with Finders Keepers went on to become some of the biggest names in this new movement.

        Dale Keogh (AUS)
        Dale Keogh creates colorful, slightly gruesome and twisted illustrations using color pencil on black backgrounds. With a deft eye for contrast and texture, his guy combines hyper-realism with surrealism like no other.

        Denial (CANADA)
        Daniel Bombardier is a Canadian graffiti and mixed-media artist. His moniker 'Denial', by definition, pokes fun at modern advertising, politics, and media messages that society is often “in denial” about. He is known for his prolific guerrilla-marketing campaign, which takes public aim at ideas involving social-justice, pop-culture, mass-media, and “New World Order” conspiracy theories.

        Ben Frost (AUS)
        Australian artist Ben Frost is known for his kaleidoscopic Pop Art, mash-up paintings that take inspiration from areas as diverse as graffiti, collage, photorealism and sign-writing. By subverting mainstream iconography from the worlds of advertising, entertainment and politics, he creates a visual framework that is bold, confronting and often controversial. He has been exhibiting throughout Australia and internationally over the last 12 years, including solo shows in London, New York, Toronto, Singapore and San Francisco, as well as group shows in Beijing, Mongolia, Amsterdam, and Berlin.