urban, contemporary & street art 

ROA in Chicago

Posted on August 12, 2017 by Patrick Hull

We were very excited to have ROA come visit us in Chicago last week.

ROA is an artist from Ghent, Belgium whose work has often been recorded and photographed, but very little is known about the artist and even less is documented. He is primarily known for his strong obsession of animals and rodents. He often combines life, death, and life after death in his murals, which quickly distinguishes him amongst traditional muralists. His animals are painted to include skeleton and internal organs, making the sight even more realistic.

ROA’s work can be seen on the streets around the world. His anonymity has kept his work and his spirit free.

This amazing new mural is located on N Mendell and Armitage. Here is the finished artwork, along with some progress shots below. Stay posted for a bigger ROA - Vertical Gallery collaboration in 2018!

In progress photos:


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Mau Mau and Beejoir in Chicago!

Posted on July 02, 2017 by Patrick Hull

We are very excited to have Mau Mau and Beejoir in Chicago for their upcoming exhibition opening on July 8. We have been personally collecting their work since 2010, and can't wait to see what they bring to the gallery. If you don't know these two artists, you should definitely check them out. Come see this very special exhibition and see why their shows in the UK, Japan and Thailand have sold-out.

Mau Mau is a renowned British urban graffiti artist who’s gained an international following with his humorous street, print and graffiti work. He incorporates political, environmental and cultural commentary to his work – often with his trademark character of a mischievous and fun loving Fox. With roots planted in surf and country vibes of the North Devon coast, Mau Mau brings an air of rural sophistication to the art he has been creating for twenty years. He has painted his way around the world, his artwork appearing on everything from shipwrecks to surfboards and billboards to city walls.

Mau Mau has produced work for World Land Trust, Greenpeace, Surfers Against Sewage and the Glastonbury Festival, and for record companies such as Ninja Tunes and Lowlife Records. He is the architect of cult brands Sewerside Boardwear and Fear Trade. His street work can also been seen all over the world including the UK, Jamaica, Thailand and Australia.

Beejoir was born in the UK and currently resides between Tokyo and Bangkok. Using varied practice's and methods of installation, sculpture, painting, spray painting and drawing, Beejoir explores modern society, conveying the way in which he sees the changing world around him and where he sees it heading. He is known for his irreverent work that is both provocative and powerful.

Beejoir has successfully shown, curated and exhibited in over 70 solo and group shows across the world in some of the leading private galleries, institutions and auction houses. His work is collected by hip hop artists, celebrities and members of the royal family and has been featured in sell-out shows throughout the world. Beejoir has also been featured in several publications, including being recognized in 'Beyond the Street’ as one the world’s 100 leading figures in street art. He has also spent over 10 years growing the careers of like-minded artists with his company Souled Out Studios.

Beejoir x Mau Mau: Foreign Policy
July 8 – 29, 2017
Opening reception with artists, Saturday, July 8, 6:00 – 10:00 pm.
Vertical Gallery, 1016 N Western Ave., Chicago

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The Culture Trip - The Best Independent Galleries in Chicago

Posted on May 11, 2017 by Patrick Hull

We are very thankful to all of our Chicago collectors, and all from around the world that visit us at the gallery, or purchase from us online. Now entering our 4th year, we were named one of The Best Independent Galleries in Chicago by The Culture Trip. We are extremely pleased to be mentioned with the other iconic galleries on the list. Thanks to all of you for your support. We have incredible artists lined up through the end of 2018, in addition to special pop-up exhibitions and art fairs. We hope to see you soon!



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Jana & JS add to the Chicago street art scene

Posted on April 16, 2016 by Patrick Hull

Jana & JS were in Chicago March 27 - April 3 for our Three Year Anniversary show (also featuring Expanded Eye and STATIC). Even though the weather was quite extreme that week, they were able to spend some time on the streets and put up some work.

On the side of Scone City at 1632 W Division...


On the side of 4722 W Fullerton...

On the front of 4722 W Fullerton...

Thanks to Jana & JS! We hope to have them back again when the weather is warmer.

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Ben Eine at Columbia College October 21

Posted on October 09, 2015 by Patrick Hull

Ben Eine will be speaking at Columbia College on October 21. It is free and open to the public.

Event: Big Walls with Ben Eine
Date: Wednesday, October 21st
Time: 6pm ...
Location: 618 S. Michigan Floor, 2nd Floor, Stage Two

Ben Eine, one of the leading street artists in the world, recently unveiled his “Harmony” installation, a 230-foot work on the University Center of Chicago wall at 525 S. State Street. His massive work with his iconic circus font generated a tremendous positive response and critical acclaim.

On Wednesday, October 21st at 6pm Ben will discuss his creative journey, reflect on the importance of street art, and discuss the future of the Wabash Arts Corridor.

Sponsored by Columbia College Chicago, Vertical Gallery and the University Center of Chicago.

Contact patrick@verticalgallery.com if you have any questions.

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