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When someone mentions street art, you instantly think of cities like New York, London, Tokyo and Barcelona, not the sleepy rural village of Street in Somerset, England. However, that is exactly where one of the most exciting contemporary art shows in the UK is currently taking place.

Street is home to the Atkinson Gallery, who’s mandate is to promote and support young aspiring artists, whilst also bringing art of an international calibre to the South West Region of England. They have previously hosted works from Andy Warhol, Gillian Ayres and Bert Irvin but for their latest exhibition “Natural Selection” they have turned to the renowned Elms Lesters Painting Rooms in London to put together a show which features the work of some of the biggest artists on the scene, including Adam Neate, Jose Parla, Phil Frost, Boris Tellegen (DELTA), Anthony Lister, James Marshall aka DALEK, Futura, Mark Dean Veca, Ron English, Stash, and WK Interact. Check out the images of the works on show below, the exhibition runs until 12th December and if you are in the South of England its definitely worth a trip to check out.

It’s fantastic to see these artists exhibiting in a provincial gallery outside of a big city. Only a few years ago their work was seen as mere graffiti art and a novelty in galleries, but given this chance their work has made a real emotional connection with both collectors and art lovers alike and is now accepted as part of the fine art scene and exhibitions welcomed in out of the way places, more know for galleries presenting scenic water colours than abstract, street inspired canvases.

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Images from Arrested Motion.

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