Concrete Stories

RVCA advocate Benjamin JeanJean and the art collective La Plagiste ( - Charles Foussard & Tomas Haas) paint the remains of a WWII bunker somewhere on the French Atlantic Coast, 70 years after the concrete walls cracked and gave way to the liberation of Europe. Video by Sebastien Chebassier, Song Floating Tree by Concorde.

Jerome Romain | RVCA

Jérôme Romain arguably is one of the best emerging painters in France. His realistic oil canvases on hand-built frames picture the human society in all its diversity and shades. "I suppose I paint people because that's the only subject that really interests me”, the 37 year old artist says. ”Sometimes, I feel like I'm watching the world in a sociological way. People in action or in places tell us a lot about our society." His large-sized paintings resemble spontaneously taken photos but are so much more than a quick snapshot. Picturing instant scenes from everyday life, Jérôme reverses the action of taking random photos. Instead he preserves the scenes on canvas, granting them immortality in today's constantly changing world. "The aspect of painting, the representational modes, always changed during history", Jérôme explains. "Now people see so many pictures all the time. Every two minutes, we take more pictures than all of humanity in the 19th century. That's the way people see the world and that's why my paintings probably sometimes look like photographs. I do that to create a kind of proximity between my paintings and the others."

Jérôme Romain lives in Montpellier in the South of France. He is a RVCA Advocate since 2008.


RVCA is proud to announce its involvement with the ENERGY THAT IS ALL AROUND Art Show. This show presents more than 125 works by five artists who launched their careers in San Francisco’s Mission District in the early 1990s. Featured artists include Barry McGee, Ruby Neri, Maragaret Kilgallen, Chris Johanson and Alicia McCarthy.

RVCA has created limited edition t-shirts to commemorate the show. The 1st tee by Alicia McCarthy will benefit the Labor Day Program in San Francisco ( A portion of the proceeds of the 2nd tee, designed by Chris Johanson, will benefit New Avenues for Youth Organization in Portland, Or ( Both designs will be available online at and at our retail stores located in Los Angeles at 501 N Fairfax Ave and in San Francisco at 1485 Haight St.

Show Information: April 15 – July 12, 2014

Grey Art Gallery, New York University, 100 Washington Square East, New York, NY 10003 Tel: 212/998-6780, Fax: 212/995-4024
E-mail: [email protected]

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 11 am–6 pm OPEN LATE Wednesday: 11 am–8 pm Saturday: 11 am–5 pm
Sunday, Monday, and major holidays: Closed

Alex Knost | Newport 4/29/14

Alex Knost gets some fun ones close to home in some amazing off season Southern California conditions. Filmed and Edited by Ryan Donahue. Song "Higher" by The Memories.

Davey Cathels | Bali

2 Days in Bali with Davey Cathels. Music by "Japanese Motors" song "Pseudo Elitist Vagueness". Video by Jimmy "Jazz" James.

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