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Lidia de Pedro returns with To The Moon! at Lawrence Alkin Gallery

12 September 2014

Our sister gallery in London, Lawrence Alkin Gallery, is gearing up for the triumphant return of the celebrated and exceptional artist Lidia de Pedro. To The Moon! will feature a collection of new original works as well as new limited edition prints. 

Lidia has worked as a freelance illustrator and artist since 2006, having previously spent many years as a video editor and graphic designer in both her native Spain and the UK. She is well known for her flamboyant, colourful compositions and for creating images that are rich with symbols and multiple layers of meaning. Lidia has also had several high profile commissions and sold out shows in the past, attracting a loyal following and dedicated fan base along the way.

The show will feature paintings, light installation, mirrors, sound and visuals with the intention of illustrating our relationship with money and power. Lidia attempts to deconstruct the complex narratives and systems that lie behind these concepts.The exhibition runs from 19 September until 4 October, so make sure to visit the Lawrence Alkin Gallery and witness the return of the unparalleled talent that is Lidia de Pedro. Watch this space for more news on the artist including some new signed limted edition prints!


Scotland's Great Debate

12 September 2014

The ongoing debate about Scottish independence is due to reach its conclusion next week with what will be a historic vote. All the media focus on the event got us thinking about the multitude of artists the country has produced over the years and the important role Scotland has played in the world of art. 

The political artist War Boutique has tackled the issue of the Scottish referendum head on with two prints, Vote- Yes and Vote – No. One print features the red, white and blue of the Union Jack to represent a no vote and for Scotland to remain a part of Great Britain. The other silkscreen is in the classic blue and white of the Scottish national flag signifying a vote for independence.

Often referred to as ‘the People’s Painter’, proud Scot Jack Vettriano has voiced his support for independence stating, “I think any small country that is attached to a big country wants independence”.Vettriano is probably best known for his painting ‘The Singing Butler’ and despite being largely scorned by art critics, has had an exceptionally successful career. He is one of the most reproduced artists in the world and was even asked by Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond to create his official Christmas card back in 2010. 

Bruce McLean is another Scottish born artist who has achieved worldwide success, having studied at Glasgow School of Art in the early 1960s. McLean’s wide artistic practice incorporates sculpture, performance art and painting. His vivid and energetic take on traditional still life compositions has been very popular in our gallery. His rebellious spirit is always apparent in his work. 

Regardless of the outcome when the votes are counted, Scottish art will undoubtedly continue to thrive and the country will carry on producing exceptionally talented artists whether part of Great Britain or independent. 


Abstract Art Season on the BBC

10 September 2014

BBC Four are celebrating Abstract Art this week with a season of programmes, ‘When Art Broke Free’, exploring one of art’s most extraordinarily innovative and groundbreaking movements.

The season includes a host of interesting shows including ‘Why Can’t a Four Year-Old Paint a Pollock’, finding out just how challenging it is to create a famous Jackson Pollock drip painting, and ‘The Rules of Abstraction’, which sees art critic Matthew Collings explore how Abstract Art rose to prominence in both the art world and modern culture. There are in-depth explorations into the influence of Abstract Art on modern design and how jazz embraced the art movement through its album cover iconography. 

A brilliant documentary, ‘Abstract Artists in Their Own Words’, tells the story of Abstract Art in Britain through the words of some of its leading lights. From Barbara Hepworth’s Abstract geometric forms to Bridget Riley’s Op Art imagery, the film reveals the impressive and diverse ways in which British artists tackled the idea of abstraction in the 20th century. To celebrate the season BBC Four have also commissioned four British artists to produce their own channel idents, each inspired by the spirit of abstraction. Artists Laure Prouvost, John Smith, Sebastian Buerkner and James Richards all give an insight into what Abstract Art means to them. 

This fantastic BBC Four season celebrates the enduring influence and legacy of Abstract Art. To discover more about the groundbreaking movement why not delve into our extensive Abstract Art collectiction. 

Explore the ‘When Art Broke Free’ season on the BBC website. 

Video: artrepublic Gallery Highlights, inc. Justine Smith, Pam Glew & HYBRID

05 September 2014

View our hottest art highlights for Sep 2014 by taking a walk around the walls of our artrepublic gallery. Gallery manager Jessica Miles takes you through three fantastic pieces, including an explosive edition by Justine Smith, a storming Pam Glew and an exquisite HYBRID.

Justine Smith, A Bigger Bang – This is a giclee print, signed, limited edition of 40. Smith’s primary medium is paper collage and sculpture, with bank notes and political themes reoccurring in many of her pieces. In this print each country is represented as an island covered in its national currency. Russia completely dominates the piece as the largest country in the world with England represented as a fifty-pound note. It also comes in a white colour way, which gives it a softer feel. Smith has exhibited internationally and her work can be found in The British Council and financial institutions. Prime Minister Gordon Brown chose to hang her iconic image of the Euro on the walls of 10 Downing Street during his tenure.

Pam Glew, Calm Before the Storm – This is a signed limited edition of only 50. It is a giclee print with a gloss finish. The Brighton based artist specialises in portraits painted freehand onto vintage textiles. She uses household bleach to create bold faces emerging from the darkness. This print features fashion icon and supermodel Cara Delevinge on a vintage union jack. Glew has exhibited alongside the likes of Tracey Emin, Peter Blake and Damien Hirst. 

HYBRID, Jacqueline Kennedy –This is a signed limited edition of 75. It is a beautiful giclee print with a silkscreened layer of high gloss varnish, creating a really nice subtle sheen. The original for the print was created using a fascinating collage of Jaqueline Kennedy’s handwritten letters, notes, postcards and newspaper cuttings. It was finished with real butterflies from around the world, which really bring it to life. HYBRID is an artist that likes to remain undisclosed so the work can speak for itself. 


New Release by Mike Edwards in the Brighton Gallery

05 September 2014

Down at the Brighton Gallery we are very excited to see local artist Mike Edwards brand new release ‘Keith Richards’. The typography master is well known for his ‘readable’ visual images made out of text. With a love for Rock and Roll icons in his previous best selling prints, ‘Keith Richards’ is undoubtedly a next favourite for any rock and roll fans.

The image is of Keith Richards from the world famous and revolutionary band ‘The Rolling Stones’. When viewed from a distance the letters merge to create an image with a photographic-like quality, but up close you realise it has been made up different song titles from the iconic band. Mike Edwards is one of the pioneers of contemporary Typography Art.

His medium is predominantly paint, "liberated by Photoshop." The method is "insanely painstaking" and has taken years to develop. His distinctive portraiture form of typographicart is very labour intensive and he has joked, "sometimes it drives me to the edge of quitting and getting a day job as an abstract expressionist or a minimalist or something."

This Giclee signed limited edition print is of 100. Don’t miss out on this typography masterpiece!

Zeus Unveiling at Gatwick Airport

21 August 2014

Holidaymakers and those travelling through London’s Gatwick Airport will have the opportunity to view two new sculptures by legendary Grafitti artist Dean ‘Zeus’ Coleman. The pair of large scale ‘urban sculptures’ have been designed by the artist to inspire passengers and celebrate the extensive range of destinations across the globe Gatwick now serves. 

Zeus has a reputation as a prolific graffiti writer and has played a prominent role in both the UK Hip-Hop and graffiti scenes having worked for the likes of Tim Westwood and Def Jam record label. The artist has been described by The Face Magazine as “A 3D graffiti pioneer” and in recent years has made a number of unique graffiti inspired fish tank as well as installations. Zeus fuses elements of graffiti, typography, fine art and sculpture into his practice creating his own individual visual language. 

The pieces on show at Gatwick will measure around 2 metres high and depict two iconic landmarks in New York’s Chrysler Building and Dubai’s colossal Burj Al Arab. The installation, which will launch in time for the busy bank holiday weekend, will run for two months and is set to be viewed by hoards of travellers as then embark on their journeys all over the world.

The work will be official unveiled in the Airport’s South Terminal today by Zeus and Spencer Sheen, Head of Retail at Gatwick. We cannot wait to see what the 3D graffiti maestro has created! 

Unseen Andy Warhol Films to be Digitalised

19 August 2014

Andy Warhol was most famous for his brightly coloured Pop Art prints. However, he was also a prolific filmmaker shooting 60 features films and over 500 black and white shorts in the years between 1963 and 1972. In the early 70s Warhol removed the vast majority of these films from the public domain and they have remained hidden in archives until now. 

New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is joining up with The Andy Warhol Museum to digitalise his entire body of film work. The mammoth task, which will take several years to complete, involves taking over a thousand rolls of 16mm film, painstakingly scanning them frame by frame and converting them to high-resolution 2K format. 

Eric Shiner, director of The Warhol Museum explained the intention behind the labour intensive project, “The Warhol’s mission is to be the global keeper of his legacy. Making it possible for curators, scholars and the public to see Warhol’s total output as a filmmaker for the first time is a major step toward achieving our goals”.

The entire process will help viewers gain a deeper understand of the work of the artist but it is not the only recently attempted to recover “lost” work by Andy Warhol. Experimental works of art by the Pop-Art provocateur were recently salvaged from 30-year-old floppy discs by a team of computer experts. 

Hirst-on-Sea

19 August 2014

Damien Hirst has recently been given the go ahead for perhaps his most controversial work to date, with plan to build an entire village near his childhood home. The proposed 750 home eco-town has been drawn up by architects MRJ rundell + associates and will develop an area on the edge of the seaside town Illfracombe in Devon. 

Damien Hirst has already left a mark on the town with his colossal sculpture ‘Verity’; A 66-foot tall bronze depicting a pregnant women holding aloft a large sword. The artist/town planner also owns a restaurant in the area, which rather fittingly specialises in seafood. 

The new town is set to benefit from the latest in renewable energy technology featuring environmentally friendly wind turbines, solar panels and insulation. The entire project is predicted to take 10-15 years to complete and will draw on Hirst’s iconic style and artistic flair. It remains to be seen whether the houses will be painted with his signature multi coloured spots or if animals in formaldehyde will be on sale in the local supermarket!

Image credit: www.telegraph.co.uk

Ben Eine & Jo Peel’s Living Walls at the Olympic Park

05 August 2014

Urban artists Ben Eine and Jo Peel have been creating epic murals at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London as part of a participatory public art project entitled ‘Living Walls’. Through collaborations with the local community, the major project aims to create world class art for everyone to enjoy in and around the park.

Ben Eine has produced a monumental 400m long mural stretching over the Olympic Park hoardings. Titled ‘The Review’, it is his largest street art work to date. Eine has been inspired by the proposed plans for a new cultural quarter on the park and his signature circus font depict adjoining adjectives referring to the Games.  

Jo Peel is currently working on ‘Meet Me in the City’, a project to recreate her urban landscapes of local landmarks in 3D, using common structural elements such as windows and doors. Stories of love, relationships, dreams and emotions surrounding the Olympic Park development will be told by Peel along 200m of canal side hoardings. Her mural will incorporate parts of Hackney Wick and chart their change from an industrial to culturally significant area.

Pure Evil Featured in the Financial Times

04 August 2014

Did you spot the interview with our favourite Street Art maverick Pure Evil in the Financial Times last week? Interviewed by Peter Aspen for a feature on the rude health of Urban Art market, Pure Evil is described as “one of the most prominent names of the thriving street art scene.”

Peter Aspen writes, “And yet urban art has never been in ruder health, its ephemeral zest turned into something more long-lasting, and commercially viable. Banksy, the movement’s flag-bearer, has become an auction-house favourite. And Pure Evil himself... is becoming an unlikely interloper in the traditional art establishment.”

Aspen observes that there are “signs that street artists are becoming more ambitious in their scope, keener to align themselves with the centuries-old subjects of traditional art forms.” The interview with the purveyor of UK and international business and economic news is further proof of Pure Evil’s rocketing reputation and the vitality of the Urban Art market. 

Video: artrepublic Gallery Highlights, inc. Marion McConaghie, Aroe & Damien Hirst

31 July 2014

View our collectable art highlights for August 2014 by taking a walk around the walls of our artrepublic gallery. Gallery team member Amy Fonseca takes you through three fantastic art works including a beautiful edition by Marion McConaghie, a brilliant Aroe and an outstanding Damien Hirst lenticular.

Marion McConaghie, ‘Violet Butterfly’ – This is an edition of 50 signed, stamped and numbered by the artist. She has created a series of butterflies; this is one of the three that has been hand-finished in 27 carat gold and silver leaf. The gold and silver touches really highlight the piece. Marion McConaghie grew up in Northern Ireland but is now based in Lewes in Sussex. Marion McConaghie is inspired by everything vintage and antique but brings a contemporary feel to her work. Her work is fresh and timeless making it extremely popular in the gallery.

Aroe, ‘Ink Panther’ – This is a giclee signed limited edition print of just 50 by Brighton based graffiti artist Aroe. Every print is hand-finished with a unique tag in the bottom right-hand corner making each one completely different. Aroe has created huge pieces all over the world and has been known to cover buildings in San Francisco and Brighton. His tag remains on trains in India and Eastern Europe. All of his graffiti is free-hand, no stencils or projectors used. 

Damien Hirst, ‘The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living’ – This is a lenticular on acrylic signed limited edition of 150. Damien Hirst is one of Britain’s most recognised artists of today gaining institutional fame when he won the Turner Prize in 1995. He was a prominent member of the YBAs in the ‘90s. They were seen as part of the wider Brit Pop cultural movement. This piece was taken from his series of animals in formaldehyde which also included a cow and sheep. Along with ‘For the Love of God’, this print has become one of the most iconic images in contemporary art.

Art Everywhere: A Very Very Big Art Show

29 July 2014

We’re delighted to see Art Everywhere returning for a second year. The collaborative project presents the UK’s favourite art from the nation’s public collections in a vast nationwide exhibition. It is the largest outdoor exhibition with thousands of poster sites and billboards up and down the country celebrating a summer of art.

There are 30,000 poster sites with 25 works of art on display for 6 weeks. "Whether you're on the high street and you suddenly see a Turner, or you get on a bus and you see a Chris Ofili, it is about having great images beautifully reproduced in an unexpected urban context," explained Stephen Deuchar, co-founder of Art Everywhere. "This is a fantastic initiative and I hope it goes on for many, many years to come," said the artist Antony Gormley.

The 25 artworks were chosen from a long list of 70 works in public galleries. David Hockney's elderly parents, Marc Quinn's blood-filled head and Dora Carrington's painting of an idyllic Lake District farmhouse are among the works chosen. With 38,000 public votes and the help of the finest UK curators and creatives the exhibition is now on until 31st August!

Damien Hirst to Open London Museum in 2015

24 July 2014

One of the most controversial and divisive art world figures, Damien Hirst, is set to cause a stir in the world of curating next year when he opens his first museum in London. Best known for his vitrines of animals preserved in formaldehyde and his clinically precise spot paintings, the former YBA is converting a building spanning the length of an entire street in Vauxhall, South London. 

The new space which is being transformed from a former theatre and scenery production workshop has been designed by Caruso St John architects, who were also the team behind the recent redevelopment of the Tate Britain. The currently unnamed complex will comprise of six separate galleries and a restaurant. The Museum had been scheduled to open later this year but will take longer to complete. A spokeswoman for Hirst’s Science Ltd Company says it now due to be ready “in May or June” next year.

Back in 2012 Damien Hirst initially announced his plans for the venture as a means to share his own personal art collection with the public. His private collection known as 'Murderme', consists of over 2000 pieces spanning generations of international artists including: Francis Bacon’s ‘Study for a figure at the Base of a Crucifixion’, Andy Warhol’s ‘Electric Chair’ and Pablo Picasso’s ‘Nature morte au crane’. Murderme, which has been valued in excess of £100m, gives a fascinating insight into Hirst’s own personal interests and tastes. 

Rob Wass Releases a Beautiful Flock of Starlings

22 July 2014

We are delighted to announce the highly anticipated release of Rob Wass’ latest limited edition print! ‘Murmuration’ is a magnificent two colour silkscreen print on Somerset Satin 300gsm fine art paper. Each print in this limited edition has been exquisitely hand-coloured by the artist with beautiful French inks.

A murmuration is when starlings flock together, wheeling and darting through the sky in tight, fluid formations. Murmurations can range from small groups of a few hundred starlings in a small ball, to undulating seas of millions of birds. Inspired by these aerial ballets birds perform, Rob Wass has created a bewitching image of a tree formed from swirling flocks of starlings.  

This elegant new print is an exclusive artrepublic release. Rob Wass’ previous hand-finished limited edition ‘We Are Bigger Than Them – Colour’, which also featured elegant birds in formation, quickly sold out so we’re expecting this ‘Murmuration’ to fly out of the door!

The Art of the Nation

21 July 2014

Most of the nation's greatest works of art are in our museums and galleries, but there are also thousands of significant works in homes across the country. A new series on BBC Radio 4 begins this afternoon investigating the art-works in UK homes and considering the stories they tell about our national identity. 

In the first programme of the series BBC Art Editor Will Gompertz reveals the importance of discovery, hearing about the joy of uncovering apparently lost masterpieces and acquiring works by chance. Gompertz meets an unemployed couple from Lincoln who believe they have tracked down, via the internet, works by Vincent Van Gogh, Edouard Manet and Paul Cézanne

He also finds out about a businessman who happened to become a good friend of Pablo Picasso. The genius artist gave him one of his prized plates which sat in a drawer for 40 years, because its new owner thought it looked horrible. Now his son has re-discovered it! And there's the tale of home owner who happened to find a work by Francis Bacon on a wall - long hidden behind fitted furniture. This is sure to be a fascinating series!

Image credit: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b049y9pg

Pure Evil in the Press & on the Streets

15 July 2014

Pure Evil gave readers a rare insight into the complex world of Graffiti in a recent interview with The Times newspaper. The artist explained the unspoken code of conduct present on the streets and voiced his opinion on the breach of etiquette when pieces of Banksy’s work had been painted over by rivals. He also explained the order of importance in Street Art with simpler tags at the bottom, 2 colour ‘throw ups’ in the middle and larger more detailed pieces at the top of the graffiti pyramid.

Also hot off the press... Pure Evil’s image of a hooded character stealing one of the Olympic rings emerged during the London 2012 games and has just been used as the cover artwork for Jules Boykoff’s new book ‘Activism and the Olympics’! The book, which is released later this month, examines how anti-Olympic activists deployed a range of approaches in order to challenge the Olympic machine. 

As well as book covers and interviews in the national press, Pure Evil has been out leaving his own mark on the streets. The artist has just painted a fresh mural on a wall of the new East Dulwich Picture House in South London. Fittingly he sprayed painted stencilled portraits of bygone film stars with Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren, Marilyn Monroe and Marlene Dietrich all featuring on a background made up of his signature multi-coloured vampire bunnies. Pure Evil is clearly the man of the moment!

Image credits: @KiPricePhoto

Jonathan Ross Digs the Strange Case Company

15 July 2014

Yesterday Jonathan Ross, officially ‘the most powerful man in broadcasting’, publically declared his enthusiasm for Brighton based art duo The Strange Case Company in a tweet to his 3.79 million Twitter followers! 

“I dig this Brighton artist @StrangeCaseCo at http://bit.ly/tscc-  or at ArtRepublic" tweeted @wossy directing his multitude of fans to our latest release by The Strange Case Company. ‘All Change’ is an unusual silkscreen on acrylic panels, signed, limited edition. Three separate, individually screen printed, 3mm acrylic sheets combine to produce an innovative portrait of HRH Queen Elizabeth. 

Jonathan Ross met the Queen in 2005 when he was made an OBE in her Birthday Honours for services to broadcasting. He celebrated the honour by playing ‘God Save the Queen’ by The Sex Pistols on his BBC Radio 2 show! Follow Ross’ patriotic lead with this brand new work. 'All Change' is a tiny edition of only 20 so don’t delay if you’re tempted...

Image credit: www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/presenters/jonathan-ross

‘Freedom’ by Warren J Fox Arrives in Our Brighton Gallery

14 July 2014

This week we welcomed artist Warren J Fox to artrepublic! Causing a stir in our Brighton Gallery we were very excited to see his latest realise ‘Freedom’ featuring the city’s famous West Pier. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Warren J Fox has swapped sandy beaches for sunny Brighton and Hove.

This magnificent signed Limited Edition print features a striking Canary bird perched on top of a superb rendition of the West Pier, built in 1866. ‘Freedom’ is available as an edition of 25. A double-pulled gloss silkscreen glaze across the halo and drips from the pier add extra levels of detail to the eye catching giclee. 

With Brighton and Hove Pier prints such as 'East Pier Starling’ by Shane O'Driscoll, ’Nikki Black's 'Brighton Pier’ and Edward Baldwin's 'Brighton Pier’ remaining massively popular in the gallery, this stunning piece of work won’t be available for long. It’s the perfect print for canary collectors and Brighton enthusiasts alike.

‘Griffin Kitten’: Behind the Scenes

14 July 2014

Last week Dylan Floyd released his latest, highly anticipated, print ‘Griffin Kitten’. Floyd’s striking bird/cat hybrid first made an appearance at our Urban Art Fest as a Street Art piece this May and has now been transformed into a spectacular limited edition.

‘Griffin Kitten’ is a giclee print on 330gsm Somerset Velvet paper with screen-printed glue and hand-applied gold leaf. Check out these photos of Dylan Floyd, who is known for his incredible finishes, painstakingly gilding his imaginative creature’s beautiful abstract halo: 

“The ideas behind these pictures are not about mutation necessarily, they are more about animals as Totems or spirits, as saintly in some way. This is why I use the iconographic elements in the work. They are mythological creatures, contemporary mythological creatures,” explained Floyd in our artist’s interview

The Art of Futebol

10 July 2014

As the world prepares for this weekend's final, artworld stars and world-class footballers are teaming up to celebrate the Brazilian World Cup and raise vital funds for charity. Footballs signed by Brazilian legends including Pelé, Ronaldo and Romário have been transformed into artworks by some of our favourite contemporary artists including Static and Pure Evil.

Static have paired up with Zico and Pure Evil has joined forces with Raí. The other dream teams include David Luiz and Inkie; Falcão and Pakpoom Silaphan; Neymar and Richie Culver; Oscar and Tolleck Winner; Romário and Cibelle; Pelé and Rob & Nick Carter; Ronaldo and Nasser Azam; Ronaldinho and Patrick Hughes; Ramirez and Jimmy Galvin.

The balls are being auctioned off today in a private event at the Embassy of Brazil by celebrity auctioneer Jon Baddeley from Bonhams Auctioneers. Proceeds from the auction will go to Action for Brazil’s Children Trust (ABC Trust), which supports grassroots community projects to transform the lives of the most vulnerable kids in Brazil. 

Banksy Bargains Sell at Bonhams

09 July 2014

The enigmatic and prolific street artist Bansky has been making headlines again. A lucky fan struck gold when she sold two original canvases by the artist for £124,750 last week, an incredible 1800% increase in value on what she originally paid for them. 

The canvases were bought from a market vender in New York’s Central Park last summer. Banksy set up the stall selling original pieces of his own work for a cut price as a stunt and backlash against the nature of the art market. The stall was alongside other vendors selling tourist souvenirs and at $60 each for a canvas they seemed somewhat expensive for what appeared to be a fake. The event which only lasted one day was part of the artist’s ‘Better Out Than In’ month long residence in the city, which saw him create a different piece of Street Art each day. 

The canvas of ‘Winnie The Pooh’ sold for £56,250 and his ‘Kids on Guns’ went for an incredible £68,500 at the Bonhams Contemporary Art Sale. The unnamed woman must have been delighted with her brief foray into the high end art market! 

Image Credits: An employee of Bonham's auction house examines 'Kids on Guns' by Banksy displayed alongside Banksy's 'Winnie The Pooh' Photo: NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP

Happy Birthday David Hockney

09 July 2014

Perhaps the most popular and versatile British artist of the 20th century, David Hockney, was born on this day in 1937. Happy birthday David Hockney!

David Hockney was born in Bradford, Yorkshire in 1937 to a working class family. He went on to a prize-winning career as a student at the Royal College of Art. It was there that he met fellow artists such as Peter Blake, R.B. Kitaj, Peter Philips and Patrick Caulfield, who were to become stars of the British Pop Art Scene. By his mid-20s, Hockney had already become one of the most critically acclaimed contemporary artists in Britain. 

Did you know.... like his father, Hockney was a conscientious objector, and worked as a medical orderly in hospitals during his National Service (1957–59). He is also a staunch pro-tobacco campaigner and was invited to guest-edit the Today programme on 29th December 2009 to air his views on the subject, “Smoking calms me down. It's enjoyable. I don't want politicians deciding what is exciting in my life.” (Hockney)

Peter Blake: Pop Victoriana

09 July 2014

National treasure and Pop Art trailblazer Sir Peter Blake currently has an exhibition of original limited edition prints on at The Watts Gallery in Guildford. 

Peter Blake has often used Victorian design and ephemera as inspiration in his art with the show includes works such as ‘To a Darling Child’ and ‘The Wooden Puzzle Series’ that are available from us at artrepublic. Running until 31st of August this exhibition is a must see for any fans of the ‘Godfather of British Pop Art’ and demonstrates the application of the Victorian aesthetic in his sensational printed work. 

Quentin Blake Opens the World’s First House of Illustration

04 July 2014

This week Sir Quentin Blake has opened what is believed to be the world’s first public education space and gallery dedicated to Illustration. The House of Illustration in London is the new home for the art of illustration, from emerging talent to established artists. 

The gallery’s inaugural show ‘Inside Stories’ celebrates the work of one of the UK’s most popular illustration practitioners, Sir Quentin Blake. “Illustration has been one of the most distinctive strands in the history of British art,” said Blake. “It’s one of the things that the British are good at – we don’t say that often enough.”

The House of Illustration has been active since 2002, when it was founded by a group of illustrators led by Blake and Emma Chicester Clark. Since then it has helped to organise several exhibitions and education programmes, as well as establishing itself as the official archive-to-be of Blake's enormous output of some 4,000 drawings and 250 illustrated books. Now the gallery has its first permanent home displaying diverse illustrations form fashion designs, to political cartoons and advertisements.

Video: artrepublic Gallery Highlights, inc. Sir Peter Blake, Jimi Crayon & Sarah Shaw

02 July 2014

View our collectable art highlights for July 2014 by taking a walk around the walls of our artrepublic gallery. Gallery team member Jess Miles takes you through three fantastic art works including an outstanding limited edition by Sir Peter Blake, a brilliant Jimi Crayon piece and a beautiful Sarah Shaw giclee and silkscreen work.

Peter Blake, ‘The Aquarium 2013’ – This is a silkscreen, signed, limited edition of 100. Peter Blake is one of Britain’s most well loved and well known artists. ‘The Aquarium’ was taken from Blake’s well celebrated ‘The Classroom’ suite. As usual with Blake’s work there’s a great attention to detail, this piece in particular features an abundance of marine life along with a lot of historical and quirky characters. 

Jimi Crayon, ‘A Weird Scene’ – This is a signed limited edition of 25. It’s a 9 layer silkscreen print which also has foil gilding and spot glazes. Jimi’s a London born artist but he’s actually based in LA at the moment. He produces Street Art murals, music videos, prints and digital work. It’s a fun and vibrant piece which really shows off his imagination!

Sarah Shaw, ‘Monolith V’ – This is a really nice small edition of 25, also signed by the artist. It is a giclee and silkscreen print with added glazes to recreate the effect of the original oil painting. ‘Monolith’ is a series of paintings based on a glimpse of road side flowers strapped to lampposts in memorial. She describes them as a momentary reminder of mortality. Sarah features in her work themes of beauty, history, the passing of time and the brevity of life. There is always an attractive use of colour and texture in her work. 

Own Art Now Available up to £2,500!

25 June 2014

This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the brilliant Own Art scheme which enables you to spread the cost of hundreds of limited edition prints, interest free* whilst receiving and enjoying your art straight away. As part of the celebrations, customers can now borrow anything from £100 to £2,500 (previously £2,000)!

We are super proud to be one of a few UK galleries selected by Arts Council England to offer art lovers this 10 months interest free credit* and one of just a handful of websites offering online applications directly through our checkout. Now we can offer Own Art up to £2,500, even more of our massive art collection is accessible to collectors and fans.

Incredible pieces by top artists, including Damien Hirst’s ‘Probucol’ and Peter Blake’s ‘Framed Marilyn 2010’, are newly available to purchase through Own Art so now is the perfect time to invest in contemporary art, grow your collection and support living artists!

Meet New Artist Pam Glew...

25 June 2014

We’re delighted to welcome Pam Glew to artrepublic! An established contemporary British artist, Pam is known for her unique technique of painting with household bleach on vintage fabrics and flags. Her innovative work plays with our notions of idols, patriotism and the culture of heritage. 

This video from 2010 is a little dated but offers a fantastic insight into Pam’s artistic processes, her interests and her quirky working space:

'Calm Before the Storm' is Pam’s latest limited edition print. In this striking new work she has immortalized British icon and supermodel starlet Cara Delevingne, who has unequivocally taken the fashion world by storm. Delevingne is portrayed on a patriotic Union Jack background, demonstrating Glew’s fascination with flags.

Stanley Donwood Designs for Glastonbury

23 June 2014

Festival season is upon us once again and over the next few weeks revellers up and down the country with be packing their wellies, instant noodles and cider in preparation for some alfresco party action. The biggest festival in the UK and arguably the world, Glastonbury, kicks off this week and artist Stanley Donwood has once again created an incredible design for this year’s festival.

Stanley Donwood studied with Radiohead front man Thom Yorke at The University of Exeter and has provided artwork for all of the band’s albums since their 1995 breakthrough ‘The Bends’. He also has a long standing affiliation with Glastonbury. We have limited edition silkscreen prints of Donwood’s designs for both ‘The Glastonbury Festival 2011’ and ‘Glastonbury Festival 2013’.

The image on this year’s programme shows a cropped section from Donwood's painting ‘Nether’ which is also available at artrepublic as a limited edition giclee print in an edition of 100. Donwood's latest series of paintings examines the relationship humans have had with woods and forests over time. This painting is the perfect pick as thousands of people prepare to return to nature this summer and embrace life in a field (if only for the weekend)! 


Dave White Releases a Glittering Great White

20 June 2014

We are brimming with excitement about the arrival of ‘Apex Shark’ from internationally renowned artist Dave White. Carrying on from his sensational Aquatic series, White has looked to the most feared sea creature of all in his new collection of paintings, the great white shark.

The title ‘Apex’ refers to the shark’s position at the top of the food chain and was the title of his recent debut show in Los Angeles. White’s intention is to encourage the viewer to reconnect with these fascinating creatures and highlight their often overlooked beauty and fragility. In an Interview with the Independent Dave White said,"I want people to re-engage and look at the incredible beauty of these things... It doesn't matter what it is, if you just take a step back and have a real look at something, you often leave completely blown away."

Apex Shark’ is a 15 colour silkscreen with varnish, from a signed limited edition of just 50. Each print has been finished with a spectacular diamond dust background. White’s use of energetic and spontaneous brush strokes perfectly captures the dynamism and power of the shark. Move quickly to avoid missing this incredible piece! 

RYCA’s Winning Cup for Fatboy Slim

17 June 2014

Big Beat DJ and Brighton legend Fatboy Slim is taking Brazil by storm this summer with a host of huge gigs to be held during the World Cup. Packed alongside his records, signature Hawaiian shirts and sun cream will be the amazing replica World Cup trophy made by Ryan Callanan aka RYCA

The 'Acid Cup' was originally intended to be used for the album cover of the DJ’s forthcoming album ‘Bem Brazil’ until copyright issues arose preventing it. The handcrafted cup features one of RYCA’s signature acid house smiley faces. It quickly sold out from our sister gallery Ink_d but a limited edition of 7 finished with 23 carat gold is still available. 

So when the national team crash out of the competition at least there will be one Englishman raising a trophy in Brazil this summer!

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