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Dan Hillier rocks artrepublic

27 February 2015

At artrepublic we are delighted to announce that we have the brilliant surrealist illustrator Dan Hillier on board. For those of you who aren’t familiar with his work Hillier creates extraordinary images from collaging Victorian era etchings together with his own traditional and digital drawings. Humans, animals and elements from nature all merge to create dreamlike forms with different layers of meaning. 

Often using modern day technology to manipulate images made in the 1800s Hillier is also well known for producing the album artwork for Royal Blood, the Brighton based rock band who scooped up a Brit award this week. The number one album from the hard rocking duo was released last year and features ‘Pachamama’, which translates as ‘World Mother’ in the Native South American language of Quechuan, as the front cover. We have a select number of the highly sought after prints available as well as a very rare signed artist’s proof. 

Hillier has previously exhibited his work at galleries including Saatchi, the ICA and even The Louvre in Paris. His editions have proven to be very collectable so if you’re enamoured by the work make sure you move quickly! We’ll be interviewing the London based illustrator very soon, so watch this space to find out more and in the meantime keep on rocking! 

Banksy goes undercover in Gaza

26 February 2015

Banksy has just revealed his latest art work in Gaza with an accompanying sharply satirical tourist video that promotes the war-torn region. The video, which was released through his website, shows the elusive street artist traveling through a maze of underground tunnels emerging to depict what life is like for ordinary Palestinians. 

The mini-documentary also features a hooded Banksy spraying the image of the Greek goddess Niobe weeping onto a wall. Other new pieces include a huge cat playing with a ball of metal and a surveillance tower, which has been transformed into a fairground ride.

It is not the first time the artist has travelled to the conflict zone, in August 2005 he ventured to the West Bank and painted a number of huge murals on the colossal wall separating Palestine and Israel. This latest project demonstrations Banksy’s desire to highlight the plight of people suffering in the world without the filter and censorship of news networks and the controlled media. 

Pure Evil drops latest looting print

25 February 2015

Street art supremo and master of stencils Pure Evil has dropped his latest print ‘New Logo for the Favela Looting Team’ this week. The 6 layer silkscreen shows a cheeky young ragamuffin stealing one of the Olympic rings and is based on his sell out 2012 edition ‘The New Logo for the Hackney Looting Team’, which was made in response to the London riots. Not only did the original image sell out incredibly quickly it was also immortalised as the front cover of Jules Boykoff’s ‘Activism and the Olympics’ book.

Pure Evil’s latest offering is released with a year to go until the Rio 2016 Olympic games and helps draw attention to the wider social issues concerning Brazil. The games have seen widespread opposition due to the numbers of favelas and slum areas being demolished to accommodate the huge sporting event. Pure Evil is an artist who isn’t afraid to make bold, political statements through his work. ‘Favela Looting Team’ is the latest in a long line of punchy, colourful and slick prints to come out of the Evil studio. Pure Evil’s prints are always very highly sought after so if you find yourself in love with this one be quick as it’s sure to fly out the door!

STATIC take ‘Game On’ to the streets

20 February 2015

Tom and Craig of STATIC have gone back to their street art roots recently by painting a number of walls around Walthamstow in East London. The pair have been enduring the cold weather to transform drab concrete with their slick, layered, stencil aesthetic. STATIC have been a major player in the Wood Street Walls project, an initiative which seeks to inject some artistic flair into the area whilst also provide a community/studio space for artists. Much like the famed Wynwood Walls project in Miami, they have been bringing their artwork to the attention of a new audience and raising awareness for a very worthy cause. 

For their latest conquest STATIC have overhauled the wall of a local shop, repainting the entire surface black and adding a multi-coloured stencil design inspired by the cult videogame Space Invaders. The image was also used for their latest print ‘Game On’; a fun, 10 colour silkscreen from an edition of 100, which comes in at a very wallet friend £48. 

STATIC are even donating 10% of the print price to the Wood Street Walls project. With more walls and collaboration in the pipeline we can’t wait to see what the duo come up with next. In the mean time you can find out more about the project here and watch this great stop motion video of ‘Game On’ being printed. 

Keith Haring remembered 25 years on

16 February 2015

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the death of Keith Haring; one of the most influential and iconic artists to emerge from the 20th Century. Haring was among the first artists to cross the boundaries from street art/graffiti into the more established world of fine art and gallery representation. 

He made his name on the streets of New York in the 1980s, drawing and spraying gloriously simplistic images, which carried strong messages of hope and unity. The radiant baby became Haring’s symbol and was quickly drawn in chalk onto the empty advertising hoarding of the cities subways. Haring established close friendships with a number of notable artists of the time including Jean-Michel Basquiat, whom he credited with inspiring him to pursue graffiti, Kenny Scharf and Futura 2000, as well as partying with hottest musicians such as Boy George and Madonna. 

Haring believed that art was for everybody and during his life devoted much time to raising awareness for socio-political themes, such as the AIDS epidemic, apartheid in South Africa and drug addiction, through his artwork. His uncomplicated style and skilful draughtsmanship enable Haring to create work that communicated on a very basic human level. As a result his paintings and illustrations were accessible and transcended notions of race, gender or social status. Almost like modern day hieroglyphics Haring’s work could speak volumes with only a few brush strokes. 

His output was prolific and increased furthermore when he was diagnosed with AIDS in 1987. Sensing his own mortality Haring pushed even further with his art, producing increasing ambitious work as quickly as possibly. Many of our current crop of artists cite Haring as a major influence with practitioners such as Pure Evil, Shepard Fairey and Banksy all paying tribute to the profound impact of he had on them. Haring died tragically young at the age of just 31 but the legacy of his work and message burns brightly 25 years on. 

Valentine's Day at artrepublic

13 February 2015

Love is in the air in our Brighton gallery as Valentine’s Day approaches so we thought it appropriate to feature some breath-taking works of art to get in you in the mood for romance. Here are a few of our heartfelt highlights to suit any budget.

VeeBee is the new name for HYBRID, one of our most popular and ellusive, experimental artists. VeeBee has released 3 original clockwork heart pieces, which have each been hand finish with liquid glass for a glossy, slick look. Heart II has authentic vintage sheet music collaged onto it, while the incredible Heart I featured a mosaic of real butterflies. Just the thing to set hearts a-fluttering. 

The STATIC guys have been very busy recently with their project painting walls around East London but have made the time to create their latest print ‘Game On’. Inspired by the cult video game space invaders, this signed, 10 colour silkscreen is from an edition of 100 and comes in at a very wallet friendly £48. The print was inspired by a huge street mural the duo have recently completed. Perfect for any retro gamers out there! 

Finally for a slightly darker themed February 14th we have the latest offering from the master of digital manipulation Magnus Gjoen. ‘Everything Ends with Flowers’ is a stunning giclee print on photorag paper, taken from an edition of 80. Gjoen’s previous editions featuring skulls have always proven to be very sought after, with his ultra-desirable ‘Roses Are Dead’ edition selling out very quickly. Gjoen’s latest print would make for a truly unforgettable Valentines Day! 

Watch out Shoreditch, Ron English is coming!

02 February 2015

We only have a couple of days to go until the Godfather of Street Art Ron English takes over Shoreditch’s BoxPark in conjunction with artrepublic for what promises to be a spectacular and truly unmissible event. Ron is one of the most prolific and instantly recognisable artists in the world with his thought provoking blend of pop-surrealist artwork being equally at home on canvas or sprayed directly onto a walls. He is well known for coining the term Popaganda, which brilliantly describes his medium of blending of high and low cultural touchstones. 

For the duration of the week we will be launching a pop-up gallery in the iconic BoxPark complex and have on offer a brand new print from Ron. ‘Camo Deer in Autumn’ is an exquisite 28 colour silkscreen print produced by Modern Multiples in LA, exclusively for artrepublic in an edition of just 75. As well as being a beautiful example of the artist’s vibrant work the print also has a very strong sentimental value, as it was the last edition created under the supervision of the late great master printer Richard Duardo, who was a close friend of Ron’s and sadly passed away last year.

 For a very limited time until 9 February we are offering this incredibly collectable print for a special pre-publishing price of just £600, after that date it will increase to £750. Be sure to move quickly to catch it at the temporary lower price. As well as the new print release other pieces from Ron will be on show at BoxPark alongside a number of editions from our most popular artists.

Ron is over in the UK for the event and will be busy painting a live street mural at BoxPark this Wednesday and Thursday, so if you’re in the East London area you’ll have an extraordinary chance to view a certified art legend busy at work creating a masterpiece. Thursday 5th February will be the official exhibition launch with a DJ set from Marshal Darling and free drinks provided from Heineken. Whilst from 2pm on Saturday 7th February Ron will be present for a book signing before jetting back to New York. There will be members of the artrepublic team on hand all week to answer any questions; we look forward to welcoming you to Ron English at BoxPark unit 26!

Nick Smith brings ‘Psycolourgy’ to Lawrence Alkin Gallery

23 January 2015

Our London based sister gallery Lawrence Alkin Gallery is currently awash with colour as it hosts ‘Psycolourgy’, the debut solo show from the master of Pantone Nick Smith. The exhibition sees Nick recreate a number of master paintings with his ingenious Pantone approach. Several significant works from the great canon of art feature including: David Hockney’s ‘A Bigger Splash’, Andy Warhol’s ‘Marilyn’, ‘Whistlejacket’ by George Stubbs and Van Gogh’s reflective self portrait. 

Through his career as an interior designer Nick would use Pantone chips as a way of referencing and communicating colour. After completing a project he was left with a number of spare chips and began to arrange them to form images. From these early, rough pictures Nick’s practice has rapidly grown with the detailed and ambitious work sometime comprising of over 1000 individually hand collaged chips. Nick also applies text to the chips, sometimes as a result of word/colour association and other times running a story or narrative through the piece. This careful choice of words adds a deeply psychological element to his work. 

The exhibition will run until 21 February and kicks of a packed calendar year of shows for the gallery. ‘Psycolourgy’ is an unmissable experience with work selling before doors even opened. If you’re up in London this weekend also make sure to pay a visit to the London Art Fair where our other sister gallery, Brighton’s ink_d are displaying some stunning work at their stand.  

Still got it at 80! Sofia Loren has been a hit in the news and down at our Brighton Gallery…

21 January 2015
Italian actress Sophia Loren became an international film star following her five-picture contract with Paramount Pictures in 1958. All through the early 1960’s she proved to be one of the most popular actresses in the world, staring alongside Cara Grant, George Cukor, Charlie Chaplin and many other successful actors. She won many awards including four Golden Globe Awards between 1964 and 1977 as “World Film Favourite – Female”.

Down at the Brighton gallery we have been showing off her glorious beauty and talent with some of the striking Limited Editions prints from our incredible artists.

Pure Evil has re-invented the actresses with his famous tear drop silkscreen print called Carlo Ponti’s Nightmare – Golden Brown and Carlo Ponti’s Nightmare – Flouro and Silver. Carlo Ponti was an Italian film producer with over 140 production credits, and the husband of Italian movie star Sophia Loren. Their incredible romance is considered one of the greatest modern love stories.

Sofia Loren III is a fantastic limited edition of only 10 by artist David Studwell. He is hugely influenced by popular culture, cult movies and Pop art, which is displayed in this celebrity inspired print. Studwell’s bold and vividly coloured prints bring elements of the past into the present. 

Brighton based artist Maria Rivans celebrated the Moniker Art Fair at the end of 2014, with a beautiful release based on the beautiful actress – Miss Italia. This limited edition was only available at the Moniker Art Fair but we managed to get our hands on a couple in the gallery. 

Well done for being so fabulous Sophia Loren, we salute you! 



Ink_d at The London Art Fair 2015: 21-25 January

19 January 2015

The 27th instalment of the London Art Fair will take place this week at the Business Design Centre in London and we are very excited to see our sister gallery Ink_d exhibit some incredible new work. The Fair marks the beginning of the art year and draws over 120 different galleries from across the UK and overseas. 

Ink_d have been very busy gathering work over the past weeks and months from some of the most exciting names in contemporary art. Their stand (G12) will be bursting with talent including brand new art work from the likes of Dan Baldwin, Carrie Reichardt, Jake Wood-Evans, Nick Walker plus many more. For the Magnus Gjoen fans out there (we know there are a lot of you) there will also be an exclusive print available from the stand. 

Alongside the Main Fair a number of talks from highly esteemed artists, curators, collectors and gallerists will be taking place. The fair’s museum partner Pallant House Gallery will be showing a number of key works from their collection including pieces from Henry Moore, Richard Hamilton and Patrick Caufield. While the Photo50 exhibition will offer a critical showcase of some distinctive and diverse photography. To find out more about the London Art Fair read our article here or follow the link for tickets. Remember to pop by Ink_d at Stand G12 to view the incredible new work and be greeted by their friendly team. See you there! 

Damien Hirst becomes first artist on another planet

16 January 2015

British art supremo Damien Hirst can now boast the fact that he is the only known artist in the universe to have his artwork on another planet. It was discovered that the ill-fated British spacecraft Beagle 2 had actually found it way to Mars some 12 years ago. It was previously reported that the mission had been an expensive failure with the module being destroyed on impact but new images have confirmed that it did successful land on the red planet’s surface with a single faulty motor preventing the signal being send back to earth.

The brains behind the mission, the late Professor Colin Pillinger, commissioned Hirst to create one of his signature, meticulous spot paintings for the probe. The image was simultaneously the first piece of art in space and more practically a colour calibration chart to be used for scientific experiments. Hirst posted a photo of the painting on his Instagram page along with the caption: “I can’t believe Beagle 2 has been out there all this time and I have a painting on Mars! It’s amazing! It makes me think that Colin must be looking down on us smiling and still have a hand in it”. 

Hirst has looked to football ace Lionel Messi for inspiration in his lasted iconic spin paintings. The image of the four times footballer of year was used in the commission Hirst made for the Unicef ‘1 in 11’ campaign, which aims to help children in war-torn or poverty stricken countries receive an education.  

image credit: Damien Hirst & Science Ltd/PA

New Year… New Name!

12 January 2015
Formally known as HYBRID, the ‘unknown’ artist has changed their name to VeeBee and released a brand new original. We were all very excited to hear the news of the artists new name and the arrival of this stunning new piece down at the Brighton gallery. VeeBee's latest piece is called Clockwork Bird – Peacock.

VeeBee has used a beautiful peacock feather as the main attraction to the piece filling the body of the Clockwork Bird - Peacock. They also use liquid glass, resin and spray paint to complete this one off. VeeBee doesn’t wish to disclose their identity, because they want people to be able to view their work as a separate entity from them as a person, as work that has a life of its own. 

“After struggling for a couple of years, I had a revelation; I didn't need a "style"! I wanted to give life to my visions as they came to me, without modifying them to fit in with a specific style. Now it is like being able to speak many different languages, I find it very satisfying. The goal is now to master each style! “ - VeeBee. Don’t miss the chance to own this one off masterpiece!

Aroe takes over the world

09 January 2015

Brighton’s own graffiti godfather Aroe has been extremely busy recently with his latest ground breaking international project. Last month he very nearly singlehandedly shut down the web when he gave away 26 painting in 26 different locations across the globe, posting the results on his Instagram and twitter feeds. 

The project not only demonstrated Aroe’s international appeal and far-reaching respect as an artist but also truly captured the sense of community and radical spirit of graffiti as an art movement. Each painting was hand made by Aroe, featuring his well-known crisp lines, subtle fades, intense colours and signature tag. With the help of his international street team the painting were left in diverse locations across the globe for passers-by or avid followers to collect. The colossal game of hide and seek include a huge variety of spots, spanning five continents. The cities include in the art hunt were: New Delhi, St Petersburg, Copenhagen, Kuala Lumpur, Barcelona, Istanbul, Reykjavik, Bogota, Rio de Janiero, Venice, Budapest, London, Paris, Moscow, Cape Town, Vienna, Stockholm, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Shanghai, Sydney, Melbourne and Hong Kong. 

The project demonstrated the immense power of social media and how it can be beneficial to the evolution of graffiti with thousands of people liking and commenting on the photos. In an age of near saturation of imagery on the Internet it’s refreshing to see innovators like Aroe go against the grain and evoking a sense of wonder and excitment whilst generously giving away some fantastic artwork. If you’re feeling like you missed out fear not because we’ve recently got in some explosive hand painted and silkscreened ‘Ghost Uzi Patrol’ prints by Aroe, which he describes as “Blurring the line between prints and paintings, genius crossed with mad, equal parts good equal parts bad…” To our hometown graffiti guru, Aroe we salute you! 

photos are have been taken from Aroe's instagram @aroe_msk

Pablo Picasso’s granddaughter to sell $290 Million worth of his art

09 January 2015

A new body of Picasso artwork is set cause a major impact on the international art market when it goes on sale later this year. The owner of the late Spanish painter’s work is his granddaughter Marina Picasso. She is also selling his famous Cannes villa, ‘La Calinfornie’, where the artist lived with his second wife Jacqueline Roque who tragically shot herself following his death. 

The sale has a somewhat bitter undertone due to Marina speaking unfavourably about her genius grandfather, describing him as cold and distant from herself and her brother when they were children. Although now she is on the brink of pocketing millions from the sale of his work Marina grew up in poverty with her famous grandfather unwilling to provide any financial support for the family. In her 2001 memoir she wrote even “He drove everyone who got near him to despair and engulfed them..”.

Rather unusually Marina has decided to avoid auctions houses and the traditional process for selling such valuable art, instead opting to meet private buyers and prospective clients personally in Geneva, near to where the artwork is stored. The sale includes several of the Spanish artists early works, with a 1923 portrait of his first wife Olga attracting a price tag of around $60 million.  

Picasso’s immense talent and influence in art is unquestionable but did you know that he is also the single most stolen artist in history? This is partly due to his incredibly prolific output creating an estimated 50,000 pieces of artwork in his lifetime comprising of 1,885 paintings; 1,228 sculptures; 7,089 drawings; 30,000 prints (engravings, lithographs, silkscreens, etc); 3,222 ceramics; 150 sketchbooks. Amazingly the Picasso estate currently has 1,147 paintings registered as stolen, missing or disputed, twice as many as the next artist on the list. In case you were wondering Salvador Dali has 504 missing works and Henri Matisse has 205. So if you ever come across anything bearing that inimitable ‘Picasso’ signature it may be worth taking a closer look!  


Banksy’s Tribute to Charlie Hebdo isn’t a Banksy but is striking nonetheless

08 January 2015

In response to the tragedy that recently unfolded at Charlie Hebdo in Paris the Street Art supremo Banksy posted online a poignant image of hope as a reaction to the heinous event. The image was uploaded to an unverified Instagram account, which is attributed to the artist and was subsequently shared by over 100,000 people. 

A spokesperson for the artist has said that the artwork is not a Banksy and has since been credited to a London based illustrator Lucille Clerc. It was originally posted on her twitter account with the fitting caption “Break one, thousand will rise” along with the hashtags “raiseyourpencilforfreedom” and “jesuischarlie”.

A number of artists have joined in paying tribute to those killed, including the French street art/photographer JR, who created a series of large-scale monochrome portraits of the eyes of victims. The portraits were held aloft during a vigil that took place in New York’s Union Square. The urban artist Kaws also posted on his Instagram. A great number of cartoonists took it upon themselves to express sympathy and solidarity for those affected by creating artworks, several of which have been published in newspapers in this country. All of us at artrepublic would like to send our thoughts and respect to those affected by this inexcusable act of violence. Je Suis Charlie. 

Presenting Warren J. Fox, Lidia de Pedro and Richard Duardo works at artrepublic (January 2015)

06 January 2015

View our hottest art highlights for January 2015 by taking a refreshing walk around the walls of our artrepublic gallery in Brighton. Gallery team member Fiona takes you through three fantastic pieces, including a hearfelt edition from Warren J. Fox, a wonderful Lidia de Pedro and a captivating offering from the late great Richard Duardo. 

Warren J. Fox, ‘Heartsong’– a signed limited giclee print of 250. Originally from Australia he’s now based in Hove exploring and employing his artistic talents. He creates unique imagery ranging in style from photo realistic pencil and ink illustrations to colourful graphic images. His previous piece ‘Freedom’ sold incredibly well in our Brighton gallery. 

Lidia de Pedro, 'Wonderland'–  a hand finished silkscreen print of just 25. Lidia is originally from Spain but was discovered by artrepublic working as a graphic designer in Brighton. This print has been taken from her most recently show with our London sister gallery Lawrence Alkin Gallery. With colourful and flamboyant imagery Lidia uses her work as way to comment on her thoughts and ideas as well as news and events.  

Richard Duardo, ‘Grace Slick’ –  a hand pulled limited edition silkscreen print of just 10. Richard Duardo is known for creating vibrant silkscreens of pop icons including Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan and Duke Ellington. He has also work closely with the British street artist Banksy, producing the edition of prints for his LA show ‘Barely Legal’ back in 2006. Sadly this incredibly influential artist passed away in November 2014 and will be sorely missed. 

2015 the year of Hirst

05 January 2015

2015 is set to be a very big year for the artist/megastar Damien Hirst. The former enfant terrible of the art world celebrates his 50th birthday later this year and to celebrate his half century of hell raising he will be releasing an eagerly anticipated tell-all autobiography, which is due to be published by Penguin in autumn. 

This year will also see Hirst open his new art complex in Vauxhall South London, which will display his vast personal collection of modern and contemporary art as well as natural history objects (perhaps a shark of two for good measure?). Hirst has been an avid collector since his early Goldsmiths days and owns notable works from artists including his hero Francis Bacon, fellow YBA’s Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas and The Chapman Brothers and pieces by his luxurious contemporary Jeff Koons. The new gallery will span the length of an entire street in the area as Hirst sets out to challenge his former collector Charles Saatchi for the most outrageous way to share his huge assortment of art. 

At artrepublic we have just got in Damien Hirst latest print edition ‘The Cure’ which is a set of 30 silkscreens of two-tone pills printed onto different vibrant coloured backgrounds. The new print is fresh from Hirst’s most recently exhibition of new work ‘Schizophrenogenesis’, which present his art based on the minimal aesthetic of the medicinal pill and pharmaceuticals. All of the prints are signed and numbered by the artist and are from a very small edition of just 15, making them incredibly collectable and sought after. ‘The Cure’ is certainly our favoured remedy for banishing those pesky January blues!

Man punches million pound Monet

19 December 2014

A man who punched a hole in an £8million Claude Monet painting has been jailed this month for 6 years and subsequently banned from all art galleries and museums. Way back in 2012 Andrew Shannon calmly strolled into the Nation Gallery in Dublin and viscously attacked the 1874 painting ‘Argenteuil Basin with a Single Sail Boat’ by the French Impressionist artist. Shannon initially said his motive was “to get back at the state” but during the trial he changed his story, saying that he had felt faint and accidentally fell into the artwork.

Shannon was carrying a can of paint stripper with him at the time and had previously been eyeing up the ‘Taking of Christ’ by Caravaggio before settling on the Monet. The artwork was ripped apart with a devastation three-branch tear being made by Shannon’s fist. The painting has just gone back on display after an epic restoration process, which took nearly two years to complete.

Before the damaged painting was removed from the gallery conservators examined the area for any signs of loose or flaking paint with the fragments being collected from the floor. The fragments were then examined at a microscopic level to determine what paint Monet had used. The broken fibres of the canvas were then painstaking aligned with the use of high-powered microscopes and glued back together. Over 100 miniscule piece of paint measuring between 0.3mm and 1mm were delicately reinserted into the painting, returning the masterpiece to its former glory. Its not the first major work to be vandalised and subsequently restored, earlier this year a famous Rothko painting that had be tagged went back on display at the Tate Modern after undergoing a similarly lengthy process. 

The Eagle has landed: Dave White’s majestic new edition

19 December 2014

Dave White’s latest limited edition print has just swooped down in our gallery. The most recent offering from the master painter is a stunning 30-layer silkscreen of a magnificent golden eagle, which has been finished with an exquisite, sparkling, diamond dust background. The print begs to be viewed in the flesh to fully appreciate its shimmer brilliance so make you sure you pop in the Brighton gallery to see it for your self. The dignified bird continues from Dave White’s ‘Albion’ series, where he has looked to native British wildlife for inspiration, painting a number of endangered species. 

In this latest body of work Dave White has encouraged the public to reconnect with the creatures that inhabit our countryside. By featuring well known as well as more obscure animals in the series he highlights the sheer span of indigenous wildlife on these shores. However it is not the first time an Eagle has cropped up in Dave White’s work. Back in 2011 artrepublic exclusively released his first eagle print, which originated from his ‘Americana’ show. Much like all of his editions it quickly sold and was very well received when it was launched in our London sister gallery. 

 2014 has been an incredibly successful year for the artist with two major exhibitions and a number of highly anticipated print editions being released. Back in June of this year Dave White had his debut solo show in Los Angeles further confirming his international appeal and reputation. ‘Apex’ featured a number of oil paintings of great white sharks, brilliantly capturing the dynamism and elegance of the predator. Dave White has long been one of our most popular artists at artrepublic for good reason and we cannot wait to see what 2015 holds in store for the gifted painter. 



Presenting Ben Eine, Sara Pope and Louise Dear works at artrepublic (December 2014)

19 December 2014

View our hottest art highlights for December 2014 by taking a festive walk around the walls of our artrepublic gallery. Gallery manager Amy Fonseca takes you through three fantastic pieces, including a seductive edition from Sara Pope, a revolutionary Ben Eine and a captivating offering from Louise Dear

Sara Pope, 'Lips 6' – This is a signed limited of 25. A giclee print, which has been hand finished with diamond dust. Sara Pope is best known for her seductive paintings of bright and beautiful celebrity lips. She likes to explore the banal notions of style and glamour. 

Ben Eine, 'Revolution' – This is a 12 coloured, hand pulled silkscreen print, signed and number by the artist from an edition of 300. The print features Eine’s most popular ‘Circus’ font. There are 5 colour ways from this newest release with some of the versions selling out in days. We are excited to see what typographic wonders he comes up with next.

Louise Dear, 'Dreaming of Mandalay' – This is a signed limited edition giclee print of 50. The print has been highlighted with a silkscreen varnish and gold leaf. The original painting was donated by the artist to charity. Dear’s work is full of vibrant colours and has been incredibly popular in our Brighton gallery.

Grande Dame has blown us away with her exciting new hot releases down at the Brighton Gallery...

17 December 2014
Welcome Grande Dame to artrepublic, otherwise known as Tiff McGinnis, a self taught multimedia artist, passionate about creating animations, writing music, and a creator of audio/visual storytelling.Her work is joyful, psychedelic and energetic and we can’t get enough of it down at our Brighton gallery!

Grande Dame is originally from the Deep South of Columbus, Georgia, but has been based in the UK since early 2001 and is currently living locally in Hastings. Ever since Tiff can remember, she has been afflicted with synaesthesia – an acute sensitivity to sound, which in her case creates colourful images in her mind upon hearing music. 

Her work printmaking kicked off after producing prints from her music video 'The Shakes'. She recently showcased her work at our sister gallery Ink_d which was a great success. These wonderful vibrant prints are all limited edition runs, signed and numbered. Don’t miss out on these wonderful limited editions!

David Walker drops 'Alana' at artrepublic

16 December 2014

At artrepublic we are all thrilled about the arrival of David Walker’s hot new edition ‘Alana’, which comes fresh from his sensational London show. The exhibition titled ‘A Blank Canvas is a White Flag’ was held by our sister gallery Lawrence Alkin Gallery in a pop-up space in London’s uber cool Shoreditch. The event was hands down the street art hit of season and saw the Berlin based artist return to his native East London to show work in the capital for the first time in nearly 3 years. 

In the show Walker debuted his brand new way of displaying paintings, where he divided the canvases into different section exploring colour theory. His explanation for this new method was, ‘The different sections of each painting showcase different approaches and colour logic, and in turn for the viewer to see both the individual and the whole”. 

The painting Alana was the main lead image for the show so it is rather fitting that it has beautifully transformed into a limited edition giclee print. The show was incredibly well received and generated a lot of interest on blogs and social media, drawing in huge number of street art followers. The new edition comes in three variations, one has a silver metallic silkscreened layered and the other two are hand finished with gold and copper leaf. The subjects of the portraits are all people David knows personally and there is an underlying theme of different forms of creativity. He has painted fellow artists, musicians and dancers amongst others. Many of the print edition sold along the originals at the show so if you’re as captivated by ‘Alana’ as we are don’t sleep on it because she won’t be around for long! 

Ben Eine conquers the cube

12 December 2014

Street art sensation Ben Eine has been the talk of the town recently. Not only has the typographic wiz released a red-hot new silk-screen edition, ‘Revolution’, which has been flying out the door at artrepublic, Eine has also just launched his new project ‘URBAN[E]’ in Tokyo, Japan. The latest venture from the king of street lettering is a collaboration with Fragile Ventures, a company who specialises in helping artists develop their work into three-dimensional forms and communicate it to the world. 

Eine has created 3 hand cast limited edition cubes, in concrete, wood and metal. Each cube features an etched or engraved ‘E’ in one of the artists signature ‘Circus’, ‘Tenderloin’ and ‘Shutter’ fonts. In a recent interview with The Independent Eine described how he sees himself as a protector of dying out handmade skills. His view of the cubes was, “They’re just so beautiful. They’re all hand finished. I spent the last week in my studio in San Francisco sanding them down and hand waxing them. They are just really tactile, I can’t stop touching and poking them.”

Eine also recently made headlines when he revealed that David Cameron made a joke about ‘Berlusconi’s Jacuzzis and whores’ when the street artist was invited for tea at 10 Downing Street. Famously Eine’s painting ‘Twenty First Century City’ was gifted to Barack Obama in 2010 from David Cameron when the PM made his first official trip to Washington. Eine was rather sceptical regarding whether the painting was actually on show in the White House; “I’ve never seen the painting after they picked it up. It’s probably in the cupboard of unwanted gifts that they only get out when that foreign dignitary comes backs to visit.” 

RYCA at Art Basel

12 December 2014

The 13th annual Art Basel has just taken place in Miami. In recent years the event has become an increasingly important date in the international art scene calendar. It was estimated that some 75,000 people decamped to the glamorous Atlantic coast city to enjoy the art on show, contributing $13m to the local economy.

Art Basel is well known for drawing some of the hottest names in street and urban art as well as a great number of VIP guest. This year saw Kim and Kanye in attendance as well as the ever twerking pop starlet Miley Cyrus. Also attending the event this was artrepublic favourite Ryan Callanan aka RYCA, who took the transatlantic trip to exhibit his work. Callanan spread some of his acid house inspired happiness when he painted the wall of a local school with a signature rave smiley and love heart, complete with a fittingly sentimental caption. Callanan has had a very busy 2014, back in October his ambitious dual venue show ‘8 Forever’ open in our sister galleries Lawrence Alkin Gallery and Ink_d

The Wynwood Walls projects is one of the biggest draws of Art Basel and is where the real heavyweights of street art and graffiti can be found carefully plying their trade with “do not disturb the artist” signs taped to their backs. The project was the brainchild of the renowned community revitaliser the late Tony Goldman. Goldman had a single clear idea: “Wynwood’s large stock of warehouse buildings, all with no windows, would be my giant canvases to bring them the greatest street art ever seen in once place”. The venture has transformed the area from a site of social deprivation to a colourful and sprawling hub of creative. The Wynwood area now boasts over 90 galleries and draws the big league street artists with people like Obey/Shepard Fairey, Faile & Bast, Ron English and Retna all painting nearby walls.

Record Breaking Turner sale

12 December 2014

2014 has seen the great painter JMW Turner remind the public of his immense talent and enduring influence in the world of art. Earlier this year we reported on ‘Mr. Turner’ the award winning biopic of the 19th Century British painter, directed by Mike Leigh and starring Timothy Spall as the cantankerous, monosyllabic genius. The film was met with rave reviews winning Spall the coveted Cannes best actor award as well as putting him firmly in contention for the Baftas and quite possibly Oscars.

 Alongside the film, September saw the opening of ‘Painting Set Free’ the supreme exhibition of Turner’s late works held at the Tate Britain. The show and film both examine the final two decades of the artist’s life, a time where his output was at its most prolific. It was in these works that Turner embraced a radical and experiment approach to painting, he began to reduce the images down until they were luminous depictions of pure colour and light. 

This month has seen one of the last privately owned Turner masterpieces go under the hammer at Sotherby’s for a record £30.3M. The painting, ‘Rome, From Mount Aventine’, was based on detailed sketches Turner made during his second trip to the city in 1828. Alex Bell who is the co-chairman of Sotherby’s Old Master Painting Department, spoke about the quality and longevity of the piece: “This painting, which is nearly 200 years old, looks today as if it has come straight from the easel of the artist. The picture retains the freshness of the moment it was painted: the hairs from Turner's brush, his fingerprint, the drips of liquid paint which have run down the edge of the canvas, and every scrape of his palette knife have been preserved in incredible detail.” The attention on Turner this year just goes to show the enduring appeal of the great “painter of light”. 

Tracey Emin inspires Brit Award

10 December 2014

Tracey Emin’s new design for the 2015 Brit Award statue has been be revealed ahead of the Award show, which takes place in February 2015. Emin’s imitable scrawled handwriting is a recognisable characteristic of her artwork and has been included on the statue, which reads: “Congratulations on your talent, on your life, On everything you give to others, Thank You”. 

It is the most recent loving and benevolent statement delivered via the medium of art to come from the controversial artist. In 2012 Emin designed one of the official posters for the London Olympic games alongside other artists including Martin Creed, Bridget Riley and Michael Craig-Martin. You could argue that Emin has somewhat soften in recently years when looking back at her earlier expletive heavy text work and has curbed her provocative nature. When asked about designing the statue Emin said: “You want to do it really well. You don’t just want to decorate it, you want to make something that is really Tracey-ish, that is special for the people receiving it."

Tracey Emin is the latest in a line of esteemed British artists chosen to design the Brit Award. Previous people charged with updating the statue include artrepublic favourite Sir Peter Blake, who in 2012 delivered a fittingly Pop version in his signature bold colours complete with his own meticulously written signature and emblems. In 2013 it was the king of the vitrine Damien Hirst who added his iconic multi-coloured dots to the award and in the past Dame Vivienne Westwood has also contributed to proceedings.


Kozyndan are Glowing down in the Brighton Gallery!

08 December 2014
Wacky duo Kozyndan, consist of husband and wife Dan and Kouze Kitchens.  The talented pair are famously known for their artistic creations that combine elements of the everyday together with the extraordinary and bizarre. 

They emphasise their love of the nature and their frequent use of bunny rabbits can be seen throughout their work, such as ‘Uprising’ and ‘Bunny Blossom’. They say they have never done any “skull art” per say ever in their career, but they do always love the juxtaposition of disparate elements, so it made sense to continue their series of bunny prints with a skull made of bunnies! 

Bunnyskull’ is a fantastic illusion, spooky and sweet in one and is also glow in the dark, which really sets it off. This print is from a limited edition of 150 and is printed on 350gsm black paper with deckled edges. Don’t miss out on this brilliant release!

We’re having a Revolution down in the Brighton Gallery...

03 December 2014
One of London’s most prolific street artists Ben Eine has dropped a bomb in the Brighton Gallery with his latest release Revolution. His giant alphabet typography and circus letters can be seen all around the walls and shutters of many businesses around London. He has also taken to the streets of New York, Paris, Stockholm, Hastings and Newcastle upto Tyne.

Prior to becoming involved in commercial graffiti, Eine was a very famous and highly credible underground writer in the London graffiti scene. He found the highest, biggest and most dangerous sites to work on and has found success in his pioneering use of the letter form. Eine predominantly uses stencil and aerosol to create his street pieces. His art was gifted to President Obama in 2010 by the UK Prime Minister. Eines work is currently held in the permanent collections of the V&A, London, The Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles and galleries worldwide.

Revolution is Ben Eines latest release and has been released in Black, White, Blue, Grey and Peach. Each print has a beautiful additional UV screen and torn deckled edges. The first edition sold out online in a matter of days. Luckily we have reserved some especially for the gallery and there is still availability online, but with such a huge success for his work they won’t be around for long! So don’t miss out!


STATIC take their work back to the streets

26 November 2014

The artistic duo behind STATIC have been very busy as of late, they’ve just had an exhibition at London’s prestigious Playboy Club and in recent months have also teamed up with the video game Call of Duty to create a custom jacket and bespoke artwork. Despite working in these exciting and diverse spheres STATIC haven’t forgotten their roots as streets artists and have been making work visible for all to see. 

They have just completed a 3D and mixed media mural in Walthamstow, London as part of The Wood Street Walls community art initiative; a project that is seeking to regenerate a disused building in the area into dedicated studio space. The plan is to help grow the creative community by providing affordable artist space in the borough which currently only has 70 studios, lagging far behind neighbouring Hackney’s 1124. STATIC took inspiration for the new wall piece from their previous KIWIDINOK series of originals that are precisely constructed from spray painted layers of glass and incorporate over 1000 real feathers. 

For the mural Tom and Craig of STATIC hand cut feathers out of wood, which were sprayed vibrant colours, they also painstakingly recut a halftone stencil that was used for the female face after the original was damaged. The mural signifies the launch of the crowd-funding website to raise money for the community project. STATIC currently have two fantastic original pieces on show in Mix, our sister gallery Lawrence Alkin Gallery’s winter group show. 

David Walker private view with Lawrence Alkin Gallery

21 November 2014

Last night a few members of our gallery team took the trip up to London for David Walker’s incredible new show put on by our sister gallery Lawrence Alkin Gallery. The exhibition titled ‘A Blank Canvas is a White Flag’, which features a large selection of new works from the Berlin based street artist, is being held at a pop-up venue in London’s super trendy Shoreditch. 

The show is David’s first in London for over 3 years and the homecoming exhibited was marked with an incredible turn out from the public. There was an ever-present que of people down the road waiting to view the vibrant and energetic new body of work. David paints exclusively using spray paint and achieves unique tonal qualities in his portraits which brilliant contrast with the chaotic drips and splashes of colour. 

The show also includes a collaboration with one of artrepublic’s favourite artists Ryan Callanan aka RYCA, where the two artist have teamed up to paint their interpretation of graffiti writers lungs on three canvases. David has also work with the life-casting artist Schoony on a number of painted sculptures includes the awe-inspiring centrepiece, which come in a variety of psychedelic colour combinations. If you’re in London make sure you swing by the show to see some cutting edge work from the street art sensation. 


The exhibition will be on from 21 November – 30 November 2014 and is being held at The Arch, 9 Kingsland Road, London E2 8AA. Follow this link to see examples of the work on offer and for more information email info@lawrencealkingallery.com.

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