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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.

Down at the Gallery we have been fascinated by Marion McConnagie wonderful selection of new releases...

19 November 2014
Marion McConagie has been one of the favourites down at the gallery, with a collection of beautiful butterflies released earlier this year, the Lewes based artist has now released a selection of insects, Westwood Bug, Tital Beetle and Soldierfish. These fascinating insects are inspired by the many years she has spent browsing through antique shops, car boot sales and so on. She blends vintage with contemporary and fuses delicate lines with explosive colour.  

Originally from rural Ireland she always had a love for art and went on to study Foundation Art at Nottingham University in the early 90’s and moved on to study Fine Art Painting at Brighton University. Marion McConagie has experience in art, photography and video. Her limited edition prints have often explored natural history and pattern. 

Her latest releases Westwood Bug, Titan Beatle and Soldierfish, are an adopted style to her extremely beloved limited edition prints of butterflies which have been a huge success in the gallery and online. They are all beautifully giclee printed and are a limited edition run of 250. Don’t miss out!

Magnus Gjoen drops explosive new edition

18 November 2014

Magnus Gjoen’s elegant and meticulously crafted prints are always incredibly well received at artrepublic and the artist is definitely a firm favourite. Magnus’ images explore a variety of subjects including ideas surround religion, destruction, instability and strength. His new fantastic grenade editions continue his questioning of the meaning and power of objects. 

In ‘Jasperware Grenade’ Magnus has juxtapose a modern hand grenade constructed from antique stoneware. Jasperware is a type of pottery, which was first developed by Josiah Wedgewood, the famous ceramicist and founder of Wedgewood back in the 1770s. Noted for its distinct pale blue colour, Jasperware became synonymous with decadence and was Wedgewood’s most famous line of products.  

All of Gjoen’s reinterpreted objects are created digitally and begin life as a virtual 3D base in illustrator or another design program. From then the artist builds up layers of tone and shading to give the image three-dimensional qualities. The new print, which is available in a tradition Jasperware blue and a matt black, brilliantly combines the power and destruction of a weapon with the fragility and vulnerability associated with porcelain/stoneware. The print is great value and would make a fabulous Christmas present, but be quick because prints by Magnus Gjoen don’t tend to hang around. 

David Walker – ‘A Blank Canvas is a White Flag’

18 November 2014

Street art supremo David Walker is returning to the city where he first made his name this week when his new show ‘A Blank Canvas is a White Flag’ opens in London with our sister gallery Lawrence Alkin Gallery. David Walker is one of the most popular names in the field of urban art and is well known for his breath taking, colourful portraits created solely in spray paint. Renowned street art magazine VNA has also featured the show in this exciting preview

The exhibition will be Walker’s first to be held in London for 3 years and will see the artist return to his old hunting ground of Hoxton, East London, home to some of the best street art in Europe. The show features a brand new body of work from the Berlin based painter and presents the canvases in radical different format from previous collections. As wells as paintings there will also be sculpture, 3D work and limited editions on sale. 

The show is promising to be the hottest ticket this winter and an absolutely unmissable event, which is running from 21 – 30 November. The opening night this Thursday will be strictly guestlist only so follow this link to our sister gallery Lawrence Alkin Gallery to get your name on the list! Watch this space for our exhibition review of David Walker's big home coming, ‘A Blank Canvas is a White Flag’. 


Three great prints for under £150 each

14 November 2014

With Halloween and bonfire night both firmly out the way Christmas lights are beginning to come on as festive the period draws ever nearer each week. Of course the holiday season can easily become a rather expensive time of year but here at artrepublic we believe great art should be available to fit every budget. Here are just three brilliant signed limited edition prints we have on offer that all come in at £150 or less

First up is a wonderfully macbre and expressive offering from the master of monochrome Tom French. ‘Vanitas’ is a silkscreen print from the acclaimed painter and is of an edition of just 30, making it a highly collectable and sought after piece. Tom French is well known for creating immersive images that draw the viewer whilst carefully treading the fine lines between the beautiful and unsettling, the figurative and the abstract. At just £100 this print is great value for a work from the acclaimed artist. 

Next is ‘Helmet Study’ by RYCA, a must for any fan of Star Wars franchise. The print is a playful nod to one of the artist’s hero’s Andy Warhol and draws inspiration for the Pop-Art pioneers ‘Skull, 1976’. Ryan Callanan aka RYCA has long been one of our most popular artists at artrepublic and recently enjoyed an incredibly successful solo show at our sister gallery Lawrence Alkin Gallery. ‘Helmet Study’ has been hand printed by the artist onto Somerset satin paper from an edition of 100. This is a great chance to own a RYCA for just £30! 

Finally we have the incredibly popular Silkscreen print ‘Murmuration’ by the multitalented artist Rob Wass. The print feature two colour silkscreens and has been meticulously hand coloured by the artist using French inks. The tree in ‘Murmuration’ is made up from miniscule starlings placed together to mimic the swarming behaviour of the birds in nature. This mesmerising print is available for just £150, guaranteed to brighten up any space. 

The endless allure of Audrey Hepburn

14 November 2014

Audrey Hepburn is one of the biggest icons of the 20th Century and an ever-lasting star from Hollywood’s Golden Age. She was ranked by the American Film Institute as the third greatest actress in cinema history and is now back at artrepublic in this fantastic new print from the ever-elusive artist HYBRID

The new print is an exquisite Giclee and silkscreen with deckled edges, which continues in the style of HYBRID’s last two offerings ‘Beautiful Marilyn’ and ‘Jacqueline Kennedy’. ‘Audrey Hepburn’ also features a striking high gloss varnish, which has been silkscreen to add real depth and a fittingly glamorous sheen to the work. All three of prints examine and celebrate women who had incredible power and influence, presenting their portraits on top of a collaged background of newspaper clippings, notes, hand written letters and postcards. The addition of these printed pieces of ephemera provides great texture for the prints, with the application of colourful butterflies balancing the strong graphic typography. 

HYBRID is a unique artist, as they do not wish to disclose their identity because they want their work to be viewed without any preconceived ideas or judgements. By remaining anonymous HYBRID allows the work to be viewed entirely separate from them as person also allowing the artist to create work in any style or visual language they choose. HYBRID’s work is always very popular in our gallery so don’t hesitate if you are as captivated by this Audrey Hepburn as we are! 

Obituary to Richard Duardo

12 November 2014

All of us at artrepublic are incredibly saddened to hear the news of the passing of our friend and collaborator Richard Duardo

Richard, based in Los Angeles, California was the founder of expert print makers, Modern Multiples and was incredibly influential on the contemporary art scene with more than 25 years of experience. 

He worked with some of the biggest names in the art world producing over 450 pieces of art for many highly influential artists including Keith Haring, Shepard Fairey and Banksy to name just a few. His dedication to guiding and helping artists was prominent throughout his career with his famous print studio seeing the emergence of some highly sought after names in the art world. “I believe artists fill in the space that life has mutilated and rendered mute.” (Richard Duardo

Richard Duardo will be sorely missed not only as a highly influential collaborator but as a friend. Thank you Richard for your continuous dedication to the art world. 

STATIC collaborate with Call of Duty

07 November 2014

Tom and Craig who are the creative force behind STATIC have been working on an exciting, top-secret project with the video game developers Activision Blizzard. To accompany the release of one of the biggest games in history, ‘Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’, the duo were commissioned to create a piece of original artwork that reflected the game and a pattern to be used on the fabric of a custom made jacket.

The original canvas, which will be auctioned off for charity, includes a camouflage world map with their iconic ‘Chinook Chandelier’ stencilled on top. They duo have brilliantly captured the militaristic nature of Call of Duty in their signature stencilled and layered aesthetic. 

The Call of Duty franchise is well known for pushing the boundaries in the field of computer gaming, often merging elements of art, film and advanced design into the games. This crossover is evident from their collaborative work with STATIC and the fact that Hollywood star, Kevin Spacey, even plays an evil character in the new game. Be sure to check out this boneshakingly brilliant video of what STATIC have been up to. 

 

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