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  • Grayson Perry Opens ‘The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever’

    The award winning artist returns with his summer blockbuster. The Serpentine Gallery in London’s Hyde Park has invited British artist Grayson Perry to present a major exhibition of new work. Perry touches on many themes in the show including popularity, masculinity and society, acting as an ast....
    The award winning artist returns with his summer blockbuster. The Serpentine Gallery in London’s Hyde Park has invited British artist Grayson Perry to present a major exhibition of new work. Perry touches on many themes in the show including popularity, masculinity and society, acting as an astute commentator. Perry recently presented the Channel 4 documentary ‘Grayson Perry: Divided Britain’, which focused on the fallout of last year’s EU referendum. Perry visited members of the public from the ‘leave’ and ‘remain’ camps and then went about crowdsourcing imagery from both groups to be used on his impressive pair of ceramic pots, which forms the centerpiece of the exhibition. Grayson Perry on the exhibition: “I am in the communication business and I want to communicate to as wide an audience as possible. Nothing pleases me more than meeting someone at one of my exhibitions from what museum people call ‘a non- traditional background.’ The new works I am making all have ideas about popularity hovering around them. What kind of art do people like? What subjects? Why do people like going to art galleries these days? What is the relationship of traditional art to social media?” In the new exhibition, Perry presents work in a variety of traditional media such as ceramics, cast iron, bronze, printmaking and tapestry. Also shown in the exhibition is his customised pink Harley-Davidson motorbike complete with a rear-mounted shrine to his teddy bear mascot Alan Measles. According to Perry, the bike is a cross between “Mexican Day of the Dead meets Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.” Another stand out piece from the exhibition is the monumentally sized woodcut self-portrait “Reclining Artist”, which depicts the artist nude, as his alter ego Claire relaxing in his cluttered studio and his trusty cat Kevin.  Perry created the work simply because “I just fancied doing a big nude”. The objects surround Perry all reflect his life and work as an artist. The image evokes Manet’s ‘Olympia’, and Perry has filled the surrounding space of the portrait with a wealth of other cultural allusions, from a book on acclaimed architect Zaha Hadid to a leafed copy of Viz magazine. Rendered in Perry’s unique aesthetic of clashing, saturated colours and flat, juvenile perspective, ‘Reclining Artist’ is a truly powerful work of contemporary art. We are thrilled to announce that we have a select number of “Reclining Artist” prints by Grayson Perry available through artrepublic. Produced as colour etching, signed on the reverse from a very low edition of 58, these fantastically detailed prints present a brilliant investment into one of the titans of the art world. We only have a very limited number of “Reclining Artist” prints available so be sure to get in contact with us quickly if you’d like to add to your collection. More more information or to purchase the new Grayson Perry print please contact the gallery by calling us on 01273 724829 or email brighton@artrepublic.com. GRAYSON PERRY PRESENTS  THE MOST POPULAR ART EXHIBITION EVER!  8 June – 10 September 2017 Serpentine Gallery $test =
  • Artist Interview – Maria Rivans

    Maria Rivans has created an amazing room at the artists residence hotel, so we caught up with her to find out more about how it was created and her life as an artist. What inspired you in creating the Artist Residence room? The room was created around the idea of the long lost tradition of sending p....
    Maria Rivans has created an amazing room at the artists residence hotel, so we caught up with her to find out more about how it was created and her life as an artist. What inspired you in creating the Artist Residence room? The room was created around the idea of the long lost tradition of sending picture postcards. I found some beautiful vintage postcards of Brighton and Florida and the collage grew from these. How was creating work on a wall different or similar to creating your other artworks? It was similar in the way that I create all of my collages on a canvas which is attached to my studio wall, so work upright. The challenge with this project was to fit the collage to the dimension of the hotel room walls. Your works are incredibly detailed – how long did it take to create the room in the Artist Residence? The room took a good few months, from the collecting and cutting of all the imagery to finally installing the collage in the room. Once all the images were cut I made an exact mock up of the hotel walls in my studio and from there I began to create the composition. Once I was happy with the design everything was recorded before dismantling and finally reassembled in the hotel. Has it always been your dream to be an artist? Yes totally, as a child I would sit and draw for hours. I was watching the Bette Davis movie  ‘Stolen Life’ where she played an artist and when I saw her painting in her magnificent studio I knew that’s what I wanted to be. Five years later I found myself at art college. Which other artists do you admire? Is there one artist you would love to do a collaboration with? There are so many it’s very hard to chose…but at the moment I am enjoying reading Sarah Lucas’ book about her Venice Biennale exhibition “I Scream Dadio’. I loved that show, it totally knocked me out. What kind of environment do you like to work in? I love my studio, it’s very tidy and organised and I like to work to music all day. If you weren’t an artist, what career path would you have chosen? Astronaut If you could be one person for a day, who would you be? Chan Marshall of Cat Power If you were stranded on a desert island, what one item would you take? My guitar (I can’t play by the way but I’m learning) View Maria's work available to buy at artrepublic.com Competition time! You could win a nigh in Maria's room and the Artists Residence Hotel in Brighton and a fantastic limited edition print by Maria click here to find out how to enter Competition closes 22/04/17   Enjoyed this article? Sign up to our newsletter for the latest art news Submit $test =
  • Spotlight on Peter Blake’s ‘Found Art’ Series

    Peter Blake has produced an amazing range of work throughout his career. Today we are taking a closer look at his stunning ‘Found Art’ series started in the early 2000's using cutting edge technology to create a new form of art. The series is based upon one of the earliest tenets of pop art: tha....
    Peter Blake has produced an amazing range of work throughout his career. Today we are taking a closer look at his stunning ‘Found Art’ series started in the early 2000's using cutting edge technology to create a new form of art. The series is based upon one of the earliest tenets of pop art: that everyday objects can become the subject matter for fine art, from Warhol’s Soup cans to Jeff Koons Hoovers. Every work in the Found Art series takes its starting point as a piece of ephemera drawn from Peter Blake’s extensive personal collection. His fascination with arcane and unusual objects is at the centre of his collecting instinct and his studio is famed for being closer to a museum of popular culture objects and printed ephemera than a typical artist’s studio. From this Peter Blake works with the latest digital technology which enables him to blow an object up to 50 times its normal size. In doing this he wants us to see these objects in a new way and transform them from found objects, that most people would consider to be valueless, into works of art. The sheer scale of the works draws us into the beauty of their design, their fragility and their textural qualities. Some of the first items Peter Blake transformed into works of art were fag packets and match boxes. Produced using the silkscreen printing method and embellished with foil, these super-scaled cigarette packets have a real impact. The original packets are torn and battered, and essentially rubbish, yet Peter Blake has used these elements to create points on interest and detail in the work. Other small objects transformed by the ‘Found Art’ treatment include embroidery buttons and badges. View all of Peter Blake’s ‘Found Art’ limited edition prints   Enjoyed this article? Sign up to our newsletter for the latest art news Submit $test =
  • Turner Prize 2016 Winner Announced

    After months of anticipation, 2016’s Turner Prize winner has been announced: Helen Marten - the youngest of this year’s nominees - is the latest to claim one of the contemporary art world’s most prestigious prizes, for the "poetic and enigmatic qualities which reflect the complexities and chal....
    After months of anticipation, 2016’s Turner Prize winner has been announced: Helen Marten - the youngest of this year’s nominees - is the latest to claim one of the contemporary art world’s most prestigious prizes, for the "poetic and enigmatic qualities which reflect the complexities and challenges of being in the world today,” as the jury described. Her breathtakingly beautiful sculptural work, with its “extraordinary range of materials and form,” defied expectation and convention, bringing a compelling and novel approach to aesthetic modes for a twenty-first century audience. Marten, along with Michael Dean, Anthea Hamilton, and Josephine Pryde, was shortlisted back in September, and this year’s exhibition proved to be a thought provoking and stimulating immersive experience: from a miniature train set, to abstract installations, surrealist-inspired sculptures and a symbolic sea of pennies, each of the Turner Prize nominated artists brought something fresh, innovative and exceptional to the ever evolving art world, forever placing their stamp on twenty-first century’s ongoing contribution to the story of art. The Turner Prize has been a cornerstone of the art world since it was established in 1984, and its roll-call of winners includes household names, who have risen to fame thanks to the achievement of the prestigious award: from Gilbert and George, to Anish Kapoor, to Gillian Wearing, the list of both winners and nominees is an impressive assemblage of some of the very best in diverse strands of contemporary art. 1995 - just over ten years after the first ever Turner Prize event - saw Britain’s most acclaimed contemporary artist Damien Hirst take the prize, rocketing both his career, and the YBA movement to which he belonged, skyward. What followed would become some of the most iconic pieces of art the world has ever known, from sharks, to sheep to skulls. At artrepublic, we stock a number of very special, signed, limited edition prints by Damien Hirst, each one a highly collectable component of the artist’s extraordinary and far-reaching portfolio. From a lithograph print of the inimitable, diamond encrusted skull For the Love of God,  to photographic prints of Hirst’s signature pill sculptures, to bright butterflies on colourful canvases, we’ve got a stunning array of work from one of the Turner Prize’s most shining stars. Less than a decade later, in 2003, controversial ceramicist and famous cross-dresser Grayson Perry, won the distinguished award. Taking the podium in a dress, Perry became one of the country’s most memorable and expressive artists, creating a body of work that challenged societal norms and expectations through a deeply distinctive aesthetic. Our range of limited edition Grayson Perry prints at artrepublic showcase his genre-defining style, depicting femininity in unconventional and unexpected forms, to spectacular effect. See the collection here. Yet, as with 2016, although we might remember Hirst and Perry as winners of their years, both had their work featured amongst a number of other artists, also dripping with exceptional talent. The same year that Grayson Perry won the Turner Prize, iconic artist brothers Jake and Dinos Chapman (following in the footsteps of earlier Prize winning duo Gilbert and George) were nominated, and their erotic, inflatable installation Death was shown at the exhibition. Although known for their esoteric sculptural work, their prints are suffused with a dark surreality, that only the Chapman brothers can achieve with such panache. Explore the limited edition range that we stock at artrepublic here. If you’ve still yet to see the Turner Prize winner and nominees, the exhibition lasts until January 2 - head to London’s Tate Britain for an unmissable opportunity to see some of the very best in contemporary art. $test =
  • Christmas gift ideas

    Our gift shop has launched! And just in time for the festive season… At artrepublic, we think that art is the best gift you can give - pick the right piece and it becomes a treasure, a special symbol of friendship or love, that they’ll keep forever. Picking the piece, though, isn’t always easy....
    Our gift shop has launched! And just in time for the festive season… At artrepublic, we think that art is the best gift you can give - pick the right piece and it becomes a treasure, a special symbol of friendship or love, that they’ll keep forever. Picking the piece, though, isn’t always easy. It can be hard to trawl through volumes of prints, without that specific something in mind. Fortunately, at artrepublic, our gift shop has been expertly curated to give you a carefully hand selected range of the very best. And to make things even simpler, we’ve broken down the selection of our favourite pieces into bitesize categories. So whether you’re looking for him or for her, for the kids, or with a budget in mind, we’ve got it covered. Christmas shopping just got creative… Here’s a peek at some of the pieces we’ve chosen for you. To see the full range, don’t forget to head to the gift shop. For Her: ‘Making a Bee-Line’, by sought after contemporary artist Louise McNaught, is one of our favourite pieces at artrepublic, with its innovative approach to found materials and its aptitude for colour and compositional technique. Both eye-catching and conceptually provocative, while brimming with charm and a little tongue-in-cheek frivolity, ‘Making a Bee-Line’ is the perfect piece for her, whether she’s art lover or novice. For Him: Contemporary artist Dave White is known for his exceptional animal prints, which have won him widespread acclaim across the art world. We defy anyone not to adore his magnificent ‘Lion’ print. Rich in detail and brimming with texture, White brings the figurative and the abstract into perfect union, reworking the raw energy of Abstract Expressionism - with dynamic paint splatters, drips and strokes - into stunning representation. This is contemporary print making at its best - and he’s sure to fall in love with it. For Kids: ‘I am not a bunny’, by Simone Lia, makes the perfect Christmas gift for the kids. Both boys and girls will love the cute-sy aesthetic, and it’s a great introduction to contemporary art: although Lia is indulging in a naive charm, her work is carefully tuned to the power of minimalist composition and the role of humour in modern art. Just make sure you do hand it over to the kids on Christmas day - the temptation to keep this one for the grown-ups is all too great… Limited Editions Under 100: At artrepublic we specialise in limited edition prints by well known artists, each one hand signed and dated. It’s also important to us that these pieces are affordable and accessible, so we've put together a range of beautiful limited edition prints that come in at under £100. ‘Proud Trooper’ by contemporary illustrator Richard Berner is from a limited edition of just 50 and is available for only £85. Bold, bright and beautiful, Berner’s print is oozing aesthetic charm - the perfect gift on a budget. Still concerned about the risk of investing in that beautiful piece of art and it being just not quite right? We completely understand - which is why you can purchase gift vouchers from us for as little as £10. With 12 months to redeem them, your special someone will have the wonderful experience of exploring our extensive catalogue of originals, limited editions and prints by contemporary and historical artists. We also have a fantastic range of art books for sale, if you're looking for stocking fillers - a great way to give art without the price tag! Visit our gift shop $test =
  • Eelus: Uncovered

    Earlier this year we caught up with street artist Eelus to talk painting walls new works and which artists he would most like to have dinner with. Earlier this year you released your out lenticular with artrepublic - a truly impressive feat of printing and design. How did that project come about? I....
    Earlier this year we caught up with street artist Eelus to talk painting walls new works and which artists he would most like to have dinner with. Earlier this year you released your out lenticular with artrepublic - a truly impressive feat of printing and design. How did that project come about? I was approached years ago by someone else asking if I wanted to do a lenticular release of Not Everything Is So Black & White and at the time I just wasn’t interested, but it did plant a seed in my mind as to the possibilities of what the image could look like in 3D. Since then I thought about it on and off and thought it could look great but was always too busy to follow it up, then Art Republic approached me about doing something, anything, as a lenticular release so it seemed the perfect opportunity. For that release it was great to breathe new life into an older image and put a new angle on it. The results were better than I expected and I’m excited to explore the medium further in the future. Now I’m familiar with the process and what’s possible I have all kinds of ideas that I’m excited about. What else have you been working on recently? It’s been a busy 6 months. I painted a permanent mural at Vandal, a recently opened restaurant in NYC. It’s an amazing space with walls by Hush (who curated the art for the Tao Group, the guys behind the restaurant), Will Barras, Tristan Eaton, Vhils, Shepard Fairey and Apexer. In February I flew out to San Francisco to sign and release a new print edition with Spoke Gallery who I also have a solo show with in July. In March I flew to Dubai to paint a wall for the first stage of the Dubai Walls project. It’s a 13m high monster, way bigger than anything I’ve done in the past so it was a great learning experience and I got to hang out with a great team of other artists like Ron English, The London Police, D*Face, Rone and Roa to name a few. Fun in the sun! Right now I’m working full steam ahead for my show ‘The Dark Side of the Rainbow’ at Spoke Gallery which opens June 30th. The artrepublic Art Yard Sale is coming up in June. You were without a doubt the main attraction of last year’s event. What can Eelus fans expect from the 2016 installment? I shall indeed be peddling my wares at this years’ sale. You can expect a small new print release that we’ll be working on throughout the day as well as some more classic images and a few new surprises, all at ‘yard sale’ prices, so come grab yourself a bargain for, your collection. If you could have dinner with any three artists who would you choose? Great question. Well, it’s important to surround yourself with people you can learn from. So the first would probably Gustav Klimt. I’d ring him dry of any advice, tips and mentoring he could offer. Secondly, someone like Caravaggio would be good. Not only an incredible painter but a total pirate with an incredible life story. Hopefully he’d take me drinking after we get kicked out of the restaurant. Last one is very tricky, there’s so many I want to choose, H.R. Giger, Van Gogh, Leonardo, William Blake, Arnold Böcklin, Matisse, Jamie Hewlett. But I think I’d have to go for the guy who started it all off for me, Banksy. When not busy working away in the studio what else do you enjoy doing? I like to fuel my imagination by immersing myself in other worlds and stories, so I try to read as much as possible and I watch a lot of films. Other than that, walking my dog gives me time and space to think in quiet, which is important to me. I’m trying to teach myself to play the guitar, that’s a lot of fun but I’m struggling to find time at the moment. And who doesn’t love a few ales and a bag of crisp with good friends? If you could have any work of art hanging in your home what would you choose? Ouch, another killer question. Maybe The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch. That’s like three for the price of one and there’s so much to look at! Failing that, The Vision of Faust by Falero or one of Böcklin's The Island of the Dead paintings would do very nicely, thank you. What’s the best piece of art related advice you’ve ever received? When I was at school, a teacher told me there was no money to be made in art, which made follow the path of graphic design instead. And now, every person outside of my family who’s important to me I either met at design college or through working in the design industry. My design career moved me to London where I discovered street art, and it was my boredom in the design industry that pushed me towards making my own street art. That one piece of throwaway advice changed everything. I’d like to find that teacher and thank him for being such a pessimistic bastard. Do you have a work that you are most proud of? A couple of years ago I painted a tribute mural to our daughter Ruby who was stillborn quite late into the pregnancy. It was my first freehand mural that didn’t involved stencils, projectors or grids, just a piece of chalk taped to a bamboo cane and some paint. Not a massive feat for a lot of people, I understand that. But it was a first for me, and was the first wall I’d painted after a 7-year break. It’s not the best looking thing I’ve painted, but the process was pivotal and personal. Finally, what else do you have in store his year? As much fun as possible. I advise you to do the same. $test =
  • Peter Blake Comes to Brighton

    We are very pleased to announce that on Thursday 20th October Godfather of Pop Art Sir Peter Blake will be at our Brighton Gallery for the launch of his exclusive Brighton Box Set.  The evening will be a rare opportunity to meet one of the most iconic British artists of our time and enjoy a glass o....
    We are very pleased to announce that on Thursday 20th October Godfather of Pop Art Sir Peter Blake will be at our Brighton Gallery for the launch of his exclusive Brighton Box Set.  The evening will be a rare opportunity to meet one of the most iconic British artists of our time and enjoy a glass of bubbly. Places are limited so to secure your place please email events@artrepublic.com. The evening will also give you all the chance to be the first to get your hands on the artrepublic Exclusive ‘Brighton Box Set’ – a Limited Edition Box Set made up of 5 archival pigment prints on 330gsm Somerset Satin paper. This stunning Box Set is a beautiful evocation of the iconic city, rendering both its characterful past and its colourful present in Blake’s inimitable style.   When: 20th October / 5.30 – 7.30pm Where: 13 Bond Street, Brighton What: Launch of Peter Blake’s ‘Brighton Box Set’ RSVP: events@artrepublic.com Head over to our Facebook Page for more info. $test =
  • Snow Dogs By The Sea

    artrepublic is proud to announce its sponsorship of Snowdogs by the Sea, the city’s biggest ever public art event, organised by local charity Martlet’s Hospice and brought to Brighton by Wild in Art. Inspired by Raymond Briggs’ much-loved The Snowman and The Snowdog, the event will see the arr....
    artrepublic is proud to announce its sponsorship of Snowdogs by the Sea, the city’s biggest ever public art event, organised by local charity Martlet’s Hospice and brought to Brighton by Wild in Art. Inspired by Raymond Briggs’ much-loved The Snowman and The Snowdog, the event will see the arrival of 44, 1.5 metre high, Snowdogs on the 24th of September, placed around the streets and parks of the city in an interactive sculptural trail. A range of prominent Brighton-based artists will be designing their own, unique Snowdogs for different sponsors, while local school children have been working hard on a fleet of snow puppies, that will join the bigger dogs around the city. We’re extremely lucky to have the illustrious Pure Evil - contemporary street artist extraordinaire and man behind the iconic ‘Nightmare’ prints - designing artrepublic’s canine carving. Just this year, Pure Evil has designed a range of limited edition prints that have sold out in record breaking times, including the fantastically pertinent ‘QE2EU - Brexit Nightmare’. What will he do with his snowy statue? Head to Jubilee Square on the 24th of September to find out… As if that wasn’t enough, a handful of our favourite, best-selling artist’s will be displaying Snowdogs around the city, each one individually selected from the hundreds of applicants to the event. The hugely acclaimed RYCA - responsible for the sell-out print ‘Reservoir Troopers’ - will be producing a figure for sponsor Norman Cook (aka Fatboy Slim); graphic duo Kai and Sunny for the i360; urban artist Pinky has not only created two dogs, but has also helped the children of Middle Street School with their painted puppy; pioneering typographic artist Mike Edwards, too, has not just designed his own dog but has worked on Brighton and Hove High School’s contribution; breath-taking illustrator Gemma Compton will be creating a canine for the Marina; and the wonderful Louise Dear will also be brightening Brighton with a stunning Snowdog design. The event will be brought to Brighton by Wild in Art, the country’s leading producer of mass participation public art events. Since 2008, the group have been commissioning work from esteemed artists and staging a range of events around the country - including, notably, The Great North Snowdogs trail in the North East, the counterpart to Brighton’s installation, which will also be commencing in September. Snowdogs by the Sea will reflect Brighton’s colourful history, heritage, culture, and creativity, drawing on the fashion, art, architecture and communities that make the city the vivid and vibrant place that we love it for. Brighton residents and visitors will be able to follow the trail for ten weeks, from September 24th until November 27th, taking in the tremendous talent of some of our city’s best-loved and highly acclaimed contemporary artists. And when it’s all over? The Snowdogs will be briefly reunited in December for a Christmassy event, before going under the hammer, to raise funds for Martlet’s Hospice. A truly special event, we can’t wait to see the city’s Snowdogs and follow the art adventure while it lasts. Be sure to find out more by heading to the website www.snowdogsbythesea.co.uk for news and information or follow @SnowdogsBTS on Twitter. And watch this space for more, exciting updates…! $test =
  • Felt For Thought - Lucy Sparrow's 'Kickstarter'

    Felt Queen Lucy Sparrow has been a busy bee this year and we are excited to announce Sparrow has just launched her Kick Starter Campaign to raise funds for her 2017 Project based in New York which follows on from her successful 2014 'Cornershop'. The Stateside project is set to be five times the s....
    Felt Queen Lucy Sparrow has been a busy bee this year and we are excited to announce Sparrow has just launched her Kick Starter Campaign to raise funds for her 2017 Project based in New York which follows on from her successful 2014 'Cornershop'. The Stateside project is set to be five times the size of her original 2014 ‘Cornershop’ featuring over 8,000 individually hand crafted items from classic American food, from crisps and cereal to ready meals and soft drinks. Sparrow wants to excite the customers about filling their baskets to the brim, which is partly done through the use of the quirky, bright fun colours. The fun and bright colours are also a way to remind people about the importance of the humble corner shop and the significance they have in a person’s life; including the memories that come with them.  You can expect the stores to look like your everyday convenience store from the daily essentials to the home comforts. Everything made to the last exact detail, including felt hot dogs with the complimentary glitter glue sauce. Each product purchased will be wrapped uniquely to the store, in your own branded brown paper bag, just to make the whole experience a bit more exclusive and intriguing. All you have to do is pick up your felt basket, browse and fill it. Want to find out more about Lucy Sparrow's Kickstarter Campaign? Click here! Here at artrepublic.com we are delighted to now be stocking Sparrow's fabulous 'His 'N' Hers' Cabinets which is from a Limited Edition of 50 and contains an array of hand-crafted felt items. $test =
  • How to display art in your home

    We here at ArtRepublic constantly keep up to date with the latest in the art world and on our travels, have come across an info graphic created by Made.com on how to properly display art in your home. ....
    We here at ArtRepublic constantly keep up to date with the latest in the art world and on our travels, have come across an info graphic created by Made.com on how to properly display art in your home. $test =

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