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  • 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 =
  • Ben Eine’s ‘Essentials’ Featured On Hypebeast

    The typographic gunslinger explains his must have everyday items. Ben Eine has been recently featured by uber-cool blog Hypebeast for the now legendary ‘Essentials’ section, in which famous creatives share their must have day-to-day items. Call our Brighton Gallery on 01273 724829 or emai....
    The typographic gunslinger explains his must have everyday items. Ben Eine has been recently featured by uber-cool blog Hypebeast for the now legendary ‘Essentials’ section, in which famous creatives share their must have day-to-day items. Call our Brighton Gallery on 01273 724829 or email brighton@artrepublic.com for further information on any Ben Eine prints! Ben Eine has been recently featured by uber-cool blog Hypebeast for the now legendary ‘Essentials’ section, in which famous creatives share their must have day-to-day items. For Ben Eine he lists some of the tools of his trade including spray paint caps, a laptop and marker pen. Ben Eine is widely regarded as one of the key figures in street art, having made a name for himself in the surreptitious and illegal world of graffiti, as one of London's most prolific writers, before turning to the more accessible art-form. Follow this link to view the full story on Hype Beast Over the years Eine has gone from breaking the law, painting quickly executed tags to receiving commissions from around the world to adorn enormous walls with his colourful typographic renderings of letters, words and phrases. He has also released a host of hugely sought after limited edition prints, of which we have a number available in our Brighton gallery. Eine's latest print is an ode to his native Shoreditch, an area quickly being developed and gentrified. ‘Graffiti is generally impulsive and destructive whereas most street art is planned. You find a wall you want to paint, you take photos, you measure the wall, you go back to your studio to make a poster or cut a stencil and then you go back and execute this piece of art that has taken X amount of time to produce.” - Ben Eine Back in 2010, Eine gained the world’s attention when then prime minister David Cameron gifted an original painting, '21st Century City', by the street artist to US head of state Barack Obama, henceforth catapulting Eine to super-stardom. Last year saw the release of Ben Eine's first ever lenticular print, which was an artrepublic exclusive and is available in three eye-catching colourways. By using advanced printing techniques this print achieves a three-dimensional quality, depicting a loving sentiment in Eine’s most popular ‘Circus’ Font. If you are interested in adding some typographic artwork to your walls, Eine is the way to go. Follow this link to view works online and be sure to pop into our gallery to appreciate the quality of his prints in person! Call our Brighton Gallery on 01273 724829 or email brighton@artrepublic.com for further information on any Ben Eine artwork or other cutting edge street art. $test =
  • The Sad Passing Of Howard Hodgkin

    The ferociously talented artist who ‘hated painting’ dies aged 84. The great British painter Sir Howard Hodgkin sadly passed away last week, leaving behind an immense legacy and reputation for being one of the country’s most extraordinary abstract artists. Hodgkin was a much-celebrated painte....
    The ferociously talented artist who ‘hated painting’ dies aged 84. The great British painter Sir Howard Hodgkin sadly passed away last week, leaving behind an immense legacy and reputation for being one of the country’s most extraordinary abstract artists. Hodgkin was a much-celebrated painter of luscious, rich and impactful images. Playfully referring to himself as a figurative painter, Hodgkin’s work was primarily concerned with beautifully depicted abstractions, often carrying his paintings over from the field of the canvas onto the frame. ‘When I finish a painting, it usually looks as surprising to me as to anyone else.’ Hodgkin was born in 1932 in Hammersmith and was evacuated to the United States during the second world war. Upon returning he studied at Eton College but having made up his mind to become an artist the young Hodgkin ran away from school to pursue his dreams. He went on to study art at Camberwell Art School and later at the Bath Academy of Art, holding his first solo show in 1960. It was during the 80's in which Hodgkin achieve fame and commercial success. He represented Britain at the Venice Biennale and was awarded the prestigious Turner Prize. The artist was lauded for his superior use of colour, gaining comparisons to other great colourists such as Matisse, Paul Klee and Turner. ‘I want my pictures to be things. I want them to be made up of marks that are physically and individually self-sufficient.’ In his later years, Hodgkin had a new lease of creative freedom and expression, creating larger scale paintings and increasing his output, which had previously been slow and limited to perhaps 9 or 10 paintings a year. Despite growing increasingly frail and having to use a wheelchair, Hodgkin continued to paint in his North London studio with the assistance of his long-term partner Antony Peattie. Howard Hodgkin: 6 August 1932 – 9 March 2017 An exhibition of portraits by the late painter will open at the National Portrait Gallery will open on 23rd March and run until 18th June. The show, poignantly titled ‘Absent Friends’, will explore the role of memory, expressions of emotion and relationship between people. View available prints by Howard Hodgkin $test =
  • Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2017

    Photographs by artists shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2017 are now on show at London’s Photographers’ Gallery until June 11th. The winner of the £30,000 award will be announced from four shortlisted finalists, Sophie Calle, Dana Lixenberg, Awoiska van der ....
    Photographs by artists shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2017 are now on show at London’s Photographers’ Gallery until June 11th. The winner of the £30,000 award will be announced from four shortlisted finalists, Sophie Calle, Dana Lixenberg, Awoiska van der Molen and Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs, on May 18th. Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize is now in its twentieth year running, having initially been set up in London in 1997 and this year the exhibition of shortlisted photographs will tour internationally. The works will be shown at the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main and subsequently at Aperture Foundation in New York, making the works available to a broader audience as contemporary photography continues to grow in popularity. The Shortlisted photographers Sophie Calle’s work, one of her most personal projects „My mother, my cat, my father, in that order“, deals with the death of her parents and cat, her relationship with each of them and their impact on her life. The newly printed photographs of objects she identifies with her loved ones are exhibited alongside personal text panels written by Calle. These delve deeper into the sentimental attachments connected to these everyday objects, exploring her emotional responses and how their meaning has been transformed since her loved ones have passed away. Ultimately, her most recent work is also a reflection on her life and career to date, examining the transitory nature of relationships and the persistence of memory. Sophie Calle What do you see?, 2013 © Sophie Calle Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Perrotin Dana Lixenberg has been nominated for her publication “Imperial Courts” (Roma, 2015). Lixenberg has built up a multifaceted portrait of the mainly African-American neighbourhood of the Imperial Courts housing project in Watts in Los Angeles. Returning countless times over a time span of twenty-two years, Lixenberg gradually created a collaborative image of the changing face of this community. Some in the community were killed, while others disappeared or went to jail, while others, once children in early photographs, grew up and had children of their own. Lixenberg started to document the conversations and specific soundtrack of the neighbourhood. Extracts of sound recordings are available through headphone spots within the space. Dana Lixenberg Wilteysha, 1993 © Dana Lixenberg Courtesy of the artist and Grimm, Amsterdam Awoiska van der Molen has focused on black and white, abstracted images in different scales and formats. The artist has been nominated for her exhibition „Blanco” at Foam Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam (22 Jan. until 3 Apr. 2016). Van der Molen creates images that revitalise the genre of landscape photography. Traveling for weeks in solitude in foreign landscapes, from Japan to Norway to Crete, she explores the identity of the place, allowing it to impress upon her its specific emotional and physical qualities and her personal experience within it. Her work questions how natural and manmade environments are commonly represented and interacted with. Awoiska Van Der Molen #364-18, 2013 © Awoiska Van Der Molen Courtesy of the artist Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs’ project “EURASIA” which has been on display at Fotomuseum Winterthur last year, playfully draws on the iconography of a road trip constructing experiences drawn from memory and imagination. Onorato and Krebs’ journey begins in 2013 in Switzerland, continues through the Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Russia, and ends after 3-years and 17’000 kilometers in Mongolia. Throughout their travels, the duo encounters landscapes and people in a state of ongoing transition, from ancient traditions and post-Communist structures to modernity and the formation of an independent identity. Using a mix of analogue media and techniques including 16mm films, large-format plate cameras and installation-based interventions, Onorato and Krebs compose a narrative that is as much fiction as documentation. Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs Well, 2013 © Taiyo Onorato/Nico Krebs Courtesy of the artists The Photographers' Gallery 16 - 18 Ramillies St London W1F 7LW Hours: Mon – Sat 10.00 – 18.00 Thu 10.00 – 20.00 Sun 11.00 – 18.00 Enjoyed this article? Sign up to our newsletter for the latest art news Submit $test =
  • Spotlight On Dan Baldwin

    Learn more about one of our favourite artists and how his prints have evolved over the years. If you’ve ventured into our Brighton gallery at any point over the last decade, chances are you’ve seen breathtaking prints on offer by Dan Baldwin and witnessed the continuing evolution of the hug....
    Learn more about one of our favourite artists and how his prints have evolved over the years. If you’ve ventured into our Brighton gallery at any point over the last decade, chances are you’ve seen breathtaking prints on offer by Dan Baldwin and witnessed the continuing evolution of the hugely talented artist. Dan Baldwin is a prolific painter of richly layered images, dense with allegorical meaning, visual metaphors and his now synonymous icons including skulls, swooping swallows, crucifixes, real razor blades and personal ephemera applied to the canvas. His work straddles and overlaps several categories; fusing elements from portraiture, landscapes, abstract, and collage, to create visually arresting compositions that stop viewers in their tracks. Born in Manchester in 1972, Baldwin studied Communication Media at Eastbourne College before receiving his B.A. from Kent Institute of Art and Design. Influenced by the likes of Robert Rauschenberg, Sir Peter Blake and Warhol, Baldwin has developed his own unique style of painting and has also embarked on a parallel career in ceramics, creating exquisitely designed earthenware pots. We first began selling Baldwin’s work at our Brighton gallery in 2005, when the artist was based locally in Hove. His early giclee prints were often shot with air rifles or had collaged elements like antique one pound notes or crucifixes applied to them. Baldwin credits printmaking as a major stepping-stone in his journey to becoming a full-time artist. For several years Baldwin has been working with the master printers at Coriander Studio, who have also produced editions for Sir Peter Blake, Bruce McLean, Damien Hirst and Michael Craig-Martin. Baldwin has described Coriander as ‘the Rolls Royce of printmaking’, and the plaudits can be seen in the immensely high quality of production and technical brilliance in his editions. “When you look at my prints compared to the original paintings, they have a totally different quality to them. It suddenly becomes about thirty layers of colour separation, all the finishings and glazings and flourishes are different”. – Dan Baldwin Through his career Dan Baldwin has a had a number of critically acclaimed sell out shows, garnering an army of dedicated fans and esteems collectors including; Sir Ronald Cohen, Bernie Ecclestone, Petra Ecclestone, Jake Chapman, Shepard Fairey, Chris Packham, Jo Whiley, Liam Howlett, Maxim, Holly Willoughby, Allison Mosshart, (The Kills) and Damien Hirst. If you’re interested in adding any Dan Baldwin artwork to your collection or viewing the beautiful prints in person, we have several of his latest editions available in our Brighton gallery. Pop in, call us on 01273 724829 or email brighton@artrepublic.com for further information. $test =
  • Mother’s day gift ideas

    With Mother’s Day just around the corner here are our top five amazing gifts for mum’s. My Sunshine Mini by NadeemArt Filled with emotion NadeemArt’s work touches something very deep inside us. Nadeem Chughtai prides himself on hand making all of his works, with no use of computer in sight. E....
    With Mother’s Day just around the corner here are our top five amazing gifts for mum’s. My Sunshine Mini by NadeemArt Filled with emotion NadeemArt’s work touches something very deep inside us. Nadeem Chughtai prides himself on hand making all of his works, with no use of computer in sight. Evenfall 4 by Jody Thomas The soft spray-can texture in this piece by Jody Thomas has been used to create careful detail to maximum effect and the result is bold, graphic and beautiful: a piece that invites you to simply surrender and gaze. Meteor by Marc Quinn These delicate flowers by Marc Quinn will last longer than most Mothers Day flowers. The combination of unusual flowers and striking colours makes a bold statement. Althjodlegt Tre – International Tree by Kristjana S Williams Kristjana S Williams colourful and eclectic collages and filled with life and amazing tiny details. In this piece each butterfly within the tree represents a different country by displaying a unique flag on each of their wings. The Visitor by Gemma Compton ‘The Visitor – Blue Edition’ encompasses Compton’s detailed and intricate style using ideas and themes of love, life and the beauty of nature with images of birds and flowers against a bold blue backdrop with additional silver leaf and varnish. View more expertly curated art gift ideas Enjoyed this article? Sign up to our newsletter for the latest art news Submit $test =
  • Last Chance To Buy

    Things come and go quickly in our Brighton gallery, here are a few prints that are nearing the end of their edition. So call the gallery on +44 (0)1273 724829 for further information on anything featured. 'VOL.1 SKULLS' BY MAGNUS GJOEN The latest in our ‘Meet The Artist’ series of gallery ev....
    Things come and go quickly in our Brighton gallery, here are a few prints that are nearing the end of their edition. So call the gallery on +44 (0)1273 724829 for further information on anything featured. 'VOL.1 SKULLS' BY MAGNUS GJOEN The latest in our ‘Meet The Artist’ series of gallery events saw digital artist Magnus Gjoen join us in the Brighton gallery for the launch of his exclusive ‘Vol.1 Skulls’ box set of prints. Related: ‘What A Night! Our Box Set Launch With Magnus Gjoen The hotly anticipated box set saw Magnus revisit his most enduring motif of the skull, presented as 6 smaller reissues of his most popular, previously release prints. There was also a very special lenticular of ‘Roses are Dead’ another of Magnus’ sell out editions. The artist is well known for bringing together diverse and polarising themes, to create work that explores notions of beauty, destruction and the macabre. The exquisite prints proved to be hugely in demand on their release and we are down to the last few sets available in our Brighton Gallery. “Beauty and Death have long been an inspiration in art. It’s what we humans think of most along with money. I also like the contrast between the beauty of the still life, which brings life to the skull although the flowers themselves are soon to die. The inedibility of death.” – Magnus Gjoen BIGGER SPLASH 2015 BY NICK SMITH Contemporary collage artist Nick Smith current has his third solo exhibition ‘Parlance’ on at London sister gallery Lawrence Alkin Gallery. Meanwhile, in our Bond Street space, we have one of the artist’s rarest prints available, ‘Bigger Splash 2015’. View Nick Smith's Available Prints Online David Hockney originally painted Bigger Slash in 1967 as a fictional pool located somewhere in California. Marked up under each of the 925 colour blocks in Nick Smith's reworking is a different Californian place name speculating the location of this iconic pool. This print quickly sold out on release and we only have one available in the gallery. So, if you want to cause a big splash in your home, give us a call to get your hands on this print ASAP! SOULS SERIES BY DAMIEN HIRST In the gallery, we have a few of Damien Hirst’s exquisite and opulent foil-block prints from his ‘Souls’ series. The series is made up of images of four butterflies, in 80 colourways, each an edition of fifteen. They are hugely sought after with most of the colourways being completely sold out. View the Damien Hirst Souls Book Hirst explains, “I love butterflies because when they are dead they look alive. The foil block gives them a feel similar to the actual butterflies in the way that they reflect the light. After ‘The Dead’ I had to do the butterflies because you can’t have one without the other.” The foil-blocking printing of each butterfly has been done in three stages: the bottom base colour print is then accentuated by two more sparkling layers, that pick out details on the patterned wings of the bugs, or the shape of the thoraxes. Not all of the butterflies are three colours, however, some are one or two, and in several cases, layers have been blind-blocked, creating only a change in texture. We only have a limited number of these captivating prints available in our Brighton gallery, so contact us to find out more! For further information on any of the artwork featured call us on 01273 724829 or email brighton@artrepublic.com, as things can quickly sell out and those featured are right at the end of their edition! $test =
  • Staff Recommendations

    Take a look at our staff recommendations for some insider perspective on our favourite prints in the Brighton gallery. Things comes and go quickly however, so call the gallery on 01273 724829 or email brighton@artrepublic.com to avoid missing out! TOKYO BEAT (SILKSCREEN WITH GLAZES, SILVER LEAF, ....
    Take a look at our staff recommendations for some insider perspective on our favourite prints in the Brighton gallery. Things comes and go quickly however, so call the gallery on 01273 724829 or email brighton@artrepublic.com to avoid missing out! TOKYO BEAT (SILKSCREEN WITH GLAZES, SILVER LEAF, GLITTER GLOSS, FLUORESCENT INK AND COLLAGE ELEMENTS SIGNED LIMITED EDITION OF 50) BY BONNIE AND CLYDE Poppy from our Brighton Gallery: “I’ve always been a big fan of Bonnie & Clyde and it’s always really lovely to see Steph in the gallery to discuss her artwork. By all accounts this latest edition ‘Tokyo Beat’ was a real labour of love, being an incredible 30-layer silkscreen with glazes, silver leaf, fluoro inks and collage elements. I adore the 3D elements, which add a real depth to the energetic and visually engaging composition. Another masterpiece from one of my favourite artists”. AMY WINEHOUSE - LARGE (GICLEE PRINT SIGNED LIMITED EDITION OF 50) BY RICHARD BERNER Inna from our Brighton Gallery: “I think local artist Richard Berner has created something really unusual and compelling in this portrait of the late Amy Winehouse. In this limited edition print, Berner has painted a portrait of the iconic singer with watercolours in vibrant shades of red, yellow, purple and blue for her statement hair, contrasting beautifully with her face in black and white. A must have for any Winehouse fans and great value too.” KALASHNIKOV/RICKENBACKER - GREEN/PURPLE ON WHITE (SILKSCREEN PRINT SIGNED LIMITED EDITION OF 180) BY PATRICK THOMAS Helen from our Brighton Gallery: “The prints by graphic artist Patrick Thomas always stand out in the Brighton gallery, with their bright colours and bold compositions and this guitar/machine gun mash-up has proven to be no exception to that. This piece would be perfect for any wannabe rockstar and also comes in at under £150.” If you are interested in any of our staff recommendations, please call the gallery on 01273 724829 or email brighton@artrepublic.com for enquiries or more information. $test =
  • Banksy Presents His 'Walled Off Hotel'

    The surreptitious street artist returns with a new West-Bank accommodation. In case you hadn’t heard the biggest name in street art Banksy is back with his latest ambitious project, a luxury art hotel located in Palestine. It's been dubbed by the artist as “the world’s worst hotel” and i....
    The surreptitious street artist returns with a new West-Bank accommodation. In case you hadn’t heard the biggest name in street art Banksy is back with his latest ambitious project, a luxury art hotel located in Palestine. It's been dubbed by the artist as “the world’s worst hotel” and is officially titled ‘The Walled Off Hotel'. The guest house is situated in the holy town of Bethlehem, just metres away from the controversial wall that divides Palestinian and Israeli territories. Inside the hotel, guest can choose from 9 rooms ranging from a basic bunk bed “traveller” set up, to an opulent Banksy-themed room featuring an enormous canvas by the artist, depicting a heart ensnared in barbed wire above the room’s king-sized bed. The Walled Off Hotel isn’t Banksy's first foray into the area, having visited Bethlehem back in 2005 when he stencilled some of his best known and controversial works on the west bank wall. It is Banksy’s first major project since Dismaland, his 2015 bemusement park in Weston-super-Mare. In a statement, the artist said: ‘It’s exactly one hundred years since Britain took control of Palestine and started re-arranging the furniture – with chaotic results. ‘I don’t know why but it felt like a good time to reflect on what happens when the United Kingdom makes a huge political decision without fully comprehending the consequences.’ 'This place is the centre of the universe - every time God comes to earth it seems to happen near here. The architecture and landscape are stunning, the food delicious and the current situation remarkable and touching. This is a place of immense spiritual and political significance - and very good falafel. We guarantee you won't be disappointed.' – A further statement on Banksy/Walled Off Hotel website. The hotel plays host to dozens of new works by Banksy, including several reinterpretations of existing pieces. All the work centres around the barrier that divides the area, highlighting the ongoing tension between the two separate states. The Walled Off Hotel opens to visitors from 11th March with musical acts Nine Inch Nails and Massive Attack booked to play in the wine bar, with a specially designed remote performance. Watch this space for more information on this latest huge project from the street art supremo Banksy. In our Brighton Gallery, we have a variety of artwork on show from Banksy’s peers including Ben Eine, Nick Walker, Pure Evil and Eelus. Call us on 01273 724829 or email brighton@artrepublic.com for further information. $test =
  • Spotted In The Gallery: Nick Cave

    It was an honour to welcome our favourite local rock star back to the gallery. As the Brighton gallery was preparing for our recent ‘Meet The Artist’ evening with Magnus Gjoen it was very exciting to see local acclaimed singer, songwriter and musician Nick Cave into our Bond Street space. Th....
    It was an honour to welcome our favourite local rock star back to the gallery. As the Brighton gallery was preparing for our recent ‘Meet The Artist’ evening with Magnus Gjoen it was very exciting to see local acclaimed singer, songwriter and musician Nick Cave into our Bond Street space. The last time Nick Cave was in the gallery he picked up one of Madga Archer’s hugely popular and comical ‘My Life Is Crap’ signed limited edition prints. This time the Bad Seeds frontman struck a pose in front of Magnus Gjoen’s newly released set of skull prints, which have subsequently been selling quickly from our gallery. In the past Nick Cave tweeted artrepublic "Best shop in Brighton". High praise indeed from the local legendary artist! $test =

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