Monthly Archives: June 2008

  • Rare Peter Blake prints being snapped up at artrepublic

    Press Release 24th June 2008 artrepublic Brighton, stockists of the rarest and best in today's art scene are seeing savvy investors targeting art prints as other investment opportunities such as property become less attractive. Top of the list at the moment is the grandfather of Pop Art, Sir Pete....
    Press Release 24th June 2008 artrepublic Brighton, stockists of the rarest and best in today's art scene are seeing savvy investors targeting art prints as other investment opportunities such as property become less attractive. Top of the list at the moment is the grandfather of Pop Art, Sir Peter Blake. His resurgence in popularity in recent times and the small numbers of high quality hand signed prints available has seen prices of his limited edition prints soar from a few hundred pounds into the thousands in a matter of months. Prints such as the Sources of Pop Art series are now so rare that a previous artrepublic price of £795 when new, has rocketed 215% in value to £2,500 in less than a year. His most recent releases such as the brightly coloured I Love You are testament to this continuing trend with artrepublic having only a few prints left. The advice is 'be quick!' "His work is getting harder and harder to find," comments Lawrence Alkin, CEO of artrepublic. "We get very small numbers of pieces in and they are incredibly popular. Smart investors know that hot artists are the new way to invest and they get really involved in buying art prints. Iconic artists like Peter Blake are probably very under-priced for the quality of prints he's producing." Sir Peter Blake's new works are taken from his late 1950's/1960's period, a very important time in the artist's life and the prints have all got new embellishments. He uses 'diamond dust' and glazes to bring extra depth, shine and effect. After a popular show at the Ink_d gallery, Brighton, some of Sir Peter Blake's key new limited edition prints are now available at the artrepublic galleries in Brighton and London and also at www.artrepublic.com. Works such as Girly Door were originally painted on doors using household paints, enamel and his trademark collage. They show the iconic nature of his oeuvre, the marriage of popular culture and fine art and his strength as a modern artist. Probably best known for this cover of The Beatles' Sergeant Pepper album sleeve, Peter Blake also designed the Band Aid Do They Know It's Christmas cover, as well as Paul Weller's Stanley Road, the John Peel Tribute album cover and a greatest hits album cover for Oasis. In 2007 Coca Cola celebrated its biennale by commissioning a special piece from the artist, who continues to work from his studio in Hammersmith, London. ENDS Notes to Editors artrepublic established its first gallery in 1992 in the heart of Brighton's North Laine. Its second gallery, artrepublic at tomtom, is in the heart of London's Soho. artrepublic features rare, collectable, cutting-edge art prints, limited editions, silkscreens and giclees from contemporary artists such as Banksy, Jamie Reid, James Cauty, Charming Baker and Ron English alongside popular artists such as Warhol and Lichtenstein. www.artrepublic.com has an extensive choice of art prints all available with free delivery worldwide. The Brighton gallery also offers a bespoke framing service with a huge choice of mouldings and expert advice and the website offers a large selection of quality frames delivered free throughout the UK. For more information about this press release please call Julie Carroll on 07971 955140/Andrew Milledge Marketing Director of artrepublic on 01273 664366. Although artrepublic will attempt to supply images that are likely to not have copyright issues when used in the press, we strongly advise that chosen images are first check with the Design and Artists Copyright Society before publication. Contact details are: Telephone 020 7336 8811, email info@dacs.org.uk or contact artrepublic before going to press. artrepublic - 13 Bond Street, Brighton, BN1 1RD Open Mon - Fri 9.30 - 6.00, Saturday, 9.00 - 6.00, Sunday 11.00 - 5.00, Bank Hols 10.30 - 5.30 tel: 01273 724829 email: brighton@artrepublic.com artrepublic at tomtom - 42 New Compton Street, London, WC2H 8DA Open Mon to Sat 11.00 - 7.00 tel: 020 7240 7909 email: soho@artrepublic.com $test =
  • U2 to sell Basquiat masterpiece at Sotheby's sale

    Destroy The highlight of the forthcoming Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Sale will be and early masterpiece by Jean-Michel Basquiat entitled Untitled (Pecho/Oreja) which comes from the joint collection of Irish rock band U2. The painting was first spotted by U2's bassist Adam Clay....
    Destroy The highlight of the forthcoming Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Sale will be and early masterpiece by Jean-Michel Basquiat entitled Untitled (Pecho/Oreja) which comes from the joint collection of Irish rock band U2. The painting was first spotted by U2's bassist Adam Clayton at the Robert Miller Gallery in New York. The band acquired Untitled in 1989, and since then is has hung in their Dublin studio. The pre sale estimate for its value is £4-6 million. Oliver Barker, Senior Specialist, Sotheby’s Contemporary Art department, said: "It seems especially appropriate that a work by Basquiat should end up at a music studio, since so much has been said about the relationship between his art and music." Painted when the artist was just 22 years old, Untitled (Pecho/Oreja) exhibits a sublime combination of imagistic cacophony and compositional economy. The brilliantly delineated head, a motif that continued to underpin Basquiat’s work for the rest of his brief career, stands as both idiosyncratic self-portrait and skull-like talismanic call-sign.  This painting was executed during 1982, a year of unprecedented success for the fledgling artist, having held his first solo exhibitions at major galleries including Gagosian in Los Angeles and Bruno Bischofberger in Zurich. Towards the end of that year, Manhattan dealer Annina Nosei became Basquiat’s primary dealer, and the artist moved into a studio in the basement of his new gallery. Here, he was at last able to paint freely and early on, he produced a prodigious group of masterworks. Untitled (Pecho/Oreja) is scattered with the iconic marks and signs of Basquiat’s incomparable aesthetic vocabulary, characteristic of his best work from this early period. The highly stylized face evokes both the primitive scribbles of a child and the elaborate iconography of ancient African reliquary masks, both important influences on the young Basquiat who, like his hero Pablo Picasso, interrogated long-forgotten artistic traditions in his interpretations of contemporary visual culture. Untitled (Pecho/Oreja) will be on view at Sotheby’s New Bond Street, London W1 from the 26th of June until 1st of July. The Contemporary Art Sale will take place on Tuesday, July 1st, 2008. artzine your guide to everything that’s happening in the art world $test =
  • Anna Kyriacou wins Visual Arts Prize

    Destroy artrepublic is excited to announce that one of our favourite female artists, Anna Kyriacou, won first place in the 2008 Brighton Fringe Festival Visual Arts Prize for ‘A Thin Line Between Love and Hate’.  For those of you who don’t know, Anna is a Fine Artist and illus....
    Destroy artrepublic is excited to announce that one of our favourite female artists, Anna Kyriacou, won first place in the 2008 Brighton Fringe Festival Visual Arts Prize for ‘A Thin Line Between Love and Hate’.  For those of you who don’t know, Anna is a Fine Artist and illustrator who’s naïve style is seductively simple. Her images of childhood sensitively approach the expression and restriction of sexuality and more recently her strong interest in the human condition has drawn her to explore the subject of school bullying. Destroy Anna’s pictures are frequently delivered with humour and are reminiscent of the images we drew in our childhood. This results in a feeling that the children in the images are delivering their own message. Anna has exhibited her work in various parts of the UK including London and Edinburgh. She has worked on editorial and advertising commissions and had her work featured in a variety of magazines including The Illustrated Ape and I-D. 2008 is obviously a good year for Anna as she also recently received an Argus Angels Award in recognition of her artistic excellence. To see more of Anna’s prints click here. For further information call the Brighton gallery on 01273 724 829 or click online artzine your guide to everything that’s happening in the art world $test =
  • The Gig Poster Explosion exhibition

    Destroy In association with artrepublic and ink_d the Brighton Fringe arts production will host ‘The Gig Poster Explosion’ an exhibition of screen printed gig posters.  For this event BRAG (British Rock Artists Group) are playing host to the FIREHOUSE KUSTOM ROCKART COMPANY fr....
    Destroy In association with artrepublic and ink_d the Brighton Fringe arts production will host ‘The Gig Poster Explosion’ an exhibition of screen printed gig posters.  For this event BRAG (British Rock Artists Group) are playing host to the FIREHOUSE KUSTOM ROCKART COMPANY from San Francisco on the Brighton leg of their incendiary rock art poster tour. This exhibition features some of the finest screenprinted poster work coming out of the UK, by some of the UK’S most talented and prolific artists alongside posters from some of the legends of the American poster art scene. Prepare to be stunned by these incredible posters, at this rare meeting of two amazing poster collectives. The UK has been experiencing an explosion of rock poster art hitting the streets from screen-printing studios that seem to be springing up in all sorts of locations including garages, warehouses and basements. England is currently witnessing a new pedigree of artist -- clearly there is something cool happening here.  "I came to England, explains Chuck Sperry, in May of 2006 to teach a workshop at the Brighton Fringe Festival. My British  students were so talented and excited about making rock posters, they formed the Brighton based poster collective BRAG  and this in turn really fired me up, and made me want to come to England to see all the great art and music that's going on here. That's when we began planning this tour." BRAG Formed in 2005 as a result of having all met at a master class taught by Chuck Sperry during the SUBSCREENSONIC exhibition of 2005. Such was the groups’ enthusiasm and passion for making and designing limited edition screenprinted gig posters we formed BRAG (British Rock Artist Group).  Brag have gone on to exhibit in Europe, the UK and the USA, and produced posters for bands and musicians such as Gallows, Iron and Wine, Queens of the Stoneage, Explosions in the Sky, Bonde do Role, Ian Brown, Orange Goblin, Devo and many more. BRAG won Best Open House award at the Brighton festival 2008. FIREHOUSE San Francisco printers based on the partnership of of two master screen printers, Chuck Sperry and Ron Donovan. Ron and Chuck's works are easily recognizable by their unique style of color theory, characterized by the use of metallics over striking colors. Their unique printing technique has won them the attention of the experts in the printing profession and they were included in Print's Regional Design Annual 2002. Sperry and Donovan have created a much sought-after series of posters for Virgin Megastore (including Pearl Jam, Fleetwood Mac, Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Smashing Pumpkins, Beastie Boys, U2, and Hole). Other posters have been produced for such legendary performing artists as Queens of the Stone Age, Dirtbombs, Eric Clapton, Madness, Jane's Addiction, Supersuckers, Garbage, Bad Religion, Johnny Cash, John Lee Hooker, Lee Perry, Cheap Trick, X, among many others.  The exhibition is in Brighton from June 20th-22nd at - The Basement gallery Argus Lofts, 24 Kensington St, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 4AJ and Output Studio 50 Providence Place, Brighton, UK. artzine your guide to everything that’s happening in the art world $test =
  • Urban Art Sale - Dreweatts

    Dreweatts is holding its inaugural Urban Art Sale on Tuesday 17 June offering the broadest spectrum of street artists ever available at a single auction. It is the first mainstream auctioneer outside London to hold a dedicated sale of Urban Art. The sale features over 140 lots with original works ....
    Dreweatts is holding its inaugural Urban Art Sale on Tuesday 17 June offering the broadest spectrum of street artists ever available at a single auction. It is the first mainstream auctioneer outside London to hold a dedicated sale of Urban Art. The sale features over 140 lots with original works by renowned artists, including Banksy, Nick Walker, Faile, Micallef, D*Face, Eine, Swoon, Paul Insect, Adam Neate, Beejoir, Matt Small, Blek Le Rat, Seen and Lucy Mclaughlin. Plus a number of newly executed works by names such as Inkie, Dicy, Mudwig, Graham Paris, Eko, Silent Hobo, Dr D, Jim Starr, Motorboy, Mau Mau, Guy Denning, Cyclops, Adam Koukoudakis, Flx, Pinky, Dora, Mr Jago, Rowdy, DBO, Kev Munday, Eelus, Hine, Tinho, Titi Freak, Carlos Dias, Ramon Martins, SPQR and Goldie.  The content of the sale provides a broad representation of past and current work by many of the major established and less established national and international street artists at every price level. Among the Banksy pictures in the sale is ‘Glastonbury Sign, 2003’, a work in stencil on foam board, which is offered with a pre-sale estimate of £30,000 to £50,000, and ‘Portrait of an Artist', a work in acrylic on canvas from the artist’s 1999 Easton Exhibition.  Other highlights include a one off ‘Mood Board’ by Nick Walker which is offered with a pre-sale estimate of £40,000 - £60,000 created between the years 2005 - 2007 this details tests of all work created between those years and provides a rare insight into the workings of this incredible artist. The works in the sale were first exhibited at the Ultralounge in Selfridges, London from the 23rd May - 1st June. The collection will then moved to Bristol’s Totterdown creative quarter, at 'The Paintworks', from the 5th to 10th June. Before arriving in Shoreditch, London, for the sale at ‘Village Underground’ and will be on view from 13th to 17th June. The auction will be held at the Village Underground commencing at 6.00 pm on 17 June. Destroy artzine your guide to everything that’s happening in the art world $test =
  • Pump Doll on Aluminium

    We’ve managed to get hold of an amazing piece by the D’n’B DJ turned Bond Villain and massively popular urban artist Goldie! “Pump Doll” is an edition of just 40 and is screenprinted onto aluminium then hand-finished meaning no two are the same.  An edition from this serie....
    We’ve managed to get hold of an amazing piece by the D’n’B DJ turned Bond Villain and massively popular urban artist Goldie! “Pump Doll” is an edition of just 40 and is screenprinted onto aluminium then hand-finished meaning no two are the same.  An edition from this series forms part of the much publicised up-coming Dreweatts Urban Art auction; of which the preview is currently on show in the Ultra Lounge, Selfridges, Oxford Street.  Goldie is fast making a name for himself in the urban art scene, embracing media exposure as opposed to the anonymity preferred by others… He recently presented the documentary “Tags to Riches” on the Sky Arts channel; examining the attitude towards street art & asking where does vandalism end and art begin. In addition to all this he’s still found time to help out fellow DJ Pete Tong, producing artwork for his new night at Eden, Ibiza. Call the London Gallery on +44 (0)2072 407 909 for further details or to purchase. artzine your guide to everything that’s happening in the art world $test =

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