Monthly Archives: January 2009

  • Introducing Brighton's local talent

    artrepublic has never had it so good with a wealth of talent on its door step its easy to see why we have so many Brighton artists on our walls. If you have ever been lucky enough to find yourself in the beautiful seaside city of Brighton you will know that it is packed with character, charm and....
    artrepublic has never had it so good with a wealth of talent on its door step its easy to see why we have so many Brighton artists on our walls. If you have ever been lucky enough to find yourself in the beautiful seaside city of Brighton you will know that it is packed with character, charm and has enough creativity to give any city in the world a run for its money. This fantastic mix has seen a massive influx of talented artists taking there inspiration from this amazing city.   With this much talent on our door step I thought it would be a great opportunity too introduce you to a few of our resident Brighton artists. Screen Prince is one of the gallery’s best loved artists, his work takes two of his passions in life, music and writing and fuses them together to create portraits of iconic musicians using there lyrics. Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Beethoven, Grace Jones and many more have had the Screen Prince treatment and all have flown out the door.Keep an eye on Screenprince this year as he has become a firm favourite with many high profile players in the music industry. Dan Baldwin has gone from strength to strength over the last few years; he has been involved in highly successful shows all over the world but started his career from a studio in Brighton. Dan has exhibited with many of the country’s greatest living artists including Banksy, Jamie Hewlett, Jamie Reid, Peter Blake and Anthony Micallef. Lot’s is expected of Dan this year with many exciting projects on the go including his first international solo show at Carmichael gallery Los Angeles, USA. We think 2009 will be the year that Dan steps up again to really show just how good his work is. Chris Kettle lives and works in Brighton and for many years shared a studio with two other creative forces in the Brighton art scene Dan Baldwin and Simon Dixon. Chris has a fantastic eye for creating still life paintings with a modern twist. Taking his inspiration from the Dutch and Flemish masters of the 17th Century Chris has created paintings that fuse old motives with feelings and emotions of modern times. Two Successful solo shows in Brighton along with many others around the world has seen Chris establish himself as one of the finest talents in the country. To see more work by local Brighton talent please check out these guys Jane Sampson, Graham Carter, Marine, Mark Hooley, Bonnie and Clyde,  Anna Kyriacou and Pinky To view part two of this article click here Return to the Brighton section. $test =
  • One of Americas best-known painters Andrew Wyeth has died aged 91

    Andrew Wyeth was one of the most popular and also most criticized artists of the 20th century. His precise realist views of American rural life became icons of national culture and sparked endless debates about the nature of modern art. His best-known painting, Christina's World (1948), ....
    Andrew Wyeth was one of the most popular and also most criticized artists of the 20th century. His precise realist views of American rural life became icons of national culture and sparked endless debates about the nature of modern art. His best-known painting, Christina's World (1948), has now become and American Icon. It shows a woman sitting in a field with her back to the viewer stretching towards a house on a hill. She was a neighbor of Wyeth's in Maine and had suffered paralysis from polio. It is held in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Wyeth was the youngest of five children born to NC Wyeth and his wife Carolyn in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvannia. He was a sickly boy, so his parents had him schooled at home, and at the age of 15 he began studying art and illustration with his father. He excelled at art, and had his first exhibition at the Macbeth Gallery in New York at the age of 19, in 1937. Andrew Wyeth was the first living US artist to be elected to the Royal Academy.  In 2007, he received the National Medal of Arts from President George W Bush and became the first artist to be granted the Presidential Medal of Freedom.  Read our biograpy of Andrew Wyeth $test =
  • Shepard Fairey – Barack Obama campaign poster

    The Shepard Fairey (Obey) image of Barack Obama has all the hallmarks of becoming as important in the art world as the man himself. Obey’s HOPE election poster was originally produced to help Barack Obama in his campaign to become the first black president of the United States of America. F....
    The Shepard Fairey (Obey) image of Barack Obama has all the hallmarks of becoming as important in the art world as the man himself. Obey’s HOPE election poster was originally produced to help Barack Obama in his campaign to become the first black president of the United States of America. First produced as a limited edition print with ‘PROGRESS’ as the title, this print soon caught the eye of the Barrack Obama election team and they contacted Obey and asked him if he would change the slogan to ‘HOPE’ as this fitted in closer with there president elect manifesto. Shepard Fairey produced and distributed 300,000 Obama Hope stickers and 500,000 Obama Hope posters during the election campaign, taking the Obama image and spreading it globally. Destroy Amidst the height of the election campaign Barack Obama found time to write to Shepard Fairey and thank him for his support. “I would like to thank you for using your talent in support of my campaign. The political messages involved in your work have encouraged Americans to believe they can change the status-quo. Your images have a profound effect on people, whether seen in a gallery or on a stop sign. I am privileged to be a part of your artwork and proud to have your support”.  - Barack Obama, February 22, 2008 January 2009 saw the HOPE Image acquired by the US National Portrait Gallery and became part of their permanent collection, other major galleries including The Smithsonian, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art (New York) and The Victoria and Albert Museum (London) also hold Obey’s work in their collection’s. You Tube interview with Shepard Fairey discussing the Obama image. Return to our Brighton section $test =
  • Francis Bacon work predicted to fetch up to £6m in Christies auction.

    Man in Blue VI by Francis Bacon is up for auction after being in the same ownership for nearly 40 years with an estimated sale price of up to £6m. Man in Blue VI is part of a series of seven major paintings that Bacon made in the spring of 1954, possibly the most intense, creative and much celeb....
    Man in Blue VI by Francis Bacon is up for auction after being in the same ownership for nearly 40 years with an estimated sale price of up to £6m. Man in Blue VI is part of a series of seven major paintings that Bacon made in the spring of 1954, possibly the most intense, creative and much celebrated period in the artist’s career. During this period Francis Bacon was in the midst of a tempestuous and violent romance with Peter Lacy, a veteran Spitfire pilot whom he described as the great love of his life. The seven paintings depicting Man in Blue are unusual in that Bacon appears to have painted the sitter from life, as opposed to using a photograph which was his usual method. The sitter is an unknown man who Bacon is thought to have met at the Imperial Hotel in Henley-upon-Thames where he was living after moving out of the cottage that he shared with Lacy nearby. The work depicts an ordinary figure pulsating with life and apparent inner turmoil at the centre of a dark void. This form of depiction contrasts to that of the screaming agony of the heads and popes that the artist had been painting the previous year, and offers a more subtle representation of personal anxiety and torment. Destroy It was during the 1950s that Bacon gained international recognition; his portraits and paintings of Popes were exhibited at museums around Europe and the United States. Christies Post War and contemporary art auction will also feature works by Mark Rothko, Jeff Koons, Willem de Kooning and Bridget Riley. The Auction takes place at Christies, 8 King Street, London on February 11th. Image Credit: Francis Bacon (1909-1992), Man in Blue VI, oil on canvas, 60.1/8 x 46in. (152.7 x 116.8cm.), Painted in 1954, ©CHRISTIE'S IMAGES LTD. 2009 $test =
  • New David Spiller 'I Don't Know' print lands at artrepublic Brighton.

    ‘I Don’t Know’ is an amazing limited edition print from the highly collectable David Spiller. This is the third print David has released and with his work currently on display at the London Art Fair will surely fly out through the door. David Spiller was b....
    ‘I Don’t Know’ is an amazing limited edition print from the highly collectable David Spiller. This is the third print David has released and with his work currently on display at the London Art Fair will surely fly out through the door. David Spiller was born in Dartford in 1942 and grew up in era that saw music explode and pop culture firmly establish itself in the UK. From an early age David demonstrated a massive interest in cartoon characters with Mickey Mouse, Felix the Cat and Donald Duck firm favourites. David attended art school in the early 1960’s and witnessed first hand the rise of British Pop art. These days played a massive part in influencing his approach to painting and pushed him into a more urban style of art. David pulls many of his images from that magical world of Saturday morning cartoons, he takes these characters and splatters them with paint, random colour dots and adorns them with an eclectic mix of lyrics and quotes. The lyrics and quotes that David scribbles with a child like quality to deface his pictures do not detract from the image but add a new angle for the viewer to interpret his work. David’s pictures work on many levels and all carry a powerful sense of connection between the art of painting and music. Lyrics from Jerry Lee Lewis, Bob Dylan, John Lennon and many other music legends can be found on his canvases.  artzine your guide to everything that’s happening in the art world $test =
  • National Portrait Gallery in Washington acquires Shepard Fairey's iconic Portrait of Barack Obama.

    The portrait that came to symbolize the historic campaign of President-elect Barack Obama will make its permanent home only a few blocks from the White House at the National Portrait Gallery.   Shepard Fairey’s large-scale, mixed-media stenciled collage was the central portrait im....
    The portrait that came to symbolize the historic campaign of President-elect Barack Obama will make its permanent home only a few blocks from the White House at the National Portrait Gallery.   Shepard Fairey’s large-scale, mixed-media stenciled collage was the central portrait image for the Obama campaign and was previously distributed as a limited-edition print and as a free download. The piece, created by Los Angeles artist Shepard Fairey, came to the museum through the generosity of Washington, D.C., art collectors Heather and Tony Podesta, in honor of Tony Podesta’s mother, the late Mary K. Podesta. “This work is an emblem of a significant election, as well as a new presidency,” said Martin E. Sullivan, director of the National Portrait Gallery. “Shepard Fairey’s instantly recognizable image was integral to the Obama campaign. We are deeply grateful to the Podestas for their generosity.”  The collage will be on view at the Portrait Gallery from Inauguration Day 20 January. It will be installed on the first floor of the museum in the exhibition titled “New Arrivals.”  Shepard Fairey’s works are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. In 2006, Gingko Press published a monograph on the artist’s career, “Obey: Supply and Demand.” A retrospective of Fairey’s work will open Feb. 6 at the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art. The National Portrait Gallery is housed in the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture at Eighth and F streets N.W., Washington, D.C. Web site www.npg.si.edu Image Credit: Barack Obama by Shepard Fairey  ©Shepard Fairey/ObeyGiant.com  National Portrait Gallery artzine your guide to everything that’s happening in the art world    $test =
  • New prints from Graham Carter at artrepublic Brighton

    Brighton’s best loved illustrator returns to artrepublic with four new amazing Hollywood inspired screen prints. Graham is a firm favourite with artrepublic crowd and these new prints really show why. Graham’s love of movies really shines through in ‘Super Hero City’ which bri....
    Brighton’s best loved illustrator returns to artrepublic with four new amazing Hollywood inspired screen prints. Graham is a firm favourite with artrepublic crowd and these new prints really show why. Graham’s love of movies really shines through in ‘Super Hero City’ which brings together Hollywood’s most formidable heroes. Batman, Spiderman, Superman and the Silver Surfer all feature in this amazing silkscreen. 'Hot Pants’ shows the beautiful Marilyn Monroe in her most famous pose, this set against a striking cityscape makes for a truly brilliant print. Elvis has long left the building but in the ‘Return of the King’ we see him back from the dead in a giant gyrating robot ready to please his army of fans. King Kong is about as big as they come when you are talking about movie stars and the print ‘Kong’ captures the amazing feel of the vintage film. Graham Carter has other fantastic prints available at artrepublic so for up to date details of what is available please call +44 (0)1273 724829, email the gallery brighton@artrepublic.com, Or call in in person to the gallery click here for map and opening hours. Return to our Brighton section artzine your guide to everything that’s happening in the art world $test =

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