Monthly Archives: February 2009

  • New D*Face Superheroes

    Released at a much anticipated group show in East London last week, the brand new limited edition prints from D*Face are winging their way west to artrepublic Soho. ‘What Have I Become’ is the first of the two new prints shows Spiderman, a character that was featured heavily in his Apopcalyp....
    Released at a much anticipated group show in East London last week, the brand new limited edition prints from D*Face are winging their way west to artrepublic Soho. ‘What Have I Become’ is the first of the two new prints shows Spiderman, a character that was featured heavily in his Apopcalypse Wow show last year. This print is a signed run of only 95, much lower than previous releases such as ‘Liberty’, and is made from an impressive 15 different colour screens as well as varnish and is printed on 350 gsm Moulin de gue paper. The second print, ‘Feels So Good’, is truly an awesome example of printing. Not only is it a 9 colour screenprint but it also has a 1 colour etching, a much more complex printing process, all printed on 410 gsm textured paper feeling more like card than paper. ‘Feels So Good’ is a very limited run of only 48, all are signed. D*Face is a London-based sculptor and stencil artist, who seems to use London as his own personal gallery. He has stuck, pasted and drawn on walls all over the capital, none of which he actually owns. This month the artist has a notable 15 page feature in Juxtapose magazine as well as headlining in the charity auction at Bonhams for the prostate cancer charity Artists 11 where his piece sold for above its estimate. If you are interested in these pieces and would like to know further information or to enquire about other works we might have in the gallery call +44 (0)20 7240 7909 or email soho@artrepublic.com Return to our London section $test =
  • D*Face and the art of silkscreen printing

    D*Face has really stepped up with his latest release ‘What Have I Become’ a massive 15 layer silkscreen. Find out just what goes into producing such an amazing print.  With the fantastic release of D*Faces new 15 layer silkscreen ‘What have I Become’ I thought I would take t....
    D*Face has really stepped up with his latest release ‘What Have I Become’ a massive 15 layer silkscreen. Find out just what goes into producing such an amazing print.  With the fantastic release of D*Faces new 15 layer silkscreen ‘What have I Become’ I thought I would take this opportunity to discuss with you the basics of silkscreen printing. Silkscreen printing has its origins in China during the Song Dynasty (960-1276CE) but has come on a long way since then and is now the technique of choice for many of the world’s top artists. Artist such as Andy Warhol are credited with popularizing screen printing and his image of Marilyn Monroe is now regarded as the most famous use of this technique. The terms silkscreen, screen printing and serigraph all refer to the same type of process, the process of pulling ink through a screen made of porous finely woven fabric called mesh stretched over a frame of aluminium or wood.  Silk has now been replaced as the mesh of choice and man made materials such as steel, nylon and polyester have become printer’s favorites. To create a print such as D*Face’s ‘What Have I Become’ is a long but rewarding process. The process starts with an original complete image from which the print will be created.  The image is then broken down into its individual colour’s, each individual colour requires its own screen so the more colours’ the more work goes into the finished piece. Once the separate colour’s have been identified they are created into stencils on the screens using a process of exposing photographic emulsion under UV light, this then allows for ink to only pass through the screen in certain set places. The screens once all completed are then used to layer colour onto the print slowly building up the picture one colour at a time.  As a finishing touch once the colours have all been lined up and laid down the screen printer can add different glazes and textures to give to bring the print to life, give subtle highlight and add depth.   Return to our Brighton section $test =
  • Iconic works by Shepard Fairey featuring in the London Saturday@Phillips sale.

    Iconic works by celebrated and news making street artist Shepard Fairey will be featuring in the London Saturday@Phillips sales to be held on March 14th. On offer by the artist will be signed and limited edition print s: Kiss, 1999, estimated£700-800; Giant Classic, 1998 estimated £600-800; Four....
    Iconic works by celebrated and news making street artist Shepard Fairey will be featuring in the London Saturday@Phillips sales to be held on March 14th. On offer by the artist will be signed and limited edition print s: Kiss, 1999, estimated£700-800; Giant Classic, 1998 estimated £600-800; Four Works: Obey ‘89, ‘95, ‘99 and ‘04 (from Retro Series), 2005, estimated £2,500-3,500 each signed and dated from an edition of 89; Big Brother 2, 2001, estimated £400- 600 Shepard Fairey, whom Banksy credits as a major influence, has been practicing graffiti art for over 20 years. His last poster campaign has recently broken into the mainstream media with his iconic portraits of Barack Obama emblazoned with the words “Hope”. On the eve of his solo exhibition and retrospective, Shepard Fairey: Supply and Demand, at the ICA Boston recently, the artist was arrested by Boston police and charged with illegal tagging of private property. He is currently awaiting trial.  Saturday@Phillips will feature a mix of contemporary and urban art, design, photographs, jewelry, watches and toy art. Other urban artists featured in the sale include Paul Insect, Faile, Banksy, Dan Baldwin, Mau Mau, Swoon, D*Face and Nick Walker. Saturday@Phillips $test =
  • Kate Moss by Banksy Leads the line up at Bonhams Urban Art Auction

    Bonhams have just announced their third Urban Art sale, to be held on 24 February 2009. The sale will include an exciting mix of established artists like Banksy as well as emerging names, both British and international. Six Kate Moss prints by Banksy estimated to make £100,000 to £150,000 at thi....
    Bonhams have just announced their third Urban Art sale, to be held on 24 February 2009. The sale will include an exciting mix of established artists like Banksy as well as emerging names, both British and international. Six Kate Moss prints by Banksy estimated to make £100,000 to £150,000 at this Urban Art Sale is one of the top items featured. The six Kate Moss prints by Banksy, after Warhol's famous image of Marilyn Monroe, were produced in a limited edition of twenty, in six different coloured formats. As most were sold individually, this group, one of the few to remain intact as a complete set, is particularly collectable. Another iconic image by Banksy offered in the sale is 'Nola Pink', (7824927/1) a unique canvas, depicting a girl being rained upon from beneath her umbrella.  It's title is derived from an abbreviation of New Orleans, Louisiana, and it was one of the series of works that the artist painted in the city to commemorate the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.   Banksy is quoted as commenting "Three years after Katrina I wanted to make a statement about the state of the clean up operation."  It is rumoured that the works were also created as a direct response to the anti-graffiti campaigner, the 'Gray Ghost', who has been active in the city for the last ten years painting over street art with grey primer. Also featured in this auction is a unique group of eleven works to be sold on behalf of the Prostate Cancer Charity. With the title of Artists11, this project aims to raise both awareness and funds for Britain's biggest charity working in this area, and includes pieces by an eclectic group of artists including D*Face, Dan Baldwin, Andrew Mcattee, Pure Evil,  Nick Walker and Blek le Rat. Bonhams Urban Art sale 24th  February 2009 Return to our Brighton section artzine your guide to everything that’s happening in the art world $test =
  • Rising Stars to Feature at Forthcoming Urban Art Auctions

    This month sees urban art fever return stronger than ever as the world descends upon London for the twice annual urban art auctions held by Bonhams and Dreweatts.  As with past auctions, these offer a serious leg-up to any emerging artist that is featured and as with those past auctions art....
    This month sees urban art fever return stronger than ever as the world descends upon London for the twice annual urban art auctions held by Bonhams and Dreweatts.  As with past auctions, these offer a serious leg-up to any emerging artist that is featured and as with those past auctions artrepublic Soho presents a fine selection of artist’s whose work will be up for sale. In previous years we’ve seen the likes of Banksy’s reputation as protagonist to the urban art movement cemented and the names of Nick Walker, D*Face and Blek le Rat brought to a mainstream audience, but the big question is who’s next. Here’s a glimpse into a couple of the rising stars set to feature. Mau Mau’s been producing work for over a decade now with his artworks produced on everything from shipwrecks to surfboards to billboards to the street artists preferred choice, the wall. Over the last decade he has established a reputation from the environmental and politically astute threads that run through his work. His art is described as bitterly topical with a tongue-in-cheek sweetener. Both the petrol signs are executed on genuine retro petrol station signs (collectable in their own right) and feature spray paint and gloss paint. They are all signed on the reverse and are unique. Eelus is another artist that has been turning heads and is widely credited as one of the early artists to introduce many to mainstream urban art. He has a darkly twisted and humorous outlook on life and pumps this into his art. He has a background in design and illustration and has street pieces dotted all over the world. Additionally he has exhibited at all of the famous Santa’s Ghetto’s of the past and featured strongly at the Cans Festival, London. ‘Sinner’ and ‘I Said I’m Happy (What More Do You Want)’ are both signed limited edition silkscreens and both are editions of 200. If you are interested in these pieces and would like to know further information or to enquire about other works we might have in the gallery call +44 (0)20 7240 7909 or email soho@artrepublic.com Return to our London section artzine your guide to everything that’s happening in the art world $test =
  • New Mr. Brainwash Editions at artrepublic Soho

    Mr Brainwash or MBW is the moniker of eccentric French filmmaker Thierry Guetta. After years of filming street artist royalty such as Banksy and Obey (Shepard Fairey) he has decided to rest his camera and use his index finger for another purpose by adopting the spray-can as his new artistic tool.....
    Mr Brainwash or MBW is the moniker of eccentric French filmmaker Thierry Guetta. After years of filming street artist royalty such as Banksy and Obey (Shepard Fairey) he has decided to rest his camera and use his index finger for another purpose by adopting the spray-can as his new artistic tool. In doing so he has become one of California’s most prolific street artists. ‘Untitled No.4 (Rolling Stones)’ is a very impressive silkscreen of one of the most famous bands ever. It has been printed onto heavy stock art paper that has a lovely deckled edge to it. This piece features loads of hand finishing and is a completely unique edition. ‘Obama Marilyn’ is a very comical adaptation to Andy Warhol’s original Marilyn. Obama is naturally the hot ticket in all art forms at current, but with street art paying more attention than others to political and social occurrences it’s no wonder that the American President keeps cropping up. This 6 colour silkscreen print features hand finishing and is an edition of only 15. It is available in a classic black box frame.  The third piece that we have of Mr. Brainwash’s is another comical take on American culture; this time the subject is the famous James McNeill Whistler painting Whistler's Mother. This silkscreen edition, of the same title, shows the famous image with the look of a police mug-shot about it. It is an edition of only 15, features hand finished elements and is available framed in a black box frame.  Mr. Brainwash’s first solo show “Life is Beautiful” was in LA, June 2008 and featured over 100 works in a 15,000ft sq TV studio. The event had fans queuing round the block to get in on its opening night where he referenced artists such as Marcel Duchamp, Jackson Pollock and Robert Indiana, but it is Warhol whose influence is strongest.  MBW uses icons of consumer culture and celebrity mixing them with early pop art images to create his own pop art, graffiti hybrid. If you are interested in these pieces and would like to know further information or to enquire about other works we might have in the gallery call +44 (0)20 7240 7909 or email soho@artrepublic.com Return to our London section artzine your guide to everything that’s happening in the art world $test =
  • Top Urban Artists donate work for auction to raise money for The Prince's Trust

    Leading lights of the urban art scene have joined forces to launch the first urban art sale in aid of youth charity The Prince’s Trust.  Twenty-five artists including Nick Walker, Goldie, D*Face, Mau Mau and Dicy have donated artworks to The Prince’s Trust Success Collection.&nbs....
    Leading lights of the urban art scene have joined forces to launch the first urban art sale in aid of youth charity The Prince’s Trust.  Twenty-five artists including Nick Walker, Goldie, D*Face, Mau Mau and Dicy have donated artworks to The Prince’s Trust Success Collection.  The collection, which will also feature a new Banksy piece, will be publicly auctioned by auction house Dreweatts on 26th February from 6pm. The auction aims to raise thousands to help unemployed young people into work with The Prince’s Trust.  The works will be on view before the sale in an exhibition at the Ultralounge, the dedicated arts and exhibition space in Selfridges’ Oxford Street, London, from 20th - 26th February. Dicy, one of the stars of the exhibition, was supported by the youth charity when he was just starting out. He said: "The Prince's Trust gave me the confidence and backing to start my own design business when no-one else would. Now I'm incredibly proud to give something back, helping more young people reach their potential." The Prince’s Trust Success Collection will headline at Selfridges’ Ultralounge with another two collections during the same period – Art Core and Urban Art which will also feature new work by Banksy.  Urban Art will feature additional works from leading national and international street artists, including Banksy, Nick Walker, Adam Neate and Guy Denning.  ArtCore is the first ever visual documentation of Acid House and the rave movement, featuring artworks from iconic clubs and raves including The End Club, Queer Nation, Raindance and Tribal Gathering.  Selfridges’ Ultralounge Dreweatts Urban Art Sale Youth charity The Prince’s Trust helps 100 young people every working day, giving them the skills and qualifications to get a job. Image Credits: Image 1:  Lot 75: Nick Walker ‘Ratatouille’ 2009, Hand finished screen print. Slide Show: Lot 71: Goldie ‘Daily Bread’ 2008, Spray paint collage and freehand layered on canvas. Lot 93: Mau Mau ‘Suc Sess’ 2008 Acrylic, spray paint oil, pastel, on 300g water colour paper. Lot 73: Matt Small ‘Peter’ Mixed media on found wood. artzine your guide to everything that’s happening in the art world $test =
  • Impressionists still make an impression on the auction rooms

    Impressionist art has continued to reach record prices in Februaries major auctions at both Christie's and Sotheby's in London. Dans La Prairie, an oil painting by Claude Monet, sold for more than £11m at Christie's Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale. The image of his Monet’s ....
    Impressionist art has continued to reach record prices in Februaries major auctions at both Christie's and Sotheby's in London. Dans La Prairie, an oil painting by Claude Monet, sold for more than £11m at Christie's Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale. The image of his Monet’s Camille, reading in a field of wild flowers was exhibited at the seminal third Impressionist Exhibition in 1877. Edgar Degas The Little Dancer (Petite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans) was sold for a record £13.3m at Sotheby's Impressionist & Modern Art sale in London. Originally made from wax circa 1879-81, the sculpture is the only one to be exhibited during the artist's lifetime. Melanie Clore, co-chairman of impressionist and modern art at Sotheby's Worldwide, said "This is clear evidence that the market continues to respond to quality and rarity."   Giovanna Bertazzoni, Director and Head of Impressionist and Modern Art,Christie’s London said “This evening’s results demonstrate the strength of this long established category of art’. Sotheby's - www.sothebys.com Christie's - www.christies.com Image Credits: Image 1: Lot 19, PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT EUROPEAN COLLECTION, Claude Monet (1840-1926) , Dans la prairie , signed and dated 'Claude Monet 76' (lower right) , oil on canvas , 23 3/4 x 32 1/4 in. (60.3 x 82 cm.) , Painted in 1876 , Estimate on Request (in the region of £15 million) .Sold £11,241,250/$16,164,918/€12,421,581, © CHRISTIE'S IMAGES LTD. 2009  Image 2: LOT 8, PROPERTY OF SIR JOHN MADEJSKI, OBE, DL, EDGAR DEGAS, 1834-1917, PETITE DANSEUSE DE QUATORZE ANS, 9,000,000—12,000,000 GBP, Lot Sold.  Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium:  13,257,250 GBP $test =
  • Shepard Fairey Arrested

    What a busy couple of weeks for artist of the moment Shepard Fairey, one arrest and a copyright dispute over his now world famous image of Barrack Obama. On the 24th January the famous street artist was arrested in Boston for the illegal tagging of private property in two separate locati....
    What a busy couple of weeks for artist of the moment Shepard Fairey, one arrest and a copyright dispute over his now world famous image of Barrack Obama. On the 24th January the famous street artist was arrested in Boston for the illegal tagging of private property in two separate locations, Fairey had been in Boston for two weeks where he had been installing his exhibit at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) and creating outdoor art including a 20-by-50 foot banner on the side of City Hall. Fairey had decided to take a break from hanging the exhibit and hang posters around the town wheat-pasting them to the sides of buildings with a local Boston artist and a small film crew who were documenting it as they went along. All of the crew and both of the artist’s were arrested by the police in an alleyway around midnight and charged with ‘interference and posting unauthorised posters’ This is not the first time that Shepard Fairey has been in trouble with the law, with a career spanning over 20 years he has managed to rack up 14 tagging related arrests and unless threatened with jail time has no plans to give up. To make matters worse his now iconic Obama image has become subject of a copyright dispute with The Associated Press. The image has been sold on hundreds of thousand stickers, posters and T-shirts around the world. “The Associate Press has determined that the photograph used in the poster is an AP photo and that its use requires permission” Fairey argues his use of the AP photo is protected by “fair use” which allows exception to copyright laws based on, among other factors, how much of the original image is used, what the new work is used for and how the original is effected by the work. Whatever the outcome to this dispute it will only continue to promote the art of one of our generation’s greatest street artists. Return to our Brighton section Image Credits: Image 1:Photos: Manuel Bello, Dan Flores, and Kyle Oldoerp. http://www.monoscope.com/2007/09/shepard_fairey_interview.html Slide Show Image 1: http://www.radaronline.com/features/2008/09/shepard_fairey_obama_hope_posters_01.php Images 2 and 3 Shepard Fairey in an Elizabeth Daniels portrait © Elizabeth Daniels Image 2: http://omgposters.com/2009/02/10/shepard-fairey-sues-the-associated-press/ artzine your guide to everything that’s happening in the art world $test =
  • Introducing Brighton's local talent - part two

    To view part one of this artcle, please click here With so much talent on our doors I have needed extra time and column inches to cover everyone in our gallery. This week I will be covering the guys I missed in the last article. There is something in the sea air in Brighton that seems to draw t....
    To view part one of this artcle, please click here With so much talent on our doors I have needed extra time and column inches to cover everyone in our gallery. This week I will be covering the guys I missed in the last article. There is something in the sea air in Brighton that seems to draw the creative spirit out of anyone who breathes it. Brighton seems to have many of the country’s best loved artist working on its shores and many examples of there works can be seen on the walls of there favourite gallery artrepublic. If you are not familiar with Brighton and its artists read on and see what you are missing. Brighton’s answer to Banksy, Hutch has been painting the streets of Brighton for many years now and in this time has built up a massive following of loyal fans. His success in the streets has encouraged him to embrace limited edition prints as an outlet for his creativity. artrepublic have sold hundreds if not thousands of prints by Hutch putting him up there with some of our all time greats. Be sure to check out the new release of ‘Roller Girl’ by Hutch as this is sure to be another great. Jane Sampson is a master printmaker with more than 20 years experience in her chosen field, working both as a fine artist and commercial printer. Since founding Brighton Independent Printmakers (BIP) in 2000 with her friend Ann d’Arcy Hughes she has taught many of artrepublic’s favourite local artists the skills of print making. Jane prints all her own work and has built up a fantastic reputation as one of the best screen printers around. A legend within artrepublic and an illustrator by trade, Graham Carter has produced some of the galleries most sort after prints including ‘Kong’ and ‘Super Hero City’. His following in Brighton is huge and growing by the day. Graham has some of the most loyal fans out there who are always hungry for the latest print. With two solo shows under his belt at the Ink_d gallery and many of the country’s biggest companies banging on his door for work 2009 will be a fantastic year for Graham. Just as at home in the DJ both as he is in the printing studio, Mark Hooley is a man with many talents and is always in demand. Mark has released many of the gallery’s best loved prints including ‘Attack of the Gredio’s and his fantastic take of on one of Brighton’s most famous landmarks ‘Fish Pier’. Return to the Brighton section $test =

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