Monthly Archives: March 2009

  • Prefab77 drop in new prints

    Causing a real stir in artrepublic Brighton this week are the amazing collective from Newcastle Prefab77. Prefab77 have just dropped into the gallery a selection of their hottest prints to date and what a delivery it is. Many of the pieces that the guys dropped down have blown our customers away....
    Causing a real stir in artrepublic Brighton this week are the amazing collective from Newcastle Prefab77. Prefab77 have just dropped into the gallery a selection of their hottest prints to date and what a delivery it is. Many of the pieces that the guys dropped down have blown our customers away with the hand finishing and spray paint on ‘The Intruder’ and the amazing depth of detail on ‘Roller’.   The collective Prefab77 have been one of the street arts scenes most under rated stars and only now are they really getting the credit that they thoroughly deserve.  The guys from up north have been quietly getting on with what they do best which is produce some of the best quality prints you will find from any artist in our gallery.  Prefab77 are also involved in the street art scene in a big way and when I say big I mean BIG.  These guys do nothing by half and there street work reflects this with paste up murals as high as a house. Prefab77 take their inspiration from all sorts of places including the punk movement, British royalty, NME magazine and British patriotism. All these aspects can be seen in the prints that we have in the gallery. Keep an eye on Prefab77 this year as big things are to come for this collective and with the quality of their work continuing to grab new fans, 2009 will be the year that they cement themselves as one of the best teams around.   Return to our Brighton section $test =
  • Miss Bugs and Joe Black launch their first U.S. show '2 Many Artists'

    Miss Bugs and Joe Black launch their first U.S. show ‘2 Many Artists’ on 4th of April at Brooklynite Gallery.  Collaborators Miss Bugs and Joe Black will lead a grim but loving procession through hives of art world iconography. If you cant make it to New York you can see live streaming ....
    Miss Bugs and Joe Black launch their first U.S. show ‘2 Many Artists’ on 4th of April at Brooklynite Gallery.  Collaborators Miss Bugs and Joe Black will lead a grim but loving procession through hives of art world iconography. If you cant make it to New York you can see live streaming coverage of the opening by going to http://www.brooklynitegallery.com/ and click on the live TV button. Or you can read their exclusive interview with Miss Bugs and Joe Black about their work and the exhibition here. Miss Bugs released a new set of limited edition prints on the 26th March ‘The Faceless Art Three’. Each one is a stunning five colour aerosol stencil and two colour screen-print on aluminium sheet. These images will be featured as a triptych in the upcoming show "2 Many Artists" at the Brooklynite gallery. Miss Bugs uses collage and layering silk screens with other found materials to generate stories. He draws inspiration from television, cartoons, news events, celebrities and religion. Continuously exploring these areas in his work; at times taking a dark and humorous approach, mixing religion with pornography or looking at the art world with a sometime cynical eye. Joe Black will be demonstrating his extremely advanced technique of assembling photo-realistic images from found objects such a Lego, badges and ball bearings. His use of specific icons and the way he depicts them highlights a sinister piece of pop culture and the art world that, through infinite generations, will not leave. Show Details : 4th of April - 2nd May 2009  Opening reception 4th April: 19.00 – 22.00 (EST) Brooklynite Gallery 334 MalcolmX Blvd Brooklyn New York 001 347 405 5976 $test =
  • Classic Banksy's Make A Return

    Long since sold out, highly sought after, and looking back went for what now seems like peanuts. ‘Queen Vic’ and ‘Girl With Balloon’, two of Banksy’s early limited edition prints, have made there way back to artrepublic Soho and still look absolutely fantastic. ‘Queen Vic’ the pain....
    Long since sold out, highly sought after, and looking back went for what now seems like peanuts. ‘Queen Vic’ and ‘Girl With Balloon’, two of Banksy’s early limited edition prints, have made there way back to artrepublic Soho and still look absolutely fantastic. ‘Queen Vic’ the painting that proved too rude for the street (they were all very swiftly cleaned off) is one of Banksy’s very first editions and comes up for sale very rarely due to it sheer popularity and age. Released initially as an unsigned screenprint edition of 600 back in 2003, the same year as Banksy’s debut ‘Rude Copper’; it was later revisited when a signed edition of only 50 appeared. The image of Queen Victoria in a lesbian pose is a reference to the myth that Victoria refused to ban lesbianism because she thought such a thing didn’t exist. 'Girl With Balloon' is widely respected as the most popular artwork Banksy has produced. It successfully combines a very sweet, appealing image, with an underlying notion of lost youth. Seen in various guises, sometimes the girl on the right with the balloon on the left, sometimes separated as two unattached pieces, but the classic image is as we see here. 'Girl With Balloon' is available in a bespoke, museum quality frame. 'Queen Vic' is unframed and both are accompanied with full provenance validating them as genuine Banksy artworks.  For all Banksy works currently available click here. If you are interested in Banksy 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 =
  • Shepard Fairey's Obama poster wins the Brit Insurance, Design Award, 2009

    Shepard Fairey’s Obama poster has been chosen as the most innovative and forward thinking design from the past 12 months an beaten a shortlist of 90 other designs to become Brit Insurance Design of the Year 2009. Shepard Fairey said on receiving his award, “I’d like to thank the jury and the....
    Shepard Fairey’s Obama poster has been chosen as the most innovative and forward thinking design from the past 12 months an beaten a shortlist of 90 other designs to become Brit Insurance Design of the Year 2009. Shepard Fairey said on receiving his award, “I’d like to thank the jury and the Brit Insurance Design Awards for presenting me with this award. The Obama Hope poster was created as a grass roots tool for the Obama campaign and I’m very honored to be recognised for its creativity and contribution to graphic design, especially amongst all the other incredible nominations across the various disciplines that made thought provoking, conscious design.” Deyan Sudjic, Director of the Design Museum said: “The Obama poster is a reminder of how extensively the design world impacts our everyday life. The poster has become an international emblem of recent history; I am delighted that it has won this year’s Brit Insurance Design Award and received rightful recognition.” The design was chosen from the seven category winners by a panel of judges including Alan Yentob, Paola Antonelli, Karen Blincoe, Peter Cook, Sarah Mower and Yves Béhar. The panel commented, “If ever there were to be a ‘The Poster of the Year’, the Obama Poster would be it. The US election was a watershed in contemporary history and this poster demonstrates the power of communicating ideas and aspirations from grass-root level. Just as the presidential candidate's campaign speeches recaptured the lost art of oratory, so this poster breathed new life into a form that had lost its purpose. Fairey's poster came not from a marketing campaign, but as a self initiated fund raising campaign. The poster did its job by becoming a collector's item. More than that it’s encapsulated the mood of its time.” The Obama poster was nominated by design expert Patrick Burgoyne for the Graphics category. As a reputable US street artist famed for his propaganda style artwork and fly postering, Fairey created limited edition works to sell and raise awareness for Obama’s 2008 Presidential Campaign. The poster has become a lasting testament of the success of the Obama campaign, as well as an iconic symbol of history. Patrick Burgoyne said, “It seems sure to be one of the defining images of the US Presidential campaign [as well as] an example of how designers can get involved in political campaigns in a meaningful way – sales of his poster have raised over $400,000.” The Obama poster, along with the rest of the shortlist, is currently on show at the Design Museum. Brit Insurance Designs of the Year exhibition runs until 14 June at the Design Museum, www.designmuseum.org The other category winners were; Architecture: New Oslo Opera House, NorwaySnøhetta Client: Ministry of Church and Cultural Affairs Fashion: Italian Vogue: A Black Issue, July 2008, Vogue Italia, published by Condé Nast Furniture: MYTO Chair, Italy, Designed by Konstantin Grcic, Commissioned by BASF, Manufactured by Plank Interactive: Make Magazine, USA, Published by O’Reilly Product: Magno Wooden Radio, Indonesia, Concept and design by Singgih S Kartono, Manufactured by locals in Java Transport: Line-J Medellin Metro Cable, Colombia, Designed and Manufactured by Poma, France, Client: Metro de Medellin Ltda. $test =
  • We Like Static

    Fresh from their recent studio relocation to west London, those scamp-like design boys who call themselves Static have paid us a visit and thankfully, and more importantly, bought some brand new artwork with them. They have continued in their rich vein of political commentary, but unlike artists....
    Fresh from their recent studio relocation to west London, those scamp-like design boys who call themselves Static have paid us a visit and thankfully, and more importantly, bought some brand new artwork with them. They have continued in their rich vein of political commentary, but unlike artists such as Banksy whose artwork imagery suggests and hints toward a social or political message, Static’s pieces feature actual scenes in history that refer to key moments. With work touching on the Cuban missile crisis, the Paris riots as well as the conflict in Northern Ireland their images portray a scene not always as we remember. Their latest limited edition ‘Mexican Stand-Off’ features a scene from the political summit discussing the Cuban missile crisis. Apparently this meeting was described in the news at the time as being like a Mexican stand-off. Thus a superb 13 colour screen print with 4 layers of varnish was born.  Static’s second recent release is ‘Circus 4 Oil’. The original of this print has been and gone from our London gallery walls leaving this truly amazing 20 layer screen print with two extra spray paint layers in its wake. Static’s prints are of such quality it puts much of the competition to shame, these are definitely seen to be believed. ‘Going Once’ again features an old black and white image that has been ‘enhanced’, however this piece is less political and more of a comment toward the nature of today’s urban art market where it seems that as soon as something is sprayed onto a wall it is for sale and someone is bidding for it. If you are interested in Static 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 =
  • Mr Brainwash lands at artrepublic Brighton

    Last Friday saw Mr Brainwash, the much sort after French pop artist deliver the latest batch of work to artrepublic Brighton and what a delivery it was. Here is a selection of pieces still available in Brighton Gallery Fourteen of his highly....
    Last Friday saw Mr Brainwash, the much sort after French pop artist deliver the latest batch of work to artrepublic Brighton and what a delivery it was. Here is a selection of pieces still available in Brighton Gallery Fourteen of his highly sort after originals and small limited edition pieces were sent direct from his Los Angeles studio to our Brighton Gallery. The long awaited arrival of these unique prints and one off originals has caused quite a stir with the Brighton public and artrepublic collectors. Now a week on and over half of the latest works sold it seems Mr Brainwash has found his way firmly into the hearts of all our collectors. These pieces have already sold Mr Brainwash’s use of iconic imagery, bold colour and brilliant splashes of paint has seen him draw more attention this week than two of the galleries most establish artists Banksy and Peter Blake. Since Mr Brainwash sent over his first set of work to us at the end of 2008 for our Saints and Sinners show at St Martins lane London it has been a very busy time for him in our galleries. We have seen many sell out prints come and go and even more originals pass through the doors. Mr Brainwash is definitely an artist that you should all keep an eye on, no one has sold this volume of work this quickly since Banksy. We still have a very small amount of his amazing limited edition prints and originals available but with the way this week has been they won’t be hanging around long. To see more of Mr Brainwashes work click here Return to Brighton Gallery artzine your guide to everything that’s happening in the art world $test =
  • New AME 72 Pieces Hit The Spot

    AME 72, the only British street artist residing in Israel, has returned to our London gallery after some months with three brand new artworks. Fully refreshed after his urban art auction success, these latest pieces show that quality is number one on his agenda. ....
    AME 72, the only British street artist residing in Israel, has returned to our London gallery after some months with three brand new artworks. Fully refreshed after his urban art auction success, these latest pieces show that quality is number one on his agenda. ‘That’s All Folks’ is a continuation of a recent theme in street art of debasing the classic cartoon character. Here Bugs Bunny, no stranger to this sort of treatment in art, has graffitied the famous Warner Bros. cartoons end slogan of which the piece is titled. Executed in spray paint and acrylic this piece is a one-off and is one of the best examples of stencilling we’ve seen. It is signed and dated on the reverse and is framed in a simple black frame. ‘Tough Love’ and ‘CND’ are both the latest in AME 72’s bullet series where he constructs internationally recognised symbols like that of the CND logo and the dollar sign out of the used bullet shells from an M16 assault rifle. The bullets are collected and attached with screws inside the custom built wooden box that encases the piece. They are very low editions Tough Love is an edition of 5 and CND an edition of 3. All are signed on the reverse of the piece. AME 72 has been active in the street art scene since 1985. Over the last 24 years he has created pieces worldwide, but is best known for his use of Lego men in his stencils which has earned him the nickname ‘the Lego guy’. He has created works in various countries around the globe such as the UK, USA, Spain, Thailand, Israel, Egypt, Bulgaria, Switzerland and Australia. He prefers spray paint but has been known to create works from sand, snow, plastic and of course bullets. If you are interested in AME 72 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 =
  • Banksy's Back With Two New Street Pieces

    He is perhaps the most famous person we know without ever having seen his face. Banksy, the world’s most famous guerrilla artist, has returned with two classic pieces after a brief hiatus.  The two new street pieces were spotted in ....
    He is perhaps the most famous person we know without ever having seen his face. Banksy, the world’s most famous guerrilla artist, has returned with two classic pieces after a brief hiatus.  The two new street pieces were spotted in London, one in Gillett Square Hackney, with the other spotted on the A1 in North London. ‘Ghetto Boy’, as it is now being referred, is the first work attributed to Banksy since October last year and follows previous high profile works 'One Nation Under CCTV' and ‘Kids Pledging Their Allegiance to Tesco’. This latest creation shows a child dressed in urban clothing, carrying a boombox and a teddy bear whilst wearing a gold chain with a gun hanging from it. This social commentary appears to highlight the gang culture in London and its links to hip-hop which is packaged up and sold to children and teenagers as pop music. The second street piece, ‘Last Graffiti Before Motorway’ is located not far from his previous Tesco stencil on the Essex Road and appears less obvious in its comment. Perhaps this was done purely as he was leaving town or perhaps it really is the last piece of graffiti before the motorway. As ever with Banksy all we have to go by is an air of mystery. All of a sudden there is something fantastically amusing and clever to look in a space where none of us would consider looking in the first place. Both the new Banksy pieces, as with all of his street work, have the distinct hallmarks that make a piece a Banksy: irreverent comments towards society and politics combined with superb placement often relating to the piece in question via a road name. It is this aspect which you could argue defines Banksy’s work as art and not simply vandalism as some people see it. If you are interested Banksy, 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 =
  • Cauty vs Hirst

    The group of artists known as Red Rag to a Bull which includes artrepublic legends James Cauty and Jamie Reid have come to the rescue of Leytonstone based graffiti artist Cartrain. 17 year old stencil artist Cartrain had been threatened with legal action over the unauthorised use of Brit Art pione....
    The group of artists known as Red Rag to a Bull which includes artrepublic legends James Cauty and Jamie Reid have come to the rescue of Leytonstone based graffiti artist Cartrain. 17 year old stencil artist Cartrain had been threatened with legal action over the unauthorised use of Brit Art pioneer Damien Hirst’s iconic ‘For the Love of God’ image. Cartrain who had taken Mr Hirst’s diamond encrusted skull image and incorporated it into a series of graffiti collages settled out of court for £200. This is where James Cauty and Jamie Reid stepped in and produced two very limited edition parody prints of Damien Hirst’s art, to raise money for Cartrain. The Red Rag to a Bull, website was created to sell the prints and was inundated with requests. The prints sold out in two days and raised enough money for the collective of artists to compensate Cartrain the £200 he had paid Mr Hirst. James Cauty who was at the forefront of the campaign had this to say “What Cartrain was doing is something all artist have done” “He fancied using a bit of Damien Hirst’s work but added to it himself. If it was a case of simply bootlegging Mr Hirst’s work then it would be different” Cartrain who styles himself on Banksy said “James Cauty inspired me to become an artist along with Banksy – I am amazed he would want to help me out” Red Rag to a Bull stated that the creation of the website and the sale of the work were not intended as a crusade against Mr Hirst but were intended as a “creative exercise” to mock the “over bearing thoughtless approach to copyright control”.     Find out more about Red Rag to a Bull by clicking here  Return to our Brighton section $test =
  • Jamie Reid Limited Editions Stop

    Jamie Reid, the man who cut-and-pasted 1960’s imagery into the Punk movement of the late 70’s, the man responsible for the Sex Pistols legendary ‘Never Mind the Bollocks’ artwork and the man that put the safety pin through Her Majesty’s lower lip has ceased printing his limited editions....
    Jamie Reid, the man who cut-and-pasted 1960’s imagery into the Punk movement of the late 70’s, the man responsible for the Sex Pistols legendary ‘Never Mind the Bollocks’ artwork and the man that put the safety pin through Her Majesty’s lower lip has ceased printing his limited editions until further notice. This dramatic step could mean Reid prints are no more or it could just be a well executed publicity stunt, either way the collectable just got even more so. In our London gallery we have available a great selection of Reid’s limited editions but two of the most notable are his signed ‘Swastika Eyes’ and long-time sold out print ‘Peace is Tough’. ‘Swastika Eyes’ features the original design Reid did when he took the Cecil Beaton portrait of the Queen, tore out her eyes and mouth, put a safety pin through her lips and stuck swastikas in her eyes. This design was first submitted to A&M for the cover of the Sex Pistol’s God Save the Queen 7 and was subsequently banned leading, eventually, to it being revised. One thing remained and that was the cemented belief that Reid was the forerunner of anarchistic, situationist art. ‘Swastika Eyes’ forms an edition of 750, is signed by Reid in pencil and is printed on recycled card. ‘Peace is Tough’ is another of Reid’s most memorable images. The enhanced photograph of John Wayne sporting red lipstick whilst resting on the side of a bath was initially produced as the cover of a 1994 book on punk music history by author Greil Marcus. The lipstick’s prominence in the piece was apparently the artist's reference to another of Greil's books – ‘Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the Twentieth Century’. The image and more importantly the title ‘Peace is Tough’ went on to become the image and name for his global retrospective tours that began in 1997. Peace is Tough is a limited edition of 100 and is signed and numbered by Reid in black pen.  Reid’s work has always involved a fusion of the political, the spiritual, and a culture in distress, very often blurring the boundaries between art, design and critical response. His work can be seen, not just as pieces of design, but as part of an assault on culture. When Reid’s designs emerged it was possibly the last time that art was truly shocking to the establishment whilst having a genuine radical effect on a whole generation including that now pioneered by Banksy.  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 =

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