Monthly Archives: April 2009

  • Mr Brainwash Hysteria

    Only Mr Brainwash can cause the kind of hysteria that we have witnessed in the gallery this week with the arrival of his latest collection of original pieces from L.A. Its hard to explain just what an impact Mr Brainwash new collection has had on artrepublics collectors, the reaction to his wo....
    Only Mr Brainwash can cause the kind of hysteria that we have witnessed in the gallery this week with the arrival of his latest collection of original pieces from L.A. Its hard to explain just what an impact Mr Brainwash new collection has had on artrepublics collectors, the reaction to his work has been like nothing we have experienced before including releases by Banksy and Sir Peter Blake. Sold out pieces Mr Brainwash’s new collection of hand painted unique prints has seen him take major celebrities from all over the work and blend them in his own unique way with Andy Warhol’s most famous of images Marilyn Monroe. Each of his chosen celebrities has Marilyn Monroe’s classic hair and each carries her beauty spot along with a splash of shocking colour as only Mr Brainwash can do. Four weeks ago when we received the first delivery of originals from sunny L.A. we were taken completely by surprise with what would turn out to be some of the most sort after work the gallery has seen. Fast Forward four weeks and with the first batch sold out we were prepared for more of the same but once again Mr Brainwash fans went crazy and ten of the new collection flew out of the door in the first three days leaving us with very little on our walls. For available Mr Brainwash prints and originals click here Mr Brainwash is use to this kind of demand for his work with his last solo show in L.A. seeing more than 7000 people queue up all day for the chance to own a piece of this master pop artist. Anyone wanting to grab a piece of one of the hottest artist around should call the Brighton gallery on +44 (0)1273 724829 and get themselves added to the ever expanding Mr Brainwash waiting list. We hope the wait for the next delivery won’t be to long and are hoping to have some new work back in the gallery by the end of May 09. Mr Brainwash is already a huge star out in L.A. and is sure to follow in the same foot steps as Banksy and become a house hold name over here as well.  If you have not seen it already check out this amazing Mr Brainwash interview filmed on location at his LA studio Return to our Brighton section $test =
  • Modern Art

    Modern Art or Modernism is the loose term given to the succession of styles and movements in art and architecture which dominated Western culture from 19th Century up until the 1960’s. Movements associated with Modern art include Impressionism, Cubism, Bauhaus, Surrealism, Futurism, Pop Art and O....
    Modern Art or Modernism is the loose term given to the succession of styles and movements in art and architecture which dominated Western culture from 19th Century up until the 1960’s. Movements associated with Modern art include Impressionism, Cubism, Bauhaus, Surrealism, Futurism, Pop Art and Op Art. Modern Art rejects the past as a model for the art of the present and is characterised by constant innovation. Modern Art grew out of the Impressionist's rejection of the 'imitation of life' school of art. Their emphasis on the act of painting, on the paint itself, can be seen in the Expressionist and Cubist art of the turn-of-the-century.  Modern art was also often driven by various social and political agendas. These were often utopian, and modernism was in general associated with ideal visions of human life and society and a belief in progress. From the 1970’s artists and movements began to react against Modernism and post-modernism was formed. View all Modern Art Prints $test =
  • Street art comes to the Royal Albert Hall

    For the first time ever the Royal Albert Hall is teaming up with graffiti artists to turn the walls of the historic venue’s loading bay, which is three floors underground, into a gallery of graffiti and street artwork to be titled LOAD. Not only that but it has prompted us to think of the best ....
    For the first time ever the Royal Albert Hall is teaming up with graffiti artists to turn the walls of the historic venue’s loading bay, which is three floors underground, into a gallery of graffiti and street artwork to be titled LOAD. Not only that but it has prompted us to think of the best music-related artists we know. The notion of the event is to depict the life story of the Royal Albert Hall's 138 year history. LOAD will take a graphical journey through some of the most memorable moments in the Hall's existence by displaying 10ft high murals across a 1,125 square metre space featuring the most iconic musicians to have graced the Hall's legendary stage. Names such as Jimi Hendrix, Pavarotti, Eric Clapton, The Killers and Frank Sinatra are all being immortalised as street art works.  This all got us thinking about the intrinsic relationship between art and music and that so much of urban and pop art, old or new, features the glamorous side of music and its entertainers. Within artrepublic alone there are numerous artists who have either created music-based works, artwork for singles or albums or even at some point actually been musicians. The two are quite inseparable, no doubt due to the fact that albums and singles have always needed artwork. The stand alone artists for us have to be Sir Peter Blake, quite simply for his cover of The Beetles’ ‘Sergeant Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band’, Goldie who as well as being a graffiti artist, with many a high profile show under his belt, is better known as a DJ and producer and also Jamie Hewlett for inventing and then bringing to life the world’s first digital band The Gorillaz. If you are interested in any of the artists discussed 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 =
  • Ben Eines World Record Attempt

    Master graffiti artist Ben Eine is currently taking on a challenge that would be beyond most normal printers as he tries to break the world record for the most silk screened colours pulled by hand over an edition of 150 prints.  Bens has set his sights on producing his massively p....
    Master graffiti artist Ben Eine is currently taking on a challenge that would be beyond most normal printers as he tries to break the world record for the most silk screened colours pulled by hand over an edition of 150 prints.  Bens has set his sights on producing his massively popular Alphabet series print with his shutter font which will consist of 77 individually pulled colours creating what will be the most complex print in that edition size ever. Many of you who visit East London on a regular basis will be familiar with the giant letters and words that adorn the walls and shop shutters of many businesses, what you may not be quite so familiar with is that all this work is created by one of the hardest working and most prolific street artist working today called Ben Eine. Ben Eine is not just a master graffiti artist he is also the man behind the printing of some of the most iconic works to come out of the Pictures on Walls gallery over the last five years. Bens screen printing skills have helped produce some of street arts most sort after prints from arguably the greatest street artist on the planet including Banksy, Faile and his own work. Ben’s screen printing skills along with a growing popularity for his work has seen him produce many of his own sell out prints over the years featuring the fonts that he has used on the streets. We currently have a selection of very rare and sold out pieces by Ben Eine click here to view. Please Call our Brighton gallery on +44 (0)1273 724829 for more information or to purchase any of these prints. Return to our Brighton section $test =
  • Anish Kapoor leads the 2009 Brighton Festival with new ideas and new work.

    Internationally celebrated Turner Prize winning artist Anish Kapoor is Guest Artistic Director for the 43rd Brighton Festival. Anish Kapoor’s much admired C-Curve, Sky Mirror, Blood Relations created with Salman Rushdie, and 1000 Names, will be brought to Brighton and serve as starting points fo....
    Internationally celebrated Turner Prize winning artist Anish Kapoor is Guest Artistic Director for the 43rd Brighton Festival. Anish Kapoor’s much admired C-Curve, Sky Mirror, Blood Relations created with Salman Rushdie, and 1000 Names, will be brought to Brighton and serve as starting points for the whole programme. His vision and ideas have influenced the mixed arts programme and drawn it together in some previously unexplored ways, expanding the Festival’s horizons to include his own sculptural work alongside the other artforms.  During Brighton Festival 2-24 May 2009 works by Anish Kapoor will appear at various sites across Brighton; Blood Relations and 1000 Names 1979-80 at Fabrica Gallery Dismemberment of Jeanne D'Arc at The Old Municipal Market, Circus St. Sky Mirror at the Pavilion Gardens. C-Curve at the Chattri, South Downs near Patcham. Imagined Monochrome (Massage) at The Basement Brighton Festival has a strong reputation as a leading commissioning and producing arts festival and Kapoor will create two major new commissions: Dismemberment of Jeanne D’Arc inspired by the French martyr, transforming Brighton’s Old Municipal Market, this work also becomes the setting for performances of the Rossini cantata Giovanna D’Arco (orchestrated by Sciarrino) sung by Anna Grevelius. Imagined Monochrome (Massage) is an intimate experiential piece exploring perception of colour, in Brighton’s underground venue, The Basement. Participants, one at a time, receive a head and shoulder massage in a specially created space and share their resulting experience of monochromatic colour. The 43rd Brighton Festival runs from Saturday 2 – Sunday 24 May 2009 for more information visit their website: www.brightonfestival.org. Image Credits: Anish Kapoor, Sky Mirror 2006 Stainless Steel Organised by Public Art Fund Installed Rockefeller Centre New York 19 Sep to 27 Oct 2006 Courtesy Public Art Fund Credit Seong Kwon Photography  Anish Kappoor Blood Stick 2008 Resin and Pigment 140x1020x134 cm Courtesy the artist and Barbara Gladstone Gallery Credit Dave Morgan  Anish Kapoor, C- Curve, 2007, Stainless steel 2.2 x 7.7 x 3m Installation: Louvre, Paris, 2007 Courtesy Louvre Credit Philippe Chancel Paris $test =
  • Presenting artrepublic Soho's Best…Paintings

    After last week’s presentation of the best stencil artwork to feature on the walls of our London gallery, we thought we’d stick with a similar vein but turn it on its head somewhat and present the best painted artworks available. As well as the wealth of talented street and urban artists p....
    After last week’s presentation of the best stencil artwork to feature on the walls of our London gallery, we thought we’d stick with a similar vein but turn it on its head somewhat and present the best painted artworks available. As well as the wealth of talented street and urban artists producing cutting edge works, artrepublic Soho is perfectly balanced displaying contemporary artworks produced with the brush as opposed to the spraycan. Our philosophy is if it looks great then why not. Zachary Walsh, a graduate with a masters in fine art from The Royal College of Art sets the precedent for the fact that his paintings demonstrate outstanding qualities of draftsmanship. His portraits stem from a sincere optimism about the value of beauty in painting, tinged by a sensibility for contemporary realities. Embedding fluid figure painting into abstract colour grounds, he creates portraits that are romantic, harmonic and self-consciously 21st century set in impersonal moodscapes built from the ebb and flow of brushwork and colour washes. Rhythmic yet disjointed, beautiful in defiance, Zachary’s paintings strike a quite unique balance of tension and calm. Charming Baker studied his craft at Central St Martins. His work combines a number of complex processes into a deceptively simple whole. This simplicity is not the product of naivety or simplistic thinking but rather the paring down of elements that come from experience and wisdom, as well as a playful instinct to entertain us. The end results can seem ‘charming’, even elegant and playful, but because a sharp message is invariably the driving force behind the works, they always have a significant sting in their tail. A wide audience is now appreciating his art with collectors from both the fine art and the urban art worlds buying up his work. Gosia Kosiec is an extraordinary painting talent to emerge from Poland. She graduated with her masters in fine art from the Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz, Poland, in 1997 and has been exhibiting ever since. Her work has been featured in several exhibitions throughout Poland, across Europe and in the US most notably Saints and Sinners, London, Sotheby’s in Amsterdam, the Lodz Central Museum, and the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts in New York. If you are interested in any of the artists discussed 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 is back

    What a month it has been for the LA based French pop artist Mr Brainwash. Not since Banksy have we seen demand for prints and originals this high we have literally had to turn people away and make them wait for the next delivery. Well that next delivery has finally arrived and you Mr Brainwash f....
    What a month it has been for the LA based French pop artist Mr Brainwash. Not since Banksy have we seen demand for prints and originals this high we have literally had to turn people away and make them wait for the next delivery. Well that next delivery has finally arrived and you Mr Brainwash fans will not be disappointed. Mr Brainwash has come back and produced some of his most stunning hand finished prints to date, people who were lucky enough to get into the gallery and view the fantastic Andy Warhol style portraits he did of Damien Hirst, Kanye West and Angelina Jolie will know exactly what to expect from the this new batch. No celebrity (or royal family member) is safe from the Mr Brainwash treatment and this time sees the biggest of all celebrities the Queen get her hair and make up done by the pop art genius. Other legends to go under the paintbrush include the King Elvis Presley, The Greatest Muhammad Ali, Pop queen Madonna and the music legend Keith Richards. All of these pieces have been inspired by the greatest pop artist of them all Andy Warhol. The collection of prints would not be complete if Mr Brainwash did not pay tribute to the great by producing a hand finished version of Andy Warhol in his classic Marilyn Monroe style.  Along with these fantastic Warhol style portraits Mr Brainwash has managed to find the time to produce a selection of other heavily hand finished of one off originals for us including a stunning John Lennon piece on paper and a Bob Dylan. The last time we received work from Mr Brainwash we nearly sold out in the first weekend and with a list as long as my arm of people waiting for these  you will have to be quick if you fancy a piece of the hottest artist around. Please call our Brighton gallery on +44 (0)1273 724829 for more information or to purchase any of these prints. Return to our Brighton section $test =
  • Presenting artrepublic Soho's Best…Stencil Artwork

    Located slap-bang in the centre of arguably the best and most diverse city in the world for art, culture and creativity, it is no wonder that our London gallery has such a wealth of talent on its walls. Presented are the best technical stencil artists to make it through the door. ....
    Located slap-bang in the centre of arguably the best and most diverse city in the world for art, culture and creativity, it is no wonder that our London gallery has such a wealth of talent on its walls. Presented are the best technical stencil artists to make it through the door. With Banksy still shinning such a large torch for British street art around the world, and with London the focus of most of the attention, it is sometimes hard to see past the man who is quite frankly an international cult art superstar and see the other amazing talent that is available on the streets of London. C215 is one artist who has quickly established himself as a leader of innovative street art and executor of technical and challenging stencils since his explosion into the mainstream street art world a few years back. Every single one of his original stencil works is fashioned by hand and sprayed by hand. To see it being produced is just incredible and knowing it has all been done without the aide of computers makes the finished product that little bit sweeter. Many of C215’s works are produced on found materials and old Europeans newspapers. With his street work spread out all over London rather than being confined to the traditional East End you are certain to see his know famous C215 box tag around (just a case of looking). Adam 5100, similar to C215 with respect to his subject matter adopting are more fine art aesthetic than is usually associated with street art - which tends to be linked with current social and political affairs. His stencil works take on a satirical look, challenging the concepts of modernity. Within his work he uses spaces and light as a language, describing forgotten places to evoke their story and context within present day. Adam 5100 is from America and is a graduate of the California College of Arts and Crafts where his graphics past fits perfectly with the street art that is predominately seen in London. Ben Eine’s work is about as London as you are likely to get – very graphic and lends itself inexorably to the stencil medium. His work, which is centred solely on typography, epitomises that look of art which appears easy to do but in actual fact is damn hard to get right. His letters are of technical genius from a typographical perspective which makes them look and fit their surrounding so perfectly. Situated in a city where you just have to open your eyes to see advertising and subversive messaging, Eine’s graffiti plays against that superbly, serving up bold statements which cut through all the hidden meanings. For more graffiti works currently available click here. If you are interested in any of the artists discussed 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 =
  • Peter Blake at the 2009 Brighton Fringe, presented by artrepublic

    Sir Peter Blake, the pioneer of British pop art, unveils his breathtaking new ‘Art Bus’ and provides an EXCLUSIVE preview of his new book ‘One Man Show’ when artrepublic brings him to Brighton on 9th May as part of the Festival Fringe. The spectacular ‘Art Bus’ will be situated at Ne....
    Sir Peter Blake, the pioneer of British pop art, unveils his breathtaking new ‘Art Bus’ and provides an EXCLUSIVE preview of his new book ‘One Man Show’ when artrepublic brings him to Brighton on 9th May as part of the Festival Fringe. The spectacular ‘Art Bus’ will be situated at New Road in the heart of Brighton (opposite the Theatre Royal) on Saturday 2nd May (as part of the Festival’s Fringe City launch weekend) and on Saturday 9th May, when Sir Peter Blake will be with the bus for an exclusive preview of his new book ‘One Man Show’. The ‘Art Bus’ is a unique mobile art education facility fitted out with luxurious seating, plasma screens, balcony and includes many of Sir Peter Blake’s finest prints. The ‘Art Bus’ was conceived by Peter Blake, CCA Galleries & artrepublic. The bus will tour the UK, visiting schools and colleges, providing the opportunity to attend free workshops, where students can learn printmaking and have a go themselves. During Sir Peter Blake’s visit on the 9th May, there will be the very first opportunity to preview copies of his new book ‘One Man Show’.  It will also be possible to order a copy prior to its release on 27th May. If you can make it to Brighton on either Saturday 2nd or 9th May, we look forward to giving you a warm welcome from everyone on the ‘Art Bus’. To view the stunning interior of the ‘Art Bus’ you’ll need an artrepublic ‘Bus Pass’ which will be valid for a specific time on 9th May. Passes will be collected and times allocated on the day at the artrepublic gallery in Bond Street, Brighton.  Please note: All spaces to view the interior of the 'Art Bus' on the 9th May have now been allocated. Space is limited onboard and we have tried to accommodate as many people as possible. However the stunning exterior is still well worth coming to see. Those who have reserved space to view the interior, we cannot guarantee access to the 'Art Bus' until you receive your 'Bus Pass' on the day. If you would like to find out more about bringing the ‘Art Bus’ to your school or college, please contact Claire Clinton, CCA Art Bus Coordinator on 01252 797200. To find more visual arts events in the 2009 Brighton Festival Fringe click here $test =
  • Another of Banksy's street masterpieces is defaced.

    Banksy is no stranger to seeing his work vandalised having over the years witnessed many of his pieces either completely ruined or cut out of the walls they were placed and sold off to the highest bidder. The most recent piece to be defaced is the ‘Mild, Mild West’ located in Bristol. This pie....
    Banksy is no stranger to seeing his work vandalised having over the years witnessed many of his pieces either completely ruined or cut out of the walls they were placed and sold off to the highest bidder. The most recent piece to be defaced is the ‘Mild, Mild West’ located in Bristol. This piece was recently voted Bristol’s favourite alternative landmark and had been ear marked to be protected against future developments in the area.  A group calling themselves ‘Appropriate Media’ have taken responsibility for the vandalism and have released a statement saying. ‘People only care because it’s a Banksy’ London had seen the brunt of these attacks with both of his most recent murals being vandalised. Other artists to attack Banksy’s work includes street taggers Tox, Cut and 10 foot and the legendary vigilante from New Orleans Gray Ghost.  Gray Ghost is a very well know activist against graffiti in New Orleans and has been painting over graffiti with the same shade of grey paint since 1997. Banksy on a visit to New Orleans last year made a very clear statement of how he feels about people painting over his work by aiming many of the street pieces he created out there at Gray Ghost, mocking him in the process.  The natural evolution of a street piece means that they will not last forever but that is part and parcel of them being put up in the first place. They are not going to be permanent but will change over time. Let’s hope that this recent attack on one of Banksy’s most famous pieces in his own city will see him come back out of hiding and produce something that will show his haters exactly why he is regarded as the best in the business. Return to our Brighton section Image Credits: Slide Show 1:  www.bbc.co.uk Slide Show 2:   www.wildstylers.com Image 3:  http://blog.nola.com/jamesgill/ $test =

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