Monthly Archives: May 2009

  • Turner Prize 2009 shortlist announced

    The four artists who have been shortlisted for the Turner Prize 2009 are; Enrico David, Roger Hiorns, Lucy Skaer and Richard Wright.  Enrico David Enrico David has been nominated for his solo exhibitions How Do You Love Dzzzzt By Mammy? at the Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel, and Bulbous M....
    The four artists who have been shortlisted for the Turner Prize 2009 are; Enrico David, Roger Hiorns, Lucy Skaer and Richard Wright.  Enrico David Enrico David has been nominated for his solo exhibitions How Do You Love Dzzzzt By Mammy? at the Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel, and Bulbous Marauder at the Seattle Art Museum. Enrico David is a contemporary surrealist who creates rich and profoundly original painting, drawing and sculpture which are disconcerting, confrontational and beautiful.  Roger Hiorns For his solo exhibitions Seizure, Artangel commission, Harper Road, London and at Corvi Mora, London. Hiorns creates arresting sculpture and installation combining unusual materials. His exploration of chemical processes took spectacular effect in Seizure, in which a derelict flat in South London was transformed into a magical cave of blue crystals.  Lucy Skaer For her solo exhibition at the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh and A Boat Used as a Vessel at the Kunsthalle Basel. Skaer makes drawings, sculptures and films which often take found photographic sources as their starting point. Rooted in reality, yet subjected to a process of elaborate transformation, Skaer's images hover in the space between recognition and ambiguity, figuration and abstraction.   Richard Wright For the work he exhibited in the 55th Carnegie International, Pittsburgh and his exhibition at the Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh. Wright creates subtle and exquisite wall paintings that respond directly to the architecture in which they are created. Often awkwardly placed in discreet locations, they combine graphic imagery and intricate patterning from sources as varied as Medieval painting, graphics and typography.  The Turner Prize award is £40,000 with £25,000 going to the winner and £5,000 each for the other shortlisted artists. The Prize, established in 1984, is awarded to a British artist under fifty for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the twelve months preceding 21 April 2009. It is intended to promote public discussion of new developments in contemporary British art and is widely recognised as one of the most important and prestigious awards for the visual arts in Europe.  Work by the shortlisted artists will be shown in an exhibition at Tate Britain opening on 7 October 2009. The winner will be announced at Tate Britain on 7 December 2009 during a live broadcast by Channel 4.  The members of the Turner Prize 2009 jury are: Charles Esche, Director Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven Mariella Frostrup, writer and broadcaster Jonathan Jones, art critic, The Guardian Dr Andrea Schlieker, Director Folkestone Triennial, and curato Stephen Deuchar, Director, Tate Britain and Chair of the Jury Image Credits: Image 1: Enrico David, Bulbous Marauder 2008, Gouache on paper, 116 x 83 cm, Courtesy Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Köln/Berlin Enrico David, How Do You Love Dzzzzt by Mammy?, Installation view Museum für, Gegenwartskunst Basel, 2009, Courtesy Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Köln/Berlin Image 2 (Slide Show): Roger Hiorns, Seizure 2008, A Jerwood/Artangel Commission, Harper Road, London, Courtesy Corvi-Mora, London Roger Hiorns, Vauxhall 2003, Steel, fire, Installation at Tate Britain, London 2003, Photo credit: Tate Photography, David Lambert/Rod Tidman, Copyright the artist and Tate, Image courtesy Corvi-Mora, London Image 3 (Slide Show): Lucy Skaer, Black Alphabet 2008, 26 dust coal sculptures, Each 11.5 x 136 cm, Originally commissioned by Chisenhale Gallery, 2008, Courtesy of the artist and doggerfisher, Edinburgh, Photography credit: Serge Hasenböhler Lucy Skaer, Solid Ground – Liquid to Solid in 85 years 2006, Coloured plaster - 10 parts Approx 1.5 m x 1.5 m x 80 cm, Courtesy of the artist and doggerfisher, Edinburgh, Photography credit: Serge Hasenböhler Image 4 (Slide Show): Richard Wright, Untitled 2005, Gouache and enamel on paper, 74 x 100 cm, Courtesy of Gagosian Gallery, London/New York, The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow, and BQ, Berlin Richard Wright, No Title 2007, Gold leaf on window, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, Courtesy of Gagosian Gallery, London/New York, The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow, and BQ, Berlin $test =
  • Peter Blake at High Road House

    artrepublic have hosted some pretty special events over the past six months, some big, some more intimate, but it was last Wednesday the 20th May that stands a head above for sheer enjoyment as the awe-inspiring Pop Art master and self-proclaimed ‘Chiswick eccentric’ Peter Blake wowed guests ....
    artrepublic have hosted some pretty special events over the past six months, some big, some more intimate, but it was last Wednesday the 20th May that stands a head above for sheer enjoyment as the awe-inspiring Pop Art master and self-proclaimed ‘Chiswick eccentric’ Peter Blake wowed guests with a personal talk over dinner. The event at High Road House (the Chiswick based members club owned by the Soho House group) marked the London leg of his touring double-decker Art Bus. As with the Brighton event, the weather could not have been more perfect as the bus rolled down the high street turning heads and enticing crowds.  The bus, which will tour the UK as an educational art centre, is adorned from wheel arch to roof with original artwork by Sir Peter Blake also features a fully fitted gallery and balcony on the top deck and a luxurious seating area and bar with state-of-the-art plasma screens on the lower deck. To see the Guardian Newspaper's film about the bus click here. Those lucky enough to have tickets to the exclusive event were treated to the personal talk by Peter where he discussed a variety of subjects from his glittering history working with the bands on the many album covers he has created like Sgt Peppers, to his home of Chiswick and his relationship with it and even about the tricky subject of copyright avoidance in his work. As well as the talk, Blake’s appearance with the bus saw the release of the new limited edition version of his brand new book ‘One Man Show’ which, in addition to a special signed copy of the book, also includes a stunning signed and numbered limited edition silkscreen entitled ‘Roxy 2’.  As the event drew to a close in the early hours I asked Blake whether, after all the interviews and press events and talks he has done over the years, he still gets nervous before speaking in public, to which he modestly replied that he does every time. An absolute gentleman and complete artist in our eyes. 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 =
  • The Beautiful and the Canned rocks Brighton

    Brighton Youth Centre played host to a fantastic graffiti event over the weekend as part of the Brighton Festival Fringe which brought together a selection of the countries hottest street artists. The Beautiful and the Canned organised by Wet Paint was billed as a graffiti event show casing street....
    Brighton Youth Centre played host to a fantastic graffiti event over the weekend as part of the Brighton Festival Fringe which brought together a selection of the countries hottest street artists. The Beautiful and the Canned organised by Wet Paint was billed as a graffiti event show casing street art and featuring some of the finest talent around and boy did they deliver. Artists taking part included; SNUB MISHFIT, REQ, ASBOLUV, DAN KITCHNER, GRAFTER , FUNKY RED DOG, THE PILOT. Brighton has a fantastic wealth of artistic talent on its door step and all of the usual suspects were in attendance. artrepublic favourites such as Hutch, Pure Evil, Imbue, Pinky, Mark Hooley, K-Guy and many more took their paints and stencils to the Brighton Youth Centre to give it a make over like it had never seen. Hutch had this to say about the event “The event was amazing and brought together a fantastic selection of like minded people making the whole weekend one of the best event’s I have ever been involved in” The guys were give free range to decorate the gym with free hand murals and stencils leaving no surface untouched including the basket ball backboards and the lockers. Nothing was left paint free by the end of the weekend including a Suzuki Swift brought along to the event to receive a custom paint job courtesy of the attending artists. The Suzuki Swift in question has been entered into The 2009 Mongol Rally to raise money for The Christina Noble Children’s Foundation and now will be one of the most recognisable cars out there. The event along with promoting street art was also aimed at raising money for charity and the guys at the Beautiful and Canned very kindly donated all profits from this event to The Brighton Youth Centre Charity. With the massive success of this years event the organisers of The Beautiful and the Canned, Wet Paint are already planning next years event and I’m told that it is going to be on a scale that will blow this event out of the water. The Beautiful and the Canned 16th 17th and 18th May 2009  All images taken from Beautiful and the Canned photo stream on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=tb%26tc Return to our Brighton section $test =
  • Damien Hirst's Limited Edition Butterfly's Arrive In Time For Summer

    2009 has been filled with many an interesting happening thus far. For us the debut showing of Damien Hirst’s limited edition spot prints in our Soho gallery was more than interesting, it was damnably exciting. How to follow up we asked; with Hirst's effortlessly beautiful Butterfly prints we ....
    2009 has been filled with many an interesting happening thus far. For us the debut showing of Damien Hirst’s limited edition spot prints in our Soho gallery was more than interesting, it was damnably exciting. How to follow up we asked; with Hirst's effortlessly beautiful Butterfly prints we thought. View this signed limited edition print!  Damien Hirst, illustrated here by US street artist Mr Brainwash, was born in Bristol, England in 1965 and was one of many rising stars to emerge from Goldsmith's College London in the late 80’s. He immediately grabbed attention when he curated the now renowned student exhibition, Freeze in East London.  This, followed by many successful exhibitions and an infamous relationship with the super collector Charles Saatchi led to him headlining in the group show Young British Artists of which Hirst became the most prominent member of the 90’s artistic movement of the same.  Both of the two new limited editions are virtually inseparable aside from the butterfly and a few subtle details. They are the same size, framed the same and both are titled ‘The Souls on Jacob’s Ladder Take Their Flight’, which is essentially the title of the whole series of the butterfly prints.  Despite the butterfly prints measuring 109cm x 120cm these are from the ‘small’ run with a large version printed also. Both are signed by the artist in pencil on the front and are numbered on the reverse. They are editioned from a low run of only 72. View this signed limited edition print! They have been printed using the traditional method of photogravure. Photogravure is a process which dates back to the mid-19th century whereby photographic images are printed on to paper using forms of mechanised etching of plates.  Flat copper plates are commonly used, etched deeply, applied with ink and then printed on to the paper by hand. The process is noted for its production of very rich, very high quality colour results. 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 =
  • Peter Blake Visits Brighton

    What a weekend, the sun is shining, Sir Peter Blake rolls into town on his amazing double decker Art Bus and not only brings along the first copies of his highly anticipated new book ‘One Man Show’ but also surprises us with the release of  the 7th Sources of Pop print. On Saturday 9th ....
    What a weekend, the sun is shining, Sir Peter Blake rolls into town on his amazing double decker Art Bus and not only brings along the first copies of his highly anticipated new book ‘One Man Show’ but also surprises us with the release of  the 7th Sources of Pop print. On Saturday 9th May 2009 Sir Peter Blake rode into town on what can only be described as one of the most striking double decker buses you will ever see. The custom made bus is adorned with original artwork by Sir Peter Blake and features a fully fitted gallery and balcony on the top deck and a luxurious seating area on the lower with state of the art plasma screens. Lucky collectors and admirers of Sir Peter Blake got a first glimpse of his book ‘One Man Show’ and to meet the man himself on the bus and enjoy a glass of champagne in his company. What was not expected on the day was the amazing release of the 7th Sources of Pop signed limited edition print. The Sources of Pop series have been some of Sir Peter Blake’s most sort after prints and this special piece incorporating designs from the previous six prints has proven to be just as popular with the vast majority of the limited edition selling out on the day. Along with the release of the fantastic Sources of Pop 7 Sir Peter Blake also had the small task of meeting fans of his work and promoting his new book ‘One Man Show’ The book has also been released in a beautiful signed limited edition of 100 which includes a stunning signed and numbered limited edition silkscreen entitled ‘Roxy 2’ artrepublic were very lucky to have the first exclusive allocation of the unlimited book for their customers before going out on general sale on the 27th May 09 and they snapped up every copy we had before the day was out.   After a long day of meeting fans young and old (including his youngest fan to date, five day old Betty Thompson) Sir Peter and his team boarded the bus heading back to Chiswick. Peter and Chrissy Blake would like to thank everyone who managed to make it along for this event and hope to bring the bus back to Brighton some time soon.  View a video about the Art Bus on the Guardian website Return to our Brighton section $test =
  • Ben Eine Makes A Return

    Fresh from his record breaking attempts at silk screening 77 individually pulled colours, Ben Eine has popped back into our Soho gallery with two brand new works on canvas. It is the legendary printmaker and graffiti art extraordinaire’s second showi....
    Fresh from his record breaking attempts at silk screening 77 individually pulled colours, Ben Eine has popped back into our Soho gallery with two brand new works on canvas. It is the legendary printmaker and graffiti art extraordinaire’s second showing at our central London gallery and after a successful debut we are very happy to have more of his work back.  Both works are on canvas, both are heavily primed with thick, black gloss paint and both feature so many different colour sprays it is virtually impossible to count them all. The two new works are titled ‘Twenty First Century City’ and ‘South Of The Border And Mexico’.  Ben Eine is a true pioneer of the British street art scene, many of you who visit East London on a regular basis will be familiar with the giant letters and words that adorn his preferred canvas: the walls and shop shutters of many businesses.  Spraying with Banksy in the early days it is considered that Eine actually sprayed most of the Banksy works in and around London and has returned to lend his expertise to projects such as the famous Cans Festival. Ben Eine is not just a master graffiti artist though he is also the man behind the printing of some of the most iconic works to come out of the Pictures on Walls studio over the last five years. Eine’s 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. 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 =
  • Prefab77 Explode into Brighton

    Prefab77, the collective from Newcastle, paid a visit to Brighton’s sunny shores over the May bank holiday weekend to mark the opening of  Brighton’s very own Fringe Festival and to attempt their biggest project to date. In the short time that Prefab77 have been in the gallery they ha....
    Prefab77, the collective from Newcastle, paid a visit to Brighton’s sunny shores over the May bank holiday weekend to mark the opening of  Brighton’s very own Fringe Festival and to attempt their biggest project to date. In the short time that Prefab77 have been in the gallery they have become firm favourites with our collectors and have made a real connection with Brighton The Prefab guys are well known for there large scale street paste ups having produced many house size pieces in Newcastle and could not wait for the opportunity to give Brighton its first taste of their unique street style This piece is a fantastic addition to Brighton’s already famous street art scene and judging by the success of this work it certainly wont be the last we see these Geordie lads working there magic on the South Coast. See the video of how this was created on YouTube. The location for the work was provided by independent clothing stores Prime Brighton, Director Ross Czolak, said: ‘Working with Prefab77 was a real pleasure and these types of projects are exactly what Brighton’s North Laines are all about’  This prominent location in Brighton’s busy North Laines district required a very special piece and they did not disappoint pulling off there much sort after and long sold out ‘Enemy of Promise’ exploding telephone box.  We currently have Prefab77 limited edition signed prints available on the website and in the gallery click here for more details  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 =
  • Street Artists and Gibson Guitars Create a Força da Rua (Force of the Street)

    This week in London saw a handful of well-known and emerging street and graffiti artists customise some of Gibson’s most legendary guitars with their own, individual brand of alleged vandalism and raise a pile of cash for Brazil’s ABC Trust (Action for Brazil’s Children) in the mean time. ....
    This week in London saw a handful of well-known and emerging street and graffiti artists customise some of Gibson’s most legendary guitars with their own, individual brand of alleged vandalism and raise a pile of cash for Brazil’s ABC Trust (Action for Brazil’s Children) in the mean time. Together with Gibson Guitars and The ABC Trust, and with some of the worlds best street artists in tow, an exclusive contemporary street art project and auction called A Força da Rua (Force of the Street) was held. All proceeds raised will be aiding the Trust who help raise funds and awareness for Brazil’s most vulnerable children. The ABC Trust was founded in 1998 by Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page to support the 12,000 homeless children who live on the streets of Brazil. Page chose graffiti and street art to work with as he thought it reflected the rebellious free spirit of music and Brazil’s creative youth. Each of the artists’ work for the guitars reflects how art and music should be accessible and available to young people without discrimination and have the ability to inspire and transform. Amongst the big guns are some of artrepublic Soho’s best loved including D*Face, who has his first New York show just on the horizon, Pure Evil, who opted to use a combo of ‘Sex and Moderate Violence Sells’ and his classic Sgt Peppers pastiche, and Will Barras, whose guitar featured more of the delicately illustrated women that we love in his limited editions.  Each were given one of the iconic Gibson guitars and told not to come back until the beautification was complete. The results were amazing and as well as raising a ton of cash for a worthy cause it also served to highlight the creativity that is rife within the street art community. 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 =

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