Monthly Archives: August 2009

  • Spotlight on Dan Baldwin

    He’s been a feature of artrepublic since his early days as a Brighton based painter who had to trade and borrow paint and materials in order to create new artwork. Now, with the advent of his Los Angeles solo show, we revisit the artist who deserves to be in every collection. This new....
    He’s been a feature of artrepublic since his early days as a Brighton based painter who had to trade and borrow paint and materials in order to create new artwork. Now, with the advent of his Los Angeles solo show, we revisit the artist who deserves to be in every collection. This new show marks what is something of a comeback for Dan Baldwin who has been patiently working away in the shadows this past year. Not only is the work showing a welcome progression forward, but opening himself up to an American audience where they can view his pieces in the flesh could prove invaluable in cementing his credentials as a globally acclaimed artist.  Dan’s artwork always has a sinister yet beautiful feel to it and is often centred on vanitas with him frequently tackling subjects such as politics, religion and innocence in his art. His new work incorporates a graphic symbolism with pop elements illustrating the fragile line between good versus evil. In throwing together opposing elements, he creates a poetic, chaotic and conflicting juxtaposition of life and death. Another subject very close to his heart.  His use of colour, an element that has always captured us in the past, is largely inspired from the Mexican ‘day of the dead’ death celebrations, ‘El dia de los Muertos’.  The beauty about Baldwin is that his work is so versatile and varied. His canvases contain so much 3-d work that they could be interpreted as hanging sculptures. Even his limited prints always contain those added extras such as silver leaf and varnishes to make them stand out. Baldwin’s L.A show ‘Disillusion’, which opens on the 10th September running for one month, is sure to provoke a new wave of interest in him here in the UK. To find out more about Dan Baldwin and the works we have or to enquire about other works and artists in the gallery call +44 (0)20 7240 7909 or email soho@artrepublic.com Return to our London section $test =
  • Miss Bugs Creates Artwork, the Size of a Three-Storey Building

    A spectacular new piece created by the artist Miss Bugs has been unveiled in Brighton’s North Laines, just a stones throw from our Brighton gallery. The enormous work, the size of a three-storey building, has taken several days to create through a process of part pasting-up and intricate hand f....
    A spectacular new piece created by the artist Miss Bugs has been unveiled in Brighton’s North Laines, just a stones throw from our Brighton gallery. The enormous work, the size of a three-storey building, has taken several days to create through a process of part pasting-up and intricate hand finishing. The piece, commissioned by artrepublic, has a distinctly royal theme and is titled ‘Queen of the Arts’. If you’re heading to Brighton soon, do take a look, it’s the best way to take in the sheer scale and detail of the piece. Miss Bugs, whose work regularly features at artrepublic, is the creation of two anonymous image makers (they prefer this term to ‘artists’). Their work has been brightening up the streets of London for years and more recently their originals and prints have become highly prized by collectors. View our Miss Bugs artwork Read our Miss Bugs biography $test =
  • Two New Artists At artrepublic Soho

    Our London gallery is proud to introduce two new artists to its walls: Shuby and Richard Dix.  Both artists hail from our great capitol and both have been working like beavers on new projects and new bodies of strong work for a worthy assault on the art world. However that’s whe....
    Our London gallery is proud to introduce two new artists to its walls: Shuby and Richard Dix.  Both artists hail from our great capitol and both have been working like beavers on new projects and new bodies of strong work for a worthy assault on the art world. However that’s where the similarities between the two end. Shuby is one of only a very small handful of British female street artists operating in London that sells her work. The distinctive styles of her work vary from paper collages to painting to photography, which is then placed, pasted or stuck onto numerous random buildings.  In this respect she is a street artist and not a graffiti artist, which makes her art very transferable to the gallery and more importantly to the home The one element to her work is the apparent use of reclaimed and/or recycled objects.  She has turned unwanted old pub signs into quirky free hanging pieces and revitalised decayed mirrors enhancing them into very beautiful and interesting 3-d objects. Shuby also has a fondness for the banal with thongs, bingo and bananas cropping up now and again (along with 'customised' retro-looking photos)  Richard Dix on the other hand is an art school graduate. Dick the Dox (dyslexic for tick the box), Dot the Dix (to his friends), Dick Dix (to his close friends) studied typography and graphics at Wolverhampton Polytechnic in the mid 1970s After several years in the wilderness he moved to London and began work at the Royal College of Art as the understudy to the technical instructor for the typesetter in chief. The brief time that he spent at the RCA was a creative whirlwind and it allowed him the freedom to come to terms with his dixability and how it sits with his chosen profession as typographer/graphic artist. It was also at this time when he began to evolve his idea of textapology. The random classification and documentation of textual error shown in pictorial form with accompanying pictures of which Giberrish (above) is based. A medium of his own, a lifetime's work and an idea he continues to evolve in his studio. To find out more about the artists mentioned or to enquire about other works and artists we might have in the gallery call +44 (0)20 7240 7909 or email soho@artrepublic.com Return to our London section $test =
  • The Best Artworks For Summer

    As hope fades rapidly for some proper warm weather this summer we venture down the avenues of art to find those little things that compensate for another year of underused barbeques and days spent on the beach with coats and blankets. With the entire array of eclectic British tastes to cater for....
    As hope fades rapidly for some proper warm weather this summer we venture down the avenues of art to find those little things that compensate for another year of underused barbeques and days spent on the beach with coats and blankets. With the entire array of eclectic British tastes to cater for what we’ve selected is a real mixed bag with one thing in common: they will all make you feel better when you look at them.   Sir Peter Blake’s recent addition to the great Sources of Pop series ‘Sources of Pop VII’ is really a must for anyone. It has all the key ingredients to make a dreary day much, much better. It’s a grand piece of Pop Art, which if you are just an appreciator of the style or an avid fan, the sheer simplicity, colour and element of fun makes this perfect. Plus it features a healthy dose of diamond dust and glitter, which under all circumstances never make you feel bad. Moving in completely the opposite direction from a British Pop Art grand master to, well, two funny men who create the ultimate tongue-in-cheek images. If you like you art with a healthy dose of sarcasm and featuring what can only be described as an overweight shrimp then the hugely successful and popular Modern Toss will hit the spot. We’ve two prints available and we guarantee that when on your wall, try as you might, you will not be able to refrain from smiling. Next up are four prints titled ‘Season of the Bunnies’ from Kozyndan, the art couple who reside in Santa Monica U.S. Their images are a hybrid mash of traditional Japanese prints and American culture (Kozy is from Japan and Dan is American). The result is unequivocally great fun and with the set of four unframed prints setting you back a mere £88 they are a terrific option if you really are just after something fun for your walls. Finally is one of the new prints from sought after Spanish artist Lidia De Pedro. ‘Give Me Poison I Wanna Die’ may reflect the feeling of day long torrential rain during the annual two week holiday, but the imagery unashamedly hints at the hotter climes of Spain and is rather beautifully assembled. With lush gold metallic inks and bold colours this is a goodun for when you’re forced to be at home.   If none of these do it for you, fear not, there is more on display in our London gallery. To enquire about these and 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 =
  • Top 5 Hottest Pieces To Get With Own Art

    With the advent of the superb Own Art scheme through the doors of our boutique gallery in Soho, we’ve decided to serve up our top 5 purchases that are obtainable through the interest free scheme. For those who are not familiar Own Art is a nationwide interest free finance initiative developed ....
    With the advent of the superb Own Art scheme through the doors of our boutique gallery in Soho, we’ve decided to serve up our top 5 purchases that are obtainable through the interest free scheme. For those who are not familiar Own Art is a nationwide interest free finance initiative developed by the Arts Council England. The chief idea behind it is for all to have the opportunity to own a contemporary work of art without having to reach for the credit card or cards (especially given the current economic climate). The scheme is an unrivalled success. With a maximum loan of £2000 on pieces with an edition no higher than 150, as a buyer you would never pay more than £200 per month. Our top 5 looks like this: 1: Sir Peter Blake ‘Got A Girl’ Anything by Sir Peter Blake has to be considered, especially this very handsome signed limited edition silkscreen which features elements of collage. At £200 per month it is totally worth it as it looks gorgeous and is a strong investment piece.  2: Pobel ‘Batman and Robin’ This piece is a genuine talking point. A favourite of the gallery, this spraypaint on canvas by Scandinavian street artist Pobel always gets peoples attention. The piece is an edition of 6 and as each one is produced separately by hand there is that element of no two being the same. This piece is also numbered 1/6. Under Own Art ‘Batman and Robin’ is £150 a month.  3: D*Face ‘It Feels So Good’ D*Face is an artist who is right up there with the big boys of international street art. He’s had huge sell out shows in London and New York beckons this coming September. D*Face has more than proved himself on a high stage and It Feels So Good is a good example of his current work. Through the gallery this is only £100 per month with Own Art 4: De Pedro ‘Circus’ A big favourite of artrepublic collectors, proven so by her extremely successful solo show last month, de Pedro continues to raise the bar with her printed works. Highly detailed and expertly produced she creates very sharp and very hangable work in low edition runs. This is the last ever ‘Circus’ available and through Own Art can be yours for £47.50 a month. 5: C215 ‘Tibetan Kid’ C215 successfully combines work that looks simply incredible with a high standard of execution and very simple but effective images. He recreates the locations and people whom he meets during his art travels across the world. Whether it is a favela in Sao Paul, an old woman in the streets of Paris or a Tibetan Kid his street art seems to reach walls in quite unreachable places in the world. All his stencil work is cut and sprayed by hand which is a rarity and often takes him days at a time to produce 1 image. With Own Art ‘Tibetan Kid’ is a mere £58 a month.  To find out more about the Own Art scheme or to enquire about the works and artists we 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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