Monthly Archives: December 2009

  • A Wealth of Great Art Arrives for the New Year

    Just in time for Christmas and all set for the New Year are a series of fabulous new limited editions to arrive through the doors of our London gallery. 2009 saw some great new work released by some great new artists as well as the biggest and best show just why they are rated so highly. But rig....
    Just in time for Christmas and all set for the New Year are a series of fabulous new limited editions to arrive through the doors of our London gallery. 2009 saw some great new work released by some great new artists as well as the biggest and best show just why they are rated so highly. But right at the end of the year we have seen some really great works released. Below are our London gallery’s favourites… Dolk The Norwegian stencil artist Dolk, whose name means ‘knife’ in his native tongue, has released two of his best loved street pieces in recent times ‘Priest’ and ‘Police Line’. Both are signed limited editions of 150 and both feature Dolk’s trademark colours of black and yellow. We are so glad he released these and at £250 unframed they are more affordable than his previous releases too! Hush A welcome return to the artrepublic walls are these three new releases from Geordie street artist Hush. To be honest, we love all of these especially ‘Cover Girls’, but all are considered a good return to form from the hotly tipped artist. Ben Allen Not seen that often in our London store, but we couldn’t resist the new and improved lovebird print from one of Brighton’s most popular artists Ben Allen. The black gloss on this print sells itself...truly sumptuous. C215 What a combination, C215 the best portrait street artist there is at current featuring a rather fresh faced Pure Evil in what can only be described as the most colourful limited edition to arrive in 2009. Very popular already and is sure to do well. Only a signed edition of 50. Sir Peter Blake Lastly but not least the Godfather of Pop Art shows his desire to keep bringing good art to everyone with these beautiful tine plates featuring Peter Blake’s iconic ‘pop’ colours. ‘We Love London’ and ‘We Love Recycling’ are both editions of 5000 published and release in collaboration with The Tate and at £50 a surefire way to beat any New Years hangover! If you are interested in any of the pieces mentioned and would like to know further information 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 =
  • A Closer Look at C215: The Stencil Master

    His stencils are marvelled at with awe on walls all over the world and he’s been a firm favourite of the gallery for a number of years now so it’s about time we took a closer look at C215 It seems that no matter how many stencils you might see on the streets, no matter how many you’ve look....
    His stencils are marvelled at with awe on walls all over the world and he’s been a firm favourite of the gallery for a number of years now so it’s about time we took a closer look at C215 It seems that no matter how many stencils you might see on the streets, no matter how many you’ve looked at and thought ‘that is amazing’, it is simply just not the same after you’ve see the work of the French artist C215. C215 is 36 year old Parisian artist Christian Guémy who has become well known for his intricate portraits and distinctive style. He started spray painting in 2005 and since then his work has appeared on walls all over the world and as one off works of art, he has exhibited widely around the world and had his first solo show at the beginning of this year in London. Guémy has been an admirer of classical portraiture from childhood and now, through his street art, creates portraits of people he meets or likes. His particular interest in creating child portraits was sparked by the experience of having other artists creating portraits of his own daughter, who has become something of a muse for many European graffiti artists. The name C215 derives from Guémy’s association with the poetical and participative project of the same name led by a French association that publishes illustrated poetry books and organizes collective street art exhibitions; notably the Secret Japanese Garden project in Paris. The latest works to emerge from C215 are the brand new limited edition ‘Portrait of Pure Evil’ and accompanying that a new original on found metal called ‘Miners’. Both are currently available through our London gallery click here to see all. If you are interested in C215 and would like to know further information 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 =
  • Top 5 Artists to Keep an Eye On in 2010

    So another year in the artworld draws ever closer to its end, but instead of looking back at this rather odd year of highs and lows all around the world we look to 2010 and those artists who we believe are going to have a good one.    Mr Brainwash 2009 proved an unstoppable....
    So another year in the artworld draws ever closer to its end, but instead of looking back at this rather odd year of highs and lows all around the world we look to 2010 and those artists who we believe are going to have a good one.    Mr Brainwash 2009 proved an unstoppable year for Mr Brainwash, bucking all the downward trends by selling his work all over the world in super-quick time to the point where we had list and list of people wanting a piece. Participation in shows all over the world helped boost his ever growing profile, but still the major UK solo show eluded him. 2010 therefore is the year Mr Brainwash will expand his fan base even further with a proposed high profile showcase to open some time next year…watch this space. Static Static have been ticking over very nicely indeed this year. As artists their work is really strong creating great images that either make you laugh or make you think. All of their work gets 10/10 every time for sheer quality and production. In addition to this their images are progressively getting stronger and it will only be a matter of time before this art duo springboard into the public eye… a solo show is surely due?  RYCA Another artist that has been quietly getting his head down and producing ever increasingly solid work. His recent foray into 3D work has been a monumental success. It’s been received very well indeed with the pinnacle of his 2009 being the fantastic sale result of his ‘Acid Head Smileys’ at Bonhams Vision 21.More is in the pipeline for RYCA in 2010 with potential collaborations with big name artists and more shows…again he is another that could possibly have a solo exhibition around the corner. His collector base is ever growing as more and more are discovering that he has some fantastic and very creative concepts.  Dan Baldwin Despite having the odd show here and there over the last year, most notably in the U.S. Dan Baldwin is yet to fully rekindle the love the UK art buying massive  had with him a couple of years ago. However, the two print runs that have just been released, ‘Evolved’ and ‘Half Way Between the Gates of Hell and the Garden of Eden’ have been a big success. They look incredible and we just think that this could be Baldwin’s wind in his sails. Again not had a big show in the UK for a bit, his painting is back on track and he is shaping up to prove why he deserves to be talked about so highly. Jo Peel Jo Peel's work is great. Really refreshing to see the sides of London that are usually ignored for their lack of glamour. Jo however pumps that in through her work, which is amazingly and painstakingly drawn out by hand. Jo is a great example for the reignited vogue for handcrafted and anti-mass produced art. Her print runs are kept small, which means they sell quickly and create a ‘want’ and it is only a matter of time before this terrific talent takes off. If you are interested in any of these artists and would like to know further information 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 =
  • Q & A with Static about being artists and the inspiration of Paul Smith

    2009 has seen great success for Static. This group of multi talented street artists have had several sell-out limited editions including ‘Corridor of Uncertainty’, ‘Mexican Stand-off’ and ‘Circus for Oil’ (all shown below). He....
    2009 has seen great success for Static. This group of multi talented street artists have had several sell-out limited editions including ‘Corridor of Uncertainty’, ‘Mexican Stand-off’ and ‘Circus for Oil’ (all shown below). Here are the results of a Q & A session which took place in early Dec 2009: When did you start to make art? Static began making pictures in early 2006, whether it can be classed as art is entirely in the mind of the beholder. How did you evolve into a professional artist? We don't consider ourselves professionals in this field, we've got a lot to learn and luckily the freedom to develop what we do and how we do it. What drove you to make art as a professional vocation? Having misspent a couple of years in the wilderness following graduation, we decided we'd set up a print studio and see what happened if we could do something productive on a daily basis. Explain your inspiration? As Paul Smith says, 'Inspiration can be found in anything and if you don't find it... look again.' In what way does your inspiration transform into ideas? It's similar to osmosis - ideas and inspiration get blended together and find their own balance before they are brought to light and reassembled to create something original and new.  Could your ideas be portrayed in any other medium? If so which? We're continually experimenting with different mediums and processes to communicate our ideas and challenge ourselves to develop from where we've come from with previous projects and pieces. Which artists would you most like to blatantly rip off? 'It's not where you take things from - it's where you take them to.' Jean-Luc Godard Why is your art made? Our work is the expression of our ideas and is made to connect and question the ideas of others.  What does being an artists mean to you? We do what we love doing and get to communicate with a global audience and that's all we could want to achieve. When does your art become successful? The first time someone sees it and wants to tell someone else about it. What is art? Art is anything you want it to be, or make of it... just as life is. At the end of the day it's what the individual connects with on a personal level and can take pleasure from. How do you start the process of making work? Speak, scribble, sketch, scrawl, stick, scan, spray, stencil, screen - but it largely depends on the piece, the process and how we want the final product to be perused. Who prices your work? And how is the price decided upon? We price all our work based on the materials, processes and time they take to produce as well as taking into consideration the audience we want it to reach. Which pieces would you like to be remembered for? It's not about being remembered, for us it's about our work making an impact right now. View our current range of Static prints $test =
  • artrepublic arranges a special evening with Sir Peter Blake

    Sir Peter Blake was the very special guest at Babington House on Sunday 6th December at an evening arranged by artrepublic for customers who had previously purchased his work. The evening began aboard his spectacular double-decker Art Bus and included a meal with Peter Blake, followed by a quest....
    Sir Peter Blake was the very special guest at Babington House on Sunday 6th December at an evening arranged by artrepublic for customers who had previously purchased his work. The evening began aboard his spectacular double-decker Art Bus and included a meal with Peter Blake, followed by a question and answer session.  Peter immensely enjoyed the evening, with over 50 guests revelling in this rare opportunity to discuss the influences, creative drive and life of a legend of British Pop Art. artrepublic would like to take this opportunity to thank Peter for making the evening such a success, ensuring that it ran over schedule and well into the night. artrepublic will be organising many more special events with a range of artists in future, including exclusive evenings for buyers.   If you’ve purchased a limited edition and signed up to receive our emails, keep an eye on your inbox! To keep up to date with artrepublic special events, plus the latest art world news, register your email with us today. artzine your guide to everything that’s happening in the art world $test =
  • artrepublic Soho Christmas Gift Ideas

    Here is just a small selection from the perfectly formed collection in our London gallery. Searching for that perfect Christmas present for the person who has everything? Our Soho gallery is the answer. Open Mon - Sat: 11am to 7pm right up until Christmas Eve. Es....
    Here is just a small selection from the perfectly formed collection in our London gallery. Searching for that perfect Christmas present for the person who has everything? Our Soho gallery is the answer. Open Mon - Sat: 11am to 7pm right up until Christmas Eve. Escape the hectic Christmas shopping on Oxford Street and enjoy the calm surroundings of artrepublic Soho, just a stones throw from Tottenham Court Road tube station. Our London gallery features the finest prints artrepublic has to offer with an exciting selection of one-off originals, rare prints and limited editions from some of today’s hottest artists. Here are just a few suggestions… David Spiller The perfect gift for a loved one this Christmas. Treat yourself to these delightfully charming limited edition silkscreen prints from David Spiller. Spiller is a well established British artist whose work centres on the relationship between visual imagery and music and how the two combine to create ‘pop’. Wonderfully printed and a decent investment too. ‘Mickey’ and ‘Minnie’ are both hand signed editions of 50. Jo Peel If you are based in London no doubt you’d have seen Jo’s work strategically placed around the city. Peel’s work is of London, she intricately draws the more alternative London scenes rightly shying away from the tourist postcard images and skylines that are seen everywhere. Her work is meticulous and had a real charm about it. She is a hot tip to continue growing in 2010 as both artistically and as a collectable artist. A present for a London resident look no further Static We truly love the work of Static. Expert printing and craftsmanship goes into every one their works and it is always so reasonably priced. ‘Luxury Vandal’s’ is their newest release coming in two versions. Both are really low print runs and a great gift for any lover or hater of the Louis Vuitton brand…plus it has Scarlett Johansson on the front and that can’t be a bad thing. artrepublic gift vouchers ideal if you'd prefer them to choose  An artrepublic gift voucher is the perfect solution if you are unsure exactly what they might like. Available in denominations of £5 up to any amount you wish. The vouchers can be redeemed in both our London and Brighton galleries, so it's also a great excuse for them to arrange a trip to the big city or the coast in 2010! Sorry - our gift vouchers cannot currently be redeemed online To purchase call into our London gallery or phone on +44 (0)20 7240 7909 If you want further information on any of our recommendations please call the gallery on +44 (0)20 7240 7909. Return to our London section $test =
  • artrepublic Brighton Christmas gift ideas

    Our Brighton gallery is packed to the rafters with stunning gift ideas from today’s finest cutting-edge artists. Open 7 days a week right up until Christmas Eve. Here is just a small selection from the hundreds of incredible prints in ....
    Our Brighton gallery is packed to the rafters with stunning gift ideas from today’s finest cutting-edge artists. Open 7 days a week right up until Christmas Eve. Here is just a small selection from the hundreds of incredible prints in our Brighton gallery. Graham Carter has built up quite a following over the last few years and with work as good as this it is easy to see why. ‘Dragonfly’ (Blue) is a beautiful hand finished silkscreen produced on thick board and the last one left from tiny edition of 11 artist proofs. This fantastic limited edition is float mounted in a bespoke hand painted white box frame ‘Marilyn Monroe, Black’ is a 16 colour silkscreen with diamond dust and 1 high gloss glaze is based on a 1990 original of the same name. The original was made up of photographs and enamel paint on wood and was part of a series titled In Homage to Marilyn Monroe. Peter Blake has taken the opportunity in the silkscreen both to lighten the band of colour (which is a dark purple in the early work) and to add diamond dust to Marilyn’s jewellery. We have some great hard to find Banksy prints in our Brighton gallery. Including ‘Because I’m Worthless’ a silkscreen numbered edition of 175. It comes framed in an ornate cocoa coloured frame which is boxed (so print and glass do not touch), float mounted on acid free mount board and covered with UV glass. If you want further information on any of our recommendations please call the gallery on +44 (0)1273 724 829. If you can tear yourself away from the array of fabulous limited edition prints on the walls we also offer a framing service, spending time with you to pick out a perfectly matched mount and moulding. Bring anything you need framed as a gift and our team of experts will be happy to help. artrepublic gift vouchers - ideal if you'd prefer them to choose An artrepublic gift voucher is the perfect solution if you are unsure exactly what they might like. Available in denominations of £5 up to any amount you wish. The vouchers can be redeemed in both our London and Brighton galleries, so it's also a great excuse for them to arrange a trip to the big city or the coast in 2009!Sorry - our gift vouchers cannot currently be redeemed onlineTo purchase call into our Brighton gallery or phone on +44 (0)1273 724 829 Return to our Brighton section If you want further information on any of our recommendations please call the gallery on +44 (0)1273 724 829. $test =

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