Monthly Archives: March 2010

  • Spotlight on Bonnie and Clyde's Cuba prints

    After recently visiting Cuba for the first time Bonnie and Clyde produced a series of original, mixed media collages and limited editions inspired by the energy, vibrancy and architecture of the country.  These collages incorporated painting, giclee, illustration and photographs she took ar....
    After recently visiting Cuba for the first time Bonnie and Clyde produced a series of original, mixed media collages and limited editions inspired by the energy, vibrancy and architecture of the country.  These collages incorporated painting, giclee, illustration and photographs she took around Havana.  “I am fascinated by Havana’s unique charm and character… the old signage, paint-peeled buildings, layers of rust, the Malecón, the spellbinding architecture, the rules and regulations of the city & the pride and joie de vivre of the people that inhabit it.” Bonnie and Clyde The two limited editions ‘Hasta La Victoria, Siempre!’ & ‘Dive On / Inmersión En’ capture the beauty and decay of old Havana with images of landmarks, run down apartments, sprawling rooftops and 1950s automobiles. The pastel clouds and the team of divers represent the vibrancy of the people and the fact the city is surrounded by water.   These two pieces are available to buy as limited edition, large screen-print and giclee with spot varnishes on 315gsm fine art paper. Bonnie and Clyde also produced some amazing original pieces which are also available from the artrepublic website. La Habana Vieja, the third in the series, is a nod to the way the city is being preserved and regenerated through money from tourism and it’s recent World Heritage status. The heart is a metaphor for the old town being the life-blood of Havana. Si Quieres Vivre en Paz and Cuba Black Market Flag are more political pieces that comment on the different levels of human surveillance and policing in Cuba from the state, military and tourist police to chivatos (paid informers). Wherever you go in Havana, there’s the feeling someone is watching you! The words in Si Quieres Vivre en Paz are a translation of the proverb: If you want to live in peace, what you know you will not tell and what you see you will not judge. See more work by Bonnie and Clyde If you are interested in any of these pieces framed please call our Brighton gallery on +44 (0)1273 724829 $test =
  • Dan Baldwin vs. Hush

    Two prints just released featuring the combined talents of two visually amazing artists. Both of their work is an assault on the senses and both sell very well. This is Dan Baldwin vs. Hush. The notion of a hybrid release, the collaboration of two artists to create an image is not a new concept,....
    Two prints just released featuring the combined talents of two visually amazing artists. Both of their work is an assault on the senses and both sell very well. This is Dan Baldwin vs. Hush. The notion of a hybrid release, the collaboration of two artists to create an image is not a new concept, but it hasn’t really occurred before between what is essentially a fine artist (Dan Baldwin) and a street artist (Hush). Perhaps what is more amazing is that both the artists created these works without even meeting. Between the two they created four paintings and then they merely swapped them, with one finishing what the other started. In all a great way to create a work of art as it sets about a challenge for the artist to respond to and work with what they’ve got rather than set out after a series of lengthy ‘chats’ exactly what to do. From the four originals the were the two prints were chosen. Why these two artists? Basically there works marries extremely well. Both artists have responded to and referenced the crossing of different cultures – Baldwin and South America, Hush and the Far East. Hush's work, for example, if often referenced and described as a sensory assault of shape, colour, and character, but this could easily be said of Baldwin’s with both artists using extreme colour. 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. Hush’s style uses Anime combined with pop art along with a generous amount of colour. This is an amazing collaboration with an end result of eye-popping imagery. With both artist’s newer work there is a graphic symbolism incorporated with plenty of pop elements. With these new prints they throw together opposing elements, creating a poetic, chaotic and conflicting juxtaposition of life and death, east meets west. The Baldwin vs Hush editions have already been released and artrepublic have but a few remaining. If you are interested in this article and would like to know further information or to enquire about other 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 =
  • New Artists: Opie, Murakami and Copyright Arrive into our Soho Space

    One is an iconic member of the British contemporary art scene, another is an internationally renowned blue chip artist-come-brand and the other is an emerging street artist whose street daubings are increasingly becoming more collectable. This article contains imagery of an adult nature. artrepu....
    One is an iconic member of the British contemporary art scene, another is an internationally renowned blue chip artist-come-brand and the other is an emerging street artist whose street daubings are increasingly becoming more collectable. This article contains imagery of an adult nature. artrepublic regulars will be familiar with the name Opie as we have sold his fine art prints on our website for a number of years now. But with our Soho gallery feeling a little more bold in 2010 paired with an ever growing demand post-recession for contemporary art works, now is the time to introduce Opie‘s limited editions to the gallery walls. Opie is undisputedly one of the most important, influential and popular artists currently working in Britain. His main body of work centres on portraiture and he is one of the leading figures in computerised art. To date his most publicly known work is the album cover produced for blur, which sees the band recreated in Opie distinct style. Read more here. Takashi Murakami is a prolific contemporary Japanese artist who works in fine art media such as painting and sculpture, as well as digital and commercial media. In his work he blurs the boundaries between high and low art much like Lichtenstein achieved with his work.  He appropriates popular themes from mass media and pop culture then turns them into thirty-foot sculptures, ‘superflat’ paintings, or marketable commercial goods. In the past Murakami has collaborated with brands such as Nike and Louis Vuitton to create limited edition goods. In 2008, Takashi Murakami made Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People" list, the only visual artist included. Copyright, yet to scale the heights that Murakami and Opie currently roam around at, but that is not to say it won’t happen, far from it in fact. As street art continues its juggernaut-like momentum into the 21st century as a recognised and accepted art form, emerging players such as Copyright will have their place. His paintings represent ideals from the modern world and culture, portrayed within classic imagery of simple beauty, often depicted by butterflies, flowers and beautiful women. His pictures represent a contradiction of idealism and unattainable visions of beauty found in fashion, music and popular culture. Fusing Street art, graffiti and more traditional styles he uses a mixture of classic painting techniques and spray can art. He creates print styles with stencils, depth with spray paint and texture with a paintbrush.  If you are interested in any topics discussed here and would like to know further information or to enquire about the works and artists we currently have exhibiting in the gallery call +44 (0)20 7240 7909 or email soho@artrepublic.com Return to our London section $test =
  • The Rise and Rise of Street Art

    It is a movement figure-headed by Banksy and with his recent film release and all the rampaging publicity that tags along for good measure we briefly reflect on what has become a massive genre in the early 21st century and seek where it goes next. Over the last few years Street Art has....
    It is a movement figure-headed by Banksy and with his recent film release and all the rampaging publicity that tags along for good measure we briefly reflect on what has become a massive genre in the early 21st century and seek where it goes next. Over the last few years Street Art has not only become big as a potential art movement, its fan base and a much wider audience of art collectors have embraced it wholly and with it embraced the new.But it doesn’t appear to be stopping, it’s merely adapting, as we all have, to changes in our society. As collectors and fans we still desire that kudos-granting element of discovering the next Banksy, an aspect that has ferociously fuelled the rise in street art and driven it through the auction house door – an aspect on its own that has truly yet to develop fully. But whilst we have seen some brilliantly skilled and visionary artists emerge from the street scene like Banksy, Faile, Jose Parla and Adam Neate amongst others, the post-recession scene is likely to continue to want to feed off quality and for newer artists the challenge of having to produce their own thing compete. As street art moves forward certain key aspects have changed within. Street artists are significantly more aware of the art market now and there appears, more than ever, to be a real three-ring-circus evolving between artist, gallery, and the street. All three are using each other now whereas previously it seemed more the case of galleries championing the new in order to generate the all important quick buck. Ultimately street art, like all art, requires an audience and it is this that will drive the movement onwards as audiences continue to grow demand for more venues and outlets to supply the demand will emerge. The next big step is the auction houses, and with rumours circulating of big purchases made by Phillips de Pury at the recent Mr Brainwash show in New York, is this an indicator that as economies strengthen the auction houses are going to embrace cutting edge work. If you are interested in street art and would like to know further information or to enquire about other 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 =
  • 2010 Brighton Festival Fringe visual arts sponsored by artrepublic

    artrepublic is very proud to once again be the major sponsor of visual arts at the 2010 Brighton Festival Fringe, one of the largest fringe festivals in Europe.  During May 2010 there will be over 700 events at more than 200 venues across Brighton and Hove. For many years artrepublic has work....
    artrepublic is very proud to once again be the major sponsor of visual arts at the 2010 Brighton Festival Fringe, one of the largest fringe festivals in Europe.  During May 2010 there will be over 700 events at more than 200 venues across Brighton and Hove. For many years artrepublic has worked with the Fringe to help promote the finest artistic talent from Brighton and beyond. This year artrepublic will be bringing Sir Peter Blake’s spectacular Art Bus back to Fringe City on Saturday 15th May for a second year, find out more. 2010 visual arts highlights include: Modern Toss 2010 Art Bucket Ink_d Gallery 96 North Road 1st – 31st May Get in the festival mood as the gents from Modern Toss bring you an assorted family size bucket of art. Knitted soft porn, talking ‘Punctuation’ screenprints, metal Modern Toss robots, classic character prints, original collages, a new selection of vintage cards and little letterpress pieces. Come and have a full scale gutbuster blow out at the ‘Modern Toss 2010 Artbucket’. Looking Sound LIVE Visual/Audio Riki Tik 18a Bond Street 22nd May A unique LIVE Visual Audio & interactive day/night event. LIVE artwork and VJ submissions will be created to bespoke soundscapes of DnB, Breaks & Dubstep with a private viewing and interactive session. Concluding with LIVE Video mix/scratch sets + VJ/DJ combinations. Artists include JFB, Rad!oSam, Blackmass Plastics, Fade In Fade Out, Jim Shimmer + more. Sir Peter Blake’s Spectacular Art Bus Fringe City, New Road,  Jubilee Street and Jubilee Square, North Laine 15th May 2010 artrepublic are proud to present Sir Peter Blake, the pioneer of British Pop Art, bringing his spectacular double-decker Art Bus to Fringe City for a second year. View the incredible interior, featuring many of his finest prints, plus you could meet the artist himself! The Beautiful and The Canned 2010 Jubilee Square 8th May 2010 Following the success of 2009, TBandTC returns to bring you an interactive two-day street art extravaganza featuring installations and live painting in multiple city-centre locations. Watch street artists at work in the centre of Brighton and enjoy the installations in Jubliee Square. Exclusive and collectable art work will also be available to buy. International Childcare Trust Fundraising Art event Madame Geisha 75 – 79 East Street 1st May 2010 A charity event bringing together some of todays most celebrated underground and established artists. Launching Geisha Arts, arguably one of the most exciting creative hubs/exhibition space to hit Brighton shores. Hosting a plethora of explosive events including live art workshops, live music and much more, with artist such as Zachary Walsh, Matt Small and Susan Shaw.  Visit the Brighton Festival Fringe website $test =
  • Mr Brainwash interview

    After the opening of his new show in New York, and his collaborative film with Banksy ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop’ on general release in UK cinemas, Mr Brainwash has given an in-depth interview to The Times newspaper. Read the full Times article here Destroy ....
    After the opening of his new show in New York, and his collaborative film with Banksy ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop’ on general release in UK cinemas, Mr Brainwash has given an in-depth interview to The Times newspaper. Read the full Times article here Destroy Mr Brainwash's latest show Icons is a 15,000 square-foot exhibition of painting and large-scale sculptural installation. The show features portraits of unmistakable cultural figures from various disciplines, including musicians, fashion designers and artists. See the BBC News review of the show here Mr Brainwash is the moniker of Los Angeles-based filmmaker and Pop street artist Thierry Guetta. Mr Brainwash has spent the better part of the last decade attempting to make the ultimate street art documentary.  Meanwhile, inspired by his subjects, he has emerged as a prolific figure on the international art scene with his highly visible, pop-art inspired murals of celebrities. $test =

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