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  • Creativity Not Vandalism: Street Artist's set up a Graffiti Garden to Improve Local Area

    A run down housing estate in Stockwell, South London has become a hub of artistic street art attracting international graffiti artists with the simple message of channelling creativity into art and away from vandalism. The self-labelled ‘outside gallery’ is actually a run-down ball court, wh....
    A run down housing estate in Stockwell, South London has become a hub of artistic street art attracting international graffiti artists with the simple message of channelling creativity into art and away from vandalism. The self-labelled ‘outside gallery’ is actually a run-down ball court, which has developed into a beautiful location where the most skilled graffiti writers paint week after week. Split into two sections and sunk into the ground, the pebble-dashed outside walls give no clues to the bright colours and sharp lines that explode from the walls within. The Stockwell Park Estate is checked every day and tags (stylised signatures) are actively painted-over to maintain the high quality of the art. With the help of other artists and paints donated by friends, a rundown playground has been transformed into a unique jewel unknown to most of London. Asked why tags are removed, Solo (the artist whose idea it was to begin the scheme) said it was the only way to stop the ball court from “descending into madness.” He adds, “If a piece has taken only 20 minutes I know the artist's heart wasn't in it. If it's not good, the walls are better off plain.”  Artists can spend up to eight hours a day in the ball court. During summer you can find artists in the ball court from first light, painting away from the drone of traffic.  In the past few years the public has become vastly accepting of artistic graffiti. While the media have focused much of their attention on Banksy, other artists have also seen a change in how they are perceived. Ben Eine, well known for his distinctive typography, had a canvas chosen by David Cameron which he gave to Barack Obama during Cameron’s first official visit to the U.S since becoming PM. If you are interested in street or graffiti 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 =
  • Justine Smith wins Grand Prize at the Cork Street Charity Open Exhibition

    Justine Smith joined artrepublic earlier this year with a reputation growing by the day and with her latest accolade awarded last week we take a closer look at an artist whose chief subject is the one thing currently on the country’s lips – money. Paper has al....
    Justine Smith joined artrepublic earlier this year with a reputation growing by the day and with her latest accolade awarded last week we take a closer look at an artist whose chief subject is the one thing currently on the country’s lips – money. Paper has always been a primary material in the work of Justine Smith. Her current work is concerned with the concept of money and how it touches almost every aspect of our lives. She is interested in money as a conduit of power and also in the value systems with which we surround it.  On a physical level a banknote is just a piece of paper, but it is what a banknote actually represents that is central to Smith’s work. Through her collages, prints and sculptures she examines our relationship with money in a political, moral and social sense, whilst also exploiting the physical beauty of the notes. Over the last month Smith exhibited the work ‘Instruments of State – Iran’ which was awarded grand prize winner of the exhibition, where all the proceeds go to a selected charity – this year being CHILDREN with LEUKAEMIA. The Cork Street Open Exhibition is an annual juried exhibition of contemporary fine art held to showcase both emerging and established artists while raising funds and increasing the profile of a selected charity. artrepublic’s Graham Carter was also a part of this year’s annual exhibit.  As an artist Justine Smith has exhibited in galleries and museums internationally, and has work in the collections of the British Council, the UK Government Art Collection, financial institutions, international corporations and numerous private collections. She lives and works in London. If you are interested in Justine Smith’s work 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 $test =
  • Sir Peter Blake enjoys lunch with artrepublic customers

    During the Brighton Fringe Festival, artrepublic invited Sir Peter Blake to give a talk about his life and work at a special lunch for artrepublic customers.  The Q & A session below gives a fascinating insight into one of the leading figures in British pop art since the 1960's. Destroy....
    During the Brighton Fringe Festival, artrepublic invited Sir Peter Blake to give a talk about his life and work at a special lunch for artrepublic customers.  The Q & A session below gives a fascinating insight into one of the leading figures in British pop art since the 1960's. Destroy $test =
  • Andrew McAttee – Pure Optimism in Art

    His paintings are like no other on the current urban/contemporary scene and with two brand new limited editions released this month we take a look at by far the most colourful cutting-edge artist operating in London today. Andrew McAttee studied Fine Art at Central St Martin's in London and si....
    His paintings are like no other on the current urban/contemporary scene and with two brand new limited editions released this month we take a look at by far the most colourful cutting-edge artist operating in London today. Andrew McAttee studied Fine Art at Central St Martin's in London and since graduating in 1995 has featured in numerous exhibitions across Europe and in New York. Of the three solo exhibitions McAttee has staged so far, the sell out 2007 exhibition 'Yeah, Yeah, Yeah' in Shoreditch, East London has proved that McAttee has commercial prowess as well as artistic ability in bucket loads. Of the work, which draws influence from a wide variety of sources including graffiti art, comic book graphics, pop art and abstract expressionism, the aim appears, like all great things in life, to be very simple. It is a sheer expression of colour and of happiness, and it cannot help but promote and instil optimism in the viewer. At an attempt to define McAttee’s work it would have to be classified as a type of dreamlike comic pop. Bordering on a sensory assault, with all manner of shapes, colours and textures bombarding the retina. McAttee’s work results in an overriding sense of movement and vitality, like some psychedelic bubblegum universe, teeming with clusters of synthetic species bursting into life. “Andy Warhol once said that he wanted to paint glamour - simple uncomplicated glamour. I want to paint optimism - simple uncomplicated optimism, where there are no hidden codes behind the layers of paint.” – Andrew McAttee “My aim is to provide the viewer with a colourful riot of gravity-less forms set in a highly layered, seemingly endless, space with a sense of ambiguity, humour and celebration.” Aside from McAttee’s fine art commercial success he has also been commissioned by Benson & Hedges, Nike and fashion designer, Antonio Berardi to work on bespoke projects. This has led to increased exposure and numerous features in The Observer, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent Review, Time Out Review, Hip Hop Connection, Graphotism, Blag and New York Magazine The intergalactic Times. Andrew McAttee’s latest limited edition prints ‘Spin’ & ‘Too Fly’ are available now from our London gallery. Call +44 (0)20 7240 7909 or email soho@artrepublic.com for more information Return to our London section $test =

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