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  • Newly Discovered Recluse Italian Painter is Hailed a Genius of Art

    The work of an eccentric Italian artist who has lived as a recluse for 18 years and said to possess the same level of technical brilliance as Picasso is to be exhibited in London after being hailed as a unique contribution to post-war European art. Pordenone Montanari, 73, has shut himself away ....
    The work of an eccentric Italian artist who has lived as a recluse for 18 years and said to possess the same level of technical brilliance as Picasso is to be exhibited in London after being hailed as a unique contribution to post-war European art. Pordenone Montanari, 73, has shut himself away from the world for almost two decades, devoting himself to painting and sculpture and relying on his wife for food and paint supplies. At his home in Italy's Piedmont region he has created hundreds of figures, still life’s and landscapes that experts say show an original vision recalling that of Picasso, Chagall and Bacon. Destroy This amazing story has come to light after a discovery of chance. His wife was attaching a "for sale" sign to the gate post, having decided to sell the four-storey house because it was too large, when a local Indian-born businessman, Raja Khara, and his Italian partner drove past. They stopped and asked to view the property – only to be overwhelmed by the artistic treasure trove it contained. The house contained more than 500 pictures, stacked floor to ceiling, some piled several metres high. Khara bought the house within hours – and, in partnership with another Indian businessman, acquired the rights to the artist's estate for a further "high seven-figure sum". Destroy The works have been shown to leading British art historian, Edward Lucie-Smith, who was bowled over by the quality and resolved to show them to the public describing them as radical and worthy of a major exhibition and representation in public galleries. "This is a totally different voice," said Lucie-Smith. "Montanari is unique. This blows apart the conventional story of the development of Italian postwar art. Some contemporary artists pursue fame; others find it an obstacle in the path of their highest ambitions. Montanari belongs to the second category."  He described Montanari's works as "radical… a real addition to the history of 20th-century Italian painting".The still life’s, he said, prompt "comparisons to Cézanne and to Braque" and while elements of Picasso and Bacon emerge elsewhere "it's not like anything else we know about". Destroy Montanari is described as "very controlled", a man for whom opening up does not come easily. "It's been so long." The artist told Khara's wife: "I have four muses: reading, writing, painting and sculpture. Maybe this justifies my 18 years of isolation." Dr Rossana Pittelli, art expert at the Italian Cultural Institute, said: "Montanari has remained indifferent to the accolades. The London exhibition next month may be his big break, but he has no intention of being there." If you would like to know further information or to enquire about the artworks and artists we have in the gallery call +44 (0)20 7240 7909 or email soho@artrepublic.com Return to our London section $test =
  • Spotlight On: Dave White

    As a fine artist he was immediately picked up after graduating in 1994 by Anthony Brown and Connaught Brown of Albemarle St. London. He has since gone on to exhibit all over the world and is considered to be an important member of contemporary Pop Art. Here we take a closer look at the artist Dav....
    As a fine artist he was immediately picked up after graduating in 1994 by Anthony Brown and Connaught Brown of Albemarle St. London. He has since gone on to exhibit all over the world and is considered to be an important member of contemporary Pop Art. Here we take a closer look at the artist Dave White… Born (and based) in Liverpool and having studied Fine Art at Liverpool University, Dave White has enjoyed success from the early inception of his career with his vigorously energetic brand of contemporary Pop Art. Awarded ‘Best New Talent’ in Visual Art and short listed for various prizes, his unique painting style caught the eye of the Curator of Tate Liverpool as early as 1991. Destroy From 2002, White’s work was celebrated for his dedication to a sneaker series, creating the movement known as ‘sneaker art’, which brought about international exhibitions and appearances as well as a commissioned series from Nike, of which they hold in their corporate collection. In 2007 White was commissioned by Coca Cola to create a painting of Jay Z’s new design for Cherry Coke. That same year White’s work went on to be exhibited at the celebrated Dia Arts Centre in New York as well as holding his debut solo exhibition during Art Basel Miami featuring large scale superhero portraits. Destroy In 2008, during Frieze week, White held a solo exhibition of military inspired pop art portraits in a show entitled ‘Planes, Tanks and Automatics’ at the Truman Brewery. Stephen Adams of The Daily Telegraph described him as ‘one of Britain’s most feted up and coming painters’. A series of solo and group exhibitions in Zurich, Copenhagen and Frankfurt have since followed and White continues to push the boundaries of his work. More recently he exhibited at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York on the ‘Project on Creativity’ with Chuck Close, celebrating AOL’s 25th Anniversary. Destroy This September White unveils his new subject matter in a collection entitled ‘Forgotten Alchemy’ via a series of exhibitions at the International Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art and Art Copenhagen. White will also develop this series through a programme of solo exhibitions planned for 2011 in Zurich, London and Hong Kong. Click here to view our range of Dave White artwork. If you are interested in Dave White or contemporary painting 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 =
  • artrepublic prepares to dazzle Brighton's White Night Festival

    Destroy On the night of Saturday 30th October in Jubilee Square artrepublic, Ink_d gallery and Wet Paint Productions will be creating a spectacular one off art installation reflecting this years theme of ‘illumination’. 12 large illuminated blank columns will dominate the scene where....
    Destroy On the night of Saturday 30th October in Jubilee Square artrepublic, Ink_d gallery and Wet Paint Productions will be creating a spectacular one off art installation reflecting this years theme of ‘illumination’. 12 large illuminated blank columns will dominate the scene where REQ, Pinky, Hutch, Imbue, Mishfit and Snub will paint and spray on them throughout the night. Continuing the theme of ‘illumination’ the centre piece will be a digital graffiti wall, allowing artists and the public to create instant works of art.  Elsewhere in the square there will be L.A.S.E.R. tagging - where members of the public will be able to ‘light tag’ plus street art related short films will be projected on to the wall of Myhotel. Here are some Images of REQ trying out the proto-type column. The idea of the White Night Festival is to marks the end of British Summer Time and to help provide an alternative to drinking culture and show another side to night time in Brighton. The event is twinned with Nuit Blanche in Amiens, France, on October 16. This year the theme for both festivals is ‘Illumination’ - in the sense of learning and lighting. The city's artists, curators, venues and programmers will play with different interpretations of the word ‘Illumination’and create a wide range of experiences and events for one night only and unique to Brighton & Hove. White Night Festival is organised by Brighton & Hove City Council and the local Arts Commission Cabinet councillor for culture David Smith said: “White Night is getting a growing reputation as a unique and enjoyable festival for Brighton. It is now an important aspect our award-winning management of the night time economy, which is having a civilising effect on the city centre.” $test =
  • Bobby Hill's 'BhILLBOARDS' Show marks the 9th Anniversary of 9/11 Terrorist Attack

    A massive one-day exhibition produced and featuring post-street artist Bobby Hill opens in Soho New York City on the 11th September. Bobby Hill, who has been working alongside artrepublic for a couple of years now has taken over a 5000 sq. ft space on the 2nd floor of a townhouse building that o....
    A massive one-day exhibition produced and featuring post-street artist Bobby Hill opens in Soho New York City on the 11th September. Bobby Hill, who has been working alongside artrepublic for a couple of years now has taken over a 5000 sq. ft space on the 2nd floor of a townhouse building that once housed Andy Warhol's upstairs studio and Grace Jones' La Vie main floor restaurant. Destroy On display will be over 200 original works of art in a range of media on canvas, paper and wood. Also included in the line-up is "MICA", a 36 ft long painting (composed of eight canvases put together). The undertone to the show seems to be very much about the people of New York, reflected by the chosen day of the exhibition. In anticipation of this, 2000 limited edition pieces and originals worth in excess of $50000 have been hidden throughout the New York City streets and subway system for fans, enthusiasts and opportunists to get their hands on until Fashion's Night Out. Destroy Hill states “For the lucky ones who find these pieces, they will have the opportunity to get them signed at the show.” Bobby Hill is the New York-based visual artist who has been behind the scenes for years and is now emerging in the mainstream with his current body of work, dubbed Post Street Art.  His professional career started as an illustrator when the art director of a popular hip hop magazine, found samples of Hill's work in the corner of the publisher's office moments before it was to be thrown in the garbage.  His recent work combines a blend of pop imagery, aspects of street art/ graffiti and abstract expressionist elements that have the pulsating feel of NYC. He has sold countless pieces of work to various international buyers including rapper Jay-Z. Destroy If you are interested in Bobby Hill or 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 =
  • Boy Soldiers Exhibition

    A new charity exhibition raising money for the homeless has opened in East London featuring a whole host of artrepublic’s best loved and most sought after artists, not to mention some fantastic examples of their creativity. The exhibition features work by over 30 street, graffiti and fine arti....
    A new charity exhibition raising money for the homeless has opened in East London featuring a whole host of artrepublic’s best loved and most sought after artists, not to mention some fantastic examples of their creativity. The exhibition features work by over 30 street, graffiti and fine artists. Over the last few months each participating artist received a blank fibreglass ‘boy soldier’ to decorate. The exhibition showcases a wall-panel version of Schoony’s (Boy Soldiers creator) debut fibreglass statue presented at Mutate Britain’s “One Foot in the Grove” last year. The image features a young boy holding a grenade in one hand and the grenade’s pin in the other and reveals a breathtaking detail close to microscopic perfection. Schoony says “30 of these Boy Soldiers in pure white have gone out to the UK’s top artists of the current UK and European art scene to be customised by them. The effect of 30 different versions of the same piece all in the same room will be spectacular.” The show will raise money for SHP (“preventing homelessness promoting social inclusion” www.shp.org.uk), a charity for London’s homeless people with close links to the city’s urban art movement. Artists whose work is featured in the exhibition include: Goldie - D*Face - Dan Baldwin - Matt Small - Mau Mau - Inkie - Joe Rush - David Bray - Dotmasters - BEST EVER - INSA - K-GUY - Carrie Reichardt - Nick Reynolds -John Nolan - Haruka Irie Fin DAC - Part2ism - PEN1 - Slice - Grafter - T.WAT - DON - David Bray - Matt Web - Liliwenn - Snub23 - Leeks - LostMonkey - Carleen de Sozer - 284CRU The exhibition runs until September16th and all the works can be viewed here. 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 =
  • Looking Sound – LIVE VISUAL AUDIO Exhibition @ Brighton Media Centre Gallery

    Looking Sound will play host to an exhibition that showcases the content and concept from their Live Visual Audio event at this years 2010 Brighton Fringe Festival that was held at Riki Tik and sponsored by artrepublic. Fantastic LIVE art material and projected visual/audio soundscapes are all ....
    Looking Sound will play host to an exhibition that showcases the content and concept from their Live Visual Audio event at this years 2010 Brighton Fringe Festival that was held at Riki Tik and sponsored by artrepublic. Fantastic LIVE art material and projected visual/audio soundscapes are all part of this truly unique exhibition. If you savor the delights of Audio/Visual art and performance, here is your sensory overload. Free to the public all weekend. On display will be 6 canvases created by 6 artists during the LIVE event in May 2010, which represent each artist’s visualisation of the audio sound tracks that they listened to as stimulus during the event. Along side the canvases original Animations of the artists working on the pieces will also be displayed. These never before seen animations will give an insight into the process through which the canvas was created and how the shapes and marks on the canvass relate to the audio the inspired them. The Live Visual Audio Exhibition at the Brighton Media Gallery extends the concept of the Live Visual Audio Fringe Event to a wider audience outside of a LIVE event environment, using a public gallery as a new contextual space. The Exhibition will showcase the work of live artists: Adam Bartlett, Amos Shein, Jamie Shaw, Mark Grizenko, Darren Dewone and Julian Thomasett Audio soundtrack made exclusively by Blackmass plastics, Scanone, Shallow and the Deep and Jim Shimmer. Looking Sound is a collective that pursues the evolving paths of visual and interactive art with electronic music. Born in the summer of 2009 Looking Sound continues to explore and create one of Brighton’s unique ONLY visual/audio events. Holding Riki Tik’s monthly flagship night, guest artists have included JFB (LIVE AV set), Adam Elemental (LIVE Dubstep), VJ Devon Miles (LIVE VJ) to name but a few. Concentrating the relationship between video and audio within one event space and environment. Looking Sound – LIVE VISUAL AUDIO Exhibition @ Brighton Media Gallery Brighton Media Centre Gallery15-17 Middle Street SHOW TIMES: 4th September 10-5pm + private view from 7pm-10pm 5th September 11-7pm $test =

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