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  • Damien Hirst's 'The Souls' Take Our Breath Away

    The remarkable new butterfly editions from Damien Hirst have arrived in our galleries and website and with no exaggeration they are truly breathtaking. When Hirst’s latest exhibition opened and presented to the public the celestial array of colour and sparkle on offer with these beautiful prints....
    The remarkable new butterfly editions from Damien Hirst have arrived in our galleries and website and with no exaggeration they are truly breathtaking. When Hirst’s latest exhibition opened and presented to the public the celestial array of colour and sparkle on offer with these beautiful prints, it has come as no real surprise to learn that these are selling like crazy. What will strike you though is when these prints are viewed up-close, and away from the curated exhibition space where they were first presented, just how superbly crafted and elegant the work is on its own. The editions are produced using a very intensive print technique called ‘foilblock’. Each butterfly is carefully created in three stages: the bottom, base colour print, which is then accentuated by two more sparkling layers highlighting details on the patterned wings or body. Every single print has taken the master printer 3-4 hours to produce; there is no room for error and only when everything is 100% perfect are they ready. The finished effect of each print, vibrant with hue, is that of a resonant tension between the stillness of death and the trembling, iridescent life that the individual butterflies convey. Hirst’s fascination with butterflies derives in large part from the way in which these beautiful insects embody both the beauty and the impermanence of life, becoming symbols of faith and mortality. Of ‘The Souls’ Hirst said: “I love butterflies because when they are dead they look alive. The foilblock makes the butterflies have a feel similar to the actual butterflies in the way that they reflect the light. They represent the soul.” Damien Hirst’s ‘The Souls’ are available now and can be viewed here. If you are interested and would like to know further information or to enquire about other Damien Hirst works we have please call +44 (0)20 7240 7909 or email London on soho@artrepublic.com or Brighton on brighton@artrepublic.com  Return to our London or Brighton sections $test =
  • Hush – 'Found' 3 day exhibition in NYC

    Internationally established street/urban artist Hush sets his stall out for a three day spectacular exhibition titled ‘Found’ in New York City for the first time ever. ‘Found’ is comprised of 25 mixed-media works ranging from small to large sized pieces, installation, and a limited editi....
    Internationally established street/urban artist Hush sets his stall out for a three day spectacular exhibition titled ‘Found’ in New York City for the first time ever. ‘Found’ is comprised of 25 mixed-media works ranging from small to large sized pieces, installation, and a limited edition hand embellished print. This special and brief three-day show marks Hush’s New York debut exhibition that deepens his exploration of the resulting emergences brought about by the evanescent quality of street art. The artist continues his examination of the vitality and transient nature of mark making, tagging and graffiti. Transitioning these street art practices to the studio setting, the artist creates a body of work that brings to light the essence of “action painting” and “pure expressionism”. Appreciating and identifying the remains of past tags as points of expression, the artist transitions this influence to his work that he refers to as “action painting” or “pure expressionism”. In his new collection, Hush remains influenced by the escape from the constraints of traditions, the contrasts between old and new, the past meeting the future and the fusion of Eastern and Western culture. 'Found: New Works by HUSH' opens Friday, November 19th at Angels Orensanz Foundation For Contemporary Art, NYC. If you are interested in the work of Hush or Street Art and would like to know further information or to enquire about other works and artists we have in the gallery please call +44 (0)20 7240 7909or email: soho@artrepublic.com Click here to see the brand new limited edition just released from Hush. Return to our London section $test =
  • Jean-Michel Basquiat painting vandalised in Paris

    Cadillac Moon 1981 by the late American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat has been the victim of vandalism in a mystery felt tip pen attack whilst on display as part of a major exhibition of the artists works at Paris's Modern Art Museum (MAM). Read More Read our Review of Basquiat at Musée d....
    Cadillac Moon 1981 by the late American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat has been the victim of vandalism in a mystery felt tip pen attack whilst on display as part of a major exhibition of the artists works at Paris's Modern Art Museum (MAM). Read More Read our Review of Basquiat at Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris $test =
  • Basquiat painting vandalised in Paris

    A multi-million pound painting by the late American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat has been the victim of vandalism in a mystery felt tip pen attack. Cadillac Moon 1981 one of the best known works by the African American painter who started out as a graffiti artist in New York, was defaced....
    A multi-million pound painting by the late American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat has been the victim of vandalism in a mystery felt tip pen attack. Cadillac Moon 1981 one of the best known works by the African American painter who started out as a graffiti artist in New York, was defaced despite being under heavy guard at Paris's Modern Art Museum (MAM).  Due to the abstract nature of the neo-expressionist Cadillac Moon 1981 it took the exhibition restorer's trained eye to spot the new 2cm-long felt scribbles. It is believed the vandalism took place during the day so may well have been committed by a visitor to the exhibition. There has been speculation the felt tip attacker was a fan bent on keeping Basquiat's anti-establishment art "alive". The painting has been on permanent exhibition at the gallery since October 15 but has now been taken down while a full criminal inquiry takes place. Jean-Michel Basquiat was the first American graffiti artist of African descent to become an international art star, and was hailed a major artist of his genre after his death from a heroin overdose in 1988 at the age of 27.  The neo-expressionist painter of Puerto Rican and Haitian origin began spraying buildings in Lower Manhattan in the late 70s under the pseudonym Samo before later collaborating with Andy Warhol, the pop artist, in the mid-1980s. Basquiat's paintings now fetch huge prices, with an untitled work from 1981 sold at Sotheby's New York in 2007 for $14.6 million (£9 million).  Image credit: Cadillac Moon 1981 by Michel Basquiat Acrylic and crayon on canvas, 162,5 x 172.7 cm Read our Review of Basquiat at Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris $test =
  • Roy Lichtenstein painting sets new record at Christie's in New York

    Ohhh...Alright... - painted in 1964 by Roy Lichtenstein sold at auction for $42.6m (£26.4m) - a new record for the US Pop Artist. The Lichtenstein sale smashed a previous record for the artist set in 2005, when his work In the Car fetched $16.2m (£10m). See all Roy Lichtenstein prints....
    Ohhh...Alright... - painted in 1964 by Roy Lichtenstein sold at auction for $42.6m (£26.4m) - a new record for the US Pop Artist. The Lichtenstein sale smashed a previous record for the artist set in 2005, when his work In the Car fetched $16.2m (£10m). See all Roy Lichtenstein prints $test =
  • Sir Peter Blake: 'Homage 10 x 5 – Blake's Artists'

    The grandfather of the British Pop movement creates an homage to ten artists who have inspired him throughout his artistic career. Sir Peter Blake’s upcoming show, 'Homage 10x5 Blake's Artists', witnesses the legendary artist pay homage to ten artists that have had a profound impact upon him o....
    The grandfather of the British Pop movement creates an homage to ten artists who have inspired him throughout his artistic career. Sir Peter Blake’s upcoming show, 'Homage 10x5 Blake's Artists', witnesses the legendary artist pay homage to ten artists that have had a profound impact upon him over the years. Taking his cue from the likes of Rauschenberg, Schwitters, Steinberg and Hirst, Blake has created a stunning and humorous series of works that channel the spirit of the originals into his own inimitable visual style, resulting in a body of work that eloquently riffs upon their aesthetic and conceptual depth. Peter Blake is an inveterate collector of everything from pop culture to found objects and seaside detritus. For this, his latest exhibition of original works, he has drawn on his magpie-like hoard to produce ten series of work each consisting of five pieces dedicated to each artist. Talking about the exhibition, Blake says: “these pieces are my nod of appreciation, a way of saying thank you to the artists whose work I like. It began with ‘Appropriating Jack Pierson’. I liked Pierson’s work and wanted one for myself, so decided to make my own.” Of the new body of work, Pierson stated that Blake’s version of his work was “spooky” in its accuracy. Blake himself, describing the board game collages that honour the work of Robert Rauschenberg, are said to be “cleaned-up Rauschenberg’s”. ‘Homage 10 x 5 – Blake’s Artists’ opens at Waddington’s Gallery, Cork Street on the 17th November and runs until December 11th.    If you are interested in the work of Peter Blake & would like to know further information or to enquire about other works and artists we have in the gallery please call +44 (0)20 7240 7909 or email soho@artrepublic.com Return to our London section $test =
  • What has Mr Brainwash been up to?

    Find out more about Mr Brainwash’s latest exploits in our new article ‘Mr Brainwash makes a big impression on the contemporary art scene' ....
    Find out more about Mr Brainwash’s latest exploits in our new article ‘Mr Brainwash makes a big impression on the contemporary art scene' $test =
  • Mr Brainwash makes a big impression on the contemporary art scene

    Mr Brainwash’s name has been all over news recently and his work continues to be highly sought after. On 14th October two of Mr Brainwash’s originals ‘Einstein, 2010’ and ‘Kate Moss, 2010’ both sold for double their estimates in the Phillips de Pury Contempory art sale in Lond....
    Mr Brainwash’s name has been all over news recently and his work continues to be highly sought after. On 14th October two of Mr Brainwash’s originals ‘Einstein, 2010’ and ‘Kate Moss, 2010’ both sold for double their estimates in the Phillips de Pury Contempory art sale in London. Mr Brainwash has also been invited to feature on a panel of art world luminaries including Louise Neri the director of Gagosian Gallery as part of a major talk at Sotheby’s New York. Art and Commerce: Contempory Artists Navigate the Auction Market takes place on 8th November and will explore current innovations Contempory artists and dealers are utilizing to blaze a trail and the effect this has on the art market. The film Exit Through the gift Shop directed by Bansky and featuring the world and work of Mr Brainwash landed a top prize at the annual Grierson Trust awards held at the BFI in London on 2nd November. In a taped speech, Banksy accepted the most entertaining documentary trophy, which he had spray-painted himself. 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.  His work has garnered widespread acclaim, and in 2009, Madonna enlisted him to design the cover of her greatest hits album, Celebration, as well as 15 different covers for the accompanying vinyls, singles and DVDs.  If you are interested in Mr Brainwash's work both our Brighton and London galleries have a select few pieces on the walls please call Brighton on 01273 724829 or London on 02072 407909 for more details. $test =
  • Manchester Art Fair

    Thank you to everyone who came along to our stand at the Manchester art Fair over the weekend. Thank you to everyone who came along to our stand at the Manchester art Fair over the weekend.Don’t forget if there is something you saw on the stand and cant get down to our Brighton or London....
    Thank you to everyone who came along to our stand at the Manchester art Fair over the weekend. Thank you to everyone who came along to our stand at the Manchester art Fair over the weekend.Don’t forget if there is something you saw on the stand and cant get down to our Brighton or London galleries you can browse through a huge range of our prints online, all with  free delivery worldwide.  If you can’t find what you are looking for online please do not hesitate to email us at info@artrepublic.com and we will be happy to help. $test =
  • artrepublic lights up Brighton's White Night Festival

    Saturday 30th October was the White Night Festival in Brighton where thousands of people were encouraged to come out and do something different in the middle of the night. In Jubilee Square artrepublic, Ink_d gallery and Wet Paint Productions created a spectacular one off art installation reflect....
    Saturday 30th October was the White Night Festival in Brighton where thousands of people were encouraged to come out and do something different in the middle of the night. In Jubilee Square artrepublic, Ink_d gallery and Wet Paint Productions created a spectacular one off art installation reflecting this years theme of ‘illumination’. 12 large illuminated blank columns were decorated by REQ, Pinky, Hutch, Imbue, Mishfit and Snub with spray paint and stencils to create an amazing forest of illuminated artworks which people could wonder through. Plus members of the public got a chance to make their mark with the digital graffiti wall. There were also a series of street art related short films projected on to the wall of Myhotel. The night was a huge success and we would like to thank everyone who helped put the event on and all the members of the public who came along on the night. $test =

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