Monthly Archives: January 2011

  • Urban Art Sales Success at Bonhams

    The Urban Art scene last week mirrored that of Contemporary Art in demonstrating stronger than expected results at auction and providing a very public confidence boost to the art market. Following a two year break, Bonhams re-launched their Urban Art auct....
    The Urban Art scene last week mirrored that of Contemporary Art in demonstrating stronger than expected results at auction and providing a very public confidence boost to the art market. Following a two year break, Bonhams re-launched their Urban Art auction this January to a packed saleroom. With a selling rate at 91% by value, the auction saw some world record prices achieved, as well as significant results for artists whose work had not previously appeared at auction. In what has been a difficult time all round for the contemporary markets over the last two years, this very welcome sale, off the back of encouraging sales figures in general for the London scene toward the end of 2010, saw an enormous turn-out and competitive bidding (both on the phone and in the room). As ever the urban sales are dominated by Banksy and the highlights of his work all sold very well. An original art work produced for the Greenpeace Save or Delete campaign (above) sold for £78,000, whilst others including ‘Portrait of an Artist’ and ‘Everytime I Make Love To You I Think Of Someone Else’ sold for £60,000 and £42,000 respectively – all above estimate. His prints also saw a substantial surge in price with ‘Girl with Balloon’ fetching £12,600 and ‘Rude Copper’ selling for £9,600.Other successes of the sale, and arguably better than that of Banksy, were from the likes of Futura, JR (above left), Shepard Fairey (top) and Ben Eine (below). Ultimately it was the return of impressive results in the print market that made for good reading with the works ‘What Have I Become?’ by D*Face and ‘Death of Caravaggio’ by Blek le Rat performing very well selling well above estimate at £900 and £720 respectively. It would certainly seem that investment in art is still an extremely strong option for the public, be it contemporary or urban, as the popularity and demand for such work remains very high. If you are interested in Urban/Contemporary Art and would like further information of works available or to enquire about other works we have in the gallery please call +44 (0)20 7240 7909 or email soho@artrepublic.com Return to our London section $test =
  • Graffiti artist Banksy's film, Exit Through The Gift Shop is nominated for an Oscar

    Exit Through The Gift which premiered at last year's Sundance Film Festival tells the story of the incredible rise of Thierry Guetta, aka Mr. Brainwash, from a part-time videographer to a celebrated street artist. Banksy, along with producer Jaimie D'Cruz, received an Academy Award nomina....
    Exit Through The Gift which premiered at last year's Sundance Film Festival tells the story of the incredible rise of Thierry Guetta, aka Mr. Brainwash, from a part-time videographer to a celebrated street artist. Banksy, along with producer Jaimie D'Cruz, received an Academy Award nomination in the documentary feature category. The film is also nominated for a BAFTA award in the category of outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer. Exit Through The Gift Shop has already won a string of accolades including at the Cinema Eye Awards, the American Cinema Editors Awards and the Online Film Critics Society Awards.  The 2011 Academy Awards will be held in Los Angeles on 27 February. $test =
  • Banksy's film, Exit Through The Gift Shop is nominated for an Oscar

    Graffiti artist Banksy’s controversial first film Exit Through The Gift Shop featuring Mr Brainwash has received an Academy Award nomination and been nominated for a BAFTA. The film which premiered at last year's Sundance Film Festival tells the story of the incredible rise of Thierry Gue....
    Graffiti artist Banksy’s controversial first film Exit Through The Gift Shop featuring Mr Brainwash has received an Academy Award nomination and been nominated for a BAFTA. The film which premiered at last year's Sundance Film Festival tells the story of the incredible rise of Thierry Guetta, aka "Mr. Brainwash," Read more $test =
  • Exclusive new War Boutique print just in

    Don’t miss this hot new 8 colour silkscreen in a signed edition of just 50  Red Mist (Silkscreen Signed Limited Edition of 50)....
    Don’t miss this hot new 8 colour silkscreen in a signed edition of just 50  Red Mist (Silkscreen Signed Limited Edition of 50) $test =
  • artrepublic's Sensational Six for 2011

    As we reflect on the heady highs and laborious lows of 2010, artrepublic in true tradition are putting their best foot forward and boldly naming British talent to watch out for during 2011.   Find out who artrepublic have picked as their six sensational artists to watch out for this ye....
    As we reflect on the heady highs and laborious lows of 2010, artrepublic in true tradition are putting their best foot forward and boldly naming British talent to watch out for during 2011.   Find out who artrepublic have picked as their six sensational artists to watch out for this year. $test =
  • artrepublic's Sensational Six for 2011

    As we reflect on the heady highs and laborious lows of 2010, artrepublic in true tradition are putting their best foot forward and boldly naming British talent to watch out for during 2011.  So without further ado artrepublic present six sensational artists to watch out for this year. ....
    As we reflect on the heady highs and laborious lows of 2010, artrepublic in true tradition are putting their best foot forward and boldly naming British talent to watch out for during 2011.  So without further ado artrepublic present six sensational artists to watch out for this year. Ben Eine No surprise that Eine has made the list. The latter part of 2010 proved unstoppable when overnight he was catapulted in to the media spotlight when British Prime Minister David Cameron presented President Obama with Twenty First Century City. The piece, which was hanging in our Soho gallery before Eine picked it up caused international speculation and demand for his work rocketed. Rumour has it you will see some big scale work in central London anytime soon.   Rob Ryan Ryan is an acclaimed British artist specialising in papercutting and screen-printing. 2010 was a terrific year, which included two solo shows in London and Stafford respectively. He was personally asked by Lulu Guinness to design a fan bag and made the front page of the Guardian G2 magazine for his Christmas card design. Ryan is showing no signs of stopping with several new projects and collaborations penned for 2011.    Seb Lester Seb Lester trained in Graphic Design at Central Saint Martin’s and is PASSIONATE about letterforms. Lester has created typefaces and type illustrations for some of the world's biggest companies.  2010 saw the release of his stunning limited edition art prints, which are becoming increasingly popular and highly collectible. Plans are already in place to stage a London solo show featuring new work and originals. We will keep you updated on when and where - you will not want to miss it.   Dave White White unveiled his new subject matter in September 2010 with a collection entitled ‘Forgotten Alchemy’ via a series of exhibitions at the International Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art and Art Copenhagen. White has no intention of slowing down anytime soon with a programme of solo exhibitions penned for Zurich, London and Hong Kong later this year. Simply unstoppable. Jo Peel Jo Peel made the 2010 list and continues to be a worthy addition. 2010 saw Peel decorate The Park Bar at Glastonbury festival, and the roof of Cordy House amongst many other installations. Her distinctive line drawings find beauty amongst scenes of urban decay and construction. artrepublic are very excited about hosting a solo show for Peel at the Soho gallery later this year. War Boutique The collection has evolved through the reworking and redistribution of military materials, symbolically transforming instruments of war and destruction into constructive items that embody creativity, peace and critical social commentary. With pieces selling out faster than you can hang them – a renewed artistic attack of contemporary works will be exhibited in London and Kabul, in May. $test =

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