Monthly Archives: February 2011

  • Introducing: Nick Gentry

    Fine artist Nick Gentry, a truly exciting new prospect in the art world, has joined the ranks of artrepublic’s growing collection of young contemporary artist’s, and how proud we are to have him. British artist Nick Gentry, a graduate of Central St Martins, is in essence a portrait painter. ....
    Fine artist Nick Gentry, a truly exciting new prospect in the art world, has joined the ranks of artrepublic’s growing collection of young contemporary artist’s, and how proud we are to have him. British artist Nick Gentry, a graduate of Central St Martins, is in essence a portrait painter. But that is where all ties to conventional portraiture end as Gentry’s art is about so much more than just the identity of a person’s face. Through the use of paint applied to ‘obsolete media formats’ Gentry examines notions of identity and wider notions such as waste culture and life cycles, as well as making a powerful commentary on the constant changing state of technology. As part of a generation that grew up surrounded by floppy disks, VHS tapes, Polaroid’s and cassettes, he is inspired by the sociological impact of a new internet culture. Using old disks as a canvas, these artefacts are combined to create photo-fits and identities that may draw connections to the personal information that is then forever locked down underneath the paint. This has led to an exploration of the ways in which humankind is integrating with technology. As it reaches a tipping point, this new movement is becoming increasingly apparent as a cultural and social transition of our time and poses an important question: will humans be forever compatible with our own technology? Nick Gentry has exhibited in the UK, USA and Europe amidst a growing reputation. 2011 has already begun very well for Nick with his artwork ‘The Entity D2’ (below) selling at Bonhams in London this January for just under £6500.00 (including all taxes and charges) To see the current works we have available from Nick Gentry click here. If you are interested in Contemporary Art and would like further information of available works 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 =
  • Bankys work appears in Hollywood as the Oscar approach

    It would appear that with 'Exit Through the Gift Shop' up for an Oscar graffiti artist Banksy is in Los Angeles. Three new pieces have sprung up overnight fuelling rumours about what might happen on the night of the Oscars. The pieces include: 'Pissing Dog' shows an English Bulldog urinatin....
    It would appear that with 'Exit Through the Gift Shop' up for an Oscar graffiti artist Banksy is in Los Angeles. Three new pieces have sprung up overnight fuelling rumours about what might happen on the night of the Oscars. The pieces include: 'Pissing Dog' shows an English Bulldog urinating an enormous line of yellow paint on a building in Beverly Hills. 'Livin The Dream' which has already been taken down but was on the Sunset Strip. 'Crayola Shooter' which pictures a child soldier with a chain-fed machine-gun full of crayons, and is in an alley in the Westwood section of Los Angeles, near the UCLA campus.  $test =
  • New Mr. Brainwash work pays homage to the Oscars

    Hot on the heels of Exit Through the Gift Shop receiving a Best Documentary Oscar nomination this large piece of street art showed up on La Brea at San Vicente, a favourite space of Mr. Brainwash. Mr Brainwash has even signed his giant hoodie-shrouded Oscar statuette which is at the end of ....
    Hot on the heels of Exit Through the Gift Shop receiving a Best Documentary Oscar nomination this large piece of street art showed up on La Brea at San Vicente, a favourite space of Mr. Brainwash. Mr Brainwash has even signed his giant hoodie-shrouded Oscar statuette which is at the end of a sidewalk red carpet, plus it has an entourage of Storm Troopers hanging around and hovering around from above, too.  Read more about the Oscar nomination $test =
  • Where to find the world's best Street Art

    Travelling the world is about experiencing different cultures and seeing new things. Thanks to the internet street art has now become a world wide phenomenon, which means in almost every big city around the world there will be some amazing pieces to check out.  When you visit a new city for....
    Travelling the world is about experiencing different cultures and seeing new things. Thanks to the internet street art has now become a world wide phenomenon, which means in almost every big city around the world there will be some amazing pieces to check out.  When you visit a new city for the first time, it can be difficult to know where to start to find the best street art spots. To help everyone plan their next trip we have put together a short guide to finding street art in some of our favourite cities around the world.  L.A. A large part of Banksy’s film, Exit Through the Gift Shop, was set in LA as the film crew followed Mr Brainwash in the lead up to his first ever exhibition.  LA has long been home to famous artists so it will come as no surprise that the likes of Shepard Fairey call Los Angeles home. The Los Angeles County Museum of Modern Art is a great place to start on any visit to the city. The museum is known as one of the most forward thinking art galleries in the world and regularly exhibits work by local artists.  Getting out on the streets is where you will see the most interesting and current street art. Thanks to Shepard Fairey and co, tons of Obey logos and posters can be seen all over the city. As well as that there are plenty of famous Banksy’s dotted about the city. Some of the best areas to visit include North La Brea Avenue and Beverly Boulevard.  Berlin  When Berlin was a divided city the western facing side of the Berlin Wall was covered in graffiti. Now, over twenty years since the wall was torn down, street artists from across the city have invaded the eastern side to create a paradise of street art.  Some of the most popular neighbourhoods for street art include Mitte and Kreuzberg where you can often see work by artists like Alias and Xoooox. No trip to Berlin would be complete without a visit to the famous East Side Gallery. The famous outdoor gallery exists on a remaining section of the Berlin Wall and features an ever changing display of paintings and multi-coloured murals.  New York Modern-urban graffiti originated in New York during the 80s with artists such as Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, and the city’s relationship with street art has continued as it’s developed through the 90s and the 00s. Some of the best areas to check out on any visit include the trendy districts of Soho and the Lower East side where you can see work by artists like Judith Supine and C215.   Williamsberg is another great area to visit while on the pursuit of street art spots. The area has been closely compared to Shoreditch in London due the number of artists and creatives that call the district home.   London London is full of street art but areas like Shoreditch and Hoxton in the East-End are congested with interesting and unique pieces on almost every corner.  Although originally from Bristol many of Banksy’s famous pieces can be found in London. Other artists like Ben Eine have pieces dotted across the whole city, but again a large majority of his work can be found in the East End.  There are tour guides who can take you on street art tours around the city to see some of the Capital’s most famous and popular exhibits. If you’re unfamiliar or new to the city these tours can be a great way to find some really interesting sites and places. However if you have visited London before walking around by yourself might mean you find new pieces that have only just gone up the night before!  $test =
  • Happy Chinese New Year to all those celebrating the Year of the Rabbit on 3 Feb -15th Feb

    Chinese New Year or the Chinese Lunar New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. The festival begins on the first day of the first month in the traditional Chinese calendar and ends with the Lantern Festival which is on the 15th day. Get the bunny in every season of....
    Chinese New Year or the Chinese Lunar New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. The festival begins on the first day of the first month in the traditional Chinese calendar and ends with the Lantern Festival which is on the 15th day. Get the bunny in every season of the year with Kozyndan’s beautiful Season of the Bunny prints. $test =

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