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Monthly Archives: May 2011

  • New work in our London gallery by Carrie Reichardt, Marc Quinn, RYCA and Pinky

    If you come into the London gallery this weekend don’t miss these fantastic new arrivals. We have some amazing mosaic tile collages from ceramics master Carrie Reichardt and the latest glass sculpture artwork from RYCA a glittering bronze heart. From Pinky we have a beautiful little ....
    If you come into the London gallery this weekend don’t miss these fantastic new arrivals. We have some amazing mosaic tile collages from ceramics master Carrie Reichardt and the latest glass sculpture artwork from RYCA a glittering bronze heart. From Pinky we have a beautiful little 3 layer paper cut framed between two pieces of glass so you can very the intricate detail form both sides. Finally we have two new Marc Quinn limited editions framed a looking stunning on the walls. For more details or to purchase please call or email our London gallery on +44 (0)20 7240 7909 email soho@artrepublic.com Get a taste of what else is in our London gallery $test =
  • Peter Blake inspires the British Heart Foundation Garden at the Chelsea flower show

    The garden created by Ann-Marie Powell celebrates the BHF’s 50th birthday and the Mending Broken Hearts Appeal. It has already been awarded a silver medal and has high hope for the people’s choice award. The pop art image Peter Blake created for the Mending Broken Hearts appeal, wh....
    The garden created by Ann-Marie Powell celebrates the BHF’s 50th birthday and the Mending Broken Hearts Appeal. It has already been awarded a silver medal and has high hope for the people’s choice award. The pop art image Peter Blake created for the Mending Broken Hearts appeal, which he has been heavily involved in, as well as an image of Heart Strings by BHF researcher Dr Patrick Hales helped inspire Ann-Marie Powell in the creation and design of the garden. $test =
  • Spotlight on L.S Lowry

    As works by Lowry go under the hammer at Christie's in London, we take a closer look at the man famous for his ‘matchstick men’ and ‘matchstick cats and dogs’. On of the paintings featured in the auction is 'Coronation Street' which was painted in 1957 and shows a typical stree....
    As works by Lowry go under the hammer at Christie's in London, we take a closer look at the man famous for his ‘matchstick men’ and ‘matchstick cats and dogs’. On of the paintings featured in the auction is 'Coronation Street' which was painted in 1957 and shows a typical street in Salford with terraced back houses in the shadow of a factory chimney. It went on to inspire the producers at Granada to name the long standing Soap Coronation Street after it. Other names in the running were Florizel Street and Jubilee Street. The painting has been on long-term loan to the Lowry gallery in Salford since 2000 and is expected to fetch between £300,000-£500.  Also among the lots at the auction is 'The Football Match', created in 1949, which is valued at £3.5m-£4.5m. Stop Press: The picture actually raised a staggering £5.6 million on the night, a new world record for a Lowry painting! L. S. Lowry’s work has always been popular with the public. Harold Wilson once used his painting 'The Pond' for a Downing Street Christmas card, and 'Coming out of school' was used for a postage stamp in 1967 and sold 11 million copies. Despite his continuing popularity with the public Lowry’s fame was slow to build in his lifetime and he is often seen as having a difficult relationship with the art establishment.   He studied art at evening school and worked as a rent collector and clerk with the Pall Mall Property Company in Manchester until he retired in 1952. However he kept  this employment a secret in order to be taken seriously as an artist. Much of Lowry’s life was quite secretive and he loved a good story far more than accuracy in an anecdote. He did his best until his death to maintain his image of a simple man refusing several honours including a Knighthood, and in the same small, un-modernised house in Cheshire. It was not until he was in his 50’s that he exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy in London and in 1962 he became a Royal Academician. When he began to make money from the sale of his work he could then indulge his love for art and owned a number of paintings and sketches by the Pre-Raphaelite artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and a drawing by Lucien Freud. The relationship between the public love of Lowry work and the perceived negative judgment of the art establishment continues to rumble on. After filming a recent documentary for ITV the actor Ian McKellen challenged the Tate to sell its collection of Lowry’s work rather than keep them in storage unseen. To see the best collection of Lowry’s work you need to go to Salford where he painted and visit the Lowry centre. $test =
  • Latest RYCA print release

    Dirty Harry meets the bounty hunter Boba Fett from Start Wars in this amazing new print from RYCA.  A signed numbered edition of just 75 and embossed with the printers emboss, we don’t expect it to be around for long. View all RYCA prints View all Star Wars Prints ....
    Dirty Harry meets the bounty hunter Boba Fett from Start Wars in this amazing new print from RYCA.  A signed numbered edition of just 75 and embossed with the printers emboss, we don’t expect it to be around for long. View all RYCA prints View all Star Wars Prints $test =
  • Graham Carter's latest Yeti print is released

    After Yeti 3 (Migration) and Yeti 2 (Exodus), and a long wait we now have Yeti 4 (Hibernation).  Winrer is setting in and the Yetti’s are setting up camp pitching tents lighting fires and putting the baby Yetis to bed. The hunter is still on their trail but all he can find is a f....
    After Yeti 3 (Migration) and Yeti 2 (Exodus), and a long wait we now have Yeti 4 (Hibernation).  Winrer is setting in and the Yetti’s are setting up camp pitching tents lighting fires and putting the baby Yetis to bed. The hunter is still on their trail but all he can find is a fox on the path.A signed limited edition of 80 don’t miss your chance to get this classic Graham Carter. Also now in a XL version View all Graham Carter prints $test =
  • artrepublic's Artists Auction work for B.H.F Charity Event

    A collection of artrepublic’s finest artists joined ranks with the best from the worlds of fashion and music for a funfair-themed night to raise money in support of the British Heart Foundation’s Mending Broken Hearts Appeal. It was all very glamorous, and we expected nothing less, as the bi....
    A collection of artrepublic’s finest artists joined ranks with the best from the worlds of fashion and music for a funfair-themed night to raise money in support of the British Heart Foundation’s Mending Broken Hearts Appeal. It was all very glamorous, and we expected nothing less, as the billing promised the greatest names from the worlds of fashion, art and music for a night featuring games, performance art and live music sets in support of the Mending Broken Hearts Appeal. Some of artrepublic’s best-known artists headlined for the art auction including Damien Hirst, Dan Baldwin, Duggie Fields and Sir Peter Blake. Artist’s such as Rob Ryan, Brad Faine and Antony Micallef all contributed works too. The event was hosted in part by famed yBa artist Marc Quinn with Sotheby’s auctioning the artwork. Aside from the art there were a host of other events... To describe the setting, think underground basement, funfair games, add a thousand balloons, red atmospheric lighting, some slightly mad looking performers, two bars, hundreds of canapés, a DJ booth and an actual ‘tunnel of love’ formed from huge hearts filled with art, dresses, shoes, hats and jewellery for the auction. All of the proceeds from the Tunnel of Love party supported the Mending Broken Hearts Appeal. At the moment, there’s no cure for a broken heart. Once your heart muscle is damaged by a heart attack, it can never fully recover. But there is hope. The BHF aim to spend £50 million to fund groundbreaking research that could begin to literally ‘mend broken hearts’ in as little as ten years. As part of the Mending Broken Hearts Appeal there has been a special silkscreen art portfolio produced. Volume I of the Mending Broken Hearts portfolios: 'Breath of Life', comprises of 15 original limited edition silkscreen prints by a unique group of Britain's leading contemporary artists. Each artwork has been created around the theme of 'mending broken hearts'. To enquire about this limited edition box set click here. If you would like further information of available works or to enquire about other works and artist’s we have in the gallery please call +44 (0)20 7240 7909 or email soho@artrepublic.com artzine your guide to everything that’s happening in the art world Return to our London section $test =
  • Viewing Art Gives the Same Pleasure as Being in Love

    We’ve thought it for years - looking at art, owning art and being surrounded by artwork just makes you feel great inside. Now it’s official: Some London-based boffins have realised (and scientifically proven to boot) that art triggers the same neurological pleasure as being in love. Accordin....
    We’ve thought it for years - looking at art, owning art and being surrounded by artwork just makes you feel great inside. Now it’s official: Some London-based boffins have realised (and scientifically proven to boot) that art triggers the same neurological pleasure as being in love. According to a few super-smart bods based in London town, the same part of the brain that is excited when we fall for someone romantically is stimulated when you stare at artworks of beauty. To use the phrase ‘beauty’ is tricky as it is widely acknowledged by most that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. This is the case with humans and it’s certainly the case with art, but when it looks good and ticks all the boxes the fires within are ignited in us all. Apparently when we view art, the act of doing so triggers a surge of the feel-good chemical, dopamine, into the orbito-frontal cortex of the brain, resulting in feelings of intense pleasure. Dopamine and the orbito-frontal cortex are both known to be involved in desire and affection and in invoking pleasurable feelings in the brain. It is a powerful affect often associated with romantic love and illicit drug taking. In a series of pioneering brain-mapping experiments, they scanned the brains of volunteers as they looked at 28 pictures. The study found that blood flow increased in areas of the brain usually associated with romantic love. The study will be published in full later this year, but the research suggests that art could be used to increase the welfare and mental health of the general public and, importantly, has been recommended should be protected from budget cutbacks. View our Art for Lovers collection If you are in love with any of the artworks shown in this article or would like further information about other works and artist’s available in the gallery please call +44 (0)20 7240 7909 or email soho@artrepublic.com Return to our London section artzine your guide to everything that’s happening in the art world $test =
  • Pure Evil at our Brighton gallery

    In May 2011 Pure Evil came down to Brighton and did some work on the outside of our Brighton gallery. The image is his homage to Andy Warhol’s iconic portrait of the late Elizabeth Taylor. This is also available as a limited edition silkscreen in yellow or orange entitled Richard Burton's Nightm....
    In May 2011 Pure Evil came down to Brighton and did some work on the outside of our Brighton gallery. The image is his homage to Andy Warhol’s iconic portrait of the late Elizabeth Taylor. This is also available as a limited edition silkscreen in yellow or orange entitled Richard Burton's Nightmare - First Marriage and Richard Burton's Nightmare - Second Marriage, a reference to the fact the two actors were married to each other twice,  both of which ended acrimoniously. $test =
  • L.A. Street Art

    It’s the contentious art story of the moment as the first major U.S. museum exhibition on the history of graffiti and street art arrives amidst an ‘is it or isn’t in vandalism debate’: Such chatter we’ll leave to others, for now we’re focusing on the street art of L.A.… The exhibit....
    It’s the contentious art story of the moment as the first major U.S. museum exhibition on the history of graffiti and street art arrives amidst an ‘is it or isn’t in vandalism debate’: Such chatter we’ll leave to others, for now we’re focusing on the street art of L.A.… The exhibition covers a breadth of cities and styles from the 1970’s to present day, but it is the focus on the street art of the exhibition’s hometown of Los Angeles that got us talking. Street art in L.A. really began in the ‘60’s, but the pioneering time for the L.A. scene, and one that can relate more so to the street art of today, was the post Wild Style era of the late '70's and '80's when letters and forms impregnated L.A. from its mother city, New York. In the late 60’s it was the artist Chaz Bojórquez, who was the first to treat cholo lettering associated with Latino gangs as an art form. Now Bojórquez, 62, calls himself the "the oldest consistently working graffiti artist in the world." Bojórquez is one of three street art pioneers who illustrate the range of the field. Craig Stecyk, 60, helped shape the graffiti-fuelled, surf-skate aesthetic of Venice and Santa Monica in the 1970s whilst Risk helped bring Wild Style, with its bubbly forms and interlocking letters, from New York to L.A. in the 1980s. L.A. artists born and bred such as Revok and Saber are the modern day pioneers of the writing style that we come to associate with Los Angeles. Saber, born in the suburb of Glendale, discovered his passion for art at the early age  of 13. After years honing his skills on local walls, Saber joined MSK, and was later inducted into legendary piecing crew AWR. Saber is also known for his surreal landscapes and has also created groundbreaking metal and wood sculptures of abstract letterforms and painstakingly rendered hyper-realistic canvases. Revok (AKA Jason Williams) has been tagging under his current name since 1991, when he was 14. His ‘Los Awesome’ series, created on billboards around the city, was the result of a collaboration called ‘The Movement’ with graffiti writers Rime and Augor.  ‘The Movement’s’ aim was to celebrate L.A. by creating graffiti that eschewed aggressive, territorial, messages typically associated with gangs in the city. L.A. is of course an international centre for street art, hence the exhibition. Over the past 30 years countless internationally renowned artists from the likes of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Banksy, Martha Cooper, Shepard Fairey, Futura, Phil Frost, Keith Haring, Swoon and the infamous Mr Brainwash, not to mention the hundreds of other street artists that have all exhibited there - some legitimately and some not so legitimately, but that’s the beauty of it. "Just five years ago, street art was an underground thing, very renegade. But now it's an established art movement." - Aaron Rose Art in the Street’s co-curator.  If you like L.A. based street art read here about the phenomenal cult printing studio Modern Multiples. If you would like further information of available works or to enquire about other works and artist’s we have in the gallery please call +44 (0)20 7240 7909 or email soho@artrepublic.com artzine your guide to everything that’s happening in the art world Return to our London section $test =
  • Turner Prize 2011 Shortlist Announced

    Tate and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art today announced the four artists who have been shortlisted for The Turner Prize 2011. The artists are (in alphabetical order). Karla Black, Martin Boyce, Hilary Lloyd and George Shaw. Work by the shortlisted artists will be shown in an exhibition at BALTIC....
    Tate and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art today announced the four artists who have been shortlisted for The Turner Prize 2011. The artists are (in alphabetical order). Karla Black, Martin Boyce, Hilary Lloyd and George Shaw. Work by the shortlisted artists will be shown in an exhibition at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead opening on Friday 21 October 2011. The winner will be announced at BALTIC on Monday 5 December 2011. $test =

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