Monthly Archives: June 2011

  • Street Art Pioneer Barry McGee Returns with London Exhibition

    In this his third solo show in London and his first exhibition in the capital for six years McGee’s infamous style and visual language is once again brought to fore of the UK street art scene for a month-long showcase of his latest work. Barry McGee’s work draws its structures and graphic im....
    In this his third solo show in London and his first exhibition in the capital for six years McGee’s infamous style and visual language is once again brought to fore of the UK street art scene for a month-long showcase of his latest work. Barry McGee’s work draws its structures and graphic impact chiefly from the influences of tagging, ‘Mission School’ abstraction, and vandalism. His work draws heavily from a pessimistic view of the urban experience, which he describes as, "urban ills, overstimulations, frustrations, addictions and trying to maintain a level head under the constant bombardment of advertising". Through fusing together found and invented imagery, tags and assorted objects, McGee’s range of influences include the Mexican muralists, tramp art, the graffiti artists of the 70’s and 80’s and the San Francisco Beat poets, creating a unique visual language. McGee has been highly influential on the urban art scene that has followed. In early forms he popularised the use of paint drips in urban-influenced graphic design, which as a visual tool has formed almost a backbone to the aesthetic of urban art. He was also an early participant in the practice of painting directly on gallery walls, imitating the intrusive nature of graffiti. His use of chisel tip markers has heavily influenced sticker art and graffiti in general. Also known by his street name, Twist, Barry McGee has a very large following in the street art community. He has been working on the streets of San Francisco, his native city, since the mid 1980’s where his images continue to endure on walls, mailboxes and other surfaces despite the continuous campaign of public authorities to paint them out. McGee has long resisted showing his works in museums and commercial galleries, but over the past few years has increasingly become more active in the conventional art world context. Barry McGee’s current exhibition is on show in Central London until Aug 13th Interested in street and urban artwork. 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 Return to our London section $test =
  • Take a look at how Shuby created her Letterpress Print 'Your Banana Needs You'

    Your Banana Needs You by Shuby is a letterpress print which is a different printing process from many of the prints on our site. So we thought we should give you some more detail on just how much work goes into creating this type of print. The letterpress printing process has a very long....
    Your Banana Needs You by Shuby is a letterpress print which is a different printing process from many of the prints on our site. So we thought we should give you some more detail on just how much work goes into creating this type of print. The letterpress printing process has a very long history. It was invented by Johannes Gutenberg in the 15th century and revolutionised printing leading to an explosion of books and newspapers. It was such a good method that it remained in wide use until the late 20th century. Shuby worked with Adam's of Rye to produce her letter press print. Adam's of Rye is one of the last working letter press printers in the UK and the people who run it have over 25 years of experience. As you can see from the images below it is a complex process involving arranging the type and image (both mirror images of what you want to come out) inking the blocks up and then running  it all through the impressive looking printing press. To bring out the best in letterpress printing, printers must understand the capabilities and advantages of what can be a very unforgiving medium, but the results have a touch of quality and craftsmanship that is not often found in other contemporary printing methods. Because you can only use one colour at a time in the letterpress Shuby then had 3 extra plates for the banana made in order to create the colour section. So what looks like a simple print has a huge amount of work going into to it, making it a print well worth cherishing and putting on your walls. If you are interested in this style of printing we also have letter press prints available from Wasted & Wounded.  artzine your guide to everything that’s happening in the art world $test =
  • Dan Baldwin takes over the cover of Art of England magazine

    Grab yourself a copy of July’s Art of England magazine, there’s an excellent interview with Dan Baldwin inside.  You can’t miss it, because his brilliantly detailed piece ‘Cyclone’ has taken over the front cover.....
    Grab yourself a copy of July’s Art of England magazine, there’s an excellent interview with Dan Baldwin inside.  You can’t miss it, because his brilliantly detailed piece ‘Cyclone’ has taken over the front cover. $test =
  • Vincent Van Gogh self-portrait turns out to be a portrait of his brother Theo

    Experts have now concluded that a painting on display at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is actually of his brother Theo.  It is thought the work was created when the pair lived together in Paris in 1887, and is believed to be the only known painting of Theo. Vincent van Gogh and h....
    Experts have now concluded that a painting on display at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is actually of his brother Theo.  It is thought the work was created when the pair lived together in Paris in 1887, and is believed to be the only known painting of Theo. Vincent van Gogh and his brother Theo were very closed and Theo had a huge influence on Vincent’s career as an artist as well as our knowledge of him.  Theo was Vincent’s younger brother and they both started out working for the same firm as art dealers. Theo remained an art dealer and it was his financial support that allowed Vincent to become a full time artist. Theo raised the profile of Impressionist artists such as Claude Monet and Edgar Degas by persuading his employers, Goupil & Cie, to exhibit and buy their works.  He also introduced Vincent to other artists including Paul Gauguin, and promoted his work.  The relationship between the brothers was turbulent but Theo kept all his brothers correspondence which has proved to be a vital resource for those wishing to understand Vincent Van Gogh’s art and motivations. Theo also kept a huge amount of Vincent’s work which was given by Theo’s son Vincent Willem Van Gogh to form the Vincent Van Gogh Foundation and the collection of the Vincent Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Almond Blossom one of Van Gough’s most popular paintings was painted in 1890 to celebrate the birth of his nephew.  It was a gift for his brother Theo and his wife Johanna and was meant to hang over the couple’s bed. The almond blossom was chosen as a symbol of this new life, as the almond tress in the south of France bloom as early as February announcing the coming of spring. In 1890 Vincent Van Gogh committed suicide.  Sadly Theo’s health also declined and he died in the flowing year. Originally buried in Holland, in 1914 Theo's body was exhumed and re-buried with his brother at Auvers-sur-Oise, where they now lie side by side. Van Gogh’s painting of Theo can be seen in the Van Gogh in Antwerp and Paris, at the Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam until 18th September 2011. Image Credit: Portrait of Theo van Gogh, 1887, Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam $test =
  • INSA and his Iconic Heels

    See graffiti artist INSA decorate a tube train with his iconic Heels. If you want this image on your wall we have limited edition silkscreens of the Heels signed by the artist, in pink as on the train as well as in mint and purple.  INSA uses powerful black and white patterns to play with a....
    See graffiti artist INSA decorate a tube train with his iconic Heels. If you want this image on your wall we have limited edition silkscreens of the Heels signed by the artist, in pink as on the train as well as in mint and purple.  INSA uses powerful black and white patterns to play with and distort spaces and to entice the viewer into the fantasy world of materialistic aspiration which questions contemporary consumer culture and commodity fetishism. $test =
  • New Banksy in London

    In the last few days a new work by renowned graffiti artist Banksy has been spotted in Camden, London. ....
    In the last few days a new work by renowned graffiti artist Banksy has been spotted in Camden, London. $test =
  • Tracey Emin to design official poster for the London 2012 Olympics

    Tracey Emin has been announced as one of the 12 British artists chosen to design the official London 2012 posters. The other artists taking part and creating a poster include Fiona Banner, Michael Craig-Martin, Martin Creed, Anthea Hamilton, Howard Hodgkin, Gary Hume, Sarah Morris, Chris ....
    Tracey Emin has been announced as one of the 12 British artists chosen to design the official London 2012 posters. The other artists taking part and creating a poster include Fiona Banner, Michael Craig-Martin, Martin Creed, Anthea Hamilton, Howard Hodgkin, Gary Hume, Sarah Morris, Chris Ofili, Bridget Riley, Bob and Roberta Smith and Rachel Whiteread. All the posters will be on show in a free exhibition at Tate Britain as part of the London 2012 Festival, and will go on sale this autumn. There will also be a range of other free events taking places as part of the Cultural Olympiad finale, which takes place 21 June – 9 September 2012. Image Credit: Launch of London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Poster Artists © LOCOG View all sport prints $test =
  • In the window of our Brighton gallery – rare Jamie Hewlett prints

    If you have been past our Brighton gallery this week you may have noticed the two Jamie Hewlett limited editions we have in the window.  M16 Assault Lolly is a very early silkscreen from a signed limited edition of 150. Murdoc from the band Gorillaz was release as a series of four....
    If you have been past our Brighton gallery this week you may have noticed the two Jamie Hewlett limited editions we have in the window.  M16 Assault Lolly is a very early silkscreen from a signed limited edition of 150. Murdoc from the band Gorillaz was release as a series of four prints with Noodle Gob, 2D and Russel, and is very hard to come by these days. For more details or to purchase please call our Brighton gallery on +44 (0)1273 724 829 Also featured in the window the Peter Blake’s fist real pop shoe $test =
  • Framed Alas by Copyright now on the walls of our Brighton gallery

    We have just got Copyrights latest print back from the frames and it looks amazing on our walls in this ornate black frame which has been hand made by our expert framers. Alas is inspired by the famous speech in Hamlet ‘Alas poor Yorick’, and continues the Shakespearean theme of his ....
    We have just got Copyrights latest print back from the frames and it looks amazing on our walls in this ornate black frame which has been hand made by our expert framers. Alas is inspired by the famous speech in Hamlet ‘Alas poor Yorick’, and continues the Shakespearean theme of his last print Juliet. It is an amazing combination print with a giclee base and silkscreen colours and varnishes on top it has also been hand finished with silver leaf.   View all Copyright prints $test =
  • Ceal Warnants 'Shotgun Clare' is Famous!

    The beautifully quirky little print from up-and-coming artist Ceal Warnants has recently been spotted on more than one occasion on both the big and small screens... we're sure it’s more than just cunning product-placement. It’s official artrepublic’s beady, art-trained eye has spotted th....
    The beautifully quirky little print from up-and-coming artist Ceal Warnants has recently been spotted on more than one occasion on both the big and small screens... we're sure it’s more than just cunning product-placement. It’s official artrepublic’s beady, art-trained eye has spotted the distinctive little girl with a shotgun on two occasions. We were very excited to see her pop up in the background of the short film 'Steve' which stars British actress Kiera Knightley and then on a completely separate and far less salubrious occasion where she unfortunately witnesses a murder in ITV1's Lewis. Either way top exposure for a cracking edition! About the artist: Ceal Warnants graduated from The Royal College of Art MA in 2008. Her work explores the dark side of British culture, focusing particularly on ideas of youth and innocence She creates subversive images of childhood that openly question the nostalgic, saccharine depictions of growing up. Through this unique perspective of her’s, Ceal’s work comes across as both darkly comic and disturbingly truthful. Later this month Ceal is set to have a solo exhibition in London in which her subversive approach to nostalgia will be showcased raising once again many questions surrounding stereotypes of youth and innocence. 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 Return to our London section artzine your guide to everything that’s happening in the art world $test =

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