Monthly Archives: August 2011

  • New Jo Peel print of the London Olympic Park

    We have just got in this fantastic new print from Jo Peel featuring the new London 2012 Olympic park under construction.  This beautiful silkscreen is hand finished and in an edition of just 10 and exclusive to artrepublic. Jo’s original for this print is currently touring Japan's....
    We have just got in this fantastic new print from Jo Peel featuring the new London 2012 Olympic park under construction.  This beautiful silkscreen is hand finished and in an edition of just 10 and exclusive to artrepublic. Jo’s original for this print is currently touring Japan's major cities, in a charity exhibition to raise money for the earthquake appeal in Japan.  View all Jo Peel prints $test =
  • Rising graffiti star RETNA

    After his sell out show “The Hallelujah World Tour”, RETNA has reached the star status of a hot new contemporary graffiti artist. As we have some amazing new limited editions just in we thought we would take a closer look at his work. As a young man growing up in L.A., RETNA managed to avoid....
    After his sell out show “The Hallelujah World Tour”, RETNA has reached the star status of a hot new contemporary graffiti artist. As we have some amazing new limited editions just in we thought we would take a closer look at his work. As a young man growing up in L.A., RETNA managed to avoid the lure of gangs and started painting murals on the streets and trains in his neighbourhood. Of African-American, El Salvadorian and Cherokee descent he took the name the name RETNA from a Wu-Tang Clan song. Fascinated by the formation of lettering, RETNA (AKA Marquis Lewis) is inspired by influences as broad as graffiti on the streets, to art nouveau, to the ancient texts of the Egyptians. He has subsequently created a language of his own and it is this amazing calligraphy that forms the foundation of much of his work. The lettering is beautifully formed and is repeated in various ways, imbuing his own meaning based on his personal experiences of growing up in LA. It is up to the viewer to interpret their own meaning, as he offers no translation we are left to make up our own minds.  “These Are The Days”, a limited edition print of just 9, is an example of the unique alphabet that he has created inspired by Old English text, hieroglyphs, Arabic and Asian calligraphy and graffiti. The text is covered with diamond dust that evokes the translucence of stain glass windows. His first show was in 1997 and he has since stormed the contemporary art scene. His work is now collected by the rich and famous, including Usher and the director of MOCA. Graffiti has now become accepted as an integral part of contemporary art and it is artists such as Retna that has earned graffiti a place on the walls of art galleries around the world. Click to view our current available RETNA editions 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)1273 724829 or email brighton@artrepublic.com Return to our Brighton section artzine your guide to everything that’s happening in the art world $test =
  • AME72 in new show at Tel Aviv Museum

    British graffiti artist AME72 bombs Tel Aviv museum with an explosion of colour and technology at the biggest street art show in the Middle East, 'Inside Job' at the Tel Aviv Museum For Contemporary Art which opens 26th August 201. Alongside exhibiting original works, AME72 has painted a....
    British graffiti artist AME72 bombs Tel Aviv museum with an explosion of colour and technology at the biggest street art show in the Middle East, 'Inside Job' at the Tel Aviv Museum For Contemporary Art which opens 26th August 201. Alongside exhibiting original works, AME72 has painted a magnificent 10m x 4m mural inside the museum consisting of stencils and mixed media to create a powerful combination of colour and thought provoking imagery.  Museum visitors will have the added surprise to leave their virtual mark in the museum by way of using the new AME72 iPhone & iPad iTag Graffiti, a graffiti paint application which will be projected onto the inside walls. Don’t miss AME72 - G*d does not play dice, print release for the show that's exclusive to artrepublic. Read our review of the show here $test =
  • Spotlight on the Mona Lisa

    Its 100 years since the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre in Paris so we thought we would take a closer look at the painting that has made such a huge impression on the public and artists over the years. On 21 August 1911 Louis Béroud, a painter, walked into the Louvre and went t....
    Its 100 years since the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre in Paris so we thought we would take a closer look at the painting that has made such a huge impression on the public and artists over the years. On 21 August 1911 Louis Béroud, a painter, walked into the Louvre and went to the Salon Carré where the Mona Lisa had been on display and discovered it was missing. The gallery was closed for a week as the investigation got under way and even Pablo Picasso was brought in for questioning over the disappearance of the painting. It was two years before the painting was recovered and the thief a Louvre employee Vincenzo Peruggia was uncovered. He had hidden in a broom cupboard while the museum was open and then taken the painting after hours hidden it in his coat and, after being let out by a plumber working there walked out.  Peruggia was Italian and was motivated by the belief the painting should be on show in Italy rather than France. He was caught when he tried to sell the painting to the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. As a result of the theft the painting did go on a tour of Italy before being returned to the Louvre in 1913. Over the years the painting has survived various other attacks including being doused with acid having a rock thrown at it, having paint thrown at it on a visit to Tokyo and having a mug thrown at it. Fortunately during the last two of these attacks the painting was behind its new bullet proof glass and was unharmed. Due to its iconic status the image of the Mona Lisa has also been used by other artists. Surrealist Marcel Duchamp was one of the first to use the image and adorned a cheap reproduction with a moustache and a goatee. After the Mona Lisa’s visit to America in 1963 Andy Warhol created a series of silkscreen reproductions of her similar to his works with other iconic images such as the Campbell’s soup can and Marilyn Monroe.  In more recent years graffiti artists such as Banksy, RYCA, Dolk and Mr Brainwash have all used the Mona Lisa in their woks both on the street and as limited editions. Leonardo da Vinci began painting the Mona Lisa around 1503 in Florence, Italy and continued to working on it over the years and is thought to have finished it in 1519 shortly before his death. Leonardo bought the painting to France when he went there at the invitation of King François I in 1516. After Leonardo’s death the King bought the painting and it has remained in France ever since. Mona Lisa was not well known until the mid-19th century when the emerging Symbolist art movement began to appreciate it, and associated it with their ideas about feminine mystique. Since then her enigmatic smile has held the public’s imagination captive and it is now perhaps the most famous painting in the world. $test =
  • Dave White interview at the release of his Eagle print in our Soho gallery

    WeAreHQ TV came to the recent release of Dave White's Eagle print at our Soho gallery and interviewed him about his work and any future projects he has in store. A new print release is due soon so watch this space. Dave White Interview - Eagle/Americana/Nike/Jordan from WeAreHQ TV on Vi....
    WeAreHQ TV came to the recent release of Dave White's Eagle print at our Soho gallery and interviewed him about his work and any future projects he has in store. A new print release is due soon so watch this space. Dave White Interview - Eagle/Americana/Nike/Jordan from WeAreHQ TV on Vimeo. Video credit Magdi at wearehq.com The launch also received a lot of coverage around the web. Here's a selection of websites: FAD Magazine The Daily Street Noenga Posters & Prints Blog Juicy Magazine Peace Magazine Freshness Magazine $test =
  • Banksy's Back

    Banksy needs no introduction whatsoever. All you need to know is that he's returned to the more familiar surrounds of England with some new street works and a new documentary for Channel 4 that is every bit as superb as you’d expect. Some brand new Banksy stree....
    Banksy needs no introduction whatsoever. All you need to know is that he's returned to the more familiar surrounds of England with some new street works and a new documentary for Channel 4 that is every bit as superb as you’d expect. Some brand new Banksy street pieces emerged from the cover of darkness and some very well erected scaffolding this week. There were some playful nods to his hometown of Bristol as well as more ‘on trend’ works tackling phone hacking. The biggie though was last Saturday (13th august) when Banksy's first attempt at producing a full-length feature for the small screen made its highly entertaining debut. Titled The Antics Road Show, the program is a tongue-in-cheek look at the history of public pranks and their inspirations. Featuring clips, interviews and narratives, the show encourages urban pranksters to push themselves to create challenging, disruptive pieces and to elevate the form away from mere humour to make worthwhile political statements. The hour-long special charts the history of people behaving badly in public, from anarchists and activists to attention seeking eccentrics. Banksy, working in collaboration with Jamie D’cruz (Exit Through The Gift Shop), produced the hour-long documentary special with narration from actress Kathy Burke. Many of the pranks shown clearly possess and evoke the same spirit of provocation that Banksy's own work holds and demonstrates; marrying the two very well. The documentary can be viewed here until September 12th If you would like further information of available Banksy 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 =
  • Ryan Callanan's latest limited edition appears as a street work

    The Melon appeared on a shutter at Cordy house, curtain road Shoreditch in the last few days and he says to watch this space for more appearances in the future. Meanwhile don’t miss your chance to get hold of Ryan Callanan’s lovely Melon limited edition silkscreen that featured in ....
    The Melon appeared on a shutter at Cordy house, curtain road Shoreditch in the last few days and he says to watch this space for more appearances in the future. Meanwhile don’t miss your chance to get hold of Ryan Callanan’s lovely Melon limited edition silkscreen that featured in his recent solo show at the Ink_d gallery in Brighton. Also his alter ego RYCA has just released a new Ghostbusters print in a very small edition of 17. $test =
  • The line drawings of Pablo Picasso

    Pablo Picasso was a prolific artist whose work spans a wide range of artistic movements and mediums. His drawings using a few simple lines remain some of his most popular images. We take a look at this one area of Picasso’s huge body of work. From his earliest works studying under his father (....
    Pablo Picasso was a prolific artist whose work spans a wide range of artistic movements and mediums. His drawings using a few simple lines remain some of his most popular images. We take a look at this one area of Picasso’s huge body of work. From his earliest works studying under his father (who was also an artist, whose major focus was unusually the pigeon) Picasso showed an amazing drawing ability. Over his lifetime Picasso explored a huge variety of subjects in his drawings including still life, the human form, animals and mythology. It was the influence of primitive art in the early 20th century with its simple styling that led Picasso to create simpler line drawings in his later years. Looking at his work The Bull you can see how he worked away at the complex image bit by bit reducing it to a single fluid line that still posses all the power of the bull itself. His single line drawings are so simple but at the same time so powerful as they create so much using a single unbroken line.   Picasso loved animals and kept a huge variety over his life-time many of which appeared in his work, and in particular his line drawings. He formed a particular attachment to a dachshund called Lump who became famous for eating a Picasso piece (a cut out of a rabbit the artist made from a cake box). Lump was immortalised in Picassos drawing the dog as well as in a drawing Picasso did on a plate the day Lump arrived at Picasso's home. The simplicity, energy and life captured in Picasso’s line drawings perhaps explains the continued popularity of these images. At first glance we all think we could easily replicate these images but to use so few lines to express so much is a lot harder than it looks and is testament to Picasso's artistic talent. Buy silkscreen prints of Picasso's line drawings $test =
  • Elvis inspired art

    It’s the anniversary of the death of the King of Rock and Roll Elvis Presley who changed the face of music for ever.  Since his death his iconic figure has lived on, not only in the form of the hundreds of Elvis impersonators but also in many works of art including work by Andy W....
    It’s the anniversary of the death of the King of Rock and Roll Elvis Presley who changed the face of music for ever.  Since his death his iconic figure has lived on, not only in the form of the hundreds of Elvis impersonators but also in many works of art including work by Andy Warhol, Simon Dixon (pictured) and Trafford Parsons.  View all Elvis inspired works of art $test =
  • Acclaimed British abstract painter John Hoyland dies

    One of England’s finest abstract painters and once described as ‘Europe’s answer to Mark Rothko’ John Hoyland has died aged 76. A painter and printmaker Hoyland’s was known for his powerful and richly coloured work, built up from layers of thick paint.  Hoyland was an advo....
    One of England’s finest abstract painters and once described as ‘Europe’s answer to Mark Rothko’ John Hoyland has died aged 76. A painter and printmaker Hoyland’s was known for his powerful and richly coloured work, built up from layers of thick paint.  Hoyland was an advocate of British abstract art and counted Anthony Caro among his closest friends as well as an enduring influence on him. He was a constant supporter of succeeding generations of younger abstract artists. During the 1960’s he taught at the Chelsea School of Art, where he met Patrick Caulfield, who became one of his closest friends, and then at the Slade and Royal Academy art schools. John Hoyland was born in Sheffield to a working-class family. From the age of 11 he went to the Sheffield School of Arts and Crafts. It was here that he met his first great friend in art, Brian Fielding, and began his passionate engagement with painting. In 1956 entered the Royal Academy Schools. Unfortunately the President of the Royal Academy, Sir Charles Wheeler, ordered his paintings to be removed from the diploma show although he was still awarded his diploma. However within months, Hoyland was exhibiting with some of the best British artists in a show organised by the artist themselves which kick started the 60s art scene in London. Visiting New York in 1964 he met many of his heroes in abstract art and stuck up a close friendship with Robert Motherwell, as well as meeting Helen Frankenthaler, Barnett Newman and Kenneth Noland.  From 1967 he began to spend more time in New York, and visiting the Caribbean with his friend the sculptor Anthony Caro. His one-man exhibition in the spring of that year consolidated Hoyland's reputation, and established him without question as one of the best abstract painters of his generation anywhere in the world. He travelled more and more, especially after meeting his second wife, the Jamaican model Beverley Heath, in the early 1980s. His art in this period reflected the tropical countries they visited, as well as the loss of friends including Patrick Caulfield and Terry Frost. His late work can be seen as the fruition of all that preceded it, and was considered by many to be his best. Read more about John Hoyland in our artists Biography artzine your guide to everything that’s happening in the art world Return to our Brighton section $test =

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