Monthly Archives: January 2012

  • Peter Blake's Homage to Rauschenberg I, III and V

    We now have the long awaited remaining three prints I, III and V that complete the set of Peter Blake’s “Homage to Rauschenberg”.  Based on the fact there are very few left of prints number II and IV available it would be safe to say they will be popular and now is the time to ....
    We now have the long awaited remaining three prints I, III and V that complete the set of Peter Blake’s “Homage to Rauschenberg”.  Based on the fact there are very few left of prints number II and IV available it would be safe to say they will be popular and now is the time to buy as they are currently still at the release price so potentially a great investment. The set of 5 prints honours Rauschenberg’s influence of the great Pop artist’s own work in his use of found object and collage. The prints are of astounding quality with collage elements, diamond dust and glazing making them so much more than the average silkscreen.  They are available to buy singly or as part of the set of 5. View all Peter Blake prints $test =
  • Anti-Celebrity Portraits by Russell Young

    artrepublic is delighted to feature a range of exceptional portrait prints from the highly sought-after artist Russell Young. He has been painting for over 10 years, having had his first public showcase in 2003 with “Pig Portraits”, portraits of celebrity mug shots.  ....
    artrepublic is delighted to feature a range of exceptional portrait prints from the highly sought-after artist Russell Young. He has been painting for over 10 years, having had his first public showcase in 2003 with “Pig Portraits”, portraits of celebrity mug shots.  He is now hugely successful with his works selling for as much as $48,000 at auction and is now collected by the rich and famous from Barak Obama to David Hockney to Brad Pitt. Young uses images of history and popular culture in bold colour. Choosing well known figures from the 20th century he immerses himself in the darker side of celebrity culture, the sex drugs and rock and roll that often ultimately ends in tragedy. In controversial works such as Kate and Pete he is capturing a moment and making it larger than life. This was part of the “Fame + Shame” series examining the edgy relationship between celebrity and the media here Kate Moss is snapped dressed as Myra Hindley with her self-destructive partner at the time Pete Doherty as Ian Brady. British born but now based in the America Russell Young states that ...“My work is sort of soundtrack to my life, loves, experiences and influences. My method of working is to search, destroy and create. The images of this series have been collected from newspaper cuttings, Ebay, long correspondence with police departments throughout the world or even given by celebrities themselves. The idea to create "anti-celebrity" portraits was probably a reaction to my former career. However, they turned out to be even more beautiful and iconic. There is undeniably this attitude that is very real, in your face, a beauty that is hard to ignore...” He started out as a photographer and music video director working with some of music’s best talent such as Bjork, REM, Bruce Springsteen and New Order. He now prefers the fact that working as an artist he is in direct contact with the medium. He has even done live screen printing of his multiples at shows, once even printing in blood to the shock and awe of a live audiences at the History of Violence show in 2009. Click to view our currently available Russell Young limited 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 $test =
  • Art Lover's Guide to Valentine's Day

    Whether it’s music, literature or art, love has inspired fantastic creativity throughout the centuries.  Combine your love of art with your feelings for your true love and give a long lasting Valentines gift. Our art experts have gathered some of our best expressions of, love in ar....
    Whether it’s music, literature or art, love has inspired fantastic creativity throughout the centuries.  Combine your love of art with your feelings for your true love and give a long lasting Valentines gift. Our art experts have gathered some of our best expressions of, love in art, perfect for your Valentine. This collection includes many discounted prints from famous artists such as Klimt, Warhol, and Chagall. Plus we've many limited editions to make your gift even more collectable, like Rob Ryan’s All of the Words in the World and Peter Blake’s I Love You. Make this your most memorable Valentines! View all our art for lovers collection View Romantic Rare and Limited Edition prints $test =
  • Spotlight on Jackson Pollock

    It is 100 years since the birth of the hugely influential American abstract painter Jackson Pollock on January 28th 1912 Jackson Pollock's best known paintings only counted for four years of his work. The intensity and scale of Pollock's finest abstract works has led him to be regarded as....
    It is 100 years since the birth of the hugely influential American abstract painter Jackson Pollock on January 28th 1912 Jackson Pollock's best known paintings only counted for four years of his work. The intensity and scale of Pollock's finest abstract works has led him to be regarded as one of the most important American artists of his day, and major figure in the abstract expressionist movement. Pollock's best known works are created by the 'drip and splash' style. He fixed his canvas to the floor or wall and, holding the brush or stick a foot or so away, threw lines of paint towards it, allowing chance to direct the evolution of a painting. He then manipulated the paint with an assortment of instruments, sometimes achieving textured effects using elements such as sand or broken glass. Jackson Pollock struggled with alcoholism all his life and died in December 1956 age of 44 in an alcohol-related car accident. Read our biography of Jackson Pollock Read more about the Abstract Expressionist movement View all Jackson Pollock prints $test =
  • artrepublic Provide Artwork for the Hospital Club's Annual Press Event

    On Tuesday evening, (24/Jan) artrepublic teamed-up, for the first of many collaborations, with our fine creative neighbours The Hospital Club showcasing the latest editions from Sir Peter Blake. The Hospital Club were playing host to London’s press on Tuesday evening, where they were o....
    On Tuesday evening, (24/Jan) artrepublic teamed-up, for the first of many collaborations, with our fine creative neighbours The Hospital Club showcasing the latest editions from Sir Peter Blake. The Hospital Club were playing host to London’s press on Tuesday evening, where they were outlining what is in store for 2012 at the prestigious members club for creatives in Covent Garden. As a fitting backdrop to the event, we were invited to guest curate the space with Sir Peter’s brand new found art editions and his superbly printed Homage to Rauschenberg set, amongst other editions both past and present. 2012 will be a huge year for Peter as we look forward to celebrating his milestone 80th birthday. View our collection of Blake works If you would like more information on Blake’s artwork please email soho@artrepublic.com or call +44 (0)20 7240 7909 $test =
  • A day with Ben Allen in his studio

    We recently spent the day on the outskirts of Brighton in a shared studio unit space catching up with Ben Allen who is busy generating work for his upcoming Solo show in May.  Observing him for a day you can tell he is methodical and observant in his approach. The floors of the studio are pai....
    We recently spent the day on the outskirts of Brighton in a shared studio unit space catching up with Ben Allen who is busy generating work for his upcoming Solo show in May.  Observing him for a day you can tell he is methodical and observant in his approach. The floors of the studio are paint splattered and stencils are splayed on the surface. The shelves are staked deep with sprays and paint and the walls act as supports to the many leaning canvases. Willy Mason’s album is playing on the speakers and there is a calm but infectious buzz in the room. The day to day structure Ben follows consists of planning his days the night before. He has in mind roughly or exactly what he is going to do and likes to always stick to it, although at times things go wrong or he has to change his idea. Sometimes he can be awake half the night thinking about an idea he has had. He will usually do any admin first as it will play on his mind and get in the way if it’s not done. Ben prefers painting in the afternoons as he hasn’t really warmed up till then.  When we ask Ben to describe himself he jokes that he has just been asked to write a verbal CV. He takes a moment to think about it. “I would say passionate, excitable, easily influenced, hopefully influential (without sounding egotistical), fun”. At this point Ben notices a tiny area in one of his canvas that he has missed, he laughs and says “there is always something”. He continues to list his qualities immediately adding very particular as one of them.  “Stubborn, I like to think I can see things through, um honest, loving, fun, did I already say fun?” we make another note of fun and he laughs again. “How does one describe one’s self”? He lastly adds proud and obsessive about what he does. At 17 Ben went travelling which saw him surfing in Indonesia, documenting the trip with photographs. He later took an inspiring trip to Mexico when he was 20 which led him to paint. Ben had always drawn as a kid and enjoyed it, but had no idea that it would snowball from his Mexico and turn into his career. Mexico inspired him with the people and the culture, the colour vibe and landscape. The key influential artists for Ben include Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat and modern day artists such as Shepard Fairey. Ben says his work is a mixture of Modern Abstract and Pop Art. “Anyone who is doing those three things with pretty loud colours I usually like”.  “I like Takashi Murakami, his colour and intricate Graphic Design. I am heavily influenced by VCJ who did the original skateboard artwork for Powell Peralta and Jim Phillips who did a lot of work for Santa Cruz”. Skateboard and Surfing culture has always been a big interest for Ben as a hobby but also the fashion and artwork that is typically associated with it. “Tattoo art, I like the classic snake’s, dragons, Koi and skulls”.  Ben has taken on a new interest as he has ‘grown up’ of downhill mountain biking. When asked he says that he wouldn’t describe it as safer as he recently travelled out to the Alps and whilst doing the trails he damaged his painting hand.  “I am right handed although sometimes I feel there are so many things I want to achieve in a day it would be great to be ambidextrous, or have a several clones”.  Ben’s career is a story of a self taught Artist who has found success by putting in a lot of hard work and determination. Ben always knew he wanted to make his own journey in life but says he had no idea it would be within Art. He hated school and had bad grades. He found himself going to college for a year to retake exams, but was disillusioned with life and his surroundings.  The more involved he has become in the art world the more he can see how far it can go. He points out its more about personal satisfaction for him than reaching the top of his game, but part of that is taking it as far as he possibly can. “What interests me most about being an Artist is there are no ends there are no boundaries only the ones you set yourself. There is always going to be a Gallery, there is always going to be a show, there will always be a new colour to use. It’s boundless”. He stresses that this is what really excites him about it.  When asked about his expectations and if they have changed and he reveals that they've got bigger yet more realistic at the same time. “I am still always learning about how to achieve it. Every piece I do and every show I do there is always something I take out of it. It’s a constant process and it’s not just how to paint better but it’s how to be an artist I suppose, how to make a living.” Ben has produced 30 new paintings for his solo show as well as some 3D pieces and he says there will definitely be some new editions released from the show. Click to view our current available Ben Allen editions artzine your guide to everything that’s happening in the art world $test =
  • The World Goes Spot Mad As Damien Hirst Hosts Global Exhibition

    Damien Hirst’s ‘Spots’: ubiquitous in the contemporary art market, with no corner of the globe unreached by him as an artist and no city that hasn’t exhibited his work. Befitting therefore that 11 galleries worldwide are simultaneously showing over two decades' worth of his Spot Paintings....
    Damien Hirst’s ‘Spots’: ubiquitous in the contemporary art market, with no corner of the globe unreached by him as an artist and no city that hasn’t exhibited his work. Befitting therefore that 11 galleries worldwide are simultaneously showing over two decades' worth of his Spot Paintings. They are as recognisable an artistic motif as you are likely to find in recent art history and in celebration of, and to acknowledge, the global importance of the Hirst brand, all 11 Gagosian galleries around the globe are simultaneously showing a selection of his Spot Paintings – a theme he's pursued for quarter of a century. The Gagosian calls its multi-shows The Complete Spot Paintings 1986-2011 and the total number on display at their three galleries in New York, two in London and the others in Los Angeles, Paris, Rome, Athens, Geneva and Hong Kong is around 300. They range from the huge canvas to the tiny one, from paintings of one or even half-a-spot to a giant canvas with 25,781 one-millimetre spots, all of them different from each other. There are round canvases, square ones, rhomboid and seemingly, every other shape known to science and each precisely painted (although famously not by Mr. Hirst of course). The original intention of this world unveiling was to show the works bought by private collectors and public galleries in each region as an imperial display of the reach and fame of Damien Hirst as an international superstar. It’s worked too. The whole world is ostensibly talking about Damien Hirst and his spots, especially in London given the forthcoming retrospective at Tate Modern and the focus on Britain and British exports due to the Olympics. To coincide with the exhibition and in the lead up to the Tate retrospective we have a wide collection of spot editions available ranging from past sold out etchings, to newly released wood cuts. Click here for all our Spot Editions. If you are interested in the work of Damien Hirst and would like further information on the editions we have available or for more information on other works or artists available through the gallery please call +44 (0)20 7240 7909 or email soho@artrepublic.com Return to our London section Image Credits: © Damien Hirst/ Science Ltd, 2012 Photography Prudence Cuming Associates artzine your guide to everything that’s happening in the art world $test =
  • Greg Haberny releases exclusive new print with artrepublic

    artrepublic has had the pleasure of commissioning an exclusive print from internationally acclaimed artist Greg Haberny. The new print ‘Made in China’ will be in the Brighton gallery very soon but in the meantime we thought we’d introduce him to you. Haberny is an artist who sets himself n....
    artrepublic has had the pleasure of commissioning an exclusive print from internationally acclaimed artist Greg Haberny. The new print ‘Made in China’ will be in the Brighton gallery very soon but in the meantime we thought we’d introduce him to you. Haberny is an artist who sets himself no boundaries. His work is a strong personal expression and involves a very physical process mixing comic characters with dirt, spray paint, vintage pin-ups, old films, advertising and pop culture to create hugely imaginative pieces. Heavily worked, the physical process of making and the sometimes destructive nature of his methods is evident in the works. “I like to work with everything... Screws, nails, wire, tons of glues and epoxies, glass, shredded plastic, firearms, spray paint, oils, watercolours, enamel car paints, acrylics, and truck loads of dirt...Just about anything that I can get my hands on.“ Greg Haberny Such a wide range of materials allows him to explore his creativity to the limit. Often combining contrasting elements, he explores controversy and comments on what he feels is a broken society. His attempts not to be defined by any particular style is reflected in his broad range on influences from filmmakers to abstract expressionism, conceptual art, Pop Art, Cy Twombly, Robert Rauschenberg and Tracy Emin to name but a few. He grew up in a very artistic family in Connecticut, his grandmother was a painter, his father was a furniture maker and the values of hard work were instilled in him from an early age giving him the sense of determination and drive needed to pursue a career in art. Although he studied photography and filmmaking, he did not originally start as an artist. He worked for several years in the film industry, first acting then designing sets which led him to start doing street installations. Now his installation work is all consuming. Drawing on his background in set construction he has a similar approach to building up his works using a huge range of materials involving sight and sound, transforming the gallery into a totally new environment. When he exhibits in galleries he totally changes the space, literally covering it floor to ceiling, it’s an assault on the senses totally absorbing the viewer into his world.  Now based in New York, he has just shown at Berlin’s Strychnine Gallery and several of his originals have sold at auction for thousands of dollars. Made in China will be a signed hand finished print finished to an exceptional standard in an edition of just 50. If you are interested in pre-ordering one now for a steal at £475 or would like further information about the print, please come to the Brighton gallery or calling us on +44 (0)1273 724829 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 =
  • Exclusive New Tools of the Trade prints just in from Ryan Callanan

    New into our Brighton gallery Tools of the Trade are a series of EXCLUSIVE new signed limited edition prints by from Ryan Callanan. Tools of the Trade is available in several colours each heavily coated with diamond dust.  They have been created using a combination of a giclee pri....
    New into our Brighton gallery Tools of the Trade are a series of EXCLUSIVE new signed limited edition prints by from Ryan Callanan. Tools of the Trade is available in several colours each heavily coated with diamond dust.  They have been created using a combination of a giclee print with two silkscreen’s on top one of which is the diamond dust.  The pink has pink diamond dust the green has clear diamond dust and the grey has 'silver' diamond dust. The controversial imagery is a new direction for Ryan Callanan and is bound to be a conversation starter in any home.  Each colour is available in a small edition of just 5 prints and we do not expect them to be around for very long.  View all our Ryan Callanan prints $test =
  • Chaz Bojorquez Grandfather of L.A Graffiti art

    We have a fab new print by L.A. based Chaz Bojorquez , a highly influential artist who was one of the first to use stencil art on the streets. His use of calligraphy blends his Latin American influences of Cholo graffiti with Chinese characters, Old English text and psychedelia. “Locos de Ca....
    We have a fab new print by L.A. based Chaz Bojorquez , a highly influential artist who was one of the first to use stencil art on the streets. His use of calligraphy blends his Latin American influences of Cholo graffiti with Chinese characters, Old English text and psychedelia. “Locos de Cali” (translated as west coast crazies) displays Chaz Bojorquez changing calligraphy style over the years through three layers of different tags. He also used this image at the MOCA "Art in the Streets" Exhibition in a piece painted directly on the wall. A master of graffiti art, now in his 60s Bojorquez is a veteran of the graffiti art scene and considered the “grandfather of graffiti in Los Angeles”. His work is very much associated with identity. His gothic lettering a strong expression of his heritage and presence among Latino culture and the L.A. gangs within that. He is proud of who he is and his heritage. Chaz Bojorquez was one of the first to use stencil art on the streets preferring the brush and acrylics to the spray can. Growing up he experienced a style of traditional writing that was treated as an honoured code amongst the East Los Angeles Mexican Americans to be respected as a mark of their culture. This led him to be one of the first to develop his own typography through his tags when he started writing on the streets in the 60s.  His original tag of Senor Suerte, a stylised skull inspired by Mexican folklore, became a powerful image that has come to be used amongst gangs as a symbol for the protection against death. Gang members have even gone as far as tattooing the symbol on themselves; apparently the tattoo is used so widely amongst certain gangs they are put in separate cells in prison if the tag is found on them.  Now as a successful artist having made the transition from street to gallery, his work is now in several permanent collections in America including the Smithsonian, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Museum of Contemporary art. He has been the inspiration to several up and coming street artist such as RETNA who considers him a great mentor. The influence of Chaz on RETNA’s work is clearly visible. Please call the gallery if you are interested in “Locos de Cali” or would like any further information about the Chaz Bojiorquez. Click to view our current available Chaz Bojorquez 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 =

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