Monthly Archives: February 2012

  • Banksy Turf War New In

    Banksy’s Turf War. The super-rare, unsigned first edition arrived back into our Soho gallery this week coveted by eager eyes and lots of excited behaviour – not seen one of these for a while! Originally released in 2003 to accompany what seemed like Banksy’s ‘Turf War year’. Tur....
    Banksy’s Turf War. The super-rare, unsigned first edition arrived back into our Soho gallery this week coveted by eager eyes and lots of excited behaviour – not seen one of these for a while! Originally released in 2003 to accompany what seemed like Banksy’s ‘Turf War year’. Turf War was the title of one of his very first London shows in 2003 and just before that, during the May Day Riots, he had the superb, and exquisitely simple idea, of taking a little strip of turf and placing it on the head of the statue of Winston Churchill that sits in Parliament Square...and so the print was born A really great print. If you think so and want more details drop us a line. View all our available Banksy editions $test =
  • Jo Peel's Kite Project

    Scrawl Collective member and seasoned kite-flyer Jo Peel, has collaborated with designer Christopher Jarratt and social designer Tom Tobia on the wonderful interactive exhibition ’10 KITES’.  The project takes place in inner East London and is an invitation to come along and make your ver....
    Scrawl Collective member and seasoned kite-flyer Jo Peel, has collaborated with designer Christopher Jarratt and social designer Tom Tobia on the wonderful interactive exhibition ’10 KITES’.  The project takes place in inner East London and is an invitation to come along and make your very own kites for free resulting with a mass kite flying day on Saturday 17th March. The hosts of the event are Community Kite Project and they believe fun, imagination and the art of making are precious commodities, so their plan is to share them with as many people as possible. The Kite making workshops will be available from 1 -7 March 2012 running alongside an exhibition of kites designed and made by Christopher Jarratt with art-work by UK artists which include: Alexander Turvey , Dave Anderson, EMA, Hattie Stewart, Jo Peel, Jon Fox, Kid Acne, Ryan Callanan, Telegramme, and Will Barras. As well as hosting a week-long festival of kite making and workshops, there will be evening kite related screenings, including a live stream with Sayamimdu Dasgupta at MIT’s Media Lab on how to build the perfect Indian Fighting Kite!  Local community groups, schools, offices, passers-by and families are invited to all build a kite each. There is no cost, no catch, just a chance to explore your inner child, get imaginative and make yourself a fully functioning kite to keep.  What could be more fun than that? The venue is Space 54, Rivington Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3QN. For more details, visit the website at www.kiteproject.co.uk Read our Biography of Jo Peel View all our Jo Peel prints Read our Biography of Ryan Callanan View all our Ryan Callanan prints $test =
  • Spotlight on Whaam by Roy Lichtenstein

    'Whaam!' is a wonderful example of Roy Lichtenstein’s powerful comic book inspired Pop Art. It is one of a series of war paintings and was inspired by 'All American Men of War' published by DC comics in 1962. Lichtenstein was attracted by the way commercial art sources such as comic im....
    'Whaam!' is a wonderful example of Roy Lichtenstein’s powerful comic book inspired Pop Art. It is one of a series of war paintings and was inspired by 'All American Men of War' published by DC comics in 1962. Lichtenstein was attracted by the way commercial art sources such as comic images or advertisements depicted highly emotional subject matters such as love and war using detached techniques. Other paintings by Lichtenstein on this theme include ‘As I Opened Fire’ and ‘Blam’. Read our Biography of Roy Lichtenstein Read about the Pop Art movement See all Pop Art prints $test =
  • Peter Blake Brit Award Motifs

    It was the Brit Awards this week, undoubtedly a prestigious evening in the British music calendar. For this year’s awards, though, there a double dose of prestige as legendary British pop artist Sir Peter Blake designed the unique statue of Britannia. Blake is ubiquitous within Britis....
    It was the Brit Awards this week, undoubtedly a prestigious evening in the British music calendar. For this year’s awards, though, there a double dose of prestige as legendary British pop artist Sir Peter Blake designed the unique statue of Britannia. Blake is ubiquitous within British music having created some of the most iconic album covers for, most famously of course The Beatles, but also Oasis, Paul Weller, The Who and Ian Dury to name but a few. Blake’s famous original motifs (heart, target, rainbow, star) were featured on the statue and we’ve only a couple of the motif edition remaining including a full set of 4. view all our Peter Blake artworks Read about Sir Peter's involvement with the Brit Awards this year $test =
  • 25 Years since the death of Andy Warhol

    Its 25 years ago to the day the Pop artist Andy Warhol died.  Andy Warhol was one of the icons of 20th Century art, putting as much effort into publicising himself as producing his art. Andy Warhol is probably best known for his mass produced images of cultural icons from Campbell....
    Its 25 years ago to the day the Pop artist Andy Warhol died.  Andy Warhol was one of the icons of 20th Century art, putting as much effort into publicising himself as producing his art. Andy Warhol is probably best known for his mass produced images of cultural icons from Campbell’s soup cans to Marilynn Monroe. He is also credited with the quote that "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes."  He was one of the first artists to use silkscreen printing to produce his work in his studio called the ‘Factory’. However he worked in a huge variety of mediums including film and photography as well as being involved with the band the Velvet Underground. His influence on future generations of artist can still be seen in work like Pure Evils Nightmare series of prints and the use of silkscreen printing by a wide range of artists. The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts was also set up as requested by Warhol in his will to "to foster innovative artistic expression and the creative process". View All Andy Warhol prints Read our Biography of Andy Warhol Read about the Pop Art movement View all Pop Art prints $test =
  • Spotlight on Simone Lia

    We have just got some charming new silkscreen limited editions in from illustrator and comic book artist Simone Lia so we thought we would take a closer look at her and the inspiration for her work. Her latest limited edition print ‘I am not a bunny’ features perhaps her best know ....
    We have just got some charming new silkscreen limited editions in from illustrator and comic book artist Simone Lia so we thought we would take a closer look at her and the inspiration for her work. Her latest limited edition print ‘I am not a bunny’ features perhaps her best know character Fluffy and bunny who thinks he is a human, and was the star of her first graphic novel. Simone first made the drawing that would inspire fluffy when she was in college. She then started wondering about this bunny and his personality and who his Daddy might be and what their relationship was like. She describes the story of Fluffy as 'a story of unanswerable questions, love, despair, adventure and happiness'. In the finished graphic novel Fluffy is a baby rabbit who is being looked after by an anxious, single man called Michael Pulcino. Michael tries to make it clear to Fluffy that he is not his daddy, but Fluffy appears to be in denial.  ‘When making work I really want for it to be accessible and to communicate to an audience who may or may not be interested in comics or in art.  I want to communicate ideas in a simple way.’ Simone Lia Along with Fluffy Simone has a range or regular characters who she creates stories for including a wilful sausage, a carrot, a chip who doesn’t speak, a bean and bunnies of various shapes and sizes. They have appeared in The Independent, The Guardian and The DFC, as well as hanging on the walls of Tate Britain. If you want to try and create your own Fluffy take a look Simone’s piece on how to draw a bunny which appeared in the Guardian in 2011. Simone is British born Maltese and currently lives and works in London but still frequently visits Malta. She studied for a BA at university in Brighton and went on to a Masters degree at the Royal College of Art.  She has a new graphic novel ‘Please God, Find Me A Husband!’ coming out in April 2012. 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 =
  • Shepard Fairey (Obey) to guest star on The Simpsons.

    Legendary street artist Shepard Fairey is to be immortalised in the iconic television series The Simpsons. The episode due to air on March 4th 2012 titled Exit through the Kwik-E-Mart will follow Bart Simpson as he pastes his hometown of Springfield with unflattering images of Homer. B....
    Legendary street artist Shepard Fairey is to be immortalised in the iconic television series The Simpsons. The episode due to air on March 4th 2012 titled Exit through the Kwik-E-Mart will follow Bart Simpson as he pastes his hometown of Springfield with unflattering images of Homer. Bart’s adventure takes an interesting twist when he and his trusty sidekick Milhouse get caught red handed by street art legend Shepard Fairey and fellow artist Ron English, Kenny Scharf and Robbie Conal. To Bart’s surprise Shepard invites him to exhibit his work in his very own gallery show. Meanwhile, a new health food store opens in Springfield that threatens to put the Kwik-E-Mart out of business. Asked about The Simpsons Shepard had the following to say. Part of being on ‘The Simpsons,’ is you’re being honoured as a reference point in culture,” Fairey says. “But you also can’t be too sensitive about that part of culture being made fun of…There’s irony that comes with something outsider becoming insider. And they do a great job of examining that. I’ve always loved the Simpsons blend of humour and social commentary, so it is a huge honour for me to appear as a guest character on the March 4th episode. I can’t wait to see it! View all our Obey (Shepard Fairey) prints Read our Biography of Shepard Fairey View all our Ron English prints Read our Biography of Ron English $test =
  • The Superb New Original 'Street Art 1' by Jake Wood-Evans

    Ever since we began selling his editions, we have been begging for one of Jake’s original paintings for our Soho gallery walls. Well, thankfully he has not disappointed. Mixing the two worlds of classical and contemporary art, Jake’s oil paintings feature his loose, instinctive us....
    Ever since we began selling his editions, we have been begging for one of Jake’s original paintings for our Soho gallery walls. Well, thankfully he has not disappointed. Mixing the two worlds of classical and contemporary art, Jake’s oil paintings feature his loose, instinctive use of paint creating dark, ethereal works which capture imaginations, and provoke emotions, whilst at the same time being both unsettling and beautiful. ‘Street Art 1’ is produced in oil and spray paint on a fine Italian linen (320gm)  View all our Jake Wood-Evans work $test =
  • Carne Griffiths: New Work Raises Money For Charity

    Carne Griffiths auctioned off a unique piece from his latest body of work this week in a bid to help raise money for the children’s charity Kid’s Company, through the auction ‘Art For Hearts Sake’. The piece in question is titled ‘Margarita’, painted in his signature tea and ink, and....
    Carne Griffiths auctioned off a unique piece from his latest body of work this week in a bid to help raise money for the children’s charity Kid’s Company, through the auction ‘Art For Hearts Sake’. The piece in question is titled ‘Margarita’, painted in his signature tea and ink, and, after he was personally asked to become part of the special Art For Hearts Sake auction alongside other artrepublic favourite David Spiller, he donated the work where all proceeds will go to the charity Kids Company. Art For Heart’s Sake is a social enterprise that seeks to raise awareness and encourage charitable donation through creative engagement. It asks artists and creatives to either specially make or donate works or items, which are then auctioned-off to raise money.  Carne graduated from Maidstone college of Art in 1992. After graduating in 1995 he was made a fellow of the college alongside friend and fellow artist Dan Baldwin, whom he later went on to curate the Shynola exhibition at Islington's Candid Arts Gallery in 1996. Carne’s latest original works can be seen in our London gallery space, where, since first working with him last April, he’s grown to become one of the most sought after new artists the gallery represents. Carne’s drawings revisit and most notably reflect his influences of artist's Andre Masson, Paul Klee and Leonardo Da Vinci and chiefly explore the freedom of the drawn line. There is a desire in his work to return to nature and the simpler things in life, yet within the flowing lines of foliage the chaos of everyday life pervades. Look out for the forthcoming 6-page feature on Carne in the new edition of DPI magazine. View available Carne Griffiths works here If you are interested in Carne Griffiths and 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 =
  • An apology for yesterday (14th Feb)

    Our sincere apologies if you had difficulties reaching our website yesterday (14th Feb, 2012), our hosting company unfortunately had a major hardware outage. This is now resolved and the site is fully available again. All data remained totally safe throughout.....
    Our sincere apologies if you had difficulties reaching our website yesterday (14th Feb, 2012), our hosting company unfortunately had a major hardware outage. This is now resolved and the site is fully available again. All data remained totally safe throughout. $test =

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