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  • 10 Peter Blake prints to own in 2012

    Sir Peter Blake is one of Britain’s leading artists, with a career which has to date spanned more than 60 years. He has created some of the most memorable images in pop culture including the cover of the Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album.  In celebration of Sir Pet....
    Sir Peter Blake is one of Britain’s leading artists, with a career which has to date spanned more than 60 years. He has created some of the most memorable images in pop culture including the cover of the Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album.  In celebration of Sir Peter Blake's 80th birthday in June, artrepublic has created a list of the top 10 collectible Peter Blake art prints to own in 2012. 1. Parade  This signed limited edition silkscreen of 175 is one of Blake’s recent artworks. Parade depicts a colourful street procession of toys and was created in celebration of the V&A Museum of Childhood’s re-opening after refurbishment. All of the toys featured in the print are on show at the museum and represent a history of childhood iconography, from vintage peg dolls to Care Bears and even the very modern Buzz Lightyear. Each print is signed, numbered and titled by the artist. 2. Homage to Rauschenberg II  Homage to Rauschenberg II is one of a series of five silkscreen prints created by Peter Blake as a tribute to Robert Rauschenberg, who has influenced Blake’s art throughout his career. This silkscreen signed limited edition of 125 features a chess board, an American flag and found items such as distressed advertising clippings and a tiny sign which reads ‘pull chain before leaving’. 3. Found Art: Britannia This giclee and silkscreen signed limited edition of just 25 is one of the latest additions to Blake’s ‘found art’ series, in which items such as discarded packaging, cigarette packets and match boxes become the subject of art. This print features a digitally enlarged area of vintage packaging with a central design of a Roman centurion and the word 'Britannia' surrounded by smaller motif scenes. The digital enlargement reveals previously unseen detail in both the original printed motif designs and surface texture. 4. Marilyn 2010 This silkscreen signed limited edition of 150 is a classic portrait of Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe, she is pictured against a striking red background. The print is finished with diamond dust and each edition is signed and numbered by the artist. 5. I Love You – White One of Peter Blake’s more recent works, I Love You is a 15 colour signed limited edition silkscreen of 175. The words ‘I Love You’ are a combination of collaged letters collected from different sources, finished with gold and silver leaf and embossing on a cream background. 6. Paris – 10 Man Upright This silkscreen signed limited edition of 100 is part of Blake’s ‘Paris suite’ series. Influenced by the circus, the print depicts ten precariously balanced figures forming a human tower in front of the iconic Parisian landmark ‘Les Invalides’, the military hospital museum where Napoleon is buried. In a nod to the museum, the circus performers are dressed as military figures. 7. Homage to Damien Hirst: The Butterfly Man Tokyo The butterfly man Tokyo belongs to Peter Blake’s series Homage to Damien Hirst. This signed silkscreen limited edition of 100 features Blake's recurring motif ‘butterfly man’. Throughout the series the 'butterfly man' is depicted in various locations surrounded by colourful butterflies in tribute to Damien Hirst’s prolific use of the butterfly in his own artwork. The background of this print is inspired by a retro postcard image of Tokyo featuring the famous statue of Saigo Takamori. 8. American Trilogy 2012 American trilogy is a diamond dust silkscreen signed limited edition of 100. A classic example of pop art, Blake features three archetypal American icons: Coca Cola, Elvis Presley and the American flag. The three images are made more striking through the careful use of colour within the print, the eye is drawn to the common use of red within each image which stand out against a diamond dust monotone background. The print is finished with gold and silver leaf. 9. Union Jack 2011  This giclee signed limited edition of 50 is a print of a vintage Union Jack flag with frayed edges. The flag features the words 'British made' and beneath the image a typed font reads 'Union Jack'. The giclee print is incredibly detailed, with the weave of the fabric, areas of wear and tear and discolouration clearly visible. 10. Wink Wink is part of Blake's ‘Replay’ series, which revisits some of his work from the early 1960s. The print illustrates the cover of 'Wink magazine' featuring a 1950s pin-up girl winking. The solid red background of this composition creates a striking image. Wink is a silkscreen signed limited edition of 175. View our entire collection of Peter Blake prints $test =
  • RYCA's New Skull Prints

    We have a small number of really special large skull prints from RYCA available in the Brighton gallery.  Each print is an individual 1 of 1 and there are several bold colour variations. The skull is a motif that is used to great effect by RYCA and based on the success of the Pixe....
    We have a small number of really special large skull prints from RYCA available in the Brighton gallery.  Each print is an individual 1 of 1 and there are several bold colour variations. The skull is a motif that is used to great effect by RYCA and based on the success of the Pixel Skulls (which are now sold out) we expect that these editions won’t stay around for long. The prints are 120cm x 72cm in dimension and feature the negative image of a skull with brightly coloured teeth. They have been beautifully printed using spray paint and silkscreen on aluminium painted paper and would be a great addition to any art collection particularly as each one is unique. If you are interested in one of these prints, then please call the Brighton gallery on 01273 724 829 to find out about available editions.  View all RYCA prints $test =
  • Special Jubilee edition of Crown & Country

    Prefab77 have just released the second edition of the hugely popular Crown & Country print. The first edition literally flew out of the gallery and as this is a special Jubilee version of Crown & Country we expect this print to do the same. The Newcastle based collective often ....
    Prefab77 have just released the second edition of the hugely popular Crown & Country print. The first edition literally flew out of the gallery and as this is a special Jubilee version of Crown & Country we expect this print to do the same. The Newcastle based collective often use political or social themes as the subject of their work to make a statement, but always making it beautiful. Intricate and beautifully coloured flowers and foliage envelope the crown, an iconic image of the British monarchy.  There are also several other new prints from Prefab77 hot off the press, click below to see more. View all Prefab77 prints $test =
  • New prints from David Spiller

    We have two fab new prints Felix and Snowy from the wonderful David Spiller available from the gallery right now!  As a veteran of the British Pop Art scene, Spiller has lightened up our lives with his loveable cartoon characters and lyrical phrases for many years. Using classic c....
    We have two fab new prints Felix and Snowy from the wonderful David Spiller available from the gallery right now!  As a veteran of the British Pop Art scene, Spiller has lightened up our lives with his loveable cartoon characters and lyrical phrases for many years. Using classic comic book favourites such as Felix the cat and Snowy the dog he has continued to use such images throughout his career. Minnie and Mickey, Popeye and Olive, Donald and Daisy, are familiar subjects that are instantly recognisable by one and all. Working largely on the floor, the characters are stencilled by the artist, then graffitied over with a childlike scribble bringing bold splashes of colour to the pieces.  The lyrical phrases are taken form songs he loves, from the likes of Bob Dylan, the Beatles and the lullabies sung to him as a child.  As one of our favourite artists in the gallery Spiller’s prints are always popular. Snowy and Felix are available to buy as a pair or individually.  View all David Spiller prints $test =
  • Introducing Amanda Marie

    Creator of whimsical magical scenes that combine childhood imagery with stencil and spray paint Amanda Marie’s prints express a sense of the joy she clearly has in making the work. As a new artist for artrepublic we’d like to introduce her to you. Drawing on the fairytale and the storybook A....
    Creator of whimsical magical scenes that combine childhood imagery with stencil and spray paint Amanda Marie’s prints express a sense of the joy she clearly has in making the work. As a new artist for artrepublic we’d like to introduce her to you. Drawing on the fairytale and the storybook Amanda has created an imaginary world in her work. In her new print Bird Riders, a beautiful 11 colour screenprint with varnishes and metallic pigments, children and their animal companions are repeated in the image, floating carefree, emitting dazzling clouds of sparkling energy. The prints recreate the freedom of childhood, revelling in the power of the imagination to invoke both the fantastic and the sinister. Amanda Marie's fresh approach to stencil and spray paint has established her as a unique and exciting talent. Amanda Marie builds an image of idealised modern America with immediately recognisable story tale illustrations from the mid 1920’s. She repeats the image of the boy and girl throughout her work, a wholesome representation of innocence that is made contemporary by combining it with the use of acrylic, gel medium, spray paint, sewing patterns and screen prints. As a mother of two small children her world now is very much centred around her family and her work is an integral part of that. There is a definite childish playfulness in her work, often using images from children’s’ stories and colouring books but presented in a more sophisticated manner. Using the tools around her she is able to build characters with enough depth and breadth to be worthy of the metaphors that she laces through them. Likewise, on account of the simple brilliance of her style – it lends a familiarity to the viewer – and to her. In this, Amanda Marie finds it much easier to address the issues that she does in her work and in her life.  The modified children in Amanda Marie’s artwork, with a distinct resemblance to the artist herself, are forever caught ungrounded, falling and out of context, hovering in space, blasted by expressive platters, floating within geometric diagrams, and encountering surreal scenarios.  She states that her art is “about making something I think is fun and fun to look at.... children, animals, sparkles, splatters, lines, arrows, dots...” Even in her process, she takes a childlike approach. Her medium is house paint, her studio is a playhouse where she has an assembly line. She makes her canvases, puts colours down and then goes into her storybook mind to find inspiration within the figures then adding one of her new stencils. In all of this it’s easy to see why Amanda Marie doesn’t find this to be work. For her it is play: work that feels like hers should be fun to produce. American painter and stencillist Amanda Marie studied at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design and currently lives and works in Denver, Colorado. She has exhibited widely internationally, with recent shows at Mather Kunst Amsterdam, Moniker Art Fair in London and Illiterate Gallery, Denver. Click to view our current available Amanda Marie editions available to buy today from artrepublic.com 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 If were interested in this article you may like to… Find our more about Amanda Marie and the graffiti art movement in our artist biography and art term definition sections. These sections offer a fascinating insight into the art world and we are adding to them all the time. Read about the graffiti art movement View all Graffiti prints   $test =
  • The Apprentice: You're Fired features artrepublic's Lawrence Alkin

    CEO of artrepublic, Lawrence Alkin, is this week’s expert on the panel of BBC Two programme The Apprentice: You’re Fired, presented by Dara O Briain. As documented in our blogs last week, artrepublic can reveal that the challenge for this week’s episode (to be broadcast on Wednesday 9th Ma....
    CEO of artrepublic, Lawrence Alkin, is this week’s expert on the panel of BBC Two programme The Apprentice: You’re Fired, presented by Dara O Briain. As documented in our blogs last week, artrepublic can reveal that the challenge for this week’s episode (to be broadcast on Wednesday 9th May) is for the contestants to co-ordinate a pop up gallery showcasing work by urban artists including Pure Evil and Copyright.   The competing teams from the show have only one day to meet and convince the artists that they are the right team to represent them in a one-off gallery. The teams take very different approaches to try and convince the artists that they should put their trust in them.  artrepublic were very excited when we heard the news that one of our favourite artists Pure Evil would be one of those featuring artists. We then became even more thrilled when our very own CEO was invited to take part on the programme and as the street art expert. The Apprentice will be broadcast at 9pm on BBC One on Wednesday 9th May and is followed by The Apprentice: You’re Fired, featuring artrepublic’s Lawrence Alkin on BBC Two at 10pm, it promises to be a fascinating and fun couple of shows for all urban art collectors. View all Pure Evil prints View all Copyright prints See all Street Art prints $test =
  • Pure Evil meets Apprentice Candidates Tom & Laura

    BBC programme The Apprentice has released a preview of the upcoming episode featuring our very own friendly Street Artist Pure Evil. The video below is a sneak look at the ambitious contestants who are keen to impress the artist with their knowledge of the Industry.  Episode 8 airs this comin....
    BBC programme The Apprentice has released a preview of the upcoming episode featuring our very own friendly Street Artist Pure Evil. The video below is a sneak look at the ambitious contestants who are keen to impress the artist with their knowledge of the Industry.  Episode 8 airs this coming Wednesday at 9 on BBC 1, and we will definitely be tuning in to see who can talk the talk.  Cick to view the preview on the BBC's website View all Pure Evil prints Read about the Street Art movement Read our Biography of Pure Evil $test =
  • artrepublic at Grand Designs Live this May

    artrepublic is very excited to announce that they will be proudly attending this year’s Grand Designs Live.   Grand Designs Live is the UK's top contemporary home show which is based on the popular Channel 4 TV series, and is presented by the programmes design guru Kevin McCloud.  ....
    artrepublic is very excited to announce that they will be proudly attending this year’s Grand Designs Live.   Grand Designs Live is the UK's top contemporary home show which is based on the popular Channel 4 TV series, and is presented by the programmes design guru Kevin McCloud.  For the first time this May the exhibition will be presenting the Grand Art Fair which will host an exclusive selection of galleries displaying handpicked original art work. The event will see many design ideas for the home with 500 exhibitors across seven different sections, covering interior, garden, home improvement, self-build, renovations, technology and shopping. artrepublic will have a gallery set up where you will have the opportunity to see and buy work from a variety of artists, which will suit many styles from the likes of Clive Sefton, Pakpoom Silaphan, Henrik Simonsen, Nick Smith, Dave White, Dolk,  Justine Smith, Ben Allen, AME72, Graham Carter, Copyright, Alex Dipple, Simon Dixon, Stanley Donwood, Mike Edwards, Magnus Gjoen, and Carne Griffiths.   Within our gallery stand you will be able to discover hundreds of highly collectable limited edition prints, including sought-after works from artists worldwide including Hush, Jake Wood-Evans, Screen Prince, Lidia de Pedro, Greg Haberny, Dan Baldwin, Sir Peter Blake, Prefab77, Nikki Black, Kozyndan, mau mau, Jo Peel, Pure Evil, and Ryan Callanan. The Grand Art Fair will give you the chance to speak to us at artrepublic personally, meaning you’ll be able to get some expert advice from us. So if you’re looking to buy, or you’re just looking to see some amazing art, the Grand Art Fair will be the perfect place to be. This is an amazing event, the dates and venue have been listed below for your convenience. We hope to see you there! The Grand Designs Live London takes place from 5th – 13th May 2012: Saturday 5th May – Saturday 12th May between 10.00 – 18.00 Sunday 13th May between 10.00 – 17.00  The venue for the Grand Designs Live London will be Excel: We will be located at STAND L153 within the Grand Interiors section. ExCeL One Western Gateway Royal Victoria Dock London E16 1XL Grand Designs Live Website: $test =
  • Exciting new PUSH prints exclusive to artrepublic

    Exciting new artist PUSH has released a set of prints exclusive to artrepublic. Having seen her work in Vancouver artrepublic's CEO Lawrence arranged a trip for the artist to visit LA where she received some super star treatment courtesy of Modern Multiples printing studio. Over a period of a wee....
    Exciting new artist PUSH has released a set of prints exclusive to artrepublic. Having seen her work in Vancouver artrepublic's CEO Lawrence arranged a trip for the artist to visit LA where she received some super star treatment courtesy of Modern Multiples printing studio. Over a period of a week they helped her to produce three different print editions teaching her the tools of the trade along the way and now they have arrived at artrepublic! Learning from great printing masters in the studio founded by Richard Duardo can only lead to great things; Duardo has printed for the likes of Keith Haring and Banksy. PUSH has clearly been strongly influenced by the experience and is really excited about the transition in her work, taking images from the streets of Vancouver, to the studio, creating signed limited edition prints exclusively available to artrepublic customers. She hopes that her work will encourage others to make street art, especially in cities like Vancouver where graffiti laws are tight and there is very little street art. Push The Button has recently been featured in the Wooster Collective, a website dedicated to showcasing and celebrating ephemeral art placed on streets in cities around the world. The print is a multi level commentary about literally not thinking outside the box.  It challenges daily routine, performing important actions without thinking, not questioning social norms, and ridicules the phenomenon of queuing itself. Although directly criticizing the business class, this image can be extrapolated to include all classes.  Similarly, Heads Will Roll is a commentary on the robotic, mindless, drone-like behaviours of people in society following the mainstream represented by repeated wind up doll-like figures which in themselves hold a lot of symbolism. It is from this idea, and other connotations surrounding the idea of pushing a button, that the artist chose her street pseudonym “PUSH” with the symbol of a button. The third edition commissioned by artrepublic that PUSH has released is Puertas (Doors), a triptych of Images describing how modern society, culture, and urban environments disassociate us from natural human instinct, behaviour and our bodies. Available as a triptych and as individual prints Heart, Switch and Key. To have such an exciting and speedy evolution of their work is an amazing prospect for most artists, to produce three print editions in a matter of weeks is incredible for a relatively new artist such as PUSH.  She writes excitedly on her blog... "I got flown out to L.A. for a week, two weeks ago, to scale down some of my street art pieces into fine art screen prints... 'Drinking in L.A'. The song doesn't lie. Craziest week ever! I stayed at the studio and had a bunch of people helping me get my stuff printed. It was a weird feeling not doing all the work myself. It made me feel really uncomfortable and apprehensive but I sort of got the hang of it by the end and was as involved in everything as I could be. Alone, I physically could never have done editions of 3 different images in one week. I even got to do some actual printing which felt amazing. I hadn't really printed anything in two years. I miss it... Everyone was super chilled and nice so I ended up feeling comfortable and having a really good time. Not paying for supplies was pretty wild. Super crazy experience. Plus it was really hot and sunny out! And very Mexican." Check out PUSH’s blog http://shouldercat.blogspot.co.uk/ A Street Artist with Huge Potential PUSH is an emerging Canadian born artist currently based in Vancouver. In her last year of studying academics at University, friends introduced her to stencilling, and they would tag the streets of Montreal with simple images.  Stencilling, and later street art, redefined art for PUSH into a more relevant, urban and accessible context and renewed her interest in making art. Over years of travelling, living in Buenos Aires and Barcelona, and going to art school for a year, her style began to develop into bigger, more complex pieces with social undertones.  She creates images that challenge social norms and question the strange and unnatural state of human behaviour, frequently drawing upon her fascination with evolutionary biology and phenomena such as social grooming as in “Nit Picking” her newest street piece up in LA and Vancouver. She is fascinated by how natural human behaviour such as this is repressed in modern day society. Her pieces often consist of repeated units and combine stencilling and wheat pasting. She is influenced by mural street artists such as Blu and stencil artists from Buenos Aires. She believes that in making public art, it should be aesthetically pleasing but more importantly, it should be thought provoking.  The prints have arrived in the Brighton gallery already and will be in the Soho gallery by the end of the week... watch this space.   If you would like further information of available works or to enquire about other works and artists we have in the gallery please call Brighton +44 (0)1273 724829 or London +44 (0)20 7240 7909  alternatively email brighton@artrepublic.com or soho@artrepublic.com Return to our Brighton section Return to our London section If were interested in this article you may like to… View all PUSH prints available to buy today from artrepublic.com Read about the graffiti art movement $test =
  • Urban Art on The Apprentice!

    As huge fans of the reality TV show we at artrepublic are really excited that oneof our favourite artists Pure Evil is featuring in next week’s episode of The Apprentice on BBC One.  The challenge for the contestants is to co-ordinate a pop up gallery showcasing the work of two ....
    As huge fans of the reality TV show we at artrepublic are really excited that oneof our favourite artists Pure Evil is featuring in next week’s episode of The Apprentice on BBC One.  The challenge for the contestants is to co-ordinate a pop up gallery showcasing the work of two urban artists for each team.  Sir Alan Sugar shows the candidates several walls of graffiti as inspiration for the task where they will be selling the work of up-and-coming artists. Apparently there are some surprising sellers that emerge from the sales of the artists’ work but as none of the prospective business experts come from an art background it will be interesting to see who has the eye for a good urban art piece.  Can’t wait! Don’t forget to tune in on 9th May at 9pm on BBC One View all Graffiti  prints View all Urban Art prints $test =

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