Monthly Archives: July 2012

  • Sphinx, a beautiful new print by Marc Quinn

    We are delighted to have two fabulous new prints from hugely talented Marc Quinn. “Sphinx” one in gold leaf and one silver leaf is a beautifully crafted print of the sculpture he made of Kate Moss in a contorted yoga pose.  The sculpture has been represented in print here to gr....
    We are delighted to have two fabulous new prints from hugely talented Marc Quinn. “Sphinx” one in gold leaf and one silver leaf is a beautifully crafted print of the sculpture he made of Kate Moss in a contorted yoga pose.  The sculpture has been represented in print here to great effect using Kate Moss as a symbol of our times. The image has been silkscreened using 12 colours on top of the gold and silver leaf... absolutely stunning! 'This is not a portrait of a person, it's a portrait of an image twisted by our collective desires' ... Marc Quinn Check out this video below where Marc Quinn discusses the original sculpture as well as some of his other iconic pieces. View all Marc Quinn prints $test =
  • Q&A with Penelope Kenny

    Born in Australia, Penelope Kenny now lives and works in Brighton. Her work explores the relationship between humans and animals especially in connection to themes such as evolution. We catch up with her with our artist’s Q&A... What or who are the main inspirations behind your work? I am ....
    Born in Australia, Penelope Kenny now lives and works in Brighton. Her work explores the relationship between humans and animals especially in connection to themes such as evolution. We catch up with her with our artist’s Q&A... What or who are the main inspirations behind your work? I am inspired by how we perceive, organise and try to control nature, especially in relation to genetic manipulation and scientific tampering with the species boundaries.   How do you approach the actual making of a piece? I usually begin each new print with some kind of first hand research. I go to Natural History Museums and antiquarian libraries looking for things that catch my eye, looking at colours and taking photographs.  I have a growing collection of amazing antiquarian illustrated books that I get from eBay and second hand markets that I use as resource material. I don’t use Photoshop much (unless I am working with photographs) and prefer instead to use scissors, magic tape and drawing to put things together.  I create the positives for the silkscreens with photocopies and by painting with Indian ink on to tracing paper. I print all my work myself and make the inks I use by mixing pure pigments with pearlescent powders. I decide on the colours as I proof the print, testing things out until I get a final image I am happy with and am ready to edition.  What themes do you pursue? Transhumanism, hybrids and evolution. What’s your medium? Water-based screenprinting What are you currently working on? I have been commissioned to design and edition a series of prints for a company based in London. Once that is done I have some new ideas that I am keen to get into the studio with, I think things are going to get more botanical. Describe an average day for you. An average day alternates between making art, ordering materials, researching, printing, admin, invoicing, and framing. On the best days I am mostly printing. What led you to become an artist? Following a teenage dream What’s the strongest memory of your childhood? My strongest childhood memories are triggered by the scent of eucalyptus as I grew up in Australia. What jobs have you done other than being an artist? I have done all sorts of jobs over the years- I worked as a Tram Conductor in Melbourne, as a Gallery Assistant in London, and painted murals and taught English in Mexico. What’s the one thing you can’t live without? Hope What superpower would you have and why? Power bestowal so my friends could have super powers too. Name three artists you would like to be compared to and why? I am influenced by many artists, from 19th century taxidermists like Walter Potter to more contemporary artists such as Mark Dion or Thomas Grünfeld.  In another life (if you weren’t an artist) what would you be doing? Hopefully I would be exploring the world as some other kind of animal What’s the best piece of advice you have been given? As an artist to have ‘the skin of an armadillo’  View all Penelope Kenny prints Read our Biography of Penelope Kenny 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 =
  • Mr Brainwash's phenomenal first UK solo show!

    Thierry Guetta, aka the hugely successful artist Mr Brainwash, open his first UK solo show in London this summer at The Old Sorting Office on New Oxford Street. The exhibition opens to the public on Sunday 5th August and will showcase his enormous catalogue of work featuring amazing orig....
    Thierry Guetta, aka the hugely successful artist Mr Brainwash, open his first UK solo show in London this summer at The Old Sorting Office on New Oxford Street. The exhibition opens to the public on Sunday 5th August and will showcase his enormous catalogue of work featuring amazing original canvasses, huge installations, murals, sculptures and some surprises in an all consuming assault on your artistic senses. Mr Brainwash is a force to be reckoned with having established a massive fan base and an impressive collection of work, all of it playful and high spirited- you can’t help but love him. If you haven’t heard of him before you will now! Find out more. Read our full article Mr Brainwash First UK Solo Show Open to the public from Sunday 5th August (with FREE entry!) The Old Sorting Office 21-31 New Oxford Street London WC1A 1BA Check out the three vidoes below.... View all Mr Brainwash prints artzine your guide to everything that’s happening in the art world $test =
  • Herbert and Dorothy Vogel: not your average art collectors

    The Independent has recently published the story of Herbert and Dorothy Vogel, an ordinary couple with an extraordinary art collection. Mr Vogel, who passed away on Sunday aged 89, worked nights sorting post at New York’s post offices and Mrs Vogel was a reference librarian in Brooklyn. They bega....
    The Independent has recently published the story of Herbert and Dorothy Vogel, an ordinary couple with an extraordinary art collection. Mr Vogel, who passed away on Sunday aged 89, worked nights sorting post at New York’s post offices and Mrs Vogel was a reference librarian in Brooklyn. They began collecting art in the early 1960s after visiting the National Gallery in Washington on their honeymoon. Unlike many art collectors Mr and Mrs Vogel, known to many in the art world as ‘Herb and Dorothy’, weren’t wealthy and acquired their entire collection by means of their salaries and pensions. They bargained directly with the artists, sometimes paying in instalments. Once, they received a collage from Christo and Jeanne-Claude in exchange for cat-sitting. Herb and Dorothy mostly collected conceptual art and minimalism. They had simple criteria; the art had to be inexpensive and small enough to carry on the subway or in a taxi. It also had to fit into their one-bedroom flat. The acquisitions soon grew into an impressive salient collection featuring numerous respected artists, such as Chuck Close, Donald Judd, Dan Flavin, Nam June Paik, Julian Schnabel, Robert Smithson, Lynda Benglis, John Baldessari and Jeff Koons. Highlights of their collection include Robert Mangold’s ‘X Series (Medium Scale)’ (1968), Donald Judd’s ‘Galvanised Iron Box’ (1968) and Carl Andre’s sculpture ‘Nine Steel Rectangles’ (1977).  Earl Powell III, director of the National Gallery explains how, "they did not collect work by marquee artists at the time, but many of them later became well known.” Over almost 50 years they compiled more than 5,000 works, including paintings, drawings, sculpture and works that defied classification. Incredibly, despite not enjoying the wealth of most serious collectors, the couple didn’t sell a single piece until 1991 when, after years of negotiation, the National Gallery acquired much of their collection. Estimates of the value of their collection range well into the millions.  "We could have easily become millionaires," Mr Vogel told the Associated Press in 1992, adding: "But we weren't concerned about that aspect." Mr Vogel couldn’t elucidate why he had dedicated so much to his art collection, or even why he had chosen particular pieces "I just like art," he told the Washington Post in 1992. "I don't know why I like art. I don't know why I like nature. I don't know why I like animals. I don't know why I even like myself."  Many artists became friends with the couple and would sometimes be invited to their apartment for a TV dinner. We wish we could have had dinner in their one-bed treasure trove. Herb and Dorothy are an inspiration and a refreshing reminder that anyone can have an impact on the art world. To read more about Herb and Dorothy and view their work’s visit their website  www.vogel5050.org Image credits: Gary Webber packing art for transfer from the Vogels’ apartment to Washington, 1992; the collectors look on, with Jack Cowart and associate in background. Photograph by John Dominis Dorothy Vogel and Herbert with cats in front of fish and turtle tanks. Photograph by John Dominis Dorothy and Herbert Vogel at The Clocktower with a drawing by Philip Pearlstein behind them, 1975. Photograph by Nathaniel Tileston. © Nathaniel Tileston, 2008 ‘Noiseless Blackboard Eraser’ Joseph Beuys, Print: felt blackboard eraser (two), each with printed and stamped paper label, with marker, Date: 1974 ‘Aqua Not #29’ Lynda Benglis, Painting: cast pigmented paper and paint, 53 x 50 x 5 inches, Date: 1980 ‘Untitled’ Carl Andre, Drawing: ink (rubber stamp) on paper, 8 1/2 x 8 9/16 in. All images courtesy of vogel5050.org $test =
  • An artrepublic guide to art this summer

    This July sees many artistic events coming to London and the UK. Tate Modern on London’s embankment regularly showcases an array of fantastic art displays and exhibitions and this summer is no exception.  Many museums and cultural attractions across the UK are also exhibiting works by var....
    This July sees many artistic events coming to London and the UK. Tate Modern on London’s embankment regularly showcases an array of fantastic art displays and exhibitions and this summer is no exception.  Many museums and cultural attractions across the UK are also exhibiting works by various artists with a range of sporting themed art events taking place. With so much to be seen, artrepublic have a collated a mini guide for art events to visit: Tate Britain ‘London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games posters’  21 June – 23 September 2012.  FREE To celebrate the hosting of the games this summer, twelve leading contemporary artists have been commissioned to produce the official posters for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Artists such as Tracey Emin, Chris Ofili and Bridget Riley, will create screen prints and lithographs in an attempt to add to previous iconic works produced for the games over the last century. This body of work will be showcased at Tate Britain this summer. National Portrait Gallery Road to 2012: Aiming High  July 19 – September 23 2012 Renowned photographers such as Anderson & Low, Nadav Kander and Bettina Von Zwehl have been invited to work with the gallery on a project that surpasses any photographic commission ever undertaken by the NPG. Road to 2012 celebrates well known aspiring athletes as well as those working alongside them and behind the scenes to allow this event to take place. More than one hundred commissioned portraits have been specially produced and are on display throughout the gallery.    Southbank Centre  ‘Unlimited’ 30 August – 9 September 2012 This summer the Southbank Centre shares its celebration of powerful works by deaf and disabled artists. The 29 commissions take on a variation of artforms ranging from dance and performance to comedy and music and theatre. The show will run for 11 days and attempts to demonstrate the power art can have in transforming people’s lives. Additionally the Unlimited project highlights the original artistic vision and imagination adopted by these artists to create influential pieces of work.    With these exhibitions and plenty of others across the UK to choose from, the next few months will definitely hold enough culture to fulfil your artistic appetite! Read more of our exhibitions reviews See our gallery listings image credits Tracey EminBirds 2012© London 2012 $test =
  • Mau Mau's London street art cleaned up after six days

    East London has been deemed the number one place for street art in the world, however over the last few years it’s seen an increase in the removal of well known artists work. This July, collectable graffiti artist Mau Mau, created a controversial piece on the side of a privately owned warehouse ....
    East London has been deemed the number one place for street art in the world, however over the last few years it’s seen an increase in the removal of well known artists work. This July, collectable graffiti artist Mau Mau, created a controversial piece on the side of a privately owned warehouse wall, for which he had permission. The artwork lasted a disappointingly short stint of six days before Ealing Council painted over it.  When asked about the street art cut down, a spokeswoman for the London Council team allegedly said the piece was removed following a complaint. She went on to say “This is in line with removing all reported graffiti as soon as possible, unless we have been made previously aware and the consent of the builder owner has been given”. The council also take into consideration whether the piece may be seen as offensive to the public.  East London’s Hackney Council have reportedly said, “There’s a difference between low grade tagging and the work people like Banksy do. You have to look at it and know the difference - it's not a black and white thing."  Petitions have been circulating for work to remain on London’s walls. In Brick Lane a council banner was erected covering a renowned crane mural from hugely talented artist Roa, who is often championed by our very own Shoreditch based Pure Evil.  "Everyday hundreds of people are captivated by a beautiful piece of artwork that was given to the people of Tower Hamlets by an internationally renowned artist."  The petition received more than 1,700 signatures and the banner was then removed overnight by the council. Street artist Dscreet reportedly commented in an interview with street art London about the recent council’s action saying, “Buffing the murals is a silly move on behalf of the council cus people really enjoy them and it gives the more dilapidated walls some real energy and life, they’re actually doing themselves and London a disservice when they get rid of great artwork”. At artrepublic we enjoy tracking work by our artists and the street murals they produce so long may they continue. View all street art prints Read more about street art View all mau mau prints $test =
  • Two graffiti athletes arrive courtesy of Banksy

    Ahead of Friday’s big opening Banksy has produced two ingenious sporting stencils. They appear on his website but their locations remain a mystery.   One depicts a javelin thrower launching a missile and is reminiscent of his famous flower bomb. The other is a striking portrait of a ....
    Ahead of Friday’s big opening Banksy has produced two ingenious sporting stencils. They appear on his website but their locations remain a mystery.   One depicts a javelin thrower launching a missile and is reminiscent of his famous flower bomb. The other is a striking portrait of a pole-vaulter catapulting himself over a broken barbed wire fence and a filthy abandoned mattress.  There has been much anticipation over whether Banksy would produce work with a sporting theme this week and now we are excited to see whether these two are the beginning of a series of similar works from this British talent.  View all Banksy prints View all street art prints  View all urban art prints $test =
  • Pure Evil's "New Logo for the Hackney Looting Team"

    In response to the riots that occurred last year Pure Evil posted this image online and it went viral. Now he has released  ”New Logo for the Hackney Looting Team” as a simple yet effective limited edition of 200 signed prints. He states...”I don’t really want to explain what....
    In response to the riots that occurred last year Pure Evil posted this image online and it went viral. Now he has released  ”New Logo for the Hackney Looting Team” as a simple yet effective limited edition of 200 signed prints. He states...”I don’t really want to explain what it means I think it speaks for itself. I was a bit worried about putting out such an incendiary image but I think it’s the job of an artist to take risks and if you can say anything, why not say SOMETHING...” Pure Evil was already one of the most respected graffiti artists in London but since his appearance on The Apprentice on the BBC earlier this year his reputation has skyrocketed. His prints now sell even faster so get your hands on one quick! View all Pure Evil prints $test =
  • Damien Hirst's stunning new Utopia prints

    We now have three stunning new prints from Damien Hirst framed in the gallery now.  A move on from the famous “Pharmacy” piece these high quality prints depict medicine cabinets filled with, cigarette butts in Hell, multicoloured pills in Utopia and super sparkly diamonds in Si....
    We now have three stunning new prints from Damien Hirst framed in the gallery now.  A move on from the famous “Pharmacy” piece these high quality prints depict medicine cabinets filled with, cigarette butts in Hell, multicoloured pills in Utopia and super sparkly diamonds in Silver Tears (also available in Gold). They formed part of an exhibition earlier this year which also featured his new foilblock Skulls “Till Death Do Us Part”. Through these prints, Hirst continues his ongoing exploration of the role of science and religion in modern life and his works illustrate the pursuit of the Utopian ideal and expose the ultimately flawed nature of this pursuit.  All have been printed using inkjet, glaze and foilblock to produce these amazingly high quality images. Don’t miss out as they are only editions of 55. View all Damien Hirst prints $test =
  • Two new releases from the talented Seb Lester

    Here at artrepublic we have the great pleasure of announcing two brand new prints to our website from the passionate Type Designer Seb Lester. Seb is becoming well known for his type based prints which explore the art of letterforms and design. He has an impressive client base including the likes ....
    Here at artrepublic we have the great pleasure of announcing two brand new prints to our website from the passionate Type Designer Seb Lester. Seb is becoming well known for his type based prints which explore the art of letterforms and design. He has an impressive client base including the likes of Apple, Nike, Intel and The New York Times. New print ‘Home- White ink on Ruby Red Peregrina Classic’, is a silkscreen signed limited edition of 100. It has been printed on 336gsm paper and is the second and final colourway of this previously popular print. Seb Lester's passion in life is the alphabet and almost all the letterforms in his art and design projects are custom drawn. The second new print now available ‘So Much To Do - Metallic Gold ink on Midnight Blue Plike’, is also a silkscreen signed limited edition of 100.It has previously been released in gold on red and both have been printed on 330gsm paper.  View all Seb Lester prints Read our Seb Lester biography View Seb Lester on our tumblr page $test =

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