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  • New "Huge Jack" by The Strange Case Company

    Following the success of “Silver Queen” and “Used Jack Landscape” The Strange Case Company have upped their game and released another stunner of a print “Huge Jack”. Consisting of 1425 individual stamps collected from around the United Kingdom, from the coronation to the prese....
    Following the success of “Silver Queen” and “Used Jack Landscape” The Strange Case Company have upped their game and released another stunner of a print “Huge Jack”. Consisting of 1425 individual stamps collected from around the United Kingdom, from the coronation to the present day, "Huge Jack" is a celebration of the Queen and the Union Jack which have both played a huge part this year.  The print is finished in matt, gloss UV with individual stamps picked out in gold and purple iridescent finishes. Each print has an actual stamp collaged onto it making each one in the edition unique.  The Strange Case Company is a collaboration between two award winning designers Jamie Durrant and Scott Coley and they have been producing an iconic range of limited edition prints focusing on classic imagery with a twist. They draw inspiration from a variety of sources from the current popularity of royalty as a brand, through to the past fascination of Victorian curiosities. View all prints by The Strange Case Company $test =
  • Manchester's Buy Art Fair Begins!

    artrepublic have returned to the North of England, bringing the experience of our Brighton and London galleries to this year’s Buy Art Fair in Manchester. The fair opens this evening and our team are busy setting up Stand Number 21 with a brilliant collection of cutting-edge, af....
    artrepublic have returned to the North of England, bringing the experience of our Brighton and London galleries to this year’s Buy Art Fair in Manchester. The fair opens this evening and our team are busy setting up Stand Number 21 with a brilliant collection of cutting-edge, affordable art pieces.  Don’t miss the opportunity to meet our expert team and get a close up view of some incredible collectable prints. We have several stunning works by Dave White, who captures the powerful energy of endangered animals in his own vibrant brand of contemporary Pop Art. A great selection of prints by popular digital artist Magnus Gjoen is going up, as well as classics from Pure Evil (of BBC TV’s The Apprentice fame). Come and visit us for expert advice on investing in Sir Peter Blake, Mr Brainwash, Damien Hirst, Ben Allen, and many other contemporary artists.  Buy Art Fair Manchester, Springfields: Thursday 27th – Sunday 30th September 2012 Opening Times: Thursday 27th Sep- Invitation Only Friday 28th Sep – 11.00-19.00 Saturday 29th Sep – 11.00-18.00 Sunday 30th Sep – 11.00-17.00 Map and Directions $test =
  • A Guide to Own Art: Live with the Art You Love

    Own Art is a scheme designed to make buying art easy and affordable. It offers the opportunity to spread the cost of an art purchase over 10 months with an interest free loan. Passionate about making art accessible to all, artrepublic were one of the first UK websites to offer Own Art ....
    Own Art is a scheme designed to make buying art easy and affordable. It offers the opportunity to spread the cost of an art purchase over 10 months with an interest free loan. Passionate about making art accessible to all, artrepublic were one of the first UK websites to offer Own Art online, making it even easier to own cutting edge, collectable art.  Read on for our comprehensive guide to buying and collecting contemporary art for as little as £10 a month...  What can you buy? Own Art loans are available for the purchase of contemporary art and craft of any kind in any media. The works must be by a contemporary artist; meaning the scheme can support today’s living artists through sales of their work. The art must be an original, not a reproduction, and from a limited edition of 150 or less. The idea is to encourage people to invest in the highest quality art where the artist has had a definite creative involvement.  You can view hundreds of eligible works of art in our Buy Art, Pay Later section of the website. How much can you borrow? The Own Art loan allows you to borrow anything from £100 up to a maximum of £2,000. The loan is completely interest free and spread over 10 months, so you could have a monthly repayment of as little as £10 a month. You can also use the loan as a part payment on a work of art, helping you to buy something more valuable than £2,000. There’s no limit to the number of times you can use Own Art to build your own art collection. There are also no charges if you decide to pay off the loan early. How do you apply? Own Art is remarkably easy to use. The only criteria are that you must be – Over the age of 18 A permanent UK resident Working at least 16 hours a week (employed or self-employed)  If you’re not working but married to or living with a partner who does have a full time job, you can still apply as long as your partner is happy to have their employment details included on your application.  To apply all you have to do is select ‘Buy today with 10 interest free*instalments’ beneath the price of the print and a pop up will appear with the monthly price and the chance to ‘Add to Basket’. Once in your basket you can choose exactly how much you want to borrow from Own Art, adjusting the price with a sliding bar (in a fushia pink box!). If you are using the scheme as a part payment you then need to pay the remaining balance and follow the prompts to complete the loan application.  It is surprisingly easy, but if you do need a hand you can always call us on 0845 644 5334 or email us at info@artrepublic.com.  It can all be done online in a matter of minutes and once we have received your application we can then chase up our artists, expertly pack your art and send it off to you in as little as 14 days.  Now to start your art adventure... Negotiating the world of contemporary art and taking the plunge on your first art purchase can be daunting but it can also be an easy and exciting experience. Our CEO, Lawrence Alkin, always advises buying something you love. Often following your instinct will lead to the greatest investment. Art is ultimately a personal statement, artist Jean Willy Mestach once said “Tell me what you collect, tell me how you collect, and I will tell you who you are”.  We are adding new work to our site all of the time and our artzine section is full of insights, tips and artist introductions. You can also visit the Own Art website and meet a diverse array of other Own Art collectors for inspiration. Channel your inner Charles Saatchi or Peggy Guggenheim and have a browse of our current favourites... Click to view our London gallery page $test =
  • Rothko Prices Rocket

    artrepublic was the first gallery to bring Mark Rothko’s to the UK and now an abstract by the American artist is tipped to fetch $50m. The large scale work is leading Sotheby’s autumn sale of post-war and contemporary art, and is expected to sell for as much as £30.8m. No.1 (Royal ....
    artrepublic was the first gallery to bring Mark Rothko’s to the UK and now an abstract by the American artist is tipped to fetch $50m. The large scale work is leading Sotheby’s autumn sale of post-war and contemporary art, and is expected to sell for as much as £30.8m. No.1 (Royal Red and Blue) is one of only two works still remaining in private ownership. It has been in the same collection for three decades and was one of eight works chosen by Rothko for his major solo exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago.  Sotheby’s worldwide head of contemporary art Tobian Meyer, has noted that “demand for key works by the artist has been insatiable.” The announcement follows those for major works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, and others in recent weeks, revealing the art market to be in solid recovery with soaring prices and an expanding, global pool of collectors.  View all Mark Rothko prints $test =
  • The Royal Collection Purchases Sparkling Screen Prints by the King of Pop, Andy Warhol.

    A series of four iconic screen prints by the cult Pop artist Andy Warhol have been bought by the Royal Collection to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.  They will go on display in an exhibition, ‘The Queen: Portraits of a Monarch’, at Windsor Castle later this year (November 23r....
    A series of four iconic screen prints by the cult Pop artist Andy Warhol have been bought by the Royal Collection to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.  They will go on display in an exhibition, ‘The Queen: Portraits of a Monarch’, at Windsor Castle later this year (November 23rd until next June).  Warhol's works will be joining a selection of official, commissioned and formal portraits that highlight the diverse ways in which Her Majesty has been represented throughout her six decades reign. The show will celebrate both the jubilee and the anniversary of the coronation.  Warhol, who created the prints in 1985, once said “I want to be as famous as the Queen of England.” Now the Queen of England owns portraits of herself by the legendary artist! The works are part of a portfolio called ‘Reigning Queens’ and are from the Royal Edition, which is sprinkled with ‘diamond dust’. ‘Reigning Queens’ also included prints of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Queen Margrethe of Denmark and Queen Ntombi of Swaziland. Another set from the same edition was auctioned by Sotheby’s last week and was expected to fetch an estimated £150,000.  View all Andy Warhol prints View all Queen inspired prints $test =
  • Welcome to INSAland: The Stimulating Graffiti world of INSA

    INSA’s fantasy land is one of flashing bottoms, spiked stilettos, latex, and undulating pattern. It sparkles with the gleam of oiled young women in shining lycra, and high-gloss, psychedelic motifs. His Op-Art style graphic creations entrance viewers into a hallucinatory ‘fantasy’ in which ....
    INSA’s fantasy land is one of flashing bottoms, spiked stilettos, latex, and undulating pattern. It sparkles with the gleam of oiled young women in shining lycra, and high-gloss, psychedelic motifs. His Op-Art style graphic creations entrance viewers into a hallucinatory ‘fantasy’ in which urban graffiti, footwear fetish, and scantily clad females collide. INSA's work is far more than colourful titillation, however. INSA is one of the UK’s most innovative and respected graffiti artists. His work, which first appeared in the streets around the world, “I painted wherever I went, from the age of 13 or 14”, can now be seen in galleries in LA, Lisbon, Luxembourg and London. His latest print release (this August) sold out in 3 minutes.  This fantasy INSAland is heavily influenced by the visual iconography of Hip-hop and black culture. High heels and “tits and asses” are the visual tropes of INSA's “graffiti fetish pattern” and his patterns brim with bodily innuendo. This can feel uncomfortable and it seems as though sexual objectification is flaunted as a symbol of success throughout his bright and buxom oeuvre. In an interview with ‘Sneaker Freakers’ INSA explained, “I understand my work treads a fine line between celebration and critique of sexualized female imagery, it’s exactly this contradiction that I am interested in.” INSA's fractured female forms force us to face the split between reality and construction; our self and our fantasy. Exploring the ‘fetishisation’ of the body in contemporary society, INSA delves into the mass media imagery of exaggerated female curves and towering high heels.   Charlotte Jensen, Art Slant Editor, has described INSA's images as “unflinchingly raunchy, and sexily appealing, a sublimation of commodification, the height of objectification.”  She believes that his work is fundamentally feminist in that it boldly confronts the question at the heart of feminist theory: do we celebrate difference or fight for gender equality?  The strength of INSA's unique graffiti art is its incredible depth; its ability to pose challenging questions regarding gender, sexuality and commodification, through spirals of neon pink shoes. INSA explained, “I’m fascinated by how so many things are sold to me by the sexualised image of woman” and his work could be read as a disguised homage to the ‘sex sells’ adage. Interestingly, it is that fact that he’s not selling anything with his images that often seems to offend people. INSA's graphic patterns reveal how we have become acclimatised to his visual language in contemporary, capitalist society, where ‘sexy’ images are frequently used to sell. The relationship between the viewer and the image has become one of viewer-consumer and product. INSA's powerful pieces confront his observation that “we have been programmed to accept this form of consumer sexuality as a different thing to the sexuality in our real lives.” In 2010 INSA was commissioned by Tate Britain to produce a piece of work in response to Chris Ofili’s retrospective exhibition. He created a pair of unusual 10’’ heels made from elephant dung. He sourced the dung by retracing the footsteps Chris Ofili took over 15 years ago and sourced it from the same family of elephants Ofili's infamous nineties paintings used. The piece entitled ‘Anything Goes When it Comes to (S)Hoes...’ was a play on the lyrics of the classical Bigg Daddy Kane track ‘Pimpin’ Ain’t Easy’, which was also referenced by Chris Ofili several times in his paintings.  His recent project ‘Girls on a Bike’ is a public installation project in which provocatively dressed, voluptuous female volunteers were photographed in racy poses on bicycles in front of INSA's graffiti walls around the world. The possessed object of the bike and the overtly sexualized female presence question our perceptions of ownership; of public space, sexuality, and belongings. The series has been a global success, sending the kaleidoscopic images viral.  INSA likes to remain somewhat elusive, allowing people “to create an image of whoever they want to relate to, or whatever it is about my work that speaks to them.” This may become increasingly difficult as his work gains more and more global acclaim. His gleaming, vibrant pieces certainly deserve the attention they are receiving. INSA has ingeniously managed to critique contemporary consumer society, outmoded gender stereotypes, and unsustainable commodity fetishism, whilst ultimately creating beautiful images.  It’s time to don high heels, mount a bicycle and meditate on whether real life and genuine love can be distinguished from a mass media constructed fantasy...  Image credits: www.insaland.com $test =
  • Fantastic New Dave White Prints!

    We all literally did a little leap of joy when the newest delivery arrived from the fabulous Dave White. artrepublic is really excited to have the new Hummingbird and Cheetah prints in the Brighton gallery now.   Both beautifully printed and available in regular and handfi....
    We all literally did a little leap of joy when the newest delivery arrived from the fabulous Dave White. artrepublic is really excited to have the new Hummingbird and Cheetah prints in the Brighton gallery now.   Both beautifully printed and available in regular and handfinished versions they are simply stunning, Dave White is very talented at capturing the movement and essence of an animal in a very contemporary and original way. The prints are taken from the Natural Selection show a few months ago in London that was a staggering success as Dave White establishes himself as one of the UK’s hottest new artists. We are sure these will fly so do not waste time if you fancy getting your hands on one! View all Dave White prints $test =
  • Banksy Photographed on Freedom Fighting Football Tour

    There aren’t many football clubs that can claim to have had an internationally renowned graffiti artist serve as goalkeeper. However, in 2001 Banksy joined an amateur football team on a tour to Mexico where he played against Zapatista freedom fighters. The Easton Cowboys and Cowgirls club....
    There aren’t many football clubs that can claim to have had an internationally renowned graffiti artist serve as goalkeeper. However, in 2001 Banksy joined an amateur football team on a tour to Mexico where he played against Zapatista freedom fighters. The Easton Cowboys and Cowgirls club was established in 1992 when a group of youngsters from Bristol joined a local league. They claim to be “Britain’s most intrepid sports club”, playing in places including Stuttgart, Mexico, Israel and Morocco. Banksy attended many sessions in the 1990s and Will Simpson, club secretary has told the press “He went on tour with us to Mexico in 2001 and painted a number of murals in the community.” “The Cowboys is unique in that we don’t define ourselves as a socialist team or anarchist team, we are a sport team that has a political dimension” Mr Simpson explains. Based in the Plough pub in Easton, they have just written a book chronicling their fascinating history. Images of Banksy painting a mural depicting the Zapatista’s struggle for independence whilst on tour in Mexico have been published in the book – with the infamous artist’s face pixelated to protect his identity. These are the first confirmed pictures of illusive artist Banksy ever printed. Since finding fame Banksy has donated artwork to auction and designed a T-shirt to help raise over £100,000 to support the club.   View all Banksy prints $test =
  • Beauty, Religion, War... Magnus Gjoen Q&A

    Magnus Gjoen is a fascinating artist creating powerful and beautiful images that have been proving very popular in the gallery. As a designer for Vivienne Westwood he clearly has a great eye for a good image, using  the masterpieces of some of most inspirational painters of all time such as ....
    Magnus Gjoen is a fascinating artist creating powerful and beautiful images that have been proving very popular in the gallery. As a designer for Vivienne Westwood he clearly has a great eye for a good image, using  the masterpieces of some of most inspirational painters of all time such as Titian’s “Venus” and Holbein’s  “Christ in the Tomb” as an integral part of his prints. Find out more as we delve deeper with our Q&A... What or who are the main inspirations behind your work? I take inspiration from everywhere I go. Renaissance and Flemish masters and religion, but also popular culture, war and fragility inspire me.  Magnus Gjoen, "Titian Machine Gun" and Titian, "Venus" How do you approach the actual making of a piece? I actually do a lot of research. I can have long periods without feeling inspired and then suddenly I get an idea. Digging deeper is an essential part of how I work. That’s when I usually come across something which makes my fingers itch and I get an idea.  What’s your medium? Prints & Fibreglass. What themes do you pursue? Beauty, Religion, War, anything that I can put a little twist to.  Could you tell me a bit more about the paintings that you choose to create your images and what is the relationship between the Renaissance and Flemish works and your images of guns, beetles and skulls? I try to create something new, but from something that already exists. The choice of paintings is usually something that evokes a sentiment or an emotion in me. Putting these with other objects not only beautifies the object but makes you look at it in a different light. It might still be a gun, but it's now become more fragile and less aggressive. A painting was painted with a motive and reason behind and I try to take this into the 21st Century, with the knowledge and freedom of speech we have today. I don't think people should take things at face-value; there is often more behind which the painter or the person who commissioned it wants you to know. I simply comment that there are other ways of seeing things- it's not all black & white.  Magnus Gjoen, "Break Glass for Second Coming" and Holbein, "Christ in the Tomb" Describe your work in 5 words. Thought Provoking, Surreal, Provocative, powerful, clever, meticulous.  Does the impact of the viewer influence your work and if so how? Very much so, I want to make art that people enjoy and which people comment on when they see.  What memorable responses have you had to your work? I recently won “Best in Show” when I exhibited at the Westbank Gallery in London. It was quite a surprise as there were quite a few artists and the guests voted.  What led you to become an artist? I actually started doing prints for my own flat when I moved. They got such a good reception that I decided to contact some galleries and the rest is history. My day-job as a fashion and graphic designer is of course creative but my art is closer to who I am and my own perception of beauty and comments on life.    What makes you angry? People who complain about unfairness in society, when they have no-one to blame but themselves.   Magnus Gjoen, "AK-47 Concert of Birds" and Frans Snyders, “Poseaux sur des branches” When are you happiest? I’m happy most of the time. I’m happiest when I’m travelling or when I finish a piece of art.  What’s your favourite or most inspirational place? I travel a lot to Italy for work and try to visit as many museums and places of inspiration as possible. Italy can be awe-inspiring at times, both its cultural heritage and nature.  What superpower would you have and why? Invisibility. I’d love to see what people get up to when no-one’s looking.  Name three artists you’d like to be compared to and why. I can’t reply to this without sounding up my own ass unfortunately.  In another life (if you weren’t an artist) what would you be doing? I have always wanted to be an architect.  What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given? “Don’t make it too obvious” and “What do you want to do next”. They both make you think.   Magnus Gjoen, "Skull Victory Over Ignorance" and Sebastiano Ricci, Allegory of France: Triumph of Wisdom Over Ignorance”  View all Magnus Gjoen prints available to buy today from artrepublic.com Read our Biography of Magnus Gjoen Return to our Brighton section $test =
  • Record Prices for the Work of Late Graffiti Artist Basquiat

    This month’s issue of The Art Newspaper has highlighted graffiti artist Basquiat as the one to watch in the art market, claiming that “Commercially and critically Michel Basquiat is now considered the heir to Warhol.” Jean Michel Basquiat was one of the first African-American artists ....
    This month’s issue of The Art Newspaper has highlighted graffiti artist Basquiat as the one to watch in the art market, claiming that “Commercially and critically Michel Basquiat is now considered the heir to Warhol.” Jean Michel Basquiat was one of the first African-American artists to reach international stature and wealth in the art world. His fusion of multicultural symbols, biting social commentary and distinctive graphic style set his urban art apart. Dying from a drug overdose in 1988, at the age of 27, Basquiat's career was brief but brilliant. Basquiat's market reached a record in June when ‘Untitled’ (1981) sold at auction in London and broke the auction record selling for £12.9m ($20.1m). This topped the previous record of $16.3m set a month earlier at Philips de Pury in New York. “Basquiat is now in a different category: super blue-ship. There’s no holding back,” claims the New York collector Adam Lindemann. Basquiat's work is proving that art continues to be a great investment and that graffiti art is entering a new league. View all Jean Michel Basquiat prints View all Graffiti prints $test =

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