Monthly Archives: October 2012

  • Beautiful New Dolk Stencils on the Streets of Japan

    Shortly following the release of two brand new limited edition prints, Norwegian stencil master Dolk has put up his Bomb Suit image on the streets of Tokyo.  The striking stencil has been reproduced 10 meters high in the Japanese capital. Dolk has been working on several new street a....
    Shortly following the release of two brand new limited edition prints, Norwegian stencil master Dolk has put up his Bomb Suit image on the streets of Tokyo.  The striking stencil has been reproduced 10 meters high in the Japanese capital. Dolk has been working on several new street art pieces recently. Last week the elusive artist painted a large-scale mural of a young boy painting a light bulb on the streets of Osaka.  With graffiti duo Static recently returning from a tour of Tokyo, Osaka and Hiroshima, it’s clear that Japan is fast becoming the world’s hottest street art destination.  View all Dolk prints View more images of Dolk's new murals Read about Static in Japan $test =
  • RETNA designs a mural for a Louis Vuitton store in Miami

    Graffiti artist RETNA has recently designed a huge mural for the front of the temporary Louis Vuitton store in Miami before it moves to its permanent location. As part of a new aesthetic for the brand, the mural features his unique alphabet that RETNA, aka Marquis Lewis, create....
    Graffiti artist RETNA has recently designed a huge mural for the front of the temporary Louis Vuitton store in Miami before it moves to its permanent location. As part of a new aesthetic for the brand, the mural features his unique alphabet that RETNA, aka Marquis Lewis, created inspired by ancient calligraphy, hieroglyphics and Hebrew texts and incorporates the brand’s iconic logo.  The massive letters have been painted on the facade using bright pink, purple and teal and were initially thought to be vandalism. The mural also coincides with a printed scarf that has been released using the design for the high end fashion brand hinting at rumours that he is the next official artist for Louis Vuitton.   View all RETNA prints $test =
  • 'Everything is Going to be OK' for Photographer JR Thanks to RYCA

    International photographer and artist JR commissioned artrepublic favourite RYCA to create a new piece for his Paris studio. The elegant black and gold work reads ‘CA VA BIEN SE PASSER’, ‘Everything is going to be OK’ and looks beautiful amongst JR’s iconic monochromatic portrait....
    International photographer and artist JR commissioned artrepublic favourite RYCA to create a new piece for his Paris studio. The elegant black and gold work reads ‘CA VA BIEN SE PASSER’, ‘Everything is going to be OK’ and looks beautiful amongst JR’s iconic monochromatic portraits. This is an impressive commission for RYCA from one of the most high profile photographers working today.  According to The Guardian, “JR is a man routinely touted as the hippest street artist since Banksy”. He exhibits across the streets of the world and was awarded the TED prize, worth $100,000, in 2011, previous recipients of which include Bono and Bill Clinton.  It’s great to see RYCA’s work being recognised by such a renowned artist who’s “secret Parisian studio, a spacious former warehouse filled with trendy retro furniture and good-looking assistants” (The Telegraph, 2011) just got even more enviable. View all RYCA prints  $test =
  • Skulls and the Art of Vanitas: A Macabre Revival

    As the streets begin to fill with plastic pumpkins, polyester cobwebs and trick-or-treaters we have noticed a trend in skull imagery in our collection of limited edition prints. As well as being a Halloween favourite, these skulls suggest that an interesting revival of a historic art genre is takin....
    As the streets begin to fill with plastic pumpkins, polyester cobwebs and trick-or-treaters we have noticed a trend in skull imagery in our collection of limited edition prints. As well as being a Halloween favourite, these skulls suggest that an interesting revival of a historic art genre is taking place in contemporary art... Vanitas art is an intriguing and macabre genre which features objects rich in morbid symbolism in order to produce in the viewer’s mind an acute awareness of the brevity of life and the inevitability of death. Skulls, hourglasses, extinguished candles, insects and rotting fruit, are amongst the common motifs that refer to the evanescence of existence. It is a genre of still-life painting that flourished in the Netherlands and Northern Europe in the mid to late 17th century. Vanitas themes originated from medieval funerary art and evolved from simple pictures of skulls that were frequently painted on the reverse of portraits during the late Renaissance. Following devastating outbreaks of the Black Death in Europe, art became increasingly focused upon death and decay. Vanitas, 1628, Heda, Willem Claesz (1594-1680) / Haags Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, Netherlands The origins of the term date back to the Latin biblical aphorism ‘vantias vanitatum omnia vanitas’ (Ecclesiates 1:2), ‘Vanity of vanities; all is vanity’. In this sense of the word vanity means both ‘empty’ and ‘frivolous’ and refers to the meaningless of earthly life. In the Vanitas tradition of the 17th century, skull paintings were considered to be both beautiful objects and works of spiritual contemplation. They represented the fleetingness of earthly pleasure in the face of unavoidable death. Since Damien Hirst’s diamond studded skull memento mori, ‘For the Love of God’ (2007) hit the headlines there has been an influx of artists returning to the Vanitas theme and the skull motif in particular. Trafford Parsons has produced several striking skull prints. Pink Skull –Study shows how a contemporary artist has approached the Vanitas genre with the aid of modern technology. The image is taken from the CAT scan of a living person rather than an image of a dead skull. Magnus Gjoen similarly uses digital technology to build his beautiful delft skull prints. To create Delft Skull Descent of an Angel and Delft Skull Angels of Light & Dark, Gjoen built a virtual 3D base and then meticulously shadowed and highlighted in Photoshop original flat etchings onto the ‘moulds’, layering and blurring in a lengthy process to create the final effect. Tom French produced an entire series of emotive skull images, including work such as Allusions. He has been described as “a master of mixing the macabre with the saccharine” because of the incredible skull illusions he creates by blending monochromatic, romantic figures. He hides the image of a couple within the eyes of a skull, perhaps suggesting the brevity and emptiness of human relationships. New artist to artrepublic LG White explained her interest in skull imagery in an interview as “Vanitas... my muse and fear for human beings.” Her Captain America print brilliantly combines Vanitas with Pop art.  Good Hope & Luck also explore the theme of mortality in their crisp and colourful work. They have said that Death Do Us Part “could be described as dark or morbid but really it is an expression of life, beauty and the inevitable... Tick Tock, Tick Tock.” Both prints are contemporary explorations of the evanescence of existence. It appears artists are reinventing 17th century Vanitas, not just for Halloween, but to contemplate the beauty and brevity of existence. And, with the prevailing culture of materialism and disposability in modern life, it seems as relevant today as ever before. Happy Halloween!   artzine your guide to everything that's happening in the art world   $test =
  • Mr Brainwash directs David Guetta's new music video Metropolis

    Mr Brainwash has recently directed the new music video for David Guetta’s new track Metropolis. This is not the first time they have collaborated together, the two friends Thierry Guetta (aka Mr Brainwash) the infamous French graffiti artist and David Guetta,  the world famous DJ, not onl....
    Mr Brainwash has recently directed the new music video for David Guetta’s new track Metropolis. This is not the first time they have collaborated together, the two friends Thierry Guetta (aka Mr Brainwash) the infamous French graffiti artist and David Guetta,  the world famous DJ, not only share the same surname but share a passion for artistic expression in music and art.  David Guetta did a live DJ set at the exclusive preview of Mr Brainwash’s recent knockout solo show in London. Mr Brainwash was jettisoned into the limelight following the Oscar nominated Banksy film “Exit Through The Gift Shop” and hasn’t looked back since creating exciting work in all media. “My vision for art is all about trying new things without any limits.  This is my first music video so when burn and David asked me to come on board I knew I wanted to make it a colourful, artistic collision of both music and art.” Mr Brainwash Check out the music video for Metropolis here... View all Mr Brainwash prints $test =
  • artrepublic Welcomes Richard Duardo to Brighton

    The team at artrepublic were delighted to welcome expert screen printer and artist Richard Duardo to Brighton yesterday.  Richard Duardo, known as the ‘West Coast Warhol’ is based in Los Angeles and has exhibited across the globe. He popped into the office for a quick chat next to ....
    The team at artrepublic were delighted to welcome expert screen printer and artist Richard Duardo to Brighton yesterday.  Richard Duardo, known as the ‘West Coast Warhol’ is based in Los Angeles and has exhibited across the globe. He popped into the office for a quick chat next to the water-cooler and hinted at some exciting new prints as well as a possible extended stay in the UK. Watch this space for the latest Duardo releases and news of his upcoming international projects... View all Richard Duardo prints $test =
  • 6 stunning new prints from the wonderful Carne Griffiths.

    Following his recent solo show at Ink’d gallery we have 6 gorgeous new Carne Griffiths prints in the Brighton gallery.  His unique style of drawing has proved very popular. Working using a type of automatic drawing, he draws freely allowing the image of a figure to emerge from th....
    Following his recent solo show at Ink’d gallery we have 6 gorgeous new Carne Griffiths prints in the Brighton gallery.  His unique style of drawing has proved very popular. Working using a type of automatic drawing, he draws freely allowing the image of a figure to emerge from the page surrounded by beautiful foliage. He uses traditional inks mixed with other substances such as tea and brandy, creating a very fluid feel to his prints. The new prints include a triptych titled Immortal embellished with gold, silver and copper  leaf, Comfort, Guilt and Fragment all in small editions.  The warm earthy tones he uses make them a perfect autumn treat for this time of year. View all Carne Griffiths prints $test =
  • Sir Peter Blake Designs New Madness Album Cover

    Sir Peter Blake continues his legacy of album artwork design for British bands with a commission from the cheeky chaps Madness. The chart veterans - best known for the hits House Of Fun and Our House, turned to the pop art guru to create the artwork for their next album ‘Oui, Oui, Si, Si, Ja, ....
    Sir Peter Blake continues his legacy of album artwork design for British bands with a commission from the cheeky chaps Madness. The chart veterans - best known for the hits House Of Fun and Our House, turned to the pop art guru to create the artwork for their next album ‘Oui, Oui, Si, Si, Ja, Ja, Da, Da’, which will be their tenth album release. The cover, which has many of the hallmarks synonymous with Blake’s art include, most notably his very distinctive handwriting style, the cut and paste aesthetic that he’s championed for so many years and collage elements. The piece will feature titles rejected for the album, which include Doolally, Circus Freaks, The Rake's Progress and Dial M For Madness.  Blake is a legend when it comes to the creation of album covers in the pop the music world. His back catalogue of bands reads a who’s-who of the British music industry over the past 50 years – from the Beatles to The Who, Ian Dury, Oasis, Paul Weller and now Madness.  Click to see our full range of Peter Blake artworks or email us to enquire about what Blake album artworks are available as a limited edition. Interested in other music related artwork click here If you are interested in any Peter Blake and would like further information or if you would like to discuss other available artworks or artists we have in the gallery please call +44 (0)20 7240 7909 or email soho@artrepublic.com Return to our London section $test =
  • Major Works of Art Stolen in a Daring Rotterdam Robbery

    Dutch police have announced that seven paintings by artists including Picasso, Matisse, Gauguin and Monet have been stolen from the art museum Kunsthal Rotterdam on Tuesday at around 3am. It is one of the biggest heists in recent history.  The works were on display in an exhibition, ....
    Dutch police have announced that seven paintings by artists including Picasso, Matisse, Gauguin and Monet have been stolen from the art museum Kunsthal Rotterdam on Tuesday at around 3am. It is one of the biggest heists in recent history.  The works were on display in an exhibition, ‘Avant-Gardes: the Collection of the Triton Foundation’, and the stolen canvases were among the most eye-catching and valuable in the Triton Foundation collection. They include Pablo Picasso’s ‘Harlequin Head’ (1971), Claude Monet’s ‘Waterloo Bridge, London’, Henri Matisse’s ‘Reading Girl in White and Yellow’ (1919) and Lucian Freud’s ‘Woman with Eyes Closed’ (2002). The police have said that an initial investigation suggests the robbery was well prepared. Although the museum’s alarm sounded, it took audacious thieves a matter of moments to rip the seven canvases from the art gallery walls, and they had got away by the time the police arrived. Experts have said that the raid is the latest reversal to a trend which had seen a decline in daring raids on the world’s museums. Improved security has seen the percentage loss recorded by insurers on art work premiums fall dramatically in the last decade.  View all Pablo Picasso prints View all Claude Monet prints View all Henri Matisse prints Image Credit: The Art Newspaper Photo, AFP/ANP Robin Utrecht  $test =
  • Static and The 'Little Vandals' Leave Their Mark on the Streets of Japan

    Street art duo Static are continuing to send their artistic vision global, having recently returned from a victorious tour of Japan. The tour, titled ‘The Conquest’, included exhibitions in Tokyo, Osaka, and Hiroshima, as well as a number of high profile commissions and ‘live’ paint perform....
    Street art duo Static are continuing to send their artistic vision global, having recently returned from a victorious tour of Japan. The tour, titled ‘The Conquest’, included exhibitions in Tokyo, Osaka, and Hiroshima, as well as a number of high profile commissions and ‘live’ paint performances. Static have returned “with cameras and phones full of photos and heads full of memories” and have generously shared their snaps with artrepublic...  ‘The Conquest’, which was Static’s second solo show in Japan, showcased ‘mini’ versions of their layered glass pattern pieces (from their ‘Moments of Clarity’ series), and launched 4 new prints which took ‘Little Vandals’ as their starting point. The pair also put up versions of their ‘Chinook Chandelier’ on the Japanese streets, spreading the iconic image of their international, comedic assault on daily hypocrisy. ‘Little Vandals’ is a progression from the incredibly successful ‘Luxury Vandals’ collection. ‘Luxury Vandals’ featured sleek, glossy and decadent images of Drew Barrymore and Kate Moss, as well as leather cased aerosol cans, as part of an exploration of street art’s increasing desirability and commercialisation. The ‘Little Vandals’ work continues Static’s self referential examination of street art by depicting children as street artists.  One of the new works created in Japan is titled ‘Little Vandal GK’ and is a brightly coloured mural in which a little girl on a step ladder reaches out to add a miniature ‘Chinook Chandelier’ to the collection above her. The brightly coloured, floating military helicopters resemble a children’s mobile or toy. The mural is a collaboration with Nick Walker who has added a large, colourful butterfly to the wall. The works are brilliantly complimentary, both are subtly subversive; what appears to be a playful child surrounded by vibrant butterflies, is actually a disguised street artist adding a politically charged tag beside a ferocious, fanged creature.  Two new prints from the tour are now available at artrepublic. One, ‘New Constellations’, is of a young girl on a step ladder in front of a wall decorated with Static’s infamous ‘Chinook Chandelier’. She’s leaning forward and stretching towards the wall, as if to add her finishing touches. The other, ‘Universal Paint’, captures a small boy painting the bottom of a large space scene mural with two pots of paint at his feet.   The ‘Little Vandals’ pieces, according to Static, are about exploration, “no matter what age you are, or what job you do, everyone has a ‘Little Vandal’ that wants to re-arrange the stars somewhere inside them.” It is possible to view them as part of the Static discourse on contemporary revolutionary acts. The street art duo have a great skill in ‘democratizing’ and demystifying images of society’s rebels and rioters. In this collection they have taken the urban street artist, often stereo typed as a vandal or criminal, and likened their act of rebellion to innocent childhood adventure; successfully continuing to make people look differently at the world around them.  The ‘Little Vandal GK’ mural can been seen at 2-12-1 Kanda-jinbocho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. We can't wait to see where in the world the ‘Chinook Chandelier’ will next appear...  $test =

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