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  • The Guardian Puts 'Lawrence Elkin Gallery' on the Front Page

    It’s a big day for our Soho gallery! This evening is the highly anticipated preview of the first exhibition under the new name ‘Lawrence Alkin Gallery’. The press coverage has been huge, with ‘Kate Moss: Roll 1’ featuring in the likes of Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire and Harpers Bazaar. Tod....
    It’s a big day for our Soho gallery! This evening is the highly anticipated preview of the first exhibition under the new name ‘Lawrence Alkin Gallery’. The press coverage has been huge, with ‘Kate Moss: Roll 1’ featuring in the likes of Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire and Harpers Bazaar. Today the exhibition has the great honour of gracing the front page of The Guardian, it’s just a shame they spelt the gallery name wrong! Destroy A black and white image of a fourteen year old Kate Moss, taken by photographer David Ross, dominates the paper’s cover under the title ‘Kate’s first shoot: Unseen pictures of a supermodel’.  They report that the never-before-seen picture goes on display at the Lawrence Elkin Gallery today, but we can confirm that exhibition of the fashion icon’s first ever photo shoot will definitely be at the Lawrence Alkin Gallery! We can’t wait to see the David Ross photographs in person and visit our stylish rebranded gallery. Follow us on Facebook to see all the photos from the big opening!  View all David Ross prints Read the full story on 'Kate Moss: Roll 1' at the Lawrence Alkin Gallery $test =
  • David Hockney Unveils iPad Art

    Britain’s most celebrated living artist David Hockney is pioneering in the art world again, unveiling a new collection of works drawn on his iPad. Hockney’s major new exhibition at the deYoung museum in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco features about 150 iPad images, including 12-foot high v....
    Britain’s most celebrated living artist David Hockney is pioneering in the art world again, unveiling a new collection of works drawn on his iPad. Hockney’s major new exhibition at the deYoung museum in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco features about 150 iPad images, including 12-foot high views of Yosemite National Park.  Destroy Hockney creates his digital drawings with an app called Brushes, built by former Apple software engineer Steve Sprang. The deYoung museum seems appropriately located for the innovative art exhibition, being a short trip for Silicon Valley designers who created both the hardware and software for Hockney’s reinvention of finger-painting. Some of the iPad drawings are displayed on digital screens, others, like the Yosemiite works, have been printed on six large panels. Viewers will be able to see some works as they were drawn in an overlaid animation loop. “It’s a very new medium,” said Hockney who started drawing on his iPhone with his thumb about five years ago. View all David Hockney prints $test =
  • The Turner Prize 2013

    This year the Turner Prize is being presented outside England for the first time, in the UK’s first City of Culture, Derry~Londonderry. Our article gives you the low down on the nominees for this prestigious visual arts award and takes a look at arguably the most important art prize in Europe....
    This year the Turner Prize is being presented outside England for the first time, in the UK’s first City of Culture, Derry~Londonderry. Our article gives you the low down on the nominees for this prestigious visual arts award and takes a look at arguably the most important art prize in Europe. Destroy The Guardian has reported “The Turner prize looks better than ever this year in a city whose history puts art into perspective.” Derry has been seen as a bold choice for location but Penelope Curits, Director of Tate Britain and chair of the jury explained, “We wanted the Turner Prize to be more diverse and Derry was the right place.” The Turner Prize, established in 1984, is awarded for an outstanding recent exhibition of work by an artist under 50, born, living, or working in Britain. Named in honour of the nineteenth-century painter J.M.W. Turner, in response to his unfulfilled wish to set up an award for younger artists, the prize is intended to promote public discussion of new developments in contemporary British art.  The prize has always been the subject of passionate debate on the subject of contemporary art. This year the independent jury is formed of Penelope Curtis (Director Tate Britain), Annie Fletcher (Director, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt), Susanne Gaensheimer (Director of Frankfurt’s Museum of Modern Art), Declan Long (writer and lecturer, National Collage of Art and Design, Dublin) and Ralph Rugoff (Director, Hayward Gallery). Together they will select the winner of the prize worth £40,000. They will be choosing from this diverse shortlist of contemporary artists – Laure Prouvost Laure Prouvost is known for her films and installations, characterised by richly layered stories, translation and surreal elements. She is nominated for her work ‘Wantee’ which was shown as part of the ‘Schwitters in Britain’ exhibition at Tate Britain and for her two-part installation for the Max Mara Art Prize for Women at the Whitechapel Gallery. Destroy Born in Lille, France, Prouvost moved to London just over a decade ago and a lot of her work deals with miscommunication and things getting lost in translation. Nick Aikens at Fireze explains “Language – in its broadest sense – permeates the video, sound, installation and performance work of Prouvost, yet she doesn’t so much rebel against it as blend, unpick or re-form text and spoken narratives in any way she can.” Lynette Yiadom-Boakye Painter, poet and writer Lynette Yiadom-Boakye is best known for her large-scale figurative paintings of subjects that she constructs from a combination of memory, imagination, drawing and scrapbooks. Each portrait is completed within a single day! Her paintings have a tantalising sense of narrative about them, yet they are carefully ambiguous; the clothing is generic, the setting is hard to discern and even the gender of the subjects is sometimes uncertain.  Destroy Yiadom-Boakye is nominated for her exhibition ‘Extracts and Verses’ at Chisenhale Gallery. Skye Sherwin of The Guardian has said of her, “The people she depicts are often doing some unremarkable everyday act, like lying down or removing a sock… But their psychological complexity hits deep. The delicate mystery of an unreadable lip curl, a curiously game smile or an awkward stance has a subtle, if insistent, pull on our imagination.” David Shrigley David Shrigley is best known for his simple and direct drawings and animations that make satirical comments on everyday situations and human interactions. Whilst drawing is at the centre of his practice the artist also works with photography, sculpture, animation, and painting. His work reveals his black humour, macabre intelligence and infinite jest. Publishing cartoons regularly in publications such as The Guardian and New Statesman, his work holds significant public appeal.  Destroy Alastair Sooke of The Telegraph, explains, “Sometimes it’s hard being funny, because people won’t take you seriously. Yet the world needs jesters, and like the best cartoonists and satirists, Shrigley is blessed with a unique mind.” He is nominated for his solo exhibition ‘David Shrigley – Brain Activity’ at Hayward Gallery. Tino Sehgal During the last decade, Tino Sehgal has become well-known for artworks that primarily exist as live encounters between people. His work often directly engages with gallery visitors whilst avoiding the production or presentation of any actual objects. Through participatory means, he tests the limits of artistic material and audience perception in a new and significant way. Destroy Sehgal is nominated for his pioneering projects ‘This Variation’ a documenta (XIII) and ‘These Associations’ at Tate Modern. “These Associations is one of the best Turbine Hall commissions. There are no objects: we are the subject. It is about communality and intimacy, the self as a social being, the group and the individual, belonging and separation. We’re in the middle of things. It is marvellous,” wrote Adrian Searle in ‘The Guardian’. The winner of the Turner Prize 2013 will be announced at an awards ceremony on Monday 2nd December. The Turner Prize exhibition will be on view in until January 5th 2014. Admission is free.  Read more about the Turner Prize 2013 exhibition in our exhibition review artzine your guide to everything that's happening in the art world  $test =
  • Kate Moss Puts the New Lawrence Alkin Gallery in the Spotlight

    Lawrence Alkin Gallery, the new name for artrepublic Soho, launches next week (30th October) with a brand new website, updated gallery space and new program of exclusive exhibitions and pop-up art events. Today, the announcement of their very first exhibition ‘Kate Moss: Roll 1’ has created q....
    Lawrence Alkin Gallery, the new name for artrepublic Soho, launches next week (30th October) with a brand new website, updated gallery space and new program of exclusive exhibitions and pop-up art events. Today, the announcement of their very first exhibition ‘Kate Moss: Roll 1’ has created quite a media stir! Featuring in Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, The Telegraph, The Independent, The Daily Mail, Marie Claire and the home page of The Sun, the upcoming exhibition has attracted major attention, no doubt due to the superstar status of its subject, Kate Moss. Their first exhibition will recreate the very first day in which supermodel Kate Moss was captured on film, featuring never-before-seen photographs from her first ever professional photo shoot by David Ross. Destroy Harpers Bazaar reports, “Shot by photographer David Ross, they capture the insouciance and innocence of this gamine global fashion icon at the tender age of 14.” The highly anticipated photographs will go on public display for the first time at Lawrence Alkin Gallery along with two hand-made contact sheets and Ross’s diary from the day the pair met. The show opens on October 30th and will be a must-see!  View all David Ross prints Read our exhibition review  of Kate Moss: Roll 1 Read our article on Lawrence Alkin Gallery, the new name for artrepublic Soho  $test =
  • Exclusive Preview Evening with Dan Baldwin Tonight!

    Our Brighton Gallery are hosting an evening of great art with drinks and canapés to celebrate the preview of brand new Peter Blake prints as well as a fantastic opportunity to meet artist Dan Baldwin. Destroy Returning from a massively successful solo ....
    Our Brighton Gallery are hosting an evening of great art with drinks and canapés to celebrate the preview of brand new Peter Blake prints as well as a fantastic opportunity to meet artist Dan Baldwin. Destroy Returning from a massively successful solo show, Dan Baldwin will be in the gallery signing copies of his new book ’23 Years’. This evening is your chance to view his latest, outstanding, limited edition print release ‘Faithless’. The gallery will also be the very first UK gallery to present brand new Peter Blake works which will only be available until this Sunday.  You’re very welcome to attend this celebration of two truly great artists at our Brighton gallery. Pop in to preview incredible prints and meet a talented and wonderful contemporary artist from 6.30-9.00pm. View all Dan Baldwin prints View all Peter Blake prints Visit artrepublic Brighton $test =
  • Copyright & Gemma Compton: Mr & Mrs Interview

    Destroy Last year urban artists Copyright and Gemma Compton featured on our list of favourite arty couples, ‘Drawn Together: Artists in Love’. Since then they have tied the knot and recently celebrated their first anniversary of marriage! To mark the occasion they....
    Destroy Last year urban artists Copyright and Gemma Compton featured on our list of favourite arty couples, ‘Drawn Together: Artists in Love’. Since then they have tied the knot and recently celebrated their first anniversary of marriage! To mark the occasion they have generously agreed to complete our Mr & Mrs quiz. Destroy We love Copyright and Gemma Compton both as artists and can’t wait to discover how their love for each other influences their work. Beautiful women, birds, butterflies and roses; welcome to the wonderfully creative world of Copyright and Gemma… Did art bring you together? Copyright: Yeah def, I remember the first time I went to Gems when she was living in a flat, she had paintings on her walls and several cans of spray paint on a cabinet, I was very impressed, most of our early dates were to art galleries, private views and live paints.  Gemma: I suppose. We met in a bar on a night out in Bristol. We talked about painting, street art and tattoos. The connection was pretty instant. Every day we spent together was either at an exhibition, museum or art event. We are both really passionate about being creative and that has been our bond from the very beginning. Destroy Who designed your wedding invitation? Copyright: Gem did everything, all the way to the menus. Gemma: Think it’s always the ‘Brides’ prerogative to be in charge of her wedding, so I took charge in designing and making most things for ours. Being a creative couple we knew we wanted the day to reflect us and our friends and family had high expectations because of us both being artists. So everything was created or designed by us from invites to menus, gifts for our guests and we even ran a photography competition on the day for best photo with a prize of a signed copyright print. Destroy Do you enjoy collaborating on work? Gemma: I do, I hope Chris would agree. I feel that every piece we create even as individual artists is a collaboration of sorts between the two of us. From bouncing around ideas for pieces, to helping with different techniques and problem solving when a painting just isn’t working. The creative process can sometimes be all consuming and we both understand that. I guess we’re just lucky we can get lost in art together. Before we got married we painted a whole show of collaborations together called ‘Union’ to celebrate our marriage and it was really well received. So we have plans to create more pieces together it’s just making the time as we’ve been busy with our individual projects. Copyright: Last year we did our first collaborative exhibition ‘Union’ Here in Bristol. Where we worked out paintings and literally I painted one half, Gem painted the other half, then we stuck the 2 parts back together, it was awesome. I’m working on putting together a website for ‘Union’ work and hopefully another ‘Union’ show next year. Destroy Do you share a studio? Copyright: Kinda. We both have separate studios, but we both work from home, so the whole house has become our studio. There’s art everywhere. Gemma: My studio takes over our spare bedroom with my vintage furniture, taxidermy and quirky car boot sale finds. Chris has an office in our loft and a studio at the end of our garden filled with vintage car parts and 80’s collectables. Even though we are in the same house our paths may only cross when it’s time to put the kettle on. Describe your different approaches and processes... Gemma: We both have different styles when it comes to the finished piece but I think our processes are very similar. We both research our ideas, looking at stories and meanings, we both use acrylic paint, we sketch. Chris uses very little spray paint these days and I’m starting to experiment a little with oils but both our work is predominantly acrylic paint. Copyright: The approaches are almost Identical, it’s only our process that differs, and only slightly. I guess the main difference is Gem paints her girls to look real, I paint my girls stylised.   Destroy What are the similarities in your work? Gemma: We both like to paint women; we love hidden meanings, stories and symbols within nature, life and death. We just execute them in different ways. Are you inspired by each other’s art? Copyright: For sure, we’re always checking in on what each other are doing. Her attention to detail and patience is amazing Gemma: Definitely, without him I don’t think I’d be an artist today. When we first met 7 years ago I was still at university and Chris was very encouraging at getting me to paint and putting myself and my work out there. He was living in London and already exhibiting his artwork. He’d take me to art shows, introduce me to people he’d always tell me ‘If I can do this then you can too’. Destroy Are you competitive? Gemma: I think we both have a competitive nature, just not against each other. We both have a passion to create and a love for art. Our partnership isn’t just husband and wife, its team work Destroy Copyright: No not at all, we mostly help each other whenever we can. Gem has got very good at gold leafing (smile). Have you painted each other? Copyright: I’ve painted Gem a few times in the past.  Destroy Gemma: Chris has painted me several times and thank goodness he’s been complimentary! Lots of people that come to his shows say they see me in a lot of the women he paints but they’re not intentionally me. However I have no desire to paint him yet, he’s probably relieved. Whose art do you have in your home? Gemma: We have so much art; we are running out of wall space! From completely unknown kitsch car boot finds to Tom French, Dan Baldwin, Hush, Miss Van, Ben Frost, Faile……etc. Copyright: I collect Faile, also Hush, Dan Baldwin, Banksy, Adam Neate, Miss Van, Meggs, Tom French, Mr Jago, Chapman Bros, couple by Ben Frost Is it difficult living with an artist? Copyright: No it’s perfect; I think it would be more difficult to live with someone who wasn’t an artist Gemma: I think that for the most part it’s quite harmonious but we can both have our moments and artistic temperaments can flair up. I don’t think I could be with someone who wasn’t in a creative industry – it just wouldn’t work. My creativity can make me selfish with my time, working from the minute you get up till late at night, 24/7. Luckily I have someone who gets it. Do you have a favourite famous art couple? Copyright: Basquiat and Madonna Gemma: One of my favourite artists is Frida Kahlo who was married to Diego Rivera who was a famous Mexican artist. Sadly they’re marriage wasn’t a happy one. Destroy What is your favourite artwork by the other? Gemma: Oh gosh, that’s really hard! In the last couple of years his work has really developed more of a painter’s dexterity. Still stencil based but adding depth of layers and texture with a brush. His figures have become more complex with hidden meanings and stories and I love this development within his work. One in particular that stands out for me is ‘Sweet Nothings’ the flowers in particular are stunning and ‘Juliet’ because of all the texture and movement in the piece. Copyright: Her lil ones of the birds she paints are so sweet, but the larger paintings where she incorporates a female portrait are so slick, some of them look like photographs. Destroy Copyright's Mr & Mrs Quiz - What’s Gemma’s favourite colour? Is this a test? I dunno, not pink, probably an eggshell greeny blue When’s Gemma happiest? Watching Box set TV shows   If Gemma could have a superpower what would it be? She’d be She Ra, and have all associated powers. Destroy If Gemma was an art movement which would she be? She spans a couple of areas, she could easily be a Realism artist, and she has the attention to detail to be a Hyper Realist. But I think she’d be Art Nouveau, the way she incorporates the beauty of a female figure with the inspiration of natural forms and design.  If Gemma wasn’t an artist she would be… A baker, she makes dope cakes! Gemma: If I couldn’t do anything creative it would have to be a job helping others like a paramedic or a midwife as I have a massive respect for the work that they do. Gemma's Mr & Mrs Quiz -  Destroy What’s Copyright’s favourite colour? Pink, black or grey. When’s Copyright happiest? Relaxing in a café having brunch at the weekend.  If Copyright could have a superpower what would it be? Invisibility If Copyright was an art movement which would he be? Pop Art Destroy If Copyright wasn’t an artist he would be… If you weren’t an artist what would you be?I’m not sure if either of us could do anything that wasn’t creative, but as a kid of the 80’s he loved Jim Henson so probably working for a studio like that or aardman animations. Copyright: I studied to make animations/video graphics, something like that. I was doing that before I quit to be a full time artist. I couldn’t imagine not doing anything creative, if I couldn’t do something creative I’d have to do something dexterous, a car mechanic or a decorator. artzine your guide to everything that's happening in the art world  $test =
  • Definitely Mary on a Vintage Bike

    Artist and illustrator Definitely Mary was recently commissioned by the company Spirit of the Seventies to work her magic on a S2 Yamaha motorbike from the 1970s. Check out her beautiful designs on the bike's organic shape - Destroy The unconventional can....
    Artist and illustrator Definitely Mary was recently commissioned by the company Spirit of the Seventies to work her magic on a S2 Yamaha motorbike from the 1970s. Check out her beautiful designs on the bike's organic shape - Destroy The unconventional canvas belongs to a fan of her work that already has several Definitely Mary pieces. Collaborating with Brighton based customised bike shop D-Lucks she designed a theme to compliment the look of the elegant Japanese bike. After sanding and preparing, the bike was left to Definitely Mary to illustrate, “after much pondering I went to work creating what was classed as beautiful chaos by D-Lucks.” The unique artwork was exhibited at a show of customised vintage bikes organised by The Bike Shed. Definitely Mary on your motorbike, Charming Baker on your private jet or Peter Blake on your bicycle; which artist would you commission to custom your ride? View all Definitely Mary prints $test =
  • Banksy Bargains For One Day Only!

    “Yesterday I set up a stall in the park selling 100% authentic original signed Banksy canvases. For $60 each,” revealed Banksy on Day 13 of his New York streets residency, Better Out Than In.  Setting up a pop-up stall near Central Park attended by an unknown man, he displayed dozens of....
    “Yesterday I set up a stall in the park selling 100% authentic original signed Banksy canvases. For $60 each,” revealed Banksy on Day 13 of his New York streets residency, Better Out Than In.  Setting up a pop-up stall near Central Park attended by an unknown man, he displayed dozens of original, signed canvases. Each small to medium-sized work is worth at least $30,000 but he sold them for just $60 each, making $420 from selling eight canvases over the course of the day! Destroy The incredibly lucky few customers, including a woman who managed to wrangle a 50% discount and a man who brought four canvases because “I just need something for the walls,” are the envy of Banksy fans worldwide!   View all Banksy prints $test =
  • Bonnie and Clyde: I Thought I Wanted to be an Architect but Really I Just Want to Live in a Postmodern House in LA

    Destroy Brighton based artist Bonnie and Clyde has been exploring the American West Coast in her cool and colourful new collection. She has generously shared her travel snaps and taken the time to explain the fascinating journey she underwent to create her latest prin....
    Destroy Brighton based artist Bonnie and Clyde has been exploring the American West Coast in her cool and colourful new collection. She has generously shared her travel snaps and taken the time to explain the fascinating journey she underwent to create her latest print ‘FIVE’ aka ‘I Thought I Wanted to be an Architect but Really I Just Want to Live in a Postmodern House in LA’. The print is a striking photomontage of 5 buildings in coastal LA, “I used photography, paint, inks, pencils, digital print, Japanese paper and wood to make the original which I then turned into a limited edition print with screen-print and glazes and hand-finished glazed collage elements,” Bonnie and Clyde explained. Destroy The original picture is composed of several individual elements carefully balanced to create the LA scene.  Bonnie and Clyde painted each quintessential building then scanned them and reworked them in the computer, adding the backdrop and various elements. “Next I deconstructed the piece and printed all the bits individually, painted the areas of colour and collaged the piece together, painting as I went along.”  Layers and layers of collaged painted elements combine to create a skilful and seamless landscape.  One of the buildings in the print is the Chiat/Day building in Venice California. Known now as the ‘Binoculars Building’, the iconic building is a commercial office built for the advertising agency Chiat/Day as its West Coast corporate headquarters. The massive sculpture of binoculars that functions as the entrance was made by American Pop artist Claus Oldenburg. It was designed by LA “Deconstructivist Postmodern architect Frank Gehry, who I’m a fan of,” Bonnie and Clyde revealed, “I was given an amazing book which featured this building when I was just starting out on my creative journey so to see it in the flesh was a big deal and I just had to make a piece featuring it.”  Destroy As the prints title suggests, Bonnie and Clyde is seriously interested in the LA architecture, “the architecture of the area is really interesting as there is a height limit and the structures are low due to earthquakes. There’s an abundance of modernist and postmodern buildings and it’s a creative hub. The wide streets and low buildings give the area an air of space and freedom and the basic structures, bad electricity infrastructure make it feel more down to earth and relaxed.”  The other buildings depicted in ‘FIVE’ can be found dotted around the Venice and Santa Monica area, along with the palm trees and signs Bonnie and Clyde has incorporated. The backdrop of hills is visible from the beach around Santa Monica Pier. “The car was taken from a trip to Rhodes a number of years ago, the Ozone Avenue sign a reference to the 5 lanes of LA traffic,” she explained. The day-glo palm trees are her joyful emblem of this unique modern metropolis. The print, which embodies LA cool, is her personal memento of a thrilling American adventure.  artzine your guide to everything that's happening in the art world  $test =
  • Nick Smith is on Target with New Print

    Nick Smith has just released a brand new, bullet wounded limited edition print, Target Practice. The amusing appropriation of Andy Warhol’s iconic Pop Art soup can features a new label, ‘Target Pratice’ and unique bullet holes! Nick Smith shot his signed and embossed prints with a 12 gauge....
    Nick Smith has just released a brand new, bullet wounded limited edition print, Target Practice. The amusing appropriation of Andy Warhol’s iconic Pop Art soup can features a new label, ‘Target Pratice’ and unique bullet holes! Nick Smith shot his signed and embossed prints with a 12 gauge Fabarm pump action shotgun shooting slugs in a Canadian shooting range. Each print is unique due to the unpredictability of the artist’s limited shooting ability! Watch him in firing action in this video… Destroy View all Nick Smith prints $test =

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