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Monthly Archives: January 2014

  • Dan Baldwin Creates Artwork for New Paolo Nutini Single

    Internationally acclaimed singer Paolo Nutini is set to release a new single ‘Scream (Funk My Life Up) on March 30th. It will be the first single from his forthcoming third studio album ‘Caustic Love’. We are particularly excited because one of our favourite artists, Dan Baldwin, has produced....
    Internationally acclaimed singer Paolo Nutini is set to release a new single ‘Scream (Funk My Life Up) on March 30th. It will be the first single from his forthcoming third studio album ‘Caustic Love’. We are particularly excited because one of our favourite artists, Dan Baldwin, has produced the track’s artwork. Working with Paolo Nutini, Dan Baldwin created the record cover from his epic 2011 mixed media creation ‘Cyclone’. The work is an elaborate memento mori, a beautiful reminder of the brevity and ephemeral nature of life. We have a stunning silkscreen and collage limited edition print of ‘Cyclone’, which will now be even more collectable considering the Nutini connection.  This week Zane Lowe, on BBC Radio One, declared Nutini’s ‘Scream’ single the “hottest record in the world.”  ‘Scream (Funk My Life Up)’ and the forthcoming coming album are set to massive releases. We’re delighted that Dan Baldwin’s bold and multifaceted artwork will reach brand new audiences as a result.  View all Dan Baldwin prints $test =
  • Secret Dave White original found in Aquatic box set.

    With only a couple of the stunning Aquatic box sets remaining, we were really excited to hear that the secret original has been found! Dave White had promised that concealed within one of the box sets would be an original and hurrah here it is in all its glory! Each of the Aqua....
    With only a couple of the stunning Aquatic box sets remaining, we were really excited to hear that the secret original has been found! Dave White had promised that concealed within one of the box sets would be an original and hurrah here it is in all its glory! Each of the Aquatic sets have been beautifully presented in a hand-made box , each of the four prints  carefully separated by an embossed cover sheet and placed in a totally sealed box. Each set came with the potential that concealed inside one of the box sets was an original work by Dave White. None of us at the gallery knew which edition the original was put with so, like the golden ticket to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, we eagerly awaited news of its discovery.  The lucky print was found by James Kelly and is an amazing watercolour of a piranha fish to fit perfectly with the four prints in the set featuring a Turtle, Lion Fish, Seahorse and a Fighting Fish.  And pleased we are too that it has gone to a good home as James is clearly a huge supporter of Dave’s work with one of his now sold out Eagle prints proudly hanging on his wall behind him. If you are interested in the few remaining editions of the box set then please call the Brighton gallery on +44 (0)1273 724829 View all Dave White prints View the signed Aquatic book from his recent solo show $test =
  • Incredible Animation of Classical Paintings

    Italian experimental animator and filmmaker Rino Stefano Tagliafierro has created an amazing short film titled ‘Beauty’, inspired the emotional intensity of classical paintings. It is mesmerizing and definitely worth watching if you’re an art fan... ‘Beauty’ follows the human li....
    Italian experimental animator and filmmaker Rino Stefano Tagliafierro has created an amazing short film titled ‘Beauty’, inspired the emotional intensity of classical paintings. It is mesmerizing and definitely worth watching if you’re an art fan... ‘Beauty’ follows the human life cycle, from birth to death, through subtly animated classical masterpieces. Tagliafierro’s stunning and haunting film brings these painting to life in fascinating and surreal ways. 115 paintings were animated to create the film, including several by William Bouguereau, John William Godward, Ivan Shishkin and Caravaggio. Can you spot ‘The Birth of Venus’ by William Bouguereau, ‘Ophelia’ by John Everett Millais and ‘Portrait of a Young Woman’ by Johannes Vermeer?  View all Classicism prints View all Pre-Raphaelite prints View all Renaissance prints $test =
  • Meet New Artist Magda Archer

    We’ve just loaded two smashing new prints to the site, ‘Please Go Away’ and ‘My Life is Crap’. Both are by British artist Magda Archer. Magda Archer has studied art and graphic design at Ravensbourne College of Art, Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art. In 1996, she produ....
    We’ve just loaded two smashing new prints to the site, ‘Please Go Away’ and ‘My Life is Crap’. Both are by British artist Magda Archer. Magda Archer has studied art and graphic design at Ravensbourne College of Art, Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art. In 1996, she produced artwork for ‘The Beatles Anthology’ with Peter Quinnell. Since then she has co-written and illustrated the ‘Harry Hill Fun Book’. Harry Hill happens to be Magda’s husband and, according to his Guardian Q&A, she is the living person he most admires! Artwork produced for the ‘Harry Hill Fun Book’ was featured in the Tate Exhibition ‘Peter Blake: About Collage’.  Much of Magda’s artwork takes reference from British pop culture, “I suppose most of my driving forces are language and expressions. And lyrics, I’m obsessed with lyrics.” The artists she admires include Pop masters Andy Warhol, Peter Blake, David Shrigley and Eduardo Paolozzi. You can watch Magda at work in her studio in this cool little video (created for her solo painting exhibition ‘Crazy Mad’ at Cornerhouse Manchester in 2011): View all Magda Archer prints Read our Magda Archer biography View all Pop Art prints $test =
  • Spotlight on Bruce McLean

    With some beautiful new hand-finished prints in the gallery, we take a look at Scottish artist Bruce McLean.  Well known for his installations, performance art, sculpture, public art and painting he is an interesting character with a view to challenge the art world often not taking ....
    With some beautiful new hand-finished prints in the gallery, we take a look at Scottish artist Bruce McLean.  Well known for his installations, performance art, sculpture, public art and painting he is an interesting character with a view to challenge the art world often not taking either it or himself very seriously. He attended Glasgow school of Art, where he was taught by influential sculptor Anthony Caro, an experience which he is characteristically irreverent about stating that art college was where, "Twelve adult men with pipes would walk for hours around sculpture and mumble." He then went on to Central Saint Martin’s School of art in London. With a strong artistic training behind him he quickly became a highly respected artist always critiquing the art world and always challenging the viewer to look further. Often placing himself as part of the work he has a humorous nature that gives life to his artistic practice and a liveliness that is free to mock the art establishment for all its pompousness.  In a piece entitled “Pose Work for Plinths” he positions himself in various poses between three plinths. Using himself as the subject he draws on the tradition of sculpture whilst simultaneously sending it up. Interestingly, comedian Noel Fielding has since re-created his own version of McLean’s piece last year as part of show re-creating classic Glam images. Rebellious in nature and subverting the pretentious nature of art world he offered a humorous, challenge to the conventional art world through a somewhat irreverent tone. In 1972 he was given an exhibition at the Tate Gallery titled “King for a Day” with the original idea to show his installation work for one day only! Working primarily in paint now, Bruce McLean has returned to nature, expressive, painterly style with these prints “Tulbagia” and “Tall Dutch Tulips” beautifully printed and hand-finished with paint and collage they really do justice to the original paintings. Larger than life and employing bold colour, he takes the traditional still-life genre and makes it contemporary allowing us to see the genre with renewed interest and appeal. He was honoured to represent the Great Britain in the Venice Biennale of 1980 where he exhibited alongside the likes of Gilbert & George and has since gone on to become a major figure in British contemporary art with world-wide acclaim. He now teaches at the Slade School of Art as head of Graduate painting where he continues to motivate and inspire the next generation of artists working in the UK. You may well have walked past a huge public sculpture of his outside Liverpool Street station in London on Bishopsgate without realising... “Eye-I” is an enormous deconstructed female figure made from coloured steel  that provides a cheerful, glamorous splash of life against the London city skyline. It towers above the street and forces the viewer to look up and encounter the piece from beneath its tall presence. 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 View all Bruce McLean prints Read our Bruce McLean Biography artzine your guide to everything that's happening in the art world $test =
  • Société Perrier's '10 Eccentric Works of Art You'll Want to Own From London Art Fair.'

    Société Perrier is a major source for everything interesting in art, music, fashion, travel, nightlife and cocktail culture. One of their top trending blogs today is ’10 Eccentric Works of Art You’ll Want to Own From London Art Fair’, in which half of the artist’s featured can be found ....
    Société Perrier is a major source for everything interesting in art, music, fashion, travel, nightlife and cocktail culture. One of their top trending blogs today is ’10 Eccentric Works of Art You’ll Want to Own From London Art Fair’, in which half of the artist’s featured can be found at artrepublic! Carne Griffiths takes the 4th spot with his brandy, tea and ink drawing ‘Mardy’. The original “which fuses bold street-art stylings with detailed ink work”, was shown at the London Art Fair by our sister gallery Ink_d.  Extraordinary works by Miss Bugs and James Cauty (both exhibited at the fair by Ink_d) also made Société Perrier’s insightful art recommendations. Number 7 on the list is the epic ‘Faith-Less’ by Dan Baldwin, “a beautiful cacophony of chaos against a cityscape.” The original mixed media on canvas was available at the London Art Fair for £21,600. Thankfully, we have a beautiful limited edition print of the work for a very affordable £1,300. Finally, don’t miss our surreal limited editions by Nancy Fouts, the 10th artist to feature on Société Perrier’s vibrant blog. View all Carne Griffiths prints View all Miss Bugs prints View all James Cauty prints View all Dan Baldwin prints View all Nancy Fouts prints $test =
  • "Daddy, I want a Damien": The Art Collection of Harper Beckham

    Harper Beckham has taken her first steps into the art world, despite being unsteady on her own feet (well, she is a toddler after all). Harper has begun her personal art collection with an enviable £600,000 Damien Hirst original… Damien Hirst is reportedly a close friend of Harper’s Daddy, fo....
    Harper Beckham has taken her first steps into the art world, despite being unsteady on her own feet (well, she is a toddler after all). Harper has begun her personal art collection with an enviable £600,000 Damien Hirst original… Damien Hirst is reportedly a close friend of Harper’s Daddy, footballer David Beckham, who commissioned the painting for her first birthday in July 2013. The 7ft high, heart-shaped piece is embellished with Hirst’s signature butterflies and appropriately titled ‘Daddy’s Girl.’ Harper’s Hirst heart was recently spotted being moved into the family’s new West London mansion. The junior contemporary art connoisseur may have first discovered Damien Hirst at an Andy-Warhol-inspired exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2012. Her former Spice Girl mother, Victoria Beckham, assisted her on the cultural trip, which included viewing works by Richard Avedon, Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst.  We're looking forward to hearing how Harper’s art tastes develop after such a good start! Take a look at our Damien Hirst collection (for which you won't need a Beckham-sized budget) if you'd like to follow in the budding style icon's footsteps... View all Damien Hirst prints $test =
  • A Day in the Life of Artist Rob Wass

    London based artist Rob Wass, has recently released 3 impressive new limited edition prints. His vibrant work fuses nature with architecture and geometry. His signature use of heavy black produces lively pops of contrasting colour in his subtle optical illusions. D....
    London based artist Rob Wass, has recently released 3 impressive new limited edition prints. His vibrant work fuses nature with architecture and geometry. His signature use of heavy black produces lively pops of contrasting colour in his subtle optical illusions. Discover more about this talented contemporary artists in our latest interview... Describe an average day in the life of Rob Wass - I'll describe today… 07.37 - I awake wondering why I hadn't heard my neighbor in the flat below get up for work. 08.00 - Bath. A lot of time spent here surfing the net on my phone, reading news, prepping myself for the day ahead. 09.55 - Tea/breakfast/emails 10.07 - Screen printing next batch of new prints - I don't have enough space where I am at the moment for a print rack so I have to improvise. Using this method I can print about 30ish prints at a time. 13.24 - Lunch - Ham, tomato, lettuce and mustard sandwich. 14.03 - Colour some prints - Always fun unless I'm colouring a moth, why oh why did I think that this amount of hand colouring would not get a little tedious, oh well not many left now! 15.16 - Sign/stamp/number prints. 16.35 - Post prints. 17.12 - Tea and Internet break. 18.55 - Drawing - Nothing in particular just playing with ideas. 20.18 - Dinner - Absolutely loving Paella at the moment although I'm sure I'm probably doing it ‘wrong’, but I don't care because it tastes too good. 21.31 - Drawing continued - Sketching to some documentaries on YouTube. 12.05 - Bed - I spend a lot of time working on ideas in my head in bed, if I don't write them down though they might not be there in the morning. Not every day is like this, sometimes I have 2 baths. Would you describe your work as minimalist or abstract? Probably a little more abstract than minimalist, I like to get a bit of intensity in there too, but it's about finding a balance that works, ‘Skeleton City’ is quite a good example of this because it's really detailed in places but it's got a load of space around it that evens it out. How do you express motion so effectively on a flat surface? I use a combination of different techniques and tools to replicate movement, most of them are pretty messy but very fun, some of these techniques rely on blind luck it seems at times. I'm starting to learn that there are new ways for me to create movement without making a load of mess everywhere. Black features heavily in your prints, how do you feel about colour? I love colour, I find that using small amounts of colour combined with black intensifies the brightness, I think the first time I realised this was when I was creating ‘Wings of Change’, and it’s now become a signature style that frequently reoccurs in my work. What made you become an artist? I don't know really, I just like creating stuff, I've got a bit of a mischievous mind that quickly wonders without me realising it, this can be good for coming up with new ideas but not so good if you're trying to hold down a conversation with someone. Ultimately I don't have much say in the matter, sometimes it feels like I'm just along for the ride playing catch-up with my brain. How did you get started? I've been making work my whole life but in 2007 a couple of friends and I got a pop-up space in Croydon, it was part of a council scheme to regenerate a parade of unused shops. We made our unit into a gallery space (The Lab) selling our art. It was at this time I realised that making a living from art was what I wanted.  You work in sculpture, film, drawing and prints, what’s your favourite medium? I don't really have a favourite. I love learning new techniques, I guess I use inks quite a lot but that's because they can create some spectacular results, they're also mesmerizing when you're working with them. I want to try some different printing techniques this year, I kind of imagine myself making a huge installation at some point which encompasses many different techniques. What are you currently working on? I did a few abstract canvas tests last year that I want to pick back up. I've been shooting some footage for my website of inks dancing on paper and a few other bits. Generally though, I've found talking about unfinished work doesn't do the idea any justice. Where do you find inspiration? All around me, it's usually little pieces of detail I'll pick up and use with other little pieces of detail from something else. When I've got an idea I'm constantly looking at the world around me to make that idea work, it can be a slow process but I think an organically formed idea is always going to be better than a forced one.  What memorable responses have you had to your work? “I'm arresting you for conspiracy to commit criminal damage.” What is the greatest threat to art today? I think placing a monetary value on art has a lot to answer for. You can point out the hypocrisy in this statement if you want but it doesn’t make it any less true. Which artists do you most admire and what work of art would you most like to own? Futura's work is amazing. I’ve always loved this piece by Futura entitled ‘Violent Treasure’ ,1990. If you weren’t an artist what would you be doing? It would probably still be something creative or some sort of problem solving job, locksmith, computer technician, engineer. I studied graphic design at college, it cost me 10k to realise I really didn't want to go into that industry! When are you happiest? I love being in the studio working on a new piece, listening to some good beats. View all Rob Wass prints. artzine your guide to everything that's happening in the art world $test =
  • Happy Birthday Kate Moss!

    Global style icon and consummate party girl Kate Moss turns the big 4-0 today! No doubt major players in the art world will be joining the global masses in wishing her many happy returns. As well as being the most controversial model of her era, Kate Moss has become the generation’s muse, inspi....
    Global style icon and consummate party girl Kate Moss turns the big 4-0 today! No doubt major players in the art world will be joining the global masses in wishing her many happy returns. As well as being the most controversial model of her era, Kate Moss has become the generation’s muse, inspiring more artists’ work than any other non-religious or royal subject in history.  Last year, our sister gallery Lawrence Alkin Gallery showcased a series of the first ever professional photographs taken of Kate Moss in their exhibition, ‘Kate Moss: Roll 1’. The photographs were taken in 1988 by photographer David Ross and depict a fresh faced 14 year old Kate Moss shortly after she was spotted by Storm modelling agency’s Sarah Doukas.  The supermodel has been tied into the art world professionally and socially ever since, “I’ve worked with a lot of artists – Lucian Freud, Marc Quinn, Tracey Emin, Gary Hume, Jake and Dinos Chapman... I became friends with some of them. A lot of them really. And, you know, we’d seen each other out, hung out at parties and what have you, and over the years they’d ask me to do odd projects.” Her enviable art projects have included sitting for Lucian Freud (who gave her a tattoo!), modelling for a Marc Quinn sculpture and even appearing in Peter Blake’s reinvented ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ album cover.  View all Kate Moss prints Read our article 25 Years of Kate Moss: Artist’s Muse $test =
  • London Art Fair 2014

    London’s 26th annual art fair is in full swing with art collectors from around the world swarming to the capital to snatch up the best modern and contemporary art on the market.  Our sister gallery Ink_d, have curated an impressive display of cutting edge art on their stand (G12), includi....
    London’s 26th annual art fair is in full swing with art collectors from around the world swarming to the capital to snatch up the best modern and contemporary art on the market.  Our sister gallery Ink_d, have curated an impressive display of cutting edge art on their stand (G12), including ceramics by Carrie Reichardt and Paul Scott, collages by James Cauty, and oil paintings by Jake Wood-Evans. The fair is a fantastic opportunity to see Ryan Callanan’s iconic smileys hung alongside unique Magnus Gjoen light boxes and delicate embroidered originals by Carne Griffiths.   artrepublic received a coveted invitation to the Press Preview, where we got a chance to admire incredible work by many of our top artists before it got snapped up by the buying public - Joe Webb's ‘Back to Black – Diamond Dust’ original was a real highlight, as was ‘Faith Less’ by Dan Baldwin. We were really impressed with the diverse work on show and it was fantastic to bump into some of our favourite artists, including Pure Evil, James Cauty, Ryan Callanan and Maria Rivans. If you are visiting the fair in the next couple of days and need any advice on developing your art collection or taking your first steps into the art world, visit artrepublic director Lindsay on the Ink_d stand (G12). She will be available all week to offer advice on all things art collecting, from investing to framing.  Read more about the London Art Fair 2014. Book tickets for the London Art Fair 2014. View our album of photographs from the fair $test =

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