Monthly Archives: October 2014

  • Grayson Perry's new TV series

    The Turner-Prize winning artist and national treasure Grayson Perry has been gracing our television screens recently with his new series 'Who Are You'. In the programme, which is being broadcast on Channel 4, the maverick artist examines the identity of different Britons. It follows the artist as....
    The Turner-Prize winning artist and national treasure Grayson Perry has been gracing our television screens recently with his new series 'Who Are You'. In the programme, which is being broadcast on Channel 4, the maverick artist examines the identity of different Britons. It follows the artist as he goes about creating a set of portraits for his new show, to be held at the “Holy temple of British portraiture", the National Portrait Gallery.  Perry’s work has always examined the notion of identity and the series sees him distilling the inner lives of a variety of people, including X-Factor contestant Rylan and ex-convict/politician Chris Huhne, into a single portrait. Perry describes his focus on portraiture, “A single image is all you get, but get it right and it tells you something one thousand selfies never could”. Grayson Perry makes a point of saying that most of the portraits hanging in the national gallery are of “polished heroes of British history” and are mainly consist of "white middle-aged, middle and upper-class, heterosexual (as far as we know) men". Perry brings his own collection of unusual and troubled characters to break this convention, more accurately portraying modern life. The exhibitions is open to the public until 15 March 2015, follow this link to read our review of the sensational show.  Read our exhibition review on Grayson Perry: Who Are You? $test =
  • Peter Blake: Classics Revisited

    Peter Blake is a unique artist who loves to revisit his earlier work, re-examining it and further exploring ideas. This can be seen in his fabulous new print, which is a contemporary reworking of an old favourite. Since the mid 80s Blake has been going back over his artwork and updati....
    Peter Blake is a unique artist who loves to revisit his earlier work, re-examining it and further exploring ideas. This can be seen in his fabulous new print, which is a contemporary reworking of an old favourite. Since the mid 80s Blake has been going back over his artwork and updating it with fresh new versions. This idea of engaging with past reflects Blake’s desire to evoking a strong sense of nostalgia in his work and transport the viewer to different eras. Blake describes his motive for reconsidering his work: “I felt that some of the American Pop artists had only one idea in the early 1960s, then repeated that idea over and over again, mainly for commercial reasons, whereas I had often only painted one picture from an idea, and it would sometimes have been worth further paintings". A fine example of his revisited work is the updated version of the iconic of Sgt Peppers album cover Blake made in 2012 to celebrate his 80th Birthday. The newly revamped work featured a host of Blake’s celebrity friends, contemporary heroes other cultural icons including Kate Moss, Amy Winehouse, David Hockney and Noel Gallagher. Another case of Blake restyling a classic work is his silkscreen print ‘The Second Real Target’ published in 2009 nearly fifty years after he painted the original ‘The First Real Target’, which is now part of the Tate’s collection. The initial painting refers to the work of American artist Jasper Johns, one of Blake’s contemporaries who also incorporated images taken from popular culture into a fine art context. There is a great feeling of continuity when comparing the two target pieces. This leads us on to a very exciting announcement, the release of Peter Blake’s latest incredible print ‘Tiny Tina the Tattooed Lady’, a reworking and of a familiar motif in Blake’s work. His first tattooed lady edition came out back in 1985 with the screen print depicted a blonde woman with a selection of brightly coloured inked designs. The theme of the print fits in with Blake’s love of traditional circuses and the associated characters from various Victorian era shows. Blake made the original painting that inspired the prints, ‘Loelia, World’s Most Tattoed Lady’, back in 1955 while a student at The Royal College of Art. The piece was painted in oils onto a wooden panel in a naïve, folk art style and emerged during Blake’s earliest period of Pop-Art. The art historian Marco Livingstone describes ‘Loelia’ as “a multi-layered proto-Pop painting, which occupies a key position in the history of British Pop Art”. The painting gained international recognition in 2010 when it sold in an auction at Christies for a Blake record of £337,250- double the highest estimate. Peter Blake is well known for continuing to innovate and evolve his artistic practice, favouring new techniques and pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the medium of printmaking. Blake has made his new edition of ‘Tiny Tina’ uniquely customisable, allowing the purchaser the luxury of choosing from 6 different coloured bikinis and hairband when ordering, allowing for a great number of different colour combinations. The additional elements are then collaged onto the finished print. The print is a signed limited edition giclee on 330gsm Somerset Satin paper and is from an edition of just 100. On ‘Tiny Tina’ Blake has seamlessly blended modern and Victorian style illustrations and typography, giving the whole image a simultaneously cotemporary and retro feel. Despite now being in his 80s Peter Blake has always retained a distinct air of coolness and a reputation for staying one step ahead of the avant-garde.It is also very fitting his latest print features a woman adorned with tattoos as the form of body modification is currently at the apex of popularity, with more and more people deciding to have artwork indelibly inked onto their skin. ‘Tiny Tina’ is a fantastic and inventive reinterpretation of an icon Blake image. For the first time the treasured artist has allowed the buyer of the work to decided upon elements of the design and colour scheme. Remember there will only be 100 customisable Tiny Tina’s printed, so move quickly to avoid miss out on this absolute gem! artzine your guide to everything that's happening in the art world   read our Peter Blake biography view all Peter Blake prints Peter Blake: Pop Victoriana '75 Years of The Beano' by Peter Blake $test =
  • Frightfully great prints at artrepublic

    Halloween is nearly upon so we thought it was a great time to showcase a few of the spookier prints and more macabre editions we have here at artrepublic. Traditionally the festival of ‘All Hallows’ Eve’ revolved around the theme of using humour and ridicule to confront the power of death; ....
    Halloween is nearly upon so we thought it was a great time to showcase a few of the spookier prints and more macabre editions we have here at artrepublic. Traditionally the festival of ‘All Hallows’ Eve’ revolved around the theme of using humour and ridicule to confront the power of death; a subject that continues to occur frequently in contemporary art.  Magnus Gjoen often explores the symbolism attached with the art of Vanitas in his elegant and meticulous constructed digital images. Vanitas art is an intriguing genre, which dates back to the Dutch Master painters of the 16th and 17th centuries. Object such as skulls, rotting fruit and melting candles are used to represent the fragility and brevity of life. In his work Magnus has often depicted the image of a skull constructed out a contrasting material such as Delft porcelain to challenge the viewer’s preconceived notions regarding the object.  Eelus is artist whose style is very appropriate for Halloween particularly due to the influence of horror and B-movie characters in his work. Eelus even had an exhibition last Halloween at our sister gallery ink_d which featured a set of 3D collages of some of the most well known faces of the Horror film genre. A ‘Werewolf’, ‘Frankenstein’s Monster’, ‘Count Dracula’ and ‘The Creature From The Black Lagoon’ were all transformed into layered, hand cut paper masterpieces. Eelus is a highly collectable artist with his prints ‘The Warmest Place to Hide’ and ‘Creature Comforts’ brilliantly characterizing the scary cult films in his imitable style. Tom French creates dynamic monochrome paintings that seamlessly blend academic tradition with contemporary urban realism. His dramatic compositions of skulls in ‘Vanitas’ initially appear sinister but in actual fact are intended to encourage a sense of awareness and feeling mortality in the viewer. His paintings are often a kind of ghoulish optical illusion. At first you see one thing, then on closer inspection other faces and features emerge from the darkness creating their own narratives.    view all Magnus Gjoen prints view all Eelus prints view all Tom French prints $test =
  • artrepublic's trip to New York

    Lawrence and Lindsay from our Brighton gallery have recently been on a transatlantic voyage to New York City, meeting up with some of the hottest artists on their way. Ron English Ron English is one of the most important names in the art world and has played a huge part in elevating stre....
    Lawrence and Lindsay from our Brighton gallery have recently been on a transatlantic voyage to New York City, meeting up with some of the hottest artists on their way. Ron English Ron English is one of the most important names in the art world and has played a huge part in elevating street art to the widely respected position it currently holds.  Also known as ‘The Godfather of Street Art’, English creates pop-hyperrealist oil paintings and sculptures blending surreal humour with subversive irony. The pair from our gallery travelled to English’s expansive studio in upstate New York to view first hand where the magic happens. English has a cast of invented iconic characters that permeate through his work, some of which he releases as limited edition ‘designer vinyl toys’. He also sets up abstract sculptural compositions that he then photographs and uses as a guide to create his paintings. Ron English is a truly unique artist and a rebellious character. He is known to don a yeti suit and roam the woods near his home stalking deer, a creature he loves dearly. We are very excited to reveal that artrepublic will be releasing an exclusive limited edition print by Ron English very soon! Make sure to check this space for more information and the release date of the upcoming brilliant new work. Dan Baldwin Whilst in New York, Lawrence and Lindsay also had the chance to catch up with an old friend of artrepublic, the magnificent Dan Baldwin, who was preparing for his debut solo show in the Big Apple. The exhibition entitled ‘The End of Innocence’, opened on 23rd October in the city’s ultra hip Meat Packing District and covers the full extent of Dan’s immense talent with paintings, ceramics, bronze sculptures and works on paper on display. The new body of work sees Dan explores the notion of loss of innocence as he incorporates incredibly personal ephemera into the work. Objects with great sentimental value including his father’s boxing gloves and son’s baby teether find their way on to the canvases to add real depth and layers of meaning to the exhilarating compositions.  Dan Baldwin continues to take the international art world by storm and reap the rewards of his ambition, ability and relentless hard work. He even took a minute out from hanging the show to spar with Lawrence! Nick Walker  Nick Walker is one of the pioneers of stencil graffiti and made his name on the infamous Bristol street art and graffiti scene of the 1980s. Walker also has a show of new work in New York.  Nick combines stencils with freehand spray painting; this approach allows him to juxtapose photographic style images with the raw mark making that is synonymous with graffiti. Nick has also released a book for his show, with each cover being hand sprayed. It is great to see the genius that is Nick Walker returning to show in galleries after a 4 year absence. The show at 345 Broome Street, in the Bowery, clearly drew inspiration from the city, with his signature man in a bowler hat popping up against at stencilled urban landscape. We can’t wait to see what Nick Walker has in store in for the future particularly on this side of the Atlantic. Buff Monster Lawrence and Lindsay also had the pleasure of meeting the painter, Buff Monster in his New York studio. Buff Monster is force to be reckoned with in the art world having relocated to New York from Hollywood in 2012. He made a name for himself by putting up thousands of hand-silkscreened posters across Los Angeles and other places. Strange happy creatures living in a bubbly landscape and melting ice cream cones characterise his work. His colour of choice, electric pink, is prevalent in his work. Buff Monster loves the colour because it’s a symbol of confidence, individuality and happiness, three integral elements in his work. He cites heavy metal and Japanese culture as other influences. Buff Monster already has a painting in the Bristol Museum’s permanent collection and we would love to see some more of his uplifting and brightly coloured creations over here! view all Ron English prints view all Dan Baldwin prints view all Nick Walker prints artzine your guide to everything that's happening in the art world   $test =
  • Spotlight on Bruce McLean

    The juggernaut that is Frieze Art Fair has recent rolled into town and taken place in London’s Regent’s Park, bringing with it a host of contemporary art as well as a number insightful artist led talks and discussions including the brilliant Bruce McLean. One of our favourite artists....
    The juggernaut that is Frieze Art Fair has recent rolled into town and taken place in London’s Regent’s Park, bringing with it a host of contemporary art as well as a number insightful artist led talks and discussions including the brilliant Bruce McLean. One of our favourite artists Bruce McLean was chosen to present a keynote speech as part of Frieze Talks, a series curated by the editors of Frieze Magazine. In his inimitable and playful style, McLean delivered the talk in the form of a performance in which he bizarrely interviewed himself. McLean is a legendary figure in the British art world. In the 1960s he studied at the Glasgow School of Art then attended Central St. Martins College with fellow radical sculptors Gilbert and George. Since then he has created artwork through the media of painting, sculpture and performance.  McLean describes the stifling environment in which sculpture was taught at the time: “The St. Martin’s sculpture forum would avoid every broader issue, discussing for hours the position of one piece of metal in relation to another. Twelve adult men with pipes would walk for hours around sculpture and mumble.” In 1969 McLean was included in the seminal show “When Attitudes Become Form”. Ironically he used his inclusion in the highly regarded show as a platform to begin mocking what he saw as the machismo and posturing of minimal and conceptual art. This rebellious and playful attitude would manifest in his future artwork. In the 1970s while teaching at Maidstone College McLean founded the concept band ‘Nice Style’ who were billed as ‘The World’s First Pose Band’ (take note One Direction) and played a number of gigs using their bodies to perform as sculptures rather than actually playing instruments. In 1972 McLean was offered an illustrious exhibition at the Tate Gallery at the age of just 27. He opted, with sarcastic intent, for a ‘retrospective’ lasting only one day. It seems McLean pre-empted the transient nature of the pop-up show that is prevalent in the art world today. McLean doesn’t see himself as an artist. “Art is a three letter word and I’m not interested in three letter words. I’m interested in: Punk, Pose, Jazz… not art.” He prefers the title ‘Action Sculptor’ because of the influence of the abstract action painter Jackson Pollock. McLean refers to the video of Pollock smoking a cigarette whilst rhythmically applying paint to a canvas as: “The most subliminal and sublime shot in the history of cinema”. McLean goes on to say: “I like Jackson Pollock, because he was an action painter and I like the action of Jackson Pollock, not so much the paintings, they had nothing to do with it. Him doing it was the work, not the thing he’s done. I think I’m an action sculptor, it’s not the sculpture that’s important it’s the action”. In recent years painting and printmaking have become increasing more important in Bruce McLean’s practice. Between 2002 and 2010 McLean acted as head of Graduate Painting at the prestigious Slade School of Fine Art. Even when painting something as classic and conventional as a still life scene, McLean manages to inject his mischievous and rebellious spirit but using vivid punchy colours and boldly simplified shapes. This year sees another retrospective of Bruce McLean held some 40 years after his original tongue-in-cheek one day version. The Exhibition titled ‘Bruce McLean: Sculpture, Painting, Photography, Film’ examines the artist’s career across five decades and includes drawings and photographs that have previously never been shown to the public. Held at Colchester’s Firstsite gallery the show is presented over seven galleries occupying 855 square metres and truly shows off the immensely broad talent of one of British art’s irrepressible satirists. view all Bruce McLean prints Bruce McLean: Sculpture, Painting, Photography and Film Exhibition   $test =
  • Michelle Mildenhall: Artist Interview

    artrepublic artist Michelle Mildenhall is currently taking part in an exciting and provocative new show titled “Sex Sells”. Alongside two other acclaimed artists, Jess Eaton and Andrew Shoben, Michelle is showing a set of portraits which have been meticulously constructed from sheets of ....
    artrepublic artist Michelle Mildenhall is currently taking part in an exciting and provocative new show titled “Sex Sells”. Alongside two other acclaimed artists, Jess Eaton and Andrew Shoben, Michelle is showing a set of portraits which have been meticulously constructed from sheets of latex. The show, which takes place at Embassy Tea Gallery in London, encompasses the macabre, the kinky and the intensely sexual with each artist exploring the erotic realms in their inimitable style. It promises to be a celebration of all things sexual, sensual and sinister. We caught up with Michelle at the private view and she very kindly gave us some fascinating insight into her work. How did the exhibition "Sex Sells", with the other artists Andrew Shoben and Jess Eaton, come about? About a year ago Andrew and I decided to do an exhibition together, it arose from a conversation we had.  He had bought one of my latex pieces and we wanted to put our work together as it really complimented each other’s. We decided go for it and to do the show for ourselves.  It’s the first time we’ve shown together and the largest amount of work I’ve produced and shown in one place. You’re well known as being the UK’s only latex artist. In the art world latex is a very uncommon material. How did you come across using it in your art and what are the qualities of it that appeal to you? I make outfits for myself out of latex but I’m artist, this led to an epiphany one day, why don’t I create my art in latex, as nobody else is doing it? Latex comes in so many amazing colours with pearlescence and glittery effects. It’s such a sensual material. What I’ve created with the latex adds eroticism to my work. For me it was a natural progression. How you choose the celebrity figures in your portraits? I’ve used David Bowie because he’s very statuesque and I idolise him. Personally I put him up there with the Pope. For people like the Queen or Margret Thatcher there is a feeling of irony, its fun and you see my character coming through. Thatcher’s reign coincided with the Punk Movement so it’s entertaining to put her in a dog collar with purple eye make up. With the Queen I’ve made her beautiful but she has a very sexual look in her eyes. Talk us through the psychical process of making your artwork… I come up with an idea or image and then cut everything out by hand from latex. I have to use thinners and special glue that you can only get from a single shop in the UK. It’s a very unique process. The latex comes in huge sheets like on a roll fabric, so I spend hours cutting it. Once all the shapes are cut out I have to apply thinners and then stick it all back together. Finally what kind of impact and message do you want to communicate with your work? I would like to show people something that they have never seen before. The message is a combination of the fun elements and irony, with the more fetishistic characters. The women in my art look as if they’re being dominated but they are actually the one’s in control. They are very strong women, the opposite of how you first perceive them. I want people to look deeply into the characters rather than just seeing the initial image. View all Michelle Mildenhall prints artzine your guide to everything that's happening in the art world   $test =
  • New Banksy mural defaced

    The new Banksy artwork in Folkestone which we reported on has been vandalised just weeks after being painted by the elusive artist. The piece titled ‘Art Buff’ which has an estimated value of around £300,000 has been viewed by thousands of art fans since it was confirmed as an original.  ....
    The new Banksy artwork in Folkestone which we reported on has been vandalised just weeks after being painted by the elusive artist. The piece titled ‘Art Buff’ which has an estimated value of around £300,000 has been viewed by thousands of art fans since it was confirmed as an original.  Police are now looking in to reports of criminal damage after a crude penis was spray painted onto the plinth of the stencilled artwork. The damage is not thought to be permanent with the entire image now being covered in protective plastic sheeting to prevent further harm. The mural was Banksy’s unofficial entry into the Folkestone Triennial art festival. It is not the first time a Bansky piece has been painted over. Last week Clacton-on-sea county council acted quickly to erase a Banksy mural, commenting on immigration, after alleged receiving complaints deeming it “offensive”. Earlier this year another defaced work by the artist, “Kissing Coppers”, sold for £345,000 at auction in Miami. The stencilled work, which shows two policemen sharing an intimate moment, was originally painted on the side of The Albert pub in Brighton. Vandals covered the piece in black paint but it was expertly restored to its former glory by professionals before being carefully removed from the wall and sold.  view all Banksy prints Banksy on sea Bonhams Banksy on sea Images credit: : Gareth Fuller/PA $test =
  • Bruce McLean: Sculpture, Painting, Photography and Film Exhibition

    Firstsite in Colchester, give you the chance to look into the world of the internationally recognised Scottish artist Bruce McLean. The exhibition presents a major survey of the work of Bruce McLean featuring work from 1965 to the present including sculpture, painting, photography, drawings, ceramic....
    Firstsite in Colchester, give you the chance to look into the world of the internationally recognised Scottish artist Bruce McLean. The exhibition presents a major survey of the work of Bruce McLean featuring work from 1965 to the present including sculpture, painting, photography, drawings, ceramics and film, and is presented across seven galleries occupying 855 square meters. His work varies from vivid ceramics, coloured steel sculptures and humorous pictures and paintings that have caught recognition to become one of the major figures of contemporary British Art. McLean was born in 1944 and studied at Glasgow school of art and St.Martin’s in London, where he was taught by Anthony Caro. He found the attitude there ponderous: “Twelve adult men with pipes would walk for hours around sculptures and mumble.” In reaction her turned to making sculptures out of rubbish, to performance art and to producing photographic works in which he would often pose. His work mocked paintings and prints in which humour remains central. Not only does the Firstsite exhibition show case some of his earlier works but it will also present a number of recent paintings alongside significant works from the 1980s and 90s. A selection of films will be shown in timed screenings in the auditorium. An exhibition not to miss! We have a range of Bruce McLean prints at artrepublic to check out here! The exhibition dates are Saturday the 14th June - 30th November 2014. View all Bruce McLean prints  $test =
  • Brand new releases by Carne Griffiths have arrived in the Gallery...

    Carne Griffiths has always been a favourite at the Gallery, his wonderful blend of flowing lines and fascinating organic shapes are once again connected in his newest body of work from his Solo Show ‘ORIGINS’. Griffiths uses liquids such as inks, graphite, vodka, whisky, tea bags and embroidery ....
    Carne Griffiths has always been a favourite at the Gallery, his wonderful blend of flowing lines and fascinating organic shapes are once again connected in his newest body of work from his Solo Show ‘ORIGINS’. Griffiths uses liquids such as inks, graphite, vodka, whisky, tea bags and embroidery thread to create the wonderful mix of portraits. The series has been named ‘Origins’ questioning whether we trace back to a single source or if in actual fact we carry a small amount of information passed from generation to generation. Is there a thread that links us all together, a common consciousness? Carne has released these limited edition prints from the Solo Show, ‘Origin’ – a beautiful side facing portrait of a woman, the ink and liquids bleaching the image to create earthy crisp tones. A wonderful signed and numbered limited edition of just 25. The original sold at the Solo Show so don’t miss out on the print. Griffiths has also released ‘Becoming’ this time the original portrait was created using a mix of dreamy soft and heavy lines in graphite. This stunning limited edition of only 33 is also available with hand embroidery in a mix of different colours including ‘Citrus Yellow’, ‘Amethyst Purple’, ‘Emerald Green’, ‘Saffire Blue’ and ‘Rose Pink’. Don't miss your chance to own one of these prints! View all Carne Griffiths prints View all of our Brighton Blogs $test =
  • J.M.W. Turner is Immortalised in New Biopic + EXCLUSIVE Sneak-Peak Clip

    This month sees the spotlight turned on one of the most important artists in British history, Joseph Mallord William Turner. The forthcoming film ‘Mr. Turner’, which hits cinemas at the end of October, is a biographical account of the artist written and directed by Mike Leigh. The film trac....
    This month sees the spotlight turned on one of the most important artists in British history, Joseph Mallord William Turner. The forthcoming film ‘Mr. Turner’, which hits cinemas at the end of October, is a biographical account of the artist written and directed by Mike Leigh. The film tracks the life and career of Joseph Turner with the acclaimed character actor Timothy Spall playing the artist. Critics have championed Spall’s performance and he has already received the Cannes best actor award for his portrayal of the fiercely talented and prolific artist. Spall actually spent two year learning to paint in order to come across on screen as convincing. The years spent training culminated in Spall painting full-size copies of Turner’s two classics ‘Snow Storm’ and ‘Going by the Lead’ from 1842. In the film Turner travels the land and seashore with his painting kit slung over one shoulder on his endless quest for the attaining the sublime in his work. The audience will find out much about the character of the man and his flawed genius. His name lives on today with the annual Turner Prize, which is presented to a British artist under the age of 50. It is Britain’s most highly regard award in the arts and has a host of influential and controversial winners including Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin and Steve McQueen. Turner was regarded as the artist who elevated landscape and seascape painting to a position of acclaim, inventing new techniques to make skies and clouds luminous and expressive. His enduring influence on art cannot be ignored, having influenced a host of well-known artists from Matisse to Mark Rothko. It was partly because of his love of Turner that Rothko donated his abstract expressionist Seagram Mural to the Tate Gallery in 1970. Rothko was famous for his massive canvasses containing blocks of subtly changing colours and was particularly influenced by Turner’s late work, which “pared back” painting until they were close to complete abstractions of light and mood. Coinciding with the release of the film the Tate Britain is holding ‘Late Turner – Painting Set Free’ which is the first exhibition devoted to Turner’s work made been 1835 and his death in 1851. Interestingly ‘Mr. Turner’ examines the same period, towards the end of the artist’s career where he was largely criticised for his radically expressive and unconstrained style of painting. At the time many attributed this new direct in aesthetic as a result of Turner’s failing eyesight and dismissed the paintings as the work of a man losing his mind. In reality, although his eyesight was indeed suffering, Turner was continually innovating, experimenting and creating what would later become some of the most important paintings of his career. The legacy of the artist and his huge influence in the history of art can be viewed in these two separate celebrations of all things Turner. artzine your guide to everything that's happening in the art world   View all Joseph Turner prints Spotlight on Joseph Mallord William Turner $test =

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