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Monthly Archives: November 2014

  • STATIC take their work back to the streets

    The artistic duo behind STATIC have been very busy as of late, they’ve just had an exhibition at London’s prestigious Playboy Club and in recent months have also teamed up with the video game Call of Duty to create a custom jacket and bespoke artwork. Despite working in these exciting and dive....
    The artistic duo behind STATIC have been very busy as of late, they’ve just had an exhibition at London’s prestigious Playboy Club and in recent months have also teamed up with the video game Call of Duty to create a custom jacket and bespoke artwork. Despite working in these exciting and diverse spheres STATIC haven’t forgotten their roots as streets artists and have been making work visible for all to see.  They have just completed a 3D and mixed media mural in Walthamstow, London as part of The Wood Street Walls community art initiative; a project that is seeking to regenerate a disused building in the area into dedicated studio space. The plan is to help grow the creative community by providing affordable artist space in the borough which currently only has 70 studios, lagging far behind neighbouring Hackney’s 1124. STATIC took inspiration for the new wall piece from their previous KIWIDINOK series of originals that are precisely constructed from spray painted layers of glass and incorporate over 1000 real feathers.  For the mural Tom and Craig of STATIC hand cut feathers out of wood, which were sprayed vibrant colours, they also painstakingly recut a halftone stencil that was used for the female face after the original was damaged. The mural signifies the launch of the crowd-funding website to raise money for the community project. STATIC currently have two fantastic original pieces on show in Mix, our sister gallery Lawrence Alkin Gallery’s winter group show.  Read our blog about STATIC’s collaboration with Call of Duty View all STATIC prints $test =
  • Radical Nudes

    There has been a lot of press recently about the new ground-breaking exhibition of Egon Schiele’s evocative nudes currently on at London’s Cortauld Gallery. It got us at artrepublic thinking about the power of the nude figure in art and also drew us to take a look at some other artists....
    There has been a lot of press recently about the new ground-breaking exhibition of Egon Schiele’s evocative nudes currently on at London’s Cortauld Gallery. It got us at artrepublic thinking about the power of the nude figure in art and also drew us to take a look at some other artists who embrace the female form in their work. Egon Schiele was an Austrian figurative painter, (1890 –1918) whose artistic career was cut preciously short when he died suddenly during the great Spanish flu epidemic of the early 20th century. As a protégé of the great Austrian symbolist painter Gustav Klimt, Schiele was known for firmly putting women at the centre of his art, creating intense and sexually charged work. His draughtsmanship and painting style frequently evokes a feeling of unease and anxiety in the viewer with limbs being exaggerated and distorted. Schiele grew up in Austria during a time when sex was celebrated in different forms of art from painting to the composes Gustav Mahler’s exhilarating musical works. The ‘Father of Pyschoanalysis’ Sigmund Freud’s revolutionary essays on sexuality were published at the time Schiele was studying at art college affecting him greatly. Schiele’s work was not appreciated outside of his home country until decades after his death, when he was recognised as one of the most important exponents of Expressionism. In 1912 he was even imprisoned for displaying ‘immoral drawings’ in a place where they were visible to children. He even produced a number of notable self-portraits from his prison cell whilst incarcerated. Sarah Hardacre is a contemporary artist and printmaker who utilises the female nude figure in a very different way in her work. Hardacre is well known for her paper collages and silkscreen prints, which dramatically juxtapose glamour models from vintage ‘Gentlemen’s’ magazines with the stark urban landscape of her hometown Salford. The women in Hardacre’s prints are presented oversized against their backdrops creating a striking balance between the sensual curves of the models with the harshly structured post-war architecture. Hardacre’s use of women in her work is to celebrate the beauty natural female form rather than presenting an image of misogyny. Henri Matisse has seen a resurgence in popularity recently due to the sensational exhibition of his paper cut outs, which was held at the Tate Modern earlier this year. The show was the best attended in the Tate’s history and brought the French artists work to a fresh new audience. Throughout his life Matisse explored the nude female body in his artwork. Arguably his most famous works, which were made toward the end of his esteemed career, were his blue gouache découpées representing elegantly stylised women either seated or standing. Women played an incredibly important role in the life of Matisse with the artist employing the help of several beautiful female studio assistants who would became his muses. Towards the end of career Matisse was virtually bed ridden due to complications from surgery but still created work, drawing from bed, cutting paper that had been painted for him and instructing the fabrication of his work. The female nude is one of the most recognisable and evocative motives in art and is constantly a source of inspiration for a great number of artists regardless of the era, aesthetic style of movement. artzine your guide to everything that's happening in the art world   View all Egon Schiele prints View all Sarah Hardacre prints  View all Henri Matisse prints View all Nudes fine art prints $test =
  • Magnus Gjoen drops explosive new edition

    Magnus Gjoen’s elegant and meticulously crafted prints are always incredibly well received at artrepublic and the artist is definitely a firm favourite. Magnus’ images explore a variety of subjects including ideas surround religion, destruction, instability and strength. His new fantastic gre....
    Magnus Gjoen’s elegant and meticulously crafted prints are always incredibly well received at artrepublic and the artist is definitely a firm favourite. Magnus’ images explore a variety of subjects including ideas surround religion, destruction, instability and strength. His new fantastic grenade editions continue his questioning of the meaning and power of objects.  In ‘Jasperware Grenade’ Magnus has juxtapose a modern hand grenade constructed from antique stoneware. Jasperware is a type of pottery, which was first developed by Josiah Wedgewood, the famous ceramicist and founder of Wedgewood back in the 1770s. Noted for its distinct pale blue colour, Jasperware became synonymous with decadence and was Wedgewood’s most famous line of products.   All of Gjoen’s reinterpreted objects are created digitally and begin life as a virtual 3D base in illustrator or another design program. From then the artist builds up layers of tone and shading to give the image three-dimensional qualities. The new print, which is available in a tradition Jasperware blue and a matt black, brilliantly combines the power and destruction of a weapon with the fragility and vulnerability associated with porcelain/stoneware. The print is great value and would make a fabulous Christmas present, but be quick because prints by Magnus Gjoen don’t tend to hang around.  View all Magnus Gjoen prints Beauty, Religion, War... Magnus Gjoen Q&A Read our Magnus Gjoen biography $test =
  • The endless allure of Audrey Hepburn

    Audrey Hepburn is one of the biggest icons of the 20th Century and an ever-lasting star from Hollywood’s Golden Age. She was ranked by the American Film Institute as the third greatest actress in cinema history and is now back at artrepublic in this fantastic new print from the ever-elusive art....
    Audrey Hepburn is one of the biggest icons of the 20th Century and an ever-lasting star from Hollywood’s Golden Age. She was ranked by the American Film Institute as the third greatest actress in cinema history and is now back at artrepublic in this fantastic new print from the ever-elusive artist HYBRID.  The new print is an exquisite Giclee and silkscreen with deckled edges, which continues in the style of HYBRID’s last two offerings ‘Beautiful Marilyn’ and ‘Jacqueline Kennedy’. ‘Audrey Hepburn’ also features a striking high gloss varnish, which has been silkscreen to add real depth and a fittingly glamorous sheen to the work. All three of prints examine and celebrate women who had incredible power and influence, presenting their portraits on top of a collaged background of newspaper clippings, notes, hand written letters and postcards. The addition of these printed pieces of ephemera provides great texture for the prints, with the application of colourful butterflies balancing the strong graphic typography.  HYBRID is a unique artist, as they do not wish to disclose their identity because they want their work to be viewed without any preconceived ideas or judgements. By remaining anonymous HYBRID allows the work to be viewed entirely separate from them as person also allowing the artist to create work in any style or visual language they choose. HYBRID’s work is always very popular in our gallery so don’t hesitate if you are as captivated by this Audrey Hepburn as we are!  View all HYBRID prints $test =
  • Obituary to Richard Duardo

    All of us at artrepublic are incredibly saddened to hear the news of the passing of our friend and collaborator Richard Duardo. Richard, based in Los Angeles, California was the founder of expert print makers, Modern Multiples and was incredibly influential on the contemporary art scene with more....
    All of us at artrepublic are incredibly saddened to hear the news of the passing of our friend and collaborator Richard Duardo. Richard, based in Los Angeles, California was the founder of expert print makers, Modern Multiples and was incredibly influential on the contemporary art scene with more than 25 years of experience. He worked with some of the biggest names in the art world producing over 450 pieces of art for many highly influential artists including Keith Haring, Shepard Fairey and Banksy to name just a few. His dedication to guiding and helping artists was prominent throughout his career with his famous print studio seeing the emergence of some highly sought after names in the art world. “I believe artists fill in the space that life has mutilated and rendered mute.” (Richard Duardo) Richard Duardo will be sorely missed not only as a highly influential collaborator but as a friend. Thank you Richard for your continuous dedication to the art world. Read our Richard Duardo Biography  $test =
  • STATIC collaborate with Call of Duty

    Tom and Craig who are the creative force behind STATIC have been working on an exciting, top-secret project with the video game developers Activision Blizzard. To accompany the release of one of the biggest games in history, ‘Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’, the duo were commissioned to creat....
    Tom and Craig who are the creative force behind STATIC have been working on an exciting, top-secret project with the video game developers Activision Blizzard. To accompany the release of one of the biggest games in history, ‘Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’, the duo were commissioned to create a piece of original artwork that reflected the game and a pattern to be used on the fabric of a custom made jacket. The original canvas, which will be auctioned off for charity, includes a camouflage world map with their iconic ‘Chinook Chandelier’ stencilled on top. They duo have brilliantly captured the militaristic nature of Call of Duty in their signature stencilled and layered aesthetic. The Call of Duty franchise is well known for pushing the boundaries in the field of computer gaming, often merging elements of art, film and advanced design into the games. This crossover is evident from their collaborative work with STATIC and the fact that Hollywood star, Kevin Spacey, even plays an evil character in the new game. Be sure to check out this boneshakingly brilliant video of what STATIC have been up to. View all STATIC prints Follow this link to find out more information on the exciting project $test =
  • The Chapman Brother's Hastings homecoming

    The brothers Grimm of art, Jake and Dinos Chapman, have returned to their hometown of Hastings for their “biggest and baddest” show to date. The Chapman Brothers have always courted controversy in their work, setting out to deliberately shock and repulse their viewers. In the past th....
    The brothers Grimm of art, Jake and Dinos Chapman, have returned to their hometown of Hastings for their “biggest and baddest” show to date. The Chapman Brothers have always courted controversy in their work, setting out to deliberately shock and repulse their viewers. In the past the brothers have exhibited re-worked watercolour paintings by Adolf Hitler and detailed the atrocities of war with their intricate, 30,000 piece model Hell’. The exhibition titled ‘In the Realm of the Unmentionable’ is being held in Hastings’ Jerwood Gallery, an award winning beachside contemporary space. The show features a new and previously unseen body of work by the “art vandals” and will also present pieces commissioned exclusively for the exhibition. The Chapman Brothers have scoured the antique emporiums, junk shops and flea markets of the town for old, forgotten artwork, which they have then “fixed” in their signature anarchic style. The Brothers have also cheekily recreated Tracey Emin’s iconic tent, which chronicles everyone she slept with between 1963-1995. The original tent was famously destroyed alongside some of the brother’s work in the momart warehouse fire of 2004. Dinos Chapman said, “We’ve got the outposts guarded so if she (Emin) does intend to come here we can quickly unpack it and put it away.” In true Chapman Brothers style the gallery was also temporarily transformed into a one-day-only tattoo parlour, in which members of the public could get a distinct design by the artists indelibly inked onto their skin by professionals. It’s great to see such significant and brilliant artists as the Chapman Brothers exhibiting virtually on our doorstep in Sussex. If you are interested in the work of the Chapman Brothers our sister gallery Lawrence Alkin Gallery current has an incredible series of colour etchings available, follow this link to find out more. image credit Jerwood Gallery and Guardian Jake and Dinos Chapman art currently available at Lawrence Alkin Gallery Read our review of the exhibiton $test =
  • Ben Eine sparks the 'Revolution'

    Ben Eine is one of the biggest names in graffiti and is the master of typographic artwork. At artrepublic we are very please to announce that we have small number of his highly anticipated latest prints available. ‘Revolution’ is a stunning 12-colour hand pulled silkscreen, which features his....
    Ben Eine is one of the biggest names in graffiti and is the master of typographic artwork. At artrepublic we are very please to announce that we have small number of his highly anticipated latest prints available. ‘Revolution’ is a stunning 12-colour hand pulled silkscreen, which features his most iconic and popular ‘circus’ font.  Ben Eine made his name on the streets of East London spraying his instantly recognisable single letters and words onto the shutters of shops. His bold, brightly coloured and meticulous lettering stands out against a sea of hastily written, scrawled tags. The artist famously made headlines back in 2010 when it was reported that prime minster David Cameron had given one of his canvases to US president Barack Obama as a gift. Eine also painted a monumental version of ‘Revolution’ on the side a building in Berlin, showing that he is still very much an artist of streets despite receiving such internation recognition and gallery acclaim.  Each ‘Revolution’ print has an additional UV screen and has been printed onto exquisite Coventry rag paper with beautiful hand torn, deckled edges. Ben Eine’s prints are universally known for selling out incredibly quickly with his editions being very popular amongst collectors. With only a limited number of prints available be sure to move quickly to avoid missing out on Ben Eine’s revolution!  View all Ben Eine prints $test =
  • Pure Evil in Chile & The Telegraph

    One of our favourites at artrepublic, the prolific street artist Charley Uzzell-Edwards aka Pure Evil, has recently been busy painting in the streets of Chile. Over the course of three days Pure Evil painted a huge wall in the city of Valparaiso with a portrait of the great Nobel Prize winning Ch....
    One of our favourites at artrepublic, the prolific street artist Charley Uzzell-Edwards aka Pure Evil, has recently been busy painting in the streets of Chile. Over the course of three days Pure Evil painted a huge wall in the city of Valparaiso with a portrait of the great Nobel Prize winning Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, complete his signature ‘Evil’ dripping eye.  He also sprayed an intricate geometric pattern for the background. Pure Evil transformed the 30 metre long wall in quick time and of course left a few of his signature, fanged vampire bunnies for good measure. Whilst in South American Pure Evil kept up with his ‘365 Street Art’ project, whereby he paints, stencils or pastes something up in public everyday for a year, regardless of the circumstances. Valparaiso in Chile was a very suitable spot for the artist to hit as the city has reputation for being a bohemian paradise with an abundance of graffiti and street art. It’s great to see the artist plying his trade on the other side of the world with stunning results.  Pure Evil has also just been featured in an interview with the Telegraph newspaper. In the article he outlined ’12 things no one tells you before you become a street artist’. The segment makes a great read and gives a fascinating insight into the secretive world of street art. Pure Evil also made himself a candidate for quote of the year, when talking about the health implications of using spray paint he said, “One day someone will invent a spray that's made out of quinoa and kale. Every time you spray, you'll get healthier. Your skin will glow. Until then, get the biggest Breaking Bad mask out there…” Follow this link to see the story for yourself.  Images credits @pureevilgallery twitter, top photo by David Bebber for The Times View all Pure Evil prints $test =
  • Is there a new project by Aroe about to explode…?

    We are eagerly awaiting the news of Aroe’s next major project. The prolific graffiti artist from Brighton keeps popping up on our Instagram news feed, with what looks like a new explosive project in the pipe lines! Aroe’s hand painted art work is widely recognise....
    We are eagerly awaiting the news of Aroe’s next major project. The prolific graffiti artist from Brighton keeps popping up on our Instagram news feed, with what looks like a new explosive project in the pipe lines! Aroe’s hand painted art work is widely recognised and respected all over the globe. He is part of MSK, arguably the best graffiti crew in the world. His latest artworks on Instagram have featured a range of free hand painted alphabet letters in true Aroe style, previewing the letters I J K L, tagged by the artist ‘All will soon be revealed’ and P Q S U, one day ago stating ‘A few more from the upcoming project’. We will be keeping our eyes pinned to see what’s next for the breath-taking graffiti artist, but we’re sure there is something rumbling and about to explode... Watch this space!  Graffiti obsessives and hiphop fans can now own ‘Licence to Skill’ a re-creation of the 1986 cover of ‘Licenced to Ill’ as a tribute to recently deceased Beasty Boy MCA. The first 100 prints sold will be specially signed (‘tagged’) by Aroe himself. Keep your eyes peeled for news on Aroe’s new project and you can have a look at his available prints here in the mean time! View all Aroe prints View all Graffiti prints $test =

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