Monthly Archives: January 2015

  • Sara Pope: Artist Interview

    Destroy After a very busy 2014 Sara Pope has shown no signs of slowing down this year. Already, in January alone, we have received several of her sensual original lips paintings, which have brought a feeling of luxury and glamour to the gallery alongside her â€....
    Destroy After a very busy 2014 Sara Pope has shown no signs of slowing down this year. Already, in January alone, we have received several of her sensual original lips paintings, which have brought a feeling of luxury and glamour to the gallery alongside her ‘Slick’ collection of 4 captivating giclee prints.  Destroy Not only that but we are also currently running a competition to win a framed artist proof of Pope’s brilliant ‘Pervette’ edition. Follow this link for a chance to win! We recently had a lovely catch up with Sara to find out what she’s been up to and what we can look forward to this year from the immensely talented artist. You’ve recently taken part in the group show ‘There’s a Good Girl’ at Saatchi & Saatchi alongside other prominent female artists including Pam Glew, Hattie Stewart and Alison Jackson. How did that project originate? Suzie Quill who is senior art director at Saatchi & Saatchi had seen some of my work and had really loved it, she thought it would fit with their exhibition so she got in touch and invited me. I was thrilled and accepted. Destroy The show was described as “celebrating art made by women who operate in the creative industries and providing a platform for each artist to make a personal statement with their work”. The title was taken from Marianne Grabrucker’s book which detailed her attempts to inspire her daughter to override gender stereotyping and “reach for the stars” in order to realise her full potential. Do you think there is inequality and gender gap in theses creative industries? I do think there is a gap and that women are underrepresented across all of the creative industries. I think it’s a positive thing that Saatchi & Saatchi wanted to address this and make people think about the issue.  Do you think that things are being to improve and progress in terms of equality for women in theses industries?  Possibly, I can’t really generalise because I don’t have experience everywhere. I’d say generally it seems that at the very high level positions it’s still very male orientated, I don’t know how rapidly that’s changing and maybe it not changing rapidly enough.  Destroy Your neon piece ‘Steel Kiss’ that featured in the show is now available here through our website. Is neon an element that you will be using in more of your work?  That was actually my first neon but I’m definitely going to be working with it more in the future. I really like it and think it works well with what I’m doing. The mixture of hand painted and neon is something you don’t really see that often. The neon is quite a hard look, while the paint has more organic qualities; the contrast between the two forms a good sense of tension. I’d like to do some more of the lips with different colours, I do this whole gamut of pinks, reds and pale colours, and so I’d like to do that with the neon as well.  Destroy View 'Steel Kiss' Last year saw you complete a very exciting project, which ended up with you giving a painting to the incumbent Pope, and having it accepted into the Vatican collection. How did that all come about?  I had a solo show at Workhouse Gallery in Harrogate and the owner Dan Syrett at Naked Inc offered to represent me. At the time he was in talks with an Italian gallery in Florence about collaborating on a show and he put me forward to do a solo exhibition. While I was preparing for the show and creating new work, Dan suggested that I do a portrait of the Pope, since we share a name! I loved the idea. When I began painting some years ago, my first artworks were portraiture, and it’s something I still feel compelled to do. To paint somebody so important and possibly a future icon was really appealing to me so I got on with the painting, and when it was finished Dan sent it over to the Vatican. After finding the right person to speak to we heard back that the Pope liked it and was really happy to have it in the Vatican. Via his personal translator we were invited to go and present the painting. He said the portrait captured an expression he sees on the Pope often when he’s in contemplation.   Destroy What have you been working on recently?  My last series was called ‘Violent Femmes’ and it was mixing paintings with cut outs, so I’m currently progressing that series.  The lips you paint are very meticulous and precise where as the ‘Violent Femmes’ and ‘Lady’ series have more spontaneous and instinctive feel, is this you loosening up?  I think I’ve always had this dynamism in my work, if you look at some of my original works with the NY ladies, it’s dynamic and not a controlled form of portraiture. I think I can swing between the two, one super meticulous and the other more energetic where I sort of attack the painting.  Destroy Destroy You are now Brighton based after relocating from London, how are you finding your new environment and has it affected your work at all?  Destroy Destroy Everything I need for work I have in London, but day-to-day I felt I wanted something else; Brighton has given me that. In terms of what I’m doing, living is Brighton hasn’t affected my work. I’m still in London nearly every week whether that’s seeing friends or going to an exhibition, so the input into my head remains the same. I still need go and be amongst the things that I look to for inspiration like media, advertising and fashion. You’re well known for your paintings of luscious, glistening lips. Obviously being a relatively small part of the anatomy you have to enlarge them in your art, do you ever experiment further with the scale? I have played around with the scale in the past. For the Italian exhibition I did a metre by a metre painting of a closely cropped pair of lips, it’s almost abstract, which worked quite well. It’s something I want to do a bit more with; the scale of them is quite uniform and I liked it when I began to play around with it. I like the idea of making something almost hyperrealist.  Finally after a very busy and productive 2014 what does this year hold for Sara Pope?   Well it’s an action packed start to the year. I’m in an exhibition with Jealous Gallery at the moment. I have a solo show at Munro House Gallery, Leeds, opening in February, as well as showing at Box Park in East London with artrepublic, alongside Ron English. Also in Feb I’ll be exhibiting at The Exhibitionist Hotel, London, in an exhibition and night of performance, organised by Creative Mapping. March is going to be busy and exciting too, as I’ll be doing a collaboration with Bare Minerals, the major beauty brand, to introduce their new range of ‘Pop’ colour lip oil-balms. It will take the form of a one day/evening London exhibition, and will introduce the fashion and beauty press, to my artwork and the new lip oil-balm range. As well as showing a selection of my work, I’ll be showing a new neon lips, created especially for Bare Minerals using one of the colours from their new Pop colour palette. Future plans currently being discussed are possible collaborations with a Parisian cabaret and a famous gentleman’s club as well as a Vatican sanctioned print of my Pope portrait… artzine your guide to everything that's happening in the art world View all Sara Pope prints View our Sara Pope biography Read our previous Artist Interview   $test =
  • The London Art Fair 2015: 21-25 January

    Destroy The 27th edition of the London Art Fair will officially launch the art world year in the UK this month with a multitude of exquisite work on show. The Main Fair will bring together over 120 leading galleries from across the UK and overseas.  It will be....
    Destroy The 27th edition of the London Art Fair will officially launch the art world year in the UK this month with a multitude of exquisite work on show. The Main Fair will bring together over 120 leading galleries from across the UK and overseas.  It will be presenting exceptional modern British art alongside contemporary work produced by both established artists and new upcoming, emerging talent. Our Brighton based sister gallery ink_d promise a spectacular return to this year’s Main Fair which takes place at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London. Established in 2007, ink_d displays the cream of collectable and affordable art, with a diverse range of painting, prints, sculpture and ceramics. The gallery has a strong ethos that supports and nurtures local talent alongside rising stars and established artists.  Destroy The ink_d London Art Fair stand (G12) will be showing many new and exclusive works from artists including Dan Baldwin, Enzo Marra, Ian Hodgson, Carrie Reichardt, Carne Griffiths, Sarah Shaw, Jake Wood-Evans, Ryan Callanan, Matt Smith, Paul Scott, Mike Ballard, Tom French, Pure Evil, Nick Walker & more! There will also be an new print on offer from Magnus Gjoen, which will be available exclusively from the stand.  Familiar faces from the friendly team at ink_d will be at the fair all week and will be on hand to offer sage advice about collecting, investing, framing and all this contemporary art. So ensure you pop by ink_d at stand G12 to take in some of the fabulous work on display.  Destroy Alongside the Main Fair London Art Fair 2015’s museum partner Pallant House Gallery will be showing key works from their permanent collection in 'The Figure in Modern British Art', a unique exhibition housed in a pavilion space at the front of the Fair. The collection includes works by Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson, John Piper, Eduardo Paolozzi, Richard Hamilton and Patrick Caulfield.  Also taking place will be Photo50, a guest-curated exhibition of contemporary photography featuring fifty works. It is located within London Art Fair on the second level and provides a critical showcase of some of the most interesting and distinctive elements of current photographic practice. Talks from a number of esteemed artists, critics, gallerists and collectors be taking place over the course of the week and will be free to attend with a Fair ticket.  Destroy The London Art Fair is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy exceptional art from over 1,000 leading artists in one location. On Thursday 22nd January the doors will be kept open until late, giving guests the chance to browse art work while enjoying complimentary drinks, talks and performances. Booking in advance is strongly advised to avoid queuing at the venue. All of the team ink_d very much look forward to welcoming you at stand G12. See you there!  Destroy Venue: Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, London, N1 0QH. Visit the London Art Fair website here for helpful travel information. Opening Hours: Tues 20 January (VIP Preview): 3pm-6pm. (Preview Evening): 6pm-9pm Wed 21 January (Photography Focus Day): 11am-9pm Thurs 22 January (Thursday Late): 11am-9pm Fri 23 January: 11am-7pm Sat 24 January: 10am-7pm  Sun 25 January: 10am-5pm Book Tickets: www.londonartfair.co.uk The ink_d gallery will continue to be open for the period of the fair in their intimate and unique gallery space on North Road, Brighton.  artzine your guide to everything that's happening in the art world $test =
  • 2015 the year of Hirst

    2015 is set to be a very big year for the artist/megastar Damien Hirst. The former enfant terrible of the art world celebrates his 50th birthday later this year and to celebrate his half century of hell raising he will be releasing an eagerly anticipated tell-all autobiography, which is due to be....
    2015 is set to be a very big year for the artist/megastar Damien Hirst. The former enfant terrible of the art world celebrates his 50th birthday later this year and to celebrate his half century of hell raising he will be releasing an eagerly anticipated tell-all autobiography, which is due to be published by Penguin in autumn. This year will also see Hirst open his new art complex in Vauxhall South London, which will display his vast personal collection of modern and contemporary art as well as natural history objects (perhaps a shark of two for good measure?). Hirst has been an avid collector since his early Goldsmiths days and owns notable works from artists including his hero Francis Bacon, fellow YBA's Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas and The Chapman Brothers and pieces by his luxurious contemporary Jeff Koons. The new gallery will span the length of an entire street in the area as Hirst sets out to challenge his former collector Charles Saatchi for the most outrageous way to share his huge assortment of art. At artrepublic we have just got in Damien Hirst latest print edition ‘The Cure' which is a set of 30 silkscreens of two-tone pills printed onto different vibrant coloured backgrounds. The new print is fresh from Hirst's most recently exhibition of new work ‘Schizophrenogenesis', which present his art based on the minimal aesthetic of the medicinal pill and pharmaceuticals. All of the prints are signed and numbered by the artist and are from a very small edition of just 15, making them incredibly collectable and sought after. ‘The Cure' is certainly our favoured remedy for banishing those pesky January blues! View all prints by Damien Hirst View 'The Cure' by Damien Hirst $test =
  • The artrepublic yearly round up

    Destroy The dust has just settled after the manic and slightly over indulgent Christmas period, so to cure those January blues that are beginning to set in we thought it was prime time to cast a whistful eye back over last twelve months and relive some of our art hi....
    Destroy The dust has just settled after the manic and slightly over indulgent Christmas period, so to cure those January blues that are beginning to set in we thought it was prime time to cast a whistful eye back over last twelve months and relive some of our art highlights of 2014.  Magda Archer joins artrepublic Although it seems like her work has been in the gallery for a long time due to its immense popularity, it was only this time last year when we first got in prints from the queen of satire Magda Archer. Destroy Her witty blend of kitsch imagery contrasting with biting text has been a major hit at artrepublic. Several of Archer’s editions quickly sold out over the course of 2014 with her colourful and amusing work always drawing a smile and raising spirits in the gallery. Brighton based rock God Nick Cave even picked up a framed ‘My Life is Crap – 2’ back in September further assuring her appeal.  Banksy Kissing Cops sells February 2014 saw an original Banksy painting, well known to Brighton locals, sell for an eye watering £345,000 at auction in America. The painting was of one of his best known images, showing two uniformed policemen sharing a passionate kiss. The coppers were spray painted back in 2004 by the elusive artist on the side of the Prince Albert pub on Trafalgar Street; a stone’s throw from our gallery. Destroy The original was replaced with a replica that had been encased in Perspex. The sale of the piece reignited the debate as to whether people should be allowed to sell on street art painted on walls in the public domain and if it was acceptable for walls to be removed for profit. Many street art followers see these types of sales as sacrilegious and a front to the integrity of the art form.  Peter Blake- ‘Beano’ As the seasons changed arguably one of the most playful and joyous prints of the year was realised by the ever-youthful Sir Peter Blake. The limited edition silkscreen was made to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the iconic children’s comic book ‘The Beano’.  Destroy The print focuses on characters from ‘The Bash Street Kids’ comic strip and sets them against the backdrop of the imposing Dundee High School. The school was situated directly opposite the Beano’s offices in the city and helps form the perfect juxtaposition of reality and fiction.  Matisse Cut Outs Spring also saw the opening of the highly anticipated Tate Modern show ‘Henri Matisse: The Cut Outs’. The exhibited examined the final decades of the French painters career when he resorted to cutting out and collaging coloured paper, as he was too frail to stand at an easel to paint.  Destroy The show was incredibly well received by the public and critics alike, going on to draw a record number of 562,622 visitors eclipsing the previous record holder Damien Hirst’s 2012 retrospective.  Urban Artfest  May brought with it some long awaited sunshine and the annual instalment of the carnival of culture that is the Brighton Festival. The month also saw artrepublic’s debut street art event the ‘Urban Artfest’ that was held as part of the Fringe Festival. Over the course of one day we drew together some of the biggest names in UK Street, Urban and Contemporary art including: Aroe, Pure Evil, David Walker, Zeus, RYCA, Copyright, Gemma Compton, Cassette Lord and Carne Griffiths. Destroy The artists were each allocated a wall in the Circus Street venue and were given free reign to express themselves, creating artwork live in front the public. We also had exclusive limited editions prints on offer from the artists and interactive workshops allowing children to participate in some fun image making. The day was a roaring success and plans are already formulating for this years event.  RYCA’s World Cup Summer of 2014 also brought the football World Cup to Brazil, along with the inevitable disappointment from the English national team. A more positive thing to come from the fiesta of football was RYCA aka Ryan Callanan’s brilliant ‘Acid Cup’.  Destroy The replica trophy the artist made was transformed with one of Callanan’s signature acid house smiley faces and produced in small edition that quickly sold out from our sister gallery ink_d.  Dave White Apex Shark Autumn saw a big splash in the gallery when Dave White released his incredible ‘Apex VIII’ 16 colour silkscreen print. The majestic predator was printed onto heavyweight 400gsm fine art paper and came with a spectacular white diamond dust background.  Destroy Earlier in the year Dave White had his first solo show held in Los Angeles. The exhibition titled ‘Apex’ saw the Liverpudlian painter examine the power and grace of the great white shark in a number of oil paintings.   Mr Turner hits the cinemas Autumn also saw the release of what will undoubtedly go down as the best art film of 2014 ‘Mr Turner’. The award winning film was directly by Mike Leigh and starred Timothy Spall as cantankerous, snorting master painter JMW Turner. Destroy The film was met with rave reviews from critics and even sparked talk of a possible Oscar for Spall. Alongside the film Tate Britain held an exhibition celebrating the late period of the artists life.  Ben Eine brings the Revolution One of the biggest highlights for the end of last year has to have been the frenzy of excitement surround street artist Ben Eine’s latest print edition ‘Revolution’. Both online and the gallery went into overdrive as followers of the typographic artist came out in droves to purchase the newest 12 colour hand pulled silkscreen, with a number of the colour ways selling out immediately.  Destroy So there we have it a very brief summary of our art highlight for the past year. With 2015 now underway we can’t wait to see what will unfold with print releases, exhibitions, events, and sparkling new artrepublic website launching, plus much more. Be sure to watch this space to keep clued up with everything that’s going on in the art world and we can't wait to see you in the gallery soon.  View all limited editions prints artzine your guide to everything that's happening in the art world $test =

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