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  • Artist Interview: Dave White

     Launch of Dave White x Nike X Size Air Max 95 DW Here at artrepublic we were lucky enough to attend the Private Launch Night of the Air Max 95 DW which see’s contemporary artist Dave White collaborate with Nike and Size for the third time. This collaboration takes inspiration from Dave White....
     Launch of Dave White x Nike X Size Air Max 95 DW Here at artrepublic we were lucky enough to attend the Private Launch Night of the Air Max 95 DW which see’s contemporary artist Dave White collaborate with Nike and Size for the third time. This collaboration takes inspiration from Dave White’s stunning ‘Albion Collection’ and partner them with the iconic Air Max 95 trainer. We managed to sit down with Mr White for an exclusive interview discussing this latest collaboration, plus talk about his career as an artist, what he gets up to in his spare time and what it’s like to be a Star Wars super fan. First up, did you always want to be an artist?  I always, always loved drawing as a little boy - whether it was things I was into as a kid, you know TV programmes, or certain movies that I’d seen, I would always be drawing. So, I always made images of things I loved.   What was the first thing you ever remember drawing? It would probably be Spider Man. Up in Liverpool there used to be a Toy shop on Bold Street that had amazing [Spider Man] vinyl’s, right up high on the top of the building, from the outside, and I always loved them. And my dad bought me the comics, so yeah, I guess it would be spider man.  What made you want to become an artist? Like most artists, I made a conscious decision to go to art college and do a degree and all of that. It’s kind of in your blood - you don't know what’s going to happen you just know that there’s a burning desire to do it and you just go for it. Did you go straight from school to college? Yeah, I went straight from school. I stayed on to do A Levels and I basically had to fill my subjects up - all I was interested in was art! Then I went to Southport Art College and studied there for four years, and then I went to John Moores [University] and did my degree there. Has it always been animals that take centre stage in your art? That’s a really interesting question. When I was doing my degree I did a whole series, and I became known for painting animals, which were very bright and very garish. They were very humorous, really. I’d [combine] people with animals and then I’d put little bits of Letraset font over the top of them. So, yeah, I kind of fell into that. My very first break was out of art college when I showed with Connaught Brown, who were still going in Albemarle Street. They saw the [animal portraits] show at the Royal College and said ‘we’d like to show with you’ and then I kind of fell out of it - well, I didn’t exactly fall out of it, but it’s like everything I do has a natural progression, so once I've said what needs to be said I’ll move on. But the animal resurgence happened when I did the Americana series. I’m really interested in how animals were part of Native American culture - how something as small as a hummingbird can be the most powerful spirit. And then it all just fell into place - I can’t really explain it, it’s just about how special [animals] are. It’s not just me making paintings of animals, it’s so much more than that. Have you got one animal that you love the most? Ah, that’s a crazy difficult question! I like sharks at the moment, I keep going back there. I keep finding these photos on Instagram. I can’t swim, but I need to dive with them! I don't know, I love elephants. I think if I had to pick one it would be elephants because they’re just the most special thing. And trainers have played an integral role in your career - do you love trainers, or…?  No  No? Not at all? Hate them How many pairs have you got at home? I have a couple… [Laughs]. Ever since being a little kid, again, I’ve felt part of the trainer culture - since long before the internet, long before dedicated magazines. Some people say that trainer culture actually started in Liverpool, with the Liverpool casual thing and with every football club. People would go to away games and it was always about - even way back then, I'm talking 1983, 1984, when I was 14 - it was about, seeing somebody in school or at a football match who had a pair of rare trainers that they had picked up in Germany or France or somewhere, when they'd been watching their football teams. It was ingrained in us then. You've done a few projects with Nike before - what was your first one? How long ago was it? The first one was in 2003. As I say, back then there were no kind of blogs or websites dedicated to sneakers. I made [sneaker paintings] just because I loved them. And then they got out there [on the internet] and one day I came back to an answerphone message from a guy saying he was from Nike LA, could I give him a call. And I'm like ‘errr…’. I rang my mate Neil up saying, ‘are you messing with me? Is this you?!’ And he's like, ‘no it isn't me!’ So, I rang this number and it was this guy from Nike. And he said, ‘look, AirMax 2003 is coming out, I’ve seen your work, I want to do an in-house Nike t-shirt, just for this crew - would you do it?’ And then it just bubbled from there. It’s been an incredibly amazing journey, even though I don't paint sneakers anymore. That series ended in 2007, but Nike are just my absolute favourite, I have an incredible relationship and bond with them. The best project I was involved with was called ‘Journey to Greatness’. We took 10, cream-of-the-crop London graduates from graphics, fashion, fine art, and design, and mentored them for a year. We got to meet Allyson Felix and Paula Radcliffe and it was all about [the graduates] understanding the athletes journey to greatness and it was also about them coming out of college and understanding the real world. I mean, some of them were flipping two jobs in a bar and in a bakery and you could sense that they were on the cusp of feeling like their dreams were over and then this - getting their first design project with a company like Nike and getting their own t-shirt sold - for most of them, it changed their lives. It’s not just about me and I love that. The other one that was on a level with that was when I did the Wings for the Future Jordan [project]. 23 pairs [of sneakers] were auctioned off and the money went to charity, but I actually worked with the kids over in Inglewood high school in Compton doing this mural. I have never in my life been so humbled - this group of kids had nothing, some of them were so poor that they could only use the school’s internet. [The project] was them doing this basketball mural and I worked with them on it. It was my 40th birthday and I spent the day in this high school, with these kids, mentoring them, doing this mural - it was just absolutely amazing. And also, what is absolutely incredible is that Jordan literally went to that school for no other reason than to do a good deed. What Nike did was to go in, refurbish the basketball courts, [give them] full suites of computers - they went through the school like a storm and just reinvigorated it. And they got big athletes in as well, I was just part of the puzzle. The kids put on a jamboree in the sports hall and I had to get up and speak and I've never felt energy like with these children - they were 12 and 13, coming from nothing, and opportunities in life are so hard for underprivileged kids and it just felt amazing, the energy in that place - that was the best part of working with that brand. So what brought you to this project? How did it all come about? The initial project, was first and foremost a three way collaboration between myself, Size and Nike. Paul Ruffles is brand director for Size UK and we go back a long way. He wanted to celebrate our 10 year anniversary of working together and it all just happened organically. We just sat down and batted our heads for a year - that’s how long it took, really. Nike are just an incredible company in the sense that they have a long standing history of working with artists: you’ve got Stash, you've got Futura you've got the current acronym collaboration. You know, they take artists and let them be. Initially we wanted to do this quintessentially English thing - Albion, fox, rabbit - we were going to do just colourways pretty similar, and Nike [said], ‘no, it’s got to be so much more than just another colourway. it’s got to be about your art’. The design team over in Portland have all the technology and all the amazing insight into what’s coming. So this AirMax is a brand new model in the sense that the actual materials are fused together so even a year, two years, three years ago, you could never, ever get that print to be on that shoe - the technology’s moved forward. 15 years ago I made paintings of the trainers. 15 years later, there are trainers with the paintings on them - I don't really understand it, it’s bizarre! And why was it a rabbit and a fox? What’s interesting is that there’s a natural kind of rivalry with a fox and a rabbit, it’s almost synonymous: they both compete, they both exist, it’s the survival of the fittest and I think that really translates quite well with athletes and with sport - that moment of, ‘it’s me and you mate’, that’s it. So we hear you’re into gaming… I’m a massive gamer, there’s no denying it. Ever since hearing that beep-beep in 1976 in a skate park - that was me done I'm afraid. My love and passion for video games has only grown and escalated. What I would say, is that as I've got older I've become more bespoke in the sense of what I will play. But what I will play, I’ll invest a lot of time in… And Star Wars… bit of a super fan? Star Wars, I mean, 1977 for me, was the life changing moment really. As soon as I saw that film my world completely and utterly span on its head. What do you think of the latest one? I think it’s absolutely stunning. I would say, it’s on par with Empire Strikes Back. As good as. If you could take two items to a stranded island, what would they be? A map and a boat. $test =
  • Collectors Corner - Peter Blake's Patriotic New Prints

    Peter Blake's wonderful 'Union Flags' continue in the artist's use of the flag as a motif in his work, a recurring theme that dates back to his early 1960's pieces. These two beautiful editions released this year have been expertly hand finished with diamond dust, adding a sense of grandeur to t....
    Peter Blake's wonderful 'Union Flags' continue in the artist's use of the flag as a motif in his work, a recurring theme that dates back to his early 1960's pieces. These two beautiful editions released this year have been expertly hand finished with diamond dust, adding a sense of grandeur to the bold prints. Blake is without a doubt one of our most collectable artists whose prints have proven to be increasingly sought after. $test =
  • Peter Blake Comes To Brighton

    1 We are thrilled to announce that the Godfather of Pop Art Sir Peter Blake will be releasing his Brighton inspired box set, exclusive to artrepublic, in our gallery. http://www.artrepublic.com/wp/wp-admin/link-manager.php The evening will offer the unique opportunity to meet the artist in pe....
    1 We are thrilled to announce that the Godfather of Pop Art Sir Peter Blake will be releasing his Brighton inspired box set, exclusive to artrepublic, in our gallery. http://www.artrepublic.com/wp/wp-admin/link-manager.php The evening will offer the unique opportunity to meet the artist in person with a champagne reception, followed by a special dinner. The gallery event will be free for visitors but you'll need to get tickets if you want to attend the dinner with the much celebrated artist. The evening will take place on Sunday 20th October. To register your interest and get your name on the guest list, please call the gallery or email us - events@artrepublic.com. $test =
  • October 2016: Whats New?

    2 Here are just a few new editions that we've got in recently. It's important to bear in mind things come and go quickly, so if you see something you love it might not be around for long! 1. 'The Wrong Brave Face' by Charming Baker. Equal parts sinister and humorous, this print has been expert....
    2 Here are just a few new editions that we've got in recently. It's important to bear in mind things come and go quickly, so if you see something you love it might not be around for long! 1. 'The Wrong Brave Face' by Charming Baker. Equal parts sinister and humorous, this print has been expertly finished with copper leaf. 2. 'Takeaway Coffee' by Michael Craig-Martin. The artist has the unique ability of transforming everyday items into exciting art. 3 & 4. 'Hummingbird I' and 'Hummingbird II' by Dave White. This pair of uplifting tropical birds have just landed in the gallery. Also available as XL editions that have been hand-finished with gold leaf. Dave White's prints are known to sell out fast, so if you find yourself in love with his hummingbirds be sure to move quickly before they fly away! $test =
  • Dan Hillier - Box Set Release

    3 We've got some real treats in store for you in our Brighton gallery over the forthcoming weeks and months. Continuing in our 'Meet The Artist' series will be an evening with the master of image manipulation Dan Hillier. Dan shot to fame in 2014 when he created the album cover for local band....
    3 We've got some real treats in store for you in our Brighton gallery over the forthcoming weeks and months. Continuing in our 'Meet The Artist' series will be an evening with the master of image manipulation Dan Hillier. Dan shot to fame in 2014 when he created the album cover for local band Royal Blood's chart-topping debut. His collages, which draw inspiration from surrealism and traditional Victorian illustration, are hugely popular in the gallery and we are thrilled to be holding the launch of the upcoming box set. The exact date is to be confirmed, contact the gallery on events@artrepublic.com or 01273 724929 for more information. $test =
  • Spotted in the Gallery

    Peter Blake spotted in the artrepublic gallery.               We had the absolute pleasure of welcoming the Godfather of British Pop Art Sir Peter Blake to the gallery on his recent birthday. A truly inspiring artist! ....
    Peter Blake spotted in the artrepublic gallery.               We had the absolute pleasure of welcoming the Godfather of British Pop Art Sir Peter Blake to the gallery on his recent birthday. A truly inspiring artist! $test =
  • Artist Interview: ‘All Sewn Up’ with Lucy Sparrow

    We caught up with the Queen of Felt Lucy Sparrow to find out more about her ingenious textile artwork. How did you find the recent artrepublic Art Yard Sale? Hot! It was really warm on the day. It was quite a weird experience, there was a huge rush at the beginning when it opened, people wer....
    We caught up with the Queen of Felt Lucy Sparrow to find out more about her ingenious textile artwork. How did you find the recent artrepublic Art Yard Sale? Hot! It was really warm on the day. It was quite a weird experience, there was a huge rush at the beginning when it opened, people were being held back with tape then they were all running to the stands - there was a real 'kid in a sweet shop' kind of feeling. It was a really nice day and I flew to Montreal about five hours after it closed. Did you have a personal favourite piece from your stall at the Yard Sale? I really liked the Jaws video and the cassette tapes. Someone bought the Prodigy cassette tape then about two weeks later it popped up on my Instagram that I'd been tagged in a photo of it. It turns out the person who bought it had given it to one of the guys in the Prodigy and it was going crazy on social media. I said to my assistant, "Can we just take a moment to appreciate how bizarre this is, we made a felt cassette and it's gone to the band" - we never thought that was going to happen. For those people who aren't aware of your work, how would you describe what you do? It's a soft recreation of everyday life but mostly what's inside my brain. I'm making an alternate universe, I'm gathering momentum every single day and it keeps growing and growing. I feel like I'm part of this cult but I'm the only member. It's amazing because I've been making this stuff forever and for so long I think people thought I was absolutely crazy, in the last two years people are really getting on board with it and it's like they're seeing what I've seen all along. When people like felt I call it being 'felt aware' and now everyone is becoming felt aware, they just want to join in the fun! Tell us a bit about your 'His 'N Hers' cabinets that have been hugely popular in the gallery… It was first shown in Miami so that's why it's all American products. I went on the Wal Greens online shop and made a list, it just happened to be that most of the products were pink and blue. I love packaging and brightly coloured things. In the cabinets I really like the women's laxatives, it's as if women have different bowels to men. (Laughs) It's not saying that any one thing is better than the other, really it's poking fun at the marketing of these products. If you could invite any artists round to the felt cave for dinner who would you pick and what would you serve? I'd probably serve felt food, everyone would be hungry but hopefully they'd find it really cool. Grayson Perry I think would love it. Tracey Emin would be awesome. The Chapman Brothers if they count as one and definitely Mathew Barney. Finally, if you had free reign to make anything out of felt what would you create? I'd build a time machine that had proper rivets and silver Lycra to look like metal, like an HG Well's one. In the back you'd have costumes from different time periods, so you'd turn the dials and say: "I'm going to 1917!", then change into a First World War outfit and re-emerge. I've got more ideas than I've got time right now; I'm not going to run out of ideas. I'd like to build the Titanic as well. The possibilities for felt are endless… Lucy Sparrow's 'His 'N Hers' cabinets can be viewed here and in our gallery. $test =
  • artrepublic’s Art Yard Sale 2016

    We'd like to say a big thank you to everyone that attended our recent Art Yard Sale and to all the artists involved for providing fantastic, eclectic and affordable artwork. Throughout the day hoards of art fans, collectors, followers and friends of the gallery descended on Brighton's Jubilee S....
    We'd like to say a big thank you to everyone that attended our recent Art Yard Sale and to all the artists involved for providing fantastic, eclectic and affordable artwork. Throughout the day hoards of art fans, collectors, followers and friends of the gallery descended on Brighton's Jubilee Square to grab one of the many bargains on offer. The endless sunshine was also very welcome. There were delights to be seen everywhere - from Ben Eine with his custom hand-printed editions and witty t-shirts, Eelus's live silk-screening, to Lucy Sparrow's bespoke felt creations and Pure Evil's drawing master class, in which kids could make art with the street art supremo, plus much more. After the huge success of the Art Yard Sale 2016 we are already looking forward to next year! $test =

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