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Monthly Archives: October 2016

  • Eelus: Uncovered

    Earlier this year we caught up with street artist Eelus to talk painting walls new works and which artists he would most like to have dinner with. Earlier this year you released your out lenticular with artrepublic - a truly impressive feat of printing and design. How did that project come about? ....
    Earlier this year we caught up with street artist Eelus to talk painting walls new works and which artists he would most like to have dinner with. Earlier this year you released your out lenticular with artrepublic - a truly impressive feat of printing and design. How did that project come about? I was approached years ago by someone else asking if I wanted to do a lenticular release of Not Everything Is So Black & White and at the time I just wasn’t interested, but it did plant a seed in my mind as to the possibilities of what the image could look like in 3D. Since then I thought about it on and off and thought it could look great but was always too busy to follow it up, then Art Republic approached me about doing something, anything, as a lenticular release so it seemed the perfect opportunity. For that release it was great to breathe new life into an older image and put a new angle on it. The results were better than I expected and I’m excited to explore the medium further in the future. Now I’m familiar with the process and what’s possible I have all kinds of ideas that I’m excited about. What else have you been working on recently? It’s been a busy 6 months. I painted a permanent mural at Vandal, a recently opened restaurant in NYC. It’s an amazing space with walls by Hush (who curated the art for the Tao Group, the guys behind the restaurant), Will Barras, Tristan Eaton, Vhils, Shepard Fairey and Apexer. In February I flew out to San Francisco to sign and release a new print edition with Spoke Gallery who I also have a solo show with in July. In March I flew to Dubai to paint a wall for the first stage of the Dubai Walls project. It’s a 13m high monster, way bigger than anything I’ve done in the past so it was a great learning experience and I got to hang out with a great team of other artists like Ron English, The London Police, D*Face, Rone and Roa to name a few. Fun in the sun! Right now I’m working full steam ahead for my show ‘The Dark Side of the Rainbow’ at Spoke Gallery which opens June 30th. The artrepublic Art Yard Sale is coming up in June. You were without a doubt the main attraction of last year’s event. What can Eelus fans expect from the 2016 installment? I shall indeed be peddling my wares at this years’ sale. You can expect a small new print release that we’ll be working on throughout the day as well as some more classic images and a few new surprises, all at ‘yard sale’ prices, so come grab yourself a bargain for, your collection. If you could have dinner with any three artists who would you choose? Great question. Well, it’s important to surround yourself with people you can learn from. So the first would probably Gustav Klimt. I’d ring him dry of any advice, tips and mentoring he could offer. Secondly, someone like Caravaggio would be good. Not only an incredible painter but a total pirate with an incredible life story. Hopefully he’d take me drinking after we get kicked out of the restaurant. Last one is very tricky, there’s so many I want to choose, H.R. Giger, Van Gogh, Leonardo, William Blake, Arnold Böcklin, Matisse, Jamie Hewlett. But I think I’d have to go for the guy who started it all off for me, Banksy. When not busy working away in the studio what else do you enjoy doing? I like to fuel my imagination by immersing myself in other worlds and stories, so I try to read as much as possible and I watch a lot of films. Other than that, walking my dog gives me time and space to think in quiet, which is important to me. I’m trying to teach myself to play the guitar, that’s a lot of fun but I’m struggling to find time at the moment. And who doesn’t love a few ales and a bag of crisp with good friends? If you could have any work of art hanging in your home what would you choose? Ouch, another killer question. Maybe The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch. That’s like three for the price of one and there’s so much to look at! Failing that, The Vision of Faust by Falero or one of Böcklin's The Island of the Dead paintings would do very nicely, thank you. What’s the best piece of art related advice you’ve ever received? When I was at school, a teacher told me there was no money to be made in art, which made follow the path of graphic design instead. And now, every person outside of my family who’s important to me I either met at design college or through working in the design industry. My design career moved me to London where I discovered street art, and it was my boredom in the design industry that pushed me towards making my own street art. That one piece of throwaway advice changed everything. I’d like to find that teacher and thank him for being such a pessimistic bastard. Do you have a work that you are most proud of? A couple of years ago I painted a tribute mural to our daughter Ruby who was stillborn quite late into the pregnancy. It was my first freehand mural that didn’t involved stencils, projectors or grids, just a piece of chalk taped to a bamboo cane and some paint. Not a massive feat for a lot of people, I understand that. But it was a first for me, and was the first wall I’d painted after a 7-year break. It’s not the best looking thing I’ve painted, but the process was pivotal and personal. Finally, what else do you have in store his year? As much fun as possible. I advise you to do the same. $test =
  • The Art of David Bowie

    David Bowie’s personal collection of modern art is soon to be unveiled at the Sotheby’s exhibition ‘Bowie/Collector’, before going on auction in mid-November. In preparation, we take a look at Bowie - the man, the musician and the collector - to get to grips with both the art that inspired h....
    David Bowie’s personal collection of modern art is soon to be unveiled at the Sotheby’s exhibition ‘Bowie/Collector’, before going on auction in mid-November. In preparation, we take a look at Bowie - the man, the musician and the collector - to get to grips with both the art that inspired him, and the wealth of contemporary art that has been so ardently inspired by the one of the world’s greatest cultural icons: David Bowie. The Sotheby’s event will reveal the extensive, expansive and eclectic collection that informed Bowie’s unique aesthetic. The series will feature art by some of Britain’s most acclaimed artists of the twentieth and twenty-first century, including Frank Auerbach, Damien Hirst, Henry Moore and Graham Sutherland. Like Bowie himself, the collection merges the mainstream with the avant-garde, containing more aberrant pieces from lesser known names and further reaches of the globe: expect Outsider Art, Surrealism and Contemporary African art, alongside all those household names. The collection reveals Bowie’s tireless engagement with emerging art, in much the same way as his music. It’s Bowie’s quite singular refusal to conform to a single genre, and to keep shifting style with the times, that sets him far apart from his contemporaries. And so in his collection: as the Sotheby’s event exposes, Bowie was always ravenous for new art, new aesthetics and new angles, always curious and open to ideas, in a way that escapes many well established celebrity figures who reach the mainstream. As Bowie sates, in Sotheby’s tantalising promotional video, “art is all I ever wanted to own. It has always been for me a stable nourishment. I use it.”  ‘Bowie/Collector’ offers a wonderful opportunity to experience the visual gems that inspired the work and life of David Bowie. Yet the collection also reminds us of all that has been inspired by Bowie, over the years and still today, with the same passion and vitality. In this way, Bowie lives on, through the beautiful and poignant work of contemporary artists. We take a look at a few of our favourites, here at artrepublic.          ‘Hunky Dory’ by Terry Pastor  Terry Pastor is the man behind the iconic ‘Hunky Dory’ album cover, which depicts Bowie in brilliant technicolour. New to artrepublic, Pastor has recently rereleased the original artwork, first stripping it back to black and white, before recreating the extraordinary technicolor from the album-sleeve original. The limited edition print brings Bowie back in all his glory, at the hands of the iconic image’s originator: a rare treasure.  ‘A Clockwork Bowie’ - Carl Glover  Carl Glover creates poster artwork for the Classic Album Sundays events - nights that revel in the best music from across the last few decades. ‘A Clockwork Bowie’ merges David Bowie with the artwork for Kubrick’s ‘A Clockwork Orange’: an exquisite meeting of two, twentieth century icons. The text for the poster uses the familiar typography from Kubrick’s film cover, for a bold, brash and inescapably cool aesthetic. ‘David Bowie - Experimental Portrait’ by Martin Richardson  Martin Richardson’s ‘Experimental Portrait’ uses Lenticular and holographic technique to recreate Bowie in ghostly brilliance. A breathtaking and iconic piece of contemporary art, the image perfectly captures the singer, strangely turned toward the viewer, in the confined space of a surreal blue room: eccentric and ethereal as ever.  ‘Bowie - Changes’ - Dan Pearce  ‘Framed Bowie - Changes’ by upcoming contemporary artist Dan Pearce has just arrived at artrepublic. The latest in Pearce’s series of Bowie prints, the piece is a beautiful celebration of Bowie’s life and work, made from a carefully constructed bricolage of the star’s lightning-bolt adorned face, set against a resin and spray background of snapshots from Bowie’s glittering career. The texture and tonality are exceptional in this painstakingly crafted piece, while the concept is poignant and perfectly executed.         $test =
  • Peter Blake Comes to Brighton

    We are very pleased to announce that on Thursday 20th October Godfather of Pop Art Sir Peter Blake will be at our Brighton Gallery for the launch of his exclusive Brighton Box Set.  The evening will be a rare opportunity to meet one of the most iconic British artists of our time and enjoy a glass o....
    We are very pleased to announce that on Thursday 20th October Godfather of Pop Art Sir Peter Blake will be at our Brighton Gallery for the launch of his exclusive Brighton Box Set.  The evening will be a rare opportunity to meet one of the most iconic British artists of our time and enjoy a glass of bubbly. Places are limited so to secure your place please email events@artrepublic.com. The evening will also give you all the chance to be the first to get your hands on the artrepublic Exclusive ‘Brighton Box Set’ – a Limited Edition Box Set made up of 5 archival pigment prints on 330gsm Somerset Satin paper. This stunning Box Set is a beautiful evocation of the iconic city, rendering both its characterful past and its colourful present in Blake’s inimitable style.   When: 20th October / 5.30 – 7.30pm Where: 13 Bond Street, Brighton What: Launch of Peter Blake’s ‘Brighton Box Set’ RSVP: events@artrepublic.com Head over to our Facebook Page for more info. $test =

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