Monthly Archives: January 2017

  • Spotted In The Gallery: Martin Varennes-Cooke

    We recently had the pleasure of welcoming local Brighton-based artist Martin Varennes-Cooke to the gallery, when he popped by to drop of new prints. Brighton is well known for its artistic community and it’s always a treat for us to have some of favourite local practitioners stop by with new....
    We recently had the pleasure of welcoming local Brighton-based artist Martin Varennes-Cooke to the gallery, when he popped by to drop of new prints. Brighton is well known for its artistic community and it’s always a treat for us to have some of favourite local practitioners stop by with new examples of their work. Varennes-Cooke is known for combining Pop Art aesthetics with the more traditional techniques associated with Fine Art. His colourful hummingbird editions have proven to be a longstanding favourite amongst visitors to our Brighton gallery. With the artist perfectly capturing the exotics birds’ plumage and rich colours in his prints. In ‘Morning Commute’ Varennes-Cooke has accurately rendered the interior of Brighton’s iconic train station, using a predominantly muted monochrome pallet, with the addition of soft pink light signifying the rising morning sun. ‘Morning Commute’ is available online at our Brighton gallery. Call 01273 724829 or email brighton@artrepublic.com for further information. $test =
  • New Artist In The Brighton Gallery: Joseph Vass

    Grab yourself a colourful piece of Tropicana from this illustrator and master printmaker. We are very pleased to have received in the Brighton gallery a pair of beautiful new prints from graphic gunslinger Joseph Vass. Working as a silkscreen printer and illustrator in London, but originally....
    Grab yourself a colourful piece of Tropicana from this illustrator and master printmaker. We are very pleased to have received in the Brighton gallery a pair of beautiful new prints from graphic gunslinger Joseph Vass. Working as a silkscreen printer and illustrator in London, but originally hailing from Brighton, Vass is one of the most exciting young artists we’ve come across in a long time. Having created commercial artwork and design for a host of clients including Sky One, Film4, Asos and Somerset House, Vass is known for his deft touch, tropical colour palette and uncomplicated aesthetic. Resulting in imagery that instantly transports the viewer to warmer climes, whilst strongly evoking nature through his application of flora and fauna. Vass’s approach to creating his exquisite fine art prints begins with hours spent sketching on his light box. Next, the sketches are refined into final designs, which are translated into complex, multi-layered silkscreen prints, that Vass pulls by hand. ‘Moonlight Flamingos’ presents a flock of the most visually flamboyant of all the birds of paradise, paddling serenely in front of an enormous full moon. From a low edition of 20, priced at just £200, this impactful print would look stunning on any wall. ‘Screw Jack (El Tigre)’ is a dynamic depiction of a tiger, set against a layered leafy background. With piercing eyes focused on an unseen prey, this big cat really draws the viewer in and captivates all beholders with it’s seductive charm. We have examples of work by Joseph Vass available to view in the gallery, where the high production values that go into each print can be seen and truly appreciated in the flesh. If you are interested in adding any of the exciting new work from Joseph Vass to your collection, please call 01273 724829 or email brighton@artrepublic.com. View available Joseph Vass prints online $test =
  • The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from Elton John’s Collection

    Tate’s current exhibition The Radical Eye, curated from Elton John’s peerless Modernist Photography collection, celebrates photography’s coming of age as an art form as well as it’s increasing popularity among the public. The Radical Eye presents once-in-a-lifetime chance to see one of th....
    Tate’s current exhibition The Radical Eye, curated from Elton John’s peerless Modernist Photography collection, celebrates photography’s coming of age as an art form as well as it’s increasing popularity among the public. The Radical Eye presents once-in-a-lifetime chance to see one of the world’s greatest private collections of photography, drawn from the classic modernist period of the 1920s–50s. An incredible group of Man Ray portraits are exhibited together for the first time, having been brought together by Sir Elton John over the past twenty-five years, including portraits of Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Breton. The Radical Eye demonstrates the Tate’s ongoing commitment to the art of photography, which the institution began seriously collecting in 2009. In 2012 a major donation of photographs, ‘The Eric and Louise Franck London Collection’ doubled Tate’s photography collection overnight. Photo credit: Man Ray 1890-1976, Glass Tears (Les Larmes) 1932Photograph, gelatin silver print on paper229 x 298 mm Collection Elton John© Man Ray Trust/ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2016 This exhibition introduces a crucial moment in the history of photography – an exciting rupture often referred to as the ‘coming of age’ of the medium, when artists used photography as a tool through which they could redefine and transform visions of the modern world. Technological advancements gave artists the freedom to experiment and test the limits of the medium and present the world through a new, distinctly modern visual language. This exhibition reveals how the timeless genres of the portrait, nude and still life were reimagined through the camera during this period, also exploring photography’s unique ability to capture street life and architecture from a new perspective. Though invented in the 1830s, it wasn’t until the 1920s that photography came into its own as an artistic medium. Photographers began to embrace its social, political and aesthetic potential, experimenting with light, perspective and developing, as well as new subjects and abstraction. Coupled with movements in painting, sculpture and architecture, these works became known as ‘modernist photography’. The Radical Eye features over 70 artists and nearly 150 rare vintage prints on show from seminal figures including Brassai, Imogen Cunningham, André Kertész, Dorothea Lange, Tina Modotti, and Aleksandr Rodchenko, Elton John has been collecting photography since 1999 and his collection has around 8000 prints. Other notable collectors of photography include ex Goldman Sachs partner Artur Walther, actress Jamie Lee-Curtis and John and Lisa Pritzker. John Pritzker is from the family behind the Hyatt Hotel chain and last year the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art opened the John and Lisa Pritzker Center for Photography, which is now the largest dedicated photography exhibition space in the US. James Bond film producer Michael Wilson is considered to be the world’s leading collector of 19th century photography. His collection of 11,000 photographic artworks resides in the Wilson Center for Photography which is attached to his London home. Last summer wealthmanagement.com noted that prices for iconic photographs by stalwarts of Modernist photography, such as Man Ray, Irving Penn, and Edward Weston, have seen prices rising precipitously, indicating growing confidence in this sector of the market and a greater appreciation for the rarity of exceptional prints by these artists. Although Contemporary photography continues to dominate the top-tier of the photography market. Works by Richard Prince, Ai Wei Wei, and Andreas Gursky have all broken the $1,000,000 threshold at auction as collectable photography prices continue to rise. The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from The Sir Elton John Collection is on at the Tate Modern London until 21st May. View contemporary photography available to buy at artrepublic.com     Enjoyed this article? Sign up to our newsletter for the latest art news Submit $test =
  • Anarchy With Jamie Reid In The Brighton Gallery

    Join the revolution with subversive work from the Punk Pioneer Jamie Reid. With the world in its current state of turmoil and uncertainty, we need someone who's not afraid to stick two fingers up at the establishment and seriously ruffle some feathers. Here in the Brighton gallery, we think n....
    Join the revolution with subversive work from the Punk Pioneer Jamie Reid. With the world in its current state of turmoil and uncertainty, we need someone who's not afraid to stick two fingers up at the establishment and seriously ruffle some feathers. Here in the Brighton gallery, we think no artist does it better than the Godfather of Punk Jamie Reid. Jamie Reid shot to fame in the 1970s after creating the iconic album artwork for ‘Never Mind The Bollocks’ by seminal punk rockers The Sex Pistols. He also invented the ransom note style cut out technique used to caption the album and single covers. The legacy of the lettering continues to this day. It was employed for t-shirts worn by 10,000 people during the anti-poll tax demonstrations in Trafalgar Square in 1990, and has even been imitated by McDonald's. Jamie Reid Works In Our Brighton Gallery We have this incredibly rare Jamie Reid edition in the gallery. It was based on Reid’s ‘Nowhere/Boredom’ buses designs for the 1977 Sex Pistols’ single and was released as a limited edition silkscreen print back in 1999. Jamie Reid Sex Pistols Pretty Vacant Silkscreen Print Signed Limited Edition of 200 72cm x 100cm The highly sought after print is only available in the Brighton gallery and when it’s gone, it’s gone! If you are interested in adding it to your collection call the gallery on 01273 724829 or email brighton@artrepublic.com. Reid has used the image of Queen Elizabeth on numerous occasions. Most famously for The Sex Pistols’ ‘God Save The Queen’ album cover. This Original Poster comes folded and individually distressed for an authentic punk aesthetic. Jamie Reid Dirty Fake Old Queen Giclee Print Signed Limited Edition of 231 71cm x 52cm We also have Reid’s REPUBLIC Box Set on display in the gallery. A must-have piece for any serious collector or punk fanatic. The set consists of documentary materials relating to the ‘God Save the Queen’ artworks, all sourced from original materials held in the Jamie Reid Archive. REPUBLIC Box Set Signed and numbered edition of 113 with 13APs 11 prints on 310 gsm photo gloss paper, housed in a silver archival box with black gloves for handling 42cm x 30cm "The image deals with mutual interests of Jamie and I, addressing the timeless problems of corruption and wealth inequality, but tie into the very current themes of Occupy Wall Street and the dead end of fossil fuel consumption." - Shepard Fairey on his collaboration with Jamie Reid Jamie Reid & Shepard Fairey Bright Future – Pink Silkscreen Print Signed Limited Edition of 50 76cm x 76cm Fight the oppression with some fabulous Jamie Reid artwork. Be sure to pop into our Brighton gallery to view our full selection of Jamie Reid prints in person, or view what we have available online. $test =
  • Peter Blake Designs Hording For Luxury Hotel

    The Godfather of Pop Art unveils his latest enormous collage for London's Mandarin Hotel. The Godfather of British Pop Art and close friend of the gallery Sir Peter Blake has recently unveiled a monumental mural featuring his signature collage aesthetic. The piece has pride of place on the ....
    The Godfather of Pop Art unveils his latest enormous collage for London's Mandarin Hotel. The Godfather of British Pop Art and close friend of the gallery Sir Peter Blake has recently unveiled a monumental mural featuring his signature collage aesthetic. The piece has pride of place on the side of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in London’s Knightsbridge. Peter Blake with photographer Mary McCartney The piece, which has been executed in a similar style to his iconic Sgt. Pepper’s album cove, features over 100 prominent faces of people who are regular guests and the prestigious London hotel. Some of the famous people to grace Blake’s façade include Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, Christian Louboutin, Whoopi Goldberg, Heston Blumenthal, Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr. Blake describes the arduous nature of making collages and some of the problems he encountered whilst designing the enormous hoardings: Peter Blake's best known work Sgt. Pepper's album cover. “A collage is very time consuming and laborious, but this was more a matter of arranging the figures and making them work together – making sure no one had a cut-off shoulder or missing legs – that’s the skill of it. It was an amazing project to work on. Hopefully, people passing by will try to spot celebrities they recognise.” – Peter Blake Blake received the commission from the Mandarin Oriental group to cover the entire front the hotel during multi-million pound revamp, which includes a radical overhaul from award winning luxury interiors company Joyce Wang Designs. As previously mention the artrepublic Brighton gallery shares a very close relationship with Peter Blake. We were privileged to host the esteemed artist back in November for the release of his exclusive Brighton box set. Sir Peter was present in our Bond Street space signing and dedicating prints to his adoring fans, afterwards conducting a memorable Q&A at the Hotel du Vin. You can relive some of the magic from that evening in the two event videos above. We have a few of the Brighton box sets available online in our Brighton gallery. Contact us at brighton@artrepublic.com, or call 01273 724829 for further information. $test =
  • Damien Hirst’s Latest Huge Print Brings Love To Our Gallery

    We are thrilled to have received in the Brighton gallery one of Damien Hirst’s monumental new butterfly prints. Damien Hirst Artwork In Our Brighton Gallery This latest silkscreen edition from the global superstar artist Damien Hirst measures over a metre and a half squared, and is titled ....
    We are thrilled to have received in the Brighton gallery one of Damien Hirst’s monumental new butterfly prints. Damien Hirst Artwork In Our Brighton Gallery This latest silkscreen edition from the global superstar artist Damien Hirst measures over a metre and a half squared, and is titled ‘Love is All You Need’, borrowing lyrics from the heartfelt song by The Beatles ‘All You Need is Love’. This is the largest print we’ve ever displayed in our Brighton gallery, it’s something truly to behold. ‘Love Is All You Need’ demands to be seen in person and is certainly worth visiting the gallery to see up close! ONLY AVAILABLE IN OUR BRIGHTON GALLERY. CALL 01273 724829 OR EMAIL BRIGHTON@ARTREPUBLIC.COM FOR FUTHER INFORMATION. The colourful butterflies have been captured on the plane of rich gloss paint, mimicking the luminous quality of fly-paper. Butterflies are among Hirst’s most famous motifs, often deployed as emblems of the fleetingness and fragility of life, and the romance of death. Produced as a limited edition of 75, signed and numbered by the artist, ‘Love is All You Need’ is the ideal gift for romantics, collectors and fatalists alike. The print was released at Miami Basel art fair last December. The print finds the butterflies seemingly suspended in celebration, the vibrancy of their wings never diminishing, not even in death. Hirst joins a long-esteemed line of artists who have depicted butterflies from the ancient Egyptians to Renaissance painters and Salvador Dali, in portraying these interesting insects. “Butterflies can’t see their wings. They can’t see how truly beautiful they are, but everyone else can. People are like that as well." Damien Hirst Souls Series In the gallery, we have other signed limited edition prints by Damien Hirst including several from his hugely popular ‘Souls’ series. Presented as four different butterfly shapes, in a plethora of colourways with eye-catching foilblock printing, each an edition of 15. Hirst explains his attachment to butterflies as a visual device and the shimmering effect of the Souls prints, “I love butterflies because when they are dead they look alive. The foilblock gives them a feel similar to the actual butterflies, in the way that they reflect the light. After ‘The Dead’ I had to do the butterflies because you can’t have one without the other.” ONLY AVAILABLE IN OUR BRIGHTON GALLERY. CALL 01273 724829 OR EMAIL BRIGHTON@ARTREPUBLIC.COM FOR FUTHER INFORMATION. Mescaline Lenticular As if that wasn’t enough luxe Damien Hirst artwork we also have an incredibly rare ‘Mescaline Lenticular’ available exclusively in our Brighton gallery. Created using advanced printing methods, this print depicts Hirst’s iconic spots motif, adding extra elements of three-dimensional depth and movement. The spots series is the artist’s longest standing method of working, with Hirst having made the first canvas, and the only to include black, way back in the late 80s during the artist’s student days. Hirst brilliantly describes the impact of this ingenious lenticular limited edition, “it’s an assault on your senses. They grab hold of you and give you a good shaking. As adults, we’re not used to it. It’s an amazing fact that all objects leap beyond their own dimension.” ONLY AVAILABLE IN OUR BRIGHTON GALLERY. CALL 01273 724829 OR EMAIL BRIGHTON@ARTREPUBLIC.COM FOR FUTHER INFORMATION. The Cure Finally, we have the full set of Damien Hirst’s 'The Cure' available in our Brighton gallery. They are two-tone silkscreen prints of medicinal pills set against vibrant background of pop-candy colours. The pills represent Hirst’s fascinating with our almost spiritual relationship with science and the pharmaceutical industry. Each pill from 'The Cure' has been signed and numbered by the artist and there 30 different colourways, each from an edition of 15. “Pills are a brilliant little form, better than any minimalist art. They’re all designed to make you buy them... they come out of flowers, plants, things from the ground, and they make you feel good, you know, to just have a pill, to feel beauty.” - Damien Hirst AVAILABLE ONLINE OR AT OUR BRIGHTON GALLERY. CALL 01273 724829 OR EMAIL BRIGHTON@ARTREPUBLIC.COM FOR FUTHER INFORMATION. Watch this space for new Damien Hirst spot prints, which will be available in the gallery in the very near future. So there you have it, just a small selection of works by the world’s most famous artist available in our Brighton gallery. Be sure to pay us a visit to see the pieces in the flesh, and find out more from our helpful and knowledgeable gallery team. $test =
  • Magnus Gjoen To Launch New Box Set At Our Brighton Gallery

    The former Vivienne Westwood designer Magnus Gjoen promises more stunning work for 2017. We are very excited to announce that Magnus Gjoen will be launching his first major works of 2017 exclusively in our Brighton gallery on Wednesday 1st March. The hotly anticipated new artwork in question wi....
    The former Vivienne Westwood designer Magnus Gjoen promises more stunning work for 2017. We are very excited to announce that Magnus Gjoen will be launching his first major works of 2017 exclusively in our Brighton gallery on Wednesday 1st March. The hotly anticipated new artwork in question will be an exquisite box set of skull prints, incorporating the artist’s most desired and well-known motif. Related: 'Dan Hillier Launches His Box Set ‘Six Women’ In Our Brighton Gallery' BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU’RE DEAD - GOLD LEAF Magnus is without a doubt one of our most popular artists at artrepublic and the box set launch will follow on from the release of his highly sought after lenticular print in 2016. Through his work Gjoen is well known for examining our relationship to objects, often manipulating traditionally morbid or destructive forms to give them a fresh new perspective. Magnus combines his skull designs with imagery from renaissance paintings and ornate earthenware, adding an extra dimension of allegorical meaning and resulting in truly spectacular prints. As with our previous lenticular launch, Magnus will be in the gallery for the release of his box set, presenting the perfect opportunity to meet the artist over a glass of bubbly whilst viewing the stunning prints in person. DEI GRATIA “I tend to look for beauty in the macabre. It’s about showing the audience something which they have a relationship to and making them see it in a different light.” – Magnus Gjoen Our ‘Meet The Artist’ series of gallery events have become a regular fixture in the Brighton art calendar, with the likes of Dan Hillier, Sir Peter Blake, Ryan Callanan aka RYCA, Copyright and Joe Webb all exclusively releasing work in our Bond Street space. EVERY CLOUD HAS A SILVER LINING - SMALL 'Meet The Artist' with Magnus Gjoen takes place from 6pm on Wednesday 1st March in our Brighton gallery. To get your name on the list call 01273 724829 or email events@artrepublic.com. This is a night not to be missed! $test =

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