Monthly Archives: March 2017

  • Artist Charming Baker To Be Guest Editor Of The Big Issue

    The prolific and celebrated painter will edit an Art Special Edition. Charming Baker has long since been one of our most popular artists at artrepublic, known for his thought-provoking compositions and witty juxtapositions. It’s been reported that Baker will be guest editing a forthcoming Art....
    The prolific and celebrated painter will edit an Art Special Edition. Charming Baker has long since been one of our most popular artists at artrepublic, known for his thought-provoking compositions and witty juxtapositions. It’s been reported that Baker will be guest editing a forthcoming Art Special Edition of The Big Issue, centered around the theme of ‘Tipping Point’. Call our Brighton Gallery on 01273 724829 or email brighton@artrepublic.com for further information on any Charming Baker artwork! Baker has called upon many of his artistic peers to contribute including Sir Peter Blake, David Shrigley, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Harland Miller, Ben Eine and Anthony Micallef, amongst others. The widely-circulated magazine that raises money for the homeless will all so publish artwork created by its vendors, “men and women on the edge of society, either suffering from addiction, mental health or homelessness issues who use art as an outlet to deal with their problems.” Charming Baker described the theme of the magazine and the issues it tackles, “key decisive moments that lives can hinge on, moments that can tip things up or down. The Big Issue vendors know more keenly than most how delicate the balance can be, and how quickly that tipping point can have negative, or down the road, positive effect”. Ten “golden ticket” will be hidden in copies of the special magazine, with recipients winning an exclusive hand finished signed limited edition by Charming Baker. If you are interested in any of the work by Charming Baker you can view what is available online here. We also have several the artists’ signed limited edition prints in stock in our Brighton Gallery so be sure to check them out when you’re next in! Call our Brighton Gallery on 01273 724829 or email brighton@artrepublic.com for further information on any Charming Baker artwork! $test =
  • New Work Spotted In the Gallery: Andrew Millar

    The artist’s small format gold portraits are causing quite a stir in our Brighton gallery. Newly in at our Brighton gallery are a number of eye-catching works from photographer and image manipulator Andrew Millar. Based in East London, Millar until recently only produced work using his trusty....
    The artist’s small format gold portraits are causing quite a stir in our Brighton gallery. Newly in at our Brighton gallery are a number of eye-catching works from photographer and image manipulator Andrew Millar. Based in East London, Millar until recently only produced work using his trusty, vintage Polaroid SX-70 camera. The artist utilises somewhat retro equipment and techniques, embracing the element of chance and experimentation that shooting on analogue film offers. Call our Brighton Gallery on 01273 724829 or email brighton@artrepublic.com for further information on any Andrew Millar artwork!  The photographic film Millar uses has a significant impact on the finished image. By using instant film, he can manipulate the emulsion while the image is developing, separating the image emulsion from the film base, creating multiple exposures, overlaying the image transparencies and altering the temperature or developing time. This methodology results in surreal, dreamlike and ethereal images, that when contrasted with black and gold result in stunning prints which are reproduced as silkscreen editions and are gilded and hand finished. If you are interested in the work of Andrew Millar we strongly suggest dropping by the Brighton gallery, so you can appreciate the seductive qualities of his work in person. In the meantime, you can view his work available online here. Call our Brighton Gallery on 01273 724829 or email brighton@artrepublic.com for further information on any Andrew Millar artwork!  $test =
  • Coming Soon – The Art Yard Sale

    Back for 2017, bigger and better than ever! We are very pleased to announce that the artrepublic Art Yard Sale will be returning this year on Sunday 14th May for its third outing. Artrepublic launched the inaugural Art Yard Sale during Brighton’s Fringe Festival 2015 and repeated the succe....
    Back for 2017, bigger and better than ever! We are very pleased to announce that the artrepublic Art Yard Sale will be returning this year on Sunday 14th May for its third outing. Artrepublic launched the inaugural Art Yard Sale during Brighton’s Fringe Festival 2015 and repeated the success last year in what was a sun-bathed day of art appreciation and fun. Date for your diary: ‘The Art Yard Sale’ Sunday 14th May, 11am – 5pm, Jubilee Square Brighton. The Yard Sale was conceived a special event whereby art fan can meet their favourite artists in person, buying limited edition prints and original artwork directly from them, bagging bargains form some the UK’s biggest names in urban and contemporary art. This year’s event will see artists again pitch up at Brighton’s Jubilee Square next door to the library, with each artist having their own individual tradition market stall from which to sell their artwork. There will be many familiar names returning for the Yard Sale this year, alongside several debutants.  Previous Sales have seen many artists creating limited edition prints especially for the event, while others took commissions to create personalised one-off pieces. A huge hit last year was internationally renowned street artist Ben Eine who fulfilled the wish of one romantic art-lover, by creating a requested marriage proposal in ink block printed letters. Local artist Mike Edwards created portraits of Prince and David Bowie made up of their song lyrics, while The Strange Case Company created a series of Brighton and Hove themed prints. Other artists who took part included Eelus (pictured above), Lucy Sparrow, Pure Evil, Shuby, RYCA, Seb Lester, Carne Griffiths, Graham Carter, Sara Pope, Bonnie & Clyde, Maria Rivans, Copyright, Gemma Compton, Static, Mark Hooley, Joe Webb, Louise McNaught and Rob Wass. For further information on this year’s Art Yard Sale head to our website at www.artyardsale.co.uk, contact the gallery by calling us on 01273 724829 or email brighton@artrepublic.com. $test =
  • Matt Henry’s Twin Palms: A Masterpiece in Mass Hysteria

    Q: What do iconic film Stepford Wives; cult David Lynch TV series Twin Peaks; and countercultural novelist Thomas Pynchon, have in common? A: ‘Twin Palms’ the latest, dazzling project by Brighton-based, contemporary photographer - and rapidly rising star - Matt Henry. Picture the scene: it’s....
    Q: What do iconic film Stepford Wives; cult David Lynch TV series Twin Peaks; and countercultural novelist Thomas Pynchon, have in common? A: ‘Twin Palms’ the latest, dazzling project by Brighton-based, contemporary photographer - and rapidly rising star - Matt Henry. Picture the scene: it’s California, 1967, in the sleepy suburban town of Twin Palms (a fictional creation by Henry that’s only a hairs breadth away from historical reality). Rich, glamorous and disenchanted, a pack of beautiful young housewives are poised at the cusp of a gender revolution that hovers in the sultry, stifling air, ready to explode at any moment. Under the blue Californian sky, surrounded by nothing but their modernist villas, immaculate lawns, and glistening swimming pools, these women offer a new perspective to the well-trodden narratives of the ‘feminine mystique’. “What I didn’t want to do,” Henry admits, in an interview for The Independent, “was recreate the 1960s housewife as we all know her—Betty Draper from Mad Men stuck at home with the kids while Don works his way through his secretaries.” Not so for the women of Twin Palms, who are raging rampant, getting drunk in the hot tub, employing the pool boy for his (ahem) less professional services, and even (so rumour has it) procuring drugs form San Fransisco. Henry’s fictionalised newspaper article - one of the 30 images that make up the series - has diagnosed the disorder as “mass hysteria[…]a most dangerous predicament for females.” Henry’s work explores the power of fiction through photography. Inspired by the politics and culture of 1960s and 70s America (the subject of his ongoing doctoral thesis), Henry’s art is driven by an attention to style and characterisation, each photograph beautifully designed, composed, and executed. Every project is underpinned by a narrative: Henry creates fictional scenes, each one storyboarded and built around dressed locations or sets, and peopled by actors who are directed by Henry. Yet the result is far greater than a glossy film snapshot: every image tells a story, through exceptional attention to detail, a deft sensitivity to light, colour and composition, and the conceptual rigour that feeds his aesthetic. As he articulates, his work “plays with fragments of American photography, cinema and literature to explore underlying ideological concerns.” The ‘Twin Palms’ series perfectly encapsulates this collaging of cultural fragments: highly stylised and visually breathtaking, the photographs expertly merge familiar tropes from midcentury American culture, to create Henry’s distinctive aesthetic. Although light and colour are at the heart of the images, the project is decidedly dark: a juxtapositional line that Henry treads with astonishing sensitivity. The sugar-coated homes of the housewives - filled with every item and ornament they could ever desire, decked out in stylish trimmings, and dripping with money at every turn - represent the deeply restrictive, gender polarised society from which Henry draws: witness ‘Portia’s Cake’, going up in flames in her pristine living room, an apt symbol for the frustration of the aimless housewife; or Wilma alone in her tub, surrounded by beer cans, as she drinks  her way through the meaningless day. Henry’s work reminds us that we’ve come a long way, but that there’s still so much further to go. We’re used to seeing seductive women in contemporary art (in art through ages, for that matter), but not often in a form that drives home the kind of political messages enshrined within Twin Palms. For all the bleak undertones, the series offers a grain of optimism: perhaps eventually, Henry muses, “the concept of gender will evolve to the point that one day we might look back in mockery in just the same way.” Click here to view and buy limited editions from this amazing series   $test =
  • Michael Craig-Martin Unveils His Latest Installation At Art Basel Hong Kong

    The conceptual artist has created a four-metre tall radiant light bulb. Earlier in March saw the most exciting week in Hong Kong’s cultural calendar with the opening of Art Basel, as part of the country’s art month. To mark the occasion Irish-British conceptual artist Michael Craig-Martin....
    The conceptual artist has created a four-metre tall radiant light bulb. Earlier in March saw the most exciting week in Hong Kong’s cultural calendar with the opening of Art Basel, as part of the country’s art month. To mark the occasion Irish-British conceptual artist Michael Craig-Martin revealed his latest installation, Bright Idea 2016, an impressive four-metre tall light bulb sculpture. Call our Brighton Gallery on 01273 724829 or email brighton@artrepublic.com for further information on any Michael Craig-Martin artwork! Executed with a vibrant powder-coated yellow exterior, the light bulb is presented emerging from the fountain in the Peninsula Hong Kong’s forecourt. The work, which is part of the fifth edition of Art Basel HK, recalls the acclaimed works that Craig-Martin showed back in 2014 on the ground of the English stately home Chatsworth House. “I thought the objects we value least because they were ubiquitous were actually the most extraordinary.” Throughout his career, the artist has experimented with the depiction of ubiquitous, everyday objects recasting them in vivid colours and crisply executed compositions. "You can see in my paintings, I've taken away the context, I've taken away the shadows, I've taken away expression, I've taken away the personal, and yet so much remains!" In 2015, Michael Craig-Martin's exhibition "Transience" at the Serpentine Galleries brought together works from 1981 to 2015, including representations of once familiar yet obsolete technology; laptops, games consoles, black-and-white televisions and incandescent light bulbs that highlighted the increasing transience of technological innovation. In our Brighton gallery, we are very pleased to have several works available by Michael Craig-Martin. His uplifting and brightly coloured work are hugely sought after by avid art aficionados. They would be a perfect addition to any collection, breathing life and vitality into the home, whilst challenging viewers to reinterpret the familiar and see beauty in day-to-day objects. Call our Brighton Gallery on 01273 724829 or email brighton@artrepublic.com for further information on any print editions from Michael Craig-Martin. Click here to view prints available by the artist on our website. $test =
  • Roy’s People Art Fair

    artrepublic is pleased to be supporting the exciting new Roy’s People Art Fair. Roy’s People Art Fair is London's only artist led art fair, Bringing 60 incredible emerging and established artists to Candid Arts Trust, London 14th-17th September 2017. Established by 2 professional artists....
    artrepublic is pleased to be supporting the exciting new Roy’s People Art Fair. Roy’s People Art Fair is London's only artist led art fair, Bringing 60 incredible emerging and established artists to Candid Arts Trust, London 14th-17th September 2017. Established by 2 professional artists, Roy Tyson & Samuel Peacock have come together to launch Roy’s People Art Fair, with their ethos built around supporting artists through the process of exhibiting at the fair. Roy Tyson, known professionally as Roy’s People is an award winning urban artist based in Essex. His work is to create miniature figures and photograph them on the streets, depicting an unknown miniature world beneath our feet. During 5 years of his professional career he has worked with galleries worldwide as well as high end corporate clients. Sam Peacock is an abstract painter exploring landscape and the ever changing effect it has on the planet since graduating in 1998. He is represented by galleries in London, Australia and Germany and has had several solo shows worldwide whilst also being featured in various art journals worldwide.     VISIT - Save the date in your diary The first edition of Roy’s People Art Fair will be held on September 14th- 17th 2017 Candid Arts Trust, Angel, 3-5 Torrens Street, Islington, EC1V 1NQ Visitors can expect 2 floors of gallery space transformed into interactive event space. Featuring live painting by selected renowned artists, performances by some of London’s buskers, competeitions, and the stars of the show, our artists, to capture the imagination and create an atmosphere unlike your usual. Visitors can buy artwork direct from the artist, your chance to really understand the artist and their work. Roy’s People Art Fair will be FREE for visitors across the weekend. For exclusive access to our Private View on 14th September please register to be included on the guest list here. EXHIBIT - Applications for artists are now live, with spaces already being offered to artists. We recommend artists apply early to avoid disappointment. Apply Here Roy & Sam have exhibited at art fairs worldwide both individually and with galleries, giving them first hand experience of exactly what it is like to be part of such events. This knowledge is key to the support that artists will receive as being part of Roy’s People Art Fair. Find out more about the Roy’s People Art Fair here $test =
  • Spotlight on Peter Blake’s ‘Found Art’ Series

    Peter Blake has produced an amazing range of work throughout his career. Today we are taking a closer look at his stunning ‘Found Art’ series started in the early 2000's using cutting edge technology to create a new form of art. The series is based upon one of the earliest tenets of pop art: th....
    Peter Blake has produced an amazing range of work throughout his career. Today we are taking a closer look at his stunning ‘Found Art’ series started in the early 2000's using cutting edge technology to create a new form of art. The series is based upon one of the earliest tenets of pop art: that everyday objects can become the subject matter for fine art, from Warhol’s Soup cans to Jeff Koons Hoovers. Every work in the Found Art series takes its starting point as a piece of ephemera drawn from Peter Blake’s extensive personal collection. His fascination with arcane and unusual objects is at the centre of his collecting instinct and his studio is famed for being closer to a museum of popular culture objects and printed ephemera than a typical artist’s studio. From this Peter Blake works with the latest digital technology which enables him to blow an object up to 50 times its normal size. In doing this he wants us to see these objects in a new way and transform them from found objects, that most people would consider to be valueless, into works of art. The sheer scale of the works draws us into the beauty of their design, their fragility and their textural qualities. Some of the first items Peter Blake transformed into works of art were fag packets and match boxes. Produced using the silkscreen printing method and embellished with foil, these super-scaled cigarette packets have a real impact. The original packets are torn and battered, and essentially rubbish, yet Peter Blake has used these elements to create points on interest and detail in the work. Other small objects transformed by the ‘Found Art’ treatment include embroidery buttons and badges. View all of Peter Blake’s ‘Found Art’ limited edition prints   Enjoyed this article? Sign up to our newsletter for the latest art news Submit $test =
  • Ben Eine’s ‘Essentials’ Featured On Hypebeast

    The typographic gunslinger explains his must have everyday items. Ben Eine has been recently featured by uber-cool blog Hypebeast for the now legendary ‘Essentials’ section, in which famous creatives share their must have day-to-day items. Call our Brighton Gallery on 01273 724829 or ....
    The typographic gunslinger explains his must have everyday items. Ben Eine has been recently featured by uber-cool blog Hypebeast for the now legendary ‘Essentials’ section, in which famous creatives share their must have day-to-day items. Call our Brighton Gallery on 01273 724829 or email brighton@artrepublic.com for further information on any Ben Eine prints! Ben Eine has been recently featured by uber-cool blog Hypebeast for the now legendary ‘Essentials’ section, in which famous creatives share their must have day-to-day items. For Ben Eine he lists some of the tools of his trade including spray paint caps, a laptop and marker pen. Ben Eine is widely regarded as one of the key figures in street art, having made a name for himself in the surreptitious and illegal world of graffiti, as one of London's most prolific writers, before turning to the more accessible art-form. Follow this link to view the full story on Hype Beast Over the years Eine has gone from breaking the law, painting quickly executed tags to receiving commissions from around the world to adorn enormous walls with his colourful typographic renderings of letters, words and phrases. He has also released a host of hugely sought after limited edition prints, of which we have a number available in our Brighton gallery. Eine's latest print is an ode to his native Shoreditch, an area quickly being developed and gentrified. ‘Graffiti is generally impulsive and destructive whereas most street art is planned. You find a wall you want to paint, you take photos, you measure the wall, you go back to your studio to make a poster or cut a stencil and then you go back and execute this piece of art that has taken X amount of time to produce.” - Ben Eine Back in 2010, Eine gained the world’s attention when then prime minister David Cameron gifted an original painting, '21st Century City', by the street artist to US head of state Barack Obama, henceforth catapulting Eine to super-stardom. Last year saw the release of Ben Eine's first ever lenticular print, which was an artrepublic exclusive and is available in three eye-catching colourways. By using advanced printing techniques this print achieves a three-dimensional quality, depicting a loving sentiment in Eine’s most popular ‘Circus’ Font. If you are interested in adding some typographic artwork to your walls, Eine is the way to go. Follow this link to view works online and be sure to pop into our gallery to appreciate the quality of his prints in person! Call our Brighton Gallery on 01273 724829 or email brighton@artrepublic.com for further information on any Ben Eine artwork or other cutting edge street art. $test =
  • The Sad Passing Of Howard Hodgkin

    The ferociously talented artist who ‘hated painting’ dies aged 84. The great British painter Sir Howard Hodgkin sadly passed away last week, leaving behind an immense legacy and reputation for being one of the country’s most extraordinary abstract artists. Hodgkin was a much-celebrated pai....
    The ferociously talented artist who ‘hated painting’ dies aged 84. The great British painter Sir Howard Hodgkin sadly passed away last week, leaving behind an immense legacy and reputation for being one of the country’s most extraordinary abstract artists. Hodgkin was a much-celebrated painter of luscious, rich and impactful images. Playfully referring to himself as a figurative painter, Hodgkin’s work was primarily concerned with beautifully depicted abstractions, often carrying his paintings over from the field of the canvas onto the frame. ‘When I finish a painting, it usually looks as surprising to me as to anyone else.’ Hodgkin was born in 1932 in Hammersmith and was evacuated to the United States during the second world war. Upon returning he studied at Eton College but having made up his mind to become an artist the young Hodgkin ran away from school to pursue his dreams. He went on to study art at Camberwell Art School and later at the Bath Academy of Art, holding his first solo show in 1960. It was during the 80's in which Hodgkin achieve fame and commercial success. He represented Britain at the Venice Biennale and was awarded the prestigious Turner Prize. The artist was lauded for his superior use of colour, gaining comparisons to other great colourists such as Matisse, Paul Klee and Turner. ‘I want my pictures to be things. I want them to be made up of marks that are physically and individually self-sufficient.’ In his later years, Hodgkin had a new lease of creative freedom and expression, creating larger scale paintings and increasing his output, which had previously been slow and limited to perhaps 9 or 10 paintings a year. Despite growing increasingly frail and having to use a wheelchair, Hodgkin continued to paint in his North London studio with the assistance of his long-term partner Antony Peattie. Howard Hodgkin: 6 August 1932 – 9 March 2017 An exhibition of portraits by the late painter will open at the National Portrait Gallery will open on 23rd March and run until 18th June. The show, poignantly titled ‘Absent Friends’, will explore the role of memory, expressions of emotion and relationship between people. View available prints by Howard Hodgkin $test =
  • Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2017

    Photographs by artists shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2017 are now on show at London’s Photographers’ Gallery until June 11th. The winner of the £30,000 award will be announced from four shortlisted finalists, Sophie Calle, Dana Lixenberg, Awoiska van der....
    Photographs by artists shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2017 are now on show at London’s Photographers’ Gallery until June 11th. The winner of the £30,000 award will be announced from four shortlisted finalists, Sophie Calle, Dana Lixenberg, Awoiska van der Molen and Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs, on May 18th. Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize is now in its twentieth year running, having initially been set up in London in 1997 and this year the exhibition of shortlisted photographs will tour internationally. The works will be shown at the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main and subsequently at Aperture Foundation in New York, making the works available to a broader audience as contemporary photography continues to grow in popularity. The Shortlisted photographers Sophie Calle’s work, one of her most personal projects „My mother, my cat, my father, in that order“, deals with the death of her parents and cat, her relationship with each of them and their impact on her life. The newly printed photographs of objects she identifies with her loved ones are exhibited alongside personal text panels written by Calle. These delve deeper into the sentimental attachments connected to these everyday objects, exploring her emotional responses and how their meaning has been transformed since her loved ones have passed away. Ultimately, her most recent work is also a reflection on her life and career to date, examining the transitory nature of relationships and the persistence of memory. Sophie Calle What do you see?, 2013 © Sophie Calle Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Perrotin Dana Lixenberg has been nominated for her publication “Imperial Courts” (Roma, 2015). Lixenberg has built up a multifaceted portrait of the mainly African-American neighbourhood of the Imperial Courts housing project in Watts in Los Angeles. Returning countless times over a time span of twenty-two years, Lixenberg gradually created a collaborative image of the changing face of this community. Some in the community were killed, while others disappeared or went to jail, while others, once children in early photographs, grew up and had children of their own. Lixenberg started to document the conversations and specific soundtrack of the neighbourhood. Extracts of sound recordings are available through headphone spots within the space. Dana Lixenberg Wilteysha, 1993 © Dana Lixenberg Courtesy of the artist and Grimm, Amsterdam Awoiska van der Molen has focused on black and white, abstracted images in different scales and formats. The artist has been nominated for her exhibition „Blanco” at Foam Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam (22 Jan. until 3 Apr. 2016). Van der Molen creates images that revitalise the genre of landscape photography. Traveling for weeks in solitude in foreign landscapes, from Japan to Norway to Crete, she explores the identity of the place, allowing it to impress upon her its specific emotional and physical qualities and her personal experience within it. Her work questions how natural and manmade environments are commonly represented and interacted with. Awoiska Van Der Molen #364-18, 2013 © Awoiska Van Der Molen Courtesy of the artist Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs’ project “EURASIA” which has been on display at Fotomuseum Winterthur last year, playfully draws on the iconography of a road trip constructing experiences drawn from memory and imagination. Onorato and Krebs’ journey begins in 2013 in Switzerland, continues through the Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Russia, and ends after 3-years and 17’000 kilometers in Mongolia. Throughout their travels, the duo encounters landscapes and people in a state of ongoing transition, from ancient traditions and post-Communist structures to modernity and the formation of an independent identity. Using a mix of analogue media and techniques including 16mm films, large-format plate cameras and installation-based interventions, Onorato and Krebs compose a narrative that is as much fiction as documentation. Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs Well, 2013 © Taiyo Onorato/Nico Krebs Courtesy of the artists The Photographers' Gallery 16 - 18 Ramillies St London W1F 7LW Hours: Mon – Sat 10.00 – 18.00 Thu 10.00 – 20.00 Sun 11.00 – 18.00 Enjoyed this article? Sign up to our newsletter for the latest art news Submit $test =

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