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  • Sir Peter Blake’s Cigarette Packs At artrepublic Brighton

    An exquisite nostalgic series from the Godfather of Pop Art. Newly enforced UK laws have recently changed all cigarette and tobacco packaging to a new nondescript design, in a bid to curb the harmful habit. As a result of this, we couldn’t help but think of the artistic merit that can be fo....
    An exquisite nostalgic series from the Godfather of Pop Art. Newly enforced UK laws have recently changed all cigarette and tobacco packaging to a new nondescript design, in a bid to curb the harmful habit. As a result of this, we couldn’t help but think of the artistic merit that can be found in Sir Peter Blake’s wonderfully nostalgic 'found art' series, that explores vintage cigarette packets. 'Laurens' Peter Blake Cigarette Packets Currently - Available online or at our Brighton gallery. Red Band In the large scale editions, Blake has taken his fascination and obsession with found objects and ephemera to an entirely new level by blowing up 1950s era cigarette packets. He has enlarged the size, exposing the overlooked cracks, blemishes and details of the packet allowing the viewer to interpret the object as a piece of art. Winstons Blake explains, “I mean in a way it’s the audacity in a Duchampian sense of just saying ‘this image is nice enough to make a print from’ so I’m stealing and appropriating all the time. The cigarette packets come out of that series, but there’s no end to it. I mean there are literally millions of things that if you scan them and make them 50 times bigger, they’re beautiful because of the technology.” “You are touching the object, so the scanner is seeing things that the human eye can’t see. The bigger you take it, the clearer it becomes. So something like a flag, each thread appears, and then on each thread, threads appears from that, so it’s almost infinity.” - Sir Peter Blake Nazionali To create each of the impressive prints Blake had to look no further than his studio, sifting through his collection of vintage cigarette packets collected over the years, then flattening them out on the floor. Phillip Morris The simple, elegant and retro designs were then scanned using very high-resolution methods that allow all of the imperfections to be retained. Printed by the master practitioners at Coriander Print Studio and hand embellished with silver foil blocking for added visual allure, these wonderful editions see now obsolete brands like ‘Nazionali', 'Laurens’ and ‘Phillip Morris’ rendered as exquisite and collectable fine art print. Picture Show - also part of Blake's 'Found Art' Series We’re very pleased to be able to offer several of Peter Blake cigarette packets through our Brighton Gallery. Each of these prints is rare and highly sought after, so to add a piece of nostalgic magic to your collection don’t hesitate to give us a call on 01273 724829! $test =
  • New Lead Belly Prints At artrepublic Brighton

    Three Fabulous femme-fatale prints by the anonymous artist. In our Brighton gallery we’ve recently received in a trio of new prints by the anonymous artist Lead Belly. The print ‘Maude’ depicts the image of a stylish 1950s era woman, resplendent in an elegant outfit of pencil skirt, jacke....
    Three Fabulous femme-fatale prints by the anonymous artist. In our Brighton gallery we’ve recently received in a trio of new prints by the anonymous artist Lead Belly. The print ‘Maude’ depicts the image of a stylish 1950s era woman, resplendent in an elegant outfit of pencil skirt, jacket and smart hat. The woman could easily have been featured in fashion editorials of the post-war era, if it were not for the semi-automatic machine gun, which she casually holds as if it were a handbag. As in all of the Lead Belly work we’ve received so far there is a strong juxtaposition in the imagery as themes and ideas combine. Call our Brighton Gallery on 01273 724829 or email brighton@artrepublic.com to get your hands on this glamorous and hard-hitting new Lead Belly. The prints are from very small editions; so don’t sleep on this one! Lead Belly is a new artist on the scene who “in an age of celebrity worship and shameless self-promotion has decided to remain anonymous, allowing their artwork to exist independently from their own identity”. Their previous print ‘My Boy Isaac’, which depicts two boxers in the midst of a ferocious dual has proven to be very popular in our Brighton gallery, with only one of the dazzling black glitter editions still available. “I always work in series and these femme-fatales are a celebration of the understated and often overlooked power of women. Although I don’t advocate violence or approve of weapons, I decided to use the image of a gun as it so directly communicates notions of power, dominance and control.” – Lead Belly At £175 for the black and white print or £250 for the coloured background gold/silver leaf versions these new prints present great value and would look striking framed up on any wall. We can’t wait to see more from this mysterious artist. We have a selection of Lead Belly works in our Brighton Gallery, so pop in or contact us via 01273 724829 or email brighton@artrepublic.com for further information. $test =
  • The Royal Academy Summer Show Is Now Open

    The annual exhibition includes new works by Tracey Emin, Michael Craig-Martin and Yinka Shonibare, plus many emerging artists. The Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition is one of the most celebrated events in the art world calendar, spanning the months of June, July and August. Having recently....
    The annual exhibition includes new works by Tracey Emin, Michael Craig-Martin and Yinka Shonibare, plus many emerging artists. The Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition is one of the most celebrated events in the art world calendar, spanning the months of June, July and August. Having recently opened its doors, this year’s exhibition has been curated by artist Eileen Cooper RA and sees over 1,200 artworks exhibited. “We couldn’t think of one slogan to sum it up, which is a real drawback,” Cooper recently told the Financial Times. “Our aim is to bring something fresh to the show by finding emerging talent and recruiting more artists from countries as disparate as [the Democratic Republic of the] Congo, Peru, Spain and India, as well as Turkey and Kurdistan.” - Eileen Cooper She added: “I don’t want to focus on personal politics but we have deliberately looked further afield from the home nations. This year we have an exhibition that’s very rich in terms of geography – we’ve tried to open our doors to the world.” Michael Craig-Martin - Violin It’s been almost 250 years since the Royal Academy’s founding members agreed to hold an “Annual Exhibition of Paintings, Sculptures and Designs … open to all Artists”, to help finance the training of young artists in the Royal Academy Schools. Now almost 250 years later the exhibition is well known for showcasing an eclectic mix of some of the most exciting contemporary art around. Be sure to pay a visit to the exhibition for what promises to be a varied selection of breathtaking paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, sculptures, architectural designs, video installations and performance from internationally renowned artists, new and lesser-known artists and submissions, in one of the world’s longest serving annual exhibitions. RA Summer Show 13 June — 20 August 2017 Saturday – Thursday 10am – 6pm Friday 10am – 10pm $test =
  • Grayson Perry Opens ‘The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever’

    The award winning artist returns with his summer blockbuster. The Serpentine Gallery in London’s Hyde Park has invited British artist Grayson Perry to present a major exhibition of new work. Perry touches on many themes in the show including popularity, masculinity and society, acting as an a....
    The award winning artist returns with his summer blockbuster. The Serpentine Gallery in London’s Hyde Park has invited British artist Grayson Perry to present a major exhibition of new work. Perry touches on many themes in the show including popularity, masculinity and society, acting as an astute commentator. Perry recently presented the Channel 4 documentary ‘Grayson Perry: Divided Britain’, which focused on the fallout of last year’s EU referendum. Perry visited members of the public from the ‘leave’ and ‘remain’ camps and then went about crowdsourcing imagery from both groups to be used on his impressive pair of ceramic pots, which forms the centerpiece of the exhibition. Grayson Perry on the exhibition: “I am in the communication business and I want to communicate to as wide an audience as possible. Nothing pleases me more than meeting someone at one of my exhibitions from what museum people call ‘a non- traditional background.’ The new works I am making all have ideas about popularity hovering around them. What kind of art do people like? What subjects? Why do people like going to art galleries these days? What is the relationship of traditional art to social media?” In the new exhibition, Perry presents work in a variety of traditional media such as ceramics, cast iron, bronze, printmaking and tapestry. Also shown in the exhibition is his customised pink Harley-Davidson motorbike complete with a rear-mounted shrine to his teddy bear mascot Alan Measles. According to Perry, the bike is a cross between “Mexican Day of the Dead meets Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.” Another stand out piece from the exhibition is the monumentally sized woodcut self-portrait “Reclining Artist”, which depicts the artist nude, as his alter ego Claire relaxing in his cluttered studio and his trusty cat Kevin.  Perry created the work simply because “I just fancied doing a big nude”. The objects surround Perry all reflect his life and work as an artist. The image evokes Manet’s ‘Olympia’, and Perry has filled the surrounding space of the portrait with a wealth of other cultural allusions, from a book on acclaimed architect Zaha Hadid to a leafed copy of Viz magazine. Rendered in Perry’s unique aesthetic of clashing, saturated colours and flat, juvenile perspective, ‘Reclining Artist’ is a truly powerful work of contemporary art. We are thrilled to announce that we have a select number of “Reclining Artist” prints by Grayson Perry available through artrepublic. Produced as colour etching, signed on the reverse from a very low edition of 58, these fantastically detailed prints present a brilliant investment into one of the titans of the art world. We only have a very limited number of “Reclining Artist” prints available so be sure to get in contact with us quickly if you’d like to add to your collection. More more information or to purchase the new Grayson Perry print please contact the gallery by calling us on 01273 724829 or email brighton@artrepublic.com. GRAYSON PERRY PRESENTS  THE MOST POPULAR ART EXHIBITION EVER!  8 June – 10 September 2017 Serpentine Gallery $test =
  • Lucy Sparrow Is Taking New York By Storm

    Her installation '8 Til Late' is the talk the of the town! Lucy Sparrow is currently taking New York by storm and captivating the art world with her long-awaited convenience store '8 Til Late'. The exhibition features over 9000 felt sculptures of commonly found convenience store items, every....
    Her installation '8 Til Late' is the talk the of the town! Lucy Sparrow is currently taking New York by storm and captivating the art world with her long-awaited convenience store '8 Til Late'. The exhibition features over 9000 felt sculptures of commonly found convenience store items, everything from tinned food to beer, cigarettes and even pizza by the slice. Since opening its doors last Monday the installation has been a huge hit, garnering rave reviews from the global press; including glowing write-ups in The New York Times, The Huffington Post and Artnet. Lucy has even been forced to close the store for two days in order to restock the shelves after such high demand for pieces! You can read extracts from her interview with Artnet below. Follow this link to read the full story. How has the response from New Yorkers been? It’s been absolutely incredible. People have come in and just screamed with excitement, which is the perfect response! We’re going through some dark times at the moment, in England, so it’s nice that this is light relief in contrast to crazy political times. It may appear fluffy and lovely on the surface, but it’s offering an alternative. You had nine months to make 9,000 objects. Did you ever think it wasn’t going to get done in time? Yes! I kept having to adjust deadlines. I had this Google calendar and I was literally scheduling by the hour, because I thought I wasn’t going to get it done. It was scary. I was painting beers the morning I got onto the plane! Was it one of those things where the more you worked on it, the more the scope of it grew, where it was kind of never ending? Yes. Completely. I’d be looking at some more bodega pictures and be like, “Oh God!” Or I’d be asking some advice from a New Yorker and they’d be like, “you’ve gotta have this, you can’t not have this, or it’s not a bodega.” So there was stuff being added to it all the time. '8 Til Late' has received extensive press coverage and has proven to be one of the most Instagrammed art exhibition to hit New York City in recent years. See below for links to recent Lucy Sparrow features. Artnet Lucy Sparrow on Why Her Cuddly Felt Bodega Brings Relief From Our ‘Crazy Political Times’ Lucy Sparrow’s Felt Groceries Are Actually Lab Supplies New York Times A 'Fauxdega' Where the Real Bodegas Have Been Priced Out Huffington Post Lucy Sparrow Opens an All-felt Bodega in NYC Lucy Sparrow Works Available In Our Brighton Gallery 'Such A Sad Time' His 'N' Hers 'Til Death Do Us Part' We only have limited numbers available of Lucy Sparrow wonderful felt-filled cabinets. Her work has proven to be hugely popular in our Brighton Gallery and demand is likely to increasing even more as a result of the immensely successful '8 Til Late'. Be to sure to contact the gallery while these pieces are at their first price - they will increase as the editions sells out. Now is the time to invest in one of the most exciting and sought after artists of a generation! We have a selection of Lucy Sparrow's cabinets on display in our Brighton Gallery, so pop in or contact us via 01273 724829 or email brighton@artrepublic.com for further information. $test =
  • Our June Competition: Win A Trip To Venice!

    Including flights for two people with a two-night hotel stay - worth up to £1000. Throughout June we will be running a fabulous competition in our Brighton Gallery and online offering two people the trip of a lifetime to Venice. Flights for two with accommodation in Venice - worth up to £1....
    Including flights for two people with a two-night hotel stay - worth up to £1000. Throughout June we will be running a fabulous competition in our Brighton Gallery and online offering two people the trip of a lifetime to Venice. Flights for two with accommodation in Venice - worth up to £1000 will be the incredible prize! Alongside that we’ll be including tickets to the Venice Biennale, Damien Hirst’s blockbuster new exhibition 'Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable' and entrance to the prestigious Guggenheim Venice. Competition start date: 1st June 2017 Competition closing date for entries: 30th June 2017 Damien Hirst's latest exhibition is a major draw in Venice. You'll be able to attend and view the brand new body of works from one of the world's most popular artists. Entry: Every customer making a purchase between 1st & 30th June in our Brighton Gallery or online will receive an email containing a question. Simply answer the question correctly and you’ll be entered into our prize draw. The Venice Art Biennale runs from May 13 to November 26 2017 Officially, the 57th Art Biennale takes place in the former Venetian military dockyard - the Arsenale - and in the national pavilions of the Giardini, although, as usual, there will be many fringe events throughout the city. These encourage visitors to explore both familiar and offbeat parts of the city. Venice may be synonymous with Grand Masters such as Titian and Tintoretto but its modern and contemporary art offerings are as numerous as they are impressive. Many of the greats of the 20th century can be seen at the charming Peggy Guggenheim Collection, as well as exhibitions from cutting edge, contemporary artists. We wish you the best of luck for our June competition! For further information please head to our competition page on the website. Summary Terms and Conditions For full Terms and Conditions please visit our website www.artrepublic.com/competition Competition start date: 1st June 2017 Competition closing date for entries: 30th June 2017 Every customer making a purchase at the artrepublic gallery in Brighton or online at www.artrepublic.com between 1st & 30th June 2017, will have the opportunity to enter the competition. Customers must provide a valid email address when ordering and agree to receive marketing emails, in order to receive their competition entry question. To enter the competition, eligible customers will be sent an email and must reply to this email answering the question. One winner will be selected at random, from the correct answers. One competition entry per customer. If further entries are received from the same customer, the first entry only will be accepted. The promoter bears no responsibility for emails not being received. Entrants must be able to fly from a London airport between 1st September and 26th November 2017. Although every effort will be made with the winner to find suitable dates for the prize, if the winner is unable to confirm any of the dates we propose, we reserve the right to choose a date for the winner. We also reserve the right to change the airport or date of the prize if this becomes necessary, however we will notify the winner at the earliest possible opportunity. The value of this prize is deemed to be up to £1,000. Archer Publications Ltd will select flights, accommodation and tickets within this value. If the winner requests alternative dates, accommodation or upgrades, which allow the overall cost to exceed £1,000, the winner will be required to pay the difference. Entrants must be aged 18 or over and have a valid passport This competition is promoted by Archer Publications Ltd (t\a artrepublic), 13 Bond Street, Brighton, BN1 1RD $test =
  • Lucy Sparrow’s New York Convenience Store Opens Its Doors

    Three years after her hit debut ‘Cornershop’ the queen of felt has taken on the USA. We are very excited to announce the opening of Lucy Sparrow’s incredible new installation ‘8 Till Late’, this week in New York City. The exhibition is the culmination of over half a year of plann....
    Three years after her hit debut ‘Cornershop’ the queen of felt has taken on the USA. We are very excited to announce the opening of Lucy Sparrow’s incredible new installation ‘8 Till Late’, this week in New York City. The exhibition is the culmination of over half a year of planning and work, with Sparrow hand crafting and painting over 8000 individual items, commonly found in corner stores, from her signature material of felt. Opening on Monday 5th June and running for four weeks, 8 Till Late transforms a 1200-square-foot space off The Standard, High Line’s Biergarten on Little West 12th Street into a fully stocked felt convenience store, unleashing the playful, parallel universe of one of the UK’s most exciting artists on New York City’s ultra-hip Meatpacking District. Felt fittings, freezers and fixtures will overflow with every product you would expect to find in a classic Manhattan bodega—from candy to cereal, frozen pizza to Band-Aids—all hand-stitched in the inimitable Lucy Sparrow style. Lucy will be present throughout the exhibition to aid any shoppers and generally ensure her that bodega is run to her exacting standards. Lucy Sparrow's American goods cabinet 'Such A Sad Time' is available in our Brighton Gallery. It contains various colourful US deli good and grocery store items, from Heinz ketchup bottles to Jif peanut butter jars; tins of corned beef and packets of pasta; mayonnaise and canned chicken. In our Brighton gallery, we have a number of Lucy’s limited edition cabinets that are hugely popular and sought after by visitors to the gallery and collectors alike. For further information into any of the works available just ask a member of our gallery team. Taking over six months to research, create and install, Lucy Sparrow says of her latest project; “It’s massively exciting to be able to bring the felt to the USA. Creating all of these iconic American brands has been brilliant and I can’t wait to see the reaction from local people on seeing a felt world full of their favourite treats and hangover cures!” Watch this space for further news and exclusive content from the show. Also, keep an eye out for our forthcoming interview with Lucy that took place just days before she flew out to set up the show. 8 TILL LATE will be open daily from 8am-8pm, June 5th to 30th, 2017 at The Standard, High Line at 69 Little West 12th Street, New York, NY, 10014. 'For Richer, For Poorer' - luxury goods cabinet available and on display in our Brighton Gallery. If you are interested in adding any work by Lucy Sparrow to your collection follow this link to view pieces currently available. Alternatively we have a large selections on display in our Brighton Gallery, so pop in or contact us via 01273 724829 or email brighton@artrepublic.com for further information. $test =
  • Father’s Day gift ideas

    With Father’s Day just around the corner here are our top five amazing gifts for Dad's. Peace Trooper by Brad Novak This limited edition by Brad Novak features his daughter as the young girl dancing in the spay of hearts. Gorilla by Dave White This majestic and enigmatic gorilla is a stunnin....
    With Father’s Day just around the corner here are our top five amazing gifts for Dad's. Peace Trooper by Brad Novak This limited edition by Brad Novak features his daughter as the young girl dancing in the spay of hearts. Gorilla by Dave White This majestic and enigmatic gorilla is a stunning giclee print from highly sought after British artist Dave White. Auto All-Stars by 30 Squared From the Batmobile to the Ghostbusters Ecto-1; the time travelling Delorean to the Jurassic Park safari van, 30 Squared has nailed the movie car crush with the ultimate line up in cute, characterful pixels. OXO II by Jayson Lilley Jayson Lilley’s love of modernist, Art Deco and Brutalist architectural design is captured in this image of London’s iconic OXO tower. Bird Watching by Miroslav Sasek The ‘birds’ being watched and photographed are in this image are not of the avian kind; they are species of spacecraft which fly higher than even the doughtiest of land locked birds. View more expertly curated art gift ideas Enjoyed this article? Sign up to our newsletter for the latest art news SUBMIT $test =

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