Monthly Archives: October 2017

  • Last Chance To Buy

    Things come and go quickly in our Brighton gallery, here are a few prints that are nearing the end of their edition. Call our gallery on +44 (0)1273 724829 for further information on anything featured. Mother & Child by Dan Hillier You know when you walk into an old Italian Renaissance churc....
    Things come and go quickly in our Brighton gallery, here are a few prints that are nearing the end of their edition. Call our gallery on +44 (0)1273 724829 for further information on anything featured. Mother & Child by Dan Hillier You know when you walk into an old Italian Renaissance church, a grand palace such as the Alcazar in Seville or a riad in Morocco, and you come face to face with beautiful, intricate frescoes and decor crafted using opulent, mineral-based pigments? Those spaces where you stop in your tracks, your neck cranes and your jaw drops a little bit in pure wonder? We mention them because there is a similarity between viewing these scenes and experiencing artist Dan Hillier’s work, ‘Mother & Child’. Hillier’s limited edition print depicts the Madonna and child but, unusually for the artist – who is known for highly decorative images created with a palette of black and white (and a touch of gold) – it utilises a collection of fully saturated hues. You don’t have to be remotely religious to appreciate the power of this print, which is more a celebration of themes that include fertility and mother nature; both figures are crowned with an array of jewel-bright florals, while the mother is wrapped in a midnight-blue cloak of stars. Opulent, eye-catching and somewhat decadent (sort of the basic criteria for a Madonna and child image, if you look at the Renaissance masters) this print has proven incredibly popular.  So if you are experiencing some sort of art-based epiphany looking at it, you may want to pay attention as we predict that it won’t be in the gallery much longer. To find out more about this piece and other works by Dan Hillier at artrepublic Brighton, call us on +44 (0)1273 724829 and speak to one of our personal art advisors. The Fragility of Power by Elizabeth Waggett From her base in New York, British artist Elizabeth Waggett creates work that is designed to challenge and confront the viewer – that’s you – about concepts of value in a consumer society. Rather than creating imagery that directly points at over-consumption (gluttony), greed and whatever other of the seven deadly sins are relevant here, Waggett approaches her favoured theme a little more quietly… through images of animals, skulls and personal artifacts. Hand-drawing each subject in monochrome and finishing it with gold leaf and precious metal - a direct reference to the Gold Standard – Waggett creates an obvious tension between monetary wealth and other forms of value. So a lobster has its claws clamped with golden bands, a skull wears a gilded party hat and, in The Fragility of Power, a bull’s horns are daubed in a golden casing. What is the fragile and what is the powerful here? That is what this image forces you to ask. And the answer to that relies totally on your own personal perspective. As one of an edition of only 30, each finished with 22-karat gold, graphite and ink, this thought-provoking and intricately crafted print won’t be in the gallery much longer. We all know that you don’t mess about where bulls are concerned, and this is no exception. Keep an eye out for Waggett’s exclusive for artrepublic, which will be coming to the Brighton gallery soon. ‘Doe’ and ‘Stag’ by Dave White Having appeared in some of the earliest known examples of art, daubed on cave walls and dating as far back as a the Paleolithic era, deer have some seriously weighty symbolism attached to them. The mythological and heraldic status of deer (whether stags or does) was secured long before Walt Disney’s _Bambi_ first graced our screens in 1942, or Julie Andrews sang about them in _The Sound of Music_ in 1965, fixing them firmly in our pop-cultural consciousness. And so, artist Dave White’s expressively painted creatures tug something within us. Like his ‘Baby Gorilla’ images, you feel some sort of recognition when you come face to face with his ‘Doe’ and ‘Stag’ prints. Perhaps it’s the regal stance of the antlered male, or the soft expression of the female, but we’re compelled to take notice of the artist’s depictions of these beautiful animals. In particular, take a closer look at our last extra large ‘Doe’ print; one of a limited edition of 30, this female deer is hand-finished in 24-carat gold leaf, which merely adds to her aloof, slightly ethereal quality - initially achieved with loose, dynamic brushstrokes. And, with only a couple of White’s regular sized prints remaining in this exclusive artrepublic print release (50 each, all signed and numbered by the artist), you’ll want to catch them before they scamper from the gallery.     Call into our Brighton gallery today for further information on any of the artwork featured or call us on +44 (0)1273 724829 or email brighton@artrepublic.com, best be quick though as these pieces are right at the end of their edition!   For more news stories and events visit our Brighton Gallery page $test =
  • Coming Soon: Dave White Print Launch

    Meet the artist in our Brighton Gallery on Thursday 2nd November from 6pm. We are thrilled to announce that on Thursday 2nd November from 6 pm Dave White will be present in our Brighton Gallery for the launch of his hotly anticipated new Doe and Stag limited edition prints. There will be very ....
    Meet the artist in our Brighton Gallery on Thursday 2nd November from 6pm. We are thrilled to announce that on Thursday 2nd November from 6 pm Dave White will be present in our Brighton Gallery for the launch of his hotly anticipated new Doe and Stag limited edition prints. There will be very super special giveaways for those who attend on the evening. The first 25 people who purchase will be getting an extra special package, so get down early to avoid missing out! The evening will also present a rare chance to view Dave White’s other hugely sought after editions while enjoying a glass of bubbly on us, in our Brighton Gallery. Dave will be present signing and dedicating some of the editions on the evening, giving you the opportunity to meet one of our most popular artists! If you’d like to attend our Dave White print launch it’s important that your RSVP to events@artrepublic.com or call our gallery on 01273 724829 with your name, plus the names of any guests to be added to the list. Get down early as the first 25 to purchase will receive a special gift from Dave! Dave White Print Launch Thursday 2nd November 6 pm – 8 pm In our artrepublic Brighton Gallery RSVP - events@artrepublic.com or call 01273 724829 $test =
  • Damien Hirst’s Rare ‘Curare’ edition available in our Brighton Gallery

    Taken from the artists iconic ‘Spots’ series.  In our Brighton Gallery, we currently have available one of Damien Hirst’s exquisite spot prints ‘Curare’. Unlike many of the artist’s editions, this print has been created as a woodcut, giving the work a rich texture and unique qua....
    Taken from the artists iconic ‘Spots’ series.  In our Brighton Gallery, we currently have available one of Damien Hirst’s exquisite spot prints ‘Curare’. Unlike many of the artist’s editions, this print has been created as a woodcut, giving the work a rich texture and unique quality. The spots series began when Hirst was still a student at London’s Goldsmiths Art School. The works have been described as “essays in pure colour” and often refer to Hirst’s on-going fascination with medicine and pharmacological drugs.   ‘Curare’ was created by the master printers at Manifold editions. The precise and complex printing process has been described below. 1. Cherry wood is cut to an exact circle by a laser.   2. A brayer is used to roll the ink onto the cherry-wood face to give an exact paint surface. Cherry wood is used as it absorbs the ink in the correct capacity.   3. The spots are inserted into the woodblocks of a printing press at the exact spacing required.   4. A larger roller is used to place the paper onto the cherry-wood blocks – the paper is 410gsm somerset white paper which is the right grammage to absorb the ink.   5.The pressure used needs to be exact to take the ink, but not too much to smudge.   6.The printing process is replicated for every print, so no two prints are exactly the same.   ‘I’ve always had a phenomenal love of colour… So that’s where the spot paintings came from ... It was just a way of pinning down the joy of colour’ – Damien Hirst In our Brighton gallery, we have a number of rare and sought after editions by Damien Hirst including his ‘Souls’ series of butterflies, additional spots prints and ‘The Cure’, the artist's series of pop-coloured medicinal pills. For more news stories and events visit our Brighton Gallery page. $test =
  • Spotted in our Brighton Gallery: Mike Kerr from band Royal Blood

    The local rockstar was adding to his art collection.  Recently we were thrilled to welcome to our Brighton Gallery Mike Kerr, the singer from the hugely popular band local Royal Blood. Perfoming alongside drummer Ben Thatcher (who has also been in with us) the duo are well known for thei....
    The local rockstar was adding to his art collection.  Recently we were thrilled to welcome to our Brighton Gallery Mike Kerr, the singer from the hugely popular band local Royal Blood. Perfoming alongside drummer Ben Thatcher (who has also been in with us) the duo are well known for their modern take on traditonal blues rock with their debut album ‘Royal Blood’ receiving a Brit Award back in 2015 for best British Group. Mike Kerr (right) with Jake from our Brighton Gallery The band are no strangers to the art world having recruited artrepublic artist Dan Hillier to create the now iconic album artwork for their debut smash.  In an interview conducted with artrepublic at the time, Hillier explained the genesis of the ‘Pachamama’ image, that went on to become a sold-out print edition. “The band got in touch and commissioned me to make a new picture for them, which I did. Then Mike (lead singer) saw Pachamama and decided he wanted that because he was looking for something really feminine. I had to have a think about it because she’s quite precious to me, I really love that picture. I’m very glad they did use it, as it’s great to get it out there. It works as a good counterpoint to the music, which is very masculine.  It’s not this perfect match of art and music but it’s good to have that contrast there. I met up with the guys, we talked and got on well and they just asked for a picture without any sort of guidance, which really suits me.” – Dan Hillier on collaborating with Royal Blood. Whilst perusing in our Brighton Gallery Kerr picked up 'Alabama Make Up' by Brighton-based artist/photographer Matt Henry. Henry’s work explores the power of fiction through the photographic medium. Inspired by the politics and culture of the 1960s and 70s America, Henry’s work is driven by an attention to style and characterisation, each photograph beautifully designed, composed, and executed. We look forward to welcoming Mike Kerr to the gallery again very soon! For more news stories and events visit our Brighton Gallery page. $test =
  • Peter Blake raffle at our artrepublic Brighton Gallery raises £2,290 for Middle Street School

    The money will go towards a brand new Arts Centre. Our raffle to win a box set of limited edition Sir Peter Blake prints has raised £2,290 for Brighton’s Middle Street School. Hosted in our Brighton gallery, more than 450 raffle tickets were sold with all proceeds donated to the school. ....
    The money will go towards a brand new Arts Centre. Our raffle to win a box set of limited edition Sir Peter Blake prints has raised £2,290 for Brighton’s Middle Street School. Hosted in our Brighton gallery, more than 450 raffle tickets were sold with all proceeds donated to the school. The money will go towards transforming Middle Street Nursery, which recently closed due to budget constraints, into a brand new Arts Centre. With a reinforced dancefloor, big screen and blackout blinds, the space will not only be put to good use by Middle Street pupils, it will be available to hire to external groups and classes. Head teacher Julie Aldous commented: “With impending cuts we have to think about how we can make the school more self-reliant while ensuring our pupils continue getting the best education. While we’re very sad the nursery was forced to close, it’s presented us with an opportunity. “Reserved for school-use during school hours, the new Arts Centre will be available to hire in the evenings, weekends and during school holidays. We hope the space will become a great new venue for classes, children’s parties and possibly even events and screenings during the Brighton Festival.” artrepublic founder Lawrence Alkin pictured with Middle Street head teacher Julie Aldous The revenue generated from hiring the space will feed back into the school budget, contributing to maintenance, new equipment and staffing costs. Lawrence Alkin, founder of artrepublic and parent to Miri Alkin who is in Year 2, presented the cheque to Middle Street School. He said: “It’s heartening that Peter Blake fans and the local community came together to raise a significant amount for the school. We’re all delighted the money will be put to such good use. I’m also genuinely impressed with the foresight and resilience of the school in using the money to make money at a time when school budgets are so uncertain.”   The prize - Sir Peter Blake's iconic Brighton Box Set The raffle winner is Annette from Hove who bought a ticket for her son after he purchased the Peter Blake box set during the original print release and later that evening accidentally left it in a local car park. When he returned it was gone. The box set includes five Brighton-inspired prints and is worth £1250. For more news stories and events visit our Brighton Gallery page. $test =
  • Free Louise McNaught Polar Bear Print!

    To celebrate the launch of Louise McNaught’s latest prints we are offering a FREE limited edition giclee with every order of a Louise McNaught work over £150, while stocks last. To claim your free print, purchase any of work by Louise McNaught over £150 (this includes framing) between the 15th ....
    To celebrate the launch of Louise McNaught’s latest prints we are offering a FREE limited edition giclee with every order of a Louise McNaught work over £150, while stocks last. To claim your free print, purchase any of work by Louise McNaught over £150 (this includes framing) between the 15th to 22nd of October 2017. This is a limited time promotion and we anticipate stock to run out quickly - so act fast! ‘Chilled’ This could be yours for free! Chilled by Louise Mc Naught 20 x 20cm Giclee Signed by Louise McNaught Limited Edition For ‘Chilled’, McNaught employs her signature ‘bleed’ motif, with soft, thin lines of fluorescent yellow paint running down the print to produce a gentle sense of dynamism and flow. The trails have been created by a large, white polar bear, half of his resplendent head dipped in the the brightly coloured paint. A brilliantly arresting print, McNaught has captured the power and dignity of the arctic creature with bold, artistic prowess. Louise has just released these two amazing new limited prints Royal Blue and Before Religion The work of Louise McNaught takes its inspiration form the natural world: raising the status of animals and creatures to the majestic and sublime, McNaught creates bold images, using striking colour and compositional techniques. VIEW ALL OF LOUISE MCNAUGHT'S WORK >> $test =

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