Monthly Archives: May 2018

  • Silver Anniversary Gifts: How is artrepublic celebrating 25 years in its Brighton gallery?

    The first of a series of exciting launches for artrepublic Brighton, our new gallery space is just the tip of the creative iceberg. Want to know what else we have in store for you? Read on... artrepublic has been a fixture on Brighton’s Bond Street for 25 whole years, can you believe it? So we ....
    The first of a series of exciting launches for artrepublic Brighton, our new gallery space is just the tip of the creative iceberg. Want to know what else we have in store for you? Read on... artrepublic has been a fixture on Brighton’s Bond Street for 25 whole years, can you believe it? So we kicked off our silver anniversary at the start of this year’s Brighton Festival/ Brighton Fringe Festival with the launch of our brand-new gallery area. Expanding next door to double the gallery space – both floor and walls – means that we can commit even further to doing what we do best: finding, showcasing and sharing art by the best emerging and established artists out there. And what better way to open than with a big old party, complete with the unveiling of a brand-new sculptural edition by Magnus Gjoen, There Are Some Dead Who Are More Alive Than The Living, created exclusively for artrepublic? It was lucky we had all that extra space as the gallery was packed; a number of artrepublic’s family of artists dropped in for a drink with our team, as well as new and existing customers, and Brighton local Norman Cook (aka Fatboy Slim) also popped in to raise a glass with us. If you didn’t make it down to the opening, you can drop by to see us and check out our current lineup any time. The whole gallery has been spruced up and rehung, and you’ll now find a series of originals alongside our ever-changing collection of limited-edition prints, many of which can be bought using the Own Art scheme – just ask one of our art advisors for more information if you’re not sure. But that’s not all, not even by a long shot. We have this new space to play with, and we want to share it with you all. So we’re planning a monthly programme of creative events and art-related happenings, from kids’ art workshops led by artrepublic’s professional artists to true storytelling evenings with Spark, who host regular events in London, Bristol and Glasgow. We’ll be sharing more details of each of our upcoming events with you soon, so you can get the dates in your diary, book your place and join in the fun.   We don’t want to overload you with information, but if you have any questions about our new gallery, upcoming events or want to discuss our podcast, drop by the gallery or call us on 01273 724829 to speak to one of our art advisors. If you subscribe to our newsletters, keep an eye on your email inbox (as well as on the blog) for more updates as we have them. For more news stories and events visit our Brighton Gallery page. $test =
  • Come one, come all: Our annual Art Yard Sale is back, Sun 3rd June, 2018

    Step inside our Brighton Fringe Festival street market, and buy art direct from the artists who create it The Fringe Festival event we’ve been waiting for the entire month of May is almost here – it’s so close we can almost touch it! Yes, we’re talking about the annual artrepublic Art ....
    Step inside our Brighton Fringe Festival street market, and buy art direct from the artists who create it The Fringe Festival event we’ve been waiting for the entire month of May is almost here – it’s so close we can almost touch it! Yes, we’re talking about the annual artrepublic Art Yard Sale and yes, maybe we’re a little biased. But we’re excited because we genuinely love sharing this event with you. This coming Sunday (3rd June 2018) we’ll be setting up shop/ stalls in Jubilee Square in Brighton where, between 11am and 5pm, a great selection of artrepublic’s family of artists will be turning into market hawkers for the day, selling their artworks to you direct. Here's a taste of last year's event If you’ve never been to the Art Yard Sale before and that’s all a little too vague for you, this is what you need to know: The artrepublic Art Yard Sale has been running for the past three years and, despite the crazy weather in its first year, the event has become bigger and more popular each year. The lineup of artists changes each year, so you never experience the same sale twice. This year you’ll find a range of talent from Art + Believe to Joe Webb, via RYCA, COY! Communications, Maria Rivans and Benjamin Thomas Taylor, to name just a few. COY! Communications Benjamin Thomas Taylor Joe Webb The joy of the sale is that the artists themselves sell their work to you directly, whether it’s limited edition prints, one-off originals or special-price works. The pieces cross a whole range of styles, techniques and finishes, so there really is something for everyone. artrepublic ‘funny’ money is the only money accepted by the artists on site, for various reasons including general security. It’s not quite the same thing as Monopoly money, but it works like this: on the day of the sale, you can change regular cash (pound sterling, that is) for artrepublic money in our nearby gallery on Brighton’s Bond Street, between 9 and 11am. You can also change money at the sale itself, but we would recommend doing it early so you don’t miss out on the art you have your eye on. (See more about our ‘funny’ money T&Cs at the Art Yard Sale website) As well as art, there’s live music and performances throughout the day from the best of Brighton’s very own buskers – show them a little love if you’re enjoying their work, too. We think that’s enough reasons for you to come join in the fun in the North Laines this Sunday, 3rd June, 11am-5pm. Help us see the Brighton Fringe Festival out in style. If you need any further information about the Art Yard Sale, visit artyardsale.co.uk or drop into the gallery to ask one of our art advisors. For more news stories and events visit our Brighton Gallery page. $test =
  • Making shapes: contemporary sculptures at artrepublic

    Who said artrepublic only sells limited edition prints? If you like your art in three dimensions, we have some provocative sculptures on show, and we’re not referring to marble busts. What is sculpture? Where did it start? Is it relevant to the contemporary art world or is 3D design just about ....
    Who said artrepublic only sells limited edition prints? If you like your art in three dimensions, we have some provocative sculptures on show, and we’re not referring to marble busts. What is sculpture? Where did it start? Is it relevant to the contemporary art world or is 3D design just about history and public monuments? The short answer to that is: sculpture and sculpted forms have been around for hundreds of thousands of years, and continue to be integral to art today. Anyone who watched even a snippet of the recent BBC series Civilisations will know that some of the earliest, most mind-bending art was carved from tiny pieces of mammoth ivory more than 25,000 years ago. From there, sculpting just got bigger, evolving with the art movements and tastes of each society – from Greek and Roman allegories to Michaelangelo’s David and Rodin’s The Thinker, Alexander Calder’s kinetic sculptures to Barbara Hepworth’s organic carvings and Rachel Whiteread’s monumental casts. We don’t really need to point out that that incredibly reductive list barely makes a dent in the back catalogue of marble/ bronze/ stone/ papier-mache/ found-object forms, or the vast number of creatives who made this their chosen medium throughout history and across continents. So much of the world around us is formed in three dimensions, but as an art form sculpture can be confusing – even when we’re taught about it (briefly) at school, we initially encounter sculpture in two-dimensional formats, such as books and photos. And while that’s fine, in order to understand sculpture these forms really needs to be experienced in person. How do you ‘get’ sculpture or understand how it is made? You walk around it, touch it (if it’s not rigged with alarms!), peer closely at the details or stand at a distance to take in the whole form. For that reason, at artrepublic we like encourage you to check out our sculptural pieces in person in the gallery. They may not be the same scale as some of the most famous pieces of sculpture out there – whether cool marble figures, carefully chiselled reliefs or surrealist bicycles – but the same rules apply. artrepublic revealed one of our most recent examples of sculptural art as we launched our new, bigger gallery space; Magnus Gjoen’s ‘There Are Some Dead Who Are More Alive Than The Living.’ This was a project that we worked on closely with Gjoen, who is known for his highly decorative art prints that juxtapose the deadly and the beautiful. These themes are present in his sculptural work too – a porcelain skull decorated with a blue delftware-style pattern, which weaves around the cranium, combining the everyday with the ‘some day’ and confronting us with death and beauty simultaneously. Each of the numbered edition of 50 comes in a wooden presentation box, reminiscent of an archive or archeological crate, which creates an additional sense of the past and present colliding. When viewing it you can hold it in your hands, but do try not to go all Hamlet on us! Speaking of the tug of war between beauty and death in art, you might also want to take a look at the carved glass sculptures of Born To Kiln, aka Jimmy South. The glass artist uses his work to provoke conversations around contemporary global and political issues – in particular violence and war. His free-blown glass pieces, which are cut, ground, polished and sandblasted into ammunitions-shaped objects, personify the delicate balance between war and peace, beauty and horror. Take a closer look at ‘The Spoils’ – a handmade glass grenade form that’s filled with 22ct gold flecks, floating in distilled water. From a limited edition of 12, this weighty piece fits in the palm of your hand, but its weapon-based form and the glow of the gold from within the cut glass makes you stop to think about the message Born To Kiln wants to share. That’s just a taste of the power of sculpture. Sculpture isn’t all heavy materials though. Just ask the Surrealists, Dadaists and Pop Artists (if you can get hold of one) who were more playful in their approach to sculpted forms. Yes, there were still motives and messages behind the work, but just look at Claes Oldenburg’s soft sculptures and, well, any of Marcel Duchamp’s creations and you can see part of the reason why they attracted attention: they were a world away from the traditional sculpted forms that came before them. Artist Lucy Sparrow nods to this heritage – as well as to the work of Damien Hirst – in her Pop-Art-like cabinets. Fully stocked with soft, felt replicas of real objects with a toy-like quality, these 3-D pieces are actually Sparrows way of exploring human needs and desires, from sex to consumerism. Not quite what you expect when you first see the colourful pieces from a distance. We are also in the final stages of a project with Brighton-based street artist Eelus, who has designed a special limited edition sculptural piece that will be launched at artrepublic very soon. Keep an eye on our emails and social media for more details. We can’t share the details with you just yet, but we can tell you that this sculpture series is very special – you won’t want to miss it. To see some of these sculptural and three-dimensional pieces for yourself, stop by the artrepublic gallery on Brighton’s Bond Street.   $test =
  • Reclaimed Icons: the latest artistic output from Sir Peter Blake

    Known for holding a magnifying glass up to popular culture via his artworks, Sir Peter Blake has placed BBC television history, everyday icons and contemporary tattoo culture at the heart of his latest pieces. You know someone has made an impact on the creative industry – and the culture beyond ....
    Known for holding a magnifying glass up to popular culture via his artworks, Sir Peter Blake has placed BBC television history, everyday icons and contemporary tattoo culture at the heart of his latest pieces. You know someone has made an impact on the creative industry – and the culture beyond – when he gets awarded a Knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II. Sir Peter Blake is one such figure. Knighted back in 2002 for his services to Art, the prolific painter, printmaker and collage artist has not taken the honour as cue to sit on his laurels. If anything, he’s doubled down and produced even more work – a business-as-usual attitude that means plenty of new pieces of his art to fix on your radar. The artrepublic curators picked up some examples of Blake’s latest work at the recent London Original Print Fair, all of which show his versatility as an image maker, as well as the sheer breadth of his creative output; from collage to painting to silkscreen printing, Blake does it all. Some of the work that Blake is most famous for producing uses his distinctive collage style, blending elements of pop culture to build a scene or shape an image. Fans of this particular creative approach (we’ll point you towards the well-referenced Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band artwork if you’re fresh to Blake’s work) will be happy to know that the artist has returned to this medium once again to create four new editions: BBC1, BBC2, BBC3 and BBC4. Spoiler alert: a major clue about their content is in the titles! Against the backdrop of the iconic (and now-repurposed) BBC Television Centre aka Broadcasting House, Blake has assembled (or collaged) groups of much-loved actors, television personalities and children's characters associated with the national treasure that is the Beeb. Spanning the decades since the station was established, the crowds include comedians Morecambe and Wise, the late Sir Terry Wogan, Tony Hart and athlete Jessica Ennis-Hill, as well as characters Rupert Bear and The Magic Roundabout's Florence and Dougal. Looking at these four giclee prints is like playing a who’s who of television history and popular culture, and we can’t get enough of them. Nor can Soho House, which has some of Blake’s work hanging in its brand-new White City House, located in a section of the Television Centre building depicted within the art! Moving from one set of icons to another equally glitz- and glitter-filled selection of prints, take a look at The Reclaimed Icons, a work-in-progress series that’s due to become a set of 10 silkscreen prints, each in an edition size of 50. Blake has taken familiar images from particular moments in history – such as the classic travelling circus clown and a cat in a sash – and reworked them for the 21st century using vibrant inks and metallic glitters. We’re intrigued to see what other icons make it into this collection, and will be watching closely as Blake unveils them in all their shimmering glory. And speaking of uncovering something new, check out the latest addition to Blake’s Tattooed People series. ‘Tattooed Ladies’ depicts two women against a royal blue background, naked except for the tattoos that adorn their skin – both black and white. Heavily inked with a variety of colourful designs, there’s plenty of detail to take in within this playful image. The watercolour portrait (a favourite medium for Blake) has been released as a signed limited edition archival inkjet print (from a set of 50). As we said, Sir Peter Blake has been busy drawing on the vast and varied array of icons and cultural references available to us – from both the past and the present day. Now it’s your turn to dedicate some time to these artworks… we think that choosing which one is your favourite may take a while. If you need a sounding board, try chatting to one of our art advisors. $test =
  • Drop the beat: renowned photographer Lyle Owerko adds his Boombox series to the mix at artrepublic

    Described by some as a ‘cultural anthropologist’, California-based photojournalist Lyle Owerko documents everything from African tribal culture to overlooked everyday objects, following his curiosity to bring viewers a fresh perspective. If you’ve been watching the Netflix series The De....
    Described by some as a ‘cultural anthropologist’, California-based photojournalist Lyle Owerko documents everything from African tribal culture to overlooked everyday objects, following his curiosity to bring viewers a fresh perspective. If you’ve been watching the Netflix series The Defiant Ones recently, you’ll have an appreciation for the innovators and artists who were intrinsic to the rise of hip-hop. You’ll also be far more aware of the various mediums used to share and market this particular musical and cultural dialogue, including the speakers and headphones that were developed to hear the beats and bass as intended by producers such as Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. photo Chang W. Lee c/o The New York Times But Dre, Beats and Apple are far from the only individuals and brands interested in the hardware and tech associated with the music industry. Artists in other arenas are too. Step up Lyle Owerko – the New York-based photographer and filmmaker who is known for his on-the-ground coverage of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center – his image The Second Plane later graced the cover of TIME magazine – as well as editorial and fine art photographic projects created during his global travels. But that’s not all. Owerko also has a real passion for music, saying ‘I can’t create art – sometimes I can’t even think – unless I have music on.’ For him, a device to play music in his studio or wherever he is working is crucial. And that is where the photographer’s interest in the boombox began. ‘It isn’t just an audio device, it’s an icon of many types of movements,’ he says in the trailer that accompanies his book, The Boombox Project: The Machines, The Music And The Urban Underground. For Owerko, the boombox, aka the ghetto blaster or jam box, is an object of empowerment; it offered a way to open up the dialogue of a generation and brought that quite literally to the streets, not only via hip-hop and rap, but also punk, thrash metal, pop and guitar anthems. This view of the boombox – as an object of rebellion and empowerment – led to Owerko seeking out and documenting a whole host of models from their peak period of use, the 1980s, to form a photographic documentary. And, as we welcome Lyle Owerko into our family of artrepublic artists, we are delighted to be able to share some of these prints with you in the gallery. As the photographer points out, each of these boomboxes has a personality. There is a story attached to every one of them, and no two models are the same. Shot against a plain white backdrop, the tech begins to speak for itself (not quite Transformers style, don’t worry). From the dulled chrome finish and multiple dials of one to the matte-black dual cassette decks and primary-colour highlights of another, each is an example of industrial design and contemporary (1980s) engineering. More than that though, they are – in Owerko’s words – the battle shields of a generation. A boombox declares its owner’s tastes and the urban and musical tribe they associated with. And just like that, you begin to understand the photographer’s interest in them. Each individual boombox holds a story, collectively they contain a history – of technological  innovation as well as of a series of cultural and musical conversations that changed the face of the music industry. You’re not just seeing a chunky, dated tape deck any more, are you? You can thank the curiosity of Lyle Owerko for that. See more of the photos from Owerko’s Boombox Project, and start your own dialogue with our art advisors, in the gallery  or online from 19th May. $test =
  • Big Names In Print: a closer look at Albert Irvin, Joe Tilson and Tess Jaray editions

    Get up to speed on the latest collectable artworks by a range of respected international artists at artrepublic. In the spotlight this week, a trio of British artists: Albert Irvin, Joe Tilson and Tess Jaray. Founded in Leather Market in 1967, Advanced Graphics is now one of London’s longest ru....
    Get up to speed on the latest collectable artworks by a range of respected international artists at artrepublic. In the spotlight this week, a trio of British artists: Albert Irvin, Joe Tilson and Tess Jaray. Founded in Leather Market in 1967, Advanced Graphics is now one of London’s longest running print studios. Specialising in screen printing and woodblock printing, over the past 50 years the studio has worked with some of the biggest names on the British art scene - think Royal Academicians such as Patrick Caulfield and Albert Irvin – to produce print editions. What happens when this technical heritage meets talent? Some pretty special art, that’s what. Capture something of the ‘experience of being in the world’ via the energetic abstract expressionist artwork of Albert Irvin. Colourful and joyful, the British artist’s paintings showcase a highly gestural quality - they are absolutely packed with movement and life. This is not something that was lost in translation between the artist’s paintings and his silkscreen print editions; if anything the quality and vibrancy of the colour palette is even crisper and more distinct in the latter. You can see exactly what we mean with ‘Ranelagh’ and ‘Sangora’ - both from limited editions of 225 and 150 respectively - which showcase an almost Pop-Art-like sensibility. However, rather than locate themselves in a particular era of art history, their bold, bright colours and patterns awaken our senses and bring us firmly into the present. Waking up to see this on the wall would boost your mood instantly we reckon! Other artists draw on the past to create images in the present. Originally associated with the British Pop Art scene of the 1960s and 1970s, Joe Tilson brought more to the movement than his training from St Martin's and the Royal College of Art – he also prided himself on the practical construction skills he gained at Brixton School of Building before the Second World War. This focus on the structural is reflected in the block-coloured stacked form at the centre of ‘Ziggurat’, which was inspired by the massive stepped stone structures built in ancient Mesopotamia. Tilson simplified the form back to a tiered pyramid shape to create this limited edition print (in a run of 300), which is one in a series of the same name. Each image in the Ziggurat series – which has been featured in exhibitions at galleries that range from Britain’s Tate to New York’s MoMA – explores the same central form but with a different approach each time. With its bold blocks of colour, this Tilson print is a Pop Art era classic and a shrewd addition to any modern art collection. Another influential figure in the British art scene with a preoccupation with the built environment, painter and printmaker Tess Jaray has spent much of her career investigating the effects of geometry, pattern, repetition and colour on space. The terrazzo floor designed by Jaray for mainline train station London Victoria, is just one example of how the artist has made her mark on familiar public spaces. Make a mark on your own space with one (or both) of Jaray’s silkscreen prints, such as ‘Citadel Dark’ and ‘Citadel Light’ – currently both available at artrepublic. Each from a limited edition of just 25, these artworks show exactly how Jaray has brought the Pop Art sensibility into the 21st century. Channelling her fascination with geometric forms that recur in architecture throughout history, Jaray creates soft zig-zag lines in the vertical panels of the two prints, confounding the viewer’s expectation of flat harmony. Introduce a little of the British Pop Art aesthetic into your home with these rare limited editions. Drop by our Brighton gallery and speak to one of our art advisors or, if you’re not local, check out these artists' work online at artrepublic.com.   $test =
  • Back Once Again: the Art Yard Sale at Brighton Fringe Festival

    From street artists to selling art on the streets of Brighton, close out your Festival experience at this year’s Art Yard Sale. The Brighton Festival and Brighton Fringe Festival 2018 may have only just started, but if we know anything about these two annual arts events - which are among the bigg....
    From street artists to selling art on the streets of Brighton, close out your Festival experience at this year’s Art Yard Sale. The Brighton Festival and Brighton Fringe Festival 2018 may have only just started, but if we know anything about these two annual arts events - which are among the biggest in the UK - it’s this: they fly by. You barely get your hands on the programmes and circle the things you want to see, before the tickets for all the art, comedy, theatre and family events have flown out the doors of the ticket office… and taken both of the May Bank Holidays and David Shrigley (this year’s main Festival guest director) with them. So, with that in mind, consider this your five-minute (or three-week) warning: The annual Art Yard Sale is back on 3 June, and we’re planning to close the 2018 Brighton Fringe Festival on a high. If you’ve never been to the Art Yard Sale before, this is what you have been missing… The opportunity to buy contemporary art, direct from the artists who create it, all in a fun, family-friendly environment in Brighton’s North Laine. Yes, you get to meet the likes of Bonnie and Clyde, Dan Hillier, Eelus and a whole host of other artrepublic favourites, have a chat with them and buy their work. And better still, all of the artists who participate are sharing (and selling) artworks and prints that have either been created specifically for the Art Yard Sale event, or are being sold at a one-off reduced price that you won’t find anywhere else. The unique art event was started in 2015 after we at artrepublic, the main visual art sponsor of Brighton Fringe Festival for many years, decided it was about time we ran our own event.  ‘We wanted a way to get involved in the energy of the Festival season ourselves,’ says Lindsay Alkin, the event’s founder. ‘The result is the Art Yard Sale, which fits perfectly with the local, hands-on, creative ethos of the Fringe.’ The line-up of artists changes each year, so you won’t get the same experience twice, but there is never a shortage of creatives from the artrepublic family who want to get involved.  For us, it’s all about embracing the festival spirit and sharing new things. ‘We aim to bring you a really broad selection of art – from street art to illustration to sculpture – so people can discover new artists and types of work that they may not have thought about before,’ says Lindsay. ‘It sounds really cheesy, but it’s genuinely amazing to see all these people coming to the Art Yard Sale and leaving with a big smile on their faces because of art. That’s what it should do.’ This year’s lineup is yet to be finalised, so keep an eye on our upcoming blogs, the Art Yard Sale website and the artrepublic social media channels - over the next few weeks we’ll be sharing updates about this year’s event. $test =
  • Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous: Slim Aarons’ photography editions at artrepublic

    Take a seat beside the swimming pools of 1950s and 1960s high society, via the iconic images created by one of America’s celebrated lifestyle photographers, Slim Aarons. When you conjure up a visual of 1950s and 1960s America, what do you see? Something like a scene fresh from Mad Men, a Mari....
    Take a seat beside the swimming pools of 1950s and 1960s high society, via the iconic images created by one of America’s celebrated lifestyle photographers, Slim Aarons. When you conjure up a visual of 1950s and 1960s America, what do you see? Something like a scene fresh from Mad Men, a Marilyn Monroe movie or a David Hockney painting: Hollywood glamour, sunshine and blue skies, youth, fashion, stiff drinks, fast cars, modern homes and famous public figures? These images come directly from American popular culture and the advertising of the era, much of which drew heavily on the work of lifestyle photographers such as Slim Aarons. Aarons’ photos are synonymous with a particular mood and point in time - a post-War period of affluence and newness. Like Aarons (who had been a combat photographer during WWII), people wanted to leave the dark days of the war behind and celebrate the joys of modern American life. Modernist design was in demand and fresh ways of living were emerging among members of high society, whose jetset lives were seen as aspirational. And so, Aarons’ imagery of streamlined minimal homes with tanned guests or proud home-owners lazing around azure-blue swimming pools (see ‘El Venero’), or apres-ski gatherings amid Verbier’s powdered coolness (‘Snowmass Picnic’), was perfectly placed to tap into this. A regular contributor to magazines such as Life, Town & Country and Holiday, Aarons got a front-row view of the lives of figures such as the Kennedys, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly and Humphrey Bogart, and shared it with the masses. Travelling between locations such as Capri, the French Riviera, Verbier and Beverly Hills, he shot scenes that captured the public’s imagination – so much so, that his work became the inspiration for many a Madison Avenue ad exec who used his clean and colourful aesthetic to help peddle their products. You can see why though. Spend a little time with these images and you begin to feel like you know luxury. You might be on your sofa, but looking at ‘Eden Roc Pool’ or ‘Poolside Gossip’ it feels like you are sitting in the sunshine, on a clifftop in France or Italy, watching the party unfold from the comfort of your sun lounger. Aarons’ photos transport you to another time and place, where you can relax and sip cocktails by a pool or hang out at a garden party, casually rubbing shoulders with the bold and the beautiful while being, well, fabulous! Bring this feeling of relaxed, sun-filled glamour into your home and set the tone for everyday luxury with a timeless Slim Aarons print from artrepublic. We’ve got a wide selection in the gallery and online, with some special limited edition prints also coming very soon. To find out more, speak to one of our art advisors, or visit us in the Brighton gallery. $test =

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