Monthly Archives: July 2018

  • Masters of art: Introducing artrepublic’s Modern Masters

    The latest exhibition in our Brighton gallery looks at the contemporary artists who draw inspiration from the Old Masters...and then make it modern. When it comes to art, how do you define a ‘master’? If you’re talking about the Old Masters – renowned artists such as Rembrandt, Leonardo....
    The latest exhibition in our Brighton gallery looks at the contemporary artists who draw inspiration from the Old Masters...and then make it modern. When it comes to art, how do you define a ‘master’? If you’re talking about the Old Masters – renowned artists such as Rembrandt, Leonardo da Vinci, Michaelangelo, Willem Kalf and Vermeer – then they’re the skilled painters, working in Europe between the Renaissance and the 1800s, who created some of the most incredible, realistic portraiture and juicy-looking still-lifes that had – and still have – ever existed. But in contemporary terms…? We’ve got a few ideas. And you can discover exactly what those are at our upcoming exhibition, Modern Masters, which runs at artrepublic’s Brighton gallery from 13-24 July 2018. Why Modern Masters? Well, we really couldn’t overlook the fact that among artrepublic’s family of artists we have some contemporary masters – artists whose work offers a nod to the work of the historical greats (see above) but moves it forward into the present day. Within the work of Iva Troj, Chris Kettle, Sarah Shaw, Jake Wood-Evans, Dylan Floyd, Cosmo Sarson and Dave White (and others) you can see threads of reference to the Old Masters’ imagery, styles or themes. From semi-abstract paintings feature glowing embers of colour that pop off the image’s surface in the manner of a Dutch still life to fantastical creatures and Renaissance-style nudes placed in wholly new settings, there’s a visual feast waiting to be discovered. And, because we don’t believe in anonymous or inaccessible art, we’ve spent some time getting to know the artists whose work we’re showcasing – covering everything from their Old Master inspirations to their contemporary studio rituals. Keep an eye on the gallery page in the run up to the exhibition, to read our interviews and find out a little more about our Modern Masters.   Visit the Modern Masters exhibition, between 13th-24th June 2018 at artrepublic Brighton. If you’re quick, you might also join the guest list for our preview evening on 12th June, visit our Eventbrite page for details. Read our interviews with artists taking part in the Modern Masters exhibition: Chris Kettle Iva Troj Dylan Floyd   For more news stories and events visit our Brighton Gallery page. $test =
  • Art At Your Fingertips: Marc Quinn’s latest prints are unique portraits of modern life

    The contemporary British artist’s ‘Prismatic Labyrinth’ series offers a thought-provoking social commentary on identity in the 21st century, in a highly unexpected way. Making a statement has never really been an issue for Marc Quinn. The artist first made waves in the art world back in....
    The contemporary British artist’s ‘Prismatic Labyrinth’ series offers a thought-provoking social commentary on identity in the 21st century, in a highly unexpected way. Making a statement has never really been an issue for Marc Quinn. The artist first made waves in the art world back in the Nineties with his self-portrait, ‘Self’, which was crafted from 10 pints of his own blood in a frozen silicone mould. Because of the nature of Quinn’s chosen material, the sculpture is reliant on electricity to maintain its form, thus making a statement about contemporary society’s need to always be plugged in, switched on and connected. Not bad for an opening gambit, right? Since then Quinn’s continued to make work that acts as a social commentary, covering everything from man’s dependency on, and troubled relationship with, technology (see ‘Garden’) to beauty and the widely-held desire for transformation (check out his sculptures ‘Alison Lapper Pregnant’ and ‘Siren’). Clearly, if you want to enter into a discourse about what it means to be human in today’s world, Marc Quinn may well be the artist to speak to. His latest work isn’t shy about saying something about current issues in society either. Through ‘Prismatic Labyrinth’, a trio of limited-edition prints, Quinn considers the tensions between the biological and the man-made – specifically, how one of our unique human markers has become a tool of surveillance culture. Drawing on the paintings and bronze casts that make up Quinn’s ‘Labyrinth’ series, the prints alter the way that we see our fingerprints. In his hands, the labyrinthine pathways that make up the tips of our fingers – and which are almost certainly unique to each of us – become a form of portraiture; the vitality and marbled colours within each line, or pathway, hint at the stories and experiences of the person who the prints belong to. But, because of their abstract nature, we can only guess at their meaning. The longer you think about these prints and what they represent, the easier it is to get drawn into (and lost in) a maze of questions: how much can we really know from a set of fingerprints? Are we talking about the labyrinths that mark out our fingertips, or the complex networks of society? Maps of our identity, or mapping out where we’ve been and what we’ve done? All of these seem quite relevant if you consider the contactless nature of contemporary society. As Quinn himself says ‘we (have) become encoded into a unique abstraction which is also profoundly figurative.’ Basically, we’re teetering on the edge of a rabbit hole of questions, many of which you may want to ponder when you see the prints in person, and some of which you may not want to tackle at all! So let’s step back to the artworks themselves. These thought-provoking talking points, are also interesting in terms of the process used to create them; the trio of giclee prints play with the tactile nature of their subject matter. Each of the edition of 60 is finished with a spot glaze, which is screen printed over the digital image to create a subtle ridge, similar to those found on our own fingertips. It all sounds very simple but, as we’ve seen, there is so much more to these prints than meets the eye. To experience Quinn’s prints in person, call into our Brighton gallery, where our Art Advisors will be happy to help. Tel. 01273 724829 or email brighton@artrepublic.com. For more news stories and events visit our Brighton Gallery page $test =
  • Live Screen Printing Event with Sara Pope

    Friday 27th July, 6-8:30pm, join the artist Sara Pope for a little after work fun at our special free screen printing demonstration evening. See pieces created before your eyes. With limited edition prints, produced and signed by the artist during the evening, also available for purchase. Bro....
    Friday 27th July, 6-8:30pm, join the artist Sara Pope for a little after work fun at our special free screen printing demonstration evening. See pieces created before your eyes. With limited edition prints, produced and signed by the artist during the evening, also available for purchase. Brought to you by Private Press Brighton. Artist Sara Pope. To take part in this free event, simply visit our Eventbrite page to register. Hope to see you there! For more news stories and events visit our Brighton Gallery page $test =
  • Join the monthly artrepublic Kids Club

    Saturday 21st July 10-11:30am, this month our guest artist is Joe Webb. Join Joe for an hour and a half of creative fun, with loads of great activities for the kids to enjoy. Please note: These events are very popular and have limited availability so please register early. Also, please be awa....
    Saturday 21st July 10-11:30am, this month our guest artist is Joe Webb. Join Joe for an hour and a half of creative fun, with loads of great activities for the kids to enjoy. Please note: These events are very popular and have limited availability so please register early. Also, please be aware that there will be photography and video of the event which will be used for marketing purposes by artrepublic and our affiliates. To take part in this free event, simply visit our Eventbrite page to register. Hope to see you there! For more news stories and events visit our Brighton Gallery page $test =
  • artrepublic Gallery Event: Spark True Stories

    Thursday 19th July 7-10pm, join us for Spark True Stories – a live true storytelling evening that’s taken London, Bristol and Glasgow by storm – now at artrepublic, Brighton. Share or hear stories on a different theme, with only three rules: the story has to be true, about the storytell....
    Thursday 19th July 7-10pm, join us for Spark True Stories – a live true storytelling evening that’s taken London, Bristol and Glasgow by storm – now at artrepublic, Brighton. Share or hear stories on a different theme, with only three rules: the story has to be true, about the storyteller and about 5 minutes long. The theme for our July event is: A Close Call Some close calls are wonderful, others are epic and life-changing. Take us on a fantastic five-minute-long journey to share your favourite close call or walk us through the nightmare of the most awkward, terrifying or sad story from your back-catalogue of life experiences. If you decide to share a story the audience will be there alongside you, rooting you on. To take part in this free event, simply visit our Eventbrite page to register. Hope to see you there! For more news stories and events visit our Brighton Gallery page $test =
  • artrepublic’s Modern Masters Interview: Iva Troj

    Discard the idea of silence in the studio, explore big ideas and challenge accepted truths – artist Iva Troj shares some insights into how she masters her artistic process. Through complex scenes, assembled in a classic Flemish style (layering mediums that include pastels, acrylics and oil pa....
    Discard the idea of silence in the studio, explore big ideas and challenge accepted truths – artist Iva Troj shares some insights into how she masters her artistic process. Through complex scenes, assembled in a classic Flemish style (layering mediums that include pastels, acrylics and oil paints between thin coats of varnish) Modern Master Iva Troj shares a unique and powerful view of the world. Reappropriating the traditional styling and motifs of art history – from Renaissance nudes to Japanese landscapes – she makes art that binds the historical to the present day, forcing us to question the real and imagined structures and stories around us. Ahead of artrepublic’s Modern Masters exhibition, we had a chat with Troj to find out more about her masterful work and the ideas and influences behind it. AR: Apart from artrepublic's Modern Masters, what Master – modern or historic, dead or alive, well-known or lesser-known – would you want to exhibit your work alongside Iva? IT: Artemisia Gentileschi – a follower of Caravaggio and one of the most important Renaissance masters of all time (that most people haven’t heard of). I would be scared to exhibit next to her since the woman is an absolute giant, but I think viewers might appreciate the comparison. AR: What is it about Gentileschi’s work that you find inspiring? IT: It is not her visual vocabulary that has inspired me the most (although that’s impressive) but her visual grammar, as in the way she told her stories. While her contemporaries and most artists today, both male and female, treat women as mere pawns in a game of female representation that serves the patriarchal perspective, Gentileschi made women the owners of their own narrative. She is mostly known for specific circumstances in her life rather than her incredible art which is such a shame. It’s definitely time to change the narrative in art history. AR: And what about figures beyond the art world? Is there anyone you consider to be a master of their industry? IT: I am in absolute awe of people like Rozsika Parker and Griselda Pollock – two art historians that have opened many people’s eyes when it comes to the representation of historically marginalized perspectives in contemporary art. Also, scientists like Neil deGrasse Tyson who have personally taken on society’s worst representatives for the sake of education in a world where ignorance is increasingly celebrated. That’s bravery added to mastery; one of the reasons why I studied for a second BA and a Masters in Science and Philosophy was because I wanted to come closer to that level of understanding of the world. Studying these subjects has greatly enhanced my art practice. It’s something I can definitely recommend. AR: Speaking of your practice, do you have any studio rituals that you follow when you get into your space each day? IT: Yes – I’ve been told it’s a slightly surprising ritual. I like listening to news shows and podcasts while painting. It’s how I keep the whole of my brain occupied. I find all that chatter about working in silence to be absolute nonsense. I don’t think humans can experience silence. Even in an isolation tank you’d hear your own heartbeat and that noise in your brain that’s constantly on. I deliberately avoid people who believe all of the world’s problems can be solved through meditation – it’s quite a hard thing to do in Brighton! Spiritual bypassing is as bad as watching commercial TV all day. I think more people should paint listening to John Oliver and Samantha Bee. AR: If you're feeling uninspired, what do you do to regain your creative mojo? IT: The only time I feel uninspired (which is almost never) is when I am overwhelmed by something mundane in my private life that would not be worth challenging through art. Conflicts inspire me and challenging conventional truths inspires me, so I read books or do theoretical research. The day I stop thinking about these things would be the day I start making bad art. Let’s hope that never happens. AR: What is the best piece of advice you were ever given in relation to your work? Or, what advice do you wish you had been given? IT: I wish that somebody had explained to me that skill and ideology/ philosophy go hand in hand in art. I also wish that somebody explained the male gaze to me when I was a girl so I would be aware of its pitfalls. If I understood that early on I would have prepared better. At the same time, understanding these things is a necessary part of the growth process. AR: Finally, finish this sentence: When I was little, I always wanted to... IT: …learn to paint so well that I could change the stories in Renaissance Art. I didn’t believe I could do it because I was a girl, but I secretly dreamed of being Leonardo, painting murals and building incredible machines. I never dreamed of being a modern artist like Picasso. Picasso had a huge following among my all male art teachers and, as a young girl, I thought that his art reeked of toxic masculinity.   Iva Troj is exhibiting her work as part of our Modern Masters exhibition, visit the exhibition, between 13th-24th June 2018 at artrepublic Brighton. If you’re quick, might also join the guest list for our preview evening on 12th June, visit our Eventbrite page for details. Visit our main Modern Masters exhibition page for full details or pick up our latest printed artzine during your next visit to our gallery. Read other interviews by artists taking part in the Modern Masters exhibition: Chris Kettle Dylan Floyd   For more news stories and events visit our Brighton Gallery page. $test =
  • Meet artrepublic’s Modern Masters: Dylan Floyd

    From historic party animals to the rules of surviving your infant children, artist Dylan Floyd shares some insights into how he masters his own creative practice. Like a number of the Old Masters, artrepublic Modern Master Dylan Floyd has painted walls (albeit in the dead of night) created fant....
    From historic party animals to the rules of surviving your infant children, artist Dylan Floyd shares some insights into how he masters his own creative practice. Like a number of the Old Masters, artrepublic Modern Master Dylan Floyd has painted walls (albeit in the dead of night) created fantastical beasts and played with the contexts and symbols of religious iconography. We caught up with him ahead of the exhibition at our Brighton gallery to talk everything masterful – from heroes and villains to getting a firm grip on creativity. AR: Just for a moment, put artrepublic’s own Modern Masters aside. If you could exhibit your work alongside any Master – modern or historic, dead or alive, well-known or lesser-known – who would it be? DF: Well firstly, with a title like that I’m flattered to be asked to take part in this show so thank you for the invitation. Who would I like to exhibit alongside? I think I’d pick Caravaggio. Obviously I’m massively inspired by chiaroscuro and he was an absolute master of the technique, so aesthetically it might work. But aside from the art side of things, apparently he was an absolute hell-raiser, so you know the opening night would be a lot of fun. AR: Beyond the art world, who do you think is a master of their industry? DF: It’s not really an industry but I’d have to pick President Trump for being an absolute master of the long con. A con artist extraordinaire. Fair play to him for being (in my opinion) the biggest lying, narcissistic, racist, misogynistic shit bag this planet has ever produced. Impressive. AR: Getting back to integrity in your work – do you have any studio rituals that help get you started each day? DF: Well, my studio is at home in the garden and I have a 10 month-old daughter who doesn’t like to sleep much, so my ritual consists of ingesting as much strong coffee as I can handle, turning the radio up and getting my head down while I can. I try not to make eye contact with my daughter when I’m working or I can’t help myself but go and play. That’s the secret, don’t look into their eyes. AR: Got it, no eye contact! If you're feeling uninspired, what do you do to regain your creative mojo? DF: I just keep drawing. Draw anything, draw terribly, make mistakes and don’t worry about it. And when you eventually look back on them, you sometimes find that you can see good things in those bad pictures. Mistakes can be incredibly rewarding. AR: In fact, that’s a great piece of advice. What’s the best advice you were ever given in relation to your own work? DF: The best piece of advice is what I tell myself every day. Don't stop. This path I’ve taken does not end, you never retire from making art, you can always improve, so don’t stand still, don’t rest on your laurels, don’t stop. AR: And finally, finish this sentence: When I was little, I always wanted to... DF: Be taller.   Dylan Floyd is exhibiting his work as part of our Modern Masters exhibition, visit the exhibition, between 13th-24th June 2018 at artrepublic Brighton. If you’re quick, might also join the guest list for our preview evening on 12th June, visit our Eventbrite page for details. Visit our main Modern Masters exhibition page for full details or pick up our latest printed artzine during your next visit to our gallery. Read other interviews by artists taking part in the Modern Masters exhibition: Chris Kettle Iva Troj   For more news stories and events visit our Brighton Gallery page. $test =
  • Introducing artrepublic’s Modern Masters: Chris Kettle

    Ritualistic rain dances to Radiohead, via the Dutch Masters – we chat to artist Chris Kettle about the route to creative mastery.   Still life paintings that are charged with light and drama – these are the domain of the original Dutch masters. But Brighton-based artist Chris Kettle h....
    Ritualistic rain dances to Radiohead, via the Dutch Masters – we chat to artist Chris Kettle about the route to creative mastery.   Still life paintings that are charged with light and drama – these are the domain of the original Dutch masters. But Brighton-based artist Chris Kettle has stepped into this traditional territory and made it contemporary, blending his formal scenes’ specific details with an energy-filled abstraction that feels playful and leaves something to the imagination. Want to know more about the artist behind these paintings? Read on… AR:  artrepublic's set you up with a cohort of Modern Masters, but which Master – modern or historic, dead or alive, well-known or lesser-known – would you love to exhibit your work alongside? CK:  I'm enjoying the work of the 17th-century Dutch Master Willem Kalf at the moment. Although I'd love to show alongside him it would be pretty daunting as his work has endured and survived for centuries, and still stands up to anything created today. AR: And what about beyond the art world; who do you think is a master of their industry? CK:  I think Radiohead are true masters of their craft; they're complex, progressive and intangible... and that’s the first thing that popped into my head when I heard the question! AR: Speaking of firsts, what is the first thing you do when you get into your studio space each day? CK: I'd love to say that I do a ritualistic rain dance in the studio garden, swathed in white linen, welcoming in the creative gods of painting... but back to reality! I have found that cycling (fairly rapidly) to the studio, usually against the wind, clears the mind enough to arrive with a bit of focus; it's a kind of meditation I guess?  As soon as I get inside the first ritual is tea (predictable), tune to Radio 6 or 4 (easy), try not to procrastinate (not so easy) ...then paint (dead easy...ahem) AR: On the days where painting isn’t so easy, and you're feeling uninspired, what do you do to regain your creative mojo? CK: I go back to anything that seems more like fun, in painting terms – such as the paintings I call studies or sketches, which can be more experimental and freer always help spark new ideas and inspiration. AR: Sounds like a great way to move forward. What is the best piece of advice you were ever given in relation to your work? CK: Try and ignore any perceived 'competition' with others out there – although that’s often easier said than done – it's always distracting. And definitely avoid competitions. AR: And finally, finish this sentence: When I was little, I always wanted to... CK: Be a bit bigger.   Chris Kettle is exhibiting his work as part of our Modern Masters exhibition, visit the exhibition, between 13th-24th June 2018 at artrepublic Brighton. If you’re quick, might also join the guest list for our preview evening on 12th June, visit our Eventbrite page for details. Visit our main Modern Masters exhibition page for full details or pick up our latest printed artzine during your next visit to our gallery. Read other interviews by artists taking part in the Modern Masters exhibition: Iva Troj Dylan Floyd . For more news stories and events visit our Brighton Gallery page. $test =
  • artrepublic launches Art Related Nonsense Podcast

    Art Related Nonsense Podcast Hosted by Inspiring City Ever wondered why contemporary art is considered art at all? Or stood in a gallery pondering the story behind a famous artist’s life or the meaning of their piece de resistance? Think all art is nonsense? Then let us debunk some artistic ....
    Art Related Nonsense Podcast Hosted by Inspiring City Ever wondered why contemporary art is considered art at all? Or stood in a gallery pondering the story behind a famous artist’s life or the meaning of their piece de resistance? Think all art is nonsense? Then let us debunk some artistic myths and weave you some stories as we discuss a whole lot of art-related nonsense with the people who make creativity their life’s work – artists (in case that wasn’t clear!). Our podcast, Art Related Nonsense, is hosted by Stuart from the award-winning art blog, Inspiring City. Read more about our latest podcast at the Inspiring City website. Get the podcast on ITunes or Android For more news stories and events visit our Brighton Gallery page.   $test =

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