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Monthly Archives: September 2019

  • Banksy breaks auction record with ‘Devolved Parliament’

    This piece reached over £9 million at Sotheby's. Combining dark humour with graffiti executed in a distinctive stencilling technique, Banksy’s satirical works of political and social commentary have made him one of the most notorious and sought-after street artists in the world. His abili....
    This piece reached over £9 million at Sotheby's. Combining dark humour with graffiti executed in a distinctive stencilling technique, Banksy’s satirical works of political and social commentary have made him one of the most notorious and sought-after street artists in the world. His ability to condense society's most complicated political situations into just one, deceptively simple image that is easy to share in our social media age means every piece he releases has a viral effect. The appearance of a new Banksy street art piece has the capacity to impact any location at any given moment known as ‘The Banksy effect’. With a limited number circulating since the early days of his career, his printed artwork is extremely rare. The hunger for his art was heightened since his infamous shredding stunt in 2018 when, ‘Girl With Balloon (2006)’ sold at Sotheby’s for £1 million before promptly shredding itself with a built-in mechanism within the frame in front of an aghast auction room. The prank only increased the value of the artwork which hangs in shreds in the Staatsgalerie museum in Stuttgart, Germany alongside Rembrant and Picasso. This month, Banksy’s ‘Devolved Parliament’ broke his previous record as it was auctioned at Sotheby’s this month. The depiction of the House of Parliament overrun with chimpanzees smashed the £2m estimate, reaching a staggering £9.9 million after a 13-minute bidding battle. Banksy’s reaction; “Record Price for a Banksy painting set at auction tonight. Shame I still didn’t own it”. In true maverick Banksy style, the latest surprise installation from the artist has popped up in Croydon town centre as a response to a greeting card company attempting to obtain legal rights to the name, Banksy. To prevent this, Banksy began selling his own trademarked merchandise in the shop named, ‘Gross Domestic Product’ which can only be viewed from the outside. He explains the goods available are handmade using “existing or recycled materials wherever possible. Including the ideas.” As one of the first galleries to invest in Banksy we are proud to have a selection of highly collectable Banksy prints available in our Brighton gallery. Contact our expert team if you are looking to invest in any of these artworks by Banksy – +44 (0)1273 724829 'Napalm' by Banksy 'Gangsta Rat' by Banksy 'Very Little Helps' by Banksy For more news stories and events visit our Brighton Gallery page $test =
  • Behind the Scenes with Bonnie and Clyde

    This week we dropped in to see contemporary collage artist, Bonnie and Clyde in her Brighton studio. Look out for her new print release event being held at artrepublic gallery on the evening of Friday 4th October. Formerly the Coronation cinema, her studio building in the heart of Brighton’s....
    This week we dropped in to see contemporary collage artist, Bonnie and Clyde in her Brighton studio. Look out for her new print release event being held at artrepublic gallery on the evening of Friday 4th October. Formerly the Coronation cinema, her studio building in the heart of Brighton’s North Laine has a light blue façade that wouldn’t look out of place in one of her collages. We take the winding and somewhat wobbly staircase up to Steph, the creative mind behind Bonnie and Clyde, surrounded by colourful collages of pastel skies, palm trees, architecture and signage in different textures and techniques that show her creative though process at work. After studying 3D design at Kingston University, Steph set up a successful graphic design business creating posters, brochures, book sleeves, signage and website to full festival campaigns. Her passion for photography grew and she began combining her self-taken photographs with her graphics skills and a new talent for screen printing to produce captivating mixed media collages. She begins by sifting through her extensive collection of photographs she has taken from her trips abroad. Physically taking the photos of her destination herself and picking up on the atmosphere, light and colour palette of her surroundings, she will take hundreds of pictures for her archives to work with later. She then scans them into her computer before starting the lengthy process of printing, scanning, cutting, layering, painting and passing back and forth between the computer and paper. Using a combination of monochrome and highly saturated areas of colour, with textured paint, elements of distressed, heavy paper and magazine cuttings her finished prints possess a level of depth only possible from such a labour of love. Her passion for travel is a thread woven throughout her collages as she merges different cities to create a dreamland that is familiar yet fictional. Highly emotive her new print work responds to socio-political environments intertwined with her own personal experiences. Immersing the viewer in beautiful and bizarre cityscapes. Join us on the 4th October for the exclusive release of her 3 new prints, exhibited for the first time at artrepublic gallery and available to buy for the first time. There will be drinks on arrival, a chance to meet the artist and expert advice from our friendly staff. Sign up at our eventbrite page or call our Brighton gallery for more information +44 (0)1273 724829.   For more news stories and events visit our Brighton Gallery page $test =
  • Lucy Sparrow presents, ‘Delicatessen on 6th’ at Rockefeller Centre, NYC

    The queen of felt creates a wonderful collection of fruit & veg, meats & cheeses to delight visitors. Having worked with felt from the age of 8, Lucy Sparrow’s has mastered her craft to create fully immersive and art installations with a truly remarkable attention to detail. Charming ....
    The queen of felt creates a wonderful collection of fruit & veg, meats & cheeses to delight visitors. Having worked with felt from the age of 8, Lucy Sparrow’s has mastered her craft to create fully immersive and art installations with a truly remarkable attention to detail. Charming and child-like, each piece is painstakingly hand painted in her UK workshop (or ‘Felt Cave’ as she calls it) to recreate everyday objects for a contemporary Pop Art feel. She has worked on a number of large scale projects such as ‘Triple Art Bypass’ – a felt depiction of an emergency operating theatre and consultation room; ‘Felt Art Imaginarium’ - an ambitious felt recreation of over 70 famous works of art replicated to exact size and her innovative ‘Cornershop’ where visitors could pick up their essentials in felt form – bread, milk, chocolate bars, newspapers and chewing gum were all given a felt makeover. Lucy Sparrow was featured in The Times talking about her upcoming exhibition, 'Delicatessen on 6th' at the Rockefeller Centre) Her highly anticipated next project, “Delicatessen On 6th” is soon to be unveiled at the Rockefeller Center, NYC. The display will be an impressive array of felt fruit, veg, cooked meats, cheese and bread as part of an upscale New York deli and all the pieces will be available to buy as part of the art experience. A selection of felt goods Lucy Sparrow has been preparing for her upcoming show 'Delicatessen on 6th' We are delighted to stock some smaller pieces which can recreate the Lucy Sparrow experience in your own home; ‘Such a Sad Time’ - A selection of pieces from her 2018 exhibition, ‘Sparrow Mart’ held at The Standard, Downtown LA, ‘Such a Sad Time’ is a kitchen cupboard style installation of everyday consumables as touchable toys. Featuring recognisable favourites from Heinz ketchup bottles to Jif peanut butter jars; tins of corned beef and packets of pasta; mayonnaise and canned chicken. 'His ’n’ Hers’ - A pair of bathroom cabinets, each containing gendered toiletries such as Brylcream, Viagra, and condoms for him and tampons, Canesten cream, and anti-ageing moisturiser for her. In true Lucy Sparrow style, the quirky artwork is celebratory of everyday items but also raises questions on the expectations placed different genders and how males and females are marketed differently in a consumerist world. Each cabinet is a limited edition of 50 and comes with signed certificate of authenticity and signed 'Felt World' book. For further information on these Lucy Sparrow pieces contact our Brighton gallery team on +44 (0) 1273 724829.   For more news stories and events visit our Brighton Gallery page $test =

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