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  • YBA at artrepublic: Ian Davenport’s Colour Splat editions are here!

    Ian Davenport’s name will forever be associated with the likes of Damien Hirst, Sarah Lucas and Gary Hume being, as he was, one of the 16 Goldsmiths students who hung the audacious Freeze exhibition in a London Port Authority building in Docklands in 1988. Known collectively since then as the YB....
    Ian Davenport’s name will forever be associated with the likes of Damien Hirst, Sarah Lucas and Gary Hume being, as he was, one of the 16 Goldsmiths students who hung the audacious Freeze exhibition in a London Port Authority building in Docklands in 1988. Known collectively since then as the YBA (Young British Artists), the group went on to become some of the best-known names of the British art world, both as a group and individually. Davenport picked up a Turner Prize nomination in 1991 for his abstract paintings, made up of layers of household paint poured, dripped and thrown on to tilted canvases - the final composition of each is all down to gravity and the consistency of the paint itself. A fact that’s even more striking when you consider the works that feature multiple stripes of colour. We’re surely not the only ones to ask: how is it that each shade remains so tonally pure? If we tried it ourselves, we’re almost certain we’d only produce a muddy mess. This organic creative process has continued to be central to the artist’s work, and has also been credited by Damien Hirst as the inspiration for his own ‘Spot’ series. Now though, Davenport has turned his attention more towards printmaking - in particular silkscreen printing and etching - and we are delighted to have a series of limited edition prints ready and waiting to share with you. In its original painted format the energy and power of Davenport’s ‘Colour Splat’ series is already impressive, but the technicalities of the screen printing process actually adds something else to the images. The layers of colour have to be individually applied meaning that each print pulled in the studio is unique and complex in its own way. These limited edition prints definitely need to be seen in person to fully appreciate the finer qualities of their finish. Why not drop by our Brighton gallery and ask one of our art advisors to show you the various colourful Splat pieces, each of which is signed by the artist. Just think, you have the possibility to show a YBA – who’s exhibited at the likes of the Tate in London and MoMA in New York – in your own home! We’d say that’s quite a draw. Discover these Ian Davenport prints online or visit our Brighton gallery, call 01273 724829 or email brighton@artrepublic.com. For more news stories and events visit our Brighton Gallery page. $test =
  • Messages From the Wild: Dave White’s Baby Gorilla

    Artist Dave White’s animal kingdom has evolved once again – after his Chimp print swiftly sold out. Various animals from Dave White’s menagerie/ studio have graced the artrepublic gallery recently, and now we are delighted to be able to share the artist’s limited edition Baby Gorilla pr....
    Artist Dave White’s animal kingdom has evolved once again – after his Chimp print swiftly sold out. Various animals from Dave White’s menagerie/ studio have graced the artrepublic gallery recently, and now we are delighted to be able to share the artist’s limited edition Baby Gorilla print with you. Available in small and extra large, the highly gestural giclee print – taken from the original oil and watercolour painting – depicts the expressive features of a young gorilla, an image that has extra pull as, on some level, we inevitably recognise something of ourselves in these primates. Not all that surprising, as they share 98.7 per cent of our genetic code (fun fact for you there!). White is known for celebrating popular culture and interpreting emotive issues within his work, and this piece is no exception; more than simply depicting the cuteness of a baby animal, or hinting at the similarities between humans and gorillas, it highlights the complex theme of endangered species. There are four species of gorillas living in the wild today, and all have either been classed as endangered or critically endangered. In painting these beautiful animals, White quite literally draws greater attention to them by confronting us with a face that we can’t (and don’t want to) look way from. It strikes us that, like the artist’s prints, baby gorillas are genuinely limited editions. How’s that for art that makes a statement? Discover our latest Dave White prints to buy online or visit of Brighton gallery, call 01273 724829 or email brighton@artrepublic.com. For more news stories and events visit our Brighton Gallery page. $test =
  • Masters of War: Pure Evil’s genius

    The street artist’s latest screen prints make a striking political statement Art isn’t always political – and it doesn’t have to be, either – but the links between the two arenas can be traced back a very long way – think everything from Picasso’s ‘Guernica’ and Jacob Epstein’....
    The street artist’s latest screen prints make a striking political statement Art isn’t always political – and it doesn’t have to be, either – but the links between the two arenas can be traced back a very long way – think everything from Picasso’s ‘Guernica’ and Jacob Epstein’s ‘Rock Drill’ right up to the majority of Banksy and Ai Wei Wei’s provocative artworks. The collision of political outrage and commentary with creativity can also be seen in the latest series of screen prints by Pure Evil. Titled ‘Masters of War’, the series is inspired by President Trump’s regularly antagonistic tweets, directly referencing his access to the nuclear ‘Button’. The limited edition of 100, which are printed on Fedrigoni paper and signed and numbered by the artist, show a suited arm with a single finger hovering over a tantalising red button. Available in three different colour ways – silver, gold and royal blue – stylistically the four-colour print draws on the work produced by Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein who, like Pure Evil, enjoyed packing his images with a little Western cultural critique. If this little piece of contemporary history doesn’t quite push your buttons, but you’re a fan of Pure Evil’s own brand of Pop portraiture, why not check out the latest ‘Smiling Jackie’, which has been reworked in two fresh colour ways – red & black and soft blue. You’ve also got a chance to get your hands on one of the limited edition Box Set 1s, featuring six prints of female icons, including Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy Onassis and our very own Queen Elizabeth. Hang the entire series on your walls and, we’d say, that’s certainly one way to make an artistic (or political) statement of your own. View our current collection of Pure Evil prints, including these latest releases at our Brighton Gallery. Call 01273 724829 or email brighton@artrepublic.com. For more news stories and events visit our Brighton Gallery page. $test =
  • Ben Eine Unveils His Biggest Mural To Date

    We have some exciting news about one of our artists Ben Eine. He has created his largest work to date in Stratford, London! Whilst creating the mural, the only way he could check his progress was by using drone footage. He commented that: ''Painting on the ground was a challenge because you can....
    We have some exciting news about one of our artists Ben Eine. He has created his largest work to date in Stratford, London! Whilst creating the mural, the only way he could check his progress was by using drone footage. He commented that: ''Painting on the ground was a challenge because you can't just stand back and see what you're doing.'' This work required 2850 liters of paint mixed in a bath tub! This painted mural spells the word 'create'. His intention is to capture the essence of east London. Lee Bofkin, co-founder and CEO of Global Street Art, who helped produce the mural commented: ''The last decade has seen an explosion in the number of street art murals around the world.'' We have limited edition prints by Ben Eine available now at the artrepublic Brighton gallery. Create - Edition of 200- 50 x 70cm Love Lenticular 1 - Edition of 75 - 60 x 60cm Circus Alphabet Black and White- Edition of 75 - 60 x 60 / 100 x 100cm To discover our latest Ben Eine prints, please call 01273 724829 or email brighton@artrepublic.com. For more news stories and events visit our Brighton Gallery page. $test =
  • 25 Years of artrepublic

    2018 sees artrepublic celebrate 25 years as an independent gallery in Brighton. In recognition, we thought we’d take a look at our colourful history.   artrepublic gallery 2018 It all started with the selling of contemporary art posters (a very important market back in 1993). We were (....
    2018 sees artrepublic celebrate 25 years as an independent gallery in Brighton. In recognition, we thought we’d take a look at our colourful history.   artrepublic gallery 2018 It all started with the selling of contemporary art posters (a very important market back in 1993). We were (as we still are) rooted in the heart of Brighton’s iconic North Laine, where independent businesses and community driven projects are the lifeblood. Bomb Hugger By Banksy Pretty soon, we were in touch with a whole new generation of street artists who had something important to say. Instead of confining their messages to their favourite canvases of choice - concrete walls, shopfront shutters - they started to produce limited edition prints, which we started to sell, and you started to buy. And it’s not hard to see why: with a first wave of artists including Banksy, James Cauty, Jamie Hewlett, Dan Baldwin, Dave White, and Peter Blake, it became clear that small run editions by brilliantly talented, up and coming artists, at affordable prices, were in high demand.   Marcel Duchamp’s World Tour – DC Thomson Reunion at the Tower Ballroom Blackpool By Peter Blake The ethos has always been important to us: Our artists have a voice, and it’s important that we make that voice heard. Often driven by politics - think Shepard Fairey, Billy Childish, Blek le Rat - and always conceived with breathtaking visual prowess, it’s the art flowing through our veins that makes artrepublic the success that it is today. Obey Lotus Crescent- White and Gold By Shepard Fairey But it’s also very much you - our visitors, our viewers, and our buyers - and that’s precisely why we called it artrepublic. Creating a space in which everyone is of equal status: a republic, in other words, that would re-democratise art, and where everybody who walks through our doors could feel welcome. Cosmo Sarson and his Angel mural in Regent Street, Brighton Maybe you’re just after something to be framed; perhaps you want a limited edition print; or even a full scale original from a well-known contemporary artist - in any case, our aim is, and always has been, to make art accessible and enjoyable to all. Cherry Blossom II By Dan Baldwin But we didn’t stop there. The last twenty-five years has seen a constant drive to find new artists, to keep thinking one step ahead, and to keep innovating. We’re always keeping up with the latest releases, and its key to our business that we keep discovering fresh and exciting new forms, that we keep changing, and that we keep opening new spaces, for new types of art. Always, our aim is to introduce to you more artists - not just the ones whose names you’ve already heard, but those who are still looking to get their voices heard. As the main sponsor of the acclaimed Brighton Fringe Arts Festival, we have spent the last 25 years investing in Brighton’s vibrant art sector, because we think it’s one of the most important parts of the city’s creative character. Every year, we run the artrepublic Art Yard Sale - an opportunity to buy specially produced prints, often from the artists themselves - and every year it gets bigger and better, with people travelling in from far and wide. Who knows what the next twenty-five years may bring. Our aim is to make it even more exciting, even more colourful, and ever more encompassing. Here’s to a very bright future - we hope you’ll be joining us. Keep checking our artrepublic Brighton gallery page for details of special 25 years celebratory events. $test =

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