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  • 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 =
  • 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 =
  • Hueman Connection: introducing artrepublic’s newest artist

    As North Californian graffiti artist and painter Hueman’s colourful figurative and abstract mash-ups arrive in artrepublic’s Brighton gallery – in the form of an exclusive print – we dig into her creative backstory. Street art aficionados may be familiar with the work of Allison Torneros,....
    As North Californian graffiti artist and painter Hueman’s colourful figurative and abstract mash-ups arrive in artrepublic’s Brighton gallery – in the form of an exclusive print – we dig into her creative backstory. Street art aficionados may be familiar with the work of Allison Torneros, who paints under the name Hueman. Even if you haven’t seen her massive, energetically colourful works in person, sprayed on walls in the US or Europe, you may have unwittingly witnessed her designs running around the basketball courts of the Rio Olympics - Hueman designed the US Women’s basketball team’s shoes with Nike - or on a custom-designed colourful X-Box collaboration with Microsoft. Since graduating from UCLA in 2008 with a degree in Design and Media Arts, Hueman has been building a following - especially since taking her work from the studio to the streets, scaling up her paintings to bring art to urban environments and audiences. Working on a much bigger scale than she was used to gave the artist new energy. In an interview with Juxtapoz magazine, she said: ‘it was like a light switch turned on [...] I was using my entire body to paint, I was talking to people, I was collaborating, I was in the sun. I felt alive again. I literally felt human. That's where the name Hueman comes from.’ Hueman’s work is absolutely saturated with that sense of being alive. This is drawn from a perfect balance of the artist’s choice of bold bright colours, her subject matter and her image-making process. You might wonder how the artist achieves that fluid-looking finish? Starting with a freestyle series of paints splashes, drips and sprays - a la Jackson Pollock(?) - she builds her refined, highly stylised images, which draw on the theme of the human condition. As a a result, Hueman’s work is packed with motion. It’s dynamic. And that is exactly the word we would use to describe the artist’s exclusive piece for artrepublic. A limited edition of 25, each individually hand-finished by Hueman, Silent Power does what its title promises. It makes you stand to attention in front of it, without needing to be told. The female figure at its centre is strong and confident - holding her ground and fixing her sideways gaze as energetic lines and textures swirl around her, creating movement and energy. The longer you look at this print, the more structures, finishes and colours emerge - you begin to really appreciate the complexity of Hueman’s creative process. Imagine this scaled up on the side of a building – even at this size, it packs a punch. Looking downwards, offering out an extended arm towards you, the position of power of the woman at its heart is emphasised. There is nothing passive about this print. It’s filled with vibrant life. Draw on Hueman’s experience of painting outdoors and bring one of her powerful pieces into your collection – it will make you, and your space, come to life. $test =
  • From LA to UK – acclaimed Japanese-American artist Audrey Kawasaki joins the artrepublic family

    What do Art Nouveau, Japanese manga comics and a particular brand of LA cool have in common? They’re all wrapped up in the the intriguing art of Japanese-American artist Audrey Kawasaki. Inspired by the beauty and mystique of the female form, Kawasaki’s images have been drawing in a big audie....
    What do Art Nouveau, Japanese manga comics and a particular brand of LA cool have in common? They’re all wrapped up in the the intriguing art of Japanese-American artist Audrey Kawasaki. Inspired by the beauty and mystique of the female form, Kawasaki’s images have been drawing in a big audience Stateside over the past few years. Often painted directly onto wooden panels, her art gains extra depth and texture from the natural organic grains and patterns of the wood – each of which brings an additional unique layer to the paintings. Now, the LA-based artist’s intricate and mysterious work is available in our   Brighton gallery, and online, as Kawasaki joins our artrepublic family of artists. We’re excited to be able to share a selection of her limited edition prints, including 'Madame Una' and ‘Arianna’, which are exclusive to artrepublic in Europe. Using scrolled, turn of the 20th-century typography with a modern colour palette of soft pinks, turquoises and yellows – plus the woodgrain background – both ‘Madame Una’ and ‘Arianna’ draw upon the mysterious and marvellous space of the circus… and freaks shows. From clowns and illusionists to contortionists and strongwomen, the characters and vintage glamour of the travelling show is pulled into the modern day via Kawasaki’s own brand of graphic design-meets-illustration – a style that forced her to abandon her studies at the Pratt Institute in New York, where the focus was firmly on the conceptual. Inspired by old advertisements posters for circus performers, these two prints also subtly nod to the whimsical and fantastical nature of Japanese fashion culture, and have a fresh, tattoo-like feel to them too – something that hasn’t passed LA’s tattoo parloursby. Ink inspired by Kawasaki’s artwork have become an increasingly common sight on California’s streets (and beyond) in recent years, showing a style shift from the traditional pin-up to this more modern feminine form. If you want to bring a playful hit of circus-style home with you, our exclusive limited editions are your only chance – unless you plan on visiting the US or Asia sometime soon! Drop by our Brighton gallery and speak to one of our art advisors or, if you’re not local, check out this artist’s striking work online at artrepublic.com. Image Credit: Jordana Sheara  $test =
  • NME's legacy celebrated by acclaimed photographic artist Mark Vessey in an artrepublic exclusive

    When Time Inc. UK recently announced that, after 66 years in print, the NME would no longer exist in print format, it created a wave of nostalgia for days gone by. And, at the same time, inspired a contemporary photographic artist’s creativity. Once an iconic music magazine, the NME was conside....
    When Time Inc. UK recently announced that, after 66 years in print, the NME would no longer exist in print format, it created a wave of nostalgia for days gone by. And, at the same time, inspired a contemporary photographic artist’s creativity. Once an iconic music magazine, the NME was considered a zeitgeist-defining bible for rock fans and had the power to inspire new music scenes and make or break young bands. Now, in celebration of the magazine’s legacy, acclaimed British photographic artist Mark Vessey is issuing a limited edition photograph entitled 'New Musical Express’, exclusively through artrepublic. Inspired by the magazine’s design and strong visual identity, Vessey chose the NME as his latest subject – for him, the spines of the magazine provided a unique way to tell the story of music culture. As such, his photograph features a stack of magazines spanning the last couple of decades, with special issues that were dedicated to the likes of The Clash, Nirvana, Radiohead, The Manic Street Preachers, Bob Dylan and The Who. This exclusive piece is part of an ongoing body of work called Collections, which takes its inspiration from Vessey’s love of vintage magazines, books, records and classic packaging design. With the collector's obsessive eye for detail and every crease and scuff lovingly captured on medium format film in his Brighton studio, the photographer takes everyday objects and allows us to appreciate them in a new light – The Face magazine, James Bond novels and Penguin books have been the subject of earlier works. With 'New Musical Express' Vessey captures a very specific moment in time, and marks its place as an artefact of 20th and 21st century popular culture. Fans of the magazine, and the artist, can pick up this limited edition ‘New Musical Express’, fresh off the printing press, at artrepublic from Thursday 5 April 2018 at 10AM . The C-Type photograph comes in two sizes - 80x80cm (edition of 50), and the rarer 110x110cm (edition of 15). View our Mark Vessey collection, including this latest exclusive print, online or at our Brighton Gallery. Call 01273 724829 or email brighton@artrepublic.com. $test =
  • Dan Hillier Requiem Prints Out Now

    We are really excited to have the three new prints from Dan Hillier. Requiem, Moon Language and Raven are all silkscreen limited editions singed by Dan, and inspired by his artwork in the title sequence of BBC1 drama Requiem. Dan Hillier’s work explores the interface between humans and the....
    We are really excited to have the three new prints from Dan Hillier. Requiem, Moon Language and Raven are all silkscreen limited editions singed by Dan, and inspired by his artwork in the title sequence of BBC1 drama Requiem. Dan Hillier’s work explores the interface between humans and the wilder natural world, the line between our day-to-day reality and the extraordinary. Which is a perfect fit for the themes explored in this supernatural drama. You can still catch the full spooky drama series on BBC iplayer. Dan Hillier came to fame with his amazing imagery on the 'Pachamama' album cover of Brit award winners Royal Blood. His extraordinary collages are created from bits and pieces of old Victorian prints, which he sources from 1800 woodcuts, engravings, anatomical drawings and various illustrations. View all Dan Hilliers work online or call into our Brighton gallery. Requiem - Titles for BBC One by Peter Anderson Studio and Dan Hillier from Peter Anderson Studio on Vimeo. $test =

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