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  • Rob Wass Answers YOUR Questions!

    Rob Wass Answers YOUR Questions! We asked YOU to send in some questions for brilliant contemporary artist Rob Wass to answer. Keep reading to gain some insight into Rob! Q: How did your work evolve from a more urban graffiti style to the style you have now? Rob: From painting graffiti back in m....
    Rob Wass Answers YOUR Questions! We asked YOU to send in some questions for brilliant contemporary artist Rob Wass to answer. Keep reading to gain some insight into Rob! Q: How did your work evolve from a more urban graffiti style to the style you have now? Rob: From painting graffiti back in my teens I learnt how to use a can of paint and what could be achieved with it. I put these techniques back into my illustration work and went from there. Q: How does the process start when creating a new piece? Rob: It depends what I’m making but usually I jot an idea down, let it sit there (if it's not time sensitive) for a while and try to build ideas off of it. If the idea still seems good then I’ll do a load of sketches trying to push the idea in different directions until hopefully coming across something that is visually striking or meaningful. Jackdaws Colour By Rob Wass   Q: How long did it take you to develop your style/process? Or is it still a work in progress? Rob: I think when it comes to style, that came from quite a young age. I was always interested in geometric shapes and bright colours and today these 2 core components are still crucial in my work. Its definitely a work in progress, I think of style like a formula now, I have my core elements that I try and incorporate in most of the work I make so there’s a cohesion between old and new but then I'll try new things or take some things away until if find an updated style that works. Q: What's your favourite part of the art process? What's the hardest? Rob: My favourite part is still the making for makings sake just playing with no goals in mind. The hardest is probably working on an idea for a month and at the end of the month saying to myself it's still not good enough start again. Q: What's your studio space like? Do you keep it tidy? What kind of space do you work best in? Rob: Messy most of the time but I do try to have a little tidy up after each project. I think I'm happy working in most spaces really but I’ve always wanted a warehouse to run wild in.   Winter Treescape By Rob Wass   Check out Rob's latest collection of treescapes here - you won't regret it! $test =
  • artrepublic Pop Up Cinema! Film Screenings in our Brighton gallery

    Up next: A series of short films at artrepublic gallery with Directors Notes. From private views and music gigs to our monthly kids’ club, artrepublic are proud to offer a broad range of exciting and unique events for both art lovers and the wider community within our newly expanded gallery in ....
    Up next: A series of short films at artrepublic gallery with Directors Notes. From private views and music gigs to our monthly kids’ club, artrepublic are proud to offer a broad range of exciting and unique events for both art lovers and the wider community within our newly expanded gallery in the heart of Brighton’s North Laine. Our first film screening proved such a hit we have made film nights at artrepublic a regular feature! Expect an immersive meeting of film and art within an intimate gallery setting showing an eclectic mix of films not widely available elsewhere. Next film night: February 16th February – Get your tickets at eventbrite. artrepublic gallery are excited to present a selection of short films in collaboration with Directors Notes in our Brighton gallery at 7pm on Sunday 16th of February. ‘Two Puddles’ An enigmatic short by Tim Keeling on monogamy and gold diggers that will leave you with more questions than answers. ‘A Visual Ode to A Hare in the Woods’ Andrea Marini Pays Tribute to Chef Massimo Bottura in this thematically-complex short combining art, food and film. ‘And, We Disappear’ Follows a woman through the beginning stages of her afterlife as she comes to realise the journey she must undertake to the hereafter. ‘Hedge’ Following the loss of her father, Amanda Bonaiuto draws on personal memories and weird humour in this short surreal film ‘Judas Collar’ A Camel Must Choose Between Herself or the Good of the Herd in this no-dialogue, live action short featuring a cast of camels. ‘Finally’ A stylised dance music video that bids farewell to iconic Sydney apartment block, Glenview Court ‘Rising Water’ A glimpse of the future of humanity amidst the remnants of a sunken village ‘Holly Goes to Therapy’ Inspired by a real therapy session, a woman is forced to confront her inner child in this surprising comedy by LA-based filmmaker Cat Ventura ‘The Man Who Travelled Nowhere in Time’ Vincent René-Lortie takes a trip into temporal nightmares in this dance short. Fancy a trip to the artrepublic cinema? Get your tickets at eventbrite.   For more news stories and events visit our Brighton Gallery page $test =
  • In The Darkest Hour There May Be Light. A Rare Box Set Curated by Damien Hirst

    The artrepublic archive presents an exciting opportunity to own a collection of the most established and influential artists of the contemporary art world. Add yourself to the guestlist at Eventbrite   Displayed at London’s Serpentine Gallery in 2006, ‘In the darkest hour there may b....
    The artrepublic archive presents an exciting opportunity to own a collection of the most established and influential artists of the contemporary art world. Add yourself to the guestlist at Eventbrite   Displayed at London’s Serpentine Gallery in 2006, ‘In the darkest hour there may be light: Works from Damien Hirst's Murderme collection’ remains one of Hirst’s most influential exhibitions to date. Curated by the artist himself, this critically acclaimed show brought together the works of Hirst’s friends and contemporaries, forerunners and followers, the inspirers as well as the inheritors. From Francis Bacon to Sarah Lucas, Andy Warhol to Gavin Turk, Hirst’s exhibition included paintings, sculptures, photographs and installations that situated his own practice within an ongoing tradition of radical postmodernism and unflinching existential contemplation. To coincide with the show, The Serpentine Gallery and Other Criteria co-published a limited edition of 50 signed print portfolios, specially produced for the occasion by featured artists: Banksy, Don Brown, Angela Bulloch, John Currin, Tracey Emin, Angus Fairhurst, Steven Gregory, Marcus Harvey, Damien Hirst, Rachel Howard, John Isaacs, Michael Joo, Jeff Koons, Jim Lambie, Sean Landers, Tim Lewis, Sarah Lucas, Nicholas Lumb, Tom Ormond, Lawrence Owen, Richard Prince, Haim Steinbach, and Gavin Turk. Hirst’s exhibition (and the accompanying print collection) takes its title from the Hans Christian Anderson fairytale, ‘The Galoshes of Fortune’ (1838). Typically morbid, Hirst chose the line to reflect the “entropic collection” of “just amassing stuff while you’re alive.” Yet if this is a comment on the darker side of material culture and the marketisation of the art world, Hirst’s choice of title also contains seeds of hope: ‘In the darkest hour there may be light’ rings like a clarion call for politicised art at the start of our new decade, where confrontations with the ecological and economic impacts of materialism must be staged at every turn. In 2020, these special edition prints assume all-new relevance and even stronger resonance, proving that the value of political art is more pressing now than ever before. Today, few of the limited edition collections remain intact: most have been split apart and sold as individual prints. This special event at artrepublic offers a rare opportunity to see the complete selection of prints, from the private collection of artrepublic’s founder, Lawrence Alkin, framed and hung together before they are made available to buy. Showcasing the work of household names alongside artists previously unseen in the gallery, the event promises exposure to new names and themes, an opportunity to explore the works that orbit the legendary Damien Hirst, and a timely reflection on the state of the world today. THE BOX SET: This limited edition box set was co-published by The Serpentine Gallery and Other Criteria in 2006, to coincide with the exhibition ‘In the darkest hour there may be light: Works from Damien Hirst's Murderme collection’. This rare set is one of an edition of only 50 and contains specially produced works by 23 of exhibition’s contributing artists: Banksy, Don Brown, Angela Bulloch, John Currin, Tracey Emin, Angus Fairhurst, Steven Gregory, Marcus Harvey, Damien Hirst, Rachel Howard, John Isaacs, Michael Joo, Jeff Koons, Jim Lambie, Sean Landers, Tim Lewis, Sarah Lucas, Nicholas Lumb, Tom Ormond, Lawrence Owen, Richard Prince, Haim Steinbach, and Gavin Turk. Each work is signed in pencil or ink. The pieces are loose in paper wrappers (as published). Each is sold separately. The Banksy in this lot is offered with the Certificate of Authenticity from Pest Control. WORKS INCLUDED: Banksy ‘Napalm (Can’t beat the feeling)’ is a limited edition Digital Pigment Print by acclaimed contemporary artist Banksy. Part of The Serpentine and Other Criteria’s 2006 set ‘In the darkest hour there may be light’, the print is hand signed by the artist.   Banksy ‘Napalm (Can’t beat the feeling) Banksy: anonymous, elusive, absolutely innovative. Little is known about Banksy’s biography but one thing remains certain: his stencils and acts of urban graffiti across the streets of the UK have been nothing short of revolutionary, inspiring a generation of street artists around the globe. First appearing in 2004, Banksy has reproduced ‘Napalm (Can’t beat that feeling)’ in black, grey and yellow with red ‘blood splatter’ for Hirst’s limited edition collection. ‘Napalm’ remains one of Banksy’s most iconic works to date, reworking Nick Ut’s Pulitzer Prize winning photograph The Terror of War with profound impact. The print depicts Phan Thi Kim Phuc, the victim of a napalm explosion in Vietnam in 1972. Here, Banksy replaces Vietnam Army soldiers with the twin figures of Mickey Mouse and Ronald McDonald: mascots of global capitalism the world over. Deeply unsettling, the smiling faces and colourful clothing of these capitalist clowns mask the horrors of consumer culture and its total disregard for humanity. Powerful and provocative, this masterpiece of political art is hand signed and numbered by the elusive artist himself and is sold with the Certificate of Authenticity from Pest Control. Damien Hirst  ‘Blue Butterfly’ is a limited edition Screenprint with Glaze by acclaimed contemporary artist Damian Hirst. Part of The Serpentine and Other Criteria’s 2006 set ‘In the darkest hour there may be light’ and is hand signed and numbered by the artist.   ‘Blue Butterfly’ by Damien Hirst Damien Hirst: diamond encrusted skulls; animals exposed in formaldehyde; decomposing butterflies. There’s a reason why Hirst is one of the most celebrated British artists of our time. His work never stops innovating, ceaselessly pushing conceptual boundaries, confronting the nature of art head-on, and dazzling his viewers with existential provocation. Hirst has always been bewitched by butterflies: in his ambitious 1991 installation ‘In and Out of Love’, the 26 year old artist mapped the duration of the exhibition onto the lifespan of the winged insects, inviting viewers to watch them emerge from their cocoons, make the gallery space their home and, finally, to end their delicate lives in time with the end of the show. Symbolic of death and resurrection, butterflies have continued to pervade Hirst’s work. Here, the wings of a butterfly are revealed in all their gossamer fragility, as sections of blue glaze gives way to the candy-pink background beneath. Bold, brilliant, and beautiful. ‘Blue Butterly’ continues to speak to contemporary audiences, reflecting the endangered status of organic life as natural habitats face the threat of extinction. Jeff Koons ‘Dolphin (Bicycle Rack)’ is a limited edition Lithograph in Colours by acclaimed contemporary artist Jeff Koons. Part of The Serpentine and Other Criteria’s 2006 set ‘In the darkest hour there may be light’, the print is hand signed by the artist. Jeff Koons bicycle rack  American artist Jeff Koons has had a firm hand in shaping the postmodern art of the postwar period. Known for his ‘inflatable’ animals (towering balloon creatures, cast in shiny stainless steel) and his upscaling of kitsch porcelain knick-knacks, Koons has twice broken the record auction price for a work by a living artist—most recently in May 2019, when his Rabbit sculpture sold for a staggering $91.1 million. Claiming that his work contains no hidden meanings or cultural critiques, Koons nevertheless continues to captivate the art world. Whether or not the pieces themselves are designed with critical commentary in mind, the fact remains: Koons’ artworks may have sparked more controversy than those of any other contemporary artist in recent years. As part of his Popeye collection, Koons produced a series of stainless steel poolside inflatables, intersecting with various forms of utilitarian equipment (a Dalmatian-shaped lifesaver, thrown over a painter’s ladder; a blow-up caterpillar suspended from industrial chains). This contribution to the Serpentine set, ‘Dolphin (Bicycle Rack)’, features a sketch for an unrealised mash-up of inflatable-equipage: a blow-up dolphin affixed to a bike rack. Loosely sketched, in blue and green felt-tip, the print offers a rare glimpse into the artists’ procedure; or is this just another smoke-and-mirrors move, the pretence of off-hand draughtsmanship concealing a more complex artistic process? Whatever the reality, one thing’s for sure: this hand signed lithograph is a once-in-a-lifetime collectible from one of the world’s most desirable contemporary artists. ALSO FEATURING:  Tracey Emin Best known for installing her unmade bed in the Tate, contemporary artist Tracey Emin has enjoyed well-deserved notoriety as one of Britain’s most acclaimed artists of the twenty-first century. Moving from installation to illustration to neon signage with artistic agility, Emin is ceaseless: her work never stops breaking our hearts with its sheer honesty and untold intimacy. Gavin Turk Internationally acclaimed artist Gavin Turk is known for his post-Pop aesthetic, which delights in questing the value of authenticity, authorship, and originality in contemporary art. Working in a range of media - from bronze and wax sculpting, to screen printing and photography - Turk’s approach may vary from piece to piece, but his commitment to conceptual provocation remains unwavering. Sarah Lucas Part of the generation of Young British Artists, Sarah Lucas rose to prominence in the 1990s. Her work is known for its sexually provocative content, treading the fine line between bawdy humour and unsettling provocation. Straddling sculpture, collage, photography and objet d’art, Lucas’ work is ceaselessly pioneering and enduringly relevant, speaking as lucidly to today’s audiences as it did to its initial viewers over three decades ago. John Currin American artist John Currin is known for his sexually provocative and often off-kilter paintings, pulling together diverse influences, from Renaissance masterworks to pop culture, contemporary fashion models to pornographic magazines. His work is held in permeant collections around the world, including the Tate Modern, and he has had retrospective exhibitions at both the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Angela Bulloch Part of the generation of Young British Artists, Angela Bulloch is known for her light and sound installations which explore the mechanics of pre-digital systems. Nominated for the Turner Prize in 1997, Bullock has exhibited at galleries across the world, including: The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; The Hayward Gallery, London; Tate Liverpool; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. Bulloch works across medias, incorporating video, installation, sculpture and painting into her practice for a varied and consistently wide-ranging aesthetic. Angus Fairhurst One of the Young British Artists, Angus Fairhurst graduated in Fine Art at Goldsmith’s college in 1989, where he studied alongside fellow YBA, Damian Hirst. With Hirst, Fairhurst was instrumental in the organisation of ‘Freeze’, the exhibition that would launch the careers of the Young British Artists. Like his some-time collaborator, Sarah Lucas, Fairhurst’s work is characterised by a penchant for visual distortion and tom-foolery, upsetting the familiar to introduce the uncanny and tipping from the comical to the unnerving with easy confidence. Working across a variety of media, including video, photography and painting, Fairhurst is best known for his gorilla sculptures, which depict the primates in various states of existential confrontation. Steven Gregory South-African born artist Steven Gregory is known for his mischievous brand of sculptural humour. With a penchant for mortal remains, Gregory creates sculptures from human bones, often encrusting skulls with malachite, pearl or lapis lazuli and inserting eyes that stare back at their viewer with death-defying presence. These pieces are a comment on the human condition, and they ask us to think about the fine lines that thread between the natural and the manmade, the abstract and the figurative, the comic and the tragic, for an aesthetic with profound and poignant consequence. Rachel Howard  British artist Rachel Howard is known for her materially-reflexive artworks; pieces that confront their own physicality and presence, by privileging the surfaces and textures of a given medium, above its ability to represent or depict. Her work explores the interstices between conventional dichotomies—chaos and control, creation and destruction, beauty and brutality—to tease out possibilities latent in the visual process. Haim Steinbach American artist Haim Steinbach is known for his contemporary approach to the tradition of objet d’art, or ‘found art’, as pioneered in the work of Marcel Duchamp and Pablo Picasso. Steinbach’s practice focuses on arrangement, exploring the ways in which context influences meaning. “My work,” he notes, “is about the all-too-frequent disconnect between looking and seeing, between being aware that something is there and knowing what it means.” Placing mass-produced as well as hand made objects—from children’s toys to cereal boxes, musical instruments to ancient pottery—on colourful shelves, Steinbach stimulates new associations between these disparate items. In this way, his approach is analogous to poetic composition: the placing of words in a particular order, to speak to the social and the cultural. Steinbach has said of his work that it is “about vernacular, which is a common form of language: things that we make, express and produce.” Sean Landers Contemporary American artist Sean Landers is known for his self-referential and semi-autobiographical works of art, which experiment across diverse media including painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, writing, video and audio. Landers’ work focuses on the process of artistic creation, rather than the finished product. Known for his performative art, as well as the early body of written work that launched his career, Landers blurs the lies between fact and fiction by incorporating his own experiences while simultaneously developing alter egos that trouble the sincerity of confession. In this way, Landers’ work consistently encourages the viewer’s identification, which in turn promotes a deeper reflection of the self and with their own sense of humanity. Socially engaged, Landers’ work seeks to reveal raw truths about the contemporary art world, always pushing at convention to pioneer new approaches to visual practice. Lawrence Owen Lawrence Owen is contemporary British artist, known for his paintings and ceramics that explore the lasting value of Folklore, Paganism and early Mythology in contemporary culture. Through his work, Owen has developed a language reminiscent of artefact and relic, placing him in a tradition of contemporary ceramicists, alongside the likes of Grayson Perry and Elisabeth Kley. In the production of these art objects, Owen looks at primordial themes of ritual and worship, and asks the extent to which these systems still hold sway in consumerist cultures. His aesthetic is characterised by their use of bright colour and bold composition, and the fluid merging of the abstract with the figurative. Nicholas Lumb Contemporary artist Nicholas Lumb has developed a contemporary approach to objet d’art, or ‘found art’, as pioneered by the likes of Marcel Duchamp and Pablo Picasso. His work focusses on the conventionally ignored or overlooked, demanding that viewers contemplate quotidian or useless items in all of their banality, to foster new meanings. Through the confrontation of material form, Lumb transforms these quiet objects into 'images of themselves’ and, in so doing, challenges our expectations of the value of art and its role in consumer society. Richard Prince Contemporary American painter and photographer Richard Prince is best known for his ‘re-photography’: the practice of rephotographing an existing image to question the value of artistic appropriation. A refashioning of the twentieth century tradition of objet d’art, Prince developed his ‘re-photography’ while working in the tear sheet department of Time magazine, where he would repurpose advertising photographs in his own practice. According to Prince, “I don’t see any difference now between what I collect and what I make. It’s become the same.” It is this audacious approach, along with his unique painterly aesthetic, that has earned Prince a reputation as "one of the most revered artists of his generation,” according to the New York Times. Jim Lambie  Shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2005, Scottish artist Jim Lambie is known for his colourful sculptural installations. Lambie’s work is often site-sensitive: he locates found object sculptures in unexpected places or repositions pop culture references in high-art contexts. He is perhaps best known for his brightly coloured vinyl work, covering the floors and walls of large spaces with striated patterns to trace the shapes and explore the idiosyncrasies of the architecture. Questioning the limits of use, Lambie’s work asks that we reconsider the conventional function of an object or a site, in order to appreciate its material and sensuous presence in the world. Tom Ormond  Contemporary British artist Tom Ormond is known for his depictions of utopian landscapes and fantastical structures that defy the limits of reality. Like the sketches of classic visionary architects Giovanni Battista Piranesi or Étienne-Louis Boullée, Ormond creates vistas of impossibility, which unfold through a surreal aesthetic. His work reflects on the impact of the built environment, questioning the power of place and the role of the artist in shaping contemporary society. Michael Joo Science graduate turned artist Michael Joo blurs the boundaries between art and science through his investigations into ontology and epistemology, opening interdisciplinary and multi-sensory channels which probe the realities of perception. More interested in how we perceive than in what we perceive, Joo’s work foregrounds questions of fluid identity and knowledge, through a non-linear, process-driven approach. Blending sculpture, painting, photography and print-making, and placing the abstract in dialogue with the figurative, Joo’s work generates loose narratives that explore interactions between places, people and objects with profound effect. Tim Lewis Contemporary British artist Tim Lewis is known for his mechanical sculptures, which explore the intersections between art and science. A graduate of the Royal College of Art in London, Lewis’ work consistently pushes conceptual boundaries, bringing electronic programming and physicality to bear on artistic design. Process is key for Lewis: each work is envisioned in its entirety, and realised in its material form only after an extensive period of development and discovery. His animated pieces ask us to consider the use of mechanics in visual art as analogous to the use of genetic engineering in the field of science, throwing up questions of ethics and social responsibility, while producing visually compelling immersive installations. John Isaacs Contemporary British artist John Isaacs is known for his confrontational works of art, which challenge the “fast-food guzzling, consumer-driven, resource-eating, air-polluting, earth-poisoning, prozac-popping” reality of contemporary society. Working across a range of different media, Isaacs is best known for his large-scale wax sculptures, which critique base human instincts of greed and consumerism, in fleshy, visceral and often grotesque forms. Yet, while these works appear pessimistic, Isaacs’ lens is often fitted to the utopian, using art to challenge stereotypes, confound expectation, and to explore visions of a more optimistic future. Don Brown Contemporary British artist Don Brown is known for his figurative sculptural works, usually depicting his wife Yoko in various states of undress. Harking back to the muse of classical sculpture, Brown modernises the antiquated form by eschewing idealisation: these are intimate and sensuous renderings of Yoko, often produced at three-quarter or half-scale, in a variety of smooth surfaces, from bronze to acrylic. Celebrated for their technical skill, Brown’s works are exemplars of verisimilitude, capturing the subject with a vivid sense of presence. Other recent projects have included oversized sculptural still life and pastel drawings. Marcus Harvey  Contemporary British artist Marcus Harvey is part of the generation of Young British Artists who rose to prominence in the late 1980s. Combining painting, photography, and sculpture, Harvey explores the cult of iconography in British pop culture, producing depictions of well-known faces, figures, and landscapes in thick gestural style. He is perhaps best known for his contentious, monumental portrayals of moors murderer Myra Hindley, created from plaster casts of a child’s’ hands, which went on display at the Royal Academy of Art in 1997. His work continues to innovate and to politically agitate, and can be seen in public and private collections around the world.   See the full collection of prints at our event on Wednesday 12th February. Tickets at eventbrite.   For more news stories and events visit our Brighton Gallery page $test =
  • Damien Hirst cabinet bought for £600 could fetch up to £1.8 million at auction

    Pre-sale estimate for one of the first medicine cabinets from Damien Hirst’s degree show. “I lived with that medicine cabinet for seven years with people telling me it was crap” Robert Tibbles Bought for just £600 by Robert Tibbles in 1989, ‘Bodies’ is from a set of 12 cabinets by H....
    Pre-sale estimate for one of the first medicine cabinets from Damien Hirst’s degree show. “I lived with that medicine cabinet for seven years with people telling me it was crap” Robert Tibbles Bought for just £600 by Robert Tibbles in 1989, ‘Bodies’ is from a set of 12 cabinets by Hirst each named after the twelve title tracks of the iconic Sex Pistols album, ‘Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols’. A doorless medicine cabinet packed with everything from Optrex eye drops to Dioralyte rehydration sachets, the work is set to become a landmark in British contemporary art when it goes up for auction next month at Phillips, London. Hirst’s cabinet, ‘Bodies’ set to fetch up to £1.8m at auction’ One of the YBAs (Young British Artists) who dominated the art scene in the UK during the 1990s, Damien Hirst shot to fame after winning the Turner Prize in 1995 and continues to shake up the art world with his dynamic approaches. His varied work often explores themes of art, religion, science, life and death and he works in different mediums as a sculptor, installation artist, painter and print maker. ‘Great art or good art, is when you look at it, experience it and it stays in your mind. I don’t think conceptual art and traditional art are all that different’. Damien Hirst Black Utopia 2012 by Damien Hirst. A cabinet print available in our Brighton gallery Black Heaven (Nite Time) by Damien Hirst. Available in our Brighton gallery Hirst’s exploration into our complex relationship with pharmaceuticals is one of the most enduring themes in his work. His medicine cabinet and pill prints combine the aesthetics of minimalism with Hirst’s observation that, “science is the new religion for many people. It’s as simple and as complicated as that really.” We have a selection of Damien Hirst’s ‘The Cure’ pill prints available in our Brighton gallery Amongst Hirst’s most widely recognized works, the spot series has 13 sub-categories of which the ‘Pharmaceutical’ paintings being the first and most prolific. We have two rare prints from this category available, ‘M Fluorobenzoyl Chloride’ and ‘Mannitol’ named after chemical compounds used in over the counter medicines. M Fluorobenzoyl Chloride’ by Damien Hirst. Available in artrepublic gallery. Clean, flat circles of gloss paint on a stark white and clinical background, each Hirst spot print possesses an intensity that can be as addictive and all-consuming as the controlled substances they are named after. ‘Mannitol’ by Damien Hirst. Available in artrepublic gallery Speaking on the spot series Hirst says, “It’s an assault on your senses. They grab hold of you and give you a good shaking. As adults, we’re not used to it. It’s an amazing fact that all objects leap beyond their own dimension.” One to watch For those looking to hang a similar cabinet in their home which makes a bold statement, as Mr Tibbles did with his Hirst, we recommend Lucy Sparrow as one of our most up and coming and investable artists. Taking the art world by storm with her large scale, immersive installations filled with everyday items reimagined as plush felt toys, Sparrow’s projects have included, *‘Triple Art Bypass’ – a felt depiction of an emergency operating theatre and consultation room and more recently, **‘Delicatessen on 6th’ - an upscale New York deli filled with felt foods. The 'His ’n’ Hers’ cabinets we have available at artrepublic gallery each contain gendered toiletries in felt form that both celebrate the familiarity of these items but also raises questions on the expectations placed different genders and how males and females are marketed differently in a consumerist world. For more information on any of these artworks contact our Brighton gallery. Get in touch on +44 (0) 1273 724829.   For more news stories and events visit our Brighton Gallery page $test =
  • Beginners Guide To Collecting Photography - Issue 2

    Beginners Guide to Collecting Photography - Issue 2 Part 2 is here! Following on from the first part of our beginner's guide, our friends at Crane Kalman Brighton have helped us put together our beginner's guide to collecting photography. If you haven't seen our first part, check it out here. ....
    Beginners Guide to Collecting Photography - Issue 2 Part 2 is here! Following on from the first part of our beginner's guide, our friends at Crane Kalman Brighton have helped us put together our beginner's guide to collecting photography. If you haven't seen our first part, check it out here. Welcome back to the second issue in this mini-series of The Beginners Guide to Collecting Photography. The process of buying photographic prints can be confusing if you're coming to it fresh. In the first issue, we talked about why you might collect photography, where you might start and how you can identify what you like. This issue will look at print editions, price points, print papers and how to make the most of that mailing list. Penguin XL by Mark Vessey Editioning The concept of editions is a confusing one so don't worry if you don't understand it straight away. When a photographer creates an image for sale, it'll be sold in an edition. This refers to the number of prints produced of that image in that particular size and sold for that particular price, although we'll see in the following section how this can change too as more prints are sold. Editions can vary widely in size, from 7 to 100, and even 250, and are usually called "Limited Editions" because the number of prints in that edition is (you guessed it) limited to that number. For example, Mark Vessey's Penguin XL is a limited edition print consisting of only 15 prints. This means that once all 15 prints in the edition have been sold, no more will be available to purchase. Fires 10 by Ellie Davies You may see the same image in several editions, but with different prices and in different dimensions. For example, it's possible to buy Fires 10 by Ellie Davies in two different sizes from the artrepublic website. When you're scrolling through the site you'll notice that one print of Fires 10 is priced higher than the other. The difference in price can be explained by the dimensions of the print itself: the higher price refers to a physically larger print, whereas the lower price corresponds to the smaller print. Bear in mind that with larger prints the size of the edition itself will usually be smaller. If you come across a print that you like and see it labelled as an "Open Edition", this simply means that there is no limit to the number of prints produced. This is a more common practice for archives to follow rather than photographers or artists, who prefer to maintain exclusivity to their work. Of course, if you're looking to collect work that will increase in value you'll be looking for Limited Editions because their value may increase as the edition becomes sold out. But don't discount a print you like simply because it's from an Open Edition! In our first issue of this Beginners Guide, we emphasised the importance of collecting work that speaks to you, and this advice should really stay at the front your mind as you embark on your collecting journey.     Price Points Closely related to editioning is, of course, price. The prices of editioned prints may vary depending on several things. We've just seen, in the previous section, how you might expect to pay more for a larger print. Well, you can also expect to see incremental prices as the number of prints remaining in an edition shrinks. For example, if you were interested in Ellie Davies's prints you should expect to find that, as more people buy the prints in any of her editions, the prices for the prints remaining in that edition increase. This is not unusual, it reflects the rarity of the remaining prints and the importance of an artist's creative control. Printing Grand Piano XL by Gina Soden One of the most common types of print is Giclee. The word comes from the French, meaning to "spray". The print is produced by a large format inkjet printer quite literally spraying the ink on to the paper so precisely and accurately that what results is the nearest thing to the original image. The paper and ink used in Giclee printing are archival, which means that the print is made to last a long time, so it won't degrade. Another popular form of printing is C-Type, also known as Chromogenic prints. This is a digital process; light-sensitive paper is exposed to lasers or LEDs that use the original digital file of the image, and then processed in photographic developer and fixed, much like the traditional darkroom process. A C-Type will also be printed on archival paper to increase its lifespan. Paper Not all photographic printing papers are created equal! There is a huge range of papers available and they vary in finish and texture, which lends a lot to the final product. If you're interested in knowing the specific kind of paper used don't hesitate to ask if that information isn't immediately available. Varieties include glossy, matte, pearl, rag and textured, each of which provides a different viewing experience. We briefly mentioned archival paper in the previous section. Archival papers are acid-free, meaning that certain chemicals which would David Bowie Photographed by Steve Rapport degrade the quality of the paper through constant exposure to air aren't present. While archival quality paper might make the print more expensive, know that you're also purchasing reassurance that the print will last for years to come.   Mailing Lists Like we said in issue one, make the most of technology and allow it to work for you; sign up straight away to the gallery's mailing list to ensure that you're kept up to date. These email updates might include new works from photographers, news of upcoming gallery shows and art fairs or information about new additions to the gallery's roster of represented artists. The great advantage of signing up to the gallery mailing list is twofold: firstly, it provides you with useful information without having to go looking for it; and secondly, it shows the gallery that you're interested. This is the best way to keep informed and gets you in on the ground floor so you can pave the way to your future photography collection. Sign up to our mailing list here.   We hope you enjoyed reading this article about photography and all the opportunity it offers. Stay tuned to see further instalments into the ever prosperous world of photography!   Want to see some of the wonderful photography that Crane Kalman Brighton Gallery has to offer? Check out their stand at the London Art Fair. See stand 21 on the main Mezzanine floor.  London Art Fair is a showcase for the most exceptional modern and contemporary and provides an opportunity to discover and to buy. The Fair is an established destination for both museum quality modern and contemporary work, nurturing collecting at all levels, from prints, photographs and editions, to major works by internationally renowned artists. The fair runs from 22nd-26th January at the Islington Business Design Centre. Haven't got tickets?  For your chance to win 2 tickets to the London art Fair, for entry to the fair on any day, enter our give away draw here. $test =
  • Slim Aarons ‘Poolside Gossip’ 50th Anniversary

    Slim Aaron’s iconic photograph, ‘Poolside Gossip’ is still turning heads at 50. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Slim Aaron’s iconic photograph, ‘Poolside Gossip’ we will be serving up classy cocktails with a collection of fabulous photographs by the legendary Slim Aarons as our....
    Slim Aaron’s iconic photograph, ‘Poolside Gossip’ is still turning heads at 50. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Slim Aaron’s iconic photograph, ‘Poolside Gossip’ we will be serving up classy cocktails with a collection of fabulous photographs by the legendary Slim Aarons as our glamorous gallery becomes a Poolside Party! Add yourself to the guestlist at eventbrite Poolside Gossip by Slim Aarons Photographing celebrities and wealthy people for over 6 decades, Slim Aarons has produced a body of work with a luxurious feel often mimicked in advertising to sell an aspirational lifestyle. He described his photographs as, "attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places." ‘Poolside Gossip’ perfectly encapsulates this aesthetic, as the dusty desert hills of Palm Springs contrast against a meticulously landscaped lush green garden and modern glass and stone house designed by famous architect Richard Neutra for Edgar J. Kaufmann. The woman in yellow, Nelda Linsk owned the home when the photo was taken in 1970. Her friend, Helen Kaptur, lounging in the white lace was married to mid-century architect Hugh Kaptur. The third women strutting towards them is actress, Lita Baron. The elite wives and socialites with immaculate hair and outfits inspired the fashion world and ‘Poolside Gossip’ became a symbol of modernism with its combination of glamour and architecture. ‘Penthouse Pool’ by Slim Aarons Giving us a glimpse into the lives of the rich and famous, photographs by Slim Aarons are like time-capsules of a bygone era that can still spark as much envy and desire today as when they were created. Learn more about how Slim Aarons went from military to celebrity photographer as our special guest, Matthew Butson, the Vice President of the Getty Images Hulton Archive which have been the official home of the Slim Aarons Collection for more than 20 years, presents a talk on the artist. As well as a collection of classic Slim Aarons favourites, we will be showcasing some rare stamped editions, signed editions and Perspex pieces for the first time in the gallery. Catherine Wilke by Slim Aarons   Book your tickets at this unmissable event at eventbrite   For more news stories and events visit our Brighton Gallery page $test =
  • Buying art is an investment for the future

    “Creativity is the most sustainable and renewable energy source on the planet” Alison Tickell In our increasingly visual culture, images hold more power than ever before and artists are uniquely placed to transform the conversation around climate change and translate it into action, using....
    “Creativity is the most sustainable and renewable energy source on the planet” Alison Tickell In our increasingly visual culture, images hold more power than ever before and artists are uniquely placed to transform the conversation around climate change and translate it into action, using their skills to create work which can influence a wider movement. Art and activism have a long history of collaboration. We explored this topic in greater detail at our recent gallery event, ‘Art as Resistance’. This talk by university lecturer, Katy Beinart showed the role of art within protest. Watch the full video here. Art as Resistance - a talk by University Lecturer, Katy Beinart from artrepublic on Vimeo. Sustainable Art Sustainable Art is any form of art that includes themes of environmentalism, social equality and green economy by providing perspective on the world in its current state to provoke thought and drive change. ‘Baggage’ by Louise McNaught is a thought-provoking piece on how our plastic consumption impacts the natural world. At artrepublic gallery we hold a range of artwork that communicates these principles and raises awareness for environmental causes. Our final art showcase of the year featured work by our leading artists based around the theme, ‘New Beginnings’ with a focus on sustainability and conservation. Our final showcase of the year, ‘New Beginnings’ The event was a nod to our commitment to sustainability as a business and a celebration of new changes with a range of artwork that is hopeful, optimistic and joyful. ‘Don’t Look Now’ by CJP is now available as a limited edition print following the original created for our New Beginnings show. A closer look into the baby Orangutan’s angelic eyes shows the threat the species is under. As well as providing a platform for these artists to communicate their message, the purchase of art itself is a sustainable option as it a lifetime purchase which is energy efficient and easy to maintain. It is not something that needs to be regular serviced like your car or your home, so the initial investment has no extra upcoming costs to consider. It is not another commodity that outlives it usefulness with an expiring shelf life. In fact, art gets better with time - Often increasing in value it is a more worthwhile investment than buying an abundance of plastic items which you will soon lose their charm and end up in landfill. Supporting artists The purchase of art is an investment in the artist as well as the artwork. When we support artists, we empower their creativity which the world needs more of. This need for artists has been recognised by the Own Art scheme which is a 0% loan initiative supported by artrepublic gallery. Ask our staff for further details on the scheme. See our upcoming events in the gallery at our eventbrite page.   For more news stories and events visit our Brighton Gallery page $test =
  • Art is for Life Not Just for Christmas

    Have a conscious Christmas and give your loved ones a present for the future. The Christmas season often encourages everything in excess - more shopping, more food, more drinking and more presents. Gift-giving is a genuine love language used to express appreciation, but mindless spending can de....
    Have a conscious Christmas and give your loved ones a present for the future. The Christmas season often encourages everything in excess - more shopping, more food, more drinking and more presents. Gift-giving is a genuine love language used to express appreciation, but mindless spending can detract from this sentiment and create unnecessary waste and make Christmas overwhelming for many people. With an increasing awareness of environmental issues and our impact we have made on the planet with our waste, more people are rejecting a throwaway mindset and making more considered purchases that have more longevity. At artrepublic gallery we fully support this idea and encourage you to buy for life! Invest for your loved ones. Art is for life and can be passed down generations retaining and often increasing in value over time. Art is a special gift There is something very special about receiving a work of art from a loved one. Many see the artwork hanging in their home as an extension of themselves and a way to reflect an element of their personality or an experience they have had. Choosing a piece of art for someone which captures your relationship with them or memories you have shared is a meaningful gift that will last a lifetime and continue to bring them joy every day. Found a piece you both love? Buy it for each other for Christmas! Art lasts a lifetime The purchase of art is environmentally friendly, energy efficient and easy to maintain. It is not something that needs to be regular serviced like your car or your home, so the initial investment has no extra upcoming costs to consider. It is not another commodity that outlives it usefulness with an expiring shelf life. In fact, art gets better with time, often increasing in value it is a more worthwhile investment than buying an abundance of plastic items which you will soon lose their charm and end up in landfill. Art is affordable The purchase of art is not only a unique and special gift, but a way to support talented creatives in a tangible way. The Own Art scheme recognises the need to support artists and offers a 0% loan initiative for the purchase of the art which available at artrepublic gallery. Ask our staff for more details! Art is an investment Seen something you like in the gallery? Don’t be afraid to ask your loved ones for what you really want in order to avoid receiving unwanted gifts that you won’t use. You may feel selfish or ungrateful asking for something specific, but your loved ones are likely to appreciate help buying a gift you will enjoy and get use from. Request a piece of art from your loved ones so they can buy you something you love. Or just treat yourself to a Christmas gift! A new piece of artwork that celebrates the start of a new decade will add value to your life and fill you with happiness when you see it hanging in your home making it a worthwhile investment. Art is easy! Still stuck on gift ideas? artrepublic gift vouchers are a great gift to give and receive at Christmas. Ask our staff or call us for further details. Our expert team of gallery staff take the stress out of your Christmas shopping and help you choose from our extensive selection and guide you through the different framing options available. Contact our Brighton gallery on 01273 724829 for all the art advice you need.   For more news stories and events visit our Brighton Gallery page $test =
  • New Beginnings at artrepublic Gallery

    Join us for our final showcase of the year! ‘New Beginnings’ a collection of mixed originals at artrepublic gallery. ‘Dorothy’ by Maria Rivans As we leave 2019 behind us and celebrate the start of what will hopefully be another roaring 20s, we are hosting our final showcase of the y....
    Join us for our final showcase of the year! ‘New Beginnings’ a collection of mixed originals at artrepublic gallery. ‘Dorothy’ by Maria Rivans As we leave 2019 behind us and celebrate the start of what will hopefully be another roaring 20s, we are hosting our final showcase of the year with the exciting and refreshing theme, ‘New Beginnings’. The evening will be a unique opportunity to buy original artwork by a selection of our artists who have created these pieces exclusively for this private view at artrepublic gallery. From butterflies beginning their transformation to tiny shrubs curling towards the light, see how our artists interpret new beginnings in different ways! Featuring original artwork from our leading artists such as Louise McNaught, Magnus Gjoen, Copyright, Dave Buonaguidi, Euan Roberts, Eelus, Mike Edwards, Maria Rivans and Sara Pope to name but a few! ‘Butterfly Effect – Pink’ by Copyright With environmental protests dominating the news over the course of the year and a growing concern for our planet, we have been looking at the concept of sustainability at artrepublic gallery. We are proud to sell a high quality, sustainable product which can be bought for life and passed down through generations whilst retaining its value rather than some products which soon outlive their usefulness and are then destined to landfill. We are also looking to become a fully sustainable business in the very near future and 2020 will bring the implementation of changes for the better. Our ‘New Beginnings’ show will be a nod to this commitment to sustainability and a celebration of new changes with a range of artwork that is hopeful, optimistic and joyful. ‘A Place Where It’s Safe to Dream’ by Louise McNaught Read about our sustainability efforts here With so much waste created throughout the Christmas Season, why not give the gift of art for your loved ones this year? Or treat yourself to a new piece of artwork that celebrates the start of a new decade! We have a team of friendly and knowledgeable staff on hand to offer fun facts about our artists with expert advice and bespoke framing options. Sign up on eventbrite to secure your place!   For more news stories and events visit our Brighton Gallery page $test =
  • artrepublic Supports the Brighton Living Wage Campaign

    artrepublic gallery wholeheartedly supports the Brighton Living Wage campaign* which aims to encourage local businesses to voluntarily pay all employees a decent hourly rate rather than the national minimum wage. Calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK and what is required to ....
    artrepublic gallery wholeheartedly supports the Brighton Living Wage campaign* which aims to encourage local businesses to voluntarily pay all employees a decent hourly rate rather than the national minimum wage. Calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK and what is required to live and thrive rather than survive, the current Living Wage is reviewed each year and currently stands at £9.00 per hour. A destination for art lovers for over 25 years, the artrepublic gallery in Brighton's North Laine is well-known and loved within the Brighton community. Our staff provide the expertise and knowledge to help match you with your perfect art and they are an integral part of the business and the experience we offer in our gallery. We recognise that it is the skills of our employees that make us such a trusted brand for art advice, and we are more than happy to honour the Brighton Living Wage for our staff. Staff experiencing money worries can have a huge detrimental effect on staff wellbeing and many studies have shown a link between financial strain, mental health and the working environment. Employees who struggling financially are 3.8 times more likely to suffer from anxiety, stress and panic attacks and 4.8 time more likely to experience depression. (Source - Salary Finance) It is important to us that our team feels happy and valued and are paid a fair wage that shows we recognise their talent and hard work. Other artrepublic gallery employee perks include yoga evenings, breathworks workshops and buffet breakfasts and we are always looking at new ways to develop our company culture to improve staff wellbeing. Of course paying staff the Living Wage has been shown provide a number of benefits to employers as well as staff such as lower staff turnover and the associated training costs and improved staff morale and productivity. Spearheaded by Brighton Chamber, the Living Wage campaign has set the goal of making Brighton and Hove a glowing example of how the Living Wage can become the normal and accepted minimum level of payment for all employers in the city.   You can find us listed on the Brighton Living Wage directory   For more news stories and events visit our Brighton Gallery page $test =

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