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  • Staff Recommendations

    Take a look at our staff recommendations for some insider perspective on our favourite prints in our Brighton gallery. Things come and go quickly however, so call the gallery on +44 (0)1273 724829 or email brighton@artrepublic.com to avoid missing out! “Poolside Gossip” by Slim Aarons We lo....
    Take a look at our staff recommendations for some insider perspective on our favourite prints in our Brighton gallery. Things come and go quickly however, so call the gallery on +44 (0)1273 724829 or email brighton@artrepublic.com to avoid missing out! “Poolside Gossip” by Slim Aarons We love everything about this piece. Slim Aarons was known for “photographing attractive people, doing attractive things, in attractive places” and this 20th Century piece is a perfect representation of that. The dusty desert hills of Palm Spring’s look almost other-worldly against the lush green, meticulously landscaped garden. Perfectly yellow sunflowers and a glassy turquoise pool take center stage, when more interestingly, the modern glass-and-stone house in the background was designed by famous architect Richard Neutra for Edgar J. Kaufmann. The glamorous women you ask? Nelda Linsk, in yellow, owned the home when the photo was taken in 1970. Her friend, Helen Kaptur, lounging in the white lace co-ord, was married for many years to the mid-century architect Hugh Kaptur. The third women with fabulous legs? Actress, Lita Baron. Elite wives and socialites, quite a suitable subject for a photographer who made regular acquaintances with the likes of Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe and the Kennedy family. Now widely recognised as the master of modern photography, Slim Aarons has gained new interest following the publication of his books, celebrating a career spanning over 6 decades. He is admired by many top fashion designers, including Tom Ford and Paul Smith for the unusual fact that he did not work with stylists or make-up artists but on the contrary, preferred that his subjects styled themselves. This gives pieces like ‘Poolside Gossip’ insight into the characters and their interests. Just look at those immaculate blow dries! To share your ideas and find out more about this piece and other works by Slim Aarons at artrepublic Brighton, call us on 01273 724829 and speak to one of our personal art advisors. ‘The Reclaimed Icons’ by Sir Peter Blake If glitter was ever to make an ‘iconic’ come back – it would be now. Sir Peter Blake’s vibrant set of glitz and glitter-filled prints are a sparkly celebration of historically iconic images – once seen in large volumes on a daily basis. Classic icons such as: travelling circus clown and a cat in a sash have been reworked and revitalised into striking works of art using vibrant inks and metallic glitters. With 5 nostalgic prints in the set, Sir Peter Blake has re-injected a burst of energy and life into these icons, winning over our 21st Century hearts. Knighted back in 2002 for his services to Art, the prolific painter, printmaker and collage artist has revealed that ‘The Reclaimed Icons’ may eventually be a set of 10 glittery prints. We are excited to see which icons he will choose to jazz up next. Read more about Sir Peter Blake on our blog and discover more about these limited edition prints at artrepublic Brighton. Call us on +44 (0)1273 724829 and speak to one of our personal art advisors. ‘Proteus’ by Paul Huxley Acclaimed British artist, Paul Huxley has created a limited edition of 50 ‘Proteus’ silkscreen prints. Best known for his experimental perspective with linear lines, distorted geometry and dynamic illusion, the Royal Academy of Art graduate was a key influencer in the development of the 1960s abstract painting movement. Looking closely – panels of colour in dusky-pink, violet, and inky black create a soft palette, making this print complementary to any interior space. Huxley isn’t one to shy away from optical illusion but manages to use it in a way that is intriguing and not overwhelming. Swirling monochrome semi-circles hypnotise us as the sky-blue block just adjacent, perfectly balances this intense, yet spacious abstract experience. If you are interested in any of our staff recommendations, please call the gallery on +44 (0)1273 724829 or email brighton@artrepublic.com for enquiries or more information. For more news stories and events visit our Brighton Gallery page $test =
  • Collector's Corner

    Our Collector's Corner is a treasure trove of highly collectable, awe-inspiring artwork. Things come and go quickly at our Brighton gallery and are snapped up by avid collectors, so call us today on +44 (0)1273 724829 or email brighton@artrepublic.com. Sir Peter Blake – ‘Four Seasons’ A gr....
    Our Collector's Corner is a treasure trove of highly collectable, awe-inspiring artwork. Things come and go quickly at our Brighton gallery and are snapped up by avid collectors, so call us today on +44 (0)1273 724829 or email brighton@artrepublic.com. Sir Peter Blake – ‘Four Seasons’ A great potential entry-level investment by an iconic hero. This collection of prints is nothing short of wonderful. Often called the ‘Godfather of British Pop Art’, Sir Peter Blake has developed a well-loved style over the last half a century. Best known for the iconic album cover he produced for the Beatles: 'Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band', Blake's work is inspired by his love affair with icons of popular culture. Born in 1932 in Dartford, Kent, he studied at Gravesend School of Art before earning a place at the prestigious Royal College of Art London in 1956. The concept of ‘found art’ was an aspect that excited Blake and the notion of finding beauty within banal everyday objects has been a long-standing muse behind the artwork we see from him today. In 2002 Peter Blake received a knighthood for his services to art and his work continues to bring a contemporary aesthetic with every new piece created. ‘Four Seasons’ is an uplifting, pop kitsch box set of 4 giclée prints, beautifully depicting each seasonal phase of the year. Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter feature a panoply of vintage collaged elements – a fantastic mix of Victorian figures, 1950’s pin up girls and every vintage icon you can imagine, in between. The character-full prints come alive alongside the intensely saturated, illustrative landscapes, blending into a joyful cocktail of surrealism and tongue-in-cheek irony. All prints are signed by Sir Peter Blake and presented in a bespoke, British Racing Green portfolio box with colophon and title pages. Call our Brighton Gallery on +44 (0)1273 724829 or email brighton@artrepublic.com to get your hands on this fantastic portfolio set. David Spiller – ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ Striking, love-infused scribbles and colourful typography embody this lively silkscreen print from the late, David Spiller. Produced just before he sadly passed away, this pop art print is from a limited edition of 95 and is the last in his portfolio collection that is signed personally. ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ is a true celebration of all things positive. In one of his last interviews, Spiller explained: “I really want to make paintings that put some magic on the wall. Some of them are straightforward things. Some are wild things. But underneath, it says ‘I love you”. This bold and emotive print is unique in its creation. Spiller wanted to produce a new work of art from one of his original paintings. So, the piece started out as a photograph of a painting, of which he then added shapes and colours to the background. Layering on top, he then hand drew onto acetate, preparing screens for the final print. The finished artwork is such a joy to look at and combination of two creative processes – one by artist and the other, by the printer. Passing in 2018, he was famous for mixing well-known and loved cartoon characters with elements of autobiography, songs, stories and memories. Spiller would often scribble down lines from his favourite songs on his artwork, giving us an insight into his character and personal interests. Over the course of his career, Spiller held many solo exhibitions around the world, gaining a loyal following. His works are now in many private and corporate collections worldwide. An artist that always warmed our hearts at the gallery, he is missed but his positive messages continue to live on through his uplifting artwork.   Call our Brighton Gallery on +44 (0)1273 724829 or email brighton@artrepublic.com for further information on this or any of the other artworks featured in our Collector's Corner.   For more news stories and events visit our Brighton Gallery page. $test =
  • How to Buy Art Prints

    A guide to buying Artwork When purchasing a piece of art, there is a lot of terminology that come into play which you may not have come across before, with a lot of aspects to consider. In this guide, we break down each feature of the artwork and briefly describe the key features of each. ....
    A guide to buying Artwork When purchasing a piece of art, there is a lot of terminology that come into play which you may not have come across before, with a lot of aspects to consider. In this guide, we break down each feature of the artwork and briefly describe the key features of each. A visual guide to art print terminology Contents 10 Tips for buying art online Own Art Edition Type Limited Editions Artist / Printers Proof Open Edition Originals Timed Release Box Sets Hors Commerce Edition Size Paper & Image Size Paper Edge Print Types Giclee Silkscreen Etching Lenticular Photography / C-Type Lino Cut Mixed Media Paper Types Finishes How to Store Your Art Work Sleeve Storage Framed Storage 10 Tips for Buying Art Online 1. Get to know what you’re buying – Brush up on key terms like Limited Editions, Paper types and finishes so you know exactly what you’re buying. An Open Edition Giclée and a Limited Edition Silkscreen can be entirely different, but may look similar to the untrained eye! 2. Research the Artist – Every artist is different and will have a personal story with their work. Researching their style and evolution will bring understanding and value to the artwork you are considering. 3. Where is the piece going? – Are you after Square, Portrait or Landscape piece? How big does it need to be? This will help you refine your search. 4. Be Open – There’s so many different styles out there, it’s hard to pin artwork into a single box. Browse around, using categories and filters to hone your budget and tastes. 5. Budget – Consider Own Art Finance if a piece you’ve found isn’t within your budget. It can spread costs of artwork over many months at no additional cost. 6. Consider newer artists – The big names attract big money. However supporting emerging artists can secure you a similar style of work at a lower price. 7. Don’t try to guess the market – It’s difficult to know whether artwork will increase in value, and it’s best to purchase for your own pleasure and enjoyment. 8. Consider Framing – Framing protects your print against damage. If purchasing a piece to put on your wall, purchase framing at the same time to have your piece professionally handled and framed. 9. Pay attention to size – Unlike in a gallery, getting an idea of size can be extremely difficult with a 20 x 20cm piece looking similar to a 80 x 80cm when viewed on a screen! We list paper sizes for all our pieces and provide mock-ups where possible. 10. Buy what you love – Remember, art you buy will be on your walls for a long time! Make sure you enjoy the art you buy above all else. Own Art - Affordable Art Financing Scheme Own Art is a scheme which makes art from contemporary artists more affordable by spreading the cost out over 10 months. It is backed by the Arts Council via the UK Government, and is available on a wide range of selected works. For more information on availability and eligibility, please see our full guide. Edition Type These are the most common edition types that you can find on artrepublic: Limited Edition Artist / Printers Proof Open Edition Original Timed release Box Set Limited Editions These are prints that, unsurprisingly, are limited in their production. The amount they are limited by depends entirely on the edition. Limited editions are always numbered but not always signed by the artist. Special edition prints, such as those with Gold Leaf, Diamond dust or other finishes, are usually limited to smaller edition sizes compared to the main edition, such as 5 or 10. Sometimes they will be the first 5 or 10 releases of an edition. Edition Numbers – Edition numbers are normally written in the format xx/yy. The first number is the number of the print in the series. The second number is the total number of prints in that edition. Special edition prints, such as those with Gold Leaf, Diamond dust or other finishes, are usually limited to smaller edition sizes compared to the main edition, such as 5 or 10. Sometimes they will be the first 5 or 10 releases of an edition. Artist / Printers Proof When producing limited editions, an extra number of prints, excluded from the main edition size, are printed as an additional proofing for the artist and / or printers to ensure the intended results are achieved. These can be around 10% of the edition size, and can vary in appearance from the main edition. They can include blemishes or colour variations that were “fixed” for the main edition, due to the proofing process. Open Edition These are editions that have no fixed production volume – and can run indefinitely. For this reason they are usually not signed. Originals Originals are artworks produced by the artists. They can be 1/1 hand finished prints. These are 1 of 1s, originally produced by the artist and include hand-finished details. It may be that limited edition prints are produced from this original piece. Timed Release Timed releases are a new format that has taken off in recent years, especially for online retailers. A print is made available for a set time – usually 24 or 48 hours, and the edition size is then determined by how many prints are ordered and produced. Box Sets Box Sets are collections of limited edition works, in a special presentation “box” which is often a piece of work in itself! The collections can be available as individual prints or they may only be available as a set. Sometimes only part of an edition is in a set with matching numbers. Hors Commerce (HC) Prints printed not for commercial sale will be marked with HC. They are often the same as the original edition, but were not originally printed for sale. Edition Size As the name suggests, this is the amount of prints that have been produced in a set edition. It’s important to note that variations on a print will have their own edition sizes. For example an artist may produce a standard edition with a size of 50, while also releasing special gold leaf or diamond dust editions at smaller edition sizes and print sizes. So the image used may have a total print run of 90 plus, consisting of 50 standard editions, 20 gold and 20 diamond versions. Paper Size + Image Size All of our paper sizes are displayed in the format Width x Height, in cm. If the first number is larger than the second, the print is in landscape format, and vice versa is portrait. The image size will sometimes be smaller than the paper size, suggesting a border around the image. Where possible we try to show this through the product image. Paper Edge Papers will have either straight cut edges, or “deckled”, hand torn edges. This mostly influences how you may frame the print. Straight cut edges can be framed to the edge, where as deckled prints will look impressive with a shadow float mount. Deckled edge with Float mount Straight cut paper, Framed to the paper edge   Print Types Artists work using a wide variety of print methods, all producing slightly different styles. Giclée (Archival Print) Giclée’s are a digital form of printing, using high resolution inkjet printers to produce quality archival prints which can last for decades. These can be finished with hand-applied details, or hand finished silkscreens and finishes. Silkscreen Silkscreen, also referred to as screen printing or serigraph, is a process where screens made of stretched silk are exposed to light to produce certain patterns, through which ink is then pressed onto paper. It is a manual process where each colour is applied by hand, often involving many layers. A fabulous example of an artist who pushes this to the limit is Bonnie and Clyde who have produced 30-layered screen-prints.Silkscreens can also used to finish / glaze other types of print. Close up of a Silkscreen Close up of a Giclee Etching Etching is a method of placing an image onto a metal plate using acid. The plate is covered in an acid-ground or wax, protecting the plate from the acid bath. Into this, the artist scratches a design. When submerged the acid eats away at the exposed metal, leaving an indented area to which ink can be applied for printing. As a method it dates back to the 14th century, and was widely used for printing in the 16th century. Lenticular A lenticular is a technology that allows the viewed image to alter, based on viewing angle. This is achieved through a layer of lenses (lenticules) on the surface of the print which only allows the viewing of one of the interlaced images. This creates prints that change based on where the viewer is standing.Artists use this effect to make images appear 3 dimensional, convey movement or change the colours in a print entirely. Photography / C-Type Photography prints use a different printing process. The result is a more analogue feel to the prints, due to the chemical process that prints are exposed to. They are preferred due to the glossy and metallic results achievable with certain paper types not available for Giclée. Note that silkscreens may be used to apply finishes such as diamond dust, varnishes or glazes to Photography prints, but are rarely used to print the image itself. Linocut Linocuts are produced through ink flowing into a relief carved within a sheet of linoleum. Mixed Media Mixed media works are produced using a variety of mediums / methods. For example a print may be a Giclée print with a silkscreen varnish, along with spray painted and hand drawn elements. Some artists may use 3D objects to enhance an image. Glitter, plastic models, glass, spray paint, oils and more can all be utilised to create a unique hand finished artwork. Or an artist can create an original work with oilpaint collage and spray stencils. Paper Types The paper type is specified where available on our prints. The style or make of paper usually varies based on artist preference, with different paper types creating different end results due to the absorption of inks.It is important to wrap prints in tissue paper that is acid free to prevent the yellowing of the paper.We always describe paper used in the following format: “300gsm Somerset Tub” – “Weight, Make, Style”. Weight Weight refers to the paper weight, with many of the prints being produced on paper between 300 and 400gsm. This makes for an extremely thick, quality paper which absorbs inks much better than thinner papers and lasts much longer. GSM stands for Grams per Square Meter. Standard office printer paper is around 80gsm. Make There are several makers of paper, with Somerset and Hahnemühle and Fabriano the most popular. Style The last piece of information is the style, such as Satin, Cotton Rag, Satin, Smooth, Velvet etc. These all vary on the production process of the paper. Finishes Prints may be finished with varnishes, glazes and other layers to give a piece a special finish. This can be to highlight certain areas of the print or to give the whole print a certain aesthetic. They can be applied by Hand or as a Silkscreen layer. How to Store Your Art Work Effective storage of your prints ensures protects your prints and lets you rotate and freshen up the art you display on your walls. The best way to store prints is either in a sleeve, or framed. Sleeve Storage Folders or Sleeves are a safe way to store prints long term, as they ensure flat, separated storage in an easy to manage form. Portfolio sleeves are relatively inexpensive, and can be purchased with firm separators to keep prints flat. Once sleeved, ideally store in a large metal cabinet, as metal is cleaner won’t harbor any organic materials which may damage your print. Things to be aware of: Humidity – Keep in an area with good air flow and stable temperatures. Avoid basements or similar areas where excessive heat or mould can warp or discolour / eat the print Light – UV Glass for framed items is highly recommended as it protects from discolouring and fading of colours. If storing long term, try to avoid direct sunlight Heat – Like humidity, heat can cause prints to warp or go brittle if the air is too dry. Keep at a stable temperature and avoid placing artwork above radiators. Acid – Make sure packaging and framing is all acid free Framed Storage Once work has been framed and cannot safely be removed from the frame, the best option for storage is to wrap in protective packaging such as bubble wrap, and tightly tape sealed shut.Top tips: Avoid storing prints near / above radiators Avoid storing prints in direct sunlight (use UV glass in frames where available) Do not store in areas without airflow that may attract humidity. Use acid free storage / tissue paper when wrapping $test =
  • Peter Blake’s stunning ‘Union Flag’ in our Brighton Gallery

    A patriotic homage by the God Father of Pop Art. Our Brighton Gallery is a treasure trove or rare and collectable prints by the world renowned Pop Artist Sir Peter Blake. ‘Union Flag’ is a magnificent limited edition silkscreen print that has been embellished with the highest qualit....
    A patriotic homage by the God Father of Pop Art. Our Brighton Gallery is a treasure trove or rare and collectable prints by the world renowned Pop Artist Sir Peter Blake. ‘Union Flag’ is a magnificent limited edition silkscreen print that has been embellished with the highest quality archival glitter. The work continues in Blake’s career-long fascination and love of flags, a repeated motif that has long since served the artist from the beginning of his career in the 1960s. The edition also proclaims Blake’s love of his country and the union of the British Isles. He has explored his own patriotism in other works including his recent 'Brighton' and 'Four Seasons' box sets. Union Flag- signed limited edition silkscreen print with glitter by Peter Blake. Edition Size: 75 Image Size: 830 x 555mm Paper Size: 890 x 720mm ‘I am very patriotic and I love the Union Flag; the sense of history it gives, the union between four great countries that it represents. Over the years I have used printmaking to explore and experiment with the flag in various ways; making large-scale digital prints from Union Flag badges (sewn or enamel) or illustrations that I have collected." “The new works are not based on ‘found’ images of the flag. I wanted to use the variety of hand-applied finishes available when you make a silkscreen, to play with the colours and textures of this simple geometric pattern that is so familiar to us. The prints also celebrate The Queen’s 90th birthday.” – Sir Peter Blake We only have a very limited number of the Union flag prints available so be sure to call our Brighton Gallery or pop in to find out more before they're all gone! Call 01273 724829 or email brighton@artrepublic.com. $test =
  • What A Night! Our Dave White Print Launch

    Another memorable art event in our Brighton Gallery. We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone that attended our recent print launch with Dave White in our Brighton Gallery. It was a fantastic night that saw our Bond Street space filled to the rafters with eager art fans, follower, frien....
    Another memorable art event in our Brighton Gallery. We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone that attended our recent print launch with Dave White in our Brighton Gallery. It was a fantastic night that saw our Bond Street space filled to the rafters with eager art fans, follower, friends of the gallery and fellow artists. It was an honour and a pleasure to have the main man himself Dave White in our gallery, kindly signing and dedicated prints whilst posing for selfies. We had a number of Dave's current editions on the walls, showcasing the breadth of different animals the artist has explored over the years. From tropical and exotic creatures to native endangered species, each expertly rendered with expressive brush strokes and energetic marks. The first 25 people to purchase one of the new ‘Stag’ and ‘Doe’ print each received a special goodie bag containing our latest artzine, a pair of patches, stickers and a very special limited edition charcoal study print. If you missed out the launch we still have a few of the new prints available in our Brighton Gallery. A must-have piece for any wildlife fans and a classic pair of editions from one of our most popular artists. For more news stories and events visit our Brighton Gallery page. $test =
  • Banksy’s Latest ‘Street Party’ At Walled Off Hotel

    BThe artist's Bethlehem event marks 100 years since the Balfour Declaration. The surreptitious street artist Banksy has recently created a satirical “street party” at his Bethlehem Walled Off hotel to commemorate the centenary anniversary of the Balfour declaration, which promised a Jewis....
    BThe artist's Bethlehem event marks 100 years since the Balfour Declaration. The surreptitious street artist Banksy has recently created a satirical “street party” at his Bethlehem Walled Off hotel to commemorate the centenary anniversary of the Balfour declaration, which promised a Jewish homeland in Palestine and support from the British Government. The street artist stated that the West Bank tea party was created to apologise for Britain’s role in the carving up of the holy land and subsequent years of turmoil and conflict between Israel and Palestine. A statement by Banksy said: "This conflict has brought so much suffering to people on all sides. It didn't feel appropriate to 'celebrate' the British role in it." "The British didn't handle things well here - when you organise a wedding, it's best to make sure the bride isn't already married." The street party was official opened by an actor dressed up as the Queen accompanied by dozens of local Palestinian children. The fake Queen unveiled Banksy’s new carved public artwork "Er... Sorry". The controversial piece of performance art took place just metres away from Banksy’s latest installation, his ingenious Walled Off Hotel. Opening earlier this year the boutique hotel presents Banksy’s subversive artwork in a unique setting, offering visitors the chance to stay in differently themed rooms. For more news stories and events visit our Brighton Gallery page. $test =
  • New In Our Brighton Gallery: Plastic Jesus

    The anonymous LA-based street artist creates unforgettable stenciled artwork. We are very pleased to announce that we now have signed limited edition prints available from the controversial street artist Plastic Jesus. Currently taking our gallery by storm, the secretive artist made global h....
    The anonymous LA-based street artist creates unforgettable stenciled artwork. We are very pleased to announce that we now have signed limited edition prints available from the controversial street artist Plastic Jesus. Currently taking our gallery by storm, the secretive artist made global headlines earlier this year when his life-sized sculpture of rapper Kanye West appeared overnight on Hollywood Boulevard. “We have built Kanye West into some kind of god-like idol, I believe he’s a genius when it comes to writing and producing but he’s human. When we build people into idols we have expectations, and if they fail to meet those expectations we crucify them." - Plastic Jesus The shining gold figure depicted West as Jesus being crucified on the cross, whilst wearing a pair of his sought-after ‘Yeezy’ trainers.  "There are a few celebrities we have made into god-like figures," Plastic Jesus told Rolling Stone in a conversation about his project. "The domain in society and culture that they fill is far greater than their output. I think that's happened to Kanye." 'Yeezus' By Plastic Jesus In our Brighton gallery we currently have available the artist’s print version of his LA installation, ‘Yeezus'. The signed limited edition silkscreen print displays the rapper and beau of Kim Kardashian dressed in a simple loincloth with arms spread eagle, reminiscent of the Christ figure that appears in many renaissance paintings. The print can be viewed as a critique on our 21st-century creeds: consumerism, capitalism, and celebrity culture. The Kanye West stunt wasn’t Plastic Jesus’s first foray into subversive public art. In 2016 he famously created a six-inch high wall around President Donald Trump’s Hollywood star. A parody of the President’s controversial rhetoric stating he was going to build an enormous wall alongside the United State’s border with Mexico. Plastic Jesus was trained as a photojournalist and shifted his practice from the camera to street installations in order better address major sociopolitical and cultural issues. We have other fantastic editions by Plastic Jesus available in our Brighton Gallery including his iconic work ‘Stop Making Stupid People Famous’, a slogan that went viral for the artist, garnering over 40,000 likes. 'Stop Making Stupid People Famous' - By Plastic Jesus Described as the ‘Banksy of L.A.’ Plastic Jesus is one of the most exciting street artists around. Be sure to visit our Brighton Gallery to view first hand his witty, political and powerful works! For more news stories and events visit our Brighton Gallery page. $test =
  • Last Chance To Buy

    Things come and go quickly in our Brighton gallery, here are a few prints that are nearing the end of their edition. Call our gallery on +44 (0)1273 724829 for further information on anything featured. Mark Vessey – ‘Norman XL’ Following our amazing event and artwork release in November 20....
    Things come and go quickly in our Brighton gallery, here are a few prints that are nearing the end of their edition. Call our gallery on +44 (0)1273 724829 for further information on anything featured. Mark Vessey – ‘Norman XL’ Following our amazing event and artwork release in November 2018, celebrating the artwork collaboration between Brighton-based photographer Mark Vessey and international DJ, Norman Cook – there are only a few of Vessey’s ‘Norman XL’ limited edition prints left at the gallery. From a small edition of 15, Mark Vessey explores Norman Cook’s personal record collection, featuring a selection that has both influenced and been created by the DJ himself. Printed onto fine art cotton rag paper, this C-Type print depicts a stack of Norman’s LPs, neatly organised in a uniform fashion. An outstanding representation of fantastic artists and sounds, the meticulously organised stack is a mix of weathered LPs, reflecting years of enjoyment and some that look almost fresh-out-of-the cellophane. Vessey explains: “My work is about trying to establish a sense of order. There is comfort in collecting things, studying things that people take for granted – grouping everyday objects into such a way that they become something special, seeing how they fit together to become a thing of great beauty”. His work has a very clear focus on collections. You could even go as far as to say that he is ‘the’ collector of all collections! In an interview with us, he explained: “Basically, ever since I’ve been in Brighton I’ve had an interest in people’s collections. I have a hit list of people whose collections I want to shoot. There are always people that you’re drawn to, and Norman Cook was one of those people. I love music and how it ties into everything culturally’. There is nothing accidental about the way Vessey has stacked Norman’s LPs. They are layered in a way that makes perfect sense and reflects Norman’s personal soundscape, celebrating his long-standing global career in music. Vessey said: “It’s not just House music: there’s blues, Beastie Boys, The Clash, Donna Summer... It’s not one genre of music, and that’s why I find it interesting. I was looking at what the spines said, how they fit together, how the colour moves throughout the piece of work and then it kind of came together. There are a couple of doubles in there… The Ultimate Breaks & Beats / Various Artists and Bob James. That’s because when Norman was selecting them he told me: ‘When I’ve put in two of them, it means when I was DJing, I had them both spinning at the same time.’ I think it was important to respect details like that”. To find out more about ‘Norman XL’ and the print editions available at artrepublic Brighton, visit the gallery or call us on +44 (0)1273 724829 to speak to one of our personal art advisors. The Connor Brothers – ‘Tell Me Beautiful Untrue Things’ Originally from a set of four large scale prints, ‘Tell Me Beautiful Untrue Things’ is another epic, film-noir style print from legendary artist duo The Connor Brothers. This unusual duo has somewhat of an interesting back story to share. Two of the prints from the original set of four have already sold out, and this one will be quick to follow. So, let’s dive in! First of all, we need to clarify that ‘The Connor Brothers’ are a completely fictional set of characters, created to offer the same kind of anonymity as Banksy and other unknown, big-name artists. True to the fictional theme, their satirical and humorous work blurs the boundaries between truth and fiction. The duo reproduce iconic book covers as large-scale acrylic and oil paintings, modifying the original titles and texts with their own words, changing the message whilst maintaining the context. ‘Tell Me Beautiful Untrue Things’ depicts a seductive, 1950s woman, her platinum blonde hair falling about her face, her soft, exposed skin wrapped loosely in white bed sheets. Set against a textured turquoise background, the title words have been printed in blocky, white lettering, recalling sultry film noir posters with a postmodern twist. A brilliant investment piece, The Connor Brothers are hot in the scene right now and perhaps, the most influential duo of the decade. Just a few years ago, The Connor Brothers revealed their true identities in a major feature by Mick Brown for The Telegraph magazine. Since then, London based, James Golding and Mike Snelle have exhibited internationally from New York, Sydney and Dubai to London, Hong Kong and Berlin. One of their pieces made £5,250 at a Christie’s auction in September 2013. In March 2014, after their big reveal, another of their works sold for £9,375, £3,500 over the estimated sale price. As a result, all pieces by The Connor Brothers are now highly sought-after globally. To find out more about this piece and other works by The Connor Brothers at artrepublic Brighton, call us on +44 (0)1273 724829 and speak to one of our personal art advisors. Peter Blake – ‘A - The Dazzle Alphabet’ From a collection of 27 glossy, box-set alphabet prints, Dazzle letter ‘A’ by the legendary Sir Peter Blake is now at its very glitzy, final price point. A print that won’t be around for long, this is your opportunity to snap up one of Blake’s most colourful, pop art wonder-pieces. High gloss and high shine, this limited-edition print has a golden letter ‘A’, composed against blocks of bold colour, intersecting a kaleidoscopic array of dazzling pop perfection! This letter from the ‘Dazzle Alphabet’ is one of 100 silkscreen prints, signed by the artist personally. Based upon Blake’s early pop-styles, this metallic collection came about whilst developing techniques of the 'dazzle camouflage effect' – a World War One aid, adopted by the Navy to avoid enemy detection. The ‘dazzle effect’ consisted of complex patterns and geometric shapes painted onto warship vessels to confuse the enemy of their position. An incredibly effective distraction method, Blake developed this theory to embody a unique artwork aesthetic. His colourful collection of ‘Dazzle Alphabet’ prints came after the success of his co-commission with Liverpool Biennial, WW1 Centenary Art Commissions and Tate Liverpool. Working in partnership with Mersey travel and National Museums Liverpool, he decorated the Mersey Ferry ‘Snowdrop’ in his ‘Dazzle’ technique to great effect. 'Everybody Razzle Dazzle' was the title for this extraordinary commissioned piece. Blake’s individual ‘Dazzle’ letters truly showcase his fascination with elements of nostalgia, childhood innocence and reminiscence. A print that's not to be missed, his letter 'A' is one of our favourites at the gallery.     Call into our Brighton gallery today for further information on any of the artwork featured or call us on +44 (0)1273 724829 or email brighton@artrepublic.com, best be quick though as these pieces are right at the end of their edition!   For more news stories and events visit our Brighton Gallery page $test =
  • Coming Soon: Dave White Print Launch

    Meet the artist in our Brighton Gallery on Thursday 2nd November from 6pm. We are thrilled to announce that on Thursday 2nd November from 6 pm Dave White will be present in our Brighton Gallery for the launch of his hotly anticipated new Doe and Stag limited edition prints. There will be very ....
    Meet the artist in our Brighton Gallery on Thursday 2nd November from 6pm. We are thrilled to announce that on Thursday 2nd November from 6 pm Dave White will be present in our Brighton Gallery for the launch of his hotly anticipated new Doe and Stag limited edition prints. There will be very super special giveaways for those who attend on the evening. The first 25 people who purchase will be getting an extra special package, so get down early to avoid missing out! The evening will also present a rare chance to view Dave White’s other hugely sought after editions while enjoying a glass of bubbly on us, in our Brighton Gallery. Dave will be present signing and dedicating some of the editions on the evening, giving you the opportunity to meet one of our most popular artists! If you’d like to attend our Dave White print launch it’s important that your RSVP to events@artrepublic.com or call our gallery on 01273 724829 with your name, plus the names of any guests to be added to the list. Get down early as the first 25 to purchase will receive a special gift from Dave! Dave White Print Launch Thursday 2nd November 6 pm – 8 pm In our artrepublic Brighton Gallery RSVP - events@artrepublic.com or call 01273 724829 $test =
  • Damien Hirst’s Rare ‘Curare’ edition available in our Brighton Gallery

    Taken from the artists iconic ‘Spots’ series.  In our Brighton Gallery, we currently have available one of Damien Hirst’s exquisite spot prints ‘Curare’. Unlike many of the artist’s editions, this print has been created as a woodcut, giving the work a rich texture and unique qua....
    Taken from the artists iconic ‘Spots’ series.  In our Brighton Gallery, we currently have available one of Damien Hirst’s exquisite spot prints ‘Curare’. Unlike many of the artist’s editions, this print has been created as a woodcut, giving the work a rich texture and unique quality. The spots series began when Hirst was still a student at London’s Goldsmiths Art School. The works have been described as “essays in pure colour” and often refer to Hirst’s on-going fascination with medicine and pharmacological drugs.   ‘Curare’ was created by the master printers at Manifold editions. The precise and complex printing process has been described below. 1. Cherry wood is cut to an exact circle by a laser.   2. A brayer is used to roll the ink onto the cherry-wood face to give an exact paint surface. Cherry wood is used as it absorbs the ink in the correct capacity.   3. The spots are inserted into the woodblocks of a printing press at the exact spacing required.   4. A larger roller is used to place the paper onto the cherry-wood blocks – the paper is 410gsm somerset white paper which is the right grammage to absorb the ink.   5.The pressure used needs to be exact to take the ink, but not too much to smudge.   6.The printing process is replicated for every print, so no two prints are exactly the same.   ‘I’ve always had a phenomenal love of colour… So that’s where the spot paintings came from ... It was just a way of pinning down the joy of colour’ – Damien Hirst In our Brighton gallery, we have a number of rare and sought after editions by Damien Hirst including his ‘Souls’ series of butterflies, additional spots prints and ‘The Cure’, the artist's series of pop-coloured medicinal pills. For more news stories and events visit our Brighton Gallery page. $test =

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