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  • Euan Roberts Q&A - I'm OK

    The final release of Euan Roberts' 'I'm OK' print has been highly anticipated and received overwhelmingly positive reviews and responses across social media platforms. We were lucky enough to sit down with Euan to talk about this wonderful piece.   R: How have people responded to your new....
    The final release of Euan Roberts' 'I'm OK' print has been highly anticipated and received overwhelmingly positive reviews and responses across social media platforms. We were lucky enough to sit down with Euan to talk about this wonderful piece.   R: How have people responded to your new piece? — E: The response to the print ‘I’m OK – Midnight Edition’ has been hugely positive. For this edition, I teamed with my good friend and incredible screen printer Joe Vass who is a true magician and artisan when it comes to printing. We wanted to create a print that set a really high standard in terms of my  work and I’m so happy with how it’s turned out. People who have seen the print in the flesh have been commenting on the depth of colour and how the water really shimmers in the light.   R: Is mental health something that’s been present in your own life? — E: Sure. I think that mental health is something that affects everyone and making art has definitely been a way for me to maintain my own mental wellbeing. From my first ‘I’m OK’ print I had so many people message me saying that the image had given them strength and that they could relate to the sentiment. As an artist, this is a hugely honouring and gratifying effect to have. I guess the optimistic and playful nature of my work is my way of trying to reinforce my own inner-strength, as sort of visual mantras. For so long I worried and stressed about creating art to the point where it was virtually impossible to commit to making a picture. Now it flows so naturally and with such joy and I don’t feel so precious, I just learnt to have fun with it ☺. I feel wider attitudes towards mental health and mental illness is gradually changing for the better. Society is becoming more sensitive to the fact that it’s ok to not feel ok and people are becoming more open to sharing their thoughts and seeing this vulnerability and openness as a signifier of great strength rather than weakness. If through some small way my art can contribute to this conversation then I’m all for it.   R: How did you feel while producing this piece? — E: I don’t really feel much while I’m making art. When I’m truly in the zone and have achieved a flow state. I think in our increasingly screen-led virtual existence it’s so important to do things that take us away from the constant thought/reaction process we’re used to. I think these beautiful flow states can be achieved not just through making art but cooking, running, sport, yoga, meditation etc. Find something you love doing and during which you forget everything, then try and do it and find this state as much as possible would be my advice.   R: What was the response you were aiming for? — E: It would be unauthentic to say I don’t aim to please people with my art. I understand that what I make might not be everyone’s cup of tea but I just want my creativity to invoke a feeling in the viewer. If my art can cause people to smile and feel happy, even if just for a second before returning them to their everyday existence, feeling little lighter, then I’ve done my job.    R: The print is a very accurate representation of how so many people feel. Was it an idea long in the making? Or did it come to you quite quickly? — E: The original idea came to me very quickly. Last summer I was working on a number of collages on paper, each was made really quick while I was working in my garden. This piece just fell together really. I would ask my girlfriend each day after work how she was, and she would answer ‘I’m OK’ with this really distinct intonation. Almost like “Oooohhhh-Kay”. Anyway, from that initial response she would often then go to elaborate on how she was actually feeling and explain to me the various complexities of her day good or bad. I’m pretty sure that subconsciously this piece is a self-portrait. I’m from Brighton and love being by the sea, so no doubt that is the setting, however, unfortunately, I doubt you’d ever see so many stars in the sky in that part of the country. I was talking to my friend the other day and we were discussing how you never really see the full bounty of stars in the night sky unless you’re on holiday, so maybe I’m actually in a glorious warm ocean on a beautifully clear night…   R: Are there any other artists you admire? — E: The list is so long and continually being added to. I really admire people who make art because they have to. Those people whose evaluation of their work is from an internal source rather than external. The artist’s who will spend their last £10 on a tube of paint and stand inches away from their favourite paintings examining the surface. Art nerds like me basically!   R: Do you have any works planned of a similar nature that you may release in the future? — E: I want to continue to create prints that can be seen as uplifting and energising. The plan is to keep putting art out there whether it's by print releases or shows. I just want my work to be seen in real life as much as possible.   Euan is releasing the standard midnight edition as well as 7 hand-finished pieces, varying in colour. Don't miss out!       $test =
  • Ryan Callanan Teams Up With The Prodigy On New Action Figures

    The Poptorian Artist RYCA Launches His Latest Rave Inspired Sculptures. Hit UK rave pioneers The Prodigy have teamed up with artrepublic favourite Ryan Callanan AKA RYCA on a fabulous new set of art figures. Callanan has re-cast all three members of the electronic group in miniature figurine f....
    The Poptorian Artist RYCA Launches His Latest Rave Inspired Sculptures. Hit UK rave pioneers The Prodigy have teamed up with artrepublic favourite Ryan Callanan AKA RYCA on a fabulous new set of art figures. Callanan has re-cast all three members of the electronic group in miniature figurine form, capturing incredible detail and accurate likenesses of the big-beat stalwarts. View The 'Rave Heroes' Set On Our Site The 250 hand sculpted sets of chrome-plated 3.75” scale art figures feature backdrop artwork from the band’s live shows. They have individually been silkscreened and hand printed, resulting in a stunning piece of highly collectable art. Every box is individually numbered and hand signed by Liam, Keith, Maxim and RYCA. In addition to these there are 10 sets gilded in 23.5ct gold leaf, not available for purchase anywhere, but sent out at random to ten buyers of the original 250 sets of art figures sold. Ryan has previously teamed up with another legendary UK music icon in Fatboy Slim. The prolific artist has created bespoke artwork for the DJ, collaborating on his recent snow dog ‘Boomer’, which sold at auction for £20,000 and an acid smiley World Cup replica released back in 2014. RYCA is also famed for his series of hip hop legends including figures of Biggie Smalls, Tupac and Eazy-E which led him to approach the band to make his ‘Rave Heroes’ collection. On teaming up with Prodigy RYCA said “The Prodigy have been the soundtrack in my life since I was playing with action figures, I'm now immortalising my rave heroes as art toys...”. The Prodigy X RYCA Ltd Edition Chrome Art Figures are now available from artrepublic. Get your hands on a set before they all sell out! $test =
  • Spotted In The Gallery: Martin Varennes-Cooke

    We recently had the pleasure of welcoming local Brighton-based artist Martin Varennes-Cooke to the gallery, when he popped by to drop of new prints. Brighton is well known for its artistic community and it’s always a treat for us to have some of favourite local practitioners stop by with new....
    We recently had the pleasure of welcoming local Brighton-based artist Martin Varennes-Cooke to the gallery, when he popped by to drop of new prints. Brighton is well known for its artistic community and it’s always a treat for us to have some of favourite local practitioners stop by with new examples of their work. Varennes-Cooke is known for combining Pop Art aesthetics with the more traditional techniques associated with Fine Art. His colourful hummingbird editions have proven to be a longstanding favourite amongst visitors to our Brighton gallery. With the artist perfectly capturing the exotics birds’ plumage and rich colours in his prints. In ‘Morning Commute’ Varennes-Cooke has accurately rendered the interior of Brighton’s iconic train station, using a predominantly muted monochrome pallet, with the addition of soft pink light signifying the rising morning sun. ‘Morning Commute’ is available online at our Brighton gallery. Call 01273 724829 or email brighton@artrepublic.com for further information. $test =
  • Peter Blake Comes To Brighton

    1 We are thrilled to announce that the Godfather of Pop Art Sir Peter Blake will be releasing his Brighton inspired box set, exclusive to artrepublic, in our gallery. http://www.artrepublic.com/wp/wp-admin/link-manager.php The evening will offer the unique opportunity to meet the artist in pe....
    1 We are thrilled to announce that the Godfather of Pop Art Sir Peter Blake will be releasing his Brighton inspired box set, exclusive to artrepublic, in our gallery. http://www.artrepublic.com/wp/wp-admin/link-manager.php The evening will offer the unique opportunity to meet the artist in person with a champagne reception, followed by a special dinner. The gallery event will be free for visitors but you'll need to get tickets if you want to attend the dinner with the much celebrated artist. The evening will take place on Sunday 20th October. To register your interest and get your name on the guest list, please call the gallery or email us - events@artrepublic.com. $test =
  • The London Art Fair 2015: 21-25 January

    Destroy The 27th edition of the London Art Fair will officially launch the art world year in the UK this month with a multitude of exquisite work on show. The Main Fair will bring together over 120 leading galleries from across the UK and overseas.  It will be....
    Destroy The 27th edition of the London Art Fair will officially launch the art world year in the UK this month with a multitude of exquisite work on show. The Main Fair will bring together over 120 leading galleries from across the UK and overseas.  It will be presenting exceptional modern British art alongside contemporary work produced by both established artists and new upcoming, emerging talent. Our Brighton based sister gallery ink_d promise a spectacular return to this year’s Main Fair which takes place at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London. Established in 2007, ink_d displays the cream of collectable and affordable art, with a diverse range of painting, prints, sculpture and ceramics. The gallery has a strong ethos that supports and nurtures local talent alongside rising stars and established artists.  Destroy The ink_d London Art Fair stand (G12) will be showing many new and exclusive works from artists including Dan Baldwin, Enzo Marra, Ian Hodgson, Carrie Reichardt, Carne Griffiths, Sarah Shaw, Jake Wood-Evans, Ryan Callanan, Matt Smith, Paul Scott, Mike Ballard, Tom French, Pure Evil, Nick Walker & more! There will also be an new print on offer from Magnus Gjoen, which will be available exclusively from the stand.  Familiar faces from the friendly team at ink_d will be at the fair all week and will be on hand to offer sage advice about collecting, investing, framing and all this contemporary art. So ensure you pop by ink_d at stand G12 to take in some of the fabulous work on display.  Destroy Alongside the Main Fair London Art Fair 2015’s museum partner Pallant House Gallery will be showing key works from their permanent collection in 'The Figure in Modern British Art', a unique exhibition housed in a pavilion space at the front of the Fair. The collection includes works by Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson, John Piper, Eduardo Paolozzi, Richard Hamilton and Patrick Caulfield.  Also taking place will be Photo50, a guest-curated exhibition of contemporary photography featuring fifty works. It is located within London Art Fair on the second level and provides a critical showcase of some of the most interesting and distinctive elements of current photographic practice. Talks from a number of esteemed artists, critics, gallerists and collectors be taking place over the course of the week and will be free to attend with a Fair ticket.  Destroy The London Art Fair is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy exceptional art from over 1,000 leading artists in one location. On Thursday 22nd January the doors will be kept open until late, giving guests the chance to browse art work while enjoying complimentary drinks, talks and performances. Booking in advance is strongly advised to avoid queuing at the venue. All of the team ink_d very much look forward to welcoming you at stand G12. See you there!  Destroy Venue: Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, London, N1 0QH. Visit the London Art Fair website here for helpful travel information. Opening Hours: Tues 20 January (VIP Preview): 3pm-6pm. (Preview Evening): 6pm-9pm Wed 21 January (Photography Focus Day): 11am-9pm Thurs 22 January (Thursday Late): 11am-9pm Fri 23 January: 11am-7pm Sat 24 January: 10am-7pm  Sun 25 January: 10am-5pm Book Tickets: www.londonartfair.co.uk The ink_d gallery will continue to be open for the period of the fair in their intimate and unique gallery space on North Road, Brighton.  artzine your guide to everything that's happening in the art world $test =

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