Stolen painting by French master Degas found on bus near Paris

PARIS (Reuters) – French customs police have found a painting by 19th century master Edgar Degas that was stolen nine years ago from a museum in Marseille in the luggage compartment of a bus near Paris, the government said on Friday.


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Glenda Jackson on Quitting Parliament, Playing Lear and Returning to Broadway

After winning two Oscars, she stopped acting for decades to fight Thatcherism. Now, at 81, she’s tackling an Edward Albee classic. But she insists, “I lead a very dull life.”
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Abuse Accusations Against Peter Martins Are Not Corroborated, Inquiry Says

Former New York City Ballet dancers accused Mr. Martins of verbal and physical abuse, and an anonymous letter contained sexual harassment allegations against him.
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China’s terracotta warriors march to Liverpool museum

LIVERPOOL, England (Reuters) – Figures from China’s famed Terracotta Army go on display in a museum in Liverpool this week, a decade after the life-sized sculptures were first showcased in Britain to throngs of visitors.


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Gina Soden artist interview

We recently caught up with Gina Soden, photographer and rising star of British contemporary art.

Discover our recently added collection of Gina Soden prints, by visiting the artrepublic Brighton gallery, 01273 724829, brighton@artrepublic.com.

Gina Studio Studio interview with artrepublic

Q. So Gina, how do you find your fantastic and hidden locations?

A. A variety of ways – I use Google maps and search manually for places, also if I know of a location in a town I will look for others on aerial view and street view. This is a great way to “drive” around and take a look. I also look at articles and books. Tip offs from friends too. It takes me hours to find places sometimes. Other times it is very difficult, so I am lucky to have a great network of friends I am in contact with who share information on abandoned places. The people in the group share a common interest but have different motivations behind their love of exploration. For example, I know a guy who has done a project on Italian asylums and wants the patients stories told. We’ve worked together and while he has been going through the records and speaking to the manager I have been shooting.

Gina Soden Studio 1

Q. It seems like your photographic series have a strong sense of narrative – is this organic or do you create a story with each series?

A. When I’m shooting I try to give a sense of place but not direct the narrative. I want people to be able to make their own stories. I don’t shoot with a series in mind. I collect images and then put them together. For example, Incremento was created from various shoots in Romania, Italy and France. It can sometimes be a race to get there before a building gets renovated or demolished!

Gina Soden Studio 2

Q. That sounds incredible – any hairy moments?

A. To get into an abandoned asylum in Italy I had to crawl through a basement between pipes covered in fibreglass. It was boiling hot, itchy and very claustrophobic. It was all worth it- once inside I spent 12 hours there. I’ve been back three times since, each time a different way in.

Q. Do you have a particular room or piece that came from that experience which stand out for you?

A. A really interesting piece that is titled ‘Manicomio: Operating Theatre’, it was shot using a panoramic head with a wide aperture. The final image is one hundred and seventeen images stitched together. It’s a huge piece, sized at 157cm squared. It took a long time to shoot it, and a long time to stitch the images together, I had to do a lot of it manually to line it up. I wanted to portray a wide scene of the whole room but with only a certain part in focus to draw attention to the centre. I love the detail in it and the fact all that was left behind is a hospital.

Badekultur By Gina Soden at artrepublic gallery

 

Q. Which of the series so far would you say is your favourite?

A. Definitely Incremento, it has the most artistic freedom.

Q. Any inspirations?

A. I’m very inspired by Wes Anderson, his stylistic art gives me a sense of calm. The single point perspective and symmetry in his work has a soothing effect so I love to portray that in my work.

Q. You have been involved in a number of really exciting projects with Soho House and the Ned, can we see your work there now?

A. Yes, my work is in the Neds permanent ‘Vault’ Collection, in the hotel rooms there and in the Parlour and the Lounge. My work is also at the recently refurbished Soho House – 40 Greek Street. Happy to give a guided tour! 😉

To discover our latest Gina Soden prints, please call 01273 724829 or email brighton@artrepublic.com.

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Lagos art lovers get chance to bid for long-lost masterpiece found in London

LONDON/LAGOS (Reuters) – A portrait of a Nigerian princess that was lost for more than 40 years has been found in a London flat and will be sold at an auction screened live in Lagos, allowing Nigerian art lovers to make bids direct from the West African mega-city.


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Paris atelier provides safe haven for exiled artists

PARIS (Reuters) – Paris, whose bohemian culture attracted some of the world’s finest painters at the turn of the 20th century, is opening its doors to a new wave of talent, driven its way this time by war and poverty.


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Ben Eine Unveils His Biggest Mural To Date

We have some exciting news about one of our artists Ben Eine. He has created his largest work to date in Stratford, London!

Whilst creating the mural, the only way he could check his progress was by using drone footage. He commented that: ”Painting on the ground was a challenge because you can’t just stand back and see what you’re doing.” This work required 2850 liters of paint mixed in a bath tub!

This painted mural spells the word ‘create’. His intention is to capture the essence of east London. Lee Bofkin, co-founder and CEO of Global Street Art, who helped produce the mural commented: ”The last decade has seen an explosion in the number of street art murals around the world.”

We have limited edition prints by Ben Eine available now at the artrepublic Brighton gallery.

Love Lenticular 1 By Ben Eine

Love Lenticular 1 – Edition of 75 – 60 x 60cm

Circus Alphabet Black and White By Ben Eine

Circus Alphabet Black and White– Edition of 75 – 60 x 60 / 100 x 100cm

To discover our latest Ben Eine prints, please call 01273 724829 or email brighton@artrepublic.com.

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Louvre shuts Islamic art display due to rising river Seine

PARIS (Reuters) – The Louvre museum in Paris closed its basement display of Islamic art on Wednesday following a sharp rise in the level of the river Seine, which has been swollen by weeks of heavy rain.


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The Places That Time Forgot: Gina Soden’s Reverie of Architectural Decay

Badekultur By Gina Soden Badekultur By Gina Soden

The blue tiles of an abandoned swimming pool have lost their lustre, exposed in an arid setting where rippling water has long-since drained away, paint peels from decorative arches, and only ghosts inhabit the darkened niches.

In another location, a wheezing bed crouches at the centre of a decaying room, pocked with mould and mildew, black spots spreading across once-white walls, as caving mattresses heave themselves from the forlorn setting. Whoever inhabited this boudoir in better times has long been gone, their history traced across the space, their presence palpable in their silent absence.

Welcome to the world of Gina Soden: photographer, urban explorer, and rising star of the contemporary British art scene.

Who is Gina Soden?

Based in London, Soden scours Europe for abandoned, man-made sites, focusing her lens to capture their ethereal qualities. This is ‘urban exploration’ – AKA ‘urbex’ – at its very best: pushing beyond factual documentation of ruinous structures, Soden suffuses every photograph with a painterly lyricism that breathes life into decrepit spaces with haunting allure.

Romantic with a capital ‘R’, Soden’s work is a reverie of architectural decay, exploring the transcendental possibilities of entropy and transiency, the slow, creeping passage of time, and all of the beauty that accompanies spatial decrepitude.

Bedroom By Gina Soden Bedroom By Gina Soden

Soden graduated from Thames Valley University in 2007, before being swept up in a string of group shows, which took her from Windsor to Hong Kong. In July 2012, Peter Blake spotted the rising talent, featuring two of her artworks in ‘Things I Love at The Fine Art Society’, a show at London’s oldest commercial dealership, curated by Blake to mark his 80th birthday. For the exhibition, Blake selected nearly 100 works of art, resulting in one of best attended shows on record for The Fine Art Society, with features appearing in The Times and on BBC News.

From here, Soden’s career exploded: a succession of prestigious awards poured in, from Emerging Artist of the Year, National Open Art, in October 2013, to finalist for Sky Arts Master of Photography TV competition, in May 2016. Meanwhile, group shows accelerated, allowing Soden’s work to seep across the continent, from London to Paris to Russia. Solo shows gathered in the spaces in-between until, in May 2017 ‘Art in Ruins’ was revealed, Soden’s flagship solo show at Blacks Club, London.

The press were enraptured, with features appearing in Financial Times, Dazed and Confused, Aesthetica, CNN, and GQ. Today, Soden’s work can be found in a number of high profile London haunts, including The Ned, Groucho Club, Goldman Sachs, Century Club, and Home House. In other words, Soden’s career soared form strength to strength in a heartbeat: and there’s no mystery as to why.

From derelict asylums to long disused schools, ex-military complexes to crumbling chapels, Soden draws out the haunting character of the empty space, in a way that implicates the viewer: here you are, alone in this silent setting, lost and forgotten. An experience of Soden’s work gives you one of those rare moments of transcendence, as you find yourself shifting beyond the surface of the frame, the reality around you falling away as the image reels you in.

History of Urban Exploration

’Urbex’ may be a contemporary term, in its relation to photographic documentation, but a fascination with abandoned space stretches far back across history. In the seventeenth century, a European obsession with Greek and Roman ruins inspired the work of pastoral painters Claude Lorrain and Nicolas Poussin. This was the dawn of a preoccupation that would carry firmly through into the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries: faux ruins, in the shape of grottos and follies, popped up in landscaped gardens, while Romantic poets roamed the countryside, seeking out “the darksome windings of a broken stair,” or “ridge of fractured wall,” as William Wordsworth wrote in ‘Monastic Ruins’.

Though staunchly contemporary, Soden’s work is in direct dialogue with these historical musings, lending it the depth and conceptual complexity that sets it apart from documentary urbex photography.

Yet the question remains: why are we so fascinated by abandoned spaces? Why do artists find themselves drawn to these sites, gathering inspiration from their emptiness? As Soden’s oeuvre testifies, the abandoned space mingles fear with beauty, humanity with the inanimate. We are compelled by the controversies that surround these spaces – not only the public failure to maintain and conserve striking works of architectural importance, but the artistic audacity in gaining unlicensed access to off limits areas.

Quattro By Gina Soden Quattro By Gina Soden

The sites remain anonymous in Soden’s work: nameless and placeless, all love and purpose has drained from these once-convivial corners. Aesthetically, as Soden’s work highlights, decay softens the textures and colours of the images: plumes of sunlit smoke dance on piano tops, wreaths of ivy wrap themselves around stolid pillars, and layers of dust besmear surfaces that used to shine. In the abandoned space, the spectacle is not only notional, but emphatically visual, too. Looking at these moments, stilled in time by Soden’s powerful lens, we confront our deep-set enchantment with the places that time forgot, revealing something of our own humanity, and our need to create lasting and lively impressions.

Soden’s pictures tell a story of human histories, suffused with the presence of all those whose absence is writ large on these decaying spaces.

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A golden idea? Museum offered 18-karat toilet to Trump: Washington Post

(Reuters) – New York’s Guggenheim Museum offered to lend an 18-karat gold toilet to President Donald Trump after the White House asked to borrow a painting by Vincent Van Gogh, the Washington Post reported on Thursday.


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Covered on the catwalk: modest fashion struts its stuff in Paris

PARIS (Reuters) – Models in brightly colored pant suits and ankle-length dresses graced a Paris catwalk this week in what organizers said was the city’s first show of modest fashion that highlights styles popular with Muslim women.


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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, friends of the gallery and fellow artists.

Dave White

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.

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Colossus of ancient Egyptian King Ramses moved to new home, carefully

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt moved an 83-tonne, 3,200-year-old statue of King Ramses II to the atrium of Cairo’s new Grand Egyptian Museum on Thursday in a complex operation undertaken by army engineers and specialist contractors.


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25 Years of artrepublic

2018 sees artrepublic celebrate 25 years as an independent gallery in Brighton. In recognition, we thought we’d take a look at our colourful history.

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It all started with the selling of contemporary art posters (a very important market back in 1993). We were (as we still are) rooted in the heart of Brighton’s iconic North Laine, where independent businesses and community driven projects are the lifeblood.

Bomb Hugger By Banksy

Bomb Hugger By Banksy

Pretty soon, we were in touch with a whole new generation of street artists who had something important to say. Instead of confining their messages to their favourite canvases of choice – concrete walls, shopfront shutters – they started to produce limited edition prints, which we started to sell, and you started to buy. And it’s not hard to see why: with a first wave of artists including Banksy, James Cauty, Jamie Hewlett, Dan Baldwin, Dave White, and Peter Blake, it became clear that small run editions by brilliantly talented, up and coming artists, at affordable prices, were in high demand.

Marcel Duchamp’s World Tour – DC Thomson Reunion at the Tower Ballroom Blackpool By Peter Blake

 

Marcel Duchamp’s World Tour – DC Thomson Reunion at the Tower Ballroom Blackpool By Peter Blake

The ethos has always been important to us: Our artists have a voice, and it’s important that we make that voice heard. Often driven by politics – think Shepard Fairey, Billy Childish, Blek le Rat – and always conceived with breathtaking visual prowess, it’s the art flowing through our veins that makes artrepublic the success that it is today.

Lotus Crescent- White and Gold By Shepard Fairey

Obey Lotus Crescent- White and Gold By Shepard Fairey

But it’s also very much you – our visitors, our viewers, and our buyers – and that’s precisely why we called it artrepublic. Creating a space in which everyone is of equal status: a republic, in other words, that would re-democratise art, and where everybody who walks through our doors could feel welcome.

Cosmo Sarson mural in Brighton

Cosmo Sarson and his Angel mural in Regent Street, Brighton

Maybe you’re just after something to be framed; perhaps you want a limited edition print; or even a full scale original from a well-known contemporary artist – in any case, our aim is, and always has been, to make art accessible and enjoyable to all.

Cherry Blossom II By Dan Baldwin

Cherry Blossom II By Dan Baldwin

But we didn’t stop there. The last twenty-five years has seen a constant drive to find new artists, to keep thinking one step ahead, and to keep innovating. We’re always keeping up with the latest releases, and its key to our business that we keep discovering fresh and exciting new forms, that we keep changing, and that we keep opening new spaces, for new types of art.

Always, our aim is to introduce to you more artists – not just the ones whose names you’ve already heard, but those who are still looking to get their voices heard. As the main sponsor of the acclaimed Brighton Fringe Arts Festival, we have spent the last 25 years investing in Brighton’s vibrant art sector, because we think it’s one of the most important parts of the city’s creative character.

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Every year, we run the artrepublic Art Yard Sale – an opportunity to buy specially produced prints, often from the artists themselves – and every year it gets bigger and better, with people travelling in from far and wide.

Who knows what the next twenty-five years may bring. Our aim is to make it even more exciting, even more colourful, and ever more encompassing. Here’s to a very bright future – we hope you’ll be joining us.

Keep checking our artrepublic Brighton gallery page for details of special 25 years celebratory events.

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Ballet star Acosta’s company is part of Cuban arts rebirth

HAVANA (Reuters) – Former Royal Ballet star Carlos Acosta, whose dynamic masculinity on stage exemplified the style of his native Cuba, is breaking more boundaries as his young dance company showcases more foreign choreography in an island-wide cultural revival.


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British PM May says honored by French loan of Bayeux Tapestry

SANDHURST, England (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday she was honored that France will lend Britain the Bayeux Tapestry, an 11th century treasure that tells the story of William the Conqueror’s invasion of England in 1066.


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With swirls and cages, Dior goes surrealist for Haute Couture week

PARIS (Reuters) – Christian Dior plunged spectators into a surrealist dreamworld on Monday at Paris’ Haute Couture week, as models dressed in black-and-white hypnotic patterns took to the runway under sculptures of body parts suspended from the ceiling.


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Sotheby’s displays surrealist Magritte and rare works by other artists

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Paintings by Belgian surrealist Rene Magritte will be displayed by Sotheby’s in Brussels this week among dozens of rare art works before being sold at auction.


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Tom Petty Died From Accidental Drug Overdose Involving Opioids, Coroner Says

The musician’s system showed traces of fentanyl and oxycodone, among others. A statement from Mr. Petty’s family said he was prescribed “various pain medications for a multitude of issues.”
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‘Upside down’ artist Baselitz celebrated in retrospective

RIEHEN, Switzerland (Reuters) – Georg Baselitz, a provocative German artist who inspired a generation with challenging depictions of the Nazi era and the post-war division of Germany, is being honored by a retrospective to mark his 80th birthday.


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Bright lights, big city: Light art festival takes to London’s streets

LONDON (Reuters) – London’s dark winter nights will shine a little brighter starting Thursday, as a nighttime art exhibition featuring a range of publicly displayed works that use light as a medium gets underway.


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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.

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Contents

10 Tips for Buying Art Online

  1. Get to know what you’re buying – Brush 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 Editions

These are prints that, unsurprisingly, are limited in their production. The amount they are limited by depends entirely on the 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.

Close up of a Silkscreen Close up of a Giclee

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.

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.

Lino Cut

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 is 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 harbour 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

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of the world’s most popular museums, will start charging a fixed admission fee for out-of-state visitors rather than urge they pay a suggested donation, museum officials announced on Thursday.


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Critic’s Notebook: Action Bronson, the Leader of the Most Joyously Disorienting Show on Late Night

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Tolkien Christmas letters to his children to go on show

LONDON (Reuters) – A previously unseen series of illustrated Christmas letters written by the author J.R.R Tolkien to his children, featuring Santa Claus and his helper Polar Bear, are to go on show next year.


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Rio ballerinas struggle amid Brazil’s financial crisis

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Rio de Janeiro’s opulent Municipal Theatre has gone quiet this year as months of unpaid wages emptied its calendar of major works and pushed many ballerinas and opera singers into poverty.


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Banksy’s Latest ‘Street Party’ At Walled Off Hotel

The artist’s Bethlehem event marks 100 years since the Balfour Declaration.

Banksy Queen

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”.

Banksy Hotel

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.

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A cross to bare: tattoos and tradition in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A small shop in the heart of Jerusalem’s walled Old City offers Christian pilgrims indelible memories of their visit to the holy city: tattoos with religious designs unchanged for centuries.


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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, friends of the gallery and fellow artists.

Dave White

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.

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France pulls Marquis de Sade erotic novel from auction

PARIS (Reuters) – The auction of one of the world’s earliest and most sordid erotic novels — the Marquis de Sade’s “120 Days of Sodom” — has been halted after the French state declared it a national treasure and said it could not be sold to a foreign buyer.


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Critic’s Notebook: The New Mississippi Civil Rights Museum Refuses to Sugarcoat History

Our critic visits a museum whose story is still unfolding, from 1960s Jackson, to Ferguson and Charlottesville. It leaves us upset —and that’s good.
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Peter Blake’s stunning ‘Union Flag’ in our Brighton Gallery

A patriotic homage by the God Father of Pop Art.

Peter Blake

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.

Peter Blake

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.”
Peter Blake
“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.

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‘SUPERPUTIN’ exhibition gives Russian leader a pop-art make over

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen riding a brown bear in medieval armor, cuddling a puppy and dressed as Santa Claus – it’s not his latest series of publicity photos, but rather artwork at a new Moscow exhibition focused on Russia’s leader.


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Egypt reveals artifacts, mummy from tombs in ancient city of Luxor

LUXOR, Egypt (Reuters) – Egypt’s authorities on Saturday revealed artifacts and a linen-wrapped mummified body, possibly that of a top official, from two tombs that were discovered two decades ago in the Nile city of Luxor but had not been fully unexplored.


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Palace releases new portrait of Britain’s Prince Philip

LONDON (Reuters) – Buckingham Palace released on Monday a new portrait of Prince Philip, painted by Australian-born artist Ralph Heimans in the year that Queen Elizabeth’s husband announced his retirement from active public life.


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Princes William and Harry announce sculptor for new Diana statue

LONDON (Reuters) – A sculptor who produced the image of Queen Elizabeth used on Britain’s coins has been chosen to create a new statue of Princess Diana, the office of Princes William and Harry said on Sunday, to commemorate 20 years since her death.


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Golden Globes Briefing: ‘The Shape of Water’ and ‘Big Little Lies’ Lead Golden Globe Nominations

“The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro’s fantasy, led the way with seven nominations, while the newspaper drama “The Post” had six.
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Ancient Roman Pantheon to start charging entry fee in 2018

ROME (Reuters) – Visitors to Rome’s Pantheon, one of the ancient world’s best preserved monuments, will have to pay an entry fee from next May unless they are going there to pray, Italy’s culture and tourism ministry said on Monday.


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Russia’s delayed Nureyev ballet to test Kremlin tolerance

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A Bolshoi Theatre ballet about the life of Russian dancer Rudolf Nureyev set to premiere on Saturday contains tender scenes of gay romance, testing the Kremlin’s tolerance for what it calls “homosexual propaganda”.


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Abu Dhabi to acquire Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’: Christie’s

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New-York based Christie’s auction house said on Friday Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism was acquiring Leonardo da Vinci’s portrait of Christ, “Salvator Mundi,” a painting that sold for $ 450.3 million.


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Louvre Abu Dhabi to display Leonardo’s ‘Salvator Mundi’

ABU DHABI (Reuters) – The new branch of the Louvre in Abu Dhabi will exhibit Leonardo da Vinci’s portrait of Christ, ‘Salvator Mundi’, which at $ 450.3 million became the most expensive painting ever sold at a New York auction last month.


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Lubaina Himid awarded Britain’s Turner Prize, oldest artist ever to win

LONDON (Reuters) – Lubaina Himid, a 63-year-old artist whose creations include dinner plates painted with vomiting aristocrats, became the oldest person ever to win Britain’s most prestigious art award – the Turner Prize – on Thursday.


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Without Trump, Kennedy Center celebrates Lionel Richie and Gloria Estefan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With the notable absence of President Donald Trump, the Kennedy Center on Sunday celebrated singers Lionel Richie and Gloria Estefan, rapper LL Cool J, television producer Norman Lear and dancer Carmen de Lavallade with honors for the arts.


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Nine Women Accuse Israel Horovitz, Playwright and Mentor, of Sexual Misconduct

He was a charismatic father figure who nurtured young writers. But in incidents from the 1980s through 2016, the women describe a pattern of abuse and betrayal.
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Last piece of missing Magritte painting found in Brussels

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The missing last piece of a painting by Belgian surrealist Rene Magritte was found underneath another of the artist’s works at a museum in Brussels using x-ray imaging.


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Staff Recommendations

Take a look at our staff recommendations for some insider perspective on our favourite prints in the Brighton gallery. Things come and go quickly however, so call the gallery on 01273 724829 or email brighton@artrepublic.com to avoid missing out!

 

Inna from our Brighton Gallery: “I was as shocked and sad as anyone when David Bowie passed away last year and it’s been fascinating to see the different ways artists have since paid tribute to the visionary musician. This sparkling edition by rocker “Wild Cat” Will Blanchard is particularly fitting, capturing Bowie in his famed Ziggy Stardust period.

Glitter Bowie

There is something very Warhol-esque about this print with the gold glitter adding a suitably glamorous element. Produced as a small edition of 25 and priced under £200 this piece is a perfect memento for any Bowie fans wanting to remember the iconic performer.”

‘LOST FABLES’ (GICLEE SIGNED LIMITED EDITION OF 50) BY COPYRIGHT

Copyright

Helen in our Brighton Gallery: “Copyright always comes up trumps with the depiction of fierce women in his breathtaking print editions. Combining the simplicity and graphic look of stencils with detailed hand painted flowers, Copyright makes work that is perfectly weighted and is hugely popular.

Fables

This print is loaded with symbolism like much of Copyright’s artwork and is the kind of picture you can easily find yourself getting lost in. At under £200 for the print, it also presents fantastic value for money.”
Damien Hirst

Jake from our Brighton Gallery: “I’m a big fan of Damien Hirst and think this lenticular is one of the best editions by the artist in our gallery. By using advanced printing techniques Hirst has really captured the 3D qualities of his infamous diamond skull piece ‘For The Love of God’.

Skull Damien Hirst’s original diamond skull

When moving past this piece it creates the visual illusion of the skull laughing in a really sinister yet comedic way. The original skull was valued in the region of £50m and featured over 8,000 flawless diamonds, so it’s great to be able to own a homage to the original for a much more affordable price.

Damien Hirst Skull

This is one print that pictures cannot do justice and must be seen in the flesh. It can give the impression of following you around the room and there aren’t many editions that you can say that about!

If you are interested in any of our staff recommendations, please call the gallery on 01273 724829 or email brighton@artrepublic.com for enquiries or more information.

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News Analysis: Charlie Rose, Louis C.K., Kevin Spacey: Rebuked. Now What Do We Do With Their Work?

Shows and films caught up in harassment scandals have become radioactive, and the culture is wrestling with where to draw the line.
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German artists build Holocaust memorial near far-right leader’s home

BERLIN (Reuters) – A German political art group on Wednesday said it had built a pared-down version of Berlin’s Holocaust memorial near the home of a far-right politician who sparked outrage by suggesting history books should more focus on German World War Two victims.


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Smithsonian, Christo stole credit from top photographer, lawsuit says

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Smithsonian Institution and the artist Christo were sued on Tuesday by a New York photographer who accused them of stealing credit for his photos of “Running Fence,” a 1976 installation that remains one of Christo’s best-known works.


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Memories in milk bottles: Polish exhibition ‘shouts out’ annihilation story of Warsaw Ghetto

WARSAW (Reuters) – A deeply moving exhibition of archives documenting the life and annihilation of Jews by Nazi Germany in the Warsaw Ghetto during World War Two goes on public display in Poland on Thursday.


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Critic’s Notebook: The Void at the Heart of ‘Gurlitt: Status Report’

Cornelius Gurlitt’s trove of inherited art, hidden for decades, is finally on view in two exhibitions. But bringing it into the light can’t dispel his ghost.
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London theater says 20 men made allegations against Kevin Spacey

LONDON (Reuters) – The Old Vic theater in London said on Thursday it had received 20 separate allegations of inappropriate conduct by Kevin Spacey from 20 men who came into contact with him at the theater, or in connection with it, between 1995 and 2013.


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Da Vinci portrait of Christ sells for record $450.3 million in New York

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Leonardo da Vinci’s portrait of Christ, “Salvator Mundi”, sold for a record-smashing $ 450.3 million on Wednesday at Christie’s, more than double the old price for any work of art at auction.


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Australia can breathe easy after 17th century map restored

SYDNEY (Reuters) – A 17th century map of Australia, predating British settlement, has gone on display for the first time after suffering extensive damage while purportedly housed for hundreds of years in a Swedish warehouse.


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‘That’s art?’ Baby turns heads in Manhattan auction house window

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A sculpture of a baby sleeping in an unusual New York City exhibit has Park Avenue window-shoppers alerting auction house staff that a child has been “forgotten in the display.”


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Poems in Dottyville: How two traumatized soldiers changed notions of war

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – An imposing 19th Century building with elegant manicured lawns and sweeping views of the Edinburgh skyline seems an unlikely place to have earned the nickname “Dottyville” from one of Britain’s most revered poets.


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Critic’s Notebook: President Trump Finds His TV Niche in Softball Interviews

The president styles himself a fighter, but when it comes to television, he prefers allies who help mold his image like “The Apprentice” once did.
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Exhibit at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate evokes Syrian war

BERLIN (Reuters) – Three upended buses, a reminder of a barricade erected in Aleppo in 2015 at the height of the Syrian civil war, appeared in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on Friday as part of an installation by Syrian-German artist Manaf Halbouni.


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‘Glengarry Glen Ross’ revival examines the dark side of cutting deals

LONDON (Reuters) – In an age where a real-estate salesman has assumed the highest political office in the United States, a new revival of David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Glengarry Glen Ross” in London is highlighting the dark side of the art of the deal.


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East meets West as Louvre Abu Dhabi opens in the Gulf

ABU DHABI (Reuters) – Abu Dhabi opens its Louvre museum on Saturday, positioning itself as a city of cultural tourism with a display of hundreds of works that it hopes will draw visitors from around the world.


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New In Our Brighton Gallery: Plastic Jesus

The anonymous LA-based street artist creates unforgettable stenciled artwork.

Plastic Jesus

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.”

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.

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.

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At West Bank tea party, artist Banksy offers royal ‘apology’ for Balfour Declaration

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (Reuters) – British street artist Banksy has offered a royal “apology” engraved on Israel’s barrier in the occupied West Bank for Britain’s endorsement a century ago of the establishment of a Jewish homeland in Palestine.


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Art Review: Yayoi Kusama and the Amazing Polka-Dotted, Selfie-Made Journey to Greatness

The artist of “Infinity” rooms has become an Instagram darling. But two new gallery exhibitions in New York show that she’s much more than that — an almost frighteningly fertile talent.
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Nazi-era art hoard makes German exhibition debut in Bonn

BERLIN (Reuters) – Some 250 art works from a huge trove hoarded by a collector during the Nazi era went on display in Germany for the first time on Thursday, as its curators pursue efforts to find the rightful owners of pieces identified as looted.


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Nazi art trove goes on display at Swiss museum, heir to Gurlitt collection

BERN (Reuters) – Some 150 art works from a massive trove amassed by a German collector during the Nazi era went on public display for the first time on Wednesday in the Swiss capital, amid lingering questions about the origins of the collection.


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‘East German’ art show another step in still-rocky unification

POTSDAM, Germany (Reuters) – A display of artworks created during 40 years of East German history could help Germans from east and west bridge the divide that still separates them 27 years after unification.


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Rare, hidden portrait of Mary, Queen of Scots revealed

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – A rare, unfinished portrait believed to be of Mary, Queen of Scots has been found underneath another 16th-century painting after an X-ray revealed a ghostly likeness of the executed queen.


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Urban Nation Museum for Urban Contemporary Art opens in Berlin

We loved catching up with some of our favourite artists at the opening of Urban Nation Museum for Urban Contemporary Art in Berlin last week.

The vibrant city has long been a mecca for street art and creative projects. Urban Nation, led by Yasha Young, invited 150 of street art’s leading lights to create work for the inaugural show and transformed the museum’s surrounding walls and outdoor spaces. Set in lively Schöneberg, the museum itself is ultra modern and spacious, designed in collaboration with GRAFT architects. Murals, installations and paste-ups by graffiti artists from all over the world can be seen everywhere you look outside the museum from the likes of Anthony Lister, Marina Zumi, Herakut, Ron English, Blek le Rat and Sandra Chevrier. Artists from all over the world transformed the area into a live exhibition.

“Urban contemporary art is the logical next step to follow what is happening on the street. This house can be an archive that tells the story [of street art] for the first time, from the beginning until now.” Yasha Young, Director of Urban Nation Berlin.

Inside the museum, the only one of its kind in the world, there are works from street art greats from all over the world and a library dedicated to street art photography legend Martha Cooper.

Here are five of our favourite artists featured in Urban Nation’s museum.

Blek Le Rat

Blek le Rat is a Pioneering French graffiti artist, one of the Godfather’s of the European street art movement. Using stencils instead of stylised lettering for graffiti, Blek le Rat was one of the first true street artists. During Blek’s career, his art prints have become more and more political, focusing on the homeless, the environment, and other social causes. Blek le Rat has inspired hundreds of artists around the world – including the infamous ‘Banksy’. Despite the enormous role he has played in street art, Blek le Rat has kept a low profile through most of his career to avoid public harassment. He just substituted his surname ‘Roc’ with ‘Rat’ because rats symbolise a lot for him “they create fear, they are synonymous with invasion and they are the

Stencil outside the Urban Nation museum

Ben Eine

Originally a writer, influential artist Ben Eine is now one of London’s most prolific artists, specialising in typographical art. The archetype of contemporary UK street-art, Eine’s ‘21st Century City’ was famously gifted to Barack Obama by David Cameron in 2010, and can be seen daily on his canvas of choice: the walls and shutters of shops around London. ‘Alphabet Street’, his most iconic work to date, is an unbounded mural, filling the concrete spaces of Middlesex Street, London, with his characteristically colourful lettering.

Installation inside the museum

Ron English

You can’t miss Ron English: one of the most prolific and distinctive artists working today, English is best known for combining expert craftsmanship with a cynical, humorous critique of American culture, his work includes art prints, billboards, and sculptures. English coined the term ‘POPaganda’ to describe his signature mash-up of high and low cultural touchstones, from superheroes and comic strips, to art-historical iconography. English has imagined a vast (and still growing) roster of characters, including MC Supersized, his obese fast-food mascot, featured in the documentary ‘Supersize Me’ (2004), and Abraham Obama, a fusion of America’s 16th and 44th Presidents.

Temper Tot mural, Berlin

Eelus

Balancing the opposing forces of the humorous and macabre, vivid color and stark monochrome, Eelus’ work brings the beautiful and sometimes caustic realities of the world together.
It all started when he was a kid, drawing posters of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to sell in the schoolyard so he could buy chocolate. Some years later, he’d sold enough posters and art prints to leave his day job behind, turning a lifelong hobby into a full-time profession.
Since then, he’s exhibited his art works worldwide alongside some of the biggest names in the urban art scene, with the majority of his releases selling out incredibly fast.

Handidan

The art of Dutch artist Handiedan involves a complex cut and paste mixture of computer montage and highly detailed sculptural hand cut collages, complimented by conscientiously collected antique ornamental frames. Build out of multiple classic pin-up body parts, the female form stands out over a backdrop of baroque and Victorian Neo-Classicism designs.

The artist often uses international currencies and stamps, antique sheet music ornaments, playing cards, cigar bands, Asian papers with personal items and drawings. Intricate and meticulously crafted, the collages represent the gradual accumulation of both the layers in her work and her work process self.

Urban Nation, Bülowstraße 7, 10783 Berlin, Germany

 

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artrepublic return to Buy Art Fair, Manchester

Buy Art Fair 2017 will run 27-29 October at Manchester Central.

Buy Art Fair

We are thrilled to announce that artrepublic will be returning for this year’s Buy Art Fair in Manchester for the fair’s 10th edition.

We will be exhibiting from 27-29 October at Manchester Central, Stand 350, offering visitors to the fair a wonderful chance to see some of our latest, hugely collectable prints, including many new works that will be unveiled and shown for the first time.

 We’ll have works from artists across our gallery roster including Dave White, Ben Eine, Bruce McLean, Pure Evil, Magnus Gjoen, Dan Hillier, Rob Wass, Will Blanchard, Bonnie and Clyde and Maria Rivans, plus much more!

Get free weekend tickets from artrepublic!

Valid on Saturday & Sunday, please contact us via events@artrepublic.com, then visit the Buy Art Fair, Manchester website and simply enter the code we’ll send you.

Buy Art Fair 2017

Now recognised as one of the UK’s leading festivals of visual arts, Buy Art Fair 2017 will bring galleries and artists to Manchester from across the UK. Over 3,000 original artworks will be for sale and there will be a host of exclusive events and activities at the fair and across the city.

Booth Our stand at our last visit to Buy Art Fair

As always, we are really looking forward to meeting customers and followers who haven’t been able to visit our Brighton Gallery, giving them an experience of the wide variety of art we offer.

 Be sure to come and say hi at our Stand number 350 and see a selection of our best and most sought-after signed limited edition prints in person.

For more information contact our Brighton Gallery on 01273 724829 or email events@artrepublic.com.

Manchester This year’s venue Manchester Central

Get your tickets at www.buyartfair.co.uk

 ARTREPUBLIC WILL BE AT STAND NUMBER 350

For free weekend tickets from artrepublic – valid Saturday & Sunday, please contact us via events@artrepublic.com.

 Full details:

Buy Art Fair  – Manchester Central
Thursday 27th – Sunday 29th October 2017

Opening Times
VIP Opening Night
Friday 27 October 2017     17.00 – 21.00 Including complimentary drinks. 

Weekend Tickets
Saturday 28 October 2017      10.00 – 18.00
Sunday 29 October 2017         10.00 – 17.00

 Map and Directions

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Visit the Buy Art Fair – Manchester website for more details and to purchase tickets

For more news stories and events visit our Brighton Gallery page.

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Note with Einstein’s theory on life auctioned for $1.3 million

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Strapped for cash in a Tokyo hotel, Albert Einstein wrote his take on life on a note and handed it to the bellboy instead of a tip. The physicist’s formula for happy living fetched $ 1.3 million on Tuesday, a Jerusalem auction house said.


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EXPERIENCE OUR BRIGHTON GALLERY IN A NEW 3D VIRTUAL TOUR

You can visit us digitally via your computer, smartphone or tablet.

Pure Evil

 We are thrilled to announce you’ll soon be able to experience some of the wonders of our Brighton Gallery with an immersive 3D virtual tour!

Dive into our Bond Street space and view our eclectic wall in high definition. So if you can’t make it down to our gallery in person you’ll no longer miss out on the stunning selection of prints on display!

Watch this space for our 3D 360 tour that will be live on our site in the next few days!

 Here’s a brief round-up of some key pieces currently gracing our gallery walls…

‘Happiness’ by Harland Miller

Harland Miller

Acquaint etching and block printing
Edition of 50, 178.5cm x 120cm. POA

Call us today about this piece +44 (0)1273 724829

Celebrated artist Harland Miller’s prints are incredibly rare and sought after collector’s items, so we are thrilled to have this huge edition in our Brighton Gallery. Sold out on release, this is the largest print to ever be hung in artrepublic Brighton!

‘Rainbow Target’ by Peter Blake

Target

3D Vacuum formed plastic
Edition of 100 , 69cm x 69cm, £4,100

Call us today about this piece +44 (0)1273 724829

The exquisite edition released last year sees Blake explore his famous target motif, this time presenting it as an eye-catching three-dimensional form, complete with his signature pop coloured rainbow. A rare foray into sculptural editions from the much-loved Godfather of Pop Art.

‘His n Hers’ by Lucy Sparrow

Sparrow

Handmade felt sculpture
Edition of 50, 77cm x 60cm x 12cm, £7,500

Call us today about this piece +44 (0)1273 724829

The Queen of Felt’s His ‘n’ Hers cabinets are nearly at the end of their edition, so won’t be hanging around in our gallery for much longer. They contain a variety of hand-made felt medicinal and cosmetic products. From condoms to anti-aging cream, they are pure Pop-Art fun and a brilliant collector’s item. 

In our Brighton Gallery, we also have other exquisite cabinets by Lucy including ‘Such A Sad Time’ and ‘For Riche for Poorer’, all of which are selling fast!

‘Ellipsis’ by Dan Hillier

Dan Hillier

Silkscreen print
Edition of 100, 120 x 120, £1109

Call us today about this piece +44 (0)1273 724829 

Dan Hillier is best known for his surrealist collage inspired by tradition Victorian illustration. ‘Ellipsis’ was released by the artist at his 2016 exhibition ‘Ceremony’, which took place at London’s Saatchi Gallery.

Monochrome in palette with exceptional detail and presence this is Hillier at his mesmeric best. A real blockbuster edition from one of our most popular artist!

‘Dream Garden Mono 1’ by Bruce McLean

 Dream Garden

Hand painted, collaged silkscreen print
Mono print , 91 x 110, £3891

Call us today about this piece +44 (0)1273 724829

This is a very rare original monotype print that was created using hand painted and collaged elements on silkscreen print. Based on the artist’s garden in Spain, McLean uses colour, texture and form to express the image of his dream garden.

‘Tiger’ by Dave White

Tiger

Giclee, silkscreen print, handfinished with 24crt gold leaf
Edition of 30, 122cm x 106cm, £3066

Call us today about this piece +44 (0)1273 724829

Painter Dave White has expertly captured the imposing presence and intensity of the ‘Tiger’ in this stunning edition. Dave is one of our most popular artists, whose desirable prints are known to quickly sell out. This gilded masterpiece has been hugely popular in the gallery.

‘Tokyo Beat’ by Bonnie and Clyde

Tokyo

30 layer silkscreen print with hand collaged elements
Edition of 50, 119cm x 85cm, £1240

Call us today about this piece +44 (0)1273 724829

Local artist Bonnie and Clyde has depicted one of her favourite travel destinations of Tokyo, Japan is this energetic and dynamic edition. It is a marvel of print techniques incorporating silkscreen with glazes, silver leaf, glitter gloss, and fluorescent ink.

‘Box Set 1’ by Pure Evil

Silkscreen prints
Edition of 50, 26cm x 26cm, £1038

Call us today about this piece +44 (0)1273 724829 

Earlier this year we had the honour of launching Pure Evil’s first ever box set of prints, which is an artrepublic exclusive. Pure Evil is universally known for his bright punchy, stenciled images of celebrities. ‘Box Set 1’ contains some of his most iconic and sold-out images reproduced as small-scale prints.

For more news stories and events visit our Brighton Gallery page.

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Art of the deal: Trump’s Empire State Building doodle fetches $16,000

NEW YORK (Reuters) – George W. Bush famously turned to portrait painting as a hobby when he left office. Could President Donald Trump one day follow in his footsteps, encouraged by the recent sale of his drawing of New York City’s Empire State Building for $ 16,000?


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Coming Soon: Dave White Print Launch

Meet the artist in our Brighton Gallery on Thursday 2nd November from 6pm.

Dave White

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!

Dave White

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!

Dave White

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

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Graffiti set design adds punch to Cuba theater festival

HAVANA (Reuters) – A play parodying the lengths some Cubans will go to in order to earn a few tourist dollars set against the backdrop of socially critical graffiti is adding punch to Havana’s annual theater festival.


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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 the gallery on +44 (0)1273 724829 for further information on anything featured.

SUFUCKINPREME (SILKSCREEN SIGNED LIMITED EDITION OF 65) BY RYCA

Sufuckinpreme

Poptorian artist Ryan Callanan is consistently one of the top-selling artists at artrepublic and you can see why when looking at his astute, witty and playful editions.

sufuckinpreme Silkscreen Print Signed Limited Edition of 65, 70cm x 16cm, £100

‘SUFUCKINPREME’ sees the artist riff on the uber-popular skate brand Supreme’s now ubiquitous box logo. Adding the expletive ‘fuckin’ to create a commentary on the hype surrounding the sought after clothing company.

The original Supreme logo was heavily influence by the bold graphic work of Barbra Kruger, so this print continues the dialogue regarding artistic influence and stylistic appropriation. Priced at just £100 it is also great value for a beautiful signed limited edition silkscreen and a must have for any Supreme ‘hypebeasts’ out there!

DECADENCE – DARK RED (GICLEE PRINT WITH GOLD GLITTER SIGNED LIMITED EDITION OF 25) BY SARA POPE

Sara Pope

We are down to the last few prints of this captivating and alluring edition by esteemed local painter Sara Pope. Pope has become well known for her seductive paintings of lips and is one of the few living artists to have their work in the Pope’s personal Vatican collection!

‘Decadence’ has been embellished with shimmering gold glitter, which adds an opulent feel to the piece, with the artist also adding a mixture of medium and MAC Reflects Sparkle Pigment to the lips for further sex appeal.

Sara Pope Giclee with Silkscreen and Gold Glitter, Signed Limited Edition of 25, £695

“Extraordinary beauty and allure are inevitably transient… I think these perfect glossy pouts characterised by drips of colour represent this dissolution.” – Sara Pope

Produced as a very small edition of just 25 this print has proven to be hugely popular would add glamour and opulence to any setting.

DESIGNER TREES (SILKSCREEN WITH COLLAGED ELEMENTS SIGNED LIMITED EDITION OF 100) BY BRUCE MCLEAN


Scottish contemporary artist Bruce McLean creates traditional themed works including still-lifes and landscapes by collaging colourful geometric shapes.

His work has long proven to be very sought after in our Brighton gallery by a variety of art fans, collectors and followers. 

‘Designer Trees’ sees the artist create architecturally inspired forms, along with tree-silhouettes, which form an interesting dialogue between natural and metropolitan spaces. A fragment of a London street map brings an extra dimension along with the 3D collage paper elements that provide captivating textures.

 Nearing the end of its edition this is a fabulous collector’s item and a joyful offering by the innovative and ever-evolving McLean. Don’t miss out on the masterpiece that is ‘Designer Trees’.

Call the gallery on +44 (0)1273 724829 or pop in for further information.

For further information on any of the artwork featured call us on 01273 724829 or email brighton@artrepublic.com, as things can quickly sell out and those featured are right at the end of their edition!

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artrepublic return to Buy Art Fair, Manchester

Buy Art Fair 2017 will run 27-29 October at Manchester Central.

Buy Art Fair

We are thrilled to announce that artrepublic will be returning for this year’s Buy Art Fair in Manchester for the fair’s 10th edition.

We will be exhibiting from 27-29 October at Manchester Central, Stand 350, offering visitors to the fair a wonderful chance to see some of our latest, hugely collectable prints, including many new works that will be unveiled and shown for the first time.

 We’ll have works from artists across our gallery roster including Dave White, Ben Eine, Bruce McLean, Pure Evil, Magnus Gjoen, Dan Hillier, Rob Wass, Will Blanchard, Bonnie and Clyde and Maria Rivans, plus much more!

Get free weekend tickets from artrepublic!

Valid on Saturday & Sunday, please contact us via events@artrepublic.com, then visit the Buy Art Fair, Manchester website and simply enter the code we’ll send you.

Buy Art Fair 2017

Now recognised as one of the UK’s leading festivals of visual arts, Buy Art Fair 2017 will bring galleries and artists to Manchester from across the UK. Over 3,000 original artworks will be for sale and there will be a host of exclusive events and activities at the fair and across the city.

Booth Our stand at our last visit to Buy Art Fair

As always, we are really looking forward to meeting customers and followers who haven’t been able to visit our Brighton Gallery, giving them an experience of the wide variety of art we offer.

 Be sure to come and say hi at our Stand number 350 and see a selection of our best and most sought-after signed limited edition prints in person.

For more information contact our Brighton Gallery on 01273 724829 or email events@artrepublic.com.

Manchester This year’s venue Manchester Central

Get your tickets at www.buyartfair.co.uk

 ARTREPUBLIC WILL BE AT STAND NUMBER 350

For free weekend tickets from artrepublic – valid Saturday & Sunday, please contact us via events@artrepublic.com.

 Full details:

Buy Art Fair  – Manchester Central
Thursday 27th – Sunday 29th October 2017

Opening Times
VIP Opening Night
Friday 27 October 2017     17.00 – 21.00 Including complimentary drinks. 

Weekend Tickets
Saturday 28 October 2017      10.00 – 18.00
Sunday 29 October 2017         10.00 – 17.00

 Map and Directions

PP

Visit the Buy Art Fair – Manchester website for more details and to purchase tickets

For more news stories and events visit our Brighton Gallery page.

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EXPERIENCE OUR BRIGHTON GALLERY IN A NEW 3D VIRTUAL TOUR

You can visit us digitally via your computer, smartphone or tablet.

Pure Evil

 We are thrilled to announce you’ll soon be able to experience some of the wonders of our Brighton Gallery with an immersive 3D virtual tour!

Dive into our Bond Street space and view our eclectic wall in high definition. So if you can’t make it down to our gallery in person you’ll no longer miss out on the stunning selection of prints on display!

Watch this space for our 3D 360 tour that will be live on our site in the next few days!

 Here’s a brief round-up of some key pieces currently gracing our gallery walls…

‘Happiness’ by Harland Miller

Harland Miller

Acquaint etching and block printing
Edition of 50, 178.5cm x 120cm. POA

Call us today about this piece +44 (0)1273 724829

Celebrated artist Harland Miller’s prints are incredibly rare and sought after collector’s items, so we are thrilled to have this huge edition in our Brighton Gallery. Sold out on release, this is the largest print to ever be hung in artrepublic Brighton!

‘Rainbow Target’ by Peter Blake

Target

3D Vacuum formed plastic
Edition of 100 , 69cm x 69cm, £4,100

Call us today about this piece +44 (0)1273 724829

The exquisite edition released last year sees Blake explore his famous target motif, this time presenting it as an eye-catching three-dimensional form, complete with his signature pop coloured rainbow. A rare foray into sculptural editions from the much-loved Godfather of Pop Art.

‘His n Hers’ by Lucy Sparrow

Sparrow

Handmade felt sculpture
Edition of 50, 77cm x 60cm x 12cm, £7,500

Call us today about this piece +44 (0)1273 724829

The Queen of Felt’s His ‘n’ Hers cabinets are nearly at the end of their edition, so won’t be hanging around in our gallery for much longer. They contain a variety of hand-made felt medicinal and cosmetic products. From condoms to anti-aging cream, they are pure Pop-Art fun and a brilliant collector’s item. 

In our Brighton Gallery, we also have other exquisite cabinets by Lucy including ‘Such A Sad Time’ and ‘For Riche for Poorer’, all of which are selling fast!

‘Ellipsis’ by Dan Hillier

Dan Hillier

Silkscreen print
Edition of 100, 120 x 120, £1109

Call us today about this piece +44 (0)1273 724829 

Dan Hillier is best known for his surrealist collage inspired by tradition Victorian illustration. ‘Ellipsis’ was released by the artist at his 2016 exhibition ‘Ceremony’, which took place at London’s Saatchi Gallery.

Monochrome in palette with exceptional detail and presence this is Hillier at his mesmeric best. A real blockbuster edition from one of our most popular artist!

‘Dream Garden Mono 1’ by Bruce McLean

 Dream Garden

Hand painted, collaged silkscreen print
Mono print , 91 x 110, £3891

Call us today about this piece +44 (0)1273 724829

This is a very rare original monotype print that was created using hand painted and collaged elements on silkscreen print. Based on the artist’s garden in Spain, McLean uses colour, texture and form to express the image of his dream garden.

‘Tiger’ by Dave White

Tiger

Giclee, silkscreen print, handfinished with 24crt gold leaf
Edition of 30, 122cm x 106cm, £3066

Call us today about this piece +44 (0)1273 724829

Painter Dave White has expertly captured the imposing presence and intensity of the ‘Tiger’ in this stunning edition. Dave is one of our most popular artists, whose desirable prints are known to quickly sell out. This gilded masterpiece has been hugely popular in the gallery.

‘Tokyo Beat’ by Bonnie and Clyde

Tokyo

30 layer silkscreen print with hand collaged elements
Edition of 50, 119cm x 85cm, £1240

Call us today about this piece +44 (0)1273 724829

Local artist Bonnie and Clyde has depicted one of her favourite travel destinations of Tokyo, Japan is this energetic and dynamic edition. It is a marvel of print techniques incorporating silkscreen with glazes, silver leaf, glitter gloss, and fluorescent ink.

‘Box Set 1’ by Pure Evil

Silkscreen prints
Edition of 50, 26cm x 26cm, £1038

Call us today about this piece +44 (0)1273 724829 

Earlier this year we had the honour of launching Pure Evil’s first ever box set of prints, which is an artrepublic exclusive. Pure Evil is universally known for his bright punchy, stenciled images of celebrities. ‘Box Set 1’ contains some of his most iconic and sold-out images reproduced as small-scale prints.

For more news stories and events visit our Brighton Gallery page.

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Harry Potter exhibition blends wizardry with history

LONDON (Reuters) – A new exhibition celebrating the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter book’s publication is offering ‘muggles’ with an interest in magic the chance to view rare memorabilia, combined with historic artifacts referenced in the popular series.


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Peter Blake raffle at our artrepublic Brighton Gallery raises £2,290 for Middle Street School

The money will go towards a brand new Arts Centre.

Peter Blake

Our raffle to win a box set of limited edition Sir Peter Blake prints has raised £2,290 for Brighton’s Middle Street School.

Hosted in our Brighton gallery, more than 450 raffle tickets were sold with all proceeds donated to the school.

The money will go towards transforming Middle Street Nursery, which recently closed due to budget constraints, into a brand new Arts Centre.

Peter Blake

With a reinforced dancefloor, big screen and blackout blinds, the space will not only be put to good use by Middle Street pupils, it will be available to hire to external groups and classes.

Head teacher Julie Aldous commented: “With impending cuts we have to think about how we can make the school more self-reliant while ensuring our pupils continue getting the best education. While we’re very sad the nursery was forced to close, it’s presented us with an opportunity.

“Reserved for school-use during school hours, the new Arts Centre will be available to hire in the evenings, weekends and during school holidays. We hope the space will become a great new venue for classes, children’s parties and possibly even events and screenings during the Brighton Festival.”

artrepublic founder Lawrence Alkin pictured with Middle Street head teacher Julie Aldous

The revenue generated from hiring the space will feed back into the school budget, contributing to maintenance, new equipment and staffing costs.

Lawrence Alkin, founder of artrepublic and parent to Miri Alkin who is in Year 2, presented the cheque to Middle Street School. He said: “It’s heartening that Peter Blake fans and the local community came together to raise a significant amount for the school. We’re all delighted the money will be put to such good use. I’m also genuinely impressed with the foresight and resilience of the school in using the money to make money at a time when school budgets are so uncertain.”

 

The prize – Sir Peter Blake’s iconic Brighton Box Set

The raffle winner is Annette from Hove who bought a ticket for her son after he purchased the Peter Blake box set during the original print release and later that evening accidentally left it in a local car park. When he returned it was gone. The box set includes five Brighton-inspired prints and is worth £1250.

For more news stories and events visit our Brighton Gallery page.

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George Saunders’ ‘Lincoln in the Bardo’ wins 2017 Man Booker prize

LONDON (Reuters) – American author George Saunders has won the 2017 Man Booker Prize, a high-profile literary award, for his first novel, “Lincoln in the Bardo,” – a fictional account of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln burying his young son.


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Spotted in our Brighton Gallery: Mike Kerr from band Royal Blood

The local rockstar was adding to his art collection.

Royal Blood

Recently we were thrilled to welcome to our Brighton Gallery Mike Kerr, the singer from the hugely popular band local Royal Blood.

Perfoming alongside drummer Ben Thatcher (who has also been in with us) the duo are well known for their modern take on traditonal blues rock with their debut album ‘Royal Blood’ receiving a Brit Award back in 2015 for best British Group.

Mike Kerr (right) with Jake from our Brighton Gallery

The band are no strangers to the art world having recruited artrepublic artist Dan Hillier to create the now iconic album artwork for their debut smash.

Royal Blood

 In an interview conducted with artrepublic at the time, Hillier explained the genesis of the ‘Pachamama’ image, that went on to become a sold-out print edition.
“The band got in touch and commissioned me to make a new picture for them, which I did. Then Mike (lead singer) saw Pachamama and decided he wanted that because he was looking for something really feminine. I had to have a think about it because she’s quite precious to me, I really love that picture. I’m very glad they did use it, as it’s great to get it out there. It works as a good counterpoint to the music, which is very masculine.

 It’s not this perfect match of art and music but it’s good to have that contrast there. I met up with the guys, we talked and got on well and they just asked for a picture without any sort of guidance, which really suits me.” – Dan Hillier on collaborating with Royal Blood.

Whilst perusing in our Brighton Gallery Kerr picked up ‘Alabama Make Up’ by Brighton-based artist/photographer Matt Henry.
Henry’s work explores the power of fiction through the photographic medium. Inspired by the politics and culture of the 1960s and 70s America, Henry’s work is driven by an attention to style and characterisation, each photograph beautifully designed, composed, and executed.

We look forward to welcoming Mike Kerr to the gallery again very soon!

For more news stories and events visit our Brighton Gallery page.

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World’s largest pink diamond expected to fetch up to $30 million at auction

LONDON (Reuters) – “The Pink Raj”, an intense pink diamond described by experts as the world’s largest, is expected to fetch up to $ 30 million when it is auctioned in Geneva next month.


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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 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.

Hirst 

‘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.

 Damien Hirst
‘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.

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Copyright restored to poor family of Australian Aboriginal artist

SYDNEY (Reuters) – The impoverished family of Australia’s most famous Aboriginal artist, Albert Namatjira, has been given copyright to his works after years of fruitless campaigning triggered the intervention of a philanthropist.


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