Notre-Dame’s famed rose window spared but blaze harms priceless artworks

Four-hundred-year-old paintings hung high inside Notre-Dame were damaged by the immense fire that engulfed the Paris cathedral, but emergency workers formed a human chain to whisk gem-studded chalices and other priceless artefacts out of harm’s way.


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Cuban indie artists challenge government at Havana arts biennial

A blustering bureaucrat fills a form out with your personal details and hands you a badge declaring you an inspector qualified to police Communist-run Cuba’s cultural sector under a controversial new decree.


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Game of Thrones: ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Premiere Recap: Reunions and Revelations at Winterfell

Sunday’s soapy but generally satisfying setup for the final run of “Game of Thrones” included new conflicts and old grudges as the sides coalesced in Winterfell and King’s Landing for the wars to come.
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Art frenzy takes over Havana as biennial kicks off

Cones of white paper sprout from the seasalt-eroded pillars of one colonial building along Havana’s seafront, elaborately painted curtains cascade from another while out front children play with an installation of multicolored hoses.


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Artist Ai Weiwei takes aim at state violence in Mexico with Legos

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei unveiled a new installation in Mexico that tells the story of 43 students likely massacred five years ago in a case that exposed government stonewalling and complicity in abuses, a frequent theme for the dissident artist.


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Q&A with Matt Jukes

We were lucky enough to get a Q&A with the latest artist to join us here at artrepublic.

Get to know the amazing Matt Jukes below.

Artist Matt JukesEmma: Hello, Matt. Thank you for agreeing to do this Q&A. First off, I wanted to ask what inspired you to pursue art as a career?

Matt: I’m not sure how to answer this question, as I’ve never really thought of this as a career. It’s never been a choice—it’s more a way of life. The inspiration to do my first art fair came when I was cleaning out my draw in the studio, trying to find some space for new work, and throwing the old work into the bins. Only to discover my studio buddies digging through the bins for my work.  For the first time, I thought that my work would resonate with someone other than myself.

Emma: So has art always been a part of your life?

Matt: Art has always been part of my life. One of my earliest memories was telling my mother about painting a red car in kindergarten and being upset that it didn’t match my vision. As a child.

Emma: Did you study art before you started making your beautiful monotypes?

Matt: Like most wistful teens, I studied art in high school where I was attracted to the freedom from the right and wrong answers of my maths and physics classes. From here I got side-tracked by a graphic design degree and a career in advertising. Advertising gave me an understanding of emotion and human connection and how to archive it through shape and form, which I have taken into my monotypes.Take Me Home by Matt Jukes

Emma: What has been some of the biggest inspirations for you and your work?

Matt: Hazy memories. All of my work is about the search for almost forgotten memories which I capture through emotions, music and places. Most of the titles of my work are references to obscure song lyrics. This is because music along with colour, it helps shape the emotion of a piece. Music is constantly surrounding me, providing a soundtrack to my life, this means that a handful of words can fill me with emotion, take me back to a time and place in a second. In my work, I always try laying down a feeling of place and not a physical depiction. I want the viewer to share the same emotion and implant their own location from their memories.

Emma: Looking at your work, you seem to capture movement across landscapes really well. Is capturing movement a key part of your creative process?

Matt: Movement and depth are critical to my work and deeply built into my process. Using the Offset Lithography Press allows me to carry forward the ink, moving my work away from a simple ink or no ink approach of relief printing and allowing each image to be held on the blanket. This is where this movement comes from.

Here Comes The Warm Jets by Matt JukesEmma: Is colour choice a big part of the process when creating your work?

Matt: Colour and colour theory are a huge part of my work. I see colour as liquid emotion, layered in cultural meaning. I start every piece with a search for a colour, and as I hand mix the ink together, an emotion associated with that colour starts to emerge.

Emma: Is every piece of your work inspired by a specific landscape?

Matt: Every piece is an emotional representation of a specific place, but I usually keep the location a secret as I don’t want to influence the viewer in finding their own place. So my question to you is: where is this place for you?

Emma: What has been one of your favourite pieces to work on?

Matt: I find my favourite pieces are the ones which surprise me, the ones that pop up on the way to when you are looking for something else. My current favourite is a piece called “The Endless Sea”. It is much quieter than the others, as the tones are darker but strangely incandescent. I like that it’s a little tricky and doesn’t like to be captured by the camera. It only really shows its magic when viewed in person.

Emma: Thank you so much, Matt, for letting us get a glimpse into how to create your stunning works of art. Are there any up-and-coming projects you’d like to let everyone know about? 

Matt: The next project I am really excited by departs from my current work and looks into the memories of the individual viewer. To do this I’m building a robot which will look at the viewer’s face and analyse their emotions before setting out to paint a representation of what they’re feeling.

 

Framed Under The Clouds 2018 by Matt Jukes

 

Don’t miss Matt’s one of a kind monotypes. These beautiful pieces are now available.

Check out all of his work HERE 

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FBI’s ‘art cops’: In hot pursuit of Renoirs, Rembrandts and ruby slippers

When a 17th century Dutch painting looted by the Nazis turned up for sale in New York in late 2017, the FBI’s Art Crime Team moved in, verified its identity and helped win a court order to return the work to its rightful owners.


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Critic’s Notebook: It’s a Crumbling Road to Despair. Can New York Fix the B.Q.E.?

There are a number of promising plans to repair the detested Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. But solving the problem will take an act of collective will.
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Foreign buyers flock to Cape Town’s booming art scene

Collectors from America and Europe are scouring Cape Town’s booming art scene in search of deals as diverse as an expressive oil painting by South Africa’s Irma Stern or a sculpture assembled from bottle caps by Ghana’s El Anatsui.


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China’s pork imports to double in 2019 as swine fever hits local output: analyst

China’s 2019 pork imports are set to double from last year to 2 million tonnes, a Rabobank analyst said on Thursday, as African swine fever hits production of the meat in the world’s top hog market.


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Take a seat, does Yinka Ilori have your attention?

Designer Yinka Ilori is known for his distinctive, vivacious use of bold colours and pattens in his pieces of furniture. He brings his childhood spent surrounded by intricate African Fabrics and Nigerian parables into the contemporary through his experiments with function and form. His most recent projects include Restoration Station, where he directly collaborated with recovering addicts in a workshop to up-cycle donated furniture. Allowing people who were also going through a transformation to create stunning work with him and to express their own narrative was a huge success. The chairs were put on display as part of the London Design Festival, and raised £2,520 for the company.

Yinka Iiori

 

Injecting artistic exuberance through this work, he aims to work with more communities following the success of the Restoration Station. His proposal to transform a gloomy overpass in South London has been accepted and will be organised as part of the London Festival of Architecture in June. The design, entitled ‘Happy Street’, is a kaleidoscopic rainbow pattern reinvigorating a public space that previously scared the local schoolchildren. Expressing multiculturalism and diversity, IIlori’s work is vital and important within the public spaces of London, addressing issues around sexuality and class. His work is inclusive and celebratory, for everyone to enjoy. Playfully serious, beautiful and yet available to all, Ilori is re-writing the rules of the art world.

Most recently, Ilori has collaborated with Universal Music to produce a special edition print in honour of the Brit Awards. The print ‘Love in a line’ is a geometric explosion of colour and clean lines, nodding to his influences of Nigerian pattern. He wanted to celebrate the bravery and beauty of being different, racially, sexually or creatively. The movement in the piece implies development, and a nod to the future. Ilori often asks questions in his work about where we are going, where we’ve come from and the constantly fluctuating nature of identity. One of this strengths as a designer is his storytelling ability. Being influenced by the power of narratives in his childhood from the African parables, he brings this dimension to his work. Whether it is print, furniture or urban landscape projects, the notion of transformation is threaded throughout.

Yinka Iiori

The artrepublic Brighton gallery are excited to stock his prints from the ‘Do Good Because Of tomorrow’ Exhibition. The phrase is widely used in Nigeria and is used to inspire people to participate in good deeds and catalyse positive changes. The stories inherent within his work resonate with a huge range of people, and we’re delighted to feature him. Please drop in to experience his work in person!

 

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Germany’s new Bauhaus museum set for interactive opening

The new Bauhaus museum opens its doors to the public for the first time in the east German city of Weimar on Saturday after three years of construction, giving admirers of the world-famous “form follows function” aesthetic a new place of pilgrimage.


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Elizabeth Waggett releases new print ‘Where The Light Gets In’

Thursday 4th April 2019 will bring New-York-based fine artist Elizabeth Waggett to artrepublic. Join us at the gallery from 6 pm – 8 pm for champagne as she reveals the eagerly anticipated launch price of her new print, ‘Where The Light Gets In’.

Where The Light Gets In

An exceptional, internationally renowned contemporary artist, originally from Manchester – Waggett’s style is becoming quite the collectors’ favourite. Her artworks are now held in many private collections in North America, Bahrain, Europe, South Africa, and the UAE. There is no doubt that her newest piece will be snapped up quickly.

As a limited edition of 30 prints, ‘Where the light gets in’ is the latest print in Elizabeth’s longhorn series and pays homage to her hometown of Manchester. This unique edition is hand finished with real 22karat rose gold leaf and has hand finished elements such as ink and graphite on archival somerset 330 gsm cotton rage.

“It’s a celebration of my home city Manchester and my new home New York. I wanted to create a piece that symbolised my time so far living in America and particularly New York as a proud Mancunian. The two powerful creates the longhorn (America) and the bee (Manchester) felt like the perfect pairing for this piece to celebrate the confusing yet magical time living in NYC, my acceptance of it and its acceptance of me.”

The first 10 of the edition will be hand embellished by the artist with 22ct gold on the night.

Internationally recognised for choosing objects which have a strong social stigma associated with them, Waggett cleverly explores these stigmas through her monochromatic working methods, centred around meticulous and analytical mark making. Through the visually pleasing addition of shimmering gold leaf, her chosen object is transformed into something that feels new and quite beautiful. Through her artistic hand, Waggett asks the viewer to question the conversation about the stigma and if its attachment to the object really needs to be there.

Rather than being described as hyperrealist or photorealist, her artworks reflect how her unique layering style can create an impact from afar that requires closer inspection. In an interview, she states: “I suppose my work is about accuracy and whether there are such things”. Perhaps her mark making is continually addressing the accuracy of our social constructs? We’ve put the question out there, what do you think?

Close up of Where the light gets in.

We look forward to seeing you at Elizabeth Waggett’s private view from 6 pm – 8 pm at the artrepublic gallery. You can book your tickets on our Eventbrite page.

To find out more about this print, pop into our Brighton gallery or call us: +44 (0)1273 724829 or email brighton@artrepublic.com.

 

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Etruscan tomb in Corsica may yield secrets on civilization’s decline

French archaeologists have unearthed an Etruscan tomb containing a skeleton and dozens of artefacts in Corsica, a rare discovery that could shed new light on the wealthy civilization of northern Italy and its assimilation into the Roman Empire.


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Diary of a Song: A Staple Gun. A Dental Drill. See How Billie Eilish Made a Haunted Pop Hit.

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Hemingway center opens in Cuba to preserve writer’s work

A restoration center to preserve the work of Ernest Hemingway opened in Cuba on Saturday, highlighting an area of cooperation with the United States even as bilateral ties between the old Cold War foes have chilled again.


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Hudson Yards: New York Chased the Olympics. It Got the Shed Instead.

How the city’s most ambitious new cultural institution in years — with a commitment to creating new work and reaching diverse audiences — rose in the wake of failed Olympic dreams.
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Qatar’s ‘desert rose’ museum opens at last

Qatar on Thursday will open the doors to one of its most lavish cultural projects yet, a sweeping national museum designed by French architect Jean Nouvel that lays out the tiny Gulf state’s origin story and gas-powered rise to riches.


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India to auction fugitive billionaire’s art collection

Indian tax authorities are hoping for a windfall with the auction on Tuesday of rare oil paintings that were once part of fugitive billionaire jeweler Nirav Modi’s collection and have been seized by the government.


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Immigrant portraits in New York art show face down Trump

Immigrant faces captured in life-sized portraits by artist Betsy Ashton look the viewer straight in the eye, as if eager to tell their stories of leaving home to brave new struggles in a strange land.


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Anthony Pellicano, Notorious Detective to the Stars, Walks Free From Prison

The Los Angeles private eye spent more than a decade in prison for illegal wiretapping and other crimes in a case that exposed Hollywood’s underbelly.
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Alibaba, Tencent, car makers set up $1.5 billion China ride-hailing venture

Alibaba, Tencent, Suning, and car makers including Chongqing Changan Automobile have set up a $ 1.5 billion Chinese ride-hailing venture, a move that could test the dominance of ride-sharing giant Didi Chuxing.


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Fund managers skittish over Levi’s long-term growth prospects

Levi Strauss & Co’s is betting it can convince investors there is still plenty of global growth left for the 165-year old company, but fund managers fret the iconic blue jeans maker’s stock may be too pricey to generate a decent return.


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U.S. states probing Hyundai, Kia over vehicle fires: Connecticut AG

A group of U.S. states is investigating Hyundai Motor Co and Kia Motors Corp for potential unfair and deceptive acts related to reports of hundreds of vehicle fires, Connecticut Attorney General William Tong said on Monday.


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Lebanese illustrator challenges views of Arab women through art

Lebanese artist Christina Atik has produced a series of digital pictures to illustrate sentences commonly used in Arab countries to criticize women with the aim of empowering Arab women.


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Brighton graffiti artist Aroe, exhibition at artrepublic

Aroe exhibition ‘Graffiti Owes Me Money’ opens at artrepublic from 29th March.

artrepublic Brighton are delighted to exhibit and celebrate the work of graffiti legend Aroe at our gallery, launching on 29th March with a Private View (FREE tickets available). If you’ve not heard of him you have definitely seen his work. For years his graffiti has dominated the streets of Brighton, cementing himself as a cultural force and public figure. He was often seen spraying up a wall of his choice in broad daylight, letting his natural charisma placate the startled public, and his faux-blasé attitude confound the police. It seems that he ran out of walls here in Brighton and turned to canvas. Not before continuing his work internationally from Brazil to Syria. Most recently a collection of his canvases was placed in the ‘Aroe Suite’ in the Palms Hotel Casino in Las Vegas. He’s come a long way from being shot at by the Milano police for painting trains, and artrepublic are thrilled to have his work featured in the gallery. In the words of Andy Warhol, ‘Art is what you can get away with.’, and Aroe just keeps on doing just that.

Aroe

 

Aroe’s work is the refreshing antithesis to the norm of what is usually seen in the art world. He didn’t come from privilege, with a working class background and relatively dysfunctional home life. The medium which he has perfected is technically illegal. He didn’t ask for permission, his works were not projects that underwent multiple revisions and they weren’t planned. He began with cheap spray paint, raw talent and pure tenacity. His success is due to his persistence and his courage, realising from a young age that a can of spray paint was what he was going to work with for the rest of his life. Not letting anyone or anything stop him is part of his legacy and who he is as a person. The work isn’t politicised, romanticised or commercialised. It just is. What his work unintentionally does is break down the barriers between class and art. He didn’t reach his success through lofty connections or an expensive tuition, he simply worked until it came.

Aroe exhibition at artrepublic

It has been exciting to witness Aroe’s artistic development. He secured his position on the streets stylistically with his block type as opposed to the traditional wild style usually opted for by artists. This gave his work – which was mainly his name – readability. He was influenced by types that he saw in advertising, such as the one of the Yorkie bar. The boldness and simplicity suited him, he wanted everyone to see his name everywhere. Aroe used the familiarity that the advertising type to then experiment with form. Putting the letters on a slant, inverting the colour scheme or having lasers cut through the words is now beheld with an acceptability from the viewers. In a way, Aroe lured us into a false sense of security with what we’ve seen before, just to subvert it entirely and make it his own. Influenced by the British b-boy culture in the eighties, hip hop and fashion, these electrify his work with a freshness and an energy rarely seen.

Now Aroe is exhibiting his most recent collection ‘Graffiti Owes Me Money’ at artrepublic Brighton from 29th March.  A celebration of hip hop culture and his own focused style and use of colour. Now experimenting with dimension, shape and geometric lines, the work is futuristically abstract. Dynamic, powerful and beautiful, the pieces have the impact of a graffiti blockbuster and the finesse of fine art. Aroe is merging the world on the street and the often inaccessible art world to produce work that is engaging to a wider audience, and stunning.

If you’d like to attend the Private View of Aroe ‘Graffiti Owes Me Money’ on 29th March at the artrepublic gallery in Brighton, please visit our Eventbrite page for FREE tickets. We will have special limited editions of the ‘Grace Jones’ pieces available on the night, alongside the highly sought after original canvases too.

In true Aroe fashion he’ll also have a 1979 vintage Porsche covered his graffiti parked outside the exhibition, because he can.

 

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Spanish impressionist Sorolla gets royal treatment in London

The first major exhibition in more than a century of Spanish impressionist painter Joaquín Sorolla opens in London on Wednesday attended by Queen Letizia of Spain and Britain’s Prince Charles.


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Japan’s machinery orders weaken as trade war hits spending plans

Japan’s machinery orders fell in January at the fastest pace in four months as the U.S.-China tariff war hit global trade, knocking demand from the country’s auto and telecommunications equipment manufacturing sectors lower.


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Critic’s Notebook: Nine Concerts in Seven Days at the World’s Most Famous Concert Hall

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Long-lost Caravaggio painting to be auctioned in June in France

A painting by Italian master Caravaggio discovered five years ago in an attic will be sold at auction on June 27 in the French city of Toulouse and could fetch up to 150 million euros ($ 170 million), art experts said.


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Contemporary female artists are celebrated at artrepublic Brighton

As part of International Women’s Day artrepublic throws the spotlight on our leading female artists.

Women in the art world have been historically swept under the proverbial rug in favour of their male counterparts. It was a widely held belief that women were simply incapable of artistic genius. We at the artrepublic Brighton gallery wanted to take the opportunity to celebrate the successes of a few of our featured female artists as part of International Women’s Day on 8th March 2019. The future is female and at artrepublic, the future is now.

Allure by Sara Pope

 

One of the most exciting names in art at the moment is Sara Pope. Pope has had previous experience in the fashion industry as a shoe designer and also as an art director. Taking inspiration from glossy glamour of the fashion industry she uses live models to initially start her process of producing the perfect lips. She asks the models to express different emotions using their lips and works from there. From this she produces an intimately realistic portrayal of femininity. The finished work is sensual and provocative, providing a focal point for the viewer to imagine a moment which these lips are capturing. Exuding effortless eroticism, her work empowers women through their sexuality. How much of an impact can one part of a woman’s face have? Through the eyes of Sara Pope: a lot.

Bonnie and Clyde’s cinematic compositions are a creation of a space somewhere between a dream and reality. She uses mixed media to create a collage that blends fine art with photography. The new space that she creates is a point between being awake and asleep, the conscious and the unconscious, and is simultaneously nostalgic and refreshing. Her use of abstract textures alongside parts of a scene in LA evoke the process of memory. How we often remember unrelated parts of things, images melt with colours and textures with a surreal softness come together to evoke an experience. She suspends the rules of dimensions and form just as she suspends the viewer’s sense of reality, her work is a tribute to the power of stylistic originality. Despite playfully toying with the notion of perception, she opts for pastel colours and clean lines to ensure that above all else, her work is aesthetically stunning.

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Maria Rivan’s work with iconography and pop culture elevates the classic into the contemporary. She often works with the faces of old Hollywood female actresses, using a starlet to ease the viewer into a false sense of familiarity. Rivan subverts the traditional by adoring her starlets with a beautiful bloom of oddness. Birds, branches, flowers, and tiny figurines burst around their faces from the tops of their heads. These surreal embellishments add complexity to the often one-dimensional nature of pop art. The women that she uses were worshipped for their beauty, and Rivan’s explosion of strangeness from their heads evokes the notion of a complex inner world. Her work is particularly empowering as it coveys the sense that their minds are as vivaciously stunning as they themselves were. Presenting multi-dimensional female icons, Rivan brings the classic into the now, and we love it.

Natural Highs I by Maria Rivans

Master of the juxtaposition, Elizabeth Waggett takes monochromatic, often gothic subject matter and adds gold. Simplistic and arresting, she effortlessly confronts themes of death, superficiality and value. Her trademark use of skulls provides an intensely raw backdrop for her 23 carat champagne gold adornment. One of her most celebrated works, ‘It’s My Party’, is a human skull topped with a golden party hat. Bewildering the viewer with a reminder of our own mortality, the playfulness of a golden party hat is uncomfortable. The gold itself is a contrast, and the viewer is confronted with the ridiculousness of superfluous embellishments after death. Waggett’s skulls look closely like an x-ray, emphasising the fragility and majesty of our human form. Her pieces ask bold questions, ‘what do you value?’. Despite working with dark themes, Waggett’s work are a celebration of equality, and urge us to celebrate each other as human beings instead of material wealth.

 

artrepublic are delighted to showcase works by all of these exceptional female artists and more in our Brighton gallery, if you’d like to take a look at their work, please visit us!

 

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International Women’s Day Interview with Louise McNaught

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we were lucky enough to get an interview with one of artrepublic’s top female artists, Louise McNaught

 

We talked about what International Women’s Day meant to her, who has been an inspirational figure to her and a bit about her up and coming project. See the interview below.

Louise McNaughtEmma: Hi Louise, thank you for doing this interview with us, especially with it currently being international women’s month. To start off, I wanted to first ask what does International Women’s Day mean to you?

To be completely honest, it didn’t mean much to me previously. I initially felt that there was no need to have a specific day for women and for men. However, after having my daughter it has had more meaning to me, as I would like for my daughter to have as many possibilities in life in a world of equality.

Emma: Do you feel that you are an inspiration to other female artists who might be starting out?

I do often get contacted by female art students that look to me for advice and guidance. I often get asked if I can help them with projects that they have going on. It’s very flattering to say you have inspired someone as I’m just acting on what inspires me and if that speaks to others that’s fantastic!

Emma: That sounds great that you are approached by young artists and that you offer advice. Do you view yourself as a role model for younger women? 
King of a Fading Empire by Louise McNaught

Ever since I had my daughter, I now try to be a better, more responsible person! I don’t like to think of myself as a role model – that’s a very weighty title. I’d like the title ‘Inspirer’ instead, I hope I inspire women that want to pursue art, and who think the art world is male-dominated (and admittedly it still is), that they can still go for it! Having Autumn opened my eyes to the world, and it makes me think more about how life will be for her as she grows up, and I hope I can inspire her to go for whatever she is inspired by.

Emma: Are there any inspirational female figures that had an impact on you while growing up and to also you currently?The Darker the Night the Brighter the Stars by Louise McNaught

I would have to say my mum was a huge inspiration to me. Especially when it comes to how I want to raise my daughter. The way she raised me, makes me want to do the same for my daughter. One artist that that really inspired me growing up was the artist Susan Seddon Boulet. Her artwork isn’t very popular over here in England but in the US, she has a big following … even though she died many years ago. Her art and career inspired me as an artist.

Emma: Have you always wanted to be an artist?

Yes, I have always wanted to be an artist. There are baby pictures of myself holding a pen in a very steady way from around age 1, and by the time I was 8, I definitely knew that I wanted to be an artist. My family were not artists, so this was very much a solitary pursuit.

Emma: So, we know that you graduated from the University of Greenwich back in 2012. Do you have a favourite memory of when you were at the university?

For me, the best thing about University was meeting other artists. Meeting more misfits like me. I didn’t know any other artists back at home, so it was great A Star is Born by Louise McNaughtto meet more creative minds and socialise with them.

Emma: You have many beautiful pieces that you have created over the years. What has been your favourite piece to work on and why?

I would have to say the project I am currently working on. I am starting to incorporate elements of popular culture and consumerism mixed in with my animals.

Emma: Do you have any advice for aspiring artists?

Get your art online! Create your own website and promote your own work across social media. Find your audience online and make sure you to get your art in front of your following.

Emma: Do you have any ongoing projects you’d like to highlight?

The current project I am working on is called ‘Consume’. As a natural progression from Endangered Animals, I am creating pieces that show how these animals are going to face extinction. This will be on display in my solo show at the Royal Overseas League in  Mayfair from the 27th of June to the 9th of September 2019.   

Louise McNaught is a contemporary artist with international representation and as of 2018 is also a published Author. Louise‘s creations feature animals that are God-like, sublime and ethereal in their presence and depiction.  

Check out all of her work HERE 

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‘Mockingbird’ Play Publisher Demands $500,000 From Harper Lee Estate

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artrepublic support an art project for the homeless, Justlife Brighton

We’re sponsoring a studio to help boost the wellbeing of homeless people.

artrepublic are delighted to announce our project with Justlife in Brighton. Justlife are an organisation that focuses on Health Engagement with the homeless people of Brighton and Hove. Their primary objective is to improve the access the homeless have to primary care. After that, they aim to improve and maintain their good health in order to improve their chances of moving on from homelessness. They offer preventative care to those in unsupported temporary accommodation, to ensure that they don’t fall into homelessness. Alongside this, they provide progressive care to those currently suffering from homelessness. Needless to say, their work is invaluable and life-saving, and artrepublic are humbled to be able to help.

artrepublic Sponsors Justlife Brighton

One of the distinguishing aspects of the work that Justlife do in Brighton is address the social aspect of homelessness. Often homeless people do not have the opportunity to socialise and build networks of support outside of their experiences on the streets. Due to this, they often are alone or in communities that do not hold their best interests at heart. artrepublic have offered to sponsor a studio for the people affected by homelessness to spend time painting and expressing themselves artistically. It is important that people that have been homeless are rehabilitated physically but also mentally and emotionally. artrepublic hopes that the safe space offered to be creative will help increase the wellbeing of the vulnerable people in Brighton. To be able to creatively express yourself is often a privilege not extended to the homeless, but it is essential to build an identity that isn’t defined by a current situation. Defining oneself as a person outside of homelessness will build confidence and hope, which is essential to build a life away from it.

artrepublic Spnsors Justlife Brighton

Alongside improving mental and emotional wellbeing of the people impacted by homelessness, artrepublic hopes that time spent in the studio can help build networks of professional support, improve skills and prospects of finding employment. Last year the Justlife Creative Studio won Best Newcomer at the Artists Open Houses Awards. The open house showcased work from the artists who have experienced homelessness, was a huge success. Building connections with the most vulnerable and creating a sense of community within them is critical in reintegrating them into society. Following from Justlife’s success last year, artrepublic are proud to sponsor the studio of the open house, and provide all of the art supplies. artrepublic are proud to be part of an incredible cause and to help enable the creative expression and rehabilitation of some of the most vulnerable people in our society.

Please support the work of Justlife Brighton and visit the open house when it is open.

 

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George Michael’s art collection goes on sale in online auction

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Meet the Women Who Are on Top of the (Art) World

 International Women’s Day 2019

International Women’s Day has returned! What better way to celebrate than by showing off our finest female talent. Even though we are now in 2019, there can be an imbalance between us. Some industries still treat women like second class citizens. Artrepublic couldn’t disagree with this more. This is why we are dedicating this blog post to all the fabulous women we work with!

LOUISE MCNAUGHT

King of a Fading Empire, A Star is Born and Legend by Louise McNaught

Louise McNaught became a professional artist whilst doing a Degree in Fine Art. Her distinctive use of bright colour, fading upward drips shows her obvious love of nature. She has international representation and as of 2018 is also a published Author. Her artwork has also been featured at art fairs in Milan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Stockholm, Brussels and all over the UK.

Recently, McNaught has been using her voice and talent to educate people about all the beautiful animals that are becoming endangered. Her book ‘Survival’ strongly highlights how many animals are being lost using powerful imagery.

Read more about Louise McNaught and check out her upcoming shows on her website HERE


SARA POPE

Love Life Listen, Attitude and Electric By Sara Pope

Bold, seductive paintings of voluptuous lips is what contemporary artist, Sara Pope is known for. Pope had a successful career in the fashion industry (as a shoe designer for brands such as Paul Smith), and also work in magazines as a designer and art director. This is where Sara draws her inspiration from. She aims to capture the glamour and seductive power conveyed by the lips and mouth.

24 galleries in the UK and internationally currently represent her. She has also completed collaborations with BareMinerals makeup, PIAS music label and Saatchi&Saatchi.

See more about what Sara is up to HERE


MARIA RIVANS

Camille, Subdiego and Natural Highs I By Maria Rivans

Maria Rivans is a contemporary British artist, known for her scrapbook-style collage aesthetic. A mash-up of Surrealism meets Pop-Art, Rivans’s work re-appropriates vintage ephemera to create dreamy realms. This transports the viewer into fantastical worlds of the imaginary. Each one suffused with vivid colour, arresting imagery, intricate detail, and finished with a dusting of subtle humour.

Maria works from her studio in Brighton: a kooky building, purpose built as a small cinema in 1911. She exhibits work throughout the UK as well as internationally. These spaces include Hong Kong, New York and across Europe. In 2017 and 2018, her work featured in The Times newspaper. As well as this, in 2018, the Royal Academy’s 250th Summer Exhibition selected her film Still ‘Understanding Nothing.’

Have a look at what Maria Rivans is doing HERE


LUCY BRYANT

Bollocks to Brexit and Starbucks Lovers By Lucy Bryant

Lucy Bryant is a contemporary artist and graphic designer and graduated from the University of Derby. However, Bryant is less defined by her formal art training than by her loose, creative approach and varied influences. These include Pop Art and the Punk music scene. Responding to contemporary culture, Bryant’s art subverts the everyday and the banal. She’s always striving to disrupt the ordinary and create something entirely new.


KRISTJANA S WILLIAMS

Lundunar Moth - Flecked Gold, Calm at Sea and Fox For Tea Diorama By Kristjana S Williams

Kristjana S Williams is an Icelandic born artist who studied graphic design and illustration at Central St Martins. This led to her gaining critical acclaim as Creative Director of Beyond the Valley for 8 years. Williams has become well known in the industry. This has won an array of awards from ‘Dulux Colour Awards’, ‘D&AD’, a New York Festivals Grand Prix and First Prize. As well as this, she was shortlisted for the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity.

See more from Kristjana HERE


All these women are incredible artists all with their own styles, techniques and messages. Of course, we work with so many more women overflowing with talent that we wish we could have included in this list.

To see our full list of artists, CLICK HERE 

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Michael Jackson Documentary Revives Lurid Claims, Imperiling His Thriving Estate

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‘Leaving Neverland’ Part One Recap: 2 Men Say Michael Jackson Used His Fame to Sexually Abuse Them as Boys

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Art or show? 200,000 euros to burn down a statue of Spain’s king

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Get to Know Soozy Lipsey

Leave the dull behind and enter the wonderful world of Soozy Lipsey!

We had the pleasure of sitting down with the lovely Soozy Lipsey to discuss her work, her process and more. 

My Still Life is Better Than Yours - Skull by Soozy LipseyR: Hi Soozy. Thank you for doing this interview with us. Let’s jump straight in. Your approach to art seems incredibly fun and not to be taken too seriously. Is this something you feel strongly about? 

S: I would say my art parallels my life in many ways. I think life is a serious business and in the same breath really not so serious. Similar to feeling significant and yet totally insignificant. I find humour really does defuse the tension of these paradoxes. So in an answer to your question, I think having a laugh in life, especially laughing at ones imperfections, is crucial and I like to show that in my work. I have a sense My Still Life is Better Than Yours - Flowers Print by Soozy Lipseyof humour – its a way to really connect with people. Knowing how to really laugh at life is a skill I think and so wit is something I really admire in people.

R: Your work beautifully captures the unexpected to produce both whimsical and macabre emotion. How do you perceive your own work? 

S: I think some of my work really plays with the tensions: life and death, light and dark and weak-strong. l think my work has different levels of interpretation but if it doesn’t disturb the viewer in anyway, then I fear my work is just passing people by which isn’t of much interest to me. Being disturbed keeps us awake. A ‘Do not disturb ‘ sign is not something I would hang anywhere near my artwork.

Doing it George's Way Print by Soozy Lipsey

R: Re-imagining and revitalising vintage art is something you adopt within your work frequently. What’s the feeling behind it? Is there a reason you choose to do this?

Desire at it's Very Best by Soozy Lipsey

S: I think the past is where we draw our wisdom our guidance – it’s incredibly important. One of my favourite Quotes is from a Danish philosopher, Kierkegaard. He says ‘Life can only be understood backwards, but must be lived forwards.’ I think anything with a sense of history has a quality about it that new things just do not have. I am drawn to these qualities intellectually, aesthetically and emotionally. I like to revisit something with a sense of age – something that has existed for sometime and then change it. Therefore, it embodies a new lease of life.

 

An example of that was buying an old picture of a vase of flowers and cutting it in half and hanging just half the picture. The idea behind this was to offer the viewer just half the story, the rest was up to the viewer to imagine. I liked the idea that the discarded half remains in the past. It also played on the human drive to always be desiring, and by withholding half the picture the viewer would hopefully be in a state of momentary satisfaction as I had left them desiring the other half or even imagining it. I hadn’t given them everything, which hopefully captured their attention for longer than I would have had I just hung the full picture.

R: What’s your process when creating a new piece? Do you have a “routine” or a method you stick to or does it flow much more naturally?

S: There usually is no great plan other than trying my very best to do what I perceive is my job as an artist. This being to keep myself on the outside of most conventions, especially routine because routine and habit can dull the senses. It makes us spoilt and complacent and even entitled. I think it’s the artists role to look at life with a sense of enquiry. If my work embodies that even a fraction, then whatever material or style I use is irrelevant really.

R: What are you favourite mediums/materials to work with? And what are your favourite themes/subjects to capture?My Portrait is Better Than Yours Print by Soozy Lipsey

S: I like print as it’s accessible and affordable which is a key thing for me – art can be purchased by a wider audience. I love old objects, paintings and great thinkers, philosophers and tubes of paint. My favourite themes would have to be the human condition.

The Meeting Print by Soozy Lipsey and Dan Hillier

R: How do you keep your studio/workstation? Is it rather neat and tidy or could it be considered its own work of art?

S: It’s a total mess when working on something. The idea of anything ‘becoming’ that doesn’t generate mess is a mystery to me. Birth is messy business, after all. Neat and tidy is something I like to visit once in a while just to ground myself and to pretend I have everything under control.

R: You’ve previously collaborated with Dan Hillier to produce ‘The Meeting,’ beautifully capturing your unique styles together. Have you got any future collaborations in the works? Or is there an artist you would like to work with in the future?

S: I have no plans to collaborate in the near future however, I think collaboration is brilliant! If there is anyone out there who fancies a collaboration, don’t hesitate to get in touch!

R: And finally, do you have a favourite artist?

S: I can’t resist giving a mention to my absolute love, Rene Magritte. He is my hero. I’m not one to put anyone on a pedestal but as far as I’m concerned, his mind and execution of  ideas never cease to disappoint and amaze me. He is a poetic genius!

Soozy Lipsey re-imagines the traditional with contemporary whimsy, adding a touch of the fantastical here, and a dash of the macabre there, for visually provocative aesthetic. Re-purposing existing – or ‘found’ – objects and images, Lipsey transforms nostalgia into the uncanny though combinational techniques. 

Check out all of her work HERE           Check out Soozy Lipsey’s website HERE

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Libya’s ancient ruins blighted by theft, shunned by tourists

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Expired drugs may remain effective, safe to use in a pinch

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Ryan Adams Album Release Canceled Amid Report of F.B.I. Inquiry

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Top German conservative hints at slower coal phase-out in nod to party right

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Review: 2019 London Art Fair

artrepublic looks at the standout work at this year’s Fair.

Kicking off the 2019 art scene, the 31st edition of the London Art Fair took over the Business Design centre in Islington in mid January. Filled from top to bottom with an impressive labyrinthine display of artwork, it was easy to get lost in a good way. Ranging from Sculptures to Portraiture, contemporary art to early twentieth-century pieces, there was something for everyone.

A seasoned buyer would feel very at home amongst the Henry Moore and Dali sculptures. Alongside the exuberant display of fine art from some of the most critically-acclaimed artists of the twentieth century such as Sir Anthony Caro and Ben Nicholson, the London Art Fair offers the opportunity for prospective collectors to get advice from curators as to how and where to start in collecting art.

Above all, it offers an exploration into bite-sized versions of some of the most prestigious and celebrated galleries in the UK and worldwide. At first an overwhelming spectacle, typical gallery-goers will not be used to the sheer volume of art all under one roof. Navigating the maze of white walls can seem daunting but incredibly rewarding after stumbling upon excellence, which is frequent and often.

artrepublic were thrilled to see the prominent print focus in this year’s London Art Fair. The contemporary print artists stood to serve as refreshing palette-cleansers amongst the swathes of fine art and sculpture. A breath of fresh air, a playful nudge or a satirical wink, these prints offer it all.

David Shrigley was a headliner for the London Art Fair this year. Combining stylistic childlike innocence with an often mundane or unassuming subject, to produce a piece that is fun and engaging. He celebrates the nuances of everyday life the with the intimacy of the imperfections in his work. There’s an openness to his work that emphasises his accessibility, making his works very desirable to own. His piece ‘My Rampage Is Over’ was exhibited featuring a huge blue elephant. A naive delight, evoking memories of childhood bedtime stories; of letting your own imagination run wild.

Another print heavyweight who exhibited boldly this year at the London Art Fair was the Connor Brothers. Their style is instantly recognisable, with their iconic use of vintage photography with modern type. The Connor Brothers have definitely cemented their position within the print space of the London art scene, notoriously popular and effortlessly cool. Most recently they have issued a series of book covers using a selection of their prints. Elevating the smutty form of the pulp novel, their works of art subvert the previously derogatory gender roles. As opposed to the women on these novels only serving to titillate or be murdered they are remastered as untouchable, graceful, almost statuesque. A contemporary twist on a classic.

Kicking off the 2019 art scene, the 31st edition of the London Art Fair took over the Business Design centre in Islington in mid January. Filled from top to bottom with an impressive labyrinthine display of artwork, it was easy to get lost in a good way. Ranging from Sculptures to Portraiture, contemporary art to early twentieth-century pieces, there was something for everyone.   A seasoned buyer would feel very at home amongst the Henry Moore and Dali sculptures. Alongside the exuberant display of fine art from some of the most critically-acclaimed artists of the twentieth century such as Sir Anthony Caro and Ben Nicholson, the London Art Fair offers the opportunity for prospective collectors to get advice from curators as to how and where to start in collecting art.   Above all, it offers an exploration into bite-sized versions of some of the most prestigious and celebrated galleries in the UK and worldwide. At first an overwhelming spectacle, typical gallery-goers will not be used to the sheer volume of art all under one roof. Navigating the maze of white walls can seem daunting but incredibly rewarding after stumbling upon excellence, which is frequent and often.   artrepublic were thrilled to see the prominent print focus in this year’s London Art Fair. The contemporary print artists stood to serve as refreshing palette-cleansers amongst the swathes of fine art and sculpture. A breath of fresh air, a playful nudge or a satirical wink, these prints offer it all.   David Shrigley was a headliner for the London Art Fair this year. Combining stylistic childlike innocence with an often mundane or unassuming subject, to produce a piece that is fun and engaging. He celebrates the nuances of everyday life the with the intimacy of the imperfections in his work. There’s an openness to his work that emphasises his accessibility, making his works very desirable to own. His piece ‘My Rampage Is Over’ was exhibited featuring a huge blue elephant. A naive delight, evoking memories of childhood bedtime stories; of letting your own imagination run wild.   Another print heavyweight who exhibited boldly this year at the London Art Fair was the Connor Brothers. Their style is instantly recognisable, with their iconic use of vintage photography with modern type. The Connor Brothers have definitely cemented their position within the print space of the London art scene, notoriously popular and effortlessly cool. Most recently they have issued a series of book covers using a selection of their prints. Elevating the smutty form of the pulp novel, their works of art subvert the previously derogatory gender roles. As opposed to the women on these novels only serving to titillate or be murdered they are remastered as untouchable, graceful, almost statuesque. A contemporary twist on a classic.  The almost-serious and almost-sensitive work of Charming Baker was another to look out for this year. Often contradictory, pulling the viewer across the emotional spectrum with his work. Disarmingly playful imagery besets an often melancholic backdrop, or is victim to violent scribbles. The resulting composition is a juxtaposition of innocence and darkness, provoking an eerie sense of nostalgia.  A master at combining texture with form, there is a distinctive layering within Baker’s work that enables him to effortlessly discuss themes such as joy, love, death and despair. The style that he has established is one of timeless eccentricity, beautifully thought provoking.   If you’d like to view any of the sensational prints by Shrigley, The Connor Brothers or Baker please visit the artrepublic gallery in Brighton.

The almost-serious and almost-sensitive work of Charming Baker was another to look out for this year. Often contradictory, pulling the viewer across the emotional spectrum with his work. Disarmingly playful imagery besets an often melancholic backdrop, or is victim to violent scribbles. The resulting composition is a juxtaposition of innocence and darkness, provoking an eerie sense of nostalgia.  A master at combining texture with form, there is a distinctive layering within Baker’s work that enables him to effortlessly discuss themes such as joy, love, death and despair. The style that he has established is one of timeless eccentricity, beautifully thought provoking.

 

If you’d like to view any of the sensational prints by David Shrigley, The Connor Brothers or Charming Baker please visit the artrepublic gallery in Brighton, call +44 (0)1273 724829 or email brighton@artrepublic.com.

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British artist Tracey Emin is unleashing an “emotional timebomb” at her latest exhibition, homing in on what is important to her as she faces what she calls the third stage of her life.


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Fatal fire caused by energy spike: Flamengo CEO

The fire that killed 10 young footballers at Flamengo’s training ground in Rio de Janeiro was caused by a spike of electricity that led to a fire in an air conditioning unit, the club’s CEO Reinaldo Belotti said on Saturday.


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Save the date: artrepublic’s first Sample Sale

Help us fundraise for Middle Street Primary School – get up to 60% off selected works.

artrepublic Sample Sale

Between 7th – 10th March, the artrepublic Brighton gallery will be hosting a sample sale at Middle Street Primary School.

The school is currently experiencing a chronic funding crisis and is in real need of local support. The artrepublic Sample Sale will donate 25% of sales to Middle Street Primary School to help raise money for a special needs teacher.

Last year, artrepublic raised over £2,000 to help renovate their arts center. This year, we hope to make a difference again.

With both framed and unframed works from floor to ceiling, the artrepublic sample sale will offer a unique chance to browse for hidden gems – with up to 60% off selected works.

Our gallery team will be on hand to discuss your favourite new find! If you’re tempted to spend a little more, our gallery’s Own Art scheme could make purchasing one or more pieces that little bit easier. For more information on this 0% APR payment plan, please ask one of our Art Advisors.

The Brighton gallery team look forward to welcoming you at our Middle Street School sample sale fundraiser.

 

artrepublic Sample Sale,
7th to 10th March,
10.30am to 5.30pm

Middle Street School,
37 Middle Street,
Brighton, BN1 1AL

 

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Lawrence’s Rare Prints Showcase

Snap up some never-seen-before rare prints at the artrepublic Brighton gallery.

Lawrence Alkin, owner of the artrepublic Brighton gallery will host a special event on Friday 15th February to launch a showcase of his rare, personal print collection.

Lawrence's Rare Prints Showcase

This showcase will be a true representation of how contemporary art has evolved over 25 years, reflecting artrepublic’s long-standing roots at the forefront of the scene, with many rare works available to buy for the first time in years.

Lawrence has always been renowned for his unique gallery curations, placing established artists next to upcoming talent. His eye for talent has been flexing its muscle since the early ’80s, opening his Brighton gallery in 1989. Since then, the gallery has seen featured urban & street art giants such as Banksy, Obey and Ben Eine become world famous, whilst at the same time documenting the importance of established artists such as Peter Blake, Damien Hirst and Grayson Perry.

Having sold many iconic prints over the years, it’s not a surprise that a few special editions were held back for an exciting day like this. Lawrence’s ‘Rare Prints’ showcase will be a unique and amazing opportunity to snap up some never-seen-before prints at the artrepublic Brighton gallery.

His philosophy since opening the gallery over 25 years ago remains the same: that art should be accessible to everyone. Lawrence aimed to demystify the art world, enabling enthusiasts to follow their heart when buying artwork. He truly believes that this way of buying makes art last for generations rather than just for interior styling.

artrepublic proudly offer the Arts Council’s ‘Own Art’ scheme – a zero-interest payment plan, designed to make buying and collecting art more affordable. With our Brighton gallery being the largest provider of these loans in the UK, Own Art doesn’t just make buying art more affordable but allows the enjoyment of curating a personal art collection more realistic and attainable than ever before. What once was a luxury, is now available to everyone.

Lawrence’s Rare Prints Showcase can be viewed at the artrepublic Brighton gallery between Friday 15th February and Monday 4th March. Register today for your free tickets to our opening evening on 15th Feb. Don’t miss this opportunity to own highly collectable works that have long since sold out or have never been available before.

 

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War photographer McCullin’s retrospective shows ‘appalling things’ humans do

From the battles of the Vietnam War to starving African villages and the destitute streets of London, photographer Don McCullin has documented violence, suffering and deprivation for more than half a century.His pictures brought home to the general public the agony of people and places near and far. Now aged 83 and knighted by Queen Elizabeth, he is haunted by what he has witnessed and prefers to train his lens on the landscapes of rural Somerset.


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Bosnia’s sole female coppersmith keeps flame burning for dwindling art

Nermina Alic learned her trade as a coppersmith from her watching father as a child. Now she is hoping her skills – and a battle against prejudice – can help keep the dying art alive.


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Self-shredding Banksy painting goes on display in Germany

“Love is in the Bin”, the work by graffiti artist Banksy that shredded itself live after it was sold at auction last year, went on display at a German museum – after officials had made sure its shredding mechanism was no longer working.


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In Mosul exhibition, Iraqi artists process brutal rule of Islamic State

A raven perched on the shoulder of a woman with flaming hair is Iraqi artist Marwan Fathi’s symbol for the terrible events he and his home city Mosul have had to endure.


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A Word With: Kelly Rowland on Playing Gladys Knight: ‘I Just Wanted to Soak Her Up’

Rowland discusses her role in BET’s “American Soul,” the politics of the Super Bowl, R. Kelly and the message she’s bringing at this stage in life.
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Daylight robbery: Russian police detain suspect after bold gallery heist

Russian police said on Monday they had arrested a man caught on camera taking a painting off the wall of a major Moscow art gallery and strolling out with it under his arm.


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Dior gowns that made headlines star in London exhibition

From Princess Margaret’s 21st birthday gown to Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence’s red carpet dress, Christian Dior outfits that have made headlines go on show in a London exhibition dedicated to the French fashion house.


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Lucy Sparrow exhibited her Triple Art Bypass in Miami

December 2018 saw Lucy Sparrow exhibit her immersive installation, ‘Triple Art Bypass’ at Miami’s busiest international art fair Art Basel week.

Sparrow’s felt depiction of an emergency operating theatre and consultation room offered Miami’s art fair visitors a different perspective of their healthcare system. Her light-hearted approach to what is usually a very serious and sombre environment, injected a little comedy into her immersive medical scene.

Rows upon rows of well-known medicines and an anatomical skeleton model filled with plushy felt organs made this felt experience both interesting and thought-provoking.

Lucy Sparrow 'His n Hers' Cabinets Many of Lucy Sparrow’s felt medicines feature in her ‘His n Hers’ cabinets, now at artrepublic Brighton

Having worked with felt from the age of 8, her style is still somewhat child-like and uplifting; something she feels is most needed in our political climate. Even more humbling is the knowledge that every felt piece is still hand-painted. There are no printing machines or stencils in the mix, despite her installations getting bigger and bigger.

Lucy Sparrow represents pure hand-craftsmanship from her self-branded ‘Felt Cave’ – her UK workshop. Currently famed as the ‘Queen of Felt’, she designed ‘Triple Art Bypass’ to offer a fully immersive experience.

Felt medical procedures were undertaken at various times by her felt operating team. Likewise, her felt consultation room acted as a space for clients to ‘wait’ before their appointment to view her newly released felt work.

As Miami got lost in Sparrow’s charming felt creations, her next big installation is yet to be revealed. Currently one of the UK’s most exciting contemporary artists, Lucy Sparrow has a loyal following of investors, keen to see what she does next.

One of her most investable pieces, the ‘His ’n’ Hers’ cabinet at the artrepublic gallery is a pair of bathroom cabinets, each containing gendered toiletries. In ‘His’, items include Brylcream, Viagra, and condoms. In ‘Hers’ – tampons, Canesten cream, and anti-ageing moisturiser, as well as some more gender-neutral items like VapoRub, Vaseline and vitamins.

‘His ’n’ Hers’ is a snippet of what gender means in today’s consumerist landscape. From a limited edition of 50, the piece comes complete with signed certificate of authenticity and signed ‘Felt World’ book.

For all enquiries, including those relating to sales, please contact the Brighton artrepublic gallery on +44 (0)1273 724829.

 

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