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.

Tokyo

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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Diana Ross celebrated her 75th birthday at the 2019 Grammys like a living legend should

Diana Ross celebrated her 75th birthday at the 2019 Grammys like a living legend should


Diana Ross celebrated her 75th birthday at the 2019 Grammys like a living legend should

“Happy birthday to me! Happy birthday to me!”

It’s hard to believe that Ms. Diana Ross is turning 75 in March, but her performance at the 2019 Grammys is certainly the most appropriate way for the diva to celebrate. After a sweet introduction from her admiring young grandson, The Supremes songstress hit the stage in a flowing red gown fit for a fairy godmother. Ross broke into a medley of hit songs from her career with Motown Records, illustrating that her gifts to the world of music span decades. Starting with 1993’s “The Best Years of My Life,” she transitioned into 1970’s “Reach Out And Touch (Somebody’s Hand)” and was soon surrounded by her family in the audience, including daughter and actress Tracee Ellis Ross.

Ross ended the performance with a short speech, reminiscent of the spoken interludes with which Supremes fans are familiar. In addition to emphatically wishing herself happy birthday over a month early on television (goals), she delivered motivational words to the audience that touched on the transformative power of music—a tone set by Michelle Obama earlier in the evening:

“So much love in this room. Together we have no limits…There’s only success ahead, and you can lead the way. Learn, dream, unlock new doors, all is possible, all is possible with music and with you.”

Diana Ross a 61st Grammys
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Diana Ross was the lead singer of ’60s Motown girl group, The Supremes, alongside groupmates Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard. After going solo in 1969, she scored multiple number one hits (including “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”) and earned an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Billie Holiday in Lady Sings The Blues.

The Recording Academy tweeted that the performance was meant to “[honor] her landmark career and contributions to music.” Happy birthday to Ms. Diana Ross, indeed.

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Review: how artrepublic Brighton celebrated its 25th anniversary year

From local events and big-name exhibitions to taking art onto Brighton’s streets, here are artrepublic’s highlights of 2018.

Typically, as we head towards the end of a year we start to look back at all the things we’ve seen, done and accomplished over the past 12 months. What were the highs and the lows? What do we want more or less of, and what exciting plans and experiences can we carry with us into the sparkling new year? For artrepublic, this has been a truly special and spectacular year.

Our 25th anniversary year has offered up almost too many gems to mention. Early in 2018 we launched our brand-new gallery area, doubling the wall space at our Bond Street location to bring you even more of the art and artists that you love. And, with that space came a whole new events calendar, featuring monthly activities for kids hosted by our artists, evenings of edition screen printing with The Private Press (and a few more of our artists), and even some live real-life storytelling with Spark. We had a fair few parties too, with bubbles flowing to celebrate exclusive print launches, including an exclusive launch with Mark Vessey, where we were treated to a spin on the desks from legendary Brighton DJ & producer, Fatboy Slim. There were also solo exhibitions from the likes of Bruce McLean, collective showcases – taking in everything from abstraction to our Modern Masters – and even an album launch for  drum & bass legend, Friction. And that was just inside the four walls of the gallery itself.

Out in Brighton, beyond the gallery doors, our annual Art Yard Sale had people queuing round the block in the blazing sunshine, all waiting to get their hands on original art, at great prices, direct from the artists themselves. Some of the newest additions to the artrepublic family were there, right alongside some of the gallery’s veterans (not in terms of physical age, but in terms of long-held creative friendships) and, wandering among them all, was the host of our freshly-launched podcast, Art-related Nonsense, collecting stories from some of the best in the art business to share with you all. Check the first series out on iTunes.

Elsewhere on Brighton’s streets, a little later in the year, the gallery was represented in the Martlets Snail Trail with a design created for us specially by Eelus. Unlike that snail (who was very much rooted to the spot), for us this year has sped by.

The artrepublic Snail by Eelus 

We’re so grateful to be able to share all this with the art lovers out there – each of you has brought something to the artrepublic story in 2018, a big thank you to you all and we look forward to seeing you at plenty more of the gallery’s events, openings and occasions in the year to come. From everyone at artrepublic Brighton, season’s greetings and we wish you a very Happy New Year.

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