New Artists: Opie, Murakami and Copyright Arrive into our Soho Space

One is an iconic member of the British contemporary art scene, another is an internationally renowned blue chip artist-come-brand and the other is an emerging street artist whose street daubings are increasingly becoming more collectable. This article contains imagery of an adult nature.

artrepublic regulars will be familiar with the name Opie as we have sold his fine art prints on our website for a number of years now. But with our Soho gallery feeling a little more bold in 2010 paired with an ever growing demand post-recession for contemporary art works, now is the time to introduce Opie‘s limited editions to the gallery walls.

Opie is undisputedly one of the most important, influential and popular artists currently working in Britain. His main body of work centres on portraiture and he is one of the leading figures in computerised art. To date his most publicly known work is the album cover produced for blur, which sees the band recreated in Opie distinct style. Read more here.

Takashi Murakami is a prolific contemporary Japanese artist who works in fine art media such as painting and sculpture, as well as digital and commercial media. In his work he blurs the boundaries between high and low art much like Lichtenstein achieved with his work.

He appropriates popular themes from mass media and pop culture then turns them into thirty-foot sculptures, ‘superflat’ paintings, or marketable commercial goods. In the past Murakami has collaborated with brands such as Nike and Louis Vuitton to create limited edition goods.

In 2008, Takashi Murakami made Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People" list, the only visual artist included.

Copyright, yet to scale the heights that Murakami and Opie currently roam around at, but that is not to say it won’t happen, far from it in fact. As street art continues its juggernaut-like momentum into the 21st century as a recognised and accepted art form, emerging players such as Copyright will have their place.

His paintings represent ideals from the modern world and culture, portrayed within classic imagery of simple beauty, often depicted by butterflies, flowers and beautiful women. His pictures represent a contradiction of idealism and unattainable visions of beauty found in fashion, music and popular culture.

Fusing Street art, graffiti and more traditional styles he uses a mixture of classic painting techniques and spray can art. He creates print styles with stencils, depth with spray paint and texture with a paintbrush.

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