24th June 2008
artrepublic Brighton, stockists of the rarest and best in today's art scene are seeing savvy investors targeting art prints as other investment opportunities such as property become less attractive. Top of the list at the moment is the grandfather of Pop Art, Sir Peter Blake. His resurgence in popularity in recent times and the small numbers of high quality hand signed prints available has seen prices of his limited edition prints soar from a few hundred pounds into the thousands in a matter of months.
Prints such as the Sources of Pop Art series are now so rare that a previous artrepublic price of £795 when new, has rocketed 215% in value to £2,500 in less than a year. His most recent releases such as the brightly coloured I Love You are testament to this continuing trend with artrepublic having only a few prints left. The advice is 'be quick!'
"His work is getting harder and harder to find," comments Lawrence Alkin, CEO of artrepublic. "We get very small numbers of pieces in and they are incredibly popular. Smart investors know that hot artists are the new way to invest and they get really involved in buying art prints. Iconic artists like Peter Blake are probably very under-priced for the quality of prints he's producing."
Sir Peter Blake's new works are taken from his late 1950's/1960's period, a very important time in the artist's life and the prints have all got new embellishments. He uses 'diamond dust' and glazes to bring extra depth, shine and effect.
After a popular show at the Ink_d gallery, Brighton, some of Sir Peter Blake's key new limited edition prints are now available at the artrepublic gallery in Brighton.
Works such as Girly Door were originally painted on doors using household paints, enamel and his trademark collage. They show the iconic nature of his oeuvre, the marriage of popular culture and fine art and his strength as a modern artist.
Probably best known for this cover of The Beatles' Sergeant Pepper album sleeve, Peter Blake also designed the Band Aid Do They Know It's Christmas cover, as well as Paul Weller's Stanley Road, the John Peel Tribute album cover and a greatest hits album cover for Oasis. In 2007 Coca Cola celebrated its biennale by commissioning a special piece from the artist, who continues to work from his studio in Hammersmith, London.
Notes to Editors
artrepublic established its first gallery in 1992 in the heart of Brighton's North Laine. Its second gallery, artrepublic at tomtom, is in the heart of London's Soho. artrepublic features rare, collectable, cutting-edge art prints, limited editions, silkscreens and giclees from contemporary artists such as Banksy, Jamie Reid, James Cauty, Charming Baker and Ron English alongside popular artists such as Warhol and Lichtenstein. www.artrepublic.com has an extensive choice of art prints all available with free delivery worldwide.
The Brighton gallery also offers a bespoke framing service with a huge choice of mouldings and expert advice and the website offers a large selection of quality frames delivered free throughout the UK.
For more information about this press release please call Julie Carroll on 07971 955140/Andrew Milledge Marketing Director of artrepublic on 01273 664366.
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