From Banksy to Missbugs, artrepublic knows the trends

Press Release

15th July 2008

BUY BRISTOL, SAY THE GALLERY THAT HELPED LAUNCH AN URBAN ART ICON

artrepublic, purveyors of fine urban art limited edition prints with galleries in Brighton and London’s Soho, today said that buying great art means buying Bristol urban art. artrepublic helped launch the urban art scene’s most famous Bristolian, Banksy, and now they’re backing MissBugs, Xenz, Cyclops and Sweet Toof, too.

Back in 2004 the gallery sold Banksy’s original canvases for less than £250 as part of their Pop show in Brighton. The Kids on Guns canvas sold there featured in last autumn’s Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Sale where it went under the hammer for £102,500, making one lucky artrepublic customer a return on his investment of £102,250, or 40,000%.

Nick Walker, Xenz and MissBugs are all Bristol born artists who have ! cornered the urban art market this year with sell-out shows. MissBugs walked into artrepublic Brighton less than a year ago, and with the CEO’s savvy thinking and market know how, went on to have his first and only show in Brighton in June 2008. Mention this secretive artist's name and the online forums go wild when there's a rumour of a new piece about to be released. Collectors have even been known to come to blows when queuing for a prized print

The Financial Times described the queue to a recent London opening of artist Nick Walker’s new work as “like blackout night in 1977 New York” with a queue that started the day before, complete with burning oil drums and sleeping bags.

The scene as most people recognise it today may have all started with Banksy, but this West Country city is where the roots of UK street art began in the 1980’s. artrepublic is continuing its tradition of promoting the freshest artists tumbling from Bristol’s streets and advise that ! investing in a piece from the city that spawned Nick Walker and Banksy is a sure-fire way to enjoy the ‘new language’ of the urban art genre.

Alongside new pieces in from all these urban artists at artrepublic, artrepublic at tomtom in Soho will have two new originals from MissBugs given to them by the artist, for their 1st birthday party which is being held on 31st July at the gallery in Soho. As well as originals from C215, Pinky and a secret print release. Please click here or contact soho@artrepublic.com if you would like to be on the guestlist.

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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 geographical 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, Sir Peter Blake and Jamie Hewlett 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 on hand 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.

Although artrepublic will attempt to supply images that are likely to not have copyright issues when used in the press, we do strongly advise that chosen images are first checked with the Design and Artists Copyright Society before publication. Contact details are: Tel: 020 7336 8811, email: info@dacs.org.uk or contact artrepublic before going to press.

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