Blog: Art

Bauhaus: Art as Life

© László Moholy-Nagy, Prospectus cover for14 Bauhausbücher (14 Bauhaus Books), 1928. Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau. © Hattula Moholy-Nagy/DACS 2012


© Erich Consemüller, Lis Beyer or Ise Gropius sitting on the B3 club chair by Marcel Breuer and wearing a mask by Oskar Schlemmer and dress fabric by Beyer, c.1927. Herzogenrath, Berlin. © Estate Erich Consemüller


 © Walter Gropius, Graph of the educational curriculum at the Bauhaus, 1923. Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin. © DACS 2012


© Josef Albers, Set of four stacking tables, c.1927. © The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation/Artists Rights Society, New York and DACS, London 2012

This Sunday is the last day you can catch the wonderful Bauhaus: Art as Life at The BarbicanThe largest exhibition in the UK for 40 years documenting the iconic Bauhaus art school and it's post WW1 vision.

Bauhaus: Art as Life "explores the diverse artistic production that made up it's turbulent fourteen-year history and delves into the subjects at the heart of the school: art, culture, life, politics and society, and the changing technology of the age".

If you can't get down to see it don't panic, the exhibition catalogue is fantastic and available to buy here along with some beautiful Bauhaus designed goodies. But if you do visit, be sure to check out our letter-pressed greetings cards in the shop! 

Tue 07 Aug 2012

Posted under: Design , Art , Inspiration , Exhibition

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Blisters - The Directors Cut

It's that time again, Print Club's summer screen print show, Blisters - The Directors Cut (all the prints are derived from movies) has just been announced. True to form, the exhibition will showcase 40 original prints from 40 artists, in editions of 40 for £40.

This years line up of well known and up-coming artists includes; Babycrow, Conception Studios, James Joyce, Kate Moross, MOL, RYCA, Ryan Chapman, Si Scott and Steve Wilson.

The show will be hosted one again in the MC Motors building (next to the Print Club studio). It opens for a private view 6-10pm on Friday 31 August (RSVP only) and is then open 10am - 6pm Saturday 1 September.

Here's a sneak peek at what's going to be on offer...
Up - Anthony Peters, Imeus Design

Lost Boys - Philip Morgan


Star Wars - Conception Studios


Back to the Future - RYCA

Metropolis - Raid71

All images courtesy of Print Club London and copyright of the individual artists.

Phil Ashcroft



These dramatically bold paintings are the wonderful work of London based artist and designer, Phil Ashcroft.

His graphic landscapes have a dark, mysterious feel, "combining influences from abstract expressionism, British landscape painting, Japanese woodcuts, and graphic street art, Ashcroft integrates varied visual styles to generate a crossover between space, object and environment."

I love the way he plays with scale in his paintings, incorporating the tiny buildings really exaggerates the drama and impact of the full image.

Mr Ashcroft has had many, many exhibitions over the years from solo exhibitions in Liberty London, and (an old favourite for me) Arc-Arts, Manchester to group exhibitions in the Tate Modern and The Barbican. Some of you may have seen his work earlier this month at Pick Me Up 2012 as part of Nelly Duff's pop-up zoo.

You can see more of Phil Ashcroft's work here and keep up-to-date with his recent goings on here.

All images copyright Phil Ashcroft.
Via But Does it Float.

Thu 12 Apr 2012

Posted under: Design , Art , Prints , Exhibition

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Warhol is Here

Entrance to the first floor gallery, sneaking a peek at Camoflage, 1986
Butterfly Day, 1955
Brillo, 1970 and Muhammad Ali by Andy Warhol poster, 1978

Andy Warhol designed posters and commercial work

Dollar sign, 1981 and Cow, 1966

The De La Warr Pavilion is always a great weekend drive out - it's an amazing building, there's always an interesting exhibition on and the cafe has such delicious cake, what's not to like?! But until 26 February 2012 there's an added bonus to taking a trip out there...


Warhol is Here, the best collection of Andy Warhol work I've ever seen in one place. I've read a lot about this exhibition over the last month, but I was still amazed by it's size and content. There are some of Warhol's most iconic pieces in little old Bexhill, pieces I've discussed and written about in many art history lectures and essays so to see them in all their enourmity was a real treat.

The ground floor gallery guides you through the main part of his career from early pan & ink illustrations, through his commercial works, self-portraits, photography and on to some of his most famous 60's and 70's pieces; the wonderful Marilyn Diptych (1962), all ten Mao (1972) screenprints, the Brillo Boxes (1968), two prints from the Campbell's Soup series (Green Pea & Tomato, both 1968) and a selection of the Electric Chair series.

The First floor gallery, papered floor to ceiling in the bright pink & yellow cow print, focusses on Warhol's later 80's work including one of my favourite pieces - the giant bold and brash Dollar Sign (1981).

And for those with enough energy to make it to the rooftop foyer, there's a sound installation by Dr. Jean Wainwright to accompany the exhibition. Tape recordings of interviews, stories and conversations about Andy Warhol with those that knew him well.

I can't recommend this exhibition enough, it's exhibition of the year for me and to top it all, it's free admission!

"The show is assembled from a selection of works from ARTIST ROOMS, (a new collection of modern and contemporary art held by Tate and National Galleries of Scotland for the nation), as well as those sourced from Tate collection, The British Museum, V&A, Cecil Higgins Art Gallery other private collections."

All works copyright of The Andy Warhol Foundation for The Visual Arts, Artists Rights Society (ARS, New York/DACS London 

Tue 01 Nov 2011

Posted under: Design , Art , Prints , Exhibition

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LA Artist David Buckingham






I came across an article this weekend in Dazed & Confused about LA artist, David Buckingham and the fact that he is Wrangler's muse for their new Autumn/ Winter 2011 collection.

It's the first time I've seen David's work and now I'm desperate to see one of his shows. His pieces are fantastic. They're created from cut and welded scrap/ found metal and they're amazingly big, bold and brash. Many incorporate lines from films or song lyrics, and others are pop-art style typographic and graphic masterpieces. And when I say big, I mean big...


For those of you lucky enough to be in Berlin this month, make sure you check out David's latest exhibition, Hung Like Elvis at Kit Schulte Contemporary which just opened on the 2nd September.

All images copyright David Buckingham.

Mon 05 Sep 2011

Posted under: Design , Typography , Art

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The AT Open House


Big news! We've been kindly invited by April and Tim to join AT Open House for this years Brighton Festival of Artists Open Houses in May.

Each weekend throughout the Festival artists around the city open their doors to the public creating, "a great opportunity to view unique work in artists’ homes and studios and to buy directly from the artist or maker".

AT Open House (April and Tim's lovely 3 storey home and garden) will be open weekends 12-6 showing a feast of textiles, knitted jewellery, prints, paper ephemera, vintage fashion and art from the likes of Jonny Hannah, Winsome & Saucy, Mark Pavey and Alice Pattullo.

There'll be something for everyone, from a vintage tea shop, to a knitting room, outdoor poetry readings, and even a vintage boudoir. It's very exciting and we're thrilled to be involved.

The AT Open House blog will be up and running very shortly for regular updates, but in the meantime you can see the full list of participants, join the mailing list and find out more here.

Thu 03 Mar 2011

Posted under: Design , Art , Things to buy , Exhibition

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Blackout Blisters this weekend!


Print Club's annual Blisters exhibition is almost here. Blackout Blisters opens Friday 3 December at 6pm - just in time for you to buy all those loved ones a great signed and limited edition print for Christmas!

Prints from 40 artists including Ben Eine, Jamie Reid, Pure Evil and Si Scott will be on sale in editions of 40 for £40!

"All work in the exhibition will include a glow-in-the-dark element and the venue (a rather wonderful old warehouse in dalston - MC Motors, Dalston) will be plunged into darkness at various points during the opening night so the assembled can see the posters in all their glory."

The exhibition will be at MC Motors, Dalston from 3 - 5 December and will then move to Print Club's Brick Lane gallery.

Find out more here.

Richard Hambleton - The Godfather of Street Art








There's not much time left if you want to catch the Richard Hambleton retrospective at The Old Dairy in London.

For those who don't know, Richard Hambleton is a New York artist (originally from Canada) dubbed 'The Godfather of Street Art' and the source of Banksy's early inspiration. He first made his name in the late 70's with his Mass Murder Concept public art - fake crime scenes (chalked outlines splashed with red paint) followed by his Shadowman paintings in the early 80's (life-sized silhouettes painted around NYC). The Shadownman work later developed into the 'Marlboro man' - a mysterious rodeo man riding a bucking horse.

This retrospective is curated by Vladimir Restoin-Roitfield and Andy Valmorbida in association with Giorgio Armani. It includes 25 pieces which are previously unseen including 'Horse & Rider' - a re-visit to the themes of the Marlboro Man era.

The exhibition closes on the 3 December concluding it's world tour, so be sure to take time out from the Christmas shopping and pop in!

Images copyright Richard Hambelton.

Wed 24 Nov 2010

Posted under: Design , Art , Exhibition

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Christie's Travel and Vintage Poster Auction



These wonderful Olivetti posters are coming up for auction on the 5 November as part of the Christie's Travel and Vintage Poster sale. You can view the ecatalogue here - you won't be disappointed, there are loads of great travel posters, but these Olivetti ones get my bid (or they would if I'd saved a few more pennies this year).

Olivetti Divisumma (above top) by Herbert Bayer (1953) is lot number 252. It's a linen-backed, lithographic print (71 x 51cm) classed as A- condition with an estimation of £1000-£1500.

Olivetti Elettrosumma 22 (above bottom) by Giovanni Pintori is lot number 255. This lithographic print (70 x 49 cm) printed by Arti Grafiche M & G Pirovano in 1956 is not backed, but is classed as A condition and has an estimation of £600-£800.

Find more sale information here. Happy bidding!

Images copyright Christie's.
Via Quad Royal.

Wed 20 Oct 2010

Posted under: Design , Art , Prints , Posters

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Charley Harper Federal Building Mural






I've read about the Charley Harper mural in the Federal Building Cincinnati, but had no idea it was still in existence until I saw these pics on Visualingual.

The mural illustrates American wildlife in Harper's unique style, easily recognisable even when created in mosaic tiles. In fact his style seems to really lend itself to this discipline.

It's so great to see it in such detail, so huge thanks Visualingual for going down there and then sharing your pics.

PS. Tomorrow is the last day to catch the Charley Harper exhibition at Castor + Pollux, Brighton.

Images copyright Visualingual.
Via NOTCOT.

Thu 02 Sep 2010

Posted under: Design , Art , Illustration , Exhibition

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Lillian Bassman at The Wapping Project Bankside


Some work from the ionic fashion photographer, Lillian Bassman will be showing as part of 'Group Show' (a collection of work from all the artists represented since the award-winning gallery opened it's doors in October 2010) at The Wapping Project Bankside.

Lillian, now 93, is renowned for her stylised black and white fashion photography (above and below) that graced the pages of Harper's Bazaar during the 60's and early 70's.


During the 70's she left Harper's and fashion photography altogether, it was only when a stash of her images was found in the 90's that interest in her work grew and Lillian returned behind the camera after a 20 year break.

Her images are beautiful and feminine, yet strong and contrasty - a combination that works perfectly, they're exaclty the kind of images I love. The exhibition starts on the 17 August and runs until the 4 September. There isn't anything about it yet on their website, but I found more information here.

Images copyright Lillian Bassman.
Via Cool Hunting.

Fri 13 Aug 2010

Posted under: Photography , Art , Exhibition

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Roman Cieślewicz Retrospective




London's Royal College of Art are exhibiting the first major UK retrospective of Polish designer, Roman Cieślewicz's work from Friday (16 July) until 17 August.

"Cieślewicz was - alongside Fernando Arrabal and Alejandro Jodorowsky - a member of Panique, the 'last' surrealist group in France. At the same time he was a brilliant art director at Elle, and a contributor to Vogue. Remarkably prolific, he also worked closely with figures from the worlds of advertising and fashion including Guy Bourdin and Helmut Newton.

Extraordinarily talented as an image-maker, Cieślewicz’s tools were not the pen or the brush but the scalpel and scissors. Working with collage, he produced compelling and original images by reworking familiar icons such Che Guevara or Mona Lisa. “I always go for the maximum picture and the maximum information. You need to stimulate imagination to the maximum” - he once said in an interview."

The exhibition will include 150 pieces of Cieślewicz's diverse work including the iconic magazine covers created for Opus (above top & middle) and the poster he designed for Hitchcock's Vertigo (above bottom). The collections on display are from the National Museum in Poznan, the Museum Art in Łódź and the private collection of Cezary Pieczyński.

See other posts about Roman Cieślewicz here and here.

Images copyright Roman Cie
ślewicz from 'Roman Cieślewicz: Master of Graphic Design' by Margo Rouard-Snowman. Published by Thames & Hudson Ltd. London, 1993.
Quotation from the Polish Cultural Institute.

Mon 12 Jul 2010

Posted under: Design , Art , Illustration , Exhibition

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Nobrow Gallery




Nobrow have just dropped us a note to tell us about their new gallery (above) in fashionable Shoreditch, London!

Nobrow started in 2008 as an "independent publishing platform for illustration and the graphic arts that would showcase some of the best talent out there today, whether fresh out of college or from the ranks of well seasoned veterans".

They're inaugral exhibition Dungeons and Desktops runs until 22 July and is showcasing the wonderful work of illustrator Jack Teagle.

"Dungeons and Desktops is an exhibition that seamlessly melds the worlds of the fantastic and mundane, a cornucopia of staplers and swords, benefits and beasts, hair monsters and HR managers."

Prints, sculptures and original works from their catalogue of published illustrators and artists including Richard Hogg, Joe Crocker and Blexbolex (below) are also available in the gallery.


All images copyright Nobrow.

Thu 10 Jun 2010

Posted under: Design , Art , Prints , Exhibition

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Serie Waves Surfart - Tom Veiga






I’m loving the simplicity of these Tom Veiga Surfart posters, they’re very beautiful and fresh looking.

Serie Waves
is a collection of work, “inspired by the sensations and feelings that the sea wind, the sun's heat and movement of the waves pass”. They bring together Veiga’s passion for design and his love of surfing, “each wave has a shape, color, a feature unique, and it all inspired me to reflect the beauty of the sea and the waves through the design”.

Check out the Serie Waves Blog for a sneaky peak at new work and information about future exhibitions.

If surf art is your thing, take a look at our surf photography posts here, here and here.

Images copyright Tom Veiga.
Via NotCot.

Sun 14 Feb 2010

Posted under: Design , Art , Prints , Illustration

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Margaret Kilgallen aka META / Matokie Slaughter


A couple of weeks ago I watched Beautiful Losers, a short film by Aaron Rose documenting the NYC art and graffiti scene in early 90's and celebrating, "the spirit behind one of the most influential cultural moments of a generation".

There are many talented artists in the film including Shepard Fairey, Barry McGee, Jo Jackson and Mike Mills, but for me it was Margaret Kilgallen's work that really stood out. I had seen some of it before, but had no idea who was behind it. The giant, typographic murals really struck me, they're fantastic - the colours, the scale and the typefaces, I just love them.









Her work was heavily influenced by American folk art which can be seen in the illustrations and colour palettes. She valued craftmanship and loved old hand-painted shop signs, something that clearly inspired her murals.

"I like things that are handmade and I like to see people's hand in the world, anywhere in the world; it doesn't matter to me where it is. And in my own work, I do everything by hand. I don't project or use anything mechanical, because even though I do spend a lot of time trying to perfect my line work and my hand, my hand will always be imperfect because it's human. And I think it's the part that's off that's interesting, that even if I'm doing really big letters and I spend a lot of time going over the line and over the line and trying to make it straight, I'll never be able to make it straight. From a distance it might look straight, but when you get close up, you can always see the line waver. And I think that's where the beauty is."

Margaret did many colaborations with other artists in the film including her husband, Barry Mcgee. She was also a grafitti artist on the freight trains, influenced by Hobo tradition, she worked under the tags 'Meta' and 'Matokie Slaughter'.

Sadly in 2001 Margaret Kilgallen died aged 33 of breast cancer just weeks after giving birth to her daughter, Asha. She was a talented and inspirational artist and I'm so pleased to have found her work. I really want to see it in the flesh and retrospectives do pop up now and again, but until then this Flickr group has a great collection of her work.

Images copyright the authors - from the Margaret Kilgallen Flickr.

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