Interview with Brian Greif by Amanda Raynes
We are thrilled to be hosting an original Banksy piece at Artists Republic opening on August 20th. Pageant of the Vandals is a group show highlighting the importance of street art in the contemporary art world. A big part of this show is made possible because Brian Greif conserved and restored Banksy’s Haight Street Rat. The rat had originally been painted on the side of a Bed & Breakfast in San Fransisco back in 2010. We asked Brian to tell us about himself and his contributions to the art world –
1. Your involvement in the arts and dedication to public art is admirable and exciting; tell us a little about yourself and your vision for the art world.
I wanted to be an artist at a very young age. My first “show” was when I was in eighth grade. I won third place in the Indian Creek Nature Center “Bald Eagle” contest in my home town of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Seeing my pencil drawing of a bald eagle displayed with works from noted wild life artists from around the Midwest had me hooked. Some how after college I ended up in the television business for 33 years. Producing programming, consulting TV stations and eventually managing TV Stations. While in the TV business I continued to be involved in the arts and art projects. I began spending a significant amount of time in the bay area (due to my TV job) in 2003. Being in San Francisco opened up new art opportunities for me. I began to work on projects with local galleries and meeting artists from around the world. In 2008 I moved full time to San Francisco and really began to notice and appreciate street art. I began working with local street artists in SF and eventually began to meet some of the international artists visiting the city. The first international artist I met was Ben Eine. Spending time with Ben, listening to his stories about the illegal side of the street art world made me realize the importance of the Graffiti and Street Art movement.
Thank you to everyone who came out last Saturday night for the opening of Andy Davis‘ solo exhibition YOWZA. A big thanks to George Trimm for the tunes and Sean Tully for the live screen printing demo. It was awesome seeing Andy and Sean produce a limited edition run of a single color screen print during the opening.
If you weren’t able to make it to the opening – you’re in luck! – we have a handful of these gorgeous prints left for purchase in our shop : Here !
Check out the catalog and email email@example.com for inquiries!
YOWZA will be on view through August 14th – don’t miss it!
Hey all! I hope you’re enjoying your summer & staying cool.
There has certainly been a lot going on with some of our favorite artists that we want to share with you!
The Vans US Open is going on right now through this weekend in Huntington Beach and the bowls were painted prior to the events. The artists this year include Nathaniel Russell, Casey O’Connell, Travis Millard, Sasha Barr, and Jay Howell!
Another friend of the gallery, Lance Cyril Mountain, has a spread in the latest Juxtapoz issue and a rad show up at Seeing Things Gallery in San Jose!
His work is abstract and has an element of simplicity, but the color theory and craftsmanship is complex and stunning.
Another local artist, Craig “Skibs” Barker, has created an amazing installation as part of a group show at the Long Beach Museum of Art titled Vitality & Verve: In the Third Dimension. “V&V3D features immersive, multi-media installations by a select group of nationally and internationally renowned urban contemporary artists, ceramic artists and sculptors.” This show runs through October – don’t miss it!
Photos courtesy of the artists.
Artist Interview with Andy Davis by Amanda Raynes
Artists Republic is pleased to showcase YOWZA, a solo exhibition by Andy Davis opening Saturday July 23rd from 6-9pm.
Andy Davis has made a successful career through his highly recognizable surf inspired art for over twenty years now. His work has been shown in galleries all over the world as well as translating over to clothing design. His trademark surf art has had a cult following since the 90’s and he continues to produce new works out of his studio in Encinitas, CA.
You have been a successful artist working on your trademark surf inspired art for twenty years now, how has your art evolved to get you to your current solo show? What was your creative process for the work being shown?
Wow I’m getting old ! I just keep on keepin on . I am really fortunate to still be creating and having new opportunities. I don’t know how to do much else either so that helps with the motivation as well. It has evolved by years and years of being influenced and inspired by things that make me happy. A big part of that is the lifestyle revolving around the ocean.
The process for the show is a makeshift grocery list of ideas and concepts that I have been working and re-working over the past year. It will be the second course from my last solo show titled Cooked Just Right which I had at Said Space Gallery in November. For that particular installation I was focused on evolving from the last show I had and omitting the obvious surf centered connection to a more abstract version that still had my touch and feel. There were no waves or boards in any of the pieces. But there was plenty of movement, color and flow. I was listening to this really amazing African garage rock from the late sixties and early seventies and it inspired me to mix in an interpretive dance-ish element as well .
It is clear that your love of surfing is what inspires and drives you to continue to create each day, what else in your life gives you inspiration? Any new music/artists?
As I mentioned in the first question music is a huge inspiration to me. It always has been and I don’t see that ever changing. Other things that make me happy are my family and friends . Yes I’m also always looking and learning from other talented humans. Old and new .
You create art that is fun and a perfect depiction of the love of surfing/ but above all else you are truly authentic in your art. This is something that I feel many artists strive for. Do you have any advice for young artists just starting out?
Thanks so much for the kind words. I think it’s fairly easy for me because it’s what I really love. It doesn’t seem like work if you love it. So I guess it’s stay true to yourself.
What are your current goals and any plans for the future?
My current goals are to try and not take things for granted. To be a better dad , husband and friend. To enjoy the process of preparing for this show. To get a few waves here and there. I’m also super exited to see the new film Forbidden Trim !
Future plans I am currently in the beginning phases of a new company with my wife Ashley and partners Liam and David called Way Way Out There. It will be a brand that is doing all kinds of fun projects revolving around art design and hopes to make people smile and laugh.
If you follow Dennis McNett aka Wolfbat on instagram (if not you should @wolfbat) you will know that he is always working and there seems to be a constant creative flow from his studio. Wolfbat works in so many different mediums from woodcuts and paintings to sculptures and installations. It is always incredible to see what different elements can be shown in an artist’s work when involved in a collaboration.
“The Richmond Ballet used my mural with dancer Ira White to promote their season performances.”
Bay area artist Velia de Iuliis had her first solo show with us earlier this year with her gorgeous gouache paintings emphasizing her love for nature. She is busy in her studio creating new works furthering her themes of balance and pattern in the natural world.
“So excited and honored to have my work featured as the cover art for Libri Mondadori reprinting of Gabriel García Márquez’ books – Here is ‘Love in the Time of Cholera'”
At Artists Republic we’ve developed a family of artists that are constantly pursuing new projects and inspiring us with everything that they do! Here’s an update on exciting things going on with some of our artists.
Deanna Templeton will be doing a signing of her new umyeaharts book “The Swimming Pool” at Arcana Books in L.A. on June 18th from 5 to 7pm.
“The Swimming Pool is a new photographic essay from California-based street photographer Deanna Templeton (born 1969) that departs from her usual style to offer an expressive, intimate view of the human form underwater. The series was born after an impromptu nude swimming-pool shoot of husband and artist Ed Templeton, which spurred an eight-year journey in the study of light, expression and the enigma of water. Shooting entirely on color and black-and-white film and Polaroid, Templeton sent friends into the pool to be photographed in their truest form. Unlike her street photography, in which subjects were often strangers, Templeton found that creating these portraits required more intimacy and connection―a feeling that is apparent throughout every image in the series, which show strong, liberated individuals, confident and at ease in their most beautiful and vulnerable moments. As Ed Templeton writes in his afterword to this volume, “the nude swimmer is floating in a void of quiet solitude, the gentle pressure of being underwater enclosing her form like a baby in a womb and nothing exists outside of this world. A lone figure amidst a sea of blues and greys and frenetic sunlight performing a solitary dance for the photographer above, choosing movements and directions, twisting and swooping, contorting and expelling breaths painting a picture of form and light together.” The Swimming Pool offers a deep and inspiring view of the human form.”
Wirtz Elementary in Paramount
Erik Caruso is a 5th grade teacher at Wirtz Elementary School in Paramount, CA. Caruso felt that the school was lacking in the art department so he created one himself. He also brought some incredible artists to paint murals around the buildings and inspire the students. Murals included our own Rich Jacobs, Ben Brough, Nathaniel Russell and Gomez Bueno along with works from Tim Kerr, Takahiro Hida, Hi-Dutch and Yusuke Tanai.
Musicians: Ray Barbee, Chuck Treece, Mike Watt
Kids’ project participants:
Shepard Fairey, Matt Leines, Sandy Yang, Tobin Yelland, Nathaniel Russell, Tim Kerr, Rich Jacobs, Yusuke Hanai, Hi-Dutch
We will continue to keep you all posted on the incredible projects that our artists are constantly creating and working on.
Stay tuned for upcoming works from Ferris Plock, Kelly Tunstall ( KEFE) and Andy Davis!
The experimental yet classically grounded work of Ferris Plock and Kelly Tunstall lives comfortably in a space between graphic expression, stylized representation, surrealism, and sketch. Their preferred medium is a combination of acrylic, collage, spray paint, pencil, pen and ink, gold leaf. The binary contrast of masculine and feminine as the major theme in their work is also a very real and personal visual conversation between their imagined realities. Enhanced by complex, delicate layers, their bold pieces exist not only as individual pieces, but as part of larger installations or site-specific works.
Tunstall’s studied portraits render stylized female figures, as well as their pets, prey, powers, and dreams. Their physical forms and their relationship with each other represent and mirror internal thought processes and turmoil. Frequent themes, such as mermaids, twins, or extra limbs, concede a desire, a reliance, an adaptation, or more simply, an aspiration to something greater than the medium itself.
In contrast, Plock’s work centers on the inner animalistic tendencies reflected in humans throughout the context of modern life. Transfigured into monsters in some cases, characters include a samurai cyclops and a delicious slice of fanged pizza on roller blades. The prominent theme of anachronism in his work features creatures in all walks of life coming together to aid each other.
Tunstall and Plock have both shown individually, as well as collaboratively, on a national and international scale. They are also professional animators, illustrators and designers. The pair are based in San Francisco with their two sons.
Artists Republic is pleased to showcase Aquatics, a duo exhibition by Kelly Tunstall and Ferris Plock opening July 2nd.
Interview with Kelly & Ferris by Amanda Raynes.
1. Your upcoming show with us is titled “Aquatic” and revisits similar themes as your show seven years ago titled “Sea of Love.” How has your work/partnership changed or evolved since then and what is it that draws you to this recurring theme?
We live basically by the ocean; we can hear the fog horns by the golden gate bridge at night. the ocean and water was a big part of both of our childhoods- i personally love the feeling of weightlessness and silence and the pretty hair you get when immersed- i have crazy hair and it made much more sense underwater. ferris surfs and also kept a rock collection which needed to be submerged to show its colors. now we get to spend a lot of time at the beach with the kids, so we get to bring that to it too.
we’ve kind of grown into a real symbiotic relationship in terms of the collaborative work. it feels good to work alone, it feels good to work together- it’s a really natural mature artistic conversation at this point. since we work both ways, someone is always bringing something new to the table, and we get to share the process completely.
sea of love was right before our first son was born. we now have two boys; brixton is six and aengus is three. so we’ve learned to work concisely. there’s not a whole lot of room for experimentation, so our process is really refined at this point.
2. Both of your work has ties to so many influences. Are there any travels or experiences that stand out as leading you to where you are now in your style?
Ferris and our son Brixton just got back from a show in tokyo. that’s a big one. they brought back a ton of toys for me.
we are ever obsessed with disneyland.
we go to the oregon coast every summer- it’s a moodier coast than some
we are staycationing the rest of the time in our favorite place. san francisco is a shapeshifter that seems to be able to sense our moods and provide for them. for two people that get bored pretty quick, we keep it on its toes for sure.
3. As far as process goes- do you come up with the idea/composition together or does one of you start a piece and let the other add/complete it?
the big ideas come out of the title for the show, so we kind of make sure everything we do works within that parameter first. for “aquatics” for instance, we’ll be doing some floating compositions.
ferris has aquatic creatures that cross with his ukiyo-e works, so i will have a lot of rich patterning in my work too. since we work in the same space, and with the same materials, it’s a very fluid, fluent process with a lot of crossover.
the conversation is basically- do you want to work in on this? or hey this thing would look great there.
some of the works will be done individually, but we naturally try to complement the other work in the show, reflexively almost. so the whole body of work is really a collaboration.
4. As individual artists you both have an illustrative approach- does working together ever lead to a narrative in the work?
absolutely! we are visual storyteller- so on a meta level, it’s our conversation, embodied by our many different internal people. like, i get to be eight different people on any given day, so that feeling becomes a character, or i’ll put my friends in, or we’ll put the kids in, but sometimes it’s a visual record, a diary of something i saw or experienced that day. but it’s a really natural conclusion, we don’t plan much more than “this shape goes here”, but somehow these intricate balances and interactions work into the pieces. it can be these really big stories, or tiny little corners that are this tiny story, but so poetic. our clients find things years later and will get in touch about it. it’s pure train of thought most of the time, but it’s so fun to look back and have these little puzzle pieces all over the world.
Please contact Torrey Cook, Artists Republic for further details.
The Reflected Sound of Everything
Opening Reception | First Thursdays Art Walk : Thursday June 2
Show Runs: May 28 – July 17, 2016
Artists Republic gallery was proud to participate in this years Art Market show at Fort Mason in San Francisco. The collection of galleries exhibiting at this years fair was wonderful and we made so many new friends and got to see some great art. The weather was incredible as well.. there’s nothing better than a sunny San Francisco day by the water. A big thanks to all the artists that had art work in our booth… Casey O’Connell, Laura Berger, Laurie Hassold, Kelly Tunstall, Dennis McNett, Kati Williams, Bunnie Reiss, Deedee Cheriel and Super Future Kid.
Super Future Kid
Extendable Realities : Change Everything You Are
Opening Reception | Saturday, May 7, 2016
Show Runs: May 7 – June 26, 2016
Artists Republic Gallery is pleased to host London artist Super Future Kid for her first solo show in the United States.
Super Future Kid’s mixed media paintings explore a wide range of subjects. Employing bold colours in oils, acrylics, gouache and spray paint, SFK combines an array of ideas, symbols, images and patterns to a joyful chaos that synthesises banality with the extraordinary. Her work provides a platform which is emotionally engaging and gives the observer an opportunity to discover places of a dreamlike reality. Super Future Kid attended the Chelsea Collage of Art and Design and the Academy of Art Berlin Weissensee where she graduated in 2008. Since then, she has participated in exhibitions nationally and internationally in cities including London, New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and Berlin.
April 12, 2016
Interview with London based artist Super Future Kid by Amanda Raynes:
1. With your solo show “Extendable Realities : Change Everything You Are” coming up, what inspired this body of work and what is the meaning of the title?
My work is an ongoing process which means that this body of work is not necessarily isolated from the rest of my work. It is however a series of paintings that were, apart from a few exceptions) made in the same process. I am constantly curious about the meaning of life. Who we are and what we are supposed to be and do in the time of our existence. Life is short, it is the time we spend between youth and death and I wonder what it means to hold on to the beginning, how far can youth be stretched, will it prolong our life? So the title ‘Extendable Realities : Change Everything You Are’ is a reference to the ever expanding possibilities of people that we could be and lifes that we could have if we wanted to.
This past Thursday during Art Walk we hosted the second annual TEN Orange County show and were reminded of what a great artists community we have so close by! We featured some incredible work from Ben Brough, Brian Bent, Craig “Skibs” Barker, Chantal de Felice, Danny Schutt, David Blake, Laurie Hassold, Michelle Bickford, Sophie St. Onge and Tyler Warren.
As our returning musical performance we were stoked to hear from The Sanity’s, whose punk rock sounds went perfectly with the installation by Skibs!
Artist Sophie St. Onge in front of her piece with gallery owner Torrey and family
Artists Republic’s goal has always been to bring awareness to the amazingly talented artists in Orange County and this show is the perfect example of how we make it happen! We are so proud of the ten incredible people in this show and feel so lucky to be able to work with them.
Thank you to everyone who came out and be sure to check out the show open until May 1st!!
WOMEN OF THE NEW CONTEMPORARY
EXTENDED THROUGH APRIL 7, 2016
LA SIERRA UNIVERSITY, RIVERSIDE CA
Curated by –
Artists Republic owner Torrey Cook
with special help from Brandstater Gallery Director Tim Musso
Special Installations from –
and local CA artists, Jennie Cotterill (Huntington Beach), Chantal de Felice (San Clemente), Yevgeniya Mikhailik (Irvine), Camilla Taylor (Los Angeles), Suzanne Walsh (Santa Ana), Sara Walsh (Los Angeles), Jessie Keylon (San Diego), Lauren Over (Los Angeles), Nancy Chiu (Fountain Valley), Erynn Richardson (Riverside)
Murals by –
Casey O’Connell, Velia de Iuliis, Martha Rich, Jennie Cotterill, Yevgeniya Mikhailk and Nancy Chiu.
Additional Works by –
Amanda Marie (Denver, Co) – Alea Nicole Hurst (McDonough, Ga.) – Camilla Taylor (Los Angeles, Calif.) – Casey O’Connell (San Diego, Calif.) – Dee Dee Cheriel (Los Angeles, Calif.) – Handiedan (Amsterdam) – Hilary White (Florida) – Jovi Schnell (Berkeley, Calif.) – Kati Williams (Richmond, Va.) – Kelly Tunstall (San Francisco, Calif.) – Laura Berger (Chicago, Ill.) – Laurie Hassold (Costa Mesa, CA) – Lisa Congdon (Portland, Ore.) – Liz Brizzi (Los Angeles, Calif.) – Magdalena Wosinska (Los Angeles, Calif.) – Mel Kadel (Los Angeles, Calif.) – Paige Smith (Los Angeles, Calif.) – Super Future Kid (London)
Artists Republic Gallery is proud to be welcoming London artist Super Future Kid for her first solo show in the United States this May. We are very excited for you all to get to know her a little better and meet her in person at her opening on May 7th, 2006.
“Being born in East Germany in 1981 meant to have an interesting childhood. I encountered the visually striking differences between the east and west and this experience heightened my appreciation for the complexity of our visual surroundings and the vastness of objects and images of popular culture and everyday life and made me grow a particular fondness for bold colours, shapes and imagery. Thus, my childhood and youth is a time period that still has a great influence on my personality and artistic identity.
This past February, Artists Republic owner Torrey Cook had the pleasure of working with Tim Musso, gallery Director of the Brandstater Gallery at La Sierra University to bring over 30 artists to Riverside. The show – “Women of The New Contemporary” consisted of art works from a wide variety of mediums and styles as well as five murals that were painted around the Visual Arts Center.
After the opening reception, Tim asked students in the art department to write their feeling about the show. Here is a small selection of excerpts from the responses… a huge thank you again to Tim and all the students at La Sierra University for making this such an incredible experience….
“On the evening of 28 February 2016, individuals of the Riverside community came together to acknowledge the opening of a new exhibition: Women of the New Contemporary. Over thirty artists came to show a variety of artwork that even included murals. Personally, it was such an excitement to see the walls of La Sierra University come alive. There was a live show during the reception. It was really addicting to watch.”
“It was different looking at the murals lit up by projecting lights instead of seeing them during the daytime. One of the best parts was getting to see some of the artists working on a mural that combines their various interests together. During the curator/director/artist’s talk, one artist discussed how they were inspired by La Sierra’s campus to create a mural that incorporated various natural features of the surroundings. It is great that La Sierra has taken this endeavor that uplifts women artists, gave the muralists free reign, and encouraged them to try something new. This idea strengthens the new contemporary movement that allows the artists to question what art is, what is its purpose, and to explore those ideas in any form that calls to them.”
April 7, 2016 During First Thursdays Art Walk, Laguna Beach Artists Republic Gallery presents : TEN OC 2016. Read More
Velia De Iuliis (born 1990) was raised in San Francisco, California where she still resides. Her paintings predominantly reflect her fascination with symmetry found in nature in contrast to the chaos that can be found in an urban world. She received her BFA with distinction in Illustration from the California College of the Arts in 2013. Velia’s upcoming shows include the ‘Into the Woods’ group show at the Maeght Gallery (October 2015), a painting for the Imagine Bus project (November 2015), Athen B. Gallery show (January 2016), LA art fair in partnership with Artists Republic Gallery (January 2016) and her first solo show with Artists Republic Gallery, The Riddle of the Universe (February 2016).
Interview with Velia de Iuliis by Amanda Raynes
With your solo show “The Riddle of the Universe” coming up, what inspired this body of work and what is the meaning of the title?
The title of my show ‘The Riddle of the Universe’ is taken from the text written by the great 19th century zoologist and philosopher Ernst Haeckel who believed that to better understand humanity, we must first understand the fauna we share the planet with. His work both in writing and in illustrations have had a great influence on me.
I draw inspiration from an inherent curiosity for all creatures and this show is a compilation of fauna that I have admired and newly discovered subjects. The pleasure of painting animals comes from educating myself about species I was previously unaware of.
Interview with Rich Jacobs by Amanda Raynes
August 13, 2015
Not only have you had countless shows of your own work, but you’ve curated many shows around the world. How has your art evolved to get to this particular show, and what is the meaning of the title, “A Part of You”?
I feel lucky to have been involved in art making and curating for as long as I have , I am always surprised and humbled by the chance to do either, and am grateful to share. My work has evolved slowly over my life, changing with experiences, and life changes, perspective shifts and hurtles that we each face individually. I love making things and am fortunate to have figured that out very young…it gave me an outlet that I very much needed then, and in fact still do today. Read More
Another one-night only art, film & music culture show, being held in Historic Downtown Santa Ana’s East End.
As was done last month, over 20 artists will take over 4,500 sq. ft. of concrete, rot iron and wood… and transform the space into a giant room of color and creativity.
The event is all artist driven and will allow everyone to break the mold and take total control of this large blank indoor canvas.
Guests will experience a variety of murals, installations, fine artwork, photography, film and music from some of the areas leading creative minds. The goal is to shine the spotlight on Santa Ana and cultivate the imagination of the community.