View our hottest art highlights for Sep 2014 by taking a walk around the walls of our artrepublic gallery. Gallery manager Jessica Miles takes you through three fantastic pieces, including an explosive edition by Justine Smith, a storming Pam Glew and an exquisite HYBRID.
Justine Smith, A Bigger Bang – This is a giclee print, signed, limited edition of 40. Smith’s primary medium is paper collage and sculpture, with bank notes and political themes reoccurring in many of her pieces. In this print each country is represented as an island covered in its national currency. Russia completely dominates the piece as the largest country in the world with England represented as a fifty-pound note. It also comes in a white colour way, which gives it a softer feel. Smith has exhibited internationally and her work can be found in The British Council and financial institutions. Prime Minister Gordon Brown chose to hang her iconic image of the Euro on the walls of 10 Downing Street during his tenure.
Pam Glew, Calm Before the Storm – This is a signed limited edition of only 50. It is a giclee print with a gloss finish. The Brighton based artist specialises in portraits painted freehand onto vintage textiles. She uses household bleach to create bold faces emerging from the darkness. This print features fashion icon and supermodel Cara Delevinge on a vintage union jack. Glew has exhibited alongside the likes of Tracey Emin, Peter Blake and Damien Hirst.
HYBRID, Jacqueline Kennedy –This is a signed limited edition of 75. It is a beautiful giclee print with a silkscreened layer of high gloss varnish, creating a really nice subtle sheen. The original for the print was created using a fascinating collage of Jaqueline Kennedy’s handwritten letters, notes, postcards and newspaper cuttings. It was finished with real butterflies from around the world, which really bring it to life. HYBRID is an artist that likes to remain undisclosed so the work can speak for itself.