Author: Charlotte Bearn

A Guide to Graffiti

Graffiti art is a movement that can be traced back to New York in the 1970s. It was named after the spray-can vandalism common in most cities in the world but most associated with the New York subway system. 

The purpose of graffiti art is self-expression and creativity and can involve highly stylised letterforms drawn with markers, or cryptic and colourful spray paint murals on walls, buildings, and even freight trains. Graffiti artists strive to improve their art, which is constantly changing and progressing.

In the early 1980s, the combination of a booming art market and a renewed interest in painting resulted in the rise of a few graffiti artists to art-star status. Jean-Michel Basquiat, a former street-artist known by his "Samo" tag, and, Keith Haring a professionally-trained artist who adopted a graffiti style, were two of the most widely recognised graffiti artists.

In the late 80s and early 90s, the writer's Cost and Revs were the first to use new techniques that were to be a new form of graffiti, Post-Graffiti is also known as Street Art. These participants use stencils, posters, stickers and installations to spread their art illegally in the streets. Since the 90s, Banksy, Faile, D*Face and Bambi are some of the emerging artists to revolutionise this movement and continue to bring it out in the open, however, graffiti art is still illegal in most forms in most capitalist countries worldwide.

Graffiti art has a large role to play in the movement of socially conscious art. Since it first evolved, Graffiti and Street Art has remained controversial, often breaking boundaries via its explicit nature. Uncensored, unapologetic and simultaneously humorous, many of the most renowned artworks make a powerful comment on political issues of their time, and graffiti can make a huge impact in this respect. 

Bold colours, shapes and patterns are key features of this art form, and when artists let their imaginations run wild, the result instantly transforms drab spaces into places people are excited to be seen. At Art Republic, you'll find the artworks that have both the raw-energy of a street-piece and the intention and finish of a studio work.

Check out our collection of graffiti prints here.

AFFORDABLE ART

CJP £75

Rewilderness - A3

29.7 x 42cm

£75

29.7 x 42cm

£85

45 x 45cm

£125

42 x 60 cm

Nothing Matters - Remix, 2020 Art Print by Dan Hillier
Exclusive

£98

42 x 42cm

Cats Pyramids

24.7 x 39cm

£35

24.7 x 39cm

Daffy (Red Stripe)

70 x 50cm

£100

70 x 50cm

Reginald Botanical

29.7 x 42cm

£60

29.7 x 42cm

£60

29.7 x 42cm

£100

33 X 48 cm

HOPE THAT KILLS YOU

21 x 29.7cm

£75

21 x 29.7cm

Cherry Drop

35 x 35cm

£65

35 x 35cm

Acne Pink

30 x 42cm

£125

30 x 42cm

Lemon Blossom 3

40 x 40cm

£55

40 x 40cm

£85

50.7 x 45cm

Ellipsis - Remix, 2020 Art Print by Dan Hillier
Exclusive

£98

42 x 42 cm

£100

50 x 50cm

Anyone for Tennis?

29.7 x 42 cm

£115

29.7 x 42 cm

BOUNCE! 2020

42 x 42cm

£125

42 x 42cm

The Sun Rises in the East Art Print by Hooksmith Press
Exclusive

£100

32 x 45cm

Bananas

29.7 x 42cm

£60

29.7 x 42cm

Patrick Art Print by Lee Ellis
Exclusive

Patrick

40 x 40cm

£75

40 x 40cm

Vintage Girl

70 x 100cm

£135

70 x 100cm

MK-Ultra II

19 x 19cm

£65

19 x 19cm

£100

29.7 x 42cm

Gorilla - Neon Pink

42 x 59.4cm

£125

42 x 59.4cm

I Love London

22 x 17 cm

£60

22 x 17 cm

Andy Warhol £22

£22

70 x 100 cm

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