Author: Imogen Aldridge

Art To Spread Some Cheer: RYCA, Whatshisname and Otto Schade

Is there anything better than an artwork that can put a smile on your face? Whether it's a limited edition print that evokes a fond memory, or a witty sculpture that makes you laugh, we believe that surrounding yourself with uplifting art is good for the soul. This viewing room is a love letter to art that makes you smile; these artworks are the perfect mood booster for those grey winter days. We're all about gifting joyful art to get you in the giving spirit.

Who says that great art has to be serious and introspective? There’s nothing like an artwork that has the power to make you smile. Whether it’s through witty typography musings, cheeky compositions or references to popular culture, art that lifts your spirit is a must-have for your walls. So, how can you use humour to bring your home to life? This viewing room is a celebration of all things joyful. From the witty cultural references of RYCA and Whatshisname to the vibrant artworks of Newton Davey, Otto Schade and Mark Petty, this collection of artists endeavour to put a smile on your face. 

At Art Republic, we love to celebrate our artists’ ability to spread joy with their unique humour. The artists in this viewing room create effective prints that make the art world more approachable to a wider audience, meaning that people from all walks of life can find joy within their artworks.

As the festive season is approaching, why not spread joy with the gift of art? December is just around the corner, so now is the time to stock up on those presents. This viewing room is packed with affordable art options for those people that are notoriously tricky to buy for. Inspire others with art this Christmas by gifting them a limited edition artwork that’ll last a lifetime.

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Blowing A Kiss by RYCA - £80

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RYCA - View Collection

From emojis to pop culture references to his signature street art style, contemporary artist RYCA is a master of experimentation. Using playful jokes and witty cultural references, RYCA creates refreshing and relatable artworks that are a must-see for contemporary art lovers. RYCA’s first foray into smile-centric art was his set of 3D smiley faces, emblematic of 1980s acid rave culture. Since then, he has experimented with various processes and has perfected the art of adding wit and spirit into his artworks.

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Humpek Purple Sculpture by Whatshisname - £240

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Whatshisname - View Collection

Playful, light-hearted and sometimes a bit naughty, Whatshisname’s art is a surefire way to add humour to your home. Whatshisname’s satirical designs are a funny take on popular culture, particularly the work of American artist Jeff Koons. The artist's name alone stirs intrigue, and their body of work is intended to challenge the viewer and push the boundaries of what we consider to be “art”. Whatshisname’s bold designs and playful cast of characters are out of the ordinary, intriguing viewers with their subtle yet witty changes. From his parodic sculptures to public projects, every Whatshisname artwork is a visually powerful pop culture statement that is sure to bring a smile to your face.

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London Smiley (Red) by Otto Schade - £150

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Otto Schade - View Collection

Chilean-born artist Otto Schade combines surrealism, street art and bold compositions to great effect. With an artistic style fluctuating between the boundaries of abstraction and surrealism, Schade offers his audience a unique insight into his dreams and obsessions. We love how the artist uses popular culture and current events as inspiration, merging his surreal ideas with well-known motifs. Schade is heavily influenced by London’s street art scene and his love for architecture; his famous ribboned style is his own version of a street artist’s tag.

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Party Night by Newton Davey - £225

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Newton Davey - View Collection

Newton Davey, also known as David Newton, is a London-based illustrator, screen printer and picture book maker. The celebration of colour and form is at the heart of the artist’s artworks, regardless of whether they are clashing or not. Davey’s artworks glow with joy and positivity, all the way down to his uplifting typography and vibrant compositions. The artist says that his “happy place is where worlds and images collide - I celebrate this in my storytelling”. We love how Davey is a champion of happiness, and this shines through in his screenprints. If you’re looking for artwork that will lift your mood, then Newton Davey has you covered.

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Fit To Burst... by Mark Petty - £145

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Mark Petty - View Collection

Mark Petty is a specialist in hand-pulled screen prints and glass gold gilding. The talented artist incorporates diamond dust, gold leaf and hand-painted finishes into his artworks to create screen prints that shine with personality. Petty’s dazzling works of art are steeped in contemporary culture and references to current trends. We love how Petty can take something as simple as a balloon and imbue it with a sense of fun and light-heartedness. Petty elevates his art through humour, creating polished, statement art pieces that are sure to put a smile on your face.

Have we got you in the laughing mood? If you love to laugh and want to brighten your space with a bit of playfulness, our curated collection features a wide range of humorous artworks. Take a look - click here.

Studio stock

£48

6 x 10 cm

Dreams Can Come True

55 x 56.5cm

£850

55 x 56.5cm

Masterpiece Minus Art Print by Remi Rough
Exclusive

Masterpiece Minus

42 x 29.7cm

£190

42 x 29.7cm

Love is the Drug - Pink Diamond Dust, 2020 Art Print by Ryan Callanan
Exclusive

£200

60 x 60cm

Debbie Harry Rainbow Art Print by Veebee
Exclusive
Veebee £160

£160

50 x 50cm

United Colour of London Art Print by Jayson Lilley
Exclusive

£195

31 x 24cm

Pangolin - Medium Art Print by Lisa Lloyd
Exclusive

Pangolin - Medium

40 x 40cm

£100

40 x 40cm

Not My First Rodeo (11th Edition) Art Print by Babak Ganjei
Exclusive

£135

50 x 70cm

Prince 2000 ZERO ZERO Art Print by Mike Edwards
Exclusive

£150

50 x 50cm

Rebel Rebel Art Print by R-W Studio
Exclusive

Rebel Rebel

50 x 50cm

£120

50 x 50cm

Choco POPek

15 x 12 x 6cm

£300

15 x 12 x 6cm

Pacific Grind

20.3 x 81cm

£200

20.3 x 81cm

Elvis Art Print by David Studwell
Exclusive

Elvis

50 x 50cm

£175

50 x 50cm

Gorilla - Lilac Foil

42 x 59.4cm

£195

42 x 59.4cm

MK-Ultra I

19 x 19cm

£65

19 x 19cm

Northern Scum Art Print by Katrina Russell-Adams
Exclusive

Northern Scum

29.7 x 42cm

£85

29.7 x 42cm

I Love London

22 x 17 cm

£60

22 x 17 cm

Kate Moss - Glow Art Print by VeeBee
Exclusive
VeeBee £285

Kate Moss - Glow

70 x 70 cm

£285

70 x 70 cm

£267

75 x 75cm

Humpek Purple Sculpture

12 x 6 x 12cm

£240

12 x 6 x 12cm

Fail Art Print by Babak Ganjei
Exclusive

Fail

50 x 70cm

£135

50 x 70cm

Sara Pope £150

Amped

18.3 x 18.3 x 3.2cm

£150

18.3 x 18.3 x 3.2cm

£165

45.72 x 60.96 cm

I Love Recycling

22 x 17 cm

£60

22 x 17 cm

£850

55 x 56.5cm

Ben Eine £35

£35

15 x 15cm each

R2Heart2 - Copper Art Print by RYCA
Exclusive
RYCA £150

R2Heart2 - Copper

50 x 70cm

£150

50 x 70cm

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