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It's been an incredibly fast paced, action packed 2018 so far for the art market and Reem Gallery which has no signs of slowing down as we move into the Spring and Summer seasons...


1940's/50's vocal hamrony group The Candy Girls added a dash of glamour and provided live entertainment at the VIP evening.

Exhibition News

We debuted on the art fair scene at the inaugural Surrey Contemporary Art Fair at Sandown Park in Esher this past February. The event was an absolutely fantastic experience and we were delighted to meet so many art enthusiasts and collectors, welcoming them to our gallery portfolio as well as entertaining existing clients over the weekend. Many artworks from prints to paintings and neons found lovely new homes and to those reading who have purchased - we hope you have many years of enjoyment from your new artworks and thank you!

Our next fair appearance is at the Reading Contemporary Art Fair from April 20th to 22nd. Further details can be found here.


'Bacchus at the Seaside' by Banksy. Vandalised oil painting in artist's frame. Photography courtesy of Sotheby's.

March's Banksy Mania

March was all about the incredible auction results from New York to London that strengthened the Banksy market and urban art genre particularly. With an estimate of $40,000 to $60,000 the 'Smiling Copper' by Banksy sold for an incredible $187,500 at Sotheby's New York.

'Smiling Copper' by Banksy. Spray paint and acrylic on shaped cardboard.

However, the best was yet to come as 'Bacchus at the Seaside' (est. £250,000 to £300,000) sold for a healthy £669,000 at Sotheby's London! 

The Bansky print market also had many successes to take note of, with several prints selling well above their estimates.


Catching up with Blek le Rat at the Urban Art Fair in Paris.

Urban Art Fair: Paris

This April we popped over to Paris to check out the 3rd edition of the Urban Art Fair - the world's only street and urban art specific event which also debuted at New York in 2017. At the Thursday evening private view the fair was bursting at the seams with vibrant energy as a packed exhibition space embraced and absorbed the art on offer from a host of international galleries.

Artists on display included US graffiti legends RISK and SEEN as well as one of our all time personal favourite artists Shepard Fairey. Rare artworks from KAWS and Banksy got the pulses racing. French masters C215, Space Invader and the iconic Blek le Rat led the Parisian charge in showing the world the sheer strength in depth of the urban art movement alongside the new emerging generation including our very own Thirsty Bstrd and a wealth of many other incredible artists. The future is certainly full of promise and potential for this exciting style and method of art creation.


Sneek peak into the Jisbar's studio as he prepares for his upcoming solo show.

The Depiction Wines 2014 vintage is available as a box set of 3 magnum bottles.

Studio Visit with Jisbar

At just 28 years of age, Jean-Baptiste aka Jisbar is fast becoming an artist to take note of. Since moving to Paris 8 years ago to pursue his passion of becoming a professional artist, he has since exhibited across the globe from Australia to USA, including the Museum of Manarat Al Saadiyat in Abu Dhabi and the Museum of Modern Art in Malmo.

One of his most recent projects involved collaborating with Napa Valley winery Depiction Wines, creating a large painting (115 cm x 300 cm) titled "Rhapsodie" that was then subsequently cut into bottle labels for their latest magnum vintage release. Later this April, Jisbar will fly out to San Francisco for a major solo exhibition that will display approximately 30 artworks.

Our passion for Jisbar's artwork started on one rainy evening in Venice during the Biennale '17 and it's safe to say we have been enthralled by the authentic, infectiously fun style and message he portrays in his artwork since then. We are proud to be Jisbar's sole UK representative and privileged to have placed his paintings in some astonishing private collections as well as introducing new art buyers and seasoned collectors to this unique artist. For those not yet aware of this rising star, now really is an exciting time to join this young creative's journey.

View the current collection available now here or contact us here for bespoke commission requests.


Paperboy's Boxpark Takeover

Preston Paperboy surveys his latest exhibition at Boxpark, on until April 30th.

It's been a busy and productive 2018 for emerging British artist Preston Paperboy (Nathan Preston), with a move to a larger studio and launch of his luxury leather goods and fashion brand Paperbóy Worldwide. He has since had solo art exhibitions at Boxpark Croydon in March and Boxpark Shoreditch which runs throughout April.

You can read the full interview by Boxpark with Preston here. A selection of original paintings are available at Reem Gallery and online here.

With a new body of work in development by Preston and further projects on the horizon, we're all very excited to see what the rest of the year has in store.

Contact the gallery for further details on available artworks and commission requests.

 

 


Season Overview

A Happy Accident: Joe Suzuki launches in UK with Reem Gallery

'Happy Accident - Warhol / Basquiat'

Here at Reem Gallery we're always on the lookout for artists that bring a freshness to the market place and industry through their innovation, style and uniqueness. With Japanese-American Joe Suzuki, based in Los Angeles, we've found just that!

Joe creates vibrant, fun and clever pop culture orientated sculptures with a twist. Often starting with an every day object such as an actual Campbell's soup can or tube of paint, Joe combines other materials to reach his desired aesthetic titled the 'Happy Accident' series. Joe Suzuki gives us a further glimpse into his creative process:

'Mini Happy Face'

"I consider my work to be artifacts of my own particular culture, which is not the generalized Japanese American culture, but that which formed as a direct result of being a first generation immigrant. Through a long assimilation process, I found myself not fully belonging to either culture, but rather somewhere in between, which I began to call Japamerica.

In my peculiar culture, customs and traditons are born out of misunderstandings or idiosyncrasies, and myths and legends are often formed through the struggles of everyday life. I am fascinated by and curious about my culture's development and the affect it has on my identity. I see my art making as an investigation that captures and documents my ever changing, mutating, polyglot reality. My work is informed by my life, contingent on my ordinary, real world experiences as a middle class Japamerican dad, who is simply trying to make sense of it all."

Reem Gallery is proud to announce that currently we are the only UK gallery to work with Joe Suzuki, whose artworks are exhibited and represented in LA, New York, Montreal and Copenhagen. Further information on all available artworks can be found here. To discuss commission requests, please contact the gallery here.

Record Auction Result for the Connor Brothers at Phillip's

On March 10th 2017 at Phillip's 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale in London, a 'We Must Be Careful About What We Pretend To Be' by The Connor Brothers sold for a record £15,000 - more than double its high estimate!

This record breaking result for the artist duo follows a strong year of previous auction results at Phillip's with 'I Tried to Drown my Sorrows' selling for £13,125 in London on April 13th 2016 and the instantly iconic piece 'Saints & Sinners' reaching £12,500 at the Phillip's auction on 6th October 2016. Additionally the artists have continued to grow their international profile with exhibitions in London, Berlin, Hong Kong, Sydney, Rome, New York and Los Angeles over the last 2 years.

Reem Gallery has full access to the Connor Brothers portfolio and has been sourcing a variety or artworks for clients all over the globe. Do contact the gallery to discuss available art investment opportunities.

Hitting Up London: A Day with Thirsty Bstrd

Earlier this week we had the pleasure of joining Parisian artist Thirsty Bstrd (Julien Surdeau) as he hit the streets of London spreading his global message: CREATE OR DIE!

It helps if a street artist can be agile.

While some viewers of the paste-up posters may see the phrase as provocative or alarming, it is a powerful message that has connected and resonated with audiences across the globe. Having placed works in the streets of Miami during Art Basel, then New York and Madrid earlier this year, the opportunity to broaden the exposure of the "Create or Die!" message in the sunny UK capital couldn't go amiss!

"I love London, particularly this area (Shoreditch and Brick Lane). It's full of fantastic energy, fun, life and culture. You can walk through the streets and see people creating art on the walls and expressing themselves freely," says Julien.

The 'Create or Die!' motif is a way of expressing a way of life for Julien and it should be no surprise how connected it is to his artistic name, Thirsty Bstrd. He yearns to voice himself through his artworks and like all artists pushing to establish their concepts he is thirsty for progress and momentum in all manners of life. It is this passion that has enabled him to showcase his artworks from Singapore to cheery Camberley via California.

Despite being a gallery owner that specialises in urban art, I've never actually been on a genuine "street art" excursion before. Experiencing the rush and thrill of placing posters up in broad daylight amongst crowds of camera snapping tourists, passers by and restaurant owners while additionally walking around with a broom and 2litre bottle of mixed wheat-paste as a van full of police slowly drives past is definitely one of the most fun activities around!

Thirsty Bstrd spreading the message.

The incredibly agile Thirsty Bstrd managed to place a healthy amount of works throughout the streets with not all locations shown here in our article, so get out there, find them and share your pictures with us: have fun!

After a few hours of hoisting our gallery featured artist into precarious locations, it was our time to fully experience the thrill with Julien handing us the honor of pasting up on a special site... under the famous Shepard Fairey and Invader mural wall.

It was great to share a day with Thirsty Bstrd and further understand his process and work as we launch the gallery exhibition 'The Spraycan Strikes Back!' which is on display throughout April. Further information on our Thirsty Bstrd exhibition can be found here.