26 October 2015
Our latest rare print retrospective, ‘Rare’, is currently in full swing with a huge number of classic and exclusive editions popping up in the gallery. The show is like a trip down memory lane with some absolute gems on offer, and a number of pieces that haven’t been seen on the art market for quite some years. We thought we’d rack our brains and select 5 prints from the show that we can’t take our eyes off.
You can’t have a rare print show without something from Britain’s best loved and most ellusive street artist Banksy. His recent Dismaland ‘Bemusement Park’ was the art world hit of the summer, with thousands of people flocking to Weston-super-Mare and pumping millions of pounds into the local economy in the process.
This classic silkscreen edition dates back to 2003 and plays homage to the iconic 1989 image of a student standing defiantly in front of three tanks in China’s Tiananmen Square. Widely regarded as one of the most significant images of the 20th Century, Banksy has injected some humour with the addition of a golf sale sign, as if to point out the ridiculous nature of war and the army in general. A potent and culturally critical piece executed in Banksy’s signature stencil aesthetic.
Without a doubt the album cover for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band ranks among the best record designs of all time. Peter Blake produced the original collage with his then wife Jann Haworth in 1967, painstakingly creating life sized cardboard cut outs of the famous people – no photoshopping shortcuts were available in those days. Blake famously was only paid £200 for the artwork, despite the album going on to sell over 30 million copies.
This print is understandably completely sold out worldwide and as a result is highly sought after by both art collectors and Beatles fanatics alike. It was released to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the album and printed at Coriander studios London using 29 individual screens and two spot glazes – a true labour of love. You won’t come across many opportunities like this to own a piece of art and music history!
Dan Baldwin is an artist who has been associated with ink_d since the gallery’s inception and it’s been fascinating watching his art progress and evolve over the years. This print dates back to 2006 and features two ever present motifs in his work, the somersaulting swallow and pop-coloured skull. Framed in an ornate white frame this is a classic and affordable edition from one of our favourite artists.
Baldwin is currently exhibiting his latest critically acclaimed body of work ‘The Fear of Letting Go’ at London’s Lawrence Alkin Gallery. The collection includes brand new canvases, works on paper and wood, bronze sculpture, as well as exquisite ceramics. Follow this link to read our blog on the show.
If you’re up to speed on your street art social media you’ll be familiar with Bast and fellow artist Paul Insects’ hilarious video clips of puppets, constructed out of rubbish and found objects, dancing around East London (if not check out @bastny Instagram). They were so popular the puppets were even installed as part of the ‘Flytip Theatre’ at Banksy’s Dismaland this past summer.
Bast is the quintessential Brooklyn street artist, known for his prolific wheat paste posters of what he calls “mutated characters” and “mutated scenes”. His prints are as rare as hen’s teeth so we’re very excited to have ‘Und-Erotik’ in the gallery. From an edition of just 2, this surrealist masterpiece is your chance to own a piece of New York street life by the enigmatic Bast.
Jamie Reid – Liberty Diamond Dust
Without the Sex Pistols there would be no punk, and without Jamie Reid’s incredible album artwork, perhaps the band wouldn’t have been as influential as they were... But thankfully the stars aligned back in the 70s bringing the two together and we have one of Reid’s best prints, the stunning ‘Liberty’ in the gallery.
Produced as a super low edition of just 10, Liberty depicts the queen with his signature ‘Decollage’ aesthetic. This silkscreen has been finished with diamond dust and framed in a beautiful black ornate frame, a must for any diehard punks out there. God Save The Queen!
Finally we have this show stopping 1/1 silkscreen from New York street art pioneers FAILE. Its seems rather fitting to have a piece of their work in the show following last month’s ‘Edo City Girl’ from Lady Aiko, who was of course part of the collective for many years before going solo.
The Butterfly Girl motif is one of the most popular in the FAILE archive, featuring in a number of their editions and street pieces. This print is a whopper and must be seen up close, in the flesh to be truly appreciated.