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Takashi Murakami: The fabled blender of high-art morals with low-art commerce

- 01/05/2017

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And then, and then, and then, and then, and then…..(Yellow Jelly)” by Takashi Murakami, 2008

Our artist of the week: Takashi Murakami

It has long been said that the greatest artists are not merely “people pleasers”, but are also unafraid to challenge convention and cause controversy by proposing new ways of being and doing things of which not everyone may necessarily approve. By that measure, the man long dubbed the “Warhol of Japan” can certainly be assured of legendary status.

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L’art de la rue d’Anthea Missy – the street art of Anthea Missy

- 24/04/2017

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“Karma Mural”, Belgium, Brussels, 2014

Our artist of the week: Anthea Missy

Just like Wall Street, when it comes to street walls, men dominate. That is to say, a fair whack of the spray paint that’s out there came out of cans held by blokes. Of course, female street artists are definitely on the scene, but there’s few that own it. Trying to forge a fresh voice under the watchful eye of old school subscribers who have strong opinions on technique and subject matter is hard to pull off. Harder still if you don’t appear to uphold all the tenets of street art culture.

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Anthea Missy: Sometimes, you just need to walk your potato… 😊

- 10/04/2017

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Bonjour Addictees!

April (eek!) is the fourth month of the year in the Gregorian calendar, the fifth in the early Julian calendar and the first month of the year to have 30 days… it is also the month we introduce you to feisty, French, firecracker Anthea Missy.

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Alan Aldridge: The man responsible for so much ‘60s swing

- 03/04/2017

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Our artist of the week: Alan Aldridge

When the news filtered through to us in February of the death of the man formerly dubbed “Beardsley in blue jeans” or – to use John Lennon’s epithet – “His Royal Master of Images to Their Majesties The Beatles” – we couldn’t help but reflect on another sad sign of the passing of the ‘60s and ‘70s creative guard.

What are we talking about? Well, the English graphic designer, artist and illustrator was a central force behind much of what we associate with the culture of those decades: the pop, the psychedelia, the subversion and so much more besides.

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Prints that Pack a Punch – Why the Art of Billy Ma is Ma-Ma-Massive

- 31/03/2017

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For over 200 years, prints have been put up on walls and used to announce, inform, to advertise, to protest, and to provoke. Now, Billy Ma is turning the form on its head and producing exquisite fine art prints with a message instead. This Taiwanese-born, Canadian-raised, Italian-influenced (Billy grew up in a predominantly Italian immigrant community which has led to him to “still talk with my hands too much”) and Singapore-based illustrator, painter, sculptor, designer and art director has been producing iconic artworks under his label, Booda Brand, since 2009, and collectors can’t get enough of them.

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Ben Allen: The obsessive surfer and skateboarder who learned his own trade

- 27/03/2017

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Hope Series No. 12” by Ben Allen, 2012

Our artist of the week: Ben Allen

Not every successful artist, of course, actually attended art college. For every alumnus of Goldsmiths College, Rhode Island School of Design or the National School of Fine Arts in Paris, there is that improviser, that freestyler – that trailblazing creative who overcomes the supposed limitations of not having been formally taught, while embracing its freedoms.

One fine example of such an artist is Ben Allen, the well-travelled Brighton native who, it’s fair to say, is as good at resisting pigeonholing as he is at performing ollies (yes, he’s an avid surfer and skateboarder, and yes, it may appear that we have just pigeonholed him – but bear with us).

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Hush: The Power, Innocence, Beauty and Cunning of Feminine Sexuality

- 20/03/2017

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“Fantasy For Naughty Boys (Mini Print Series)” by Hush, 2008, Source: Assini-Thomson Collection

Our artist of the week: Hush

The creative now known around the world simply as ‘Hush’ was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK in 1976 and has since entrenched himself firmly into the North East of England’s rich grassroots art scene. However, his oeuvre is also an unashamedly outward-facing one, drawing upon a wealth of international influences, as part of a career that has taken him around the world.

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Jeff Gillette: The man who “Banksied” Banksy – and how!

- 13/03/2017

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Disney Sign Destruct” by Jeff Gillette, 2015

Our artist of the week: Jeff Gillette

One glance at Detroit-born art teacher Jeff Gillette may not leave you with the impression of one of the most influential creative practitioners of our times – an article in the London Evening Standard last year having described him as “a dead ringer for a lesser-haired Jeff Lebowski”. However, as those of us in the art business know, initial appearances can be more than deceiving.

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Chill Homie, Billy Ma’s Booda Brand Is In Da House 🤘

- 07/03/2017

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Hold onto your knickers Addictees!

We are delighted to announce our partnership with painter, sculptor, designer and illustrator, Billy Ma. We’re so excited we could pee rainbows – promise we won’t, just saying we could…

Born in Taiwan, raised in Canada and now living in Singapore with his lovely Mrs – Amy – Billy, boss of Booda Brand, is sharing his beautiful, limited edition prints with us. Click here for Mr Ma’s bio.

Addicted already has many happy Billy clients with pieces hanging proudly throughout Singapore and scattered across the planet.

We have lots of images to stimulate your eyeballs with so we’ll keep our ‘blah blah’ short and let the work speak for itself. This will keep our blog from getting ‘bigly’ (is this how you use it?). It’s going to be ‘yuge’! Sorry, couldn’t help ourselves…

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Sara Pope: Pop art lips with a hint of disintegration

- 06/03/2017

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True Love” by Sara Pope, 2016

Our artist of the week: Sara Pope

How much depth can there genuinely be to the work of an artist who, to the un-attuned eye, seems to do little more with her practice than simply paint pairs of lips again… and again… and again?

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Talkin’ ‘Bout A “Hollis Carney” Revolution

- 03/03/2017

Fiona Carney Portrait

Fiona Carney (artist name: Hollis Carney) is a London based multi-media artist.

Fiona has always been inspired by street art, graffiti, architecture and nature’s own designs. Looking beyond what we are shown, and all that is ‘pretty’, Fiona blends images of times, places and people to express her view of the world around her.

Let’s get up close and personal with the lady herself…

 

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“Now looka, I say looka here.” – Foghorn Leghorn 👀  🐓  🐓  🐓  👀

- 27/01/2017

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Gong Xi Fa Cai Addictees!

It’s the Lunar New Year – year of the Fire Rooster – and apparently, if you’re a single Rooster: “You singles may meet many opposite-sex friends but you will be unlikely to have a relationship with them since you will not have good luck with the opposite sex in this year.” That was direct and to the point…

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