Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Brighton Grafitti

The street of Brighton are quite colourful when you look at them, even the walls and pavements. Here are some examples from Flickr. Is it art or is it vandalism? It is probably a bit of both which is what makes it so interesting.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Eastern European Film Posters

There is a good exhibition of eastern European film posters at the Crane Kalman Gallery in Kensington Gardens, Brighton. They date back to the 60s and 70s and are for films such as "Taxi Driver", "2001" and "Planet of the Apes". European film distributors made their own posters, in their own languages, to advertise the films they were showing. As a result they employed artists to produce posters that were more like pictures than cheap advertising. The range of styles covered is quite amazing.

The majority of the work presented here was created by Polish, German and Czechoslovakian artists. They include pieces by Josef Vyletal and Zdenek Zieger, two highly regarded illustrators

The web site says the exhibition finishes on the 9th of September but it is still running now.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Brighton Arts Fair

Coming up at the end of the month is the annual Brighton Arts Fair. It runs from the 27th to the 30th of September and is held in the corn Exchange in Brighton. It is an indoor market where you can browse the work of a hundred or so local artists, talk to them and then buy something. The art is "very high quality, original and innovative artwork across a wide mix of media and styles" so there is something for everyone. Pieces range in price from £50 to £1,500.

I have been the last couple of years and if nothing else it is a great source of inspiration.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Favourite Brighton Galleries

Two of my favourite galleries are both down Trafalgar Street. These are RareKind and OContemporary. Together, they span the two ends of the contemporary art scene.

RareKind. This place specialises in urban street art and grafitti. Downstairs is a small space with works by various "graf" type artists. I have seen pieces by local boy Req in there and currently they have some pieces by Jimi Crayon. Pieces are available for sale and they do commissions as well. Upstairs is a record shop specialising in Hip Hop, especially the UK variety. I like this gallery as it shows how good some of the graffiti out there can be. It all seems reasonably priced as well.

OContemporary. At the other end of the scale is OContemporary. This one is a big bright space full of pictures from your favourite contemporary artists. They have pieces by Andy Warhol and Bridget Riley as well as more modern artists like Tracey Emin and Takashi Murakami. They also have regular exhibitions of up and coming artists. This gallery is good as it gives Brighton a solid set of work (albeit prints) from proper famous artists. It is also a good barometer of who is on the way up in the art world. Sometimes it is hard to tell just what is their current exhibition and what is part of their collection. Presumably the ones piled up against the back wall are in their collection. :)

Saturday, September 8, 2007


It never fails to amaze me how creative the residents of Brighton (and Hove) are, so I thought it might be a nice idea to start a blog where I can document the best bits. I see no reason why this can't stretch to posts about pictures, artists, exhibitions, fairs and anything else that just takes my fancy. Highbrow or low brow I am not fussy. As long as it looks nice or makes you think. Watch this space for the first proper posting.