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Banksy not pursued by graffiti police

Bristol is the first city in the country to get a police team dedicated to eradicating graffiti and dealing with the so-called “artists”. However Bristol’s most famous tagger Banksy seems to be exempt from prosecution Undercover officers are working round the clock to bring to book “taggers” The fact that officials are not removing art by the notorious spray painter Banksy from buildings around the city is sending out the wrong message, police say. They are also concerned that in spite of scores of spray-can vandals being arrested and put before the courts in recent months, not one has been sent to jail. Some taggers, so-called because they daub their unique name tag on buildings and walls, are responsible for hundreds of acts of vandalism…

Sweet Bird of Youth by Jack Vettriano

Sweet Bird of Youth is unique among Jack Vettriano prints because it has been an open and a limited edition print . Normally an image either one or the other . Sweet Bird of Youth was published as a limited edition lithograph by Jack Vettriano in one of his first sets of limited editions . The print is still popular in both formats . This week also saw the unveiling of Vettriano’s newest work based on the theme of the Monaco Grand Prix 1971 .Former world champion racing driver Sir Jackie Stewart has said it was a “great honour” to be painted by artist Jack Vettriano. Vettriano, one of the world’s best selling artists, has completed a new series of three pictures featuring Sir Jackie…

Sue Howells crowned Britain’s best selling artist

Artist Sue Howells has been named the best selling published artist in Brexit by the International Arts and Framing Industry Annual Awards in Bristol. Winners from previous years include best selling artists Beryl Cook and Jack Vettriano, who have gone on to become massive successes in the art scene . Sue is inspired by artists such as LS Lowry, John and Paul Nash and Auguste Macke. Sue said: “It was just like an Oscar or Bafta event with gold envelopes and lots of build up.” She has often been in the top ten of the “art charts” published by leading art magazine Art Business Today. “Nothing in my pictures is real, everything is off-kilter, which generates energy and seems to appeal,” said Sue from her…

Thatcher portrait provokes controversy

A tinplate portrait of Baroness Thatcher has divided politicians after it was unveiled at the home of the Welsh assembly in Cardiff. The work by artist Dylan Hammond will sit alongside one of Labour figure Aneurin Bevan for three months. Mr Hammond said both politicians had had influence on Welsh life and it was “up to people how they respond”. But one Plaid Cymru assembly member called the Thatcher portrait’s location “an insult” to the people of Wales. Each portrait, measuring 4.3m x 3m (14ft x 9ft 10in), hangs against the £67m Senedd building’s glass facade so that it can be seen inside and outside. Mr Hammond, who is based in Cardiff, said he put the founder of the NHS and the former Conservative prime…

Banksy on your Xbox 360

Either underground graffiti artist/vandal Banksy is selling out by accepting the Microsoft pound (Point), or Microsoft is selling out by trying to buy itself a bit of urban cool by associating itself with the shy ladder-carrier. Somebody, somewhere, is selling out. You, however, now have the option of splashing out your MS Points to buy yourself a new Banksy theme to go on your Xbox 360. Available now.

Chelsea owner buys Lucien Freud painting

Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich bought two paintings that were sold at record-breaking auctions last week, according to reports. Lucian Freud’s Benefits Supervisor Sleeping sold for £17.2m on Tuesday, followed by Francis Bacon’s Triptych, which fetched £43m just 24 hours later. The Art Newspaper quoted sources saying the London-based Russian billionaire was the buyer of both paintings. A spokesman for Mr Abramovich declined to comment. He said: “We don’t get into personal matters.” The life-sized Freud painting of a sleeping, naked woman, titled Benefits Supervisor Sleeping, sold for $33.6m (£17.2m) at Christie’s in New York. Christie’s described the work, which shows Jobcentre supervisor Sue Tilley asleep on a sofa, as a “bold and imposing example of the stark power of Freud’s realism”. It set…

Artist's muse -"We are not amused"

Sue Tilley commented “Just because I took my clothes off for Lucian Freud, that doesn’t mean I’m a nudist or a floozy or whatever,’ .Tilley is the subject of Benefits Supervisor Sleeping, which broke auction house records for any living artist last week, when it sold for £17m at Christie’s International in New York. Then another Sunday tabloid rang me up. And she was really turning it on. “Oh, we want you to recreate iconic nude poses,” she said, ‘like American Beauty. You know, the one with all the petals.” She has modestly concealed her other talents .She is the author of a biography on her late friend Leigh Bowery, the performance artist and exhibitionist who started the infamous polysexual Thursday disco club night, Taboo,…

Jack Vettriano and Sir Jackie Stewart collaborate on Monaco painting

A unique collaboration has taken place between Jack Vettriano and Sir Jackie Stewart . It took place when Sir Jackie, who is an art collector and a fan of Mr Vettriano’s work, contacted Vettriano last year . They met up and eventually Mr Vettriano came up with an idea for three paintings after watching the Roman Polanski film about the 1971 Grand Prix called Weekend of a Champion and studying other photographs of the era. Mr Vettriano, who divides his time between home in Nice, London and Scotland, said: “There’s a sense of romance in risk and danger, which is very compelling, and researching idea for my painting made me realise just how different Formula 1 was in Jackie’s era. “I was astonished to be…

Tension, Timing and Triumph, Monaco 1971, the three paintings by Vettriano

Jack Vettriano and Sir Jackie Stewart have collaborated on a triptych of paintings that will be unveiled this week by Prince Albert of Monaco. Called Tension, Timing and Triumph, Monaco 1971, the three paintings tell the story of Sir Jackie’s third victory at Monaco in 1971. Jack Vettriano and Sir Jackie will be in Monaco on Wednesday at the Hotel de Paris in Monaco as Prince Albert and other guests gather for a champagne reception in the run-up to next weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix.Stewart has bought the 3 paintings for an undisclosed sum

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