Five of the Best Urban Artists for 2012
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Five of the Best Urban Artists for 2012 PR Newswire LONDON, July 12, 2012 LONDON, July 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Once a temporary art form found in towns and cities, urban artists are now translating their graffiti based designs onto paper to create art prints for the home. Art dealer and gallery, artrepublic, has selected five great urban artists with prints to own in 2012. 1) Pure Evil Pure Evil creates urban art using popular culture, celebrity and social issues as inspiration. As well as signing his work, each print is fingerprint authenticated on the reverse - easy to identify due to a scar on his fingertip http://www.artrepublic.com/biographies/53-pure-evil.html . Notable prints include Richard Burton's Nightmare - First Marriage (a silk screen signed limited edition of 100), featuring Elizabeth Taylor and Murder Mile (a silkscreen signed limited edition of 150), depicting the silhouette of a gun overlaid with a street map. Murder Mile is inspired by the poster for the film Mean Streets, which features a map of New York in the shape of a gun. In Murder Mile, Pure Evil uses a section of two streets in Hackney to draw attention to the violence in that area. 2) Richard Duardo Richard Duardo is an expert screen printer and artist based in Los Angeles. As the master printer at the Modern Multiples collective he has produced work for more than 300 artists including Banksy and David Hockney.

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Five of the Best Urban Artists for 2012
PR Newswire
LONDON, July 12, 2012
LONDON
,
July 12, 2012
/PRNewswire/ --
Once a temporary art form found in towns and cities, urban artists are now
translating their graffiti based designs onto paper to create art prints for the
home. Art dealer and gallery, artrepublic, has selected five great urban artists
with prints to own in 2012.
1) Pure Evil
Pure Evil creates urban art using popular culture, celebrity and social issues as
inspiration. As well as signing his work, each print is fingerprint authenticated
on the reverse - easy to identify due to a scar on his fingertip
http://www.artrepublic.com/biographies/53-pure-evil.html . Notable prints
include
Richard Burton's Nightmare - First Marriage
(a silk screen signed limited
edition of 100), featuring Elizabeth Taylor and
Murder Mile
(a silkscreen signed
limited edition of 150), depicting the silhouette of a gun overlaid with a street
map.
Murder Mile
is inspired by the poster for the film
Mean Streets
, which
features a map of
New York
in the shape of a gun. In
Murder Mile
, Pure Evil
uses a section of two streets in Hackney to draw attention to the violence in
that area.
2) Richard Duardo
Richard Duardo is an expert screen printer and artist based in
Los Angeles
. As
the master printer at the Modern Multiples collective he has produced work for
more than 300 artists including Banksy and David Hockney. Duardo's own work
takes inspiration from popular culture, featuring historical figures and icons,
often combining muted photographic qualities with colourful backgrounds.
Particularly striking prints to look out for in 2012 include
Duke Ellington
(a hand
finished signed limited edition of five), featuring the jazz legend against a
vibrant background and
Four Fridas
, a repeat print of Frida Kahlo with an
alternating colour way.
3) Prefab77
Prefab77 is a
Newcastle
based collective of urban artists, with inspiration
including the punk movement, British royalty, NME magazine and British
patriotism. Prefab77 is known for creating huge multi-storey murals against
buildings http://www.artrepublic.com/biographies/243-prefab77.html, typically
using a combination of acrylic, spray paint, varnish and inks on wood or paper.
Look out for
Let it Reign
(a signed limited edition of 100 prints), featuring the
portrait of a young Queen Elizabeth, emerging from a background of layered
graffiti and winking at the viewer.
4) PUSH
Canadian artist PUSH, takes inspiration from evolutionary biology and human
behaviour, her work is influenced by stencil artists from Buenos Aires and mural
street artists such as Blu. PUSH intends to create art which is aesthetically
pleasing with thought provoking social undertones
http://www.artrepublic.com/biographies/344-push.html. Current prints include
Heads will roll,
featuring a repeat print of wind up doll figures, with the leading
figure falling apart and
Puertas - heart
, a silkscreen of a girl opening a door on
her chest to reveal her heart. Each limited edition print is signed and numbered
by the artist. PUSH uses a limited colour palette of brown, grey, cream, black
and red, printing on
Coventry
rag vellum 320 gsm paper. Limited edition prints
are produced in small quantities of just 14-30.
5) Speedy Graphito
Speedy Graphito is a French stencil graffiti artist, his inspiration includes
advertising logos, 1950s America, Manga illustration, cartoons from popular
culture and Mayan imagery. His prints are generally produced in limited edition
quantities of 30-50 prints. A print to look out for in 2012 is
Temptation
, an
image reflective of
Disney's
'Snow White', with a retro
Apple Computers
striped
logo in the place of the poisoned apple.
Andrew Milledge of artrepublic, comments: "Limited edition street art prints are
a popular choice for the home, with a diversity of styles to choose from. We've
noticed an increased interest in urban art prints this year with artists such as
Copyright and Pure Evil, growing in popularity."
For more information on art prints and events, visit artrepublic