Uh oh. It’s that dreaded time of year again… We’re faced with dark mornings, dreary evenings, and worst of all, the festive season is well and truly over! And don’t get us started on getting out of bed in the morning…
Now, if your January blues are getting too much to handle, no fear because Eye Like is here to come to the rescue! Forget #MondayMotivation, we’re here with our #JanCan edit – seven super prints to seriously stir you from your sleep and help you to embrace the last weeks of the Wintery season. So go on, let art give you a good talking to - say bye bye to your bed, and hello to the day!
Dream of Flying - Alessio B
Come on, what’s not to love about this irresistible print from Alessio B? What better way to leap out bed in the morning than by dreaming of all your hopes and desires! Whether it’s ruling the world, climbing Everest or facing your fear of heights, this inspiring image ensures you’ll be fantasising all day long!
Have Faith - Courty
Sometimes you gotta’ have faith, faith, faith! And on cold, miserable days, that includes faith that the day is going to be awesome, right? This limited edition giclee print (produced from Courty’s original neon artwork) is so utterly vibrant that the words will almost certainly resonate with you throughout the day…
Everything Is Shit - Steve Powers
Because everyone wants a compliment in the morning… This rare print by Steve Powers is perfect for the cheeky ones amongst us, and of course, people who don’t take life too seriously! We don’t know about you, but here at Eye Like HQ we love a bit of humour, and this is one print that will no doubt get you chuckling... Now, if that’s not a good wake-up call, we don’t know what is!
I F*cking Love This Place - Dave Buonaguidi
Yes it’s a given, you probably do f*cking love your bed… But on the flip side, we’re certain there’s somewhere beyond your bedroom that you love even more! Get yourself geared up for the day with one of Dave Buonaguidi’s typographical prints, each printed on an intricate vintage map. Whether it’s a regular haunt, or indeed a place you can’t wait to visit, you’ll want to jump out of bed knowing a true adventure lies in store at this special place.
Bucket List - Lene Bladbjerg
One of our favourites is the simplicity of this print by Lene Bladjerg… How to get motivated 101: you can quite literally wake up to your bucket list every morning – a fantastic reminder of the incredible experiences to come! What we love about this print is that it can be customised if you wish by scribbling your own list on top, or simply leave it blank on the wall and leave your imagination to fill it… The world is your oyster!
Build What Really Matters - Lora Zombie
The most thought provoking print on our list is by grunge artist Lora Zombie, and yet again she manages to unite good old eye-candy with some much needed words of wisdom! We don’t know about you, but if we woke up to this kaleidoscopic colour and motivational motto every morning our outlook on life certainly would change… Mindfulness anybody?
Amusement - Ben Eine
At the end of the day, life is meant to be full of amusement isn’t it?! Even if you wake up feeling down in the dumps, this gorgeous and ultimately glitzy print by Ben Eine is likely to make you sparkle all day long… We’ll take that any day of the week please!
What a way to finish up a marvellous Monday, Eye Like are serving up a feast for the eyes!
Join us for a fabulous fiesta at Eye Like, where three extra special guests have treated us to their arty specialties! We're starting as we mean to go, and the bubbles are well and truly flowing from Haut De Gamme's spectacular edition... No dinner party is complete without a bit of fizz, and we can well and truly say you'd be missing out on the buzz without 'Brunch' on your wall!
Of course, we also have Joe Webb on hand who's dropping candy by the minute... Teasing us is his super sweet print 'Candy Bomb' that's bound to give you that much needed sugar rush - and a spring in your step.
Our third and final guest joining us is the mighty Tony Briggs, with the cherry on top of the Kate 'cake'. After much deliberation, 'Haute Coiffure' is our show-stopper of the evening - so come on over to take a bite!
Katy Jade Dobson - 'Charge' (Rhino) Framed
Signed limited edition print - edition of 75
Framed in a black frame, and float mounted over a black mount (to show deckled edges)
Height: 101cm, Width: 88cm
Pure Evil - 'Christopher Walken's Nightmare - Silver Tags' Hand Finished Original (Framed)
Artist: Pure Evil
Title: Christopher Walken's Nightmare - Silver Tags
Medium: 3 Colour screen print on 330gsm paper
Edition size: Original piece. Unique Colourway Pink And Blue. Comes in a Glowing Pink Frame
Signed: Signed and Numbered by the artist
Dimensions: 98cm x 83cm
These are all 1/1 prints that are attacked with stencil spray paint and freehand tags using KRINK , POSCA and various drippy Ink mops. Each one is a unique piece made by Pure Evil.
It’s official; street art fever has well and truly infected London! If the anticipation over the recently opened Basquiat exhibition wasn’t enough to have everyone on tender hooks, no excitement could have prepared us for Banksy upping the ante… Unsurprisingly, his two new murals created at the Barbican caused quite a stir – and here at Eye Like we’re definitely feeling the ripple of these urban vibes!
With street art on the forefront of everybody’s minds, it’s no wonder that we’ve had so many clients asking how they can incorporate urban art into their own homes. So whether you’re an avid collector, or if you’re a novice wanting to branch out, here are four ways you can achieve the street art aesthetic in your own home.
1. Bring The Outdoors Inside
We all know that street art is renowned for being created or placed in a public area, maximising exposure within a community. But don’t let this stop you from creating the same vibe and effect on your walls! Although originating from the streets, you’d be surprised at how easily urban work can be incorporated into your own home.
We don’t all have the luxury of wall space, or indeed the budget, to commission a mural - in our dreams maybe! Plus, if you’re anything like the Eye Like team, you’ll want to change your art throughout the year… So the next best thing? Display prints that were originally created as vibrant and iconic real-life murals! These miniature, but just as eye-catching, versions of iconic images will transform the room into your own unique urban environment – without having to leave the house.
2. Be Brave
Create an instant impact with bold and daring prints. Many instances of street art make a public statement about society, and you can use controversial prints to create talking points in your own home. Whether you choose to display artwork with an underlying political, social or even a humorous message, you can guarantee that your walls will be remembered… And who wants to play it safe anyway!?
2462: Alessio B - 'Peace' Main Edition (Framed)
3634: Dan Innes - 'Child's Play 2' (Framed)
3. Go Bright For A Spectacular Sight
Choose eye-popping prints to produce the wow-factor and get tongues wagging. Street art is known for making an immediate impression on the viewer, and you too can replicate this effect. Decorate your white walls with bright statement pieces to create a colourful contrast, or alternatively, match vivid urban prints with colourful wallpaper. The result? You’ll be leading the way with an unusual and attention-grabbing interior space.
4. Bag Yourself A Banksy
Well, let’s be honest, you can’t go wrong with a Banksy. The iconic artworks by the artist are perfect for those wishing to introduce street art into their homes – and no fear, there’s something for everyone! It's needless to say that you can create an instantly recognisable and awe-inspiring wall by displaying a classic signed or unsigned print by the legendary artist. Of course, make sure it's the centre of attention - it deserves to be! There’s no doubt that you’ll have tongues wagging, not to mention they'll be green with envy!
But we'll let you into a little secret. For those whose budgets don’t quite stretch that far, you can still achieve the Banksy aesthetic with posters from his renowned shows – which arguably are also increasingly hard to get hold of. The even harder part though? Choosing your favourites!
It takes two baby! Our new window display has gone off with a bang!
Despite the ongoing drizzle here in Beaconsfield, you can always be sure of one thing - the Eye Like window display will be making an impression! And oh boy, are we excited about this banger of a window!
You needn't be worried about a manic Monday, as we have another type of nightmare in store for you! Taking centre stage is the super rare (and quite frankly fabulous) 'Arthur Miller's Nightmare', an extra special collaboration by Martin Whatson and Pure Evil. This unique original canvas was created back in 2013 by this extraordinary pair - if you're after an impressive and heart-stopping investment piece she's most definitely your gal!
Standing by her side are another two magnificent pairings, brought to us by Louise McNaught and and Lora Zombie. Our exclusive print 'Symbiotic' has been going down an absolute storm, a perfect print for those walls in desperate need of colour! Plus, who can resist those furry friends nuzzling... We most certainly can't!
And finally, sharing the love below is one of our long-time favourites 'Big Bang Kiss'. This truly heart-warming image by Lora is cherished by so many of our clients - there's no question as to why!
So the Summer holidays are officially in full swing, and many of our lovely clients have been jetting off to exotic places… Are Eye Like jealous? Erm, not in the slightest! (We say wiping away our tears...) Excitingly however, a couple of weeks ago I packed my bags for a mini afternoon adventure, and zoomed up the A40 to catch up with the wonderful Gina Soden in her new studio!
When Eye Like began back in 2014, Gina was one of the very first artists to join our 'family' and believe us when we say that we've never looked back. From the moment we set eyes upon her fine art photographs, depicting beauty within scenes of dereliction, we were absolutely hooked. Fast forward three years, not only has she proved mighty popular with so many of our clients, but her work has gone from strength to strength. Impressively, Gina has gained awards such as Emerging Artist of the Year in 2013 and The Naylor Award for the Finest Photograph in 2014 (both awarded by the National Open Art Competition), and she's even exhibited at Photo London. And did we mention that her photographs are on display in London's newest members club haunt The Ned?! These are just the tip of the iceberg too - let's just say that Gina is definitely still an artist to watch!
With all of her amazing accolades under her belt, it will come as no surprise that this talented artist has started to embark on a discovery into a brand new form of artwork. Over the past couple of weeks she's posted a few sneaky peeks of her experimentations, prompting our trip to her studio for an exclusive preview… My pulse has truly been quickening on social media recently watching Gina's progress, so if you're not already following Gina over on Instagram (@ginasodenartist), I highly suggest you do!
Upon arriving at her studio, I was greeted by an array of artworks that are very much different to the fine art photographs of Gina's that I'm used to admiring. These newest developments see the artist hand-printing her photography onto a variety of materials - from vintage mirrors and glass, to aluminium and copper sheets. Sounds simple? You couldn't be more wrong! The printing that takes place is a mission in itself - and I should know! I was lucky enough to watch Gina create a test piece in front of me, and I was left amazed by the many steps involved in order to leave the photograph printed on the material. Once the image has dried (which can take days) Gina then brushes various substances onto the edges before sometimes being left in a chamber to decay. Now, I won't be revealing Gina's processes above in any more detail - being top secret and all ;) - but let's just say that visiting her studio felt like being back in the Chemistry lab at school!
So after all the chemical reactions taking place, what do the final pieces actually look like? As Gina uncovered all of the hidden gems in her studio, I was faced with a multitude of awe-inspiring scenes displaying varying levels of corrosion - all of which were uniquely different. As Gina quite rightly explained whilst describing the processes to me, "once you've started the decaying, you can't undo the process", cleverly mirroring the process of dereliction taking place within the featured scenes. (However, she can stop the process and fix it in place with a varnish so the piece does not decay any further.) Although each piece is completely distinct from another, it has to be said that the final artworks Gina showed me were all breath-taking. The corrosion created on each artwork is a match made in heaven for the photographs that Gina have taken - the scenes are quite literally, and ironically, brought to life!
What's important to remember is that this organic process, like the derelict scenes she depicts, is quite simply uncontrollable. Gina has no idea what the final artwork will look like before she begins, or indeed, if the piece will even reach the final stages. This was proved when we took out a sheet of printed copper from it's fume chamber (armed in our protective masks I may add!) only to find that the decay across the piece had transformed into a vivid blue across the whole piece and covered the image. For me however, the factor of the unknown only adds to the mysterious and enthralling nature of each piece, whilst highlighting the scenes' fascinating narrative.
All in all, my arty afternoon with Gina was downright intriguing and completely astonishing - not to mention tons of fun. But even she admits how the processes can be "frustrating"... For Gina, the appeal in producing this new form of artwork lies in her hard work and the fact that she "physically makes these artworks [her]self". (A factor that can sometimes be overlooked by people observing her fine art photographs). So what does the future hold for Gina and this new stage in her career? Well, although at this stage there are no solid plans to release these amazing pieces, I think it's clear to say that this departure denotes a new and exciting chapter for the artist. Watch this space!
- Mollie Philpot, Eye Like Gallery
Eye Like Gallery.