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Propaganda Art – It’s time we had a Proper Gander

“Propaganda is as powerful as heroin; it surreptitiously dissolves all capacity to think”.
GIL COURTEMANCHE, A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali

We are living in a mist and maze of misinformation and are starting to lose sight of what is true. If we assume the idea that propaganda is biased. That it sells you a lie. Then propaganda is everywhere.

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Is Sotherby’s about to sell a stolen Banksy Sculpture?

It’s funny what can happen when you start walking through metaphorical doors that present themselves. It all began with our devolved parliament article… which led to our mysterious Banksy article and now this… a story of an original Banksy sculpture, a dispute over ownership and a possible illegal auction at Sotherby’s that could be worth in excess of £1m.

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Was the original Banksy stabbed in the back?

If you’ve been reading our recent CreativeFolk articles, you know it’s been an interesting time. It’s based around a theory that everything we thought we knew about Banksy is wrong. That the original Banksy who started out years ago creating stencils in and around Bristol, was pushed aside in the name of greed.

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In the spotlight with Mason Storm

Shy, modest, and introverted are words you wouldn’t associate with today’s spotlight artist Mason Storm.

He was recently splashed across the pages of the Mail on Sunday due to an article we wrote, linking him to the £10m Banksy painting ‘Devolved Parliament’. Today the balaclava-clad, larger-than-life artist kindly spent some time answering our questions…

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Should art be an investment?

Let’s be honest, we would all love for a piece of art we own to become so sought after that it rockets in price and makes us rich.

In 2017, ‘Salvator Mundi’, by Leonardo da Vinci sold for a mind blowing $450 million. Just 59 years earlier, In 1958, the same painting changed hands for just $60. By any one’s standards, that’s an incredible rise in price.

Now if course there are certain artists who’s fame almost guarantees their artworks will continue to rise in value. Works by the following famous artists are in the top 5 of the most expensive paintings ever sold:

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Who really painted Banksy’s Devolved Parliament?

There are vast amounts of press stories regarding Banksy’s 2009 painting ‘Devolved Parliament’ at the moment. Why? Well because on 28th September 2019, London’s famous auction house, Sotheby’s will be putting it on display… until, it goes under the hammer on October 3rd, with an expected price tag of around £1.5m.

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Cheltenham Paint Festival 2019

In December 2016. a chance conversation between artist Andy ‘Dice’ Davies and art enthusiast Angela Parks resulted in the first Cheltenham Paint Festival taking place the following year.

Since then the festival has continued to grow in size and popularity, with artists from the UK and across the globe including legends such as DANK, My Dog Sighs and INKIE, flocking to the beautiful Regency town of Cheltenham, to show off their skills.

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In the spotlight with Iva Troj

Having grown up in the last decade of communist ruled Eastern Europe, award winning artist Iva Troj uses her incredible talent to figure out and discuss the world she now lives in.

Working from her studio in Brighton, Iva is busy preparing new pieces for a show in LA and is about to launch an exciting art platform ‘Contemporary Beast’ with FLUX exhibition founder Lisa Gray.

We caught up with Iva recently to find out what inspires, frustrates and excites her as an artist…

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Who is Greta Thunberg?

Art is usually our topic for discussion, but today we’ve changed it up to talk about an inspirational young woman.

When you think of 16-year-olds – you think of angst ridden, phone-staring zombies, who are still trying to figure out who they are and what they want to be.

Greta Thunberg does not fit into this stereotype. Taking the world by storm, Greta has taken it upon herself to open the eyes of politicians and world leaders on the topic of climate change.

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Social commentary art – commenting on the world we live in

Art. What is it? Is it just something ‘pretty’ hanging on your wall? Or, can art be more than that?

For many artists, art is their soapbox. It’s their mouthpiece to voice how they feel about their world. Their work shouts, and even screams, about the unjust absurdities that occur. These artists become the unsung heroes of the voiceless, hoping the world will sit up and take notice of what is really going on.

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Is creativity the better prescription for your mental well-being?

Twice the amount of prescription medication is now being taken here in Britain, compared to a decade ago. Around 29 million prescriptions were given out in 2017, according to ITV documentary ‘Britain on Painkillers’. This situation is also prevalent in America, with these same drugs being the leading cause of overdoses. But what if there’s another way? We’ll come to that further on.

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The biggest threat to polar bears is us

The majestic polar bear has sadly found its way onto the endangered species list. According to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), this animal is classed as vulnerable to extinction.

At one time the biggest threat to polar bears was us, and it still is – but now for very different reasons. In the past we hunted them illegally for food, fur and sport. Today, conservationists are concerned about the massive impact on these creatures from the effects of human industrialisation and pollution resulting in climate change.

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Appropriation in art – is it appropriate, or stealing?

It was once said “talent creates, genius steals”. But who said this, we aren’t 100 per cent sure. A quick Google search informs us that it could have been Oscar Wilde, T.S Elliot or even Picasso. To be honest though, it doesn’t really matter. What matters is the question of whether using someone else’s imagery, logo or trademark is considered ‘theft’ – or is there just cause behind the appropriation of others’ work?

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Giclee prints – are they better than standard digital prints?

Visit any art-related website or gallery and you will undoubtedly see the term ‘giclee’.

In this article we will explain all about giclee prints, as well as looking briefly at the history of printing. We explore who was behind the invention of giclee printing, and why artists and galleries choose giclee over standard digital prints.

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Has Banksy struck again, this time in Venice during the biennale?

As thousands of visitors descend on Venice for the latest biennale, a lonely life-jacket wearing child can be seen holding a flare aloft. The stencil certainly has all the hallmarks of a ‘Banksy’ but nothing has yet been confirmed. In fact, if you scour the pages of Google very little is mentioned about this piece… for now.

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Conservation art – the art of creating awareness

Just to be clear, this article looks at artists and companies that have dedicated themselves to the cause of animal conservation. We won’t be discussing the highly skilled practice that is art conservation.

Ok, now that’s cleared up – let’s look at some wonderful artists, companies and foundations which have made it their mission to remind us we need to learn to share this planet of ours with everything else that lives on it.

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