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C73 turns the table on CreativeFolk with in-depth interview

If you’ve been following our articles, you’ll know it’s normally us that does the interviewing but a couple of weeks ago the tables got turned. UK artist Darren Chaplin, aka C73, asked if we’d be interested in talking about all things art and CreativeFolk for his YouTube channel, so of course we said yes.

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Background Bob book launch celebrates participating artists

We think it’s fair to say lockdown sucked. But during this frustrating time there have been some wonderful, heart-warming stories including the one we became involved in back in May.

If you aren’t familiar with the ‘Background Bob’ art project we highly recommend you read our article ‘Background Bob art project becomes a positive global movement’ to find out just how wonderful it is.

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Banksy’s rescue boat highlights shameful reaction to refugee crisis

Initially, when the news broke about Banksy’s rescue boat the ‘Louise Michel’, we thought “ooh here’s a great art related story we can write about”.

But whilst watching BBC news talk about it, it occurred to us the story isn’t about Banksy and his new boat. It’s about how insane it is that, as human beings, we are doing very little to help these fellow humans escape the terror they are trying to flee.

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5 reasons why you should buy art prints from CreativeFolk?

A quick search on Google reveals a wide variety of options for someone looking to buy art prints. So how do you decide? Now, obviously you need to find that perfect piece of art for your home but how do you know what the quality is like? Do they charge postage on top of the shown price? What happens if you change your mind once you’ve received it?

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How do artists price their artwork?

Over the last few weeks, the question of how do artists price their artwork has been asked enough to make us think it’s a worthy discussion… and It’s a question that quite honestly puts fear and dread into most artists including successful ones.

Price too high and the work won’t sell, price too low and buyers may view your work as cheap and amateurish, plus you may actually lose money and create an unviable business.

Today we thought we’d look into the tricky subject of pricing your art and ask some successful artists how they price their artwork.

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Art Critics – Don’t take their word as gospel

Art Critics wield the power to make or break an artist’s career. Collectors and gallery owners hang off every word they say, but why?

Why should one person’s opinion hold such authority? Especially as these self-titled ‘specialists’ have got it wrong so many times.

Today we thought we’d air our opinions on these so-called experts, and it all began with an episode of Masterchef…

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Are artists simply virtue signalling?

2020 seems to be quite the year of historical events, and we’re only in June.

First Coronavirus, and then the tragic death of George Floyd. Both of these major events had something in common… it divided people.

It seems sad to us that this could happen. That these two monumentous (which apparently still isn’t officially a real word but should be) incidents would result in divided camps rather than unite us.

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Background Bob art project becomes a positive global movement

Sometimes the simplest ideas are the ones that become something special. This is one of those ideas and it all began on April 28th 2020, with a dad trying to entertain his son during lockdown.

During these strange and bizarre times, parents across the country have all been in a similar position… what do we do with the kids to keep them occupied and out of mischief?

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In the spotlight with Raffaella Bertolini

Over the last few months we’ve chatted to the likes of Blek Le Rat, My Dog Sighs and Mason Storm. Today we got the opportunity to fire some questions at the wonderfully talented Raffaella Bertolini.

Always pushing herself and experimenting, mainly on female portraits, Raffaella creates stunning, exciting artworks using a wide variety of mediums.

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Cheltenham Paint Festival goes virtual during lockdown

Last year, CreativeFolk artist Paul Kneen, was kindly invited to participate in the Cheltenham Paint Festival 2019. The event showcases stunning street art from some of the best artists around, attracting visitors from all over the world.

Due to the current crisis we find ourselves in, organised events, such as this, have sadly been cancelled and much of the funding available cut. This hasn’t deterred, Cheltenham Paint Festival organiser and artist, Andy ‘Dice’ Davies, from putting on a wonderful ‘virtual’ version of the event via social media.

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Release your inner artist and get creative with your loo roll

In a recent article we discussed how artists have reacted to the Coronavirus pandemic through their art. Some of the pieces mentioned were in response to the absurd hoarding of loo roll.

A couple of weeks ago, we were invited to join a group called ‘bog roll arts’ which, as you can imagine, intrigued us. Then yesterday we spotted an article on the BBC news website about something called the #pinkfootloorollchallenge.

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Our 5 favourite album art covers created by famous artists

The recent release of The Strokes new album ‘The New Abnormal’ features a small portion of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s larger painting ‘bird on money’ as the album artwork. This got us researching what other album covers feature artwork produced by famous artists. So, here’s our top 5 favourite album art covers…

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Artists respond to the crisis with Coronavirus art

From soapbox preachers, to public protests, the streets have always been a place to share opinions. With the current virus pandemic we are all facing, street artists are using the urban landscape to express their views on the Coronavirus through art.

Today we thought we’d share some of these wonderful thought-provoking artworks…

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Original art should be affordable for all

Have you ever wandered past a gallery and something in the window catches your eye? You walk back and admire the stunning artwork, gazing at it longingly. You picture it in your home, imagining the joy it will give, and then finally, you move your eyes to the price tag… you recoil in horror, questioning how they can justify such a ludicrous amount.

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5 online art classes to get those creative juices flowing

There’s no denying it. We are living in very strange times. Covid-19 aka Coronavirus is affecting us all. As we slowly begin to adapt to this new normal, we need to find ways of keeping creative.

So with that in mind we thought it would be a great idea to share with you 5 talented creatives that are sharing their skills and knowledge through online art classes…

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In the spotlight with Blek Le Rat

Xavier Prou aka Blek Le Rat is something of a legend in the street art scene. Hailed as the godfather of stencilism, with icons such as Banksy stating they were heavily influenced by him, Blek has been leaving his stenciled work in the streets for over 30 years.

Today we were privileged to ask the master a few questions…

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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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