Cited as the ‘King of Graffiti’, Futura (formerly known as Futura 2000) is a legend and he’s certainly come a long way from illegally painting NYC subway trains back in the 70’s. His work has been seen everywhere, from subway trains, buildings, art galleries, album covers to the topic of today’s article… clothing.Continue reading
It’s been a while since our last ‘In the spotlight’ interview (August 2020 with Silent Bill to be precise) but we thought we’d start 2021 with a bang.
We have admired the incredible illustrative work of Keith Hopewell aka SP:Zero for a long time. Today we finally managed to drag him away from his busy schedule and fire some questions at him about his work…Continue reading
Usually when we write we’re commenting on someone else’s accomplishment but today’s a little different. Today we get to talk about us and the fact we won ‘Art Store of the Year’ 2020/21 at the Central England Prestige Awards.Continue reading
Last week we wrote about Samsung’s new virtual exhibition involving 12 lost and stolen paintings. The idea was to create a community that together may help to recover the missing works of art.
As a result of our article we were contacted by marketing firm Screamingfrog, who informed us of another virtual gallery of stolen paintings, this time created by packing and removal specialists Pack & Send.Continue reading
Our usual strategy for writing an article is to endlessly trawl the internet until we stumble upon something of interest. Then it’s onto fact checking, interviewing those involved etc. What’s nice about this piece of art news, like our previous Lushsux documentary article, is that it fell into our lap (well our email to be precise).
The email announced that on Thursday 12th November, Samsung launched their ‘Missing Masterpieces’ exhibition. A virtual collection of 12 of the world’s most iconic and intriguing lost artworks by artists such as Van Gogh, Cézanne, and Monet.Continue reading
Back in May we wrote an article about Australian street artist Lushsux. At the time he was busy mashing up 50 Cent with other iconic figures such as Taylor Swift, Donald Trump and Post Malone.
Since the article, Lushsux certainly hasn’t slowed down. His work is continuously posted on social media and now a 4-part Lushsux documentary has been launched via IGTV and Vimeo.Continue reading
Back in May we wrote an article about the Background Bob project. A simple heart warming father and son art project that soon involved 100s of artists from all over the world. In September the project became a beautiful book titled ‘Background Bob and his amazing friends’, featuring all of the incredible artwork. This month the project became the Background Bob exhibition at the Firstsite Gallery in Colchester.
On Wednesday we took a 2 hour trip down to the wonderful gallery to check out the exhibition for ourselves.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
Last month we spoke about the launch of ‘Background Bob and his amazing friends’. A book filled with wonderful art from the Background Bob project. Well there’s another lovely book that’s just been launched and it’s full of incredible works of art created on various notes and coins from all over the world.Continue reading
As the Government furlough scheme comes to an end, amidst a second a wave of the Covid virus; we ask the question what will become of the arts sector?Continue reading
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.Continue reading
The UK is full of talented artists. Many are already acclaimed artists with huge followings, others are busy creating in their spare time. What connects them both is their passion and determination to increase their skills and become better artists.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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?Continue reading
It’s been just over a year since we started airing our thoughts and opinions through CreativeFolk and today we found out Feedspot added us to their list of the top 75 UK art blogs, websites and influencers in 2020.Continue reading
Silent Bill is one of those artists whose work makes you smile and think at the same time. His cheeky thoughts can be found worldwide via his highly successful organisation the Secret Society of Super Villain Artists (SSOSVA).
We recently had the pleasure of finding out more about this talented and creative artist…Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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…Continue reading
There are a variety of places to buy art online, but we believe many of them are overpriced. So today we thought we’d explain why CreativeFolk is different, and the reason is simple; we offer affordable art online. The key word being affordable.Continue reading
A recent Singapore poll asked 1000 people “What jobs do you think are the most important during the Coronavirus”? The result put artists at the top of the ‘least essential’ column, and as you can imagine, caused an understandably angry backlash from the creative sector.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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?Continue reading
Always pushing herself and experimenting, mainly on female portraits, Raffaella creates stunning, exciting artworks using a wide variety of mediums.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
50 Cent, the infamous hip hop icon has never been one to shy away from trolling folk, but it might be that he’s currently getting a taste of his own medicine… and it appears he’s not too happy.Continue reading
If you want to stand out from the crowd, do something completely outrageous. Something that gets the tongues wagging, something that in this technological age goes viral…
…and although you may never have heard of them, Brooklyn-based creative outfit MSCHF seem to be doing alright doing just that.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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…Continue reading
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…Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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…
This is a good story. Or at least we think so, and it all focuses round something called Vantablack – apparently the world’s blackest black.Continue reading
If you’re looking for something to help unwind after a busy day, and you’ve never watched an episode of ‘The Joy of Painting’ with Bob Ross, you need to… now.Continue reading
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…
We’re pretty confident the title of this article is a big clue to the topic. It’s been the talk of the art world and discussed all over social media; even making front cover news of magazines… so what are we talking about? Well the infamous duct taped banana of course.Continue reading
“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.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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…
Today we would like to tell you a story. It’s an intriguing one. One that may raise more questions than answers. It’s a tale of alleged conspiracy, lies and the most famous living artist in the world… Banksy.Continue reading
The elusive Banksy is up to his tricks once again. This time with a Banksy shop cleverly named ‘Gross Domestic Product’ in Croydon, South London.
The premises, formerly a carpet shop, offers a variety of interesting Banksy homeware products, but there’s a catch… the doors will never open.Continue reading
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:
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.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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…
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.
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.
Carne Griffiths work is beautiful, intricate and captivating. Each piece is built up with numerous detailed layers to create stunning visual portraits. He very kindly took time out of his busy schedule to talk to us about his unique style…Continue reading
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.Continue reading
My Dog Sighs is a phenomenal artist and one we have admired for many years. His stunning eye paintings,murals, cans and characters can be seen all over the world, and if you’re lucky enough you might discover one of his free artworks through his ‘Free Art Friday’ project.Continue reading
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.
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?Continue reading
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.
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.Continue reading
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.Continue reading