Over the last decade, the art market’s appetite for prints has increased exponentially. From street artists like Banksy, Invader and Lefty Out There to other contemporary artists including Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin and Marc Quinn, nearly every artist working today has dipped their toe into the prints and multiples market.
Maddox Gallery are delighted to present our latest viewing room dedicated to this versatile medium featuring a wide-range of artists, including Banksy, Harland Miller and Damien Hirst.
Known as a provocateur and rule-breaker, Damien Hirst’s innovation has come to define contemporary art as we know it. From sharks submerged in formaldehyde to cigarette-filled cabinets, Hirst marches to the beat of his own drum. Over his illustrious career, he has turned his hand to many mediums including installation, collage, sculpture, drawing, painting and printing. Adapting some of his best-known works into prints, like his spot paintings or diamond-encrusted skulls, Hirst has managed to remain conceptual, as well as becoming collectable.
Anonymous street artist Banksy is known for his politically pertinent murals and artworks, often transforming unexpected locations under the cover of night with his socially engaged graffiti. Emerging on to the street art scene at the turn of the millennium, Banksy has captivated both the hearts and minds of the British public over the past two decades, becoming one of the most prolific artists in the country, let alone the world. With his original works going for tens of millions of pounds at auction, it seems almost unbelievable that in the early 2000s, a Banksy print could be purchased for just a few hundred pounds. Now, editions by the Bristolian street artist have become some of the most sought-after in the art world, with the value of his works sky-rocketing due to unprecedented demand. Clever, engaging, iconic; Banksy has come to define the print & multiples market with his witty works.
Reimagining classic Penguin paperback books, Harland Miller is renowned for blending art and text in humorous and meaningful ways. Although now a well-known artist, Miller first won critical acclaim as an author, penning several novels throughout his career. His artwork is inspired by the visceral nostalgia of Penguin’s iconic dust jacket, with Miller painting his own versions of the books with innovative new titles, which are often sardonic like Armageddon – Is It Too Much To Ask? and Incurable Romantic Seeks Dirty Filthy Whore. First creating large canvases and then turning to prints, Miller’s artwork is adored by loyal collectors across the globe with musicians like Ed Sheeran, George Michael and Elton John all acquiring his work for their collections.