Most wished for: Artworks under £100

 

Our fine art print collection houses an unrivalled range of artworks, all produced and framed by hand in our Sussex workshop. This holiday season, we’re taking a closer look at some of our most popular prints – all under £100 – our customers add to their wish lists. From abstract landscapes by contemporary painter Faye Bridgwater to graphic posters by New York street artist Keith Haring, each of these wonderful artworks has a fascinating story to tell.

Inspire me and fill me up, by Faye Bridgwater, 2020

Created in the summer of 2020, this wonderful fine art print by contemporary landscape painter Faye Bridgwater was inspired by the Sussex coastline where she lives. Using found objects from the beach (such as fisherman’s knots, driftwood, feathers and bottle tops), the Brighton-based artist makes idiosyncratic – and highly energetic – marks on her canvas. Part of a collection of 18 works created in the studio at the bottom of her garden, this popular piece captivates with its striking, fluorescent colour palette. 

David Hockney, Maudie James and Peter Schlesinger, Vogue, 1968 by Cecil Beaton

Taken in Hockney’s studio in 1968, this photograph by celebrated photographer Cecil Beaton has become an iconic image. Moving away from traditional black and white photography, Beaton’s photograph embraces colour in all its glory. The photo captures fashion model Maudie James’ striking lilac sequin dress, a young David Hockney (easily identified by his famous bleach blonde hair and thick circular glasses), and his lover at the time, Peter Schlesinger who sits cross legged on the floor. 

The double portrait painting behind Hockney depicts famed English writer Christopher Isherwood and his American visual artist partner Don Bachardy. Hockney’s depiction of the homosexual couple is proudly unapologetic. Seated on chairs in their shared home in Santa Monica, California, Isherwood and Bachardy project an open and relaxed attitude towards gay relationships – a daring feat in conservative mid-century America.

Untitled (dance), by Keith Haring, 1987

Keith Haring loved music. Although he lived and worked in New York, if he was ever sent abroad for a show, he always planned his trips so he would return in time for the weekend – never wanting to miss out on hip hop nights at New York’s Club 57 and Paradise Garage. There’s a clear dialogue between Haring’s Pop Art piece ‘Untitled (dance)’ and the real life break dancers, rappers, and DJs he saw on such night outs. With short gestural lines radiating from characteristically cartoonish figures that bop and jump beside each other, Haring represents the energy and excitement surrounding the burgeoning hip hop scene that flourished in the city.

The popularity of Haring’s artworks are often down to their perceived universal language. With limited contextual information, simplistic figures never conform to a single skin tone, size, gender or race. Instead, they strive to be anonymous. Accessible to everyone. After all, Haring himself championed ‘art for everybody’ throughout his creative career.  

Campbells Soup Cans, by Andy Warhol 1965-1968

Warhol’s relationship with Campbell’s soup traces back to his childhood. When his family were struggling to make ends meet during the Great Depression, his mother Julia Warhola crafted delicate flower arrangements out of discarded metal cans. With her three young sons in tow, she went from door to door selling her artworks to local residents.

Campbell’s soup cans continued to influence Warhol well into his own professional career too. Widely recognised as a busy workaholic, he reportedly ate all 32 flavours of Campbell’s quick and easy soup range, all dutifully served by his doting mother – every day – for twenty years when she lived with him. This repeated ritual no doubt inspired his now iconic silkscreen soup can series. The technique enabled him to mechanise and mass-produce his artistic process. Mimicking the repetition and uniformity of advertising by reproducing the same image across 32 canvases, Warhol’s soup cans were originally exhibited together on shelves reminiscent of items in a supermarket aisle. Such works have now come to epitomise the Pop Art movement and, unbeknown to Warhol at the time, became his meal ticket to world-renowned commercial success.

What’s on your wish list?

Our wish lists are a fantastic place to store your favourite artworks. We’ve put together this guide so you can make the most of its curated features. Create your wish list today.

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