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Most wished for… gifts under £250

This holiday season, we’re taking a closer look at popular prints that have made their way into our customers' wishlists. From lively poster art by Keith Haring, to intricately detailed collage by London-based artist Rothko Brittin, there’s a fine art print to suit everyone on your Christmas list. 

Audrey Hepburn, 1955, rare poster by Philippe Halsman

Pisa 89, Keith Haring

Humorous, optimistic and colourful, the work of Keith Haring (1958-1990) continues to reach a wide audience today. As both an artist and activist, Haring’s early, graffiti-inspired subway drawings highlighted the urgent social issues of his generation. 

He created ‘Pisa 89’ in 1989 after he was invited to the Tuscan city to paint a mural on the wall of the Church of Sant’Antonio Abate. Titled ‘Tuttomondo’ (All the world), he dedicated it to universal peace. This pop art poster announced the creation of the mural, which is still on display in Pisa to this day.

Group X, No. I, Altarpiece, 1915, Hilma af Klint

Convinced the world was not yet ready to understand her paintings, Swedish artist Hilma af Klint (1862–1944) kept her vast collection of works private, and even stipulated that they remain hidden until 20 years after her death. Since their rediscovery in 1986, her radically abstract paintings have received major critical recognition, forcing art historians to rewrite the artistic canon. 

Part of a larger collection titled, ‘Paintings of the Temple’, ‘Group X, No. I’ is one of three paintings titled ‘Altarpiece’. Inspired by a version of evolutionary theory called Theosophy, the painting represents evolution elevating from the physical to the spiritual world and descending from the divine to the material world.

Audrey Hepburn, 1955, rare poster by Philippe Halsman

At the age of 15, Philippe Halsman discovered his father’s old view-camera in their attic. After purchasing glass plates with his allowance, he photographed his sister by the window light. As soon as he had developed his first photograph in their family bathroom under the glowing-light of a red bulb, he was captivated by the profession.

Later in life, he became a successful photographer, working with a wide range of famous figures, including Picasso, Dali, and even Albert Einstein. 

This rare poster was produced in conjunction with ‘Philippe Halsman – A Retrospective’ at the National Portrait Gallery in 2001. Taken in 1955, the enchanting photograph of the film and fashion icon Audrey Hepburn showcases Halsman’s ability to capture dramatic depth in his portraiture.

Perfection is a Gift, Rosko Brittin

Born and bred in a video shop in Kings Cross in the 1980s, Rosco Brittin’s artistic oeuvre is remarkably eclectic. Once the jocular frontman of a rock and roll band, he has since traded the mic for scalpels and nail scissors to craft draw-droppingly imaginative collages.

With over 100 individually cut out pieces of vintage wallpaper, each scanned into a computer and seamlessly blended together, ‘Perfection is a Gift’, is painstakingly intricate, and beautifully executed. 

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