I’ve been asked if the images adorning the Astoria cinema in Brighton are for sale as prints. Yes, they are! Seven Sisters and Shoreham Airport were originally screenprints and have all sold out (tho I have one or two ‘seconds’ of Seven Sisters available). The Astoria and Embassy Court were always digital prints. All are now available as giclee prints, A3+ size (329mm x 483mm) on 310gsm (that’s thick and heavy) 100% cotton mould-made Hahnemuhle ‘William Turner’ paper printed in 8-colour archival pigment inks that shouldn’t fade. Some are also available as A4 prints on 190gsm paper. The price direct from me is £40 each, they may well be dearer through a gallery or Open House to take into account the commission taken. If you are a dear old friend and I’m in a good mood I may well give you a handsome discount! A different view of Embassy Court is also available.
Archive for June, 2010
Moi in the Brighton Argus, Thursday 10 June 2010, p2 – the council press release almost word for word. There was also a mention by Dan Thompson on the RAG Artists and makers website.
After the Council photo shoot last Friday outside the Astoria in which I posed with Matt’s pretend palette and brush, here is the press release, keep an eye out for City News sometime soon! Photo by Hannah Brackenbury.
Old Astoria brightened up by Art Deco images
Brighton & Hove City Council has installed Art Deco paintings, commissioned from a local artist, on the former Astoria cinema site in Brighton to brighten up the unused site.
The paintings feature local landmarks in the retro-style of 1930s posters and include an image of the Astoria cinema, specially drawn for this display. Other images on the building include Shoreham Airport, Embassy Court and the Seven Sisters.
Councillor Dee Simson, Brighton & Hove’s cabinet member for community affairs, said: These gorgeous paintings really brighten up the place whilst also linking back to the building’s heyday in the thirties. Not only does the building look better, it’s well known that looking after your local environment makes residents feel safer and more secure.
Artist Fred Pipes said: I was very flattered when the council asked me to help with this project, particularly as the paintings fit so well with the Astoria’s history. There are lots of great examples of Art Deco design and architecture around this area and I jumped at the chance to include the cinema in the collection.
The city council’s environment improvements team works across the city to reduce the number of unsightly buildings and has recently spruced up Preston Street and the former Charter hotel in the city centre and Upper Bedford Street in Kemptown.