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The beauty of the naked letter

July 31, 2014

Originally posted on Nick Garrett Traditional Signwriter & Glass Gilder:

Today hand made lettering is finally being recognised as art in it’s own right.

For me this is no breaking news as I have always painted letters rather like I do portraits… as I see them they are individual characters.

The mark of a great letter is fairly complex on the one side and in some cases the very opposite of that in it’s immediacy and simple first impression ‘hit’.

A letter must be alive.

It shouldn’t rely on over dressing.

It requires love, desire and dedication. All the good things.

I paint mine but it doesn’t matter at all how they are created. As longs as they are crafted from the heart.

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Solar flare nearly destroyed Earth 2 years ago: NASA

July 25, 2014

Solar flare nearly destroyed Earth 2 years ago: NASA


Freak a Geek moment or what!!!

Two years ago we were all going about our daily business blissfully unaware that our planet almost plunged into global catastrophe.

A recent revelation by NASA explains how on July 23, 2012 Earth had a near miss with a solar flare, or Coronal Mass Ejection (CME), from the most powerful solar storm on the sun in over 150 years, but nobody decided to mention it.

Err, what? Well that’s a sobering bit of news.

“If it had hit, we would still be picking up the pieces,” says Daniel Baker of the University of Colorado.

We managed to just avoid the event through lucky timing as the sun’s aim narrowly turned away from Earth. Had it occurred a week earlier when it WAS pointing at us the result could have been frighteningly different.

“I have come away from our recent studies more convinced than ever that Earth and its inhabitants were incredibly fortunate that the 2012 eruption happened when it did,” says Baker. “If the eruption had occurred only one week earlier, Earth would have been in the line of fire.

The power of this ejection would have raced across space to knock us back to the dark ages. It’s believed a direct CME hit would have the potential to wipe out communication networks, GPS, and electrical grids to cause widespread blackout. The article goes on to say it would disable “everything that plugs into a wall socket. Most people wouldn’t even be able to flush their toilet because urban water supplies largely rely on electric pumps.”

Just ten minutes without electricity, internet or communication across the globe is a scary thought and the effects of this event could last years. It would be chaos and disaster on an epic scale.

“According to a study by the National Academy of Sciences, the total economic impact could exceed $2 trillion or 20 times greater than the costs of a Hurricane Katrina. Multi-ton transformers damaged by such a storm might take years to repair.”

So can all breathe a worldwide sigh of relief? Well, not quite. Physicist Pete Riley, who published a paper entitled “On the probability of occurrence of extreme space weather events” has calculated the odds of a solar storm strong enough to disrupt our lives in the next ten years is 12 per cent.

“Initially, I was quite surprised that the odds were so high, but the statistics appear to be correct,” says Riley. “It is a sobering figure.”

However, the CME that almost battered us was a bit of a freak occurrence as it was actually two ejections within 10 minutes of each other, plus a previous CME had happened four days earlier to effectively clear the path.

Sleep well, everyone

60 WTF Typeface designs! Nick Garrett London Sign-Writer

July 22, 2014
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Originally posted on Fine Art Painter Nicholas John Garrett:

60 Brilliant Typefaces For Corporate Design

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A New Signwriter’s Font from Nick Garrett

NGS has started restoring a collection of fonts that I have personally worked with over the past 36 years as a serious Signsmith (  These include a restored version of Johnston, a Standard writer’s extended bold block and a classic honours board Roman.
First off the board is the Johnston restored version here.
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Below you’ll find over 60 first-class typefaces for corporate design. Please notice that they are not free; however, we’ve focused on typefaces which are definitely worth spending money on. So which typefaces are “bulletproof”? What fonts can be used effectively in almost every Corporate Design? And what are the options for unique, but still incredibly beautiful typefaces? Let’s find out.

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Understanding editions: Remi Rough

July 22, 2014
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an article by Nick Garrett

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Above: the Megaro Hotel, Kings Cross London

Remi Rough’s work stands apart from many new era artists as it transits between truly massive global murals, sculpture and small bench editions with mesmerising ease.

These pieces appear slick and clean but it has been a practice built around dedication and hard work.  The result is no doubt an art that expresses pure sophistication on first glance yet keen reflective introspection thereafter.

And for many, that reflective quality allows an entry into the rather smooth world of Rough, coloured by difference, movement energy and change.  For these are portraits of change… visual transcripts of the fleeting precious moment worthy of the share.

Is there some major life even that the artist inwardly refers to that drives him to value the moment so?

Few are able to render works of such complex ideas and shattered sensualities with such a clarified, pure signature: Kline, Serra and perhaps Mondrian form a short queue.

How does he stand today in the global artscene?

A huge interest is amassing around this prolific artist and according to a great swathe of following it is not solely a matter of if but of just how big.

As an investment piece the writing is on the wall… go hard!!

But surpassing that is where owning a Rough art work and his own values lie: a Remi Rough on your wall is an investment in your personal space, family and passion for great art.

From my own experience the effect is like opening the interior onto an amazing energizing colour field, such is the architectural geist of his mark-making.

Remi Rough in Africa

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<p>So tomorrow night my inaugural exhibition at the new SozeGallery WestHollywood space opens.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>I hope to see all my LA friends there…<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
Beats are being supplied by the legendary Augustine Kofie so see ya there… x</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
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West Hollywood<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
CA. 90046<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
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Neon Neon artwork on wood by Remi Rough will be exhibited at soze gallery in Los Angeles

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Overrate- art in progress, graffiti on which Remi Rough is working for his 'Further Adventures in Abstraction' exhibition

“Remi Rough has been making images for more than a quarter of a century. His art began on walls and trains in South London in 1984; today it has been exhibited in cities such as Miami, Newcastle, Berlin (London ed NG) and New York. A respected train writer, Remi has also played a significant part in the development of ‘abstract graffiti’, a term that seems far too clinical to describe the accomplishments of his work, which has always been about the interplay of colour and shape.

His colour palette –and it seems to include an infinite range of shades and combinations – is worked out through deceptively simple arrangements of lines and angles that bring colours into unexpected encounters with each other. Much of this has been done on canvasses large and small, bringing the movement and style of train writing, condensed to its essential ingredients of line and colour, into the space of the gallery. And as part of the collective Agents of Change, Remi has also been re-imagining public spaces, whether in an abandoned ‘ghost village’ in Scotland, now transformed into a massive outdoor gallery, or on the exterior of the Megaro Hotel in the centre of London, offering passersby the sight of a new and dramatic mural five storeys high.

While Remi’s art has always been about creating dimension within the depths of a canvas or a wall, his new works have taken that idea in an exciting new direction, by transforming a three dimensional object such as a skull through the application of paint and by extracting complex shapes from the flat canvas into sculptural forms. The interplay of line and colour on Remi’s canvasses speak to his fascination with artists such as Kazimir Malevich; these new works point to a dialogue with shape and space, following sculptors such as Richard Serra. And to me that makes perfect sense, for who is better placed to understand the interplay of colour, form and line than an artist with the kind of history that shapes Remi’s work – a history that begins with trains moving through the city and that weaves together gallery, graffiti and the architecture of the city.
When we look at Remi’s images today, we think about the spaces around us, whether in a gallery or a city street, and we lose ourselves in the sheer pleasure that he offers us through the geometry of colour.”


Professor Alison Young in his The Geometry of Colour.



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Is a David Hockney etching a hot investment?

July 22, 2014

Is a David Hockney etching a good investment?

147 of the artist’s works are coming up for auction shortly

Instant expert

DAVID Hockney (born 1937) is one of the most successful living British artists and is in the news again with a show at the Royal Academy in London. As you might expect, art by Hockney is found in collections and galleries across the world.


COMING up for auction shortly are 147 works on paper including etchings, lithographs, drawings and photographs by Hockney. The sale spans more than 40 years of the artist’s career and includes works which reflect his various incarnations.

How much?

THE Hockney On Paper sale will take place at Christie’s South Kensington this Friday. It might be a good time to acquire a piece as some estimates of notable works are put as “low” as £6,000 or so. A drawing depicting his recollection of the day the iconic actress Marilyn Monroe died in 1962 called Viareggio has an estimate of £12,000 to £18,000. A complete set of 16 etchings of A Rake’s Progress have an ettimate of £150,000 to £200,000. In total, the sale is expected to realise in excess of £1million.

Real deal

HOCKNEY, perhaps best known for his paintings of swimming pools, left England for Los Angeles at the height of his fame and found a new level of painting in America. His Beverly Hills Housewife (which depicts his friend and art patron Betty Freeman standing on the patio of her home), was painted between 1966 and 1967 and is one of the most important works he produced. This sold for an amazing £5,281,667 at Christie’s New York a few years back.

Understanding editions:  Toulouse-Lautrec Amazone et Tonneau

Price Realized

  • £19,200
  • ($37,690)


  • £10,000 – £15,000
  • ($19,630 – $29,445)

Sale Information




Understanding editions: Toulouse-Lautrec Amazone et Tonneau

July 21, 2014

Price Realized

  • £19,200
  • ($37,690)


  • £10,000 – £15,000
  • ($19,630 – $29,445)

Sale Information


About The Lovely Gallery – coming up

July 19, 2014


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Originally posted on Fine Art Painter Nicholas John Garrett:

 Sydenham arts festival 2014 Since the first post artist and teacher Anna Lovely has been in full fast forward mode with a new mixed show for the Summer hand in hand with the Sydenham Arts festival. Contact Anna  +44 (0) 203 686 1328Life Class Flyer   .

Life Drawing Classes at the Lovely Gallery have become a regular event and the group is growing from strength to strength, with full day classes, summer garden lunch and Anna in the studio for guidance. BonnieGallery hire is a new option for artists and groups who are keen to show.  Anna will preview work and talk through the gallery opportunities.

NGS FlyerThe London Signsmiths hold regular workshops and advance the revival of hand crafted London lettering with leading London sign writers, Nick Garrett and Tobi Newbigin of NGS sharing all the secrets on the day.  

Next Signsmith event August 2-3 2014


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