Helen Brough, Natural Realities

With a natural curiosity in the unconscious and how the inner is brought out through dreams and illusions, the imagery of Helen's art - landscape or abstract - is concerned with her perception of reality. A poetic thread runs through her work reflecting the force of nature in the process of being.  

   Dahlia Cuore   ,   Mixed media.

Dahlia Cuore, Mixed media.

Multi-dimensional, her works range from monumental installations to small watercolours, some of her installations include Dahlia Cuore at The Melia White House Lobby, courtesy of Le Dame Art gallery, October 2018.

Helen graduated from Chelsea School of Art with an MA in Sculpture in 1990, since then, her artistic trajectory has included group and solo shows internationally, such as The Other Art Fair in Brooklyn NY, the RA Summer Show in London.

  Post Office Tower Frost , Digital Print on Hahnemühle Photorag Paper.

Post Office Tower Frost, Digital Print on Hahnemühle Photorag Paper.

Her work has been subject to several awards and residencies including the Artist Residency Bemis Foundation for Contemporary Art in Omaha NE, USA and the Prix de Rome (British School of Rome).

Helen is represented by The Nordic Art Agency, which has been designed specifically to support private collectors & galleries to access unique international contemporary artists.  

An Intimate Portrait of a Legend

Penguin books have just released ‘Ricochet’ by Denis O’Regan, who is a member of the Tagsmart artists community. Ricochet contains photographs of David Bowie from his famous tour in 1983.

The book offers an intimate portrait of the man of the million faces, allowing us to see Bowie’s more human side. Often playful and almost childish, through the lenses of Denis, we are able to come closer to the myth.

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“In 1983 the rock photographer Denis O'Regan toured the world with David Bowie, shooting the action on stage and behind the scenes. Capturing moments of rehearsal and relaxation, O'Regan's work gives an unguarded view of the musician and an intimate view of life on the road.”

Backstage with David Bowie, BBC News

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The Art of Seeing - Photography and painting converge in Alice Gur-Arie’s work

Digitally hand re-painting her photographs from around the world, Alice invites viewers to replace the window through which they see the world, with a lens that interprets "reality" into something familiar yet foreign.

Inspired by the natural world, landscapes, seascapes, wildlife and images of nature dominate Alice's portfolio. Her images have been auctioned at Christies and exhibited at the Iceland Embassy of London. Her work is held in collections in the UK, US, Israel, Germany and Canada.

Discover more of her work on her instagram.

Alice is represented by Caiger ArtThe Apple Gallery, Art in Offices and Curious Duke Gallery.

Alice's work has been nominated for the Terry O'Neill Tag Photography Award, and long-listed for the Aesthetica Art Prize and the Secret Art Prize.

The Art Market Day

#Tagsmart new appointed Managing Director Charlotte Bearn will be attending #TheArtMarketDay, a conference for senior art market professionals organised by Le Quotidien de l'Art at the Centre Pompidouin Paris.

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The Art Market Day is the first Paris-based conference for senior art market professionals: dealers, auctioneers, art advisors, experts, insurance providers, shippers, etc. The conference gathers European professionals around panel discussions and keynotes on the new challenges and transformations of the art market.

The conference, which is organised by Le Quotidien de l’Art, the leading digital news provider for the art world, will allow industry experts to share their experience and vision. Debates will be moderated by journalists from Le Quotidien de l’Art as well as market gurus.

Le Quotidien de l’Art

Le Quotidien de l’Art

the leading digital news provider for the art world.

Charlotte Bearn

Tagsmart’s new Managing Director

Codex and Tagsmart's partnership will create a new layer of trust in the art market

We have partnered with Codex as our first blockchain provider. Soon our users will be able to commit Tagsmart provenance records to the Codex blockchain.

In addition to our current data security and backup, we believe that Codex blockchain distributed ledger technology will further help to protect our user's provenance records against modification and loss.

Artwork provenance records are an integral part of our Triple Lock Solution. We are therefore extremely pleased that we will soon be able to offer an added layer of security for those users who wish to use blockchain technology.

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Tagsmart Artist of the Week, Jo Dennis

Jo’s work presents an eerie sense of memory within founds objects, beautiful and yet haunting.

Expressing a sense of hope, strength and the dynamism of an abandoned yet lived-in space, Jo’s creations are visual poetry, of passing time and lives lived.

Jo is the 300th artist to join Tagsmart. She's using our platform to catalogue, protect and sell her art. Her like many other artists can now enjoy the benefits of innovative certification through a secure provenance record platform.

Jo’s work can be seen at Sid Motion Gallery, her last exhibition ‘A Kind of Solid Liquid’ compromises paintings and photographs from her most recent series titled Black Wall, the exhibition presents a body of work produced directly on to glass, transparencies, found windows and includes a painting installation.

The photographs used in the Solid Liquid and Black Wall series are detailed photographs of the walls discovered in a derelict swimming pool in South London. The found window frames become canvases for these prints and paintings as well as a lens or screen through which to view. 

 To find out more about Jo’s work, visit her  Tagsmart profile .

To find out more about Jo’s work, visit her Tagsmart profile.

Andrew Salgado, our artist of the week

Andrew Salgado confronts concepts of identity face-on in his spectacular, large-scale works. The London-based Canadian artist is playful with media, effectively producing emotive, engaging images. We’re proud to have Andrew as part of the Tagsmart community!

"I am interested in how my paintings operate independently from their literal figurative foundation, and how they might deconstruct through colour choices, reduction of forms, andtriumph of materiality to become something altogether otherworldly."

- Andrew Salgado

   Accidental Prayer   ,  Classification: Painting, 130 × 160 cm, Oil and Oil Pastel on Linen

Accidental Prayer, Classification: Painting, 130 × 160 cm, Oil and Oil Pastel on Linen

In 2017, Salgado was the youngest artist to ever receive a survey-exhibition at The Canadian High Commission in London, accompanied by a 300-page monograph, both of which were entitled TEN.
The exhibit explored the last ten years of Salgado’s work by giving the opportunity to explore the artist’s creative progression through his vibrant career.

  Modern Soul,  Oil and Oil Pastel on Canvas, 130×160 cm, 2018

Modern Soul, Oil and Oil Pastel on Canvas, 130×160 cm, 2018

Andrew is represented by Beers London. The gallery works with both emerging and mid-career artists to present an exhibition programme that is dedicated to the exploration of diverse thematic, aesthetic, and political concepts, while highlighting an approach to contemporary art that is both progressive and thought-provoking.

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A big hello to over 60 artists joining us this month

Welcome Alice Gur-ArieZena HollowayChris Keegan, and Aliette Bretel amongst many others! 

Don't forget, if you're a Tagsmart artist and want us to blog your work, get in touch!

Congratulations to Damaris Athene!

Our Connect service, putting our artists directly in touch with online retailers, is live! One hundred and six artists have already joined up to submit works...and we're celebrating Damaris' work as it was the first to be selected for sale.

  Trauma I v.iv,  Solar plate print, 25.2×20.3 cm, 2017

Trauma I v.iv, Solar plate print, 25.2×20.3 cm, 2017

Damaris Athene graduated from Camberwell College of Arts in 2015 and investigates the corporeal and abstraction of the human form, mainly through painting. Athene explores Julia Kristeva’s writings on the abject, confronting our shared mortality and the notion of our bodies as pure matter. The body becomes unrecognisable: images are re-appropriated from medicine, scale is vastly changed or body parts are digitally manipulated. The beauty in these seemingly abstract images seems at odds with their subject matter, creating a fascinating dichotomy.

You can also see Damaris' work at the upcoming Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair


Our Mental Health Day

On October the 10th we celebrated the International World Mental Health day as a team and we did some activities together.

We saw some art

A big thank you to all those who put on such a great show at Mind The Art...we were there (and you can go too, closes 22nd October). It is such a powerful exhibition with talented artists focusing on mental health and personal experiences. A must see exhibition!

We met some strangers...and it was great!

Before that we were outside the Tate Modern to find out just how much the public valued work to help them through tough times.

We asked people standing outside Tate what artist would make them de stress and feel peaceful. So many great artists - a huge thank you to everyone who shared with us a bit of art.

At Tagsmart the art of Hiroshi Sugimoto, Juan Fontanive, Hiba Schahbaz  make us feeling at peace and truly alive.

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Among many artists, Yayoi Kusama was just one of the high profile artists around the world also giving their support.

And what did you do on Mental Health Day? We’d love to hear your stories!

Solasta Studios partners with Tagsmart to become the first US-based studio to certificate every online sale

“We are excited to be the first studio in the United States to partner with Tagsmart. Providing our collectors with Tagsmarts innovative DNA tagging and artwork verification technology ensures that an investment in a Solasta Limited Edition is protected as it is passed down through the generations”.

Mick McElroy, Managing Partner of Solasta Studios

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London (4 October 2018) - Tagsmart, the global innovators of DNA tagging and artwork verification, today announces a partnership with Solasta Studios, who represent the exclusive collection of limited edition giclée prints of American artists Martha and Jon McElroy.

Tagsmart will offer their certification and verification services to Solasta Studios to certify every limited edition sold online.

Solasta Studios will be the first studio in the USA to secure all of their online sales using Tagsmart’s pioneering technology

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Tagsmart Visits Frieze London 2018

Once a year, around 60,000 people in London have the opportunity to visit one of the biggest art fairs in the world, and one of the most exciting art events:  Frieze. Last weekend, Tagsmart joined the party and we had a wonderful time!

Showcasing art from over 200 galleries in the world, visiting them all becomes a mission for each visitor. But this is what happens, Frieze creates a temporary city where every corner is populated by the most influential galleries in the world, allowing us to fully immerse ourselves in the art world for a few hours.

It is almost impossible to pick only a few works, however, we tried, and here is the selection of our favourite pieces at Frieze.

Our trip started like every trip should start, with a passport and luggage. Tom Sachs presented a multi-location installation during Frieze week. At Thaddaeus Ropac, he was issuing Swiss passports and at the fair, he presented a German suitcase, closed and ready to leave the country.

 Tom Sachs, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Frieze, London, 2018.

Tom Sachs, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Frieze, London, 2018.

Following this idea of transportation, Pace Gallery presented a painting by William Monk that gave room for a sense of spirituality elsewhere.

 William Monk, Pace Gallery, Frieze, London, 2018.

William Monk, Pace Gallery, Frieze, London, 2018.

Travesia Cuatro offered something more familiar, John Isaacs’ textile work brought back tactile memories of a warmer time.  

 John Isaacs, Travesia Cuatro, Frieze, London, 2018.

John Isaacs, Travesia Cuatro, Frieze, London, 2018.

Alongside the contemporary, Frieze sets a temporary element with their parallel fair: Masters, showcasing historical artefacts next to modernist art, generating a not-so-clear timeline of the progression of art.

Our personal pick from Frieze Masters has to be Mimesi by Giulio Paolini, one of the maximum exponents of Arte Povera, which in this case, presents us with Greek-inspired portraits enhancing that dialogue across art periods.

 Giulio Paolini, Barbara Mathes Gallery, Frieze Masters, London, 2018.

Giulio Paolini, Barbara Mathes Gallery, Frieze Masters, London, 2018.

We are delighted to welcome our new Managing Director, Charlotte Bearn

 Charlotte Bearn, Tagsmart Managing Director

Charlotte Bearn, Tagsmart Managing Director

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Charlotte Bearn as Managing Director. Charlotte will lead our team for fully verified online art retailing, international expansion and the acceleration of partnerships with artists and art retailers.

Charlotte joins Tagsmart with a wealth of commercial and entrepreneurial experience. Most recently she was Commercial Director at BI Ventures, the venture-building arm of Cabinet Office-backed social purpose company The Behavioural Insights Team.

Previously Charlotte has held commercial and product development roles at tech startup Onefinestay, fast-growth FMCG Charlie Bighams and blue-chip Colgate-Palmolive. Charlotte is a graduate of the University of Cambridge and Chelsea College of Arts.

Charlotte will join us on 1st November.

Charlotte Bearn, Tagsmart Managing Director says:

“I'm delighted to be joining Tagsmart as we close in on our Seedrs funding. Today, only 8% of art sales are online, with buyer trust being a key barrier. Tagsmart is the right company to change this for the art community: our cutting-edge tagging technology and our new, verified online marketplace are just our first steps towards creating an art market that enables artists and buyers to trade art online, with trust. .”

Tom Toumazis MBE, Tagsmart Executive Chairman says:

“Co-Founder Steve Cooke and I carried out an extensive search to find someone with the right combination of commercial, entrepreneurial and leadership skills. Charlotte ticked all those boxes plus a lot more!  Her energy and enthusiasm for our company and our ambition to be a global leader in art authentication and online retailing made her the by far leading candidate. We are so thrilled to have her join us at such an exciting part of our growth. ”

We are crowdfunding and we would love to have you on board!

Join us on our journey and share in our success.

Interview with Sophie Noire from Tagsmart ahead of the launch of Tagsmart Connect

Tagsmart offers Own Art galleries 20% off ‘DNA tags’ and certificates. An exciting British technology company that launched in 2016, as of May 2018 had over 23,000 artworks on their online platform, the Tagsmart Artist Register. They have issued more than 11,000 tags and Certificates of Authenticity for works by nearly 250 contemporary artists. They were noted in the 2017 Deloitte Art and Finance Reportas a key new infrastructure development with a “unique” system for issuing highly secure certificates. 

We spoke to Sophie Noire, from Tagsmart Communications & Outreach, ahead of the launch of their new trading platform Tagsmart Connect. Launching in September 2018, this is a partnership with Own Art online gallery Artrepublic.com as well as ArtSnap and IdeelArt.

To read the full interview click here.


Our new service: Connect is live!

Tagsmart Connect allows artists to offer trusted artworks direct to online retailers, who in turn can offer DNA protected and professionally certificated artwork to their collectors.

How does it work?

Artworks are protected using Tagsmart Certify - DNA tagging technology.
Artists are then able to submit protected art, directly to online retailers.
Retailers are able to select trusted inventory and offer it to their collectors.
Collectors purchase works with confidence.

“I see a great value in the partnership with Tagsmart, we want to sell trusted art online via our marketplace. It is important for us to have complete and accurate records relating to the works whilst being able to reduce administrative effort. Tagsmart allows us to do so in a very efficient and secure way.”

Nicolas Gitton, Founder of ArtSnap

Tagsmart's Favourite MA Exhibition 2018

September is always an exciting month in London; new beginnings, new people starting their journeys but most of all, loads of great art! What’s better than embracing all this with a fabulous MA Summer Show at the Chelsea College of Art?

Here at Tagsmart, our favourite is the work by artist Azraa Motala, her self-portrait, dominantly hanging above our heads, will leave you speechless.

 Azraa Motala from Chelsea UAL.

Azraa Motala from Chelsea UAL.

IdeelArt will be the world's first fully DNA Tagged & Certified online art retailer as well as one of the first launch partners of Tagsmart’s B2B platform

We are delighted to announce IdeelArt as a launch partner of Tagsmart’s latest development, a pioneering B2B platform that will enable artists to trade trusted work online.

 IdeelArt will become the world’s first fully DNA tagged & certified online art retailer. IdeelArt, a global online retailing platform offering work by some of the world’s greatest abstract artists announced a long-term strategic partnership with Tagsmart, a British technology company, which has established a new standard in authentication and certification for the art market. 

Tagsmart is launching a B2B platform in September, providing tagged and certified works to online retailers. IdeelArt will be a launch partner in the service, offering trusted works supplied by Tagsmart’s artists. 

About IdeelArt

IdeelArt is an online gallery that offers some of the greatest abstract artists in the world, available to buy
in just a few clicks. IdeelArt keeps you in the loop regarding upcoming exhibitions, publications, new works and more via up-to-date abstract art news.
IdeelArt also actively represents artists, much like a traditional brick and mortar gallery providing powerful online support to their represented artists by ensuring their visibility is increased on the most influential social networks, art marketplaces, and non-commercial platforms.

For more information about IdeelArt: https://www.ideelart.com/artwork/macyn-bolt/intersect-high-frequency

We would love to have you in our community and look forward to meeting you. Come join the trsuted art revolution with us!

Check out our campaign today! https://www.seedrs.com/tagsmart


The Art Market Before TAGSMART

Artwork’s records can be easily lost or misplaced, making it almost impossible to keep track of them.

This happened to Norman Rockwell’s; 20 years ago two of his paintings went lost and were never found again.

Norman Rockwell was one of the most influential figurative artists of America, his work still resonates in current advertisement and contemporary illustration, however, not even the most successful artists are protected from fraud or forgeries.

Thankfully, nowadays, improvements in technology and innovative companies are working towards developing a trustworthy, solid provenance record.

Our aim at Tagsmart is to create a secure art world, our DNA tags allow artists and collectors to protect artworks in seconds, using revolutionary technology such us our revolutionary DNA services and certification services. To make it all more secure, we also issue Certificates of Authenticity that provide accredited ownership history which is linked to a digital provenance record.

We hope Norman’s lost paintings are found and that whoever finds them makes sure to tag them!


Tagsmart is crowdfunding and here is what you’re investing in

We are asking you to invest in the entire company, not just this new and exciting part of our offering. 

You will be investing in the continued development of our tagging which is the key part to delivering trusted art, alongside the certificates and the digital provenance record that accompanies every artwork. 

Our crowdfund will also and importantly allow us to connect to connect artists to online retailers at the click of a button. Online retailers will have access to a large number of trusted works. 

We believe our technology can help build greater trust for buyers. Our missionis to help the art world trade with trust. 

For more information about our crowdfunding please visit: https://www.seedrs.com/tagsmart

We hope to have you part of our journey!

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Learn more about our pricing structure

In Tagsmart, we offer a simple and secure solution to these problems with the aim of fostering trust and credibility among artists, galleries, and collectors.

It’s FREE to join and use Tagsmart and upload your artworks to our secure digital platform, enabling you to easily manage your portfolio.

Artist and curators can now beneficiate from certified, more trustful art transactions. This is done through our Certificates of Authenticity (Certificates cost £10+VAT), these are accompanied by a free online account giving access to a digital provenance record for the work. They can be ordered at any time directly through the platform. This cost includes our standard service (production within 3-5 working days and P&P within the UK). For deliveries outside the UK, P&P is £3.50 extra.

On top of the certificates and the digital provenance record, we are pioneers in DNA Tags, these allow for the authentication to be inbred in the work itself.

Every tag comes with a free Certificate, provided the latter is issued after the tag has been applied to the work. Tag prices depend on the type of tag, volume, and level of service.

The prices for one-off self-service tags are:

Paper tag + Certificate = £20+VAT

Transfer tag + Certificate = £40+VAT

Canvas tag + Certificate = £55+VAT

To find out more visit: www.tagsmart.com/pricing