1. Something For The Weekend
Sod This for a Game of Soldiers! By Bob Barker
This special piece from popular nostalgic artist Bob Barker has been produced to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of WWI. It depicts the famous ‘Christmas truce’ in 1914, during which German and English soldiers came together for a game of football; a symbolic moment of peace and humanity amidst the gruesome theatre of war.
Barker was inspired to create this piece by his grandfather, who fought during the war.
"We still had one of his medals, it was the Great War Medal, the type that had an angel on it and his name was printed around the edge…From a spark of an idea whilst talking with my brother, researching so much over a period of five months, imagining so many different emotions - all of this poured out into the piece."  - Bob Barker.
This highly collectable piece is officially released tomorrow, Saturday 19 July. Find out more here or purchase it here. 

    Something For The Weekend

    Sod This for a Game of Soldiers! By Bob Barker

    This special piece from popular nostalgic artist Bob Barker has been produced to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of WWI. It depicts the famous ‘Christmas truce’ in 1914, during which German and English soldiers came together for a game of football; a symbolic moment of peace and humanity amidst the gruesome theatre of war.

    Barker was inspired to create this piece by his grandfather, who fought during the war.

    "We still had one of his medals, it was the Great War Medal, the type that had an angel on it and his name was printed around the edge…From a spark of an idea whilst talking with my brother, researching so much over a period of five months, imagining so many different emotions - all of this poured out into the piece."  - Bob Barker.

    This highly collectable piece is officially released tomorrow, Saturday 19 July. Find out more here or purchase it here

  2. Something For The Weekend.
“Life is a state of mind.”
American abstract artist Alex Echo has enjoyed immense success over his artistic career. His past triumphs include commissions for celebrities such as Eric Clapton and a collaboration with fashion designer Paul Smith.
Now, Alex Echo is back with a brand new collection of original art which will be launched tomorrow, Saturday 12th July, at Castle Fine Art, ICC, Birmingham. We caught up with him to find out more about his latest body of work.

CG: Has anything in particular inspired you?
AE: Yes, the need to express gratitude for a wonderful life – a life not void of pitfalls, tragedy and heartache, all of which inform my work to some extent. This new body of work is inspired by and dedicated to the millions of little miracles every day, thus it is happier work, brighter work, more joyous work. I’m inspired by the sun coming up or the reflection on a river or a lake.

CG: Have you experimented with different processes or new materials?
AE: I haven’t used any new materials as such but there’s been a lot of experimentation. Experimentation is code for making lots of mistakes, or mixing the paint incorrectly or accidentally splashing black paint on a whiter foreground…every single painting is a learning experience – every single painting is a different process.

CG: How do you feel your work is evolving?
AE: My work evolves with every single painting – this evolution does not need to be expressed on the painting’s surface, but rather this process of evolution is a state of mind, a gradual sophistication of intent and process.  
The work is evolving most in its eventual standing within the greater art world and society. The act of painting is separate from the far land where it is going to crawl up on shore, stand upright, and be counted among and equal to my heroes in art history. 

What do you find most rewarding about the creative process?
I am still gobsmacked by the simple laying of colour onto a white plane – it’s that simple. I still derive absolute joy with every painting, as if I were five years old and spilling paint for the first time – this joy has never left me.
But after working as a professional artist for over 35 years - having created and sold countless works of art in all mediums – I still find it incredibly rewarding to meet and talk with the people who have found my work, and appreciate it. It’s not about the selling of the work – it’s about the human connection; the sharing of ideas. It is wonderful thrill to meet people and discuss life and I hope my work inspires that conversation.

CG: In what ways is your latest work representative of you as an artist?
AE: I would like to look at this from a slightly different perspective; not as ‘representative of me as an artist’ but, rather, representative of me as a person. Just look at the colours – look at the explosion of form and shape; feel the happiness! For me, I see myself in the infancy of the second half of my life. All things are possible – I refuse to live in a world of darkness and drudgery. I choose to have a mindset of gratitude – for every little thing!
Life is a state of mind. I am alive, I am an artist. I represent that state of mind – through good times and bad; darkness and light. Just look at the paintings!
If you would like to look at the paintings, you can visit Castle Fine Art, ICC, where the new collection of original artwork from Alex Echo will be on display until Sunday 20th July. Alternatively, find out more about the artist here.
(Above: The Girl With The Kaleidoscope Eyes by Alex Echo)

    Something For The Weekend.

    Life is a state of mind.”

    American abstract artist Alex Echo has enjoyed immense success over his artistic career. His past triumphs include commissions for celebrities such as Eric Clapton and a collaboration with fashion designer Paul Smith.

    Now, Alex Echo is back with a brand new collection of original art which will be launched tomorrow, Saturday 12th July, at Castle Fine Art, ICC, Birmingham. We caught up with him to find out more about his latest body of work.

    CG: Has anything in particular inspired you?

    AE: Yes, the need to express gratitude for a wonderful life – a life not void of pitfalls, tragedy and heartache, all of which inform my work to some extent. This new body of work is inspired by and dedicated to the millions of little miracles every day, thus it is happier work, brighter work, more joyous work. I’m inspired by the sun coming up or the reflection on a river or a lake.

    CG: Have you experimented with different processes or new materials?

    AE: I haven’t used any new materials as such but there’s been a lot of experimentation. Experimentation is code for making lots of mistakes, or mixing the paint incorrectly or accidentally splashing black paint on a whiter foreground…every single painting is a learning experience – every single painting is a different process.

    CG: How do you feel your work is evolving?

    AE: My work evolves with every single painting – this evolution does not need to be expressed on the painting’s surface, but rather this process of evolution is a state of mind, a gradual sophistication of intent and process.  

    The work is evolving most in its eventual standing within the greater art world and society. The act of painting is separate from the far land where it is going to crawl up on shore, stand upright, and be counted among and equal to my heroes in art history. 

    What do you find most rewarding about the creative process?

    I am still gobsmacked by the simple laying of colour onto a white plane – it’s that simple. I still derive absolute joy with every painting, as if I were five years old and spilling paint for the first time – this joy has never left me.

    But after working as a professional artist for over 35 years - having created and sold countless works of art in all mediums – I still find it incredibly rewarding to meet and talk with the people who have found my work, and appreciate it. It’s not about the selling of the work – it’s about the human connection; the sharing of ideas. It is wonderful thrill to meet people and discuss life and I hope my work inspires that conversation.

    CG: In what ways is your latest work representative of you as an artist?

    AE: I would like to look at this from a slightly different perspective; not as ‘representative of me as an artist’ but, rather, representative of me as a person. Just look at the colours – look at the explosion of form and shape; feel the happiness! For me, I see myself in the infancy of the second half of my life. All things are possible – I refuse to live in a world of darkness and drudgery. I choose to have a mindset of gratitude – for every little thing!

    Life is a state of mind. I am alive, I am an artist. I represent that state of mind – through good times and bad; darkness and light. Just look at the paintings!

    If you would like to look at the paintings, you can visit Castle Fine Art, ICC, where the new collection of original artwork from Alex Echo will be on display until Sunday 20th July. Alternatively, find out more about the artist here.

    (Above: The Girl With The Kaleidoscope Eyes by Alex Echo)

  3. Something For The Weekend.
Happy 4th July! To celebrate Independence Day we’ve collated a selection of art which celebrates all things American.
From prestigious American artists and musicians to famous faces and cityscapes of some of the country’s most iconic cities, this is something American for your weekend.
Look! Up in the Sky! by Alex Ross
Studio Shot, 1948 from The Edward Weston Collection
Midnight Adventure by Neil Dawson
Electric City by Paul Kenton
Salute to the Captain by Stuart McAlpine Miller (Sold Out)
Motel Pool by Bob Dylan
All of the above work and more can be found on our website here. Something For The Weekend.
Happy 4th July! To celebrate Independence Day we’ve collated a selection of art which celebrates all things American.
From prestigious American artists and musicians to famous faces and cityscapes of some of the country’s most iconic cities, this is something American for your weekend.
Look! Up in the Sky! by Alex Ross
Studio Shot, 1948 from The Edward Weston Collection
Midnight Adventure by Neil Dawson
Electric City by Paul Kenton
Salute to the Captain by Stuart McAlpine Miller (Sold Out)
Motel Pool by Bob Dylan
All of the above work and more can be found on our website here. Something For The Weekend.
Happy 4th July! To celebrate Independence Day we’ve collated a selection of art which celebrates all things American.
From prestigious American artists and musicians to famous faces and cityscapes of some of the country’s most iconic cities, this is something American for your weekend.
Look! Up in the Sky! by Alex Ross
Studio Shot, 1948 from The Edward Weston Collection
Midnight Adventure by Neil Dawson
Electric City by Paul Kenton
Salute to the Captain by Stuart McAlpine Miller (Sold Out)
Motel Pool by Bob Dylan
All of the above work and more can be found on our website here. Something For The Weekend.
Happy 4th July! To celebrate Independence Day we’ve collated a selection of art which celebrates all things American.
From prestigious American artists and musicians to famous faces and cityscapes of some of the country’s most iconic cities, this is something American for your weekend.
Look! Up in the Sky! by Alex Ross
Studio Shot, 1948 from The Edward Weston Collection
Midnight Adventure by Neil Dawson
Electric City by Paul Kenton
Salute to the Captain by Stuart McAlpine Miller (Sold Out)
Motel Pool by Bob Dylan
All of the above work and more can be found on our website here. Something For The Weekend.
Happy 4th July! To celebrate Independence Day we’ve collated a selection of art which celebrates all things American.
From prestigious American artists and musicians to famous faces and cityscapes of some of the country’s most iconic cities, this is something American for your weekend.
Look! Up in the Sky! by Alex Ross
Studio Shot, 1948 from The Edward Weston Collection
Midnight Adventure by Neil Dawson
Electric City by Paul Kenton
Salute to the Captain by Stuart McAlpine Miller (Sold Out)
Motel Pool by Bob Dylan
All of the above work and more can be found on our website here. Something For The Weekend.
Happy 4th July! To celebrate Independence Day we’ve collated a selection of art which celebrates all things American.
From prestigious American artists and musicians to famous faces and cityscapes of some of the country’s most iconic cities, this is something American for your weekend.
Look! Up in the Sky! by Alex Ross
Studio Shot, 1948 from The Edward Weston Collection
Midnight Adventure by Neil Dawson
Electric City by Paul Kenton
Salute to the Captain by Stuart McAlpine Miller (Sold Out)
Motel Pool by Bob Dylan
All of the above work and more can be found on our website here.

    Something For The Weekend.

    Happy 4th July! To celebrate Independence Day we’ve collated a selection of art which celebrates all things American.

    From prestigious American artists and musicians to famous faces and cityscapes of some of the country’s most iconic cities, this is something American for your weekend.

    Look! Up in the Sky! by Alex Ross

    Studio Shot, 1948 from The Edward Weston Collection

    Midnight Adventure by Neil Dawson

    Electric City by Paul Kenton

    Salute to the Captain by Stuart McAlpine Miller (Sold Out)

    Motel Pool by Bob Dylan

    All of the above work and more can be found on our website here.

  4. Something [Super] For The Weekend.
These are taken from the striking new collection from renowned comic book artist Alex Ross.
With over 1000 comic book pages to his name, Alex Ross is widely considered to be one of the most well-respected comic book artists in the history of the field. This new collection comprises six pieces that portray two of the most recognisable superheroes as you’ve never seen them before. Superman and Batman by Ross are at once a fitting tribute to iconic characters that many of us have grown-up with as well as a brand new, refreshing and invigorating take on two men, who happen to be superheroes.
The Alex Ross Collection, his first collection of signed limited edition pieces to be released in the UK, is available now at galleries nationwide and online. Find your local gallery or view the collection on our website. Something [Super] For The Weekend.
These are taken from the striking new collection from renowned comic book artist Alex Ross.
With over 1000 comic book pages to his name, Alex Ross is widely considered to be one of the most well-respected comic book artists in the history of the field. This new collection comprises six pieces that portray two of the most recognisable superheroes as you’ve never seen them before. Superman and Batman by Ross are at once a fitting tribute to iconic characters that many of us have grown-up with as well as a brand new, refreshing and invigorating take on two men, who happen to be superheroes.
The Alex Ross Collection, his first collection of signed limited edition pieces to be released in the UK, is available now at galleries nationwide and online. Find your local gallery or view the collection on our website.

    Something [Super] For The Weekend.

    These are taken from the striking new collection from renowned comic book artist Alex Ross.

    With over 1000 comic book pages to his name, Alex Ross is widely considered to be one of the most well-respected comic book artists in the history of the field. This new collection comprises six pieces that portray two of the most recognisable superheroes as you’ve never seen them before. Superman and Batman by Ross are at once a fitting tribute to iconic characters that many of us have grown-up with as well as a brand new, refreshing and invigorating take on two men, who happen to be superheroes.

    The Alex Ross Collection, his first collection of signed limited edition pieces to be released in the UK, is available now at galleries nationwide and online. Find your local gallery or view the collection on our website.

  5. Something For The Weekend.
 In Every Dream Home A Heartache, Chris Acheson
 Drawing inspiration from Warhol, Millais and Waterhouse and blending this with a love of popular culture, Chris Acheson’s work is vivid and full of humour.
 “The themes of my work are varied but the bric-a-brac of popular street culture, cinema and music are the key subjects running through most of my art.”  - Chris Acheson. 

    Something For The Weekend.

     In Every Dream Home A Heartache, Chris Acheson

     Drawing inspiration from Warhol, Millais and Waterhouse and blending this with a love of popular culture, Chris Acheson’s work is vivid and full of humour.

     “The themes of my work are varied but the bric-a-brac of popular street culture, cinema and music are the key subjects running through most of my art.”  - Chris Acheson. 

  6. Something For The Weekend.
Gone Fishing by Alexander Millar

Did you ever go fishing with your Dad as a child? This piece is called Gone Fishing from the Alexander Millar collection. Its nostalgic imagery is sure to bring out your old man’s sentimental side this Father’s Day, and the timeless nature of Millar’s work means that it is a gift he can treasure for years to come.

    Something For The Weekend.

    Gone Fishing by Alexander Millar

    Did you ever go fishing with your Dad as a child? This piece is called Gone Fishing from the Alexander Millar collection. Its nostalgic imagery is sure to bring out your old man’s sentimental side this Father’s Day, and the timeless nature of Millar’s work means that it is a gift he can treasure for years to come.

  7. Something For The Weekend.
Today marks the 70th anniversary of d-day; a milestone in World War II and the day on which allied forces first invaded France. For this weekend, we take a look at what the world of art is doing to commemorate this historic day.
Photographer Peter Macdiarmid has created before and after images of d-day landing scenes, using archive images the war and his own modern photographs. The result is a poignant journey through time which can be viewed on The Guardian’s website.  
America’s National Churchill Museum have opened a new exhibit entitled D-Day Normandy: Operation Overlord, comprising of work from three US Navy combat artists who travelled with the troops. Find out more here.  

Two Bradford sculptors have lead hundreds of volunteers to create 9000 sand drawings on a French beach, representing the civilians, allies and German forces who lost their lives. The result is extremely impressive. Read more about it on the BBC.

    Something For The Weekend.

    Today marks the 70th anniversary of d-day; a milestone in World War II and the day on which allied forces first invaded France. For this weekend, we take a look at what the world of art is doing to commemorate this historic day.

    Photographer Peter Macdiarmid has created before and after images of d-day landing scenes, using archive images the war and his own modern photographs. The result is a poignant journey through time which can be viewed on The Guardian’s website.  

    America’s National Churchill Museum have opened a new exhibit entitled D-Day Normandy: Operation Overlord, comprising of work from three US Navy combat artists who travelled with the troops. Find out more here.  

    Two Bradford sculptors have lead hundreds of volunteers to create 9000 sand drawings on a French beach, representing the civilians, allies and German forces who lost their lives. The result is extremely impressive. Read more about it on the BBC.

  8. Something for the weekend.
The above images offer a taster of the brand new collection from world-renowned contemporary artist, Raphael Mazzucco.
Mazzuco made his name as a celebrity and fashion photographer, working with some of the most revered names in high fashion, including Ralph Lauren, L’Oreal and Victoria’s Secret. When he turned his hand to contemporary art his work enjoyed phenomenal success, with exhibitions spanning the globe.
The release of the new collection of original art work, entitled Montauk, will be the first time his work has been exhibited in the UK. This striking portfolio of work showcases his unique talent, combining photography and painting in images which infuse a plethora of different mediums and styles, from graffiti to abstract, all in a testimony to some of the world’s most beautiful women.
The collection will be launched on the 12th June at an exclusive event at Castle Fine Art, Mayfair.
View the Montauk brochure
Register your interest to attend the launch Something for the weekend.
The above images offer a taster of the brand new collection from world-renowned contemporary artist, Raphael Mazzucco.
Mazzuco made his name as a celebrity and fashion photographer, working with some of the most revered names in high fashion, including Ralph Lauren, L’Oreal and Victoria’s Secret. When he turned his hand to contemporary art his work enjoyed phenomenal success, with exhibitions spanning the globe.
The release of the new collection of original art work, entitled Montauk, will be the first time his work has been exhibited in the UK. This striking portfolio of work showcases his unique talent, combining photography and painting in images which infuse a plethora of different mediums and styles, from graffiti to abstract, all in a testimony to some of the world’s most beautiful women.
The collection will be launched on the 12th June at an exclusive event at Castle Fine Art, Mayfair.
View the Montauk brochure
Register your interest to attend the launch Something for the weekend.
The above images offer a taster of the brand new collection from world-renowned contemporary artist, Raphael Mazzucco.
Mazzuco made his name as a celebrity and fashion photographer, working with some of the most revered names in high fashion, including Ralph Lauren, L’Oreal and Victoria’s Secret. When he turned his hand to contemporary art his work enjoyed phenomenal success, with exhibitions spanning the globe.
The release of the new collection of original art work, entitled Montauk, will be the first time his work has been exhibited in the UK. This striking portfolio of work showcases his unique talent, combining photography and painting in images which infuse a plethora of different mediums and styles, from graffiti to abstract, all in a testimony to some of the world’s most beautiful women.
The collection will be launched on the 12th June at an exclusive event at Castle Fine Art, Mayfair.
View the Montauk brochure
Register your interest to attend the launch

    Something for the weekend.

    The above images offer a taster of the brand new collection from world-renowned contemporary artist, Raphael Mazzucco.

    Mazzuco made his name as a celebrity and fashion photographer, working with some of the most revered names in high fashion, including Ralph Lauren, L’Oreal and Victoria’s Secret. When he turned his hand to contemporary art his work enjoyed phenomenal success, with exhibitions spanning the globe.

    The release of the new collection of original art work, entitled Montauk, will be the first time his work has been exhibited in the UK. This striking portfolio of work showcases his unique talent, combining photography and painting in images which infuse a plethora of different mediums and styles, from graffiti to abstract, all in a testimony to some of the world’s most beautiful women.

    The collection will be launched on the 12th June at an exclusive event at Castle Fine Art, Mayfair.

    View the Montauk brochure

    Register your interest to attend the launch

  9. Something For The Weekend…
Have you taken a look at the Turner Prize 2014 shortlist yet, since it was announced earlier this month? If not, make use of this long weekend to do so…you might be somewhat surprised! Many voices in the art world are murmuring that this year’s judges have deliberately shaken things up; with fewer (and less well known) finalists, and a notable change in direction regarding the content - less gimmicks and easy headlines, more meaning and integrity. 
Does this forewarn of changing trends in the visual arts, or do the judges simply want to make sure that this year - being the 30th anniversary of The Turner Prize - stands proud in its history…?
Time will tell. 

    Something For The Weekend…

    Have you taken a look at the Turner Prize 2014 shortlist yet, since it was announced earlier this month? If not, make use of this long weekend to do so…you might be somewhat surprised! Many voices in the art world are murmuring that this year’s judges have deliberately shaken things up; with fewer (and less well known) finalists, and a notable change in direction regarding the content - less gimmicks and easy headlines, more meaning and integrity. 

    Does this forewarn of changing trends in the visual arts, or do the judges simply want to make sure that this year - being the 30th anniversary of The Turner Prize - stands proud in its history…?

    Time will tell. 

  10. Something For The Weekend.
This week marked the launch of an exclusive new collection from world-renowned graffiti artist, Temper.
Temper has made his name as one of leading graffiti and conceptual artists of his time. His past portfolio includes commissions for Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Coca-Cola’s Sprite and Nike plus 13 sell-out collections. 
The new collection, cover:versions marks a new chapter for Temper as it combines elements of nostalgia and modernism to offer something completely new in his re-make of 12 iconic album covers. It was celebrated in style last night, at a glamorous launch event at Castle Fine Art in Mayfair. 
The collection is available to view in all of our galleries and online from tomorrow. To find out more, contact your local gallery or view the collection online here. Something For The Weekend.
This week marked the launch of an exclusive new collection from world-renowned graffiti artist, Temper.
Temper has made his name as one of leading graffiti and conceptual artists of his time. His past portfolio includes commissions for Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Coca-Cola’s Sprite and Nike plus 13 sell-out collections. 
The new collection, cover:versions marks a new chapter for Temper as it combines elements of nostalgia and modernism to offer something completely new in his re-make of 12 iconic album covers. It was celebrated in style last night, at a glamorous launch event at Castle Fine Art in Mayfair. 
The collection is available to view in all of our galleries and online from tomorrow. To find out more, contact your local gallery or view the collection online here. Something For The Weekend.
This week marked the launch of an exclusive new collection from world-renowned graffiti artist, Temper.
Temper has made his name as one of leading graffiti and conceptual artists of his time. His past portfolio includes commissions for Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Coca-Cola’s Sprite and Nike plus 13 sell-out collections. 
The new collection, cover:versions marks a new chapter for Temper as it combines elements of nostalgia and modernism to offer something completely new in his re-make of 12 iconic album covers. It was celebrated in style last night, at a glamorous launch event at Castle Fine Art in Mayfair. 
The collection is available to view in all of our galleries and online from tomorrow. To find out more, contact your local gallery or view the collection online here. Something For The Weekend.
This week marked the launch of an exclusive new collection from world-renowned graffiti artist, Temper.
Temper has made his name as one of leading graffiti and conceptual artists of his time. His past portfolio includes commissions for Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Coca-Cola’s Sprite and Nike plus 13 sell-out collections. 
The new collection, cover:versions marks a new chapter for Temper as it combines elements of nostalgia and modernism to offer something completely new in his re-make of 12 iconic album covers. It was celebrated in style last night, at a glamorous launch event at Castle Fine Art in Mayfair. 
The collection is available to view in all of our galleries and online from tomorrow. To find out more, contact your local gallery or view the collection online here. Something For The Weekend.
This week marked the launch of an exclusive new collection from world-renowned graffiti artist, Temper.
Temper has made his name as one of leading graffiti and conceptual artists of his time. His past portfolio includes commissions for Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Coca-Cola’s Sprite and Nike plus 13 sell-out collections. 
The new collection, cover:versions marks a new chapter for Temper as it combines elements of nostalgia and modernism to offer something completely new in his re-make of 12 iconic album covers. It was celebrated in style last night, at a glamorous launch event at Castle Fine Art in Mayfair. 
The collection is available to view in all of our galleries and online from tomorrow. To find out more, contact your local gallery or view the collection online here. Something For The Weekend.
This week marked the launch of an exclusive new collection from world-renowned graffiti artist, Temper.
Temper has made his name as one of leading graffiti and conceptual artists of his time. His past portfolio includes commissions for Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Coca-Cola’s Sprite and Nike plus 13 sell-out collections. 
The new collection, cover:versions marks a new chapter for Temper as it combines elements of nostalgia and modernism to offer something completely new in his re-make of 12 iconic album covers. It was celebrated in style last night, at a glamorous launch event at Castle Fine Art in Mayfair. 
The collection is available to view in all of our galleries and online from tomorrow. To find out more, contact your local gallery or view the collection online here.

    Something For The Weekend.

    This week marked the launch of an exclusive new collection from world-renowned graffiti artist, Temper.

    Temper has made his name as one of leading graffiti and conceptual artists of his time. His past portfolio includes commissions for Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Coca-Cola’s Sprite and Nike plus 13 sell-out collections. 

    The new collection, cover:versions marks a new chapter for Temper as it combines elements of nostalgia and modernism to offer something completely new in his re-make of 12 iconic album covers. It was celebrated in style last night, at a glamorous launch event at Castle Fine Art in Mayfair. 

    The collection is available to view in all of our galleries and online from tomorrow. To find out more, contact your local gallery or view the collection online here.

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