Skin Deep. For the love of a Skull…

For centuries skull imagery was the main focus of mainstream artistic endeavor. Egyptians, Greeks and the Romans were famed for treasuring the skull and thus depictions of skinless facial features have been excavated for 1000s of years. By the 16th century skulls were becoming so central to European culture that, with a largely illiterate proletariat, depictions of skulls informed and educated as well as decorated.

So why do we love the skull? Well, certainly we can relate to one, after all we all have one, a shell structure that has evolved over millions of years which protects our most vital organ, exquisitely designed. However, the skull itself is far from a pretty object and why should it be..? Maybe it’s the fascination with its role in the human form as opposed to its aesthetic composition that is what fascinates us the most. At one point in art history all works of the skull were dark and macabre, possibly an insight into the harsh reality of living conditions in the Middle Ages. However, moving forward to the modern day, the skull is certainly an object of desire – the current love of skulls as a motif has never been so prevalent, guided by the some serious players in the world of fashion and art like the late Alexander McQueen and Damien Hirst.

Moving forward to the current time, skull imagery in art and its use as a device to engage the audience in the comfort of the familiar, whilst challenging perceptions, is a common occurrence.

From my point of view, as much as I love skull art, I do like my artists to push boundaries and try and incorporate an element of beauty within the work – and not just attempt to add commercial value to the commodity of their art. A juxtaposition (if you will) of showcasing something perceived as morbid and crossing this concept with elements of beauty. A selected number of my artists below have done just that using humour, flowers and even diamonds to not so subtly embellish an essentially macabre object associated with death and the human condition. I think they have achieved, each in their own way, a device to enable us to contemplate our respective fates in a surprising and strangely pleasurable way.

All works are on display in the gallery now.

Love You To Death Web

Mr Go : “Love you to Death”

Signed limited edition on paper, mounted and framed. (edition of 25)

£295

 

 

Christopher Green : “Red Bug”

Hyper Realism, Original Oil on Board

£2,500

 

Louise McNaught : “Born to Die”

Signed limited edition on paper. Edition of just 50 and presented within a black card mount and modern black matt frame.

£200 (unframed) or £350 (framed)

The gallery is showcasing this beautiful edition as well as the original painting entitled ‘Origin of Symmetry’

Magnus Gjoen : “Rose are Dead, (broken)”

Signed limited edition on paper. (edition of 50)  Presented within a card mount and modern black gloss frame.

£700 (unframed) or £835 (framed)

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George Thornton Art

The Art of MrGO

My-Black-Heart web

 

MrGo is one of the prime practitioners with modern day, pop art themed graphics. Combining traditional sketch work with digital techniques, MrGo’s art contains humour and wit, often using word play or visual puns to communicate his point and entertain. While at first glance, MrGo appears to be bound to purely aesthetic in modernist discourse, references to consumerism are plentiful however it’s his apparent underline agenda that takes precedence. A wry humour flows through his portraits allowing the viewer to debate life, death, emotional consequence and acceptability.

Drawing on influences of photo-realism, graphic art & surrealism, the detail he manages to achieve within his work is impressive – most look like photographs. The guiding principles of his method are impulse and eclecticism. It’s only when you look closely you notice the hand developed details and quirks that embellish his digitally drawn subjects.

Celebrated works are now on display. The complete collection is available online, however to appreciate the inspiring details within the work do visit our Nottingham Gallery.

MrGo

“Love you to Death”
Signed limited edition to just 25 copies.
£295 framed. Presented within a slim off white card mount and modern black frame.

 

“Its for You”
Signed limited edition to just 45 copies.
£295 framed. Presented within a slim off white card mount and modern black frame.

 

“The Great Escape – Acquiesce”
Signed limited edition to just 45 copies.
£295 framed. Presented within a slim off white card mount and modern black frame.

View the full collection online or in our gallery

George Thornton Art
12A Flying Horse Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2HN
Tel : 01159243555 : george@georgethorntonart.com

All New Art…

 

Gallery

As you know we specialize in modern and contemporary art and can’t wait to showoff our latest delivery of exceptional talent, technically skilled artisans with intrinsic creativity. We have some great pieces in the gallery and many more on line… http://www.georgethorntonart.com

Browse below and for further information do contact the gallery

Morpho - 80cm x 80cm - £2,000

‘Morpho’ by Louise McNaught

With statement blue wings with black edging, Louise captures this incredible insect showcasing a contemporary twist.

Original Artwork: Mixed Media on Canvas

Mr. Big

‘Mr Big’ by Ostinelli and Priest

Duo artistic team ‘Ostinelli and Priest’ have taken years of studying art and science to create some remarkable, fluid creations. They really bring the animals to life both in the way the sculptures look and feel, highly textured you can almost sense the personality of these animals.

Original Ceramic Sculpture

We-All-Scream web

‘We All Scream’ by Mr Go

By combining the vocabulary of Pop Art with sources from old and new media, artist Mr Go produces classic and sometimes outrageous art.

Signed limited edition, presented within a large card mount, modern black frame with thin white gloss slip.
£295 (10 installment of 29.50 with Own Art)

Amy

‘Amy’ by Pegasus

Pegasus is a London street artist and videographer whose large-scale installations have attracted international acclaim. His practice of subverting cultural iconography and appropriation borrows from Pop Artists like Warhol  and contemporary street artists like Banksy

Hand Pulled Silkscreen Edition (Edition 150)
£780 (10 installment of £78.00 with Own Art)

George Thornton Art – 12A Flying Horse Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2HN

www.georgethorntonart.com

Ostinelli & Priest, a range of ceramic animal sculptures

For reasons both sacred and secular, sculptures of animals have been created through various cultures and countries since the dawn of time. Something innate within the human psyche produces a love and desire to replicate a beast personified for symbolic purpose and that of natural beauty.

Duo artistic team ‘Ostinelli and Priest’ have taken years of studying art and science to create some remarkable, fluid creations. The pair have always thought of their work as a cross-over. On one hand its sculpture, with pieces created in clay and fired, and on the other is painting where the colour is applied. Bringing both of these elements together builds the character and individuality of each piece.

‘Zeus’ : Painted ceramic sculpture

Ostinelli and Priest really bring the animals to life both in the way the sculptures look and feel, highly textured you can almost sense the personality of these animals.

The gallery is showcasing a number of wonderful pieces, crafted facial expressions on each piece allows the viewer to connect on a personal basis. We have work on display now, predominantly canine as well as a sly fox and masterful bull. Images of these pieces can be viewed here. You are welcome to view pieces in the gallery and or perhaps you would prefer to consider your own commissioned piece. Ostinelli and Priest are able to work on all clients specifications, including size and colour patterns. Contact the gallery for all details or visit our website for further works.

‘Antonie’ : Painted ceramic sculpture

‘Mr Big’ : Painted ceramic sculpture

‘Sitting Fox’ : Painted ceramic sculpture

For further information contact –

George Thornton Art
12A Flying Horse Walk,
Nottingham,
NG1 2HN

Tel – 01159243555
Email – george@georgethorntonart.com

 

What is Art? (with Katy Jade Dobson)

I was having a conversation with a client yesterday, he had come in to see the work of artist Katy Jade Dobson as we are in the process of setting up for her first solo exhibition with us in Nottingham. As we chatted we moved onto the broad topic of what actually constituted ‘art’ and how it could be measured. So what is art?

It’s a term I’m sure we are all used to being heard being bandied around, but most would struggle to define. According to the Oxford English Dictionary ‘fine art’ is a noun that has two meanings:

1 – the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture; producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.

2 – the various branches of creative activity, such as painting, music, literature, and dance.

Ok! So according to our first dictionary definition almost anything can be classed as art – its meaning could have such a wide interpretation it would be almost impossible to distinguish between the doodle I did on a scrap of paper whilst waiting for the kettle to boil and the piece of art next to me that took over 40 hours to create. Surely there has to be more to art than this?

Our second definition of the word is certainly narrower.  It infers that art or the art of something is created through the use of a certain degree of skill, professionalism and training. This phrase is not however linked solely to art according to the example given above in the dictionary.  As a gallery owner my only answer can be yes, the art we display here is of high quality and the artist must have developed their skill base and technique to a high level to achieve the kind of art that our customers delight in buying. In this sense the artist is no different to any other professional.

As the gallery gets ready to put on our first exhibition with Katy Jade Dobson  we can see how the two terms defined above become concatenated. Here is an artist of intrigue with tangible creativity shown in the thick paint plied on to board with enormous dexterity, confidence and skill – that of a young and exciting artist in the truest sense of the word. Lavish brush strokes incorporated with a distinct style which produces enigmatic wildlife and figurative works. To me, Katy’s work ticks all the quantifiable boxes – ability, skill and originality, but also those qualitative boxes – emotional power and beauty which can only be created by an artist with the sheer raw talent and vision to be able to express themselves thus.

To put my views to the test we will be showcasing a collection of works by this artist in its entirety. The gallery is proud to be exhibiting 20 plus limited edition prints plus original works from the 8th July until 16th July. You are welcome to join us in the gallery during this period. For a VIP invite to our private view this opening Friday with artist appearance, 6pm until 8pm, please contact the gallery on george@georgethorntonart.com or 01159243555.

“Opaline” – signed limited edition by Katy Jade Dobson

“Swarm” – signed limited edition by Katy Jade Dobson

George Thornton Art – 12A Flying Horse Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2HN

’21 Grams’ A Solo Exhibition, Katy Jade Dobson

21 Grams

Social media is full of pictures of cute animals. Fluffy kittens, puppies performing tricks, baby gorillas beating their chests for the first time. In the face of the Brexit vote, amongst the angst and rage, Facebook users were posting charming animal pics in an attempt to alleviate the vitriol and to bring a little light relief into what was becoming a very nasty social space indeed.  Why do animals have such an effect on the human psyche, and why do we, broadly speaking, respond so positively to visual representations of animals in this way?

Devoted

‘Devoted’ signed limited edition

The up and coming artist Katy Jade Dobson seems to have an understanding of this part of our make up in the stunning images of animals that she creates.  Big cats, flamingos, rhinoceroses, to name but a few of the subjects she has studied thus far, are presented to us against a stunning, backdrop of myriad colours that make the images joyous on so many levels.  Brilliantly realistic in her artistry, the subject is rendered exquisitely true to life and demonstrates her skill in reproducing animal anatomy. This talent alone in her art is enough to engage the animal loving art audience, surprising and delighting with her renditions of animals that we may never see in the flesh. However, this delight is then intensified in the creation of the fantasy coloured backgrounds. Abstract explosions of dreamy colours, realised in such a way as to imbue the canvas with an other worldly quality which draws the audience in and fulfills the visual senses with an almost childlike delight.  This brave, colourful representation of an animal made fantasy by its rarity or its inaccessibility is what reaches out and touches the viewer in a visceral vaguely inexplicable way is the skill here. And it’s this affectiveness which engages both the enquiring part and the pleasure centres of the human brain, satisfying our deep seated longing for the sense of joy that bright bold colours bring and also our innate love and interest in the animals portrayed.

We may not be able to visit far flung places to see the animals that Dobson portrays, but we can delight in the sensations that are engendered in her stunningly accurate depictions of the animals and the sheer exuberance in the backgrounds that she creates.

Opaline

‘Opaline’ signed limited edition

The gallery is pleased to be showcasing a number of signed limited graphics and original art from this collection of work entitled ’21 Grams’. Exhibition commences 8th July until 16th July with Katy’s appearance in the gallery the opening Friday 6pm until 8pm.

‘Eminence’ Signed limited edition

If you would like to attend the exhibition including the Private View and meet the artist herself, do contact the gallery.

George Thornton Art
12A Flying Horse Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2HN
Tel : 01159243555
Email : george@georgethorntonart.com

 

 

Solo Exhibition with Jan Nelson

Please accept this email as your personal invite to our forthcoming  exhibition with the formidable Jan Nelson.

We are just so excited to be playing host to Jan Nelsons second solo show in Nottingham from the 25th – 30th June.

You are welcome to come and meet the artist the opening Saturday 1pm until 4pm. Jan will be on hand to discuss her techniques, ideas and inspirations. We are expecting a busy day so do reserve your place – george@georgethorntonart.com

A Dark Start

“A Dark Start” by Jan Nelson
Original Acrylic on Canvas, presented within a large off white wooden frame.

1st Corner

“1st Corner” by Jan Nelson
Original Acrylic on Canvas, presented within a large off white wooden frame.

Ruffled Edges

“Ruffled Edges” by Jan Nelson
Original Acrylic on Canvas, presented within a large off white wooden frame.

For further information do contact the gallery
Tel – 01159243555

George Thornton Art
12A Flying Horse Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2HN