The Cult of Bowie, and His Sell Out Show at the V&A

The cult of Bowie, and his sell out show at the V&A

Were a big fan of Bowie here at the Gallery and it seems that the rest of the UK loves him just as much as we do. Just last week the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, crowned its exhibition ‘David Bowie Is’ about the life of the music artist, the fastest-selling in its history.

This retrospective exhibit captures the artists long and captivating career using an array of sources and archived material, some taken the artists own personal collection. The nature of Bowie’s elaborate and ever-changing persona makes this one of the most dynamic, visually stimulating and covering a wide range of art styles that cross generations.

Many will already be familiar with his music; it seems you can’t get through any ‘coming of age’ film without at least one track or poster of the man popping up during one melancholic or symbolic frame. Even if that’s not your thing, you’re bound to have seen (or heard) him elsewhere. He rose to cult status in the 70’s, and has not yet fallen from grace.


Tributes to Bowie: Left – ‘David Bowie’ by Nick Holdsworth, Centre – ‘David Bowie’ by Mike Edwards, Right – ‘David Bowie’ by Ed Chapman

The V&A are not the only people to notice and promote his cult status. Artists have for a long time been inspired to replicate, build upon and represent the man. We have not one but three depictions of the great man himself by three separate artists, each using different techniques and want to depict Bowie in differing contexts, making each piece a unique and original retake of his multiple personas. This trend is not one confined to our four walls, and after the V&A’s success and a resurgence of Bowie to modern audiences with the successful release of his new album ‘The Next Day’,  it is a trend that looks set to continue and prosper.

The success of this exhibit come as no shock and with the cult of Bowie set to continue, we look forward with some eagerness to see what new alter-egos, iconic images and sounds will come out of this genius.

Long Live the Cult of Bowie…

The Art of Nick Holdsworth


The snows been relentless and I’m sure were all feeling the chill, but don’t forget about tomorrows exhibition featuring the amazing work of Nick Holdsworth.
The show opens at 4pm and will go on until 6pm, so come along, warm up and enjoy a glass of champagne.

The show opens at 4pm and will go on until 6pm, so come along, warm up and enjoy a glass of champagne.

View some of the Holdsworth’s feautured artwork below, there are a few new ones since the last newsletter as well as some old favourites.


Exciting work in progress, ‘Melissa 2 up’ by Nick Holdsowrth


‘David Bowie’ by Nick Holdsworth
Dimensions: 40″ x 40″
Original Artwork: Pixelated screen print & Spray Paint onto Paper (Framed)
£895 or 10 monthly instalments of £89.50 (no deposit)


‘Melissa’ by Nick Holdsworth
Dimensions: 35″ x 21″
Original Artwork: Silkscreen, stencil & Spray paint onto Board (framed)
£995.00 or 10 monthly instalments of 99.50 (no desposit)


Artist stencils, at the studio

For more information on works, please contact the gallery or have a look at the online site.

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“UK shoppers going on line rather than the traditional day shopping”? It set me thinking!

On the 20th February I wrote about the possibility of art fraud when buying online.  Then last week I read an article written by Reuters which was about changes to Shopping Malls as a result of more UK shoppers going on line rather than the traditional day shopping.  It set me thinking!

If I wanted a picture in the past I would have trawled the galleries.  Today I look at the websites to find the artists I like.  This reduces the time spent trailing about and gives me a short list of places to go and look.  The Internet never gives a true representation of the real article but then what I see in a gallery needs to look right in my home with my collection.  So professional galleries will always come and hang the work so that I know its right.  But the rub is that I have built up an understanding and a trust with my gallery.  It is not just about the work but also about service and trust.

So how am I going to move into the newer online way of buying those precious pieces that enhance my collection and provide the sound investment I need in the economic climate.  Well!  Firstly I am going to use the net to cast wider than I was able in the past.  But, I am then going to use my trusted relationship with my gallery to source the products where they are not available locally.  Even when they are locally available having looked and chosen I will source the product through this relationship.  We are all hooked on branding.  In the case of clothes it usually means a label that gives the confidence of quality and service irrespective of where I buy it.  In the art world the confidence that collectors seek is provided by the gallery.  So look widely but tread carefully buying through those you trust to provide a high quality service every time and certainly not the quick buck merchants who are selling work whose source is questionable and cannot be contacted when service is a problem.

ImageNext Exhibition….. The Art of Nick Holdsworth.

Private View: saturday 23rd March {4pm until 6pm}

Exhibition: Saturday 23rd March until Saturday 30th March

(image: ‘Blondie’ Original Artwork: pixellated screen print and spray paint.

£895 framed. No deposit, 10 equal instalments of £89.50 with Own Art (interest free credit)

The Art of Nick Holdsworth


George Thornton Art welcomes you to an exhibition of works created by Nick Holdsworth.
The exhibit will run from Saturday 23rd March until Saturday 30th March.

You are  invited to a special champagne preview of the show on Saturday 23rd March between 4pm and 6pm.
Nick Holdsworth will be on hand to talk about his art and answer any questions you may have.

If you have any queries about the work or would like to see selected works pre-show please contact the gallery, otherwise, have a read about the artist and his works below.
We look forward to seeing you in the Gallery.


Twiggy by Nick Holdsworth 
Dimensions:40″ x 40″
Original Artwork: Pixelated screen print & Spray Paint onto Paper (Framed)
£895.00 or 10 monthly installments of just £89.50, interest free

Nick Holdsworth, born 1973 in Nottingham has spent much of his career within the fashion and design industry. Nick uses pixellated images and air brush techniques to re-create icons from the movie screen and pop culture.

Nick in 1997 set up his own fashion label, ‘Purple Om’. His cult designer T-shirt brand was revolutionary and items were sold throughout the world in top name independent and department stores such as Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Liberty’s, Collette and Barney’s. Nick cites himself as one of the first designer t-shirt label brands building upon the 90’s obsession with psychedelic images and youth culture.


Holdsworth ventured into the fine art world with instant success by creating works unveiling images with two different perspectives, he creates a  distinct style fusing iconography and portraiture whilst flirting with the idea of pop art.

Large in scale, he mounts thousands of pixelated images of a subject on top of each other to form a template. Then using free hand spraypaints Holdsworth applies colour to create the hair and skin tone, and stencils for the lips and eye shadow. This final duplicatation of the image covers the orginal template resulting in a stunning finish, which when completed creates an unmistakeable, but original likeness to the chosen icon.



Study for Rhonda by Nick Holdsworth
Dimensions:16″ x 24″
Original Artwork: Silkscreen, stencil & Spray paint onto Board (framed in an original art deco moulding)
£995.00 or 10 monthly installments of just £99.50, interest free



While the Rich Gets Richer…

Hope you’re well? Here’s a little something for you to think about…

It’s no secret that the recession has hit us all hard, but while the big galleries and Art House’s report large sales and growing demand, the rest of the art world is finding life a lot harder. The impact of this could have drastic and far reaching repercussions for the rest of the art world and art investors with a smaller budget. How will this change affect artists trying to establish themselves and the galleries that house their works?

For many artists, it is often that first gallery willing to take a chance on them and hang their work, which help to establish them as a professional artist and set them on the road to becoming a renowned name. It is therefore worrying that now more than ever, these small to middling galleries are shutting their doors for good. Without these galleries, many artists may struggle competing in a market saturated with other works, particularly online where some professional and skilled works can get lost in a sea of amateur works. Without this influx of talent travelling into such galleries, the ecology of the art world could be warped into something completely unrecognisable, with no room for artists to move up the ladder the top of echelons of the artistic world could stagnate with no room for newcomers and same works being endlessly churned out by the old elite.

‘The Aisle of No Importance’ by Xue Wang

For art investors, specifically those on a lower budget, this change could completely squeeze them out of the market, with little growth coming from the lower end and top end out of reach to them. The small to middling galleries offer the chance to pick up new works from emerging talent and the chance to watch their investment grow. Here at the Gallery, works sold by Xue Wang have grown from £1000 when she first arrived, up to £3000 only a couple of years later; fantastic news for both investor and artist.

These risk taking galleries are the pioneers of the art world and should not be overlooked or forgotten about; it is at this level that fresh and enigmatic works are separated from the ordinary.  We must not forget their importance to the art world as whole, as without them the fluidity and originality which makes the art markets so dynamic could be changed irreparably.  

‘A Certain Something’ by Paul Lemmon
Dimensions: 39″ x 39″
Original Artwork: Oil onto Box Canvas
Price: £1,950 or 10 monthly installments of £195, interest free

Imperial Landscape’ by Gail Troth
Dimensions: 30″ x 21″
Original Artwork: Oil onto Box Canvas
£695.00 or 10 monthly installments of £69.50, interest free