New in for July

New In for July: Works by Rachel Tighe, Russell Hatton, Terry Bradley, Jeff Childs and Ed Chapmen.

Check out some of our brand new works in for your enjoyment this July.

Below are just a few featured works that gallery has had in, check them out and see what you think.

Don’t forget that the Paul Lemmon exhibition is still on and will close tomorrow, so if you’ve not yet been down to view his work make sure you dont miss out!!!

Contact the Gallery for more information on works below and check out the website for more pieces.

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We have new works from the wonderful Rachel Tighe, many of you will already be familiar with her New York cityscapes as featured at the Bristol Art Fair. These latest pieces focus on familiar London scenes capturing the bustling nature of the Capitals streets.

‘Welcome To Carnaby Street’ by Rachel Tighe
Original Artwork: Acrylic on Board
Dimensions: 24″ x 24″
Price: £595 or just 10 monthly installments of just £59.50 (interest free)

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Russell Hatton is renowned for his sharp and bright pieces. Created by adding layers and layers of paint on top of each other using an array of drying and turning techniques to create the lines and shape you see in the picture. To creat a truely mesmorizing finish Hatton actually crushes up copper and adds it tht paint, reflecting light which bounces off his works and makes it truly special.

‘Entelechy Verde’ by Russell Hatton
Original Artwork: Xryallic and Candy on Aluminium
Dimensions:54″ x 34″
Price: £3000 or 18 monthly installments of just £167 (interest free)

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Jeff Childs is a local Nottingham artist who creates beautiful figures from bronze. He is passionate about bringing industry back to the UK and all his Bronzes are created using British foundrys. The piece featured below took 3 months to create and is prefectly balanced using a hidden metal rod which acts as an axis from the bottom to the top of the sculpture.

‘The Flying Woman’ by Jeff Childs
Original Sculpture: Bronze
Dimensions: H;25″  W;6″  D;10″
Price: £3250 or 18 monthly installments of just £181 (interest free)

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Usually speicialising in his musical icons for his subject matterr, Ed Chapman has instead focused on an artistic powerhouse Salvador Dali. Dali face really jumps out at the viewer and you even get the strange feeling that he may actually be looking right at you. Chapman creates his amazing pieces broken pieces of material such as tile, vinyl and as here in stone, working from the outside in.

‘Dali in Stone’ By Ed Chapman
Orginal Artwork: Stone Mosaic
Dimensions: 24.5″ x 32.5″
Price: £3250 or 18 monthly installments of just £181 (interest free)

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Attacking the Canvas: Political statement or sheer vandalism?

Over the past number of years we will have seen an increase in the number of protests drawing attention to certain movements or causes. No one will forget many of the buildings which were mounted by the group ‘Fathers for Justice’ dressed as Batman, Spider-man and other Superhero characters. Just recently it seems that a new wave of protesting has launched itself onto society and into the art world. No less than three paintings have been vandalized in the past year. All were done in the name of one cause or another, and all three received high levels of interest from the press.

I’m sure no one would dispute that in each case these acts would amount to nothing less that property damage. However unlike in years gone, these acts of destruction have been done almost solely with the intent and purpose of proving a point or highlighting a cause. The most recent attack on a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II in Westminster Abbey by the aforementioned group ‘Fathers for Justice’ is one such example. Such attacks are an almost perfect weapon for fringe groups who may not receive much attention to gain publicity and have the public to hear about their campaign.

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Adding to this last October at Tate Modern a man scribbled on Mark Rothko’s ‘Black on Maroon’. He claimed his destructive act was a creative gesture known as movement called ‘Yellowism’, but this cut no ice with a judge, who sentenced him to two years in prison. One defence used by the perpetrator was that Rothko would actually have welcomed the addition to his painting and it was in keeping with Rothko’s own artistic thought.

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Then in February, a woman defaced one of the icons of French art, Liberty Leading the People by Delacroix, at the new outpost of the Louvre in Lens. This act was used as a way to draw attention to a website which specialises in conspiracy theories related to the events of 9/11.

In each case, the reason for attacking the painting was not to damage the painting itself, but to put across an opinion, a stance, a belief. Is this not what art is used for in the first place? These attacks have certainly proven successful if we take into account why they did it and the trend may be one that we begin to see more of.

This is an age of protest! If you have a cause you can share with lots of other people, you take to the streets. But what if your cause is too strange or overlooked for mass protest? Attacking an authority figure is one way to get it in the headlines, and as authority figures go, paintings are vulnerable. A portrait of the Queen has a lot less security around it than the woman herself. A museum is a tranquil place where a moment of destruction can catch guards unaware. The results can be gratifying, if you are desperate to get your voice heard.

Only One More Sleep To Go: The Paul Lemmon Exhibition Starts Tomorrow.

After a long wait the Paul Lemmon Exhibition ‘An Introduction’ is finally upon us.

The Exhibition will run from 21st June to 29th June, with a very special artist preview tomorrow between 1 and 4 pm right here in the Gallery. Paul Lemmon himself will be on hand to take any questions about the pieces and give you all an insight into the inspiration, method and reasoning behind the various pieces.

On show will be selected pieces from 4 collections, this will be the first time all have come together in one gallery. The collections include his ‘Nightlife Scenes’, ‘The Suit Collection’, ‘Summer Scenes’ and the BRAND NEW, never been seen before ‘Glamour Cover Series’.

We look forward to seeing you there, this is one oppurtunity you do not want to miss out on!!!

Below are just a couple of examples of the work on display, contact the gallery for more information.

‘Hot Looks’ By Paul Lemmon
Oil on Board
Dimensions: 65″ x 85″
Price: £1500 or 10 monthly installments of just £150 (interest free)

‘For What it’s Worth’ By Paul Lemmon
Oil on Canvas
Dimensions: 90″ x 130″
Price: £2500 or 18 monthly installments of just £139 (interest free)

Looking to China

For many years now industry and services looked to China, the art world is no exception to this. It was only last week that we witnessed Art Basel’s first show in Hong Kong along with several other fringe events. This shift is nothing new, but the show takes Hong Kong and indeed China in the right direction to becoming a regional art hub.

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Hong Kong’s access to the growing wealth of Chinese collectors combines with a highly developed infrastructure to facilitate trade that few locations in Asia can match. It’s a recipe that saw the city already rise to become the world’s third-largest art auction market after New York and London.
 
This is brilliant news for Western galleries and artists looking to expand into new markets. Hong Kong is already teeming with high end, branded Galleries from Hanart TZ and Schoneni. It’s even home to the AAF (Asian Art Fair)
 
It isn’t all good news though, despite Chinas’ growing economy and an every increasing Chinese middle class. Art sales have slowed considerably compared to 2013 with sales down some 50% on this time last year. In fact art sales in the U.K. and U.S.A actually far exceeded that of China, but there is still time for a come back. It was after all two Chinese artists who topped the 2012 best sellers list.
 
Even here at the gallery it is a Chinese artist ‘Xue Wang’ who’s work is consistently popular and sells well at increasingly good prices.

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Xue Wang – The 41st Wink.
Framed dimensions 20″ x 27″. Original Oil on Board, priced at £1,500.
Own Art available over 18 months. No deposit, followed by instalments of just £83.33 per month.

 

This shift in the art world and the art market is by no means a bad thing, new markets offer new opportunities to all; galleries, artists and consumers who are now able to access a much larger volume of works, ideas and fresh techniques.
 
With more events to come out of China this year and major auction houses Christie’s & Sotheby’s hosting their ‘Post-War and Contemporary’ exhibts this should give investors another peak into the health of 2013’s market.

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Timothy Hon Hung Lee – ‘I’ll Never be your Roman Candle’
Framed dimensions 22″ x 28″. Original Artwork: Ink on Rice paper, priced at £1,750.
Own Art available over 18 months. No deposit, followed by instalments of just £97.22 per month.

For more information contact the gallery

– +44(0)1159243555 – george@georgethorntonart.com

 

 

 

The Art of Jan Nelson

The Gallery has been blessed with some brilliant new works by the talented Jan Nelson.

Her works are all inspired by her love of sailing and  love of the sport shines through onto canvas. Nelson is able to capture the thrill and excitement that the sport offers, whilst also allowing us to take in the beauty of the sea, the vivid colours of the sails and the breathtaking backdrop that we often associate with sailing.

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‘Along The South Coast’ by Jan Nelson
This beautiful work is based upon the raging coastline of Beachy Head.
Original Artwork: Acrylic on Canvas
Dimensions: 21″ x 21″
Price: £495 or 10 Monthly Installments of only £49.50 (Interest free)

 

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‘Downwind Sail’ by Jan Nelson
Original Artwork: Acrylic on Canvas
Dimensions: 29″ x 29″
Price: £695 or 10 monthly installments of only £69.50 (interest free)

 

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‘Sailing Around the Bay’ by Jan Nelson
Inspired by the sailors paradise of Lime Bay on the Dorset Coast.
Original Artwork: Acrylic on Canvas
Dimensions: 22″ x 22″
Price: £495 or 10 monthly installments of just £49.50 (interest free)

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‘Turning Downwind’ by Jan Nelson
Original Artwork: Acrylic on Canvas
Dimensions: 21″ x 30.5″
Price: £695 or 10 monthly installements of just £69.50 (interest free)