New In: The Work of Matt Brewster

The Gallery would like to introduce you to our newest addition to the gallery: Matt Brewster.

Brewster’s work will be featured on Channel 4, September 4th on the show ‘Grand Designs’. So be sure to keep an eye out for his paintings if you’re a fan of the show.

 Brewster studied Art & Design at St Johns College, York, before completing an Industrial Design MA at De Montfort University, Leicester.

The main character of his work, the human form, is used to “transform everyday into an image whilst leaving an open end to its effect on the viewer”. The form appears incapable of finding complete definition in the space offered by the painting.

His work offers a simple reflection of the complexities that life offers and the ever-changing reality of now, both physically and psychologically.

Browse featured works by the artist below.

For more details check out our website (www.georgethorntonnart.com) or contact us at the gallery available in house, by phone and email. Ask for George or Daniel.

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‘Anticipating’
Oil & Gloss on Mounted Board
39.5″ x 39.5″
£995 or 10 monthly installments of just £99.50 (interest free)

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‘Advance’
Oil & Gloss on Mounted Board
48″ x 48″
£995 or just 10 monthly installments of £99.50

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‘Growing Different’
Oil & Gloss on Mounted Board
48″ x 48″
£995 or just 10 monthly installments of £99.50

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‘Pressure’
Oil & Gloss on Mounted Board
48″ x 48″
£995 or just 10 monthly installments of £99.50

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What Is Fine Art?

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I was having a conversation with a client yesterday, he had come in to see the work of a new artist to the gallery and as we chatted we moved onto the broad topic of what actually constituted fine art and how it could be measured? So what is fine art?

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

1. Creative art, esp. visual art, whose products are to be appreciated primarily or solely for their imaginative, aesthetic, or intellectual content
– the convergence of popular culture and fine art

2.An activity requiring great skill or accomplishment
– he’ll have to learn the fine art of persuasion

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

Our second definition of the word is certainly narrower it holds that fine art or the fine art of something holds a certain degree of skill, professionalism and training. This phrase is not however linked directly to art and as in the example given above by the dictionary. So is fine art the; fine art of fine art? As a gallery owner my only answer can be yes, the art we display here has be of a certain quality and the artist must have developed their skill base and technique to a high level. In this sense the artist is no different to any other professional.

So how then do we decide the types of art and artists that fall into this category of being the fine art of fine art? There are of course a whole range of variables and factors that could be taken into account and not all of them would necessarily fit every circumstance. This question is one that can divide opinion and promote debate; the question is in that sense like art itself.

To me whether or not something is fine art can only measured by ability, skill, originality and the reputation the artist has built for themselves. Simply creating something or doing a degree in fine art is not enough to secure the title. Ultimately the title will always be decided by the individual viewing the work  or the environment in which the art is set – it would be hard to argue even if you disliked the art that if something were displayed in the National Gallery or in Tate that the art wasn’t fine art.

How would you define the meaning of fine art?

 

The art of Kate Brinkworth

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‘Pepsi’ – Oil on Board

Kate Brinkworth’s meticulous, highly detailed compositions draw on the language of photography to create glossy, sleek images which capture the allure of the iconic images she represents. Her bright, larger than life canvases draw us into a world of entertainment and desire, inviting us to revel in the vivid symbols of temptation that Brinkworth present.

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‘Gala Casino’ (series 2) – Oil on Board

By transforming the photographic imagery of commercial products into unique, painstakingly executed oil paintings, she undermines the language of advertising, and transforms the mass-produced, machine made objects so familiar to us into unique and original works of art

These pieces and other works by Kate Brinkworth are available through George Thornton Art Gallery, Nottingham – +44(0)1159 243 555 – george@georgethorntonart.com

 

 

Jimi Hendrix – created with fragments of record vinyl

Artist, Ed Chapman has exhibited throughout the UK, in Europe and the USA.

His unusual mosaics are on display at Ripley’s ‘Believe it or Not’ Museum on both sides of the Atlantic, two of his large works are currently on a six-year educational tour of the US and Canada.

Ed predominantly works with ceramic tile, however lately he has branched into other mediums including stone, plectrums and now record vinyl! Incidentally, in 2011 Ed’s unique Fender plectrums portrait of Jimi Hendrix sold for £23,000 with the proceeds awarded to help support Cancer Research UK.

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Ed Chapman’s ‘Jimi Hendrix’ in Vinyl : Original Artwork, fragments of record vinyl, mosaic onto board and priced at £6,000.

Payment options available with Own Art. No deposit, followed by 24 instalments of £250….

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This enlarged photo of the work shows and incredible amount of detail.

His mosaics have a number of high-profile collectors including foreign royalty, members of the Times Rich List, musicians such as Annie Lennox, TV stars, Premiership and England footballers, an African state governor and even Lemmy from Motorhead.

Ed’s mosaics have received widespread media coverage on BBC, ITV, Sky TV and CBS in the US, as well as international press, newspapers and magazines and countless websites.

For all information regarding this work please contact the gallery. +44(0)1159 243 555

How sustainable is it to keep reproducing art prints, and at what point is exclusivity lost?

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Prints have always been a useful tool in the art world and are beneficial to both consumer and artists. They act as a perfect bridge between the realm of high art where originals can fetch exorbitant prices and the general public who also want access to great art in their homes. Of course like those buying originals, people who buy prints also do so for the investment potential. This works very well when prints are limited and only a small number of editions are made. What happens though if these prints are extended or re-released? At what point does the art market become saturated as a result of excess prints and what happens to their value?

It was recently announced that Castle Galleries would be releasing a new set of prints for this year’s round of Bob ‘Dylan’s Blank Series 2013’. A series that has been slightly re-branded and added to, consecutively each year since 2008. Dylan’s work proved highly popular in 2008 and his prints sold out quickly, helped by the fact that they were exclusive and the collection was unlikely to ever be repeated.

Each year 10 or so different images are released, editions of 295 together with a number of box sets which increase the actual number of signed pieces in circulation. Fast forward 5 years and now there must be 20,000 signed pieces! Now is this a large body of work? How collectable are the pieces?  It’s well documented that Dali painted a picture virtually every single day of his life and there must be 10,000 Degar sketches in public and private collections. We know that prolific artist’s who produce vast amounts of work don’t necessarily dilute the market providing the work is credible and of course I’m now comparing originals to prints which again opens up avenues for another type of discussion.

Without drifting off topic I suppose the question still at large is, when does something exclusive become common place and is this really a problem? Most people who purchase a Dylan graphic do so because they either love the man himself or indeed his work. Although some may feel aggrieved if they bought a piece with investment in mind, however those that purchased because they loved the work are probably still in love with their particular piece that adorns there wall.

Some control is needed when it comes to prints, they can in some cases be very expensive to buy and it is up to both galleries and artists to be responsible and ensure that exclusivity is maintained in order to protect their customers investment. If limited edition runs and re-released time and time again it is only a matter of time before they become glorified posters that can be found across the nation. Issuing in abundance seems like a dangerous bubble that could burst at any time leading to an array of issues that could see consumers mistrust prints and even see them choosing other alternatives.

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Onegin by Andy Reid. Inspired by the 1999 film, based on Alexander Pushkin’s novel “Eugene Onegin”

Onegin is a 1999 British-American romantic drama film based on Alexander Pushkin’s novel in verse Eugene Onegin, co-produced by British and American companies and shot mostly in the UK.
Starring Ralph Fiennes as Yevgeni “Eugene” Onegin and Liv Tyler as Tatyana.

Andy Reid painted his piece based upon love, compassion and distant memories that build on are personal emotions.

Watch trailer – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYyQ7bvyRCE

‘Onegin’, Oil on Canvas, (70cm sq) – £995