The Art of JJ Adams : ‘Spring Collection’

The long awaited, heavily anticipated, urgently required and requested time has come… Welcome JJ Adams new Spring collection 2015!!

Androids playing Poker 24x30

‘Droids and Poker’. Signed limited edition. Sold out from publisher and gallery!

Tardis 24x30

‘Gone Fishing’ Signed limited edition – £495 (£49.50 per month over 10 months, interest free)

Unhappy Meal 24x30

‘Warmonger; unhappy meal’ Signed limited edition – £495 (£49.50 per month over 10 months, interest free)

Stag Female 24x30

‘Love is a Risk’ Signed limited edition – £495 (£49.50 per month over 10 months, interest free)

Rule Brittania - Carousel 20x30

‘Carousel’ Signed limited edition – £495 (£49.50 per month over 10 months, interest free)

Twiggy II Tattoo 24x30

‘Full Metal Twiggy’ (colour) Signed limited edition – £495 (£49.50 per month over 10 months, interest free)

Twiggy II BW Tattoo 24x30

‘Full Metal Twiggy’ (black and white) Signed limited edition – £495 (£49.50 per month over 10 months, interest free)

Nelsons Column - 20x30

‘Nelsons Column’ Signed limited edition – £495 (£49.50 per month over 10 months, interest free)

Mind Grenade 24x20

‘Mind Grenade’ Signed limited edition – £495 (£49.50 per month over 10 months, interest free)

Jolly Holiday - 20x30

‘Jolly Holiday’ Signed limited edition – £495 (£49.50 per month over 10 months, interest free)

Game Paused - 20x30

‘Game Paused’ Signed limited edition – £495 (£49.50 per month over 10 months, interest free)

Dirty Disney III 41x20 and a half

‘The Morning After’ (superhero line up) Signed limited edition – £625 (£62.50 per month over 10 months, interest free)

Dance with the Devil II Colour 24x24

‘Dance with the Devil’ (superwoman and wonderwoman) Signed limited edition – £495 (£49.50 per month over 10 months, interest free)

Delorean 24x30

Time Traveller – Signed limited edition. Sold out from publisher and gallery!

To view the work in the flesh come a visit the Nottingham gallery or for more information do join us on line – http://www.georgethorntonart.com/Artists/JJ-Adams/Art-By?pagesize=0

Tel – 01159 243 555 : Email – george@georgethorntonart.com

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What makes the artist JJ Adams so popular?

JJ Adams new Spring Collection arrives tomorrow! Be the first to witness this breath taking collection!

We are anticipating the work will sell very quickly so do contact the gallery – 01159243555 – george@georgethorntonart.com

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          Twiggy Tattoo Large 24x30 - Copy          Summer Lovin T Bird Version 24x30 - Copy

JJ Adams…

This exciting young artist is touted as being the Next Big Thing on the British art scene. With his challenge to the heart of British cultural values – members of the Royal family displayed with full sleeve tattoos, iconic buildings such as Buckingham Palace or the Palace of Westminster depicted defaced by graffiti, Adams strikes at the heart of our cultural consciousness with his work.

Rule Brittania - St Pauls Cathedral 20x30

“Rule Brittania – St Pauls”

In the same way that Banksy became the art world’s darling, filling the vacuum left by the end of the love affair with the YBAs, Adams is making a name for himself, aided by Wishbone Publishing, with his phenomenal output. Born in Plymouth, Adams was raised in South Africa, remaining there until the end of the apartheid era when he returned to these shores with the aim of becoming a tattoo artist. Little wonder then that…

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Neon Art: ‘Courty’ comes to town!

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The use of neon in art is definitely not new. Vapour-tube devices filled with gas were invented in the early 1900s and were being shaped and used in advertising by the 1930s although the end product was slightly mishap in shape and design. In the decades that followed, the artistic uses for neon tubing became more apparent, and people continued to experiment with this fragile medium. Fast forward to the present and we find a movement breaking away from the fairground rides and seedy night life to now.  It’s a staple of art, fashion shoots and high end window displays. Cool Britannia and metropolitan hipness collides with a completely spectacular, although delicate, art form. Leading the movement is London’s master glass blower, Robert Court. Simply known as ‘Courty’ he has come crashing upon the art scene, shaking light introspective waves of colour over a movement that is taking the art world by storm.

Courty 1The science: Sealed glass tubes with a metal electrode at each end, filled with one of a number of gases. Apply several thousand volts to the electrodes which ionises the gas in the tube, causing it to emit coloured light. The force of light creates such an incredible glow… Thus ‘neon’ is born!

When used correctly, neon can be much more beautiful than that old dusty sign hanging in the window of a bar. It behaves unlike any other medium and takes physical skill to manipulate. The combination of colour and light are also unique to neon, making it a medium of choice for many as a vehicle to convey emotion and ideas. Courty’s ability is extraordinary. The written word is taken from his own handwriting, photocopied and enlarged. After which tubes are heated and without the aid of modern machinery Courty will bend, fold and blow to create exceptional designs. Attention to detail is of the essence! Each tube is meticulously mounted and placed within a frame.

Courty and the production of his art is very much under the guise of the 1960’s ‘Pop Art’ craze! Challenging traditional concepts and ideas, embellishing slogans from everyday life, advertising and popular culture. Producing striking images has won this East End boy collectors all over the world, from diplomats to celebrities.

To find out more, see how intricate steps need to be put in place to ensure a monumental finish is created, do watch our video.

Courty 3

Title : Sex, Drugs and Rock n’ Roll

Price : £8,200

Total dimensions : W:32” x H:32” x D:3”

Don’t forget you can purchase this Neon original via our Own Art scheme. Spread the payment over 10, 12 or 18 months (interest free). If you would like more information regarding this work please contact the gallery. Telephone Number – 01159243555 / E-mail – george@georgethorntonart.com

Religion in Art

sir-stanley-spencer-cookhamStanley Spencer –  “The Resurrection”

For centuries Christian imagery was the main focus of mainstream artistic endeavour. Some of the most famous religious triptychs of the Middle Ages, such as Rubens ‘Elevation of the Cross’ (c16100 which can be seen in Antwerp Cathedral, or Master of Delft’s ‘Scenes from the Passion of Christ’ (c1510) on display at the National Gallery, London demonstrate the importance and value of religion in Western art at the time. Bible stories and religious events were depicted in often large, figurative paintings, using precious paint colours such as lapis lazuli blue, both of which served to impress the audience with the seeming veracity of their subject matter. But times were of course very different then than now. Religion was arguably so central to European culture that, with a largely illiterate proletariat, depictions of religious scenes informed and educated as well as decorated. As the centuries passed by and as the importance or domination of Christianity on the lives of the masses changed, religious images as art became increasingly subverted in a challenge to the Christian hegemony. The work of Sir Stanley Spencer springs to mind when I think of how this is exemplified in the 20th century. His work ‘The Resurrection, Cookham’ (1927) is set in the grounds of the Holy Trinity Church in his home village in Berkshire and shows Spencer’s friends and family from both Cookham and Hampstead, and others emerging from graves watched by figures of God, Christ and the saints. To the left of the church some of the resurrected are climbing over a stile, others are making their way to the river to board a Thames pleasure boat, others are simply inspecting their headstones. In creating this work which The Times art critic described as “the most important picture painted by any English artist in the present century…” Spencer brought religious art straight back to cultural prominence to a by now largely secular audience.

Moving forward to the current time, religious 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. Representations of Christianity in secular art are very common and are popular and acceptable in most modern genres. We do not generally treat a Christian religious image used in art as an object of reverence from a spiritual perspective – we are unlikely to be persuaded to buy such a piece from a religious standpoint.

Adoration Bleu

In the Gallery we have ‘Adoration Bleu’ by Joel Moens de Hase (pictured above) showing a saintly nun gazing upwards, seemingly in some kind of ecstasy, but her picture is made up of hundreds of tiny images of ladies in their underwear.

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“Acceptance” by Dean Kemp

Dean Kemp’s statue ‘Acceptance’ is of a topless man wearing jeans but with angels’ wings sprouting from his shoulders. Acceptance of religiosity? Acceptance of wings? Interesting questions that do not place religion at the centre of the statue’s meaning but which are implied.

Dark Icarus

“Dark Icarus” by Ian Hodgson

Although the story of Icarus is taken from Greek Mythology is does proclaim many religious connotations notably the consequence of personal over-ambition. Ian depicts his figure with arms out stretched mimicking the crucifix, probably the most principal symbol for Christianity.

Male Fide

“Mala Fide” by Magnus Gjoen

Finally, we have seen a great deal of interest in the religion themed pieces by Magnus Gjoen – a print of his piece ‘Mala Fide’ was snapped up by a discerning buyer in the gallery earlier in the year and this depicts Jesus holding two machine guns. The artists draw on a rich tradition of religious representation and yet they all have a twist in the tail

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