WISHBONE PUBLISHING: AN UNEXPECTED PARTNERSHIP

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THOSE who know my gallery know that my founding principles were based around providing good quality, affordable, contemporary and most importantly, original art.

It may then have come as a surprise to my clients when I began introducing limited edition prints into the gallery about six months ago. The ethos of delivering something unique remains at the heart of my business and the introduction of prints builds on that, making the art I support just that bit more accessible through the medium of prints.

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‘Stitched Up’ by Mark Davies

My past experience with publishing houses hasn’t always been ideal and I was wary about buying from them for various business reasons. Around a year ago though, I had the pleasure of meeting Glenn Hardman, managing director of Wishbone Publishing.

I discovered that Wishbone, a small and independent publishing house, offered something different to the larger players in the industry. In this sense we were one of a kind, two small independents fighting to find our place in a world now saturated by large established corporations with a global unthinking mentality.

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‘Carniverous’ by Katy Jade Dobson

Glenn was keen to show me that the prints he offered were something different and something that could work in a gallery like mine. He was right.  After much soul searching I took a chance and began to stock a select number of prints sourced from Wishbone.

Importantly Wishbone only produces small editions of its prints, ranging from a run of 25 up to 195 and only once for each work of art. A considerable difference to an industry average of around 495. This makes their runs more exclusive and more appealing to customers who are seeking something unique.

Six months on and the prints provided have proved to be a hit in the gallery and additionally have attracted a range of new clients for me from across the UK.

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‘Opulent Peacocks’ by Katy Jade Dobson

Wishbone Publishing has some amazing artists signed with them. Having only set up in May 2013 they have come a long way and are an excellent example of how to do good business in the art industry.

Wishbone attracts up and coming artists and brings new talent onto the market – concepts that I wholeheartedly support. Their mission is simply to attract the best talent, but they want to nurture their artists’ talent and watch them grow, exactly the way I feel about my own artists.

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‘Bold and Beautiful’ by Dean Fox

JJ Adams is one of Wishbone’s major success stories. His Spring collection, some of which I have acquired from Wishbone for the George Thornton Art Gallery, sold in excess of £1.3 million in retail sales on the first day of release. An amazing result for a small independent.

Wishbone has some great artists aboard, and a brilliant team working behind it. I’m looking forward to my continuing relationship with them and can’t wait to see what the future has to offer for us both.

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‘Warmongers’ by JJ Adams

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Unit 12A, Flying Horse Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2HN

01159 243 555

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Highlighting the work of rising star Darren Fraser

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Heart and Soul – Original Oil on Canvas

Darren has said in his work he tries to explore different aspects of the human condition. He is fascinated by the nature of personality and individuality.  He looks for and explores this in all his works – of strangers, people in disguise, clowns and even apes.

While Darren’s work is characterized by drama, humour and the study of relationships, it is the affection and humanity with which he captures and presents his subjects that gives his work such a personal feel and which pulls in and engages the viewer.

His work shows a strong feeling for light and shade.  Simplified surfaces and exaggerated forms as well as the intensified highlights, render masses dramatic and mysterious.  Often sparse, but always deft, his use of colour is insightful and uplifting, giving his subjects a glow of individuality.  These qualities, along with his bold graphic lines and directional impulses modelled with subtle nuanced gestures keeps his work fresh and alive.

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Time Out – Oil on Canvas

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Moving forward the gallery will be representing this artist. We’re incredibly proud! To register interest do contact the gallery – 01159 243 555 – george@georgethorntonart.com

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

From couture to canvas: Linking Fashion with Art?

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Artist – Sara Pope
Title – Cherry Pop
Medium – Signed limited edition graphic. (edition of 50)
Dimensions – 110cm x 90cm
Price £595 (Framed)

Fashion designer Paul Poiret once said, “I have always liked painters. It seems to me that we are in the same trade and that they are my colleagues.”

Fashion holds a valid claim to status as an art form. Great couture requires a creative mind, one that is compounded by the late Alexander McQueen and his current showcase “Savage Beauty” at the V&A this summer.

Skill, artisan and craftsmanship has to be involved in the making of any garment, and the creative use of media from fabric such as Vivienne Westwood’s ‘Bin Bag Skirt’ to even raw meat in the case of Lady Gaga.

So how close is fashion linked with Art? Already in galleries over the world we have seen the merge of fine art with illustration and now the change is definitely upon us as we see more fashion designers branching into Art Galleries and with tremendous acclaim.

The fact that fashion press employ fine artists to illustrate the designs of the day, echo’s the cohesion between fashion and art. It seems only natural that designers would evolve into gallery spaces.

Aside from the actual medium (if we want to call it that), I’ve come to see fashion as an outlet of sorts for other forms of art – even as an avenue for cultural movement. Take for example the work of Sara Pope. Her creative edge allowed her to work for various magazines as a designer and art director before moving to Spain and turning to vintage shoe customization for the likes of Paul Smith, Lacoste and Jasmine Di Milo.

Popes notable work, pop-art and highly stylized graphic images subverts the notions of beauty, consumerism, advertising all of which build on the concept of fashion.

It’s her ongoing relationship with the cosmetics brand ‘bareMinerals’ that allows her to gain an insight in to the consumer which actually is what all painters and sculptors are trying to achieve throughout their career. Why not use a brand or fashion label to aid such adventures?

This question poses an opportunity for some to say that this blurs the line between fine art and advertising – is that a detriment to the artist’s work? After all both Warhol and Picasso used their art to sell products. Both believed that this was a tool to build upon their personal brand awareness.

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Artist – Sara Pope
Title – Strawberry Lips
Medium – Original Artwork: Oil on Board
Dimensions – 80cm x 60cm
Price £2,000 (Framed)

Another gallery artist, Magnus Gjoen is similar, having designed for fashion house Vivienne Westwood, Gjoen brings a touch of punk- sensibility to the art tradition.

His fashion background infuses the art he creates, re-thinking old concepts and re-interpreting them for the contemporary climate. Working to shed new light on past treasures, Magnus’ prints alters the relationships between the viewer and the preconceived notions of objects; something which is echoed within the fashion industry.

Not only that, but Gjoen who works to punk guise, a statement which is current in today retail market by many a fashion label such as AllSaints, American Apparel and of course Westwood herself.

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Artist – Magnus Gjoen
Title – Everything Ends with Flowers
Medium – Signed limited edition graphic. (edition of 10)
Dimensions – 85cm x 85cm
Price £835 (Framed)

The gallery is teaming with beautiful new art this month. If times scales and geography make a visit difficult do browse our website, All work is on-line, if you have any questions please get in touch.
Telephone +44(0)1159243555
E-mail george@georgethorntonart.com

Katy Jade Dobson : Summer Collection

Here in the gallery we are proud to be showcasing work by the phenomenally talented Katy Jade Dobson.  This young Artisan has taken the art-world by storm over the past few years. Her reputation and unique style has won her collectors from celebrities to royalty to military academia.

Below is a preview of the new collection and what better way to understand her popularity than by letting the work speak for itself…

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Beautiful works! ‘The Leader’ Katy’s depiction of the Lion sold out from the publishers within minutes of it release and ‘Lepus’ (The Hare) is fast following suit. Katy certainly knows the commercial value in how much us Brits love these fury creatures.

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Carnivorous – Signed limited edition (75)

W:54” x H:36” x D:2”

Price – £495. Spread the payment with Own Art. No deposit, 10 equal monthly instalments of £49.50.

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Ornamental – Signed limited edition (75)

W:54” x H:36” x D:2”

Price – £495. Spread the payment with Own Art. No deposit, 10 equal monthly instalments of £49.50.

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Arcus Flight – Signed limited edition (75)

W:36” x H:36” x D:2”

Price – £395. Spread the payment with Own Art. No deposit, 10 equal monthly instalments of £39.50.

For all the information contact the gallery – 01159243555 – george@georgethorntonart.com

12A Flying Horse Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2HN