What makes the artist JJ Adams so popular?

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.

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‘Harrods’ by JJ Adams

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 his obsession with body art spills over into his work, evidenced in his ‘Tattoo Series’ where icons of royalty, music and the silver screen are depicted with awesome full sleeve and knuckle tattoos. The ubiquity of the tattoo in mainstream culture must play a part in his appeal to the mainstream art audience, but there is more to his art than purely capitalising on a social trend. His interest in printing and in graphic design – honed when working in the South West as a printer whilst experimenting with art in his spare time – are evident in the stylised way much of his work is presented. Combining media such as printing, collage, spray paint, screen prints and hand painted acrylics, his work has attracted attention from Christie’s, Rolls Royce, Vogue and GQ magazines with its rawness, energy and passion, but also with its accessibility and broad subject appeal.

But, like Banksy, Adams is certainly not a mainstream fine artist, and similarly, much of his work remains true to the roots of his style and influences. Where Banksy’s popularity came from the street through recognition of his graffiti and its subsequent elevation to ‘art’, Adams work is equally accessible and most importantly recognisable in its representation of things ‘normal’ that have been given Adams’ treatment which, in challenging their orthodoxy, cause the audience to consider their own response to these significant cultural icons. However, being able to picture ‘Harrods’ department store with graffitied windows and point of sale, somehow appeals to the British sense of humour and perhaps more importantly makes the audience question why the imagery is such a visual shock. To have the artistic vision to produce works that speaks on such an accessible level to the man / woman in the street and yet which so cleverly strikes at the heart of our culture is evidence of Adams’ skill and gives a big clue as to why his work is generating such excitement in the art – and wider – community. Fundamentally this is what makes JJ Adams so popular and undeniably an artist to invest in!

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‘Wonder Woman’ by JJ Adams

 

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‘Sonic Vs Mario’ by JJ Adams

Collection available within our Nottingham Gallery

12A Flying Horse Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2HN

Tel : 01159243555 ~ Email : george@georgethorntonart.com

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Refresh your style… be bold, be colourful, be arty!

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Time to fall in love with art… Be bold. Be beautiful. The Gallery is a wash with new art on display! Limited editions and originals. Find out more online or pop in and see whats on the agenda for the coming weeks.

View some of our featured works in this month.

We have some great pieces in the gallery and many more online… GEORGE THORNTON ART

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‘Singapore Skyline’ by Alicia Dubnyckyj
Original Artwork : Gloss on Wood
Price £2,750

Contact us for Own Art Details – Purchase amazing art by spreading the cost over 10 months.

Alicia has appeared on Channel 4 and the BBC and her work has been featured widely in the media in magazines and broadsheets including Vogue and the The NY Arts Magazine, and both Esquire and The Independent listed her as one of their top 21st century artists to invest in. She also boasts a prestigious list of collectors from the worlds of sport, music, business and fashion, notably George Boetang, Ron Dennis, Tony Rogers, Nicky Wire and Sir David Tang, as well as the Kuwaiti Royal Family.

 

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Cephalothin’ by Damien Hirst
Signed Limited Edition
Price £12,000

The artist Damien Hirst has become a British art phenomenon since winning the Turner Prize in 1995. His work as a sculptor, installation artist, painter and print maker has both amazed and made him no stranger to controversy.

 

Ashes, Ashes, We ALL Fall Down

‘Ashes to Ashes, They ALL Fall Down’ by Louise McNaught
Signed Limited Edition
Priced at £250 (unframed) or £400 (mounted and framed)
Spread the payment for a framed limited edition over 10 months with our Own Art Scheme, just £40.00 per month

McNaught celebrates the glory of nature and animals. She uses blazing neon colours and mixed media to give her subjects a godlike, heavenly quality. Louise’s gentle touch highlights the delicate relationship we humans have with nature.

 

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‘Conformation’ by Kirsty Mackay
Original Artwork : Industrial Paints on Canvas
Price £800

Contact us for Own Art Details – Purchase amazing art by spreading the cost over 10 months.

Mackay uses the process of painting to build shape and form, but also allowing for the calculated element of chance spontaneity and flux. This results in a wealth of colour and pattern which although chaotic and consuming, offers a new quiet discourse.

 

 

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‘Still Life jar Boiled Sweets’ by Christopher Green
Original Artwork : Oil on Board
Price £2,650

Green paints ‘hyper’ realism. Although he often uses photography to capture transient lighting conditions, he has absolutely no desire to produce a faithful reproduction of the photographs themselves. Instead he uses the images as reference points for the creation of a heightened, idealised reality.

For all the details regarding art viewed here today, online and within our Nottingham studio do get in touch.

12A Flying Horse Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2HN
Telephone – 01159243555

Orange is the New Black… (Art-wise obviously…)

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‘Crwcwd’ by Anna E Davies

The orange colour is a very warm and vibrant that actually gives very different reactions throughout the world. In the Netherlands it’s the national colour. Asia, more sacred surrounding Buddhist monks and their robes and finally, the United States its associated with Halloween! That aside the colour orange always plays a big part in our homes. Very warm. From carrot colored carpets to apricot bathroom suites, orange has managed to makes us smile and certainly brightens up that room or office space. See our art, be inspired and find what works for you?

The Butterfly Effect

‘The Butterfly Effect’ by Louise McNaught

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‘Organicolour’ by Russell Hatton

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‘Jane’ by Nick Holdsworth

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‘Betty’ by Oli Fowler

Northern Light by Louise McNaught

‘Northern Lights’ by Lousie McNaught

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‘Vandal Helmet’ by Zombiedan

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‘Genesis’ by Kieran Crowder

 

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Exhibition Invite – ‘The Heat is On’

A Brilliant Line! 80x40cm

Please accept this email as your personal invite to our latest exhibition with the formidable Jan Nelson.

We are just so excited to be playing host to Jan Nelsons anticipated solo show in Nottingham from 14th – 21st July

You are welcome to come and meet the artist that opening Saturday 1pm until 4pm. Jan will be on hand to discuss her techniques, ideas and inspirations. We are expecting a busy day so do reserve your place – george@georgethorntonart.com

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Surfing the Sound by Jan Nelson

Sunset Starburst! - 50x50cm

Sunset Sunburst by Jan Nelson

Simple strips of abstract colour make up enigmatic compositions! Jan Nelson, famous for her nautical scenes will be providing the gallery with something different this year… Landscapes, floral, sailing and motor sports will be in order and as ever you can expect a huge degree of colour and energy from this incredible artist.

12A Flying Horse Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2HN
tel : 01159243555

Gender Pay Gap? Not in this Gallery…

Reported in the Guardian this week the BBC’s gender pay gap is not so much a single chasm as a series of geological fault-lines. The most egregious discrepancy is that top rates of pay are skewed towards men by two-thirds, and that on-air talent is doing remarkably similar jobs for very different rewards.

Lack of opportunity for women is still a very real issue. A lack of senior female figures on the boards of UK business and industry greatly undermines our economy and makes for a perpetuation of male dominated patterns of behaviour in the professional world. So is this the same in all industries? The art-world perhaps?

Gender imbalances continue to plague the art world in 2017 is a matter of fact. However, to employ an old adage, Rome wasn’t built in a day—and we’d be remiss to overlook progress when we see it. Women in the arts today are (finally) getting their turn. Helen Marten scooped this year’s Turner Prize. Georgia O’keeffe ‘Weed and White Flower’ selling for an excess sum of $44 million. Both these facts compound that perhaps gender equality within the art world is reducing? Although George Thornton Art maybe a modest sized gallery within the industry, we do boast an almost 50 / 50 ratio between female and male artists on our books and with prices ranging from £500 to £5,000 these women are certainly making a huge impact on our accounts and with our clients! No gender pay gap either. Its a strict ratio across all our artists. No inequality here, just really great art!

You can view work by our celebrated body of females below and further compositions can be found on our website.

Transparency - 120cm x 120cm - £1,150

Kirsty Mackay – ‘Transparency’

Yellow Peril

Jan Nelson – ‘Yellow Peril’

KJD - Silverback

Katy Jade Dobson – ‘Silverback’

Morna's Fray

Nom Kinnear King – ‘Morna’s Fray’

Eiffel Tower in Spring (low)

Rachel Tighe – ‘Eiffel Tower in Spring’

The shock of the new

Victoria Horkan – ‘The Shock of the New’

George Thornton Art

12A Flying Horse walk

Nottingham

NG1 2HN

Tel : 01159243555

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An invitation to meet the artist Jan Nelson

The Gallery is proud to offer you an invitation to meet the fabulous artist, Jan Nelson

Exhibition 17th June – 23rd June

Artist Appearance – 17th June (1pm until 4pm)

A Breezy Kite Run

An exhibition of original Artworks

Whether you are a sailor or not, Jan’s passion for the sport is obvious from her paintings, which capture the tremendous movement, thrills and glorious colours of sailing both in a scenic and racing sense.

A Little Piece of Springtime

In just a few days time we’ll be showcasing a host of artwork by the renowned Jan Nelson. The whole gallery will devote its entirety to this incredible artist. A collection original works plus a number of limited editions that have been individually remarqued by the artist herself.

Solo exhibition starts Saturday17th June and runs until Friday 23rd June. Jan will be in the gallery the opening Saturday; 1pm until 4pm. Do come and join us for a glass of champagne, listen to Jan Nelsons ideas and inspirations.

Overnight Selection

“Overnight Selection’

Original Artwork : Acrylic on Canvas

For further information or to reserve your attendance do contact the gallery.

Kind Regards,

George Thornton Art

12A Flying Horse Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2HN – 01159243555