Paper Trail

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Paper Trail – An invitation to attend and exhibition of works on paper.

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‘Elizabeth Tower’ by Donna Rumble – Smith

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A personal invite to our latest showing. An Exhibition of works on paper. ‘Paper Trail’ brings together a range of artists, who cover a broad spectrum of drawings and mixed media.

Exhibition, Saturday 22nd – 28th April

You are warmly welcome to come and meet a number of artists that opening Saturday 1pm until 4pm. Donna Rumble Smith, Jane Thomson and Darren Stevenson to name but a few will all be present in the gallery to talk about their techniques, ideas and inspirations.

Come and enjoy a glass of wine and view stunning original artwork.

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‘Pretectiv’ by Jane Thomson

 

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‘Pass’ by Ian Hodgson

The work of Ian Hodgson, is perfect for that peaceful spot in the house.

For more information or to receive the full brochure of artist and works on paper to contact the gallery.

12A Flying Horse Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2HN

Tel – 011589243555

 

Love Affair with Art. This is what we do…

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Some food for thought…

It’s no secret that perhaps Brexit (regardless of your voting persuasion) and the Trump election campaign has hit the retail or art market, hard, but while the big galleries and Art Houses report large sales and growing demand, the rest of the art world is finding life a lot harder. The impact of this could have drastic and far reaching repercussions for the art world, and art investors with a smaller budget. How will this change affect artists trying to establish themselves and the galleries that house their works?

For many artists, it is often that first gallery willing to take a chance and hang their work, which helps to establish them as a professional artist and set them on the road to becoming a renowned name. It is therefore worrying that now, more than ever, these small to middling sized galleries conform, perhaps selling commercial prints and what I consider ‘easy on the eye’ or ‘match my curtains’ art.

Many artists may struggle competing in a market saturated with other artworks, particularly online where some professional and skilled works can get lost in a sea of amateur art. Without this influx of talent traveling into galleries such as mine, the ecology of the art world could be warped into something completely unrecognizable, with no room for artists to move up the ladder and the upper echelons of the artistic world could stagnate with no room for newcomers. Here in the gallery we like to think that we work with our artists. Up and coming talented painters provide us with beautiful pieces and we in turn provide a platform with which to promote and showcase them. Take for example the works of Kirsty Mackay. Utilizing a particular blend of industrial paint and various other ingredients, she manipulates paint onto canvas creating a beautiful marbled effect using a multitude of colour.

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 ‘Evolution’ by Kirsty Mackay

Original Artwork: Industrial Paints on Box Canvas. Presented with a large modern white float frame.

£795 (Own Art available, spread the payment over 10 months)

 

For art investors, specifically those on a lower budget, this change could completely squeeze them out of the market, with little growth coming from the lower end, and the top end becoming even more out of reach to them. The small to middle sized galleries offer the chance to pick up new works from emerging talent and the chance to watch their investment grow. Here at the gallery, works sold by Kate Brinkworth and Russell Hatton have steadily increased in retail price over the past few years. Some may argue this is their value and some may argue it’s just a perceived value as again within any business a commodity is only worth what someone is willing to pay, however the facts don’t lie and both these artists works have increased in price.

Why not take a look at what we’re trying to achieve in the gallery. A break from the norm. A chance for collectors to invest in art that may not have the commercial splendour of the John Lewis print but art which is reasonably priced and one that is guided by skill and integrity.

Risk taking galleries like mine are the pioneers of the art world and should not be overlooked; it is at this level that fresh and enigmatic works are separated from the ordinary which in turn keeps the art markets so dynamic.

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 ‘The Writer’ by Kate Brinkworth

Original Artwork: Oil on Board

£4,750 (Own Art available, spread the payment over 10 months)

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‘Organicolcour ” by Russell Hatton

Original Artwork: Industrial Paint on Aluminum

£3,950 (Own Art available, spread the payment over 10 months)

 

George Thornton Art

12A Flying Horse Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2HN

Tel – 01159243555

The Price of Art. What’s it worth…?

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So last year a consortium spent $28million on a Pablo Picasso. The year previously an online client spent $15million on a Hopper which was purchased without the buyer even viewing the original… So where does this shortfall of economic gain and price induced art begin and who is to blame? Certainly the auction houses predominantly control the art market pricing structure, something perhaps relating to their high flying Chinese and Middle Eastern client base. Then to be honest the Cork street galleries have no compunction about plucking a figure out of thin air and placing it on a piece of art. Often not even highlighting the price, with the understanding if you have to ask… you can’t afford it.

Although having always been a luxury item, the nature and extent of art has changed dramatically over the past few decades. David Zwirner asked “Why do we pay so much for Art?” This is quite a poignant question, with so many other things urgently requiring capital why is so much money plunged into the art market?

The price of art is booming and the game played by auction houses now seems to be one of merely asking “which record can we break next?” Great for investors and sellers, but it doesn’t really capture the real essence of art, and threatens to cheapen the cultural impact of the work. With that in mind I would like to take a look at a modest number of artworks from our gallery that are absolutely not expensive, and definitely not priced for London, but showing them on this platform perhaps gives you the opportunity to peacefully contemplate the value of art to the consumer who is buying it for the pure pleasure of the piece.

 

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‘David Bowie’ by Ed Chapman

Original Mosaic created entirely from smashed vinyl records.

Price – £10,000

An artist of distinct ability. The incredible detail speaks volumes and what is potentially a modest figure for a piece that takes well over a month to complete. Ed latest original of Queen Elizabeth II sold from an astonishing £26,000 at auction and with commissions and collectors from prestigious Universities to the Beckham’s his work is certainly in demand.

 

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“Zen Lepidoptera” by Christopher Green

Oil on Board

Price – £4,000

Where to start with this Nottingham artist. An artist that has no worthy seller catalogue. An artist that has merely dipped his only tentatively dipped brushes (so to speak) in the gallery world, however we are now looking at piece of magnificent proportion. A hand painted ‘Buddha’. 122cm in height by 90cm in width. Painted with no audio aid. A piece that has taken 6 weeks to complete. If we take into consideration man hours as well as a procured skill which many of us do not own this is a mere snippet at £4,000.

 

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“Atomised” by Russell Hatton

Industrial Spray paint on Aluminum

Priced at £3,950

Russell spent 30 years perfecting the art of painting on mental sheets. A technique of ground breaking proportion I do believe there is no artist in this country or possibly the world that can replicate his technique. His ability to control paint, create something beautiful and master a piece that can only be described in short as ‘Integrity’. A work of art that won’t fade after time, can withstand the elements including direct sunlight. A work that is so translucent and vibrant and cannot be replicated within any other medium is outstanding. Worthy of a much more inflated price tag I believe, a fact that has certainly proved correct over the past few years.

To conclude Here in the gallery we look to take London art out of the London market without stipulating the London art market pricing structure. Our prices are set on secondary market sales, artists cost and fluctuating trends and fashions, a set of practices that in my mind should be independently regulated. The works above may seem ‘Pricey’ but in my opinion justified based upon skills set and longevity of style.

Kind Regards,

George Thornton Art

12a Flying Horse Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2HN – Tel – 01159243555

 

Louise McNaught – Artist Appearance 12th November 2pm until 5pm

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Bold, colourful and brash – A decade after which Louise Mcnaught exploded onto the art scene, we celebrate her world of Contemporary Wildlife in our first comprehensive exhibition to explore this exciting exchange of ideas on canvas. ‘Survival’ a look at the animal kingdom. How we treat these beast, endangered and otherwise.

Exhibition 12th – 23rd November
Artist Appearance – 12th November (2pm until 5pm)

Nottingham Gallery –

George Thornton Art, 12A Flying Horse Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2HN – Tel : 01159243555

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‘Falling For You’

Signed limited edition on paper.

George Thornton Art

Battersea Affordable Art Fair

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It won’t be long now until the gallery jets off to Battersea for the areas biannual Art Fair.

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Now in its 17th successful year, Affordable Art Fair Battersea has established itself as the “must attend” art buying and social event of the year.

Every year, the art appreciation community comes together to celebrate Battersea’s long history as a haven for the creation and patronage of art.

 Wednesday 19th until Sunday 23rd October

The success of Battersea is down to a careful selection of independent galleries, the artists they bring and a strong reputation for being one of the UK’s best destinations for fine, affordable art.

This will be the fourth time George Thornton Art will have had the great pleasure at exhibiting in Battersea, alongside gallery staple artists such as Russell Hatton, Rachel Tighe, Christopher Green and Jane Thomson. We will also be taking newly signed artists such as Louise McNaught and Kirsty Mackay for whom the fair will be an amazing stage on which to build awareness for their artistic talent.

 Perfect opportunity for you to discover something new. So why not come along?

The gallery has a number of complimentary tickets through the Battersea Art Fair Ticket Shop by inputting the following code: GEORGEHP For all further information do contact the gallery 01159243555 / george@georgethorntonart.com

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“Exhale” by Louise McNaught – Original Artwork, Mixed Media on Canvas

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“Liquid Love” by Kirsty Mackay – Original Artwork, Industrial Paints on Canvas

For all the information do contact the Gallery

George Thornton Art

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

Katy Jade Dobson. A touch of Monochrome?

What is it about monochrome? It never seems to go out of fashion, it never ages and it never fails to capture the imagination.

One of the best exhibitions I ever had the pleasure of visiting was the ‘Picasso Black and White’ held at the Guggenheim in New York back in November 2012.  The work was displayed beautifully and with the building itself a gleaming white edifice, contrasting elegantly alongside Picasso’s creations.

It is perhaps this simplicity and clarity that draws the viewer in, offering an element of creativity to the viewer that may not other wise exist. There is an untapped excitement in the ability to add colours and fill spaces with the mind creating your own subjective meaning to each piece that would otherwise be coloured in for you.

It would not be unfair to say that as a result black and white pieces tend to have a timeless appeal that allow them to adapt to a changing world around them. Fitting into new moulds whilst still resonating with a notion of the moment in which they were created to capture.

It is with this idea in mind we take a look at new work by the talented artist Katy Jade Dobson. A usual trait of this artist is to brush her canvas with colour however on this occasion she has purged her recognizable uses of reds, greens and purples from the art in order to highlight the formal structure and autonomy of form. An extremely difficult task as she works with a few base paints to create movement and life on to a static canvas or board. Although predominately black and white Dobson cannot resist a hue of colour to enhance the monochrome structure. Her ability to allow shadows to flow free is incandescent of her talent as an artist.

 

New works include ‘Harmony’, ‘Composure’ and ‘Dignity’.

For more information please do not hesitate to contact us  by phone 01159243555
or view works online – Katy Jade Dobson

George Thornton Art

12A Flying Horse Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2HN

 

 

Long awaited… anticipated and over due… The Art of 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 depicted defaced by graffiti, Adams strikes at the heart of our cultural consciousness with his work.

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.

Adams and his Publishing house have kept a tight lid on this new release. A task easier said than done with press, galleries and collectors all chomping at the bit to be given the opportunity to view and reserve work as soon as possible.

Welcome… to the new collection…

JJ ADAMS

‘Warhol’s Marilyn’

Signed limited edition print on paper. Presented in a large deep card mount and ornate black frame.

Edition – 95

Price – £545

Own Art Available. No deposit followed by 10 equal monthly instalments.

‘Skeletor’s Revenge’

Signed limited edition print on paper. Presented in a large deep card mount and ornate black frame.

Edition – 95

Price – £545

Only one ‘Skeletor’s Revenge’ remains in the gallery… Tel – 01159243555 : george@georgethorntonart.com

‘Still Life – With Mogwai’

Signed limited edition print on paper. Presented in a large deep card mount and ornate black frame.

Edition – 95

Price – £545

Own Art Available. No deposit followed by 10 equal monthly instalments.

‘Mission From God’

Signed limited edition print on paper. Presented in a large deep card mount and ornate black frame.

Edition – 95

Price – £545

Own Art Available. No deposit followed by 10 equal monthly instalments.

‘Self Preservation Society’

Signed limited edition print on paper. Presented in a large deep card mount and ornate black frame.

Edition – 95

Price – £495

Own Art Available. No deposit followed by 10 equal monthly instalments.

‘People’s Princess’

Signed limited edition print on paper. Presented in a large deep card mount and ornate black frame.

Edition – 95

Price – £545

The gallery has just one final copy available. Do contact us – 01159243555

‘Spoonful of Sugar (Colour)’

Signed limited edition print on paper. Presented in a large deep card mount and ornate black frame.

Edition – 95

Price – £545

Own Art Available. No deposit followed by 10 equal monthly instalments.

‘Spoonful of Sugar’ (Black & White)

Signed limited edition print on paper. Presented in a large deep card mount and ornate black frame.

Edition – 95

Price – £545

Own Art Available. No deposit followed by 10 equal monthly instalments.

‘Knights of Disorder’

Signed limited edition silkscreen print on paper. Presented in a large deep card mount and ornate black frame.

Edition – 95

Price – £545

‘Broken Heart’

Signed limited edition print on paper. Presented in a large deep card mount and ornate black frame.

Edition – 95

Price – £495

All works are available on line. Please note that the collection sold out within minutes after being released via his Publisher and we only have a limited number of pieces here to exhibit. Do contact us with regards all availability questions.

JJ Adams – Complete Collection
George Thornton Art

12A Flying Horse Walk,

Nottingham

NG1 2HN

http://www.georgethorntonart.com