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.

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“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

New Art – ‘The Highland Cow’​ by Katy Jade Dobson

The Highland Cow has a long and distinguished ancestry, not only in its homeland of Scotland, but also in many far-flung parts of the world. One of Britain’s oldest, most distinctive, and best known breeds, with a long, thick, flowing coat of rich hair and majestic sweeping horns, the Highland Cow has remained largely unchanged over the centuries. A particularly hardy beast usually found resting on the mountain side in persistent rain and bitter winds, there long hair provides an amour against the elements and in turn the perfect content for any artists’ sketchbook or canvas.

Katy Jade Dobson draws influence from ethereal qualities and vivid colour,  descended into opulent oil paintings of wildlife scenes and subjects of nature. Here she turns her adoration to this fine beast, The Highland Cow.

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The gallery is proud to be stocking this lovely edition! Limited availability so do contact us for details – george@georgethorntonart.com

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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

 

2017! For the love of art!

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Within the context of “ART” the subject supports such personal, social, cultural and creative development, and enables participants, both collectors and artists themselves to engage with ideas and meanings. Welcome 2017 and the gallery is proud that with new media we are looking forward to showcasing a host of imagination and creativity.

New artists are booked for this year. We have an eventful year planned of gallery exhibitions and art fairs. Keep up to date via social media, this platform and be assured in the knowledge that our gallery display, changes weekly with new art arriving all the time. Looking for that perfect statement piece or adding to a collection? See what we have to offer…

George Thornton Art

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“Infatuation” by Louise McNaught

Original Mixed Media on Canvas

Our mailing address is: GEORGE THORNTON ART

Unit 12A, Flying Horse walk, Nottingham, NG1 2HN.

+44 (0)1159 243 555 –www.georgethorntonart.com

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.

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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

The British and our Love Affair with Modern Art

Post war artists were experimenting, frustrated by a global situation over which they had no control. The ability and need to answer questions and break rules had never been so prevalent and it was with this mind set that modern and therefore conceptual art was born. This movement created a trendy, cosmopolitan audience for contemporary modern art. A form that although at the time provided artist and dealers with incredible monetary gain,  at that time the idea of modern art was not exposed worldwide and certainly not enjoyed by all.

The problem with modern art is the same problem we all face when encountering something new, which is comprehension. It doesn’t matter if you are an art lover, creator or academic, if you don’t understand you tend to switch off. Now 50 years ago when Modern Art and by that I mean art of a conceptual nature i.e. ‘Pop Art’ or ‘Abstract’ was hitting the headlines in America the British were taking a stance of denial. In true British fashion we erred towards a conservative view of the movement – sticking to what we knew worked, sold and what we liked. Rapidly moving forward, Britain’s position on modern art has changed dramatically.  Possibly enhanced by dealers like Charles Saatchi and show rooms like the Tate we now find ourselves embracing the conceptual movement and providing platforms not only for some of the greatest known living artists but also those younger, emerging stars of the future. We host the Turner prize which, up until 1991 was deemed not important enough for the general public to understand, however, after a televised showing of the competition, it was soon understood that us Brits do love a bit of Modern Art. Maybe we have changed our psychology? Maybe we have changed our views, as internationally known artists born and bred in this country are now touted as legends of the  modern generation. Something to give us credence and an emblem to be proud of. Whatever the reason, fundamentally the British public have become a nation of modern art lovers. Embracing and showcasing our ideas to the world. This is certainly compounded by the huge spend and investment the government is now ploughing into projects such as the development of ‘Tate Modern’. A ‘Free Entrance’ art gallery which encourages art lovers from all over the world to enter and enjoy what us Brits deem fit to be considered modern art of international standards.

George Thornton Art prides itself on offering a range of art from different movements and we’d love to share our artists, modern, abstract or figurative with you.  Call in or call us – we have superlative art in an independent gallery.

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“Atomised” by Russell Hatton

Industrial Spray Paints on Aluminum

Original Artwork

£3,950

 

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“Bang” by MrGo

Signed limited edition, gold leaf hand embellished print on paper.

(Edition of 25)

£295 Framed.

 

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“Space Cadet” by Darren Fraser

Oil and Pencil on Box Canvas

Original Artwork

£1,750

 

George Thornton Art

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