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

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8 weird & wonderful works that will boggle your mind!

What does it mean for something to be weird? Perhaps something that is a little out of the ordinary? Surreal? Left of field? Supernatural perhaps… ?

Here in the Gallery we think that weird is wonderful! 8 weird and wonderful pieces to make you think…

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‘My Black Heart’ by Mr Go

‘Fortunes Balled’ by Nom Kinnear King

‘Womb Service’ by Xue Wang

‘Exposure’ by Ian Hodgson

‘Egress’ by Ian Jones

‘The Devil Hath Power to Assume a Pleasing Shape’ by Magnus Gjoen

‘Crwcwd’ by Anna E Davies

‘Unfolding’ by Jane Thomson

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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.

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All ‘smART’… All about the ART!

Gunpowder Blue

‘Gunpowder Blue’ – Kate Brinkworth

Lots planned for the final half of 2018. New artists for the gallery, established masters together with rising talent! Interesting sculpture and dynamic statement wall art to finish off that newly renovated space. Art Fairs are in place and with a whole host of gallery exhibitions planned it’s looking like a fabulous ‘Arty’ season ahead. Watch this space…

View some of our featured works this month. As Summer is with us, here in the gallery we just love a little slash of colour.

 

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Here in the Gallery we love new art by Gareth Hayward. A photographer of integrity. Hours spent layering individual images, building a collage with breath taking results.

‘Elements’ by Gareth Hayward on display now.

 

Nina Simone

New artist to our books! We welcome Kelly Ann – Holmes. Each piece created from recycled aluminum. View ‘Nina Simone’ mosaic strong-bow cider.

 

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Original Artwork by the incredeibly talented Alicia Dubnyckyj. ‘Flatiron Building’

Alicia uses gloss paint on board to create each stunning original composition.

 

Unfolding

Date in the Diary – 30th June
Exhibition with Jane Thomson and Donna Rumbe – Smith.

‘Fragments’ interlink both artists, a collaboration of original works. For information do contact the Gallery – Tel : 01159243555

 

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Artist Nick Holdsworth breaks the mold. Printing 1000’s of tiny images onto paper, embossing this on to board before spray painting the final image. Using this pixilation technique encourages the work to look almost 3D.

 

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Anna E Davies – Shifting Perceptions

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Welsh painter Davies takes inspiration from her day-to-day environment in Nottingham, revealing the underlying sentiments and sensations lurking in mundane, everyday experiences.

Her ruddy, fleshy figures recall the grubby worlds of Raymond Briggs and Quentin Blake as much as Francis Bacon’s contorted dreamscapes. Here the mind is making a break for it through the body and reality is worming its way out from under appearance.

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The shifting, fuzzy face of the grim figure in Reflection (below) stands in stark contrast to the defined shape of the teacher or perhaps self portrait seen in Sketch (above image)

Davies work here recalls the existentialist philosophy of Heidegger and Sartre with the subject of Sketch defined and submerged into the social identity of the teacher, while the figure in Reflection is confronted with the terrible freedom of authenticity and the clamouring, battling swirl of multiple identities.

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The Gallery welcomes this fine emerging artist to our books. Already a positive reaction we anticipate Davies to be an artist not to be overlooked. Click here to find out more

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Day in Margate – Tracey Emin’s infamous “Bed”

The weather was cold and wet, not worth staying home for, so, little trip down Margate seem liked a good idea. The white angular Turner Contemporary, is a stark contrast to the historic Margate seafront and light years away from the Dreamland amusement park at the other end of the prom.

The Contemporary’s current exhibition, pairing Tracey Emin’s infamous “bed” with original Turner seascapes, seemed incongruous. Until you remember, Turner was as eccentric and controversial in his day, as Emin and the rest of the Young British Art movement were in the nineties.

On it’s own in the middle of the Gallery floor, Turners hung behind, “the bed” looked a little like something that had been dropped from the sky. Dirty underwear and rumpled sheets, empty bottles, cigarette stubs and condoms, yellowing a little and showing their twenty years of age.

It was like a story part told, the action stopped unfinished. Surprisingly, the Turners have the same quality, sea frozen, stopped as the waves crashed. Two moments in time, captured, centuries apart.

The end of the story came from Emin’s video narrative of the bed’s reconstruction, it brought humanity I had not previously seen. “The bed” was her chaotic world and it’s conception changed that world, catapulting her into the art world’s spotlight.

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For Emin, twenty years on, she is voluntarily dry, celibate and non smoking. What ever you may think of it as art, it is possible that “the bed” saved at least one life.

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Antony Gormley’s “Standing Matter” (2010)

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Antony Gormley’s ‘Standing Matter’ (2010) is a piece of human appreciation of the weight of mans’ imperfection faced with those perfect symmetrical blocks of his own creation. A human without angles and anonymous against colourless outlines speaks to the hopelessness of the human condition – relentless progress of the Lego block constructions of our weak and featureless imaginations against the molecular structure less shape of our existence. Exquisite.

‘Standing Matter’ is on display in the Gallery and available to purchase. Framed and certified with Gormley’s signature on the reverse.

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