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.

 

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‘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

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

Stitched Treads on to Paper, mounted and framed.

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

 

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

Skin Deep. For the love of a Skull…

For centuries skull imagery was the main focus of mainstream artistic endeavor. Egyptians, Greeks and the Romans were famed for treasuring the skull and thus depictions of skinless facial features have been excavated for 1000s of years. By the 16th century skulls were becoming so central to European culture that, with a largely illiterate proletariat, depictions of skulls informed and educated as well as decorated.

So why do we love the skull? Well, certainly we can relate to one, after all we all have one, a shell structure that has evolved over millions of years which protects our most vital organ, exquisitely designed. However, the skull itself is far from a pretty object and why should it be..? Maybe it’s the fascination with its role in the human form as opposed to its aesthetic composition that is what fascinates us the most. At one point in art history all works of the skull were dark and macabre, possibly an insight into the harsh reality of living conditions in the Middle Ages. However, moving forward to the modern day, the skull is certainly an object of desire – the current love of skulls as a motif has never been so prevalent, guided by the some serious players in the world of fashion and art like the late Alexander McQueen and Damien Hirst.

Moving forward to the current time, skull imagery in art and its use as a device to engage the audience in the comfort of the familiar, whilst challenging perceptions, is a common occurrence.

From my point of view, as much as I love skull art, I do like my artists to push boundaries and try and incorporate an element of beauty within the work – and not just attempt to add commercial value to the commodity of their art. A juxtaposition (if you will) of showcasing something perceived as morbid and crossing this concept with elements of beauty. A selected number of my artists below have done just that using humour, flowers and even diamonds to not so subtly embellish an essentially macabre object associated with death and the human condition. I think they have achieved, each in their own way, a device to enable us to contemplate our respective fates in a surprising and strangely pleasurable way.

All works are on display in the gallery now.

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Mr Go : “Love you to Death”

Signed limited edition on paper, mounted and framed. (edition of 25)

£295

 

 

Christopher Green : “Red Bug”

Hyper Realism, Original Oil on Board

£2,500

 

Louise McNaught : “Born to Die”

Signed limited edition on paper. Edition of just 50 and presented within a black card mount and modern black matt frame.

£200 (unframed) or £350 (framed)

The gallery is showcasing this beautiful edition as well as the original painting entitled ‘Origin of Symmetry’

Magnus Gjoen : “Rose are Dead, (broken)”

Signed limited edition on paper. (edition of 50)  Presented within a card mount and modern black gloss frame.

£700 (unframed) or £835 (framed)

For all the updates follow the gallery on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Find us online or pop in and say hello!

Kind Regards,

George Thornton Art

The best is yet to come…

 

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For more than 100 years, art has been defined by rebellion. From the surrealists’ rejection of the rational to the political paintings of Picasso, rebellion has underpinned much of the driving force of many artistic movements and evidences the need to push boundaries and try something different. Keeping clients and collectors entertained and expressing visually the rage against whatever particular machine that has roused the artist’s ire. This is easier said than done. Even legendary performers such as the late great Prince and Paul Weller have stumbled when trying to create a different and unique style. Trying to rebel against conventional taste. Taking time to cite Paul Weller, this is a man who rose to fame quickly with his notorious punk band The Jam, before slipping into uncertain waters for pretty much a decade. Failed albums and on the verge of bankruptcy he self-financed and produced a monumental album, ‘Wild Wood’ followed shortly by, according to Rolling Stone, what was one of the greatest album ever, Stanley Road. A true tale of the rise and fall and rise again! Excuse me as I digress, but my aim to discuss the musical talent of Weller is really to compare this to the ideals of an artist. One who won fame quickly and justly? Wanted something different but it was rarely accepted and yet he still wanted to offer us something incredibly via commitment to and belief in his talent. This brings me onto to the incredible artist JJ Adams. An artist, who like few others, bounced onto the Art scene with incredible force. Aided by his modest publishing house and a select number of galleries, his works would sell within minutes. This due to secondary market and a control beyond the reach of JJ Adams, it proves what a legacy he was carving. Like many artists, including Weller, JJ Adams late last year wanted to try a different angle, sample new styles and experiment with different techniques. A body of work that he produced which was met with a lack of enthusiasm in the market place. However, his ‘Surgery Collection’ was by no means a flop and I for one feel we will look back on this collection with admiration and in fact art history has taught us that its these ‘under the radar’ collections tend to be worth their weight in gold in years to come. There was a time Picasso’s ceramics were frowned upon and just look how collectable they are today.

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‘Exterminate’ by JJ Adams
Signed limited edition. (edition of 45)

 

In a world where the industry is changing rapidly and consumers are on the hunt for familiarity if you provide something rebellious and differing from the norm it will always be met with some caution. We know this by studying work produced by Damien Hirst, Banksy and even Warhol who created art which his peers described as Bonfire fuel! So to conclude, as JJ entertains his colleagues and collectors, he continues to produce work that sells within minutes. Limited editions and originals sell before they hit the gallery walls; JJ is becoming well renowned within his field, a notable artist on the auction house market and a stable rebellious artist that is adorning many a private collection. He has bounced back with a vengeance,  proving to everyone he is an artistic force to be reckoned with. I think now, in years to come, people will be disappointed that they may have missed this furious wave of cultural rebellious artwork produced by this young talent. JJ Adams has a high mountain to climb and although moving quickly, this fickle art market will produce some pitfalls but in my mind he is worth watching and I’m sure by his own admission ‘The Best is yet to come…’

New work…

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‘Route Master’ by JJ Adams
Signed limited edition. (edition of 195)
£575 (Framed). Own Art available, spread the payment over 10 months, interest free.

 

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‘James Bond – 007’ (Black and White)
Signed limited edition. (edition of 195)
£495 (Framed). Own Art available, spread the payment over 10 months, interest free.

 

For more information contact us. View work online at George Thornton Art  View work in the flesh in our Nottingham Gallery.

12A, Flying Horse Walk,

Nottingham,

NG1 2HN

Tel – 01159243555  E.Mail – george@georgethorntonart.com

From time to time, Art faces controversy.

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Since humans began to make art, it has always been a creative form that is a hot bed of interpretation and criticism; from Picasso’s ‘Guernica’ to Harvey’s infant portrait of ‘Myra Hindley’. So why the need to create controversy and, in this day and age when internet access has allowed images to be showcased on a grand and un-mediated scale, how controversial can or should we become? Granted Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 take on ‘Clockwork Orange’ clearly demonstrated his intention to shock the audience. Now, fast forward 35 years and the concept of shock horror is a widespread and regular occurrence. Now most artists don’t want to alienate future clients per se, but acknowledge that controversy is a fine mechanism to encourage people to talk about an artist or piece of artwork. The art industry like any other business thrives on PR and marketing. I suppose the fine line is to attempt to provoke a reaction but not one that goes far enough to put a buyer off of actually purchasing the piece. To stimulate debate and to make the audience feel something – anything is in the hands of the artist themselves and in their judgement and execution of their work .

In the democratic marketplace of ideas, controversy over a work of art can arise from different interpretations about the meaning of a work. It can arise from different perceptions of the context in which a work is presented. It can arise from where people find their comfort zone begins and ends.

Below are a number of pieces that.. let’s say err on the side of caution as opposed to provoke outright controversy.

 

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‘Zola Psyche’

By JJ Adams
Signed limited edition on Paper
£495 (framed)

Coco de Mer

‘Coco de Mer’
By Xue Wang
Original Oil on Board
£4,950 (framed)

Own Art available. Purchase with an interest free loan. Contact us for details.

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‘Splendor Veritas’
By Joel Moens de Hase
Photographic Mosaic
£3,450

Own Art available. Purchase with an interest free loan. Contact us for details.

Thousands of images of undergarments create the ideal of a Nun.

Adam & Eve

‘Adam and Eve’
By Dean Kemp
Original Mixed Media Sculpture

New work by Dean arriving in March. Register your interest by contacting the gallery – george@georgethorntonart.com

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

George Thornton Art

Unit 12A

Flying Horse Walk

Nottingham

NG1 2HN

01159 243 555

www.georgethorntonart.com