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

The Art of Anna E Davies

Really LOVE, LOVE the art of Anna E Davies at the moment. Feel she is doing something different & really interesting. She works on board, telephone directories and using oil she works with abstract strokes to produce incredible figures.

See further work online – George Thornton Art

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The Art by Anna E Davies is on permanent display at George Thornton Art

(12A Flying Horse Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2HN) (Tel : 01159243555)

Nottinghams very own Jane Thomson

Spend time with Jane’s paintings; on the surface they are beautiful and intricate, but like the layers they are made from, there is so much depth to these works. Figurative art exposes and addresses the concept of beauty. How we are perceived and how we perceive others.

Jane’s use of ink, pencil and pastel is delicate. Perfect medium for the female form. She then interlinks imagery with layers of printed thoughts either from photographic text or her own poetry.

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‘Unfolding’ – Mixed Media on Board

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‘Invisible Ink on her Skin’ – Mixed Media on Board

Come and visit our current display with artist Jane Thomson.

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

 

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

George Thornton Art ~ 12A Flying Horse Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2HN

Tel – 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

 

George Thornton Art {12A Flying Horse Walk}{Nottingham}{NG1 2HN}

Telephone – 01159243555

 

All ‘smART’… All about the ART!

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‘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.

 

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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.

 

George Thornton Art

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

 

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.

http://www.georgethorntonart.com/Arti…/Antony-Gormley/Art-By

George Thornton Art

12A Flying Horse Walk ~ Nottingham ~ NG1 2HN

Tel ; 01159243555

 

 

The Perfect Gift this Christmas

The lights are switched on and the Christmas Market is in town, it seems the festive season is fast approaching us. I’m not sure about you, but it feels like it has crept up out of nowhere.

This is the time that the search for gift inspiration starts, and to help I have put together a selection of pieces by our incredible body of fine, contemporary artists. Sure to make wonderful gifts this Christmas.

Please find included below all the details for your consideration.

 

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‘Hybrid’ by Gareth Hayward

A C-Type Photographic Print (Edition of 5)

Framed Dimensions: 39″ x 39″

Price: £950 (framed)

 

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‘What Goes on in Las Vegas’ by JJ Adams

Signed Limited Edition (Framed)

Framed Dimensions: 41″ x 35″

Price: £540

 

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‘Pink Egg Cup’ – Still Life by Christopher Green

Original Artwork : Oil on Board

Dimensions: 32″ x 26″

Price: £2,650

CRUSH

‘Crush’ by Sara Pope

Original Oil on Board

Dimensions: 24″ x 31″

Price: £2,500

 

What Remains of Psychae Mini

‘What Remains of the Psyche’ by Louise McNaught

Original Artwork : Mixed Media onto Box Canvas

Dimensions: 28″ x 28″

Price: £2,000

 

If there is a piece included you wish to discuss please call the Gallery at your earliest convenience to avoid disappointment. All further works are on our website, we still offer free delivery or for the full impact of what we showcase do pop in to the Gallery.

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

Tel – 01159243555

Fake or Fortune. The Art of David Henty in the style of Jean Michel Basquiat

A Jean Michel Basquiat painting “Untitled Skull” sold for $110.5 million during one of the most riveting auction battles in history. It is a painting that bleeds history, Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Untitled Skull (1982) portrays a black skull scarred with red rivulets, pitted with angry eyes, gnashing its teeth, against a blue graffiti wall on which someone has been doing their sums. A graffiti-esque style, erratic and easy brush strokes – the epitome of Jean Michele Basquiat’s style. This record sale catapults this deceased artist into the history books with art historians the world over branding him as a pioneer of the Neo-Expressionist art boom (circa 1980s) and one to be revered, wilder than Jackson Pollock, more profound than Mark Rothko.

 

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JEAN MICHEL-BASQUIAT, UNTITLED, 1982. ESTIMATE IN EXCESS OF $60 MILLION. SOLD FOR $110.5 MILLION

 

Almost 30 years after his death, with auction houses dealing in his work daily, the Barbican Centre (in the City of London) has put together one of the largest and most significant collections outside the U.S. featuring rare film, photography and archive material. The show captures the spirit of this self-taught artist. With Basquiat now hitting the headlines regularly his notoriety and possibly price bracket will almost certainly rise. Here in the gallery we are showcasing one artist that pays homage to his work. Welcome David Henty. A convicted forger, he has managed to capture the style of Basquiat like no other artist I’ve ever seen. Not only is the work almost identical with every brush stroke, but David Henty has managed to capture the raw, uncensored, and fiercely magnificent passion in his work to recreate undeniably outstanding copies of Basquiat’s art.

 

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Above image top – Jean Michel Basquiat original

Above image bottom – David Henty copy

 

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‘Fallen Angel’ (1981) by David Henty – Original art in the style of Jean Michel Basquiat

 

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Skull‘ by David Henty – Original art in the style of Jean Michel Basquiat

 

To view these works and many further pieces by David Henty do join us in the gallery

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

 

Banksy. Do we invest?

Last week saw the opening of his latest exhibition. At a hotel nestled against the controversial barrier wall separating Israel from Palestine, Banksy has transformed the building with art and sculpture synonymous with its geographical and historical positon. Although it’s fair to say it will be critically analysed over the coming weeks with both good and bad reviews, one thing for certain is that Banksy is back on top of the art world. The honorary top spot was compounded by the fact that yesterday Sotheby’s sold a piece ‘This is a pipe’ for £285,000. A sum double its estimate.

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Banksy is certainly hot property so let’s speculate as to why he continues to take the art world by storm. One might suggest his ideas are current and mainstream, incorporating a humorous stance residing within international cultures outlining war, consumerism, social media and politics. Others believe his success to be predominantly based upon a supposedly discreet identity. I personally believe his success is down to sheer skill in delivering the concept and by this I don’t mean his ability to stencil and spray paint onto a wall but to continue to create works that intrigue and inspire the entire globe. The old saying of letting the art do the talking is obviously paramount here and echoes forth with regards to the simply staggering effect Banksy has had upon the art market throughout his career.

So, down to the facts. A lot of people feel that Banksy paints on walls and or occasionally creates murals for A List celebrities, however obtaining a piece of art by Banksy doesn’t have to be that difficult… Here in the gallery we are exhibiting unsigned and signed works by Banksy. Over the past decade Banksy has released much signed work into the market. He created a number of limited editions that have become incredibly collectible, the most sought after being the famous ‘Girl with Balloon’. A piece (in good condition) is worth up to £70,000 on the open market. Not a bad investment considering its initial retail ticket was around £200.

As I mentioned there are a number of pieces in various galleries and adorning the walls of collectors. Some more exciting and deemed more collectable than others. The gallery is pleased to announce a number of signed and unsigned pieces by Banksy are on display. You are welcome to view works below with further more in our studio. If you would like information regarding his works or any particular pieces do contact us.

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‘Pulp Fiction’ by Banksy

Released in 2004 and signed by the artist.

This work is presented within a large card mount and modern black frame.

£16,000

 

Grannies - Edition 150 - 56 x 76 - £20,000

‘Grannies’ by Banksy

Released in 2006. This work is an unsigned, limited edition by the artist.

This work is presented within a large card mount and modern black frame.

£6,000

 

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‘Morons’ by Banksy

Released in 2007. This work is an unsigned, limited edition by the artist.

This work is presented within a large card mount and modern black frame.

£7,000

Kind Regards,

George Thornton Art

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