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.

Overnight Selection

“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

Splash of Colour! Welcome new work by Katy Jade Dobson.

Wildlife….

The natural world is so full of wonder and we can all tell tales of times we have been surprised, awed and inspired by its power. This week we discovered the winner of this year’s National History Museum Photography of the Year competition ‘A tale of two foxes’ captured by Don Gutoski.

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Gutoski’s entry beat competition from 42,000 other entries from around the world, including images taken of a Bryde’s whale and a newt on the surface of a stream. The natural world is prime fodder for artistic inspiration and many artists see recreating these scenes as a challenge worth taking on.

Vibrant and talented Katy Jade Dobson is just one such artist. Using a palette of vivid colours and a subtle technique to apply oil onto board, beautifully capturing the movement and energy of her wildlife scenes.

Dobson has recently presented the gallery with three new pieces capturing the the graceful interactions between animals of the same species. Set to a mono tone background, Dobsons colourful creations jump at their audience and present a majestic dance between the animals. These signed limited editions pick out the traits of well known animals such as the graceful movement of a smack of jellyfish or the hectic movement of a charm of hummingbirds, and translate their presence onto our walls.

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‘Flutter’ by Katy Jade Dobson

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‘Hummingbirds’ by Katy Jade Dobson

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‘Bloom’ by Katy Jade Dobson

Katy’s minimalistic, semi-abstract forms depict both movement and emotion of a captured moment.

For the chance to experience the work first hand do visit the gallery or contact us for more information
01159 243 555

12A Flying Horse Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2HN

The Art of ‘Abstract’ with a view on Scottish artist, Jan Nelson

Abstract art is art that does not attempt to represent an accurate depiction of a visual reality but instead use shapes, colours, forms and gestural marks to achieve its effect.

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‘Crash Gybe Imminent’ Acrylic on Canvas (framed)

The word abstract strictly speaking means to separate or withdraw something from something else. In that sense, it is applied to art in which the artist has started with some visible object and abstracted elements from it to arrive at a more or less simplified form. Here you can see work by Scottish artist Jan Nelson who builds up layers of paint to create enigmatic sailing scenes.

Abstraction of Art is not a new form; in fact since the dawn of time pottery and early cave paintings show linear crafted markings which in turn create loose shapes. Nowadays the modern abstract idea probably emerged from Cubism and over the last 50 years has remained prominent in many a museum and gallery space. In my opinion you tend to see much less abstract work in commercial spaces due to the content and lack of connection by the viewer. Is it more difficult to have a connection with a piece that has to be explained… ? I suppose the trick for any artist who verges on ‘Abstract Art’ is to communicate their feelings or image in a way that is clearly understood. So why would any commercial artist choose Abstraction? Already the bar is set high… Already the cards are stacked…

I’m always intrigued with how the public embrace or detract from this movement. Looking again at the work of Jan Nelson, it has been a long time since I’ve seen as many art lovers as fully engage with an artist and her work. So why is this? Could it be the current interior market? The splash of colour which brightens up the family home or the avid sailors love of the sport or possibly the fact that although within a abstract guise Jan Nelsons ability to feed detail onto the canvas is astonishing? I feel the later is poignant. I assume her ability to portray figures in boats and the energy of the sport allows us to connect, understand and appreciate her work. In the same way that ‘Cubism’ evolved into ‘Abstraction’, Jan’s paintings highlight themselves by promoting not only the form of ‘abstraction’ but also that sense of realism giving the onlooker that sense of connection.

Jan Nelson’s forth coming exhibition commences the final Saturday in May.
30th May – 5th June.
Artist Appearance – Saturday 30th May: 2pm until 5pm.
Contact us george@georgethorntonart.com for details.

Gallery – 12A Flying Horse Walk Nottingham – 01159243555

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‘Heading Inshore’ Acrylic on Canvas (framed)

The Wildlife Art of Katy Jade Dobson

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This young artist, based in Lincoln, (UK) demonstrates her love and understanding of her medium in her ethereal, colour rich paintings of wildlife. Inspired by the work of French artist Odilon Redon, Dobson brings a lavish quality to the animals that she depicts on canvas. Brush strokes, scratches and the sheer exuberance of the laying on of paint make her exciting representations of noble beasts a pleasure to behold. But given the popularity of animals as subject matter, evidenced in the success of David Shepherd’s work over the years, is Dobson’s work the 21st century’s answer to wildlife painting?

By way of comparison, David Shepherd’s work ‘Ahmed’

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and Katy Jade Dobson’s work ‘His Majesty’

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both show a bull elephant in his pride, fully alert and looking frankly magnificent. But how does our response to the different way these beasts are shown evidence a shift in taste in the wildlife genre buying public? Shepherd’s seemingly photo realistic ‘Ahmed’ appears in a dust cloud, set against a tropical blue sky, as though he has been captured pictorially in situ. But how realistic is that version of ‘in situ’? Is it so very different from the non-background to Dobson’s ‘His Majesty’? I would argue that both settings are alien to the majority of the public, most not having personally experienced the landscape in which an elephant roams. Therefore, the space given by Dobson to her multi-hued creature is as valid and as tangible in reality as the idyll represented in Shepherd’s work. This absence, this permission for the audience to view the elephant as they will, lends a more contemporary tone to the depiction of the bull, surely more fitting in a 21st century environment. The skill of Dobson in visually reproducing the animal and giving it its own space to be admired is a stunning tribute not only to her skill as a wildlife artist, but to her sensitivity and understanding of her genre.

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“Strength” by Katy Jade Dobson

Signed limited edition print on paper. (Edition of just 45 copies)

Presented in an off white card mount and big black, ornate frame.

£345, spread the payment with Own Art. No deposit, followed by 10 equal monthly instalments of £34.50.

His Majesty

“His Majesty” by Katy Jade Dobson

Signed limited edition print on paper. (Edition of just 75 copies)

Presented in an off white card mount and big black, ornate frame.

£345, spread the payment with Own Art. No deposit, followed by 10 equal monthly instalments of £34.50.

Wisdom

“Wisdom” by Katy Jade Dobson

Signed limited edition print on paper. (Edition of just 45 copies)

All works are available in the Nottingham gallery. Come and see them in the flesh. For more information regarding these or original paintings please contact the gallery. {01159243555} {george@georgethorntonart.com}

The love of the city…

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“Portobello Flowers” By Rachel Tighe

Depictions of cities have been popular with both artist and audience for centuries. Virtually every movement in art has contained within it works that represent cities and arguably the iconography of these metropolises has been in no small part generated and reinforced by these representations. George Thornton Art has cityscapes on show in the gallery by three very different artists with three very different perspectives (quite literally, as well as figuratively) on major cities and it is very interesting to examine how their works represent the cities they have chosen.

Alicia Dubnycykj is an exciting artist who brings a sense of the speed and vibrance of her chosen cities to stunning life on her large canvases. In ‘Arc de Triomphe’ an aerial angular view of the iconic landmark at night, the streetlamps and car headlights seem alive and appear to actually be flickering on the canvas. Use of reflective glossy paint, especially when viewed in an artificially lit environment, persuades the viewer that the work is alive and full of movement. A capital city is frequently the synecdoche of a nation and the technique here, of lighting the Arc de Triomphe itself as the visual focus of the piece set in a surrounding of darkness, punctuated only by the street lights that lead the viewer’s eye to the Arc itself, achieves this extremely well. The Arc de Triomphe ‘becomes’ France.

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“Arc De Triomphe” By Alicia Dubnycykj

In contrast, the representation of New York in ‘After Dark’ by artist Matt Colagiuri is a post impressionistic view of the city – the construction of the city and its identity signified through signs. Bright neon signs in primary colours contrast dramatically with the blackness of the New York night against which these are depicted. His use of photographic mosaic tiles set at different heights with a super glossy coating convey the sense of a vibrant and dynamic city purely through the use of recognised signs that speak of the United States. Still clearly a cityscape, but one that relies on a different way of defining and identifying NYC than that based purely on buildings.

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“After Dark” By Matt Colagiuri

And by way of a total contrast to both artists is the work of Rachel Tighe. Her seemingly naïve representations of recognisable city views belie the cleverness in their execution. The artist confidently expects that the audience will recognise her interpretation of a given skyline and this gives her free rein to represent them in her own absolutely unique style. Having the courage to leave white, unpainted spaces on the canvas and to depict skylines of famous edifices (for example in Gondola View, Venice) in simplistic ways that still effectively convey the location is a real talent and shows the maturity of Tighe in her work.

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“NYC Rooftops at dawn” By Rachel Tighe

So there you have it – three completely different ways of generating a response to cities, all highly effective and all most definitely provoke a reaction in the audience. They all reinforce the visual connotations of landmarks and skylines that are burned into our cultural consciousness.

Amazing new art in for April!

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FLOWERS THAT GROW OUT OF DARK MOMENTS by MAGNUS GJOEN

20″ x 20″
Giclee Signed Limited Edition of 60 (Paper Only)
£275 or pay just £27.50 a month over 10 months (Interest Free)

Copies can be expertly framed by the gallery for an additional price of £100. The dimensions would change to 28″ x 28″ to include mount and frame. Please contact the gallery for more information and photos of the image framed.

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ST PAUL’S AT NIGHT by ALICIA DUBNYCYKJ

48″ x 36″
Original Artwork: Gloss on Wood
£5,000 Payment options available; Spread the cost over 10, 12 or 18 months (Interest Free)

In the work of Alicia Dubnyckyj, the viewer is compelled to step back not to appreciate the city in its historical radiance but to encounter a modern metropolis in its speed, its immensity and its futurity.

 

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DON’T GET ME WRONG by PAUL LEMMON

47.5″ x 35.5″
Original Art: Oil on Canvas
£2,350  Payment options available; Spread the cost over 10, 12 or 18 months (Interest Free)

Full of energy and colour compounds a rush of city living!

 

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MANHATTAN INTERSECTION by RACHEL TIGHE

48″ x 36″
Original Artwork: Acrylic on Canvas
£1,750 or pay just £175 a month over 10 months (Interest Free)

Up and coming artist, Rachel Tighe! Making huge waves within the business! Rachel loves to presents us with a conurbation of abstracted shapes and lights.

 

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BREAKING DAWN by DAVID BEZ

31.5″ x 33.5″
Original Art: Mixed Media on paper, presented in an off white card mount and grey metal frame.
£795 or pay just £79.50 a month over 10 months (Interest Free)

David’s work draws inspiration from the urban, industrial and pastoral landscapes in and around his home.

 

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EUDAROD by NOM KINNEAR KING

34″ x 30″
Original Art: Pastel on Paper, presented in an off white card mount and sleek modern cream frame.
£945 or pay just £94.50 a month over 10 months (Interest Free)

 

For more information about the work we exhibit do contact us by e-mail {george@georgethorntonart} or phone {+44(0)1159243555}

Starting Tomorrow, The Darren Stevenson Exhibition, ‘The Calm Before the Storm’

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The Exhibition, starting tomorrow will run for one week until Friday 20th December. With a special appearance from the artist Stevenson between 1pm and 4pm.
A healthy serving of wine and cheese will be on offer (how could you resist?)

We all find inspiration in different places, people and objects and in honour of the exhibition, we thought it would be worthwhile saying a little about the great man who inspired Stevenson and has been a driving force behind his incredible artwork; J. M. W. Turner.

Perhaps best know for his work ‘The Fighting Temeraire’ he had a career that spanned half a century and is regarded by many to be one of the finest British artists to have lived.

Focusing mainly on the destructive forces of man and nature Turner is able to capture beautifully the changing nature of British life. Depicting contrasting scenes of the new industrial landscape against Britain’s past of sail boats and expansive green fields. Reflecting and adding to the efforts of other British Romantics working at the same time such as Wordsworth and Byron.

Like Turner, Stevenson has become entranced by the beauty of the open sea, primarily using coastal scenes in his work often using destructive imagery championed by Turner. A brilliant example of this in action is Stevenson’s ‘Storm’ as featured below.

To see ‘Storm’ and other amazing works, be sure to come along tomorrow or in the week and check out the full exhibit. For more information contact George or Daniel at The Gallery, or find us online.

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‘Storm’
Dimensions: 30″ x 30″
Original Artwork: Oil on Board
Price: £1150 or just 10 monthly instalments of £115 (interest free)