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)

‘Weird Science’ an Exhibition by Gail Troth Opens Tomorrow.

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Exhibition: Saturday 29th March – Friday 4th March
Opening Reception: Saturday 29th March: Meet the artist 1pm – 4pm

 

It’s almost here, the Gail Troth Exhibition opens it doors tomorrow.

Make sure you drop by the gallery, enjoy a glass of wine, some nibbles and of course get the chance to meet the artist herself who will be here from 1 – 4pm.

See work from over 5 of her different collections, featuring her popular ‘Eternal Landscape’ series and works never seen in Nottingham before.

This is a fantastic opportunity as Gail Troth rarely makes a public appearances and to have her in gallery tomorrow will be a huge pleasure. So come along and do not miss out!!!!

If you have any further questions or would like to register your interest in coming on Saturday 29th March please do not hesitate to contact the gallery.

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Upcoming Exhibition: ‘Weird Science’ By Gail Troth Paintings that Paint Themselves

Billion Year Old Carbon 121 x 76‘Billion Year Old Carbon’
Acrylic on Canvas
Dimensions: 47.5″ x 30″
£1,695 or pay through own art, pay just £169.50 over ten monthly installments (interest free)

George Thornton Art would like to cordially invite you to the opening of our upcoming exhibition of the fantastic Gail Troth

Exhibition: Saturday 29th March – Friday 4th March
Opening Reception: Saturday 29th March: Meet the artist 1pm – 4pm

‘Weird Science’ will be a show displaying the various sides of Troth, bringing together examples from six of the artists collections including works from the popular eternal landscape range. This reflective exhibition aims to share the scope and diversity of Troth’s work, showing just how much can be achieved using her unique and experimental painting technique.

In order to create her works, Troth adds a variety of thinners and alcohol to acrylic and oil paints changing the mass density of the paint. This mass is changed continuously during each paintings creation.

Using these altered paints she constructs her images using a drip paint technique: Dropping paint onto a fluid canvas, forming concentric circles as it hits the surface. As the paintings dry, they create a delicate pattern beyond manual dexterity, which have an intriguing effect on the canvas.

For those already familiar Troth’s work this will be a fantastic opportunity to meet the artist herself. Troth will in the gallery from 1pm until 4pm on Saturday 29th March. This will be rare chance to meet her as she does not usually choose to publicly attend her exhibitions. Don’t miss out.

Please have a look at some of the featured work that will be on display above and below.

If you have any further questions or would like to register your interest in coming on Saturday 29th March please do not hesitate to contact the gallery.

Mutual Gravity NY Night 90cmx90cm‘New York Night’
Acrylic on Canvas
Dimensions: 35.5″ x 35.5″
£1,695 or available or pay through own art, pay just £169.50 over ten monthly installments (interest free)

Cedella's Son 101x101‘Cedella’s Son’
Oil and Acrylic on Canvas
Dimensions: 40″ x 40″
£1,950 or available or pay through own art, pay just £195 over ten monthly installments (interest free)

Mutual Gravity Times Square 90cmx 90cm‘New York Times Square’
Acrylic on Canvas
Dimensions: 35.5″ x 35.5″
£1,695 or available or pay through own art, pay just £169.50 over ten monthly installments (interest free)

EL 10-451 100x50‘Surreal View’
Acrylic on Canvas
Dimensions: 40″ x 20″
£995 or available or pay through own art, pay just £995 over ten monthly installments (interest free)

New for September

Check out this months new works from 5 of our amazing artists; Kate Brinkworth Nick Holdsworth, Gail Troth, Russell Hatton and Rachel Tighe.

All these works will be available to see in gallery and also on out stand at the Manchester Buy Art Fair, running from Thursday 26th September to Sunday 29th September. Feel free to come along and enjoy , you can get your free ticket to the event by registering through the link below.

www.buyartfair.co.uk/page.cfm/Action=PreReg/PreRegID=1/t=m   

In other news, the gallery is getting very excited about our upcoming Xue Wang exhibition which will be on from Saturday 5th October for a week. Xue Wang will be in the gallery from 1pm -5pm  to talk about her work and answer any questions you may have.

Browse featured works by the artist below.

For more details check out our website (www.georgethorntonart.com) or contact us at the gallery available in house, by phone and email. Ask for George or Daniel.

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‘8 pm’
Oil on Mounted Board
24″ x 34″
£2850 or 18 monthly installments of just £159 (interest free)

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‘Kate Moss Eyes’
Supersized Pixels & Spray Paint onto Paper (Framed)
24″ x 34″
£1250 or 10 monthly installments of just £125 (interest free)

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‘Ethereal’
Oil on Canvas
40″ x 40″
£1295 or just 10 monthly installments of £129.50

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‘Dynamic Poise’
Oil on Canvas
40″ x 20″
£995 or just 10 monthly installments of £99.50

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‘Entelechy Grey’
Candy and Xryalic onto Aluminium
53″ x 33″
£3000 or just 18 monthly installments of £167.00

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‘Covent Garden Parasols’
Acrylic on Canvas
36″ x 24″
£795 or just 10 monthly installments of £79.50

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‘New York Crane’
Acrylic on Canvas
24″ x 36″
£795 or just 10 monthly installments of £79.50

The Art of Jan Nelson

The Gallery has been blessed with some brilliant new works by the talented Jan Nelson.

Her works are all inspired by her love of sailing and  love of the sport shines through onto canvas. Nelson is able to capture the thrill and excitement that the sport offers, whilst also allowing us to take in the beauty of the sea, the vivid colours of the sails and the breathtaking backdrop that we often associate with sailing.

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‘Along The South Coast’ by Jan Nelson
This beautiful work is based upon the raging coastline of Beachy Head.
Original Artwork: Acrylic on Canvas
Dimensions: 21″ x 21″
Price: £495 or 10 Monthly Installments of only £49.50 (Interest free)

 

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‘Downwind Sail’ by Jan Nelson
Original Artwork: Acrylic on Canvas
Dimensions: 29″ x 29″
Price: £695 or 10 monthly installments of only £69.50 (interest free)

 

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‘Sailing Around the Bay’ by Jan Nelson
Inspired by the sailors paradise of Lime Bay on the Dorset Coast.
Original Artwork: Acrylic on Canvas
Dimensions: 22″ x 22″
Price: £495 or 10 monthly installments of just £49.50 (interest free)

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‘Turning Downwind’ by Jan Nelson
Original Artwork: Acrylic on Canvas
Dimensions: 21″ x 30.5″
Price: £695 or 10 monthly installements of just £69.50 (interest free)