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

 

Love Affair with Art. This is what we do…

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Some food for thought…

It’s no secret that perhaps Brexit (regardless of your voting persuasion) and the Trump election campaign has hit the retail or art market, hard, but while the big galleries and Art Houses report large sales and growing demand, the rest of the art world is finding life a lot harder. The impact of this could have drastic and far reaching repercussions for the art world, and art investors with a smaller budget. How will this change affect artists trying to establish themselves and the galleries that house their works?

For many artists, it is often that first gallery willing to take a chance and hang their work, which helps to establish them as a professional artist and set them on the road to becoming a renowned name. It is therefore worrying that now, more than ever, these small to middling sized galleries conform, perhaps selling commercial prints and what I consider ‘easy on the eye’ or ‘match my curtains’ art.

Many artists may struggle competing in a market saturated with other artworks, particularly online where some professional and skilled works can get lost in a sea of amateur art. Without this influx of talent traveling into galleries such as mine, the ecology of the art world could be warped into something completely unrecognizable, with no room for artists to move up the ladder and the upper echelons of the artistic world could stagnate with no room for newcomers. Here in the gallery we like to think that we work with our artists. Up and coming talented painters provide us with beautiful pieces and we in turn provide a platform with which to promote and showcase them. Take for example the works of Kirsty Mackay. Utilizing a particular blend of industrial paint and various other ingredients, she manipulates paint onto canvas creating a beautiful marbled effect using a multitude of colour.

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 ‘Evolution’ by Kirsty Mackay

Original Artwork: Industrial Paints on Box Canvas. Presented with a large modern white float frame.

£795 (Own Art available, spread the payment over 10 months)

 

For art investors, specifically those on a lower budget, this change could completely squeeze them out of the market, with little growth coming from the lower end, and the top end becoming even more out of reach to them. The small to middle sized galleries offer the chance to pick up new works from emerging talent and the chance to watch their investment grow. Here at the gallery, works sold by Kate Brinkworth and Russell Hatton have steadily increased in retail price over the past few years. Some may argue this is their value and some may argue it’s just a perceived value as again within any business a commodity is only worth what someone is willing to pay, however the facts don’t lie and both these artists works have increased in price.

Why not take a look at what we’re trying to achieve in the gallery. A break from the norm. A chance for collectors to invest in art that may not have the commercial splendour of the John Lewis print but art which is reasonably priced and one that is guided by skill and integrity.

Risk taking galleries like mine are the pioneers of the art world and should not be overlooked; it is at this level that fresh and enigmatic works are separated from the ordinary which in turn keeps the art markets so dynamic.

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 ‘The Writer’ by Kate Brinkworth

Original Artwork: Oil on Board

£4,750 (Own Art available, spread the payment over 10 months)

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‘Organicolcour ” by Russell Hatton

Original Artwork: Industrial Paint on Aluminum

£3,950 (Own Art available, spread the payment over 10 months)

 

George Thornton Art

12A Flying Horse Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2HN

Tel – 01159243555

New Art – ‘The Highland Cow’​ by Katy Jade Dobson

The Highland Cow has a long and distinguished ancestry, not only in its homeland of Scotland, but also in many far-flung parts of the world. One of Britain’s oldest, most distinctive, and best known breeds, with a long, thick, flowing coat of rich hair and majestic sweeping horns, the Highland Cow has remained largely unchanged over the centuries. A particularly hardy beast usually found resting on the mountain side in persistent rain and bitter winds, there long hair provides an amour against the elements and in turn the perfect content for any artists’ sketchbook or canvas.

Katy Jade Dobson draws influence from ethereal qualities and vivid colour,  descended into opulent oil paintings of wildlife scenes and subjects of nature. Here she turns her adoration to this fine beast, The Highland Cow.

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The gallery is proud to be stocking this lovely edition! Limited availability so do contact us for details – george@georgethorntonart.com

The Gallery – George Thornton Art