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)

 

What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas - £540

‘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

 

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‘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

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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

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

The British and our Love Affair with Modern Art

Post war artists were experimenting, frustrated by a global situation over which they had no control. The ability and need to answer questions and break rules had never been so prevalent and it was with this mind set that modern and therefore conceptual art was born. This movement created a trendy, cosmopolitan audience for contemporary modern art. A form that although at the time provided artist and dealers with incredible monetary gain,  at that time the idea of modern art was not exposed worldwide and certainly not enjoyed by all.

The problem with modern art is the same problem we all face when encountering something new, which is comprehension. It doesn’t matter if you are an art lover, creator or academic, if you don’t understand you tend to switch off. Now 50 years ago when Modern Art and by that I mean art of a conceptual nature i.e. ‘Pop Art’ or ‘Abstract’ was hitting the headlines in America the British were taking a stance of denial. In true British fashion we erred towards a conservative view of the movement – sticking to what we knew worked, sold and what we liked. Rapidly moving forward, Britain’s position on modern art has changed dramatically.  Possibly enhanced by dealers like Charles Saatchi and show rooms like the Tate we now find ourselves embracing the conceptual movement and providing platforms not only for some of the greatest known living artists but also those younger, emerging stars of the future. We host the Turner prize which, up until 1991 was deemed not important enough for the general public to understand, however, after a televised showing of the competition, it was soon understood that us Brits do love a bit of Modern Art. Maybe we have changed our psychology? Maybe we have changed our views, as internationally known artists born and bred in this country are now touted as legends of the  modern generation. Something to give us credence and an emblem to be proud of. Whatever the reason, fundamentally the British public have become a nation of modern art lovers. Embracing and showcasing our ideas to the world. This is certainly compounded by the huge spend and investment the government is now ploughing into projects such as the development of ‘Tate Modern’. A ‘Free Entrance’ art gallery which encourages art lovers from all over the world to enter and enjoy what us Brits deem fit to be considered modern art of international standards.

George Thornton Art prides itself on offering a range of art from different movements and we’d love to share our artists, modern, abstract or figurative with you.  Call in or call us – we have superlative art in an independent gallery.

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“Atomised” by Russell Hatton

Industrial Spray Paints on Aluminum

Original Artwork

£3,950

 

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“Bang” by MrGo

Signed limited edition, gold leaf hand embellished print on paper.

(Edition of 25)

£295 Framed.

 

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“Space Cadet” by Darren Fraser

Oil and Pencil on Box Canvas

Original Artwork

£1,750

 

George Thornton Art

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

 

 

Katy Jade Dobson. A touch of Monochrome?

What is it about monochrome? It never seems to go out of fashion, it never ages and it never fails to capture the imagination.

One of the best exhibitions I ever had the pleasure of visiting was the ‘Picasso Black and White’ held at the Guggenheim in New York back in November 2012.  The work was displayed beautifully and with the building itself a gleaming white edifice, contrasting elegantly alongside Picasso’s creations.

It is perhaps this simplicity and clarity that draws the viewer in, offering an element of creativity to the viewer that may not other wise exist. There is an untapped excitement in the ability to add colours and fill spaces with the mind creating your own subjective meaning to each piece that would otherwise be coloured in for you.

It would not be unfair to say that as a result black and white pieces tend to have a timeless appeal that allow them to adapt to a changing world around them. Fitting into new moulds whilst still resonating with a notion of the moment in which they were created to capture.

It is with this idea in mind we take a look at new work by the talented artist Katy Jade Dobson. A usual trait of this artist is to brush her canvas with colour however on this occasion she has purged her recognizable uses of reds, greens and purples from the art in order to highlight the formal structure and autonomy of form. An extremely difficult task as she works with a few base paints to create movement and life on to a static canvas or board. Although predominately black and white Dobson cannot resist a hue of colour to enhance the monochrome structure. Her ability to allow shadows to flow free is incandescent of her talent as an artist.

 

New works include ‘Harmony’, ‘Composure’ and ‘Dignity’.

For more information please do not hesitate to contact us  by phone 01159243555
or view works online – Katy Jade Dobson

George Thornton Art

12A Flying Horse Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2HN