The Art of MrGO

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MrGo is one of the prime practitioners with modern day, pop art themed graphics. Combining traditional sketch work with digital techniques, MrGo’s art contains humour and wit, often using word play or visual puns to communicate his point and entertain. While at first glance, MrGo appears to be bound to purely aesthetic in modernist discourse, references to consumerism are plentiful however it’s his apparent underline agenda that takes precedence. A wry humour flows through his portraits allowing the viewer to debate life, death, emotional consequence and acceptability.

Drawing on influences of photo-realism, graphic art & surrealism, the detail he manages to achieve within his work is impressive – most look like photographs. The guiding principles of his method are impulse and eclecticism. It’s only when you look closely you notice the hand developed details and quirks that embellish his digitally drawn subjects.

Celebrated works are now on display. The complete collection is available online, however to appreciate the inspiring details within the work do visit our Nottingham Gallery.

MrGo

“Love you to Death”
Signed limited edition to just 25 copies.
£295 framed. Presented within a slim off white card mount and modern black frame.

 

“Its for You”
Signed limited edition to just 45 copies.
£295 framed. Presented within a slim off white card mount and modern black frame.

 

“The Great Escape – Acquiesce”
Signed limited edition to just 45 copies.
£295 framed. Presented within a slim off white card mount and modern black frame.

View the full collection online or in our gallery

George Thornton Art
12A Flying Horse Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2HN
Tel : 01159243555 : george@georgethorntonart.com

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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.

EXHIBITION – 23rd – 30th AUGUST: Nottingham artist Darren Stevenson looks at Nottingham artist Richard Parkes Bonington

Nottingham artist Darren Stevenson looks at Nottingham artist Richard Parkes Bonington.

As we set up for our Summer exhibition with Nottingham artist Darren Stevenson we feel we should compose a short note on one of his hero’s. We all find inspiration in different places, people and objects and in this case we’d like to pay homage to another Nottingham artist; Richard Parkes Bonington. Actually both artists grew up in Arnold, a small market town and suburb of Nottingham although there childhood playgrounds are not the only aspect they share in common. Both artists treat the canvas in the same way, layering of oils and continuously working to produce the perfect spectrum of light in every painting. Below is a little detail pertaining to Darren’s inspirational artist.

Richard Parkes Bonington, Scène sur la côte, PicardieRichard Parkes Bonington, “Scène sur la côte, Picardie”

Richard Parkes Bonington has been considered as one of the most influential artist of his day albeit his notoriety was not fully appreciated until after his early death, where he contracted tuberculosis and died at the age of 26.

Similar in regards to our very own Darren Stevenson, Bonington mostly painted coastal scenes, with low horizons and large commandeering skies, showing a brilliant handling of light and atmosphere.

Although born in Nottingham, Bonington as a young man travelled to France where his father set up a lace shop. Here he shared studios and exhibited with highly collectable artist such as Constable. It was here Bonington started to look closely at historical art and developed a unique technique mixing watercolour with Gouache and gum, achieving an effect close to oil paintings.

Unlike many artists of his time , Bonington would rather paint life with colour and vigour. Not dwelling on the difficulties and struggle of the early 1800’s. Some claim this affected his notoriety whilst alive but certainly today we remember him as a distinct draftsman, a gifted artisan of light and atmospheric seascapes with notable works hanging all over the world including a number in the prestigious ‘Wallace’ and ‘Tate’ collections.

Our Nottingham artist Darren Stevenson’s solo show commences 23rd – 30th August. You are welcome to come and visit the collection any time during that week and if you so wish, meet Darren on the closing day between 1pm and 4pm. For more information do contact the gallery – (01159) 243 555 – george@georgethorntonart.com

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Original Oil on Board by Darren Stevenson ” Low Tide, St Just (Cornwall)

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Original Oil on Board by Darren Stevenson “Regal Waters”

 

We’re Off to the Hamptons

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It won’t be long now until the gallery jets off to the Hamptons for the areas seminal art fair.

Now in its seventh successful year, ArtHamptons has established itself as the “must attend” art buying and social event of the Hamptons at the magnificent Sculpture Fields of Nova’s Ark.

Every year, the East End community comes together to celebrate the Hamptons’ long history as a haven for the creation and patronage of art.

George Thornton Art will be joining galleries from around the world.

Running from 10th-13th July 2014

The Gallery will closed between 5th July – 17th July  whilst we show our works.
If you have any queries or need to get in touch during that time, please email and I will do my utmost to get back to you.

Flatiron streets low‘Flatiron Streets’ by Rachel Tighe
Original Art: Acrylic on Canvas
Dimensions: 48″ x 36″
Price: £1,750 $ 2,966

George Thornton Art is Pleased to Announce a New Partnership with Nottingham Based Company “The Storage Bed”

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The Gallery is excited to announce a new partnership with ‘The Storage Bed’. Artworks by some of our amazing artists will be featured on their walls and we think its a perfect match.

It’ll be great to show our artists work in an arena that gives some contextual feeling to the pieces and is the perfect platform from which to introduce the gallery to people who may not otherwise have known about us.

Here at the gallery we only display the finest quality pieces, which have been painstakingly created to the highest quality. In this sense both the art on show and the beds on offer compliment the other beautifully, making this venture a perfect match for both companies.

“The Storage Bed” company based in Calverton, Nottingham design and produce high quality storage beds. Set up in 2007 by its founder David Norman, the company has gone from strength to strength and we are very happy to be working with another local business.The companies London Studio is open weekly and can be visited on an appointment only basis.

Have a look at our websites for more information:

www.thestoragebed.com

www.georgethorntonart.com

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Great Skylines: London and New York

photo‘Chrysler Building’  by Alicia Dubnyckyj
Gloss on Wood
Dimensions: 30″ x 23″
Price: £2,500

Modern impressionism, This beautiful original brings to life New York at night in a way that no other artist is quite able to recreate.

The Gallery is off to the Hamptons Art Fair in July and to celebrate we thought we would have a look at the developing skylines of two iconic cities.

(Have a peak what’s going on here www.arthamptons.com)

Since New Amsterdam became New York in 1664, constant change and development has been its driving force. Today, it is America’s densest urban environment and most vital city, boasting one of the most recognizable skylines in the world.

The towering blocks of steel and glass are the attraction of thousands of visitors to the city each year and the focus of many artists each trying to represent their interpretation of the cities aura, personality and all encompassing energy.

London settled by the Romans in 43 AD has undergone constant change and still today is ever evolving.

Its iconic skyline wouldn’t be the same without its many spires and famed domed cathedral of St. Pauls designed by Christopher Wren, views of which are fiercely protected to maintain the type of skyline captured by Canaletto in the 18th century.

Nottinghill low‘Nottinghill Pastels’ by Rachel Tighe
Acrylic on Canvas
Dimensions: 36″ x 48″
Price: £1,750

Rachel Tighe, dubbed the modern Lowry. Her work brings together a  unique illustrative technique blended with graphical design processes and infused with a strong sense of colour

Nowadays the city becoming better known for its ultra modern skyscrapers such as Norman Foster’s Gherkin and most recently Renzo Piano’s, Shard at London Bridge.

Arguably this is creating a cityscape that looks no different to that of other cities, but in my opinion this is no bad thing. Both London and New York have become global powerhouses, epicentres of commerce, culture and politics and if we were to restrict this natural evolution of the city they run the risk of stagnating, becoming glorified museum pieces that are unable to flourish and break into the new world.

Both cities inspire and draw us in, it isn’t hard to see why so many artists are compelled to paint cityscapes across the world and why so many want these scenes hanging in our homes.

Featured below are some examples of famous cityscapes from around the world for you to enjoy:

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 Ambrogio Lorenzetti: City by the Sea (c.1335)

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Canaletto: The Thames and the City, 1746

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George Bellows
: New York, 1911

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Marc Chagall
: Paris through the window, 1913

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Piet Mondrian
: Broadway Boogie Woogie, 1942-43

Fresh New Artwork in for June

 We’ve got some brilliant new pieces of art coming in for you this coming month from artists such as Kate Brinkworth, Jan Nelson, Ed Chapman and Lawrie Williamson.

Take a peek at the images featured below and if you would like more information on any of the works shown please do not hesitate to contact the gallery. Don’t forget that there is also more from each artist and others at our website.

www.georgethorntonart.com

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‘An End’ by Kate Brinkworth
Dimensions: 32″ x 21.5″
Oil on Board
Price: £3,000 or spread the payment over 10,12 or 18 months (interest free), enquire for more details.

Kate working in mono tone has tried to portray a narrative of ‘Old London Town’. The sinister alleyways’ of Whitechapel and glory days of gangster Britain.

Incredible detail is poured onto board with Kate’s ability to work on the curtain cord and reflection upon the revolver. Each inch of detail is meticulously thought through and executed with breath taking results.

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‘The Writer’ and ‘The Post’ by Kate Brinkworth
Dimensions: 13″ x 11.5″
Solar Plate Etchings, edition of 10
Price: £200 each or spread the payment over 10 months, just £20 a month (interest free).

There are a series of 6 solar plate etchings available each in an edition of 10.
Buy the complete set of 6 for just £1,000
Contact us via e-mail or pop into the gallery to view all 6 pieces –

george@georgethorntonart.com

These etchings scratched into copper plate are created using from her own photography. Ink is then applied to the plate and transferred to paper. This is a new experimental venture by the artist; the results echo her original pieces and make affordable, but well formed editions to any collections.

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‘Brisk Winds’ by Jan Nelson
Dimensions: 32″ x 32″
Oil on Canvas
£995 or spread the payment over 10 months, just £99.50 (interest free)

This is one for all those sailing fans our there. Nelson,a sailor herself really captures the emotions and rush you get out on the open waves.

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‘Bob Marley’ by Ed Chapman
Dimensions: 31″ x 48″
Broken Vinyl Record Mosaic on Board
£10,000 or spread the payment over 10,12 or 18 months (interest free), enquire for more details.

One of only 10 Vinyl creations ever made by Ed Chapman. This iconic piece brings a fresh perspective to an already renowned iconic image.

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‘Ovaltiney’ by Lawrie Williamson
24″ x 27″
Oil on Canvas
£6,750 or spread the payment over 10,12 or 18 months (interest free), enquire for more details.

Based upon the theme from the Radio Luxembourg show ‘The Ovaltineys’, originally aired in the 1950’s. Lawrie was a young man, however this song stayed with him and several years later whilst painting work surrounding nostalgia he was inspired by this song and thus this piece took shape.