Sara Pope – So Hot Right Now

Mathematician turned graphic designer, turned shoe designer, turned artist Sara Pope brings the vibrant, lively attitude of fashion to her ‘lippy’ paintings.

She combines the skill and craftmanship she learned from her time in fashion (working with Paul Smith, Lacoste and Jasmine Di Milo) with an eye for the glamour and sexual power conveyed by a pair of lips.

Her paintings of vivid, glossy lips in bold colours explore the landscape of pop culture, recalling John Pache’s famous Rolling Stones logo as much as Samuel Beckett’s mouthy monologue Not I.

Her paintings begin with a photo shoot where she paints a model’s lips and then tries to capture images conveying emotions like love and flirtation for inspiration. The painting process then involves several layers of thin oil-diluted paint being overlaid, blending and smoothing the colours extensively at every stage. Emulating the slickness of advertising, the result is glossy and irresistible.

THE ART OF SARA POPE

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Title – ‘Controversy’

Medium – Oil on Gesso Wooden Panel

Dimensions – 24in x 32in x 2in

Price – £2,500 (Framed)

 

 

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Title – ‘Red Carpet’

Medium – Oil on Gesso Wooden Panel, 24ct gold leaf background

Dimensions – 24in x 32in x 2in

Price – £3,000 (Framed)

 

 

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Title – So Hot Right Now

Medium – Oil on Gesso Covered Wooden Panel with Neon Light and Diamond Dust

Dimensions – 32in x 32in x 3in

Price – £7,000 (Framed)

 

Sara’s work is rapidly gaining attention around the world, having exhibited her work in London, Paris, New York and Florence. She even impressed her namesake Pope Francis with her painting. Her portrait has been accepted into the Vatican collection, which must be a first for a female Pope.

For all further information do contact the Gallery. We’re happy to help.

George Thornton Art ~ 12A Flying Horse Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2HN

Tel : 01159243555 E,mail : george@georgethorntonart.com

Louise McNaught – Artist Appearance 12th November 2pm until 5pm

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Bold, colourful and brash – A decade after which Louise Mcnaught exploded onto the art scene, we celebrate her world of Contemporary Wildlife in our first comprehensive exhibition to explore this exciting exchange of ideas on canvas. ‘Survival’ a look at the animal kingdom. How we treat these beast, endangered and otherwise.

Exhibition 12th – 23rd November
Artist Appearance – 12th November (2pm until 5pm)

Nottingham Gallery –

George Thornton Art, 12A Flying Horse Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2HN – Tel : 01159243555

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‘Falling For You’

Signed limited edition on paper.

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

 

 

Long awaited… anticipated and over due… The Art of JJ Adams

This exciting young artist is touted as being the ‘Next Big Thing’ on the British art scene. With his challenge to the heart of British cultural values – members of the Royal family displayed with full sleeve tattoos, iconic buildings such as Buckingham Palace depicted defaced by graffiti, Adams strikes at the heart of our cultural consciousness with his work.

In the same way that Banksy became the art world’s darling, filling the vacuum left by the end of the love affair with the YBAs, Adams is making a name for himself, aided by Wishbone Publishing, with his phenomenal output.

Adams and his Publishing house have kept a tight lid on this new release. A task easier said than done with press, galleries and collectors all chomping at the bit to be given the opportunity to view and reserve work as soon as possible.

Welcome… to the new collection…

JJ ADAMS

‘Warhol’s Marilyn’

Signed limited edition print on paper. Presented in a large deep card mount and ornate black frame.

Edition – 95

Price – £545

Own Art Available. No deposit followed by 10 equal monthly instalments.

‘Skeletor’s Revenge’

Signed limited edition print on paper. Presented in a large deep card mount and ornate black frame.

Edition – 95

Price – £545

Only one ‘Skeletor’s Revenge’ remains in the gallery… Tel – 01159243555 : george@georgethorntonart.com

‘Still Life – With Mogwai’

Signed limited edition print on paper. Presented in a large deep card mount and ornate black frame.

Edition – 95

Price – £545

Own Art Available. No deposit followed by 10 equal monthly instalments.

‘Mission From God’

Signed limited edition print on paper. Presented in a large deep card mount and ornate black frame.

Edition – 95

Price – £545

Own Art Available. No deposit followed by 10 equal monthly instalments.

‘Self Preservation Society’

Signed limited edition print on paper. Presented in a large deep card mount and ornate black frame.

Edition – 95

Price – £495

Own Art Available. No deposit followed by 10 equal monthly instalments.

‘People’s Princess’

Signed limited edition print on paper. Presented in a large deep card mount and ornate black frame.

Edition – 95

Price – £545

The gallery has just one final copy available. Do contact us – 01159243555

‘Spoonful of Sugar (Colour)’

Signed limited edition print on paper. Presented in a large deep card mount and ornate black frame.

Edition – 95

Price – £545

Own Art Available. No deposit followed by 10 equal monthly instalments.

‘Spoonful of Sugar’ (Black & White)

Signed limited edition print on paper. Presented in a large deep card mount and ornate black frame.

Edition – 95

Price – £545

Own Art Available. No deposit followed by 10 equal monthly instalments.

‘Knights of Disorder’

Signed limited edition silkscreen print on paper. Presented in a large deep card mount and ornate black frame.

Edition – 95

Price – £545

‘Broken Heart’

Signed limited edition print on paper. Presented in a large deep card mount and ornate black frame.

Edition – 95

Price – £495

All works are available on line. Please note that the collection sold out within minutes after being released via his Publisher and we only have a limited number of pieces here to exhibit. Do contact us with regards all availability questions.

JJ Adams – Complete Collection
George Thornton Art

12A Flying Horse Walk,

Nottingham

NG1 2HN

http://www.georgethorntonart.com

‘Held’ – Duo show with Nottingham artists: Donna Rumble – Smith and Jane Thomson.

George Thornton Art would like to cordially invite you to the opening of our upcoming exhibition. A duo show with Nottingham artists: Donna Rumble – Smith and Jane Thomson.

Exhibition: Saturday 16th April – Friday 22nd April
Opening Reception: Saturday 16th April : Meet the artists 1pm – 4pm

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‘Held’ will be a show displaying the various sides of these two Artisans, this reflective exhibition aims to share the scope and diversity of intricate work, showing just how much can be achieved using unique and experimental techniques.

Donna Rumble – Smith, in order to create her works, stitched threads are intricately and meticulously woven into paper. The basis of which have been painted or imprinted upon. The guise has a strong emphasis on city living, beautiful buildings that adorn our skyline.

Jane Thomson, Pours an amass of collage, poetry edit and paint onto paper. Artworks are heavily worked and only realized through careful contemplation.

Although two very different artists, producing very different work they are both bound by one key fact. ‘Held’ or ‘the holding together’ of materials which resonates throughout their work.

Both artists will be in the gallery from 1pm until 4pm on Saturday 16th April. This will be rare chance to witness breath taking and complex original art.

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‘St Pauls’ by Donna Rumble – Smith

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‘Nottingham Council House’ by Donna Rumble – Smith

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Study for ‘What you say’ by Jane Thomson

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‘Held’ by Jane Thomson

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact the gallery

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

www.georgethorntonart.com

JJ Adams – Tattooed..

The gallery is proud to present exciting new art by this incredibly popular artist. Welcome back JJ Adams and his tattoo collection of works.

With a two year waiting list for an original commission, limited editions sell out within days, sometimes within a few hours of being released. Mr JJ Adams: a quiet unassuming provocateur of the contemporary art form creates interesting works! Here; the gallery has two new limited editions available. These new pieces have just been released by his Publishing house and we simply just love them!

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“No Place Like Home”
Black and White Edition (edition of 75)

Full of hidden gems, the artwork has the Classic and Iconic Judy Garland wearing her new Jimmy Choo’s, Tattoo’s referencing the Brain for the Scarecrow (E=Mc2), Poppy Tattoos for the Poppy field she fell asleep in, Courage tattoo on her hand for the Lion and piece of straw in her teeth for the Scarecrow as well

Medium: Signed limited edition of just 75
Framed dimensions 35’’ by 41’’
Price : £495
Own Art available; no deposit followed by 10 monthly instalments of £49.50

 

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“The Goblin King”
Black and White edition (edition of 75)

As an acknowledgement of Bowies struggle with Cancer before his sad and premature passing this year we will be donating a percentage of  “The Goblin King” sales to the charity ‘British Live Trust’.

Medium: Signed limited edition of just 75
Framed dimensions 35’’ by 41’’
Price : £495
Own Art available; no deposit followed by 10 monthly instalments of £49.50

 

For more information do contact the gallery –

George Thornton Art
Unit 12A, Flying Horse walk, Nottingham, NG1 2HN.
+44 (0)1159 243 555 –www.georgethorntonart.com

The Art of Harry Bunce!

Harry Bunce has been billed as the painter to collect in the new millennium. New artist Bunce takes inspiration from our favourite woodland creatures. Rabbits, Foxes even Mice and gives them a modern twist. By reclaiming these icons and reinventing them, Harry’s work breathes new life into old friends and makes us regard them with fresh eyes. Cute? Maybe, but they’re rarely cuddly…

Below, please find the gallery preview to his collection. For further information contact us – george@georgethorntonart.com

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“Tommies”
Signed limited edition screen print. Edition of 64.
Presented within a contemporary off white wooden frame.
Framed dimensions – 35″ x 27″
£420. Own Art available, No deposit followed by 10 monthly instalments of £42.00.

His works have been described variously as ‘Bucolic Street Art’ and ‘Potter meets Tarantino’ – a reclusive country cousin of the Bristol art scene..? Not really – Harry is hard to pigeon-hole, he lets his characters do the talking…

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“Fallen” 
This piece has been shot with a 12 – guage shotgun to give the work a totally unique feel.

Signed limited edition screen print. Edition of 64.
Presented within a contemporary off white wooden frame.
Framed dimensions – 35″ x 27″
£420. Own Art available, No deposit followed by 10 monthly instalments of £42.00.

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“Home Front”

Signed limited edition screen print. Edition of 64.

Framed dimensions – 27″ x 33″

£420. Own Art available, No deposit followed by 10 monthly instalments of £42.00.

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“Front Line”
Signed limited edition screen print. Edition of 64.

Framed dimensions – 27″ x 33″

£420. Own Art available, No deposit followed by 10 monthly instalments of £42.00.

 

For further information contact us on
01159243555 : george@georgethorntonart.com

George Thornton Art

Unit 12A, Flying Horse Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2HN

http://www.georgethorntonart.com

 

Gender Equality in the Art World.

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SET FIRE TO THE RAIN By Louise McNaught

 

News this week pertaining to Woman in Art and the argument of equality has been a debate for generations. Bonham’s have taken the stance to initiate and redress gender equality in the art world.

Gender equality is something that the UK continues to strive towards, but lack of opportunity for women is still a very real issue. A lack of senior female figures on the boards of UK business and industry greatly undermines our economy and makes for a perpetuation of male dominated patterns of behaviour in the professional world. However, gender roles are changing for both men and women in Britain and we must ensure equal opportunities for both sexes exist, more so than ever within the art market.

The highest price at auction for a work by the French sculptor Germaine Richier is £1.2m, compared with £91.6m for Alberto Giacometti, who studied alongside Richier. The difference in price driven by independent sales is astonishing and surely only speaks to the commonly held but unspoken perception that male generated art has more ‘value’ than that created by women.

Despite their treatment in the art world through history, women have been present and played an important role in art as artists and not just as the inspiration for the male gaze. The Bayeux Tapestry was designed and created by Nuns…

So as per usual George Thornton Art continues to ‘buck trends’ and we would like to salute our bank of Woman artists! We celebrate an almost 50% ratio of men to woman artists on our books. To strengthen arguments (in the case of our Nottingham Gallery) we are fortunate enough to represent the likes of Kate Brinkworth. An artist who continuously sells through auction houses in London. Even the larger publishing houses in the country don’t represent a young talent of this calibre!  Jan Nelson, who in terms of number of pieces sold, was by far our most successful artist in 2015. And not forgetting Alicia Dubnyckyj whose works commands prices in London close to £10,000 a painting; and Katy Jade Dobson who can now boast of clients having to wait an incredible two years for original commissions to be completed. Finally the gallery’s two latest signing of 2016 ‘Louise McNaught’ and ‘Kirsty Mackay’ are both woman… no inequality here, just really great art!

You can view work by our celebrated body of females below and further compositions can be found on our website. www.georgethorntonart.com

 

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COKE AND STRIPY STRAW by Kate Brinkworth
Signed limited edition to just 50 copies.
Presented; float mounted within a large, black modern frame.

 

Crowded Course!

CROWDED COURSE By Jan Nelson
Beautifully crafted and presented in a large, white wood frame
£995 (spread the payment over 10 months interest free)

 

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THE GHERKIN BY NIGHT By Alicia Dubnycykj
Fascination with cubes of colour and a love of paint itself are hallmarks for this contemporary artist.

 

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DUMBO By Katy Jade Dobson
Signed limited edition: Presented within a large card mount and large black frame.
£395. Spread the payment over 10 months (interest free)

 

For all the information contact us –

{12A Flying Horse Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2HN} {01159 243 555} {george@georgethorntonart.com}

Kind Regards, George Thornton Art

 

 

 

Who the hell is JJ Adams?

After a week of what can only be described as ‘retail mayhem’ we take a look at the artist in question.

Mr JJ Adams: a quiet unassuming provocateur of the contemporary art form. Before we take a look at a body of work based predominantly on 80’s film and TV culture that was released this week, let’s speculate as to why JJ Adams is taking the art world by storm. One might suggest his ideas are current and mainstream and thus are reticent within British subcultures, however I believe the work has a much deeper underlying agenda. Pausing for thought, each signed limited edition crafted with intent, showcases JJ’s ability to fill with content. Attention to detail and subtle imagery add a narrative to each piece. JJ builds upon these images with an enthusiastic colour contrast and at times a controversial story unravels whether it be linked to intricate tattoo designs, pop art or pulp and movie culture.

For example the piece ‘Game Paused’. Such a clever work of art. JJ has included many elements to this piece, notably characters of various video games but take your time to notice intricate detail such as the score. Quote ‘World 91 – 1’ or 9/11 if you will. JJ’s ability to make something appear simple when actually is thought provoking, compounds the fact as to why his popularity has exploded.

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Game Paused : Signed limited edition of just 95 copies. Price £495.

Now it’s fair to say I’m a fan of this artist, but let’s look at the maths. After all the facts don’t lie. JJ released his new collection at midday Saturday 28th March and was met with hysteria! I don’t think anyone was expecting what was about to happen as people gathered outside galleries, braving the cold weather, trying to be one of the first to witness this new collection. As soon as the gallery doors opened we realised the entire collection was completely sold out via Wishbone Publishing, purchased by affiliation galleries. Retail sales amounted to a staggering £1.2 million within the hour with originals flying off the walls at an average price of £15,000. Complete editions of prints such as ‘Time Traveller’ and ‘Droids Playing Poker’ sold within seconds of release leaving galleries to deal with the aftermath. Somewhat akin to one of JJ’s pieces there was certainly a lot of hype and excitement surrounding this collection. A notion that has developed not from marketing or gallery salesmanship but that of word of mouth. Probably the most powerful marketing tool but also one that declares JJ as the artist to invest in!

So what makes JJ so special? Evidentially his style has gripped the nation, but what I find fascinating is that as he continues to immerse himself within the art, his popularity grows and grows. This is certainly the mark of a fine artist. In the same vein as street artist Banksy, he shunned the lime light and where other street artists embraced their patrons Banksy remained anonymous. It was down to Banksy’s sheer artistic ability that hit the headlines. The old saying of letting the art do the talking is obviously paramount here and echoes forth with regards to the simply staggering affect JJ has had upon the art market this week.

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Full Metal Twiggy : Signed limited edition, £495 (No deposit, 10 equal monthly instalments of £49.50)

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Warmongers : Signed limited edition silkscreen, £495 (No deposit, 10 equal monthly instalments of £49.50)

Come and visit the gallery or view the work on line – 12A Flying Horse Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2HN – Tel: 01159 243 555

The Art off Kate Brinkworth

Kate Brinkworth’s painting stems from her curiosity in films, particularly those directed by or in the style of Hitchcock. She is particularly inspired by effects created though experimentation with focus, and repeatedly photographs her still lifes with various shutter speeds, camera angles and lighting to find the optimum composition. Brinkworth’s style uses the language of film, advertising and photography to create these unique images; her visits to Las Vegas have developed her interest in the representation of objects associated with vice. Painted in varying degrees of focus, her expert technique deceives the viewer into believing the work is a photograph, due to the realism of her subject matter and style, and the thin application of paint which gives a smooth, glossy finish. It is only on closer inspection that the viewer realises the work is entirely painted by hand.

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‘Cola Bottles’

This particular piece was actually acquired from the artist personal collection. It was painted as a pair, this she kept where as the other painting sold through Christies auction house, January 2014 for almost £9,000.

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Brinkworth’s works challenge our perceptions of the image; in our contemporary world inundated with visual stimuli, she painstakingly labours over her compositions to make us look at these familiar objects in a new way. In a parallel challenge to contemporary conventions her technique mirrors the Renaissance mural technique of the ‘cartoon’, a drawing which would be pricked along the lines and dusted with charcoal to transfer the skeleton of the image to the wall. Brinkworth similarly maps out her photographs onto both sides of sheets of paper and rubs the reverse to move the image onto the canvas. Once the composition is mapped out, she begins working into the picture in oil using her distinctive technique.

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‘The Call’

Original Artwork: pencil on paper, mounted and framed.

To view these works and many more by this incredibly talented artist do contact the gallery {george@georgethorntonart.com} or pop into the gallery, 12a, Flying Horse walk, Nottingham, NG1 2HN – 01159 243 555.