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

Low Tide, St Just

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

Regal Water (Carrick Roads)

Original Oil on Board by Darren Stevenson “Regal Waters”

 

The Simple Power of Black and White

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‘The Milliner’s Workshop’ by Pablo Picasso

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.

The one thing I can recall most clearly was an assertion made by the artist that colour weakens, Pablo Picasso purged it from his work in order to highlight the formal structure and autonomy of form inherent in his art.

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.

 Take a peak at some of the black and white pieces we have in the Gallery below for a little inspiration.

For more information please do not hesitate to contact us  by phone 01159243555
Or online at www.georgethorntonart.com

 Shatter

‘Shatter’ by Ian Hodgson
Original Artwork: Graphite on paper (presented in a double mount with off white modern wooden frame)
Price: £695
No deposit, 10 equal monthly instalments of £69.50.

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‘Graphite Fusion’ by Russell HattonOriginal Artwork: Spray paints on Aluminium
Price: £3,000
Spread the payment with Own Art over 10, 12 or 18 months (interest free)

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‘Man of the Match’ by Mackenzie Thorpe
Signed limited edition graphic on paper. Just 75 copies published worldwide!
Price: £650 (mounted and framed)
No deposit, 10 equal monthly instalments of just £65

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‘A Kiss for the Future’ by Graham Cecil Rhodes
Original Artwork: Ink on paper, mounted and framed.
Price: £1,350
No deposit, 10 equal monthly instalments of just £135

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‘The Loneliness of Jonas McGinley’ by Tom Mead
This particular piece is a website exclusive and will not be arriving in the gallery until March. If you’re interested in being one of the first to witness this new artist please contact the gallery.

EL 448 100cmx100cm‘Ethereal’ by Gail Troth
Original Artwork: Oil on  box canvas
Price: £1,295
No deposit, 10 equal monthly instalments of just £129.50

Pop Art, Old and New

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‘Just What Is It That Makes Today’s Homes So Different, So Appealing?’ by Richard Hamilton
Hanging in the Kunsthalle Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany

Don’t forget that we have an amazing exhibition in Gallery this week starting tomorrow created by Villayat Sunkmanitu entitled ‘Intimacy With Plants’. The exhibition aims to raise awareness for those suffering with PTSD and shows how photography helped the artist overcome his own battle with the condition and what can be achieved without having to leave the space of your own garden. Villayat will be in Gallery tomorrow 1pm – 4pm.

We hope to see you there. Until then, please enjoy the creative blog written below talking about the resurgence of Pop Art in the art world.

For more information please do not hesitate to contact the Gallery.

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‘Marlena’ by Nick Holdsworth
Medium: Original Art: Hand Pulled Silkscreen, Stencil and Gloss Paint on Wood (Framed)
Dimensions: 33″ x 26″
Price: £995 or just 10 monthly instalments of just £99.50 (Interest Free)

We’ve all heard of it and we all probably have some idea what it’s all about. Made famous predominately by artists such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein in the 1960’s, it has in the last few years had something of a revival (if it ever really went away) thanks to a group of artists inspired by the movement.

The notion of Pop Art really got going in mid 1950’s Britain one of the earliest examples being Richard Hamilton’s collage entitled ‘Just What Is It That Makes Today’s Homes So Different, So Appealing?’ (Above) Pop Art blends different aspects of mass culture, such as advertising, comic books, packaging and mundane cultural objects.

The movement developed in two different strands, one from within Britain and the other from the USA. For British artists Pop Art was a matter of ideas fuelled by American popular culture viewed from afar, while the American artists were inspired by the experience of living within that culture creating two distinct looks either side of the Atlantic.

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‘Dancing Skull’ by Mike Edwards
Medium: Signed limited edition, hand finished screen print onto Paper (framed) Edition of 100
Dimensions: 29″ x 29″
Price: £495 or just 10 monthly instalments of just £49.50 (Interest Free)

As the movement developed American Pop Art became the dominant style and became something of a phenomenon, reaching its peak during the mid 1960’s. A gradual decline and move away from the style occurred after this feeding into new Post-Modern Art.

Pop Art has once again resurfaced although this time, the time is more reflective. It aims to both celebrate and criticise what was being created and how they were inspired. Using new contemporary methods and materials they are really rejuvenating an admired art movement into something new, fresh and relevant to today’s audiences.

Starting Tomorrow, The Darren Stevenson Exhibition, ‘The Calm Before the Storm’

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The Exhibition, starting tomorrow will run for one week until Friday 20th December. With a special appearance from the artist Stevenson between 1pm and 4pm.
A healthy serving of wine and cheese will be on offer (how could you resist?)

We all find inspiration in different places, people and objects and in honour of the exhibition, we thought it would be worthwhile saying a little about the great man who inspired Stevenson and has been a driving force behind his incredible artwork; J. M. W. Turner.

Perhaps best know for his work ‘The Fighting Temeraire’ he had a career that spanned half a century and is regarded by many to be one of the finest British artists to have lived.

Focusing mainly on the destructive forces of man and nature Turner is able to capture beautifully the changing nature of British life. Depicting contrasting scenes of the new industrial landscape against Britain’s past of sail boats and expansive green fields. Reflecting and adding to the efforts of other British Romantics working at the same time such as Wordsworth and Byron.

Like Turner, Stevenson has become entranced by the beauty of the open sea, primarily using coastal scenes in his work often using destructive imagery championed by Turner. A brilliant example of this in action is Stevenson’s ‘Storm’ as featured below.

To see ‘Storm’ and other amazing works, be sure to come along tomorrow or in the week and check out the full exhibit. For more information contact George or Daniel at The Gallery, or find us online.

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‘Storm’
Dimensions: 30″ x 30″
Original Artwork: Oil on Board
Price: £1150 or just 10 monthly instalments of £115 (interest free)

Fresh New Works In This Week.

We have some fantastic new works in the gallery. Check out some of these featured pieces below.

Don’t hesitate to contact the gallery for more information and as always, feel free to view even more works on our website.

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This stunning original (now also available as a print) is created by painting text onto canvas. The size, colour and length of each word is carefully chosen in order to construct a lifelike image of Edward’s subject,in this instance; Bridget Bardot. The finished result is truly astonishing to see, from a far it could simply be taken on face value as a portrait but as you advance the image opens itself up to a whole new viewing experience. 

Would you believe 5,000 individual letters painted (astonishingly) 4 times each…. remarkable!

“Bardot La Caresse” by Mike Edwards
Oil onto Stretched Box Canvas
Dimensions:47″ x 63″
Price: £4,450 or 18 monthly installments of just £248 (interest free)

Signed Limited Edition Print
Dimensions: 40″ x 32″
Price: £495 or 10 monthly installments of just £49.50 (interest free)

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Using Turner for inspiration. Stevenson creates mesmerizing sea scenes similar to those created by Turner. He is able to really capture the essence and nature of the ever changing moods of the sea.

“Barnstaple Estuary” by Darren Stevenson
Original Artwork: Oil on Board
Dimensions: 33″ x 22″
Price: £795 or 10 monthly installments of only 79.50 (interest free)

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This electric piece is produced using a wonderful spray techinue that really lifts the colour and creates a surreal landscape unlike any other that could be created using more convential materials.
This particular work in blue, has such a presense and really darws the viewer into the piece.

Original Artwork: “Entelechy Blue” by  Russell Hatton
Xyrallic and Candy on Aluminium
Dimensions: 54″ x 34″
Price: £3000 or 18 monthly installments of just £167 (interest free)

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This wonderful piece has been 4 years in the making. Since being dreamt up by the artist this piece has been a labour of love.
The work is full of allegorical meaning and depsite its obviously religious connotations, it is only loosely based on the Christian image it conjures. Instead this piece is about the sharing of laughter, truth, humour, struggle, love and betrayal that is ever present within a community.

“The Apostles” by Mackenzie Thorpe
Signed Limited Edition; Hand Painted Resin Sculpture
Dimensions: 31″ x 11″
Price: £2000 or 10 monthly installments of only £200 (interest free)

Any questions regarding the work please don’t hesitate to contact the gallery – +44(0)1159243555 or george@georgethorntonart.com

New For May

Hello All,

We have a few exciting updates for you this month.

First, the Gallery is excited to announce that we at long last have some new pieces in by the wonderfully bizarre Xue Wang. Wang’s work has been exhibited extensively across the globe and has been particularly successful in the USA. Wang’s art never fails to stimulate discussion and arouse attention, so don’t miss out.

Secondly, we are excited to announce that the gallery’s next exhibition will be at the end of this month, featuring the works of Paul Lemmon. The exhibition will run for one week, beginning on Saturday 22nd June. Lemmon will be in the gallery between 1pm and 5pm to discuss his work and answer any questions you may have for him.

Thirdly, the gallery is now able (well, from the 20Th May) to offer up to £15,000 interest free on all our original pieces. So that original piece you’ve been pining after, but was just a bit too much is now well within your grasp.

Check out featured pieces by Xue Wang, Paul Lemmon and others below.

For more information, please contact the gallery for details.

‘Womb Service’ by Xue Wang
Original Art: Oil on Board
Dimensions: 29″ x 31.5″
Price: £2950 or 18 monthly installments of £164 (interest free)

In this piece Wang sets out to create a moment of disbelief and shock at a suprise party. This almost doll like figure, walks into the room presenting her bulging womb that is ready to blow (notice the three babies holding the sparkler, ready to ignite. The result being a confetti-esque shower of babies over the party crowd, much to the enjoyment of the two cheeky clowns)

‘Above Manhattan at Night’ by Alicia Dubnycjk
Original Art: Gloss on Wood
Dimensions: 51″ x 29″
Price: £3950 or 18 monthly installments of only £219.50 (interest free)

This dynamic and electric piece by Dubnycjk, captures the restlessness of the ‘city that never sleeps’ beautifully. You can almost feel the energy rushing through New Yorks gridded road system and up into the offices an apartments of this great city.

‘Eva Damson’ by Nom Kinnear King
Original Art: Oil on Board
Dimensions: 22.5″ x 22.5″

Price: £995 or 10 monthly installments of only £95.50 (interest free)

Kinnear King is a master of portraiture. This surreal character looks as though she has been plucked straight out of a bleak victorian novel. Her clever use of light to convey the characters she paints is  plain to see in this wonderful piece, her pale face is so carefully offset by the dark mass of hair that sits so elegantly above.

‘Tribute to Turner’ by Darren Stevenson
Original Art: Oil on Board
Dimensions:33″ x 22″
Price: £795 or 10 monthly installments of only £79.50 (interest free)

Stevenson has gained much of his inspiration from the paintings of Turner. He uses very similar techniques to create the effect of his paintings. Like Turner, Stevenson is able to capture the essense and fragility of nature. Stevenson pays tribute to this great master in this piece and makes a nod to the painter by painting the shapes of fish into the piece, a signature tactic used by Turner in his later works.

‘Change My Mind’ by Paul Lemmon
Original Artwork: Oil on Canvas
Dimensions: 35.5″ x 35.5″
Price: £1850 or 10 monthly instalments of only £185 (interest free)

Lemmon’s work has the ability to grab a viewers attention isntantly. His works draw you into the scene and the mystery that they create. Lemmon gives you just enough imformation to understand what is happening, but leaves the viewer to fill in the blanks creating questions in the viewers mind: Who is this girl? Where is she? What is she talking about?

Don’t miss the Paul Lemmon exhibition: 22nd June – 3rd July
Meet the artist: 22nd June (1pm – 5 pm)