Gender Equality in the Art World.

Set Fire to the Rain - Louise

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

 

Coke and Stripey Straw

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)

 

The Gherkin VIII, London 40 x 48 - £5,000

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

 

KJD - Dumbo Webfile

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

 

 

 

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)

Music in Art

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‘Blustery Daze’ by Nom Kinnear King
Original Artwork: Oil on Board
£995 or just £99.50 a month over 10 months (interest free)

It’s often said that a picture contains a thousand words, and it’s true that when looking at a piece the viewer is able to pick out and extrapolate themes and narratives that could perhaps not have been so perfectly expressed with the written word.

Can the same be said for music though? We know the sounds of our favourite tunes and instruments, but it can often be difficult to capture its essence within imagery. The act of listening is perhaps too abstract, preventing painters to fully express music onto canvas.

There are however famous examples of works that do just this. One example may be William Holman Hunt’s, ‘The Awakening Conscience’ picture below.

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Here we see a kept Victorian mistress raising from the lap of her married lover having realised the “error of her ways” the image evokes a sense of salvation and hope, but also contains a musical quality. Almost like the backing score to a film, a sense of sound circulates in this image with the sound of image, notice the man’s thumb either compressing or depressing on the piano key. Running alongside this is the idea that her awakening is actually an aftermath of the music played on the piano.

While some painting will contain literal musical connotations like the two above, we must as well not overlook the importance the colour plays. It has been suggested that for many certain sounds conjure up different colours, a D sharp for example could cause the listener to visualise red and because of this the individual would relate the sound to paintings in the same colour. Therefore, different people would have varying musical experience when viewing the same piece regardless of the imagery used within the painting itself.

Other pictures may even really on a particular icon or familiar image to invoke a certain sound or group of songs much like the image of Madonna featured below.

The presence of music within art can often be overlooked and it may be worth taking time out when viewing an image to feel for any music within the piece, not all images will have any, but the ones that do will heighten the experience of viewing artwork and perhaps bring about a new way to look at art.

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‘Madonna’ by Nick Holdsworth
Original Artwork: Pixelated Screen print and Spray-paint onto paper (framed)
£895 or 10 monthly instalments of just £89.50 (Interest free)