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

 

 

 

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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”