Fake or Fortune. The Art of David Henty in the style of Jean Michel Basquiat

A Jean Michel Basquiat painting “Untitled Skull” sold for $110.5 million during one of the most riveting auction battles in history. It is a painting that bleeds history, Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Untitled Skull (1982) portrays a black skull scarred with red rivulets, pitted with angry eyes, gnashing its teeth, against a blue graffiti wall on which someone has been doing their sums. A graffiti-esque style, erratic and easy brush strokes – the epitome of Jean Michele Basquiat’s style. This record sale catapults this deceased artist into the history books with art historians the world over branding him as a pioneer of the Neo-Expressionist art boom (circa 1980s) and one to be revered, wilder than Jackson Pollock, more profound than Mark Rothko.

 

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JEAN MICHEL-BASQUIAT, UNTITLED, 1982. ESTIMATE IN EXCESS OF $60 MILLION. SOLD FOR $110.5 MILLION

 

Almost 30 years after his death, with auction houses dealing in his work daily, the Barbican Centre (in the City of London) has put together one of the largest and most significant collections outside the U.S. featuring rare film, photography and archive material. The show captures the spirit of this self-taught artist. With Basquiat now hitting the headlines regularly his notoriety and possibly price bracket will almost certainly rise. Here in the gallery we are showcasing one artist that pays homage to his work. Welcome David Henty. A convicted forger, he has managed to capture the style of Basquiat like no other artist I’ve ever seen. Not only is the work almost identical with every brush stroke, but David Henty has managed to capture the raw, uncensored, and fiercely magnificent passion in his work to recreate undeniably outstanding copies of Basquiat’s art.

 

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Above image top – Jean Michel Basquiat original

Above image bottom – David Henty copy

 

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‘Fallen Angel’ (1981) by David Henty – Original art in the style of Jean Michel Basquiat

 

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Skull‘ by David Henty – Original art in the style of Jean Michel Basquiat

 

To view these works and many further pieces by David Henty do join us in the gallery

12A Flying Horse Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2HN – 01159243555

 

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Aerodynamic engineering crossed with animal and plant. Exciting new sculptures by Adam Warwick Hall

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We’d like to introduce you to our new artist, bronze practitioner, Adam Warwick Hall.

We’re really excited to have these pieces in the gallery! Exceptionally crafted with integrity and fine challenging details. There is so much depth to these works – they contemplate not only artifice, but also the natural versus the man-made.

Adam has an incredible understanding of the mechanics of birds and fish. With this knowledge he crafts a unique style, a mix of Aerodynamic, animal and plant.

Below, a modest preview of these gorgeous pieces.

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Fork Tailed Devil

An abstracted take on the P-38 lightning bomber.

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Solid Bronze, edition of just 12 copies. All finished with a different colour patination and waxed for outside as well as inside settings.

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Fascinated by aircraft, animals and plants from an early age, Adam trained as a sculptor from 1989 to 1991. On graduating he immediately started work as a sculptor and model maker for the Film and TV industry at Shepperton and Pinewood Studios. He then progressed to specialist work with exhibition and aerospace companies creating one-off pieces, which other trades were not able to make due to their complex curves and diverse materials. In 2010, after 20 years of making all types of shapes and forms in a range of materials for a wide variety of people and companies, Adam set up his own studio near Bristol. Inspired by aerodynamic, organic and animal forms his work as an artist has always been a mixture of biology and mechanisation. Adam’s love of aerodynamic forms fuels his concepts; fusing mechanised structures with organic forms to create his pieces

The Gallery is showcasing furthers works in our studio. Come and see these fabulous pieces in the flesh!

George Thornton Art

12A Flying Horse Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2HN – Telephone : 01159243555

Gender Pay Gap? Not in this Gallery…

Reported in the Guardian this week the BBC’s gender pay gap is not so much a single chasm as a series of geological fault-lines. The most egregious discrepancy is that top rates of pay are skewed towards men by two-thirds, and that on-air talent is doing remarkably similar jobs for very different rewards.

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. So is this the same in all industries? The art-world perhaps?

Gender imbalances continue to plague the art world in 2017 is a matter of fact. However, to employ an old adage, Rome wasn’t built in a day—and we’d be remiss to overlook progress when we see it. Women in the arts today are (finally) getting their turn. Helen Marten scooped this year’s Turner Prize. Georgia O’keeffe ‘Weed and White Flower’ selling for an excess sum of $44 million. Both these facts compound that perhaps gender equality within the art world is reducing? Although George Thornton Art maybe a modest sized gallery within the industry, we do boast an almost 50 / 50 ratio between female and male artists on our books and with prices ranging from £500 to £5,000 these women are certainly making a huge impact on our accounts and with our clients! No gender pay gap either. Its a strict ratio across all our artists. 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.

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Kirsty Mackay – ‘Transparency’

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Jan Nelson – ‘Yellow Peril’

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Katy Jade Dobson – ‘Silverback’

Morna's Fray

Nom Kinnear King – ‘Morna’s Fray’

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Rachel Tighe – ‘Eiffel Tower in Spring’

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Victoria Horkan – ‘The Shock of the New’

George Thornton Art

12A Flying Horse walk

Nottingham

NG1 2HN

Tel : 01159243555

Mob : 07523323038

www.georgethorntonart.com

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Nottingham : The taking of the Council House

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  • 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 would like to celebrate the city of Nottingham. Home to our gallery and in particular a very distinct building; The Council House. This beautiful high domed building stretches 200ft tall and is quintessentially a Nottingham landmark of the utmost distinction and can be seen from miles around. As infrastructure and modernization develops this building hasn’t changed and still is the focal point for the City Centre. The gallery is proud to represent artists that have taken time to pay homage to this building. Let me introduce the work of Alicia Dubnyckyj, Rachel Tighe and Donna Rumble – Smith.

 

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  • Alicia Dubnycykj is an exciting almost abstract artist who brings a sense of speed and vibrancy to the Nottingham City Centre giving great credence and space to the building itself.

 

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  • Rachel Tighe seemingly naïve representations at first glance look erratic but if you take time to study the detail you will soon find her structure  of the Council House is much guided and with the courage to offer the sky above a light sea blue, it really makes this building and the surrounding offices stand out.

 

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Donna Rumbe – Smith in order to create her works, stitched threads are intricately and meticulously woven into paper. Hours spent overlapping threads, folding paper to achieve the architectural form of the dome.

All three pieces are on display, available to view and purchase within our Nottingham space. Also, they are represented online.

George Thornton Art

12A Flying Horse Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2HN

tel – 01159243555

 

Adam Warwick Hall – Sculptures

Fascinated by aircraft, animals and plants from an early age, Adam Warwick Hall trained as a sculptor, upon graduating he started work as a sculptor and model maker for the Film and TV industry. In 2012 he set up his own studio, inspired by aerodynamic, organic and animal forms, his work as an artist has always been a mixture of biology and mechanization ; fusing aerodynamic structures with organic forms

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Herringkel MK1 – Original bronze sculpture with deep sea blue patina (Edition of 12)

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Ground Effect – Original bronze sculpture with mottled black patina (Edition of 12)

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A Clipping of Wings – Original bronze sculpture with mottled green patina (Edition of 12)

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Whanopus –  part whale part Flying boat mounted on a black American Walnut base. This unlike the pieces above is a bronze resin edition. Still to a number of 12.

If you would like to view further works by this artist we have them displayed within our Nottingham gallery and online.

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

Tel – 01159243555

 

Banksy. Do we invest?

Last week saw the opening of his latest exhibition. At a hotel nestled against the controversial barrier wall separating Israel from Palestine, Banksy has transformed the building with art and sculpture synonymous with its geographical and historical positon. Although it’s fair to say it will be critically analysed over the coming weeks with both good and bad reviews, one thing for certain is that Banksy is back on top of the art world. The honorary top spot was compounded by the fact that yesterday Sotheby’s sold a piece ‘This is a pipe’ for £285,000. A sum double its estimate.

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Banksy is certainly hot property so let’s speculate as to why he continues to take the art world by storm. One might suggest his ideas are current and mainstream, incorporating a humorous stance residing within international cultures outlining war, consumerism, social media and politics. Others believe his success to be predominantly based upon a supposedly discreet identity. I personally believe his success is down to sheer skill in delivering the concept and by this I don’t mean his ability to stencil and spray paint onto a wall but to continue to create works that intrigue and inspire the entire globe. The old saying of letting the art do the talking is obviously paramount here and echoes forth with regards to the simply staggering effect Banksy has had upon the art market throughout his career.

So, down to the facts. A lot of people feel that Banksy paints on walls and or occasionally creates murals for A List celebrities, however obtaining a piece of art by Banksy doesn’t have to be that difficult… Here in the gallery we are exhibiting unsigned and signed works by Banksy. Over the past decade Banksy has released much signed work into the market. He created a number of limited editions that have become incredibly collectible, the most sought after being the famous ‘Girl with Balloon’. A piece (in good condition) is worth up to £70,000 on the open market. Not a bad investment considering its initial retail ticket was around £200.

As I mentioned there are a number of pieces in various galleries and adorning the walls of collectors. Some more exciting and deemed more collectable than others. The gallery is pleased to announce a number of signed and unsigned pieces by Banksy are on display. You are welcome to view works below with further more in our studio. If you would like information regarding his works or any particular pieces do contact us.

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‘Pulp Fiction’ by Banksy

Released in 2004 and signed by the artist.

This work is presented within a large card mount and modern black frame.

£16,000

 

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‘Grannies’ by Banksy

Released in 2006. This work is an unsigned, limited edition by the artist.

This work is presented within a large card mount and modern black frame.

£6,000

 

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‘Morons’ by Banksy

Released in 2007. This work is an unsigned, limited edition by the artist.

This work is presented within a large card mount and modern black frame.

£7,000

Kind Regards,

George Thornton Art

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

 

Love Affair with Art. This is what we do…

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Some food for thought…

It’s no secret that perhaps Brexit (regardless of your voting persuasion) and the Trump election campaign has hit the retail or art market, hard, but while the big galleries and Art Houses report large sales and growing demand, the rest of the art world is finding life a lot harder. The impact of this could have drastic and far reaching repercussions for the art world, and art investors with a smaller budget. How will this change affect artists trying to establish themselves and the galleries that house their works?

For many artists, it is often that first gallery willing to take a chance and hang their work, which helps to establish them as a professional artist and set them on the road to becoming a renowned name. It is therefore worrying that now, more than ever, these small to middling sized galleries conform, perhaps selling commercial prints and what I consider ‘easy on the eye’ or ‘match my curtains’ art.

Many artists may struggle competing in a market saturated with other artworks, particularly online where some professional and skilled works can get lost in a sea of amateur art. Without this influx of talent traveling into galleries such as mine, the ecology of the art world could be warped into something completely unrecognizable, with no room for artists to move up the ladder and the upper echelons of the artistic world could stagnate with no room for newcomers. Here in the gallery we like to think that we work with our artists. Up and coming talented painters provide us with beautiful pieces and we in turn provide a platform with which to promote and showcase them. Take for example the works of Kirsty Mackay. Utilizing a particular blend of industrial paint and various other ingredients, she manipulates paint onto canvas creating a beautiful marbled effect using a multitude of colour.

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 ‘Evolution’ by Kirsty Mackay

Original Artwork: Industrial Paints on Box Canvas. Presented with a large modern white float frame.

£795 (Own Art available, spread the payment over 10 months)

 

For art investors, specifically those on a lower budget, this change could completely squeeze them out of the market, with little growth coming from the lower end, and the top end becoming even more out of reach to them. The small to middle sized galleries offer the chance to pick up new works from emerging talent and the chance to watch their investment grow. Here at the gallery, works sold by Kate Brinkworth and Russell Hatton have steadily increased in retail price over the past few years. Some may argue this is their value and some may argue it’s just a perceived value as again within any business a commodity is only worth what someone is willing to pay, however the facts don’t lie and both these artists works have increased in price.

Why not take a look at what we’re trying to achieve in the gallery. A break from the norm. A chance for collectors to invest in art that may not have the commercial splendour of the John Lewis print but art which is reasonably priced and one that is guided by skill and integrity.

Risk taking galleries like mine are the pioneers of the art world and should not be overlooked; it is at this level that fresh and enigmatic works are separated from the ordinary which in turn keeps the art markets so dynamic.

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 ‘The Writer’ by Kate Brinkworth

Original Artwork: Oil on Board

£4,750 (Own Art available, spread the payment over 10 months)

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‘Organicolcour ” by Russell Hatton

Original Artwork: Industrial Paint on Aluminum

£3,950 (Own Art available, spread the payment over 10 months)

 

George Thornton Art

12A Flying Horse Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2HN

Tel – 01159243555