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

In time for Valentines Day…

Valentines eh? The socially acceptable or moral induced date night… I’m sure (like myself) you have received hundreds of emails popping into your inbox explaining the benefits of treating your loved ones? Therefore in accordance with what can only be considered peer pressure we have highlighted a number of new and exciting pieces of art to coincide with February 14th!

As if you need a reason to buy art?

Enjoy…

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“February” by Harry Bunce

Signed limited edition, presented within a modern white frame.

£250 (Own Art Available, spread the payment over 10 months)

The work is also available as a hand embellished limited edition. The artist has worked over the edition, adding flowers and paint before sealing the detail with varnish. For information about this particular artwork do contact us.

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“Love Hurts” by JJ Adams

Mr JJ Adams: a quiet unassuming provocateur of the contemporary art form.

Signed limited edition. Beautifully presented within a large card mount and large black modern frame.

£545 (Own Art Available, spread the payment over 10 months)

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“Bang” by Mr Go

Signed limited edition

MrGo is one of the prime practitioners with modern day, pop art themed graphics. Combining traditional sketch work with digital techniques, MrGo’s art contains humour and wit, often using word play or visual puns to communicate his point.

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“Highland Cow”

Signed Limited Edition

£395 (Own Art Available, spread the payment over 10 months)

For all the information regarding modern contemporary art, possible commissions and art consultancy do contact the gallery.

Kind Regards,

George Thornton Art

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

New Art – ‘The Highland Cow’​ by Katy Jade Dobson

The Highland Cow has a long and distinguished ancestry, not only in its homeland of Scotland, but also in many far-flung parts of the world. One of Britain’s oldest, most distinctive, and best known breeds, with a long, thick, flowing coat of rich hair and majestic sweeping horns, the Highland Cow has remained largely unchanged over the centuries. A particularly hardy beast usually found resting on the mountain side in persistent rain and bitter winds, there long hair provides an amour against the elements and in turn the perfect content for any artists’ sketchbook or canvas.

Katy Jade Dobson draws influence from ethereal qualities and vivid colour,  descended into opulent oil paintings of wildlife scenes and subjects of nature. Here she turns her adoration to this fine beast, The Highland Cow.

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The gallery is proud to be stocking this lovely edition! Limited availability so do contact us for details – george@georgethorntonart.com

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Battersea Affordable Art Fair

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It won’t be long now until the gallery jets off to Battersea for the areas biannual Art Fair.

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Now in its 17th successful year, Affordable Art Fair Battersea has established itself as the “must attend” art buying and social event of the year.

Every year, the art appreciation community comes together to celebrate Battersea’s long history as a haven for the creation and patronage of art.

 Wednesday 19th until Sunday 23rd October

The success of Battersea is down to a careful selection of independent galleries, the artists they bring and a strong reputation for being one of the UK’s best destinations for fine, affordable art.

This will be the fourth time George Thornton Art will have had the great pleasure at exhibiting in Battersea, alongside gallery staple artists such as Russell Hatton, Rachel Tighe, Christopher Green and Jane Thomson. We will also be taking newly signed artists such as Louise McNaught and Kirsty Mackay for whom the fair will be an amazing stage on which to build awareness for their artistic talent.

 Perfect opportunity for you to discover something new. So why not come along?

The gallery has a number of complimentary tickets through the Battersea Art Fair Ticket Shop by inputting the following code: GEORGEHP For all further information do contact the gallery 01159243555 / george@georgethorntonart.com

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“Exhale” by Louise McNaught – Original Artwork, Mixed Media on Canvas

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“Liquid Love” by Kirsty Mackay – Original Artwork, Industrial Paints on Canvas

For all the information do contact the Gallery

George Thornton Art

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

The impressive work of Kate Brinkworth

Kate Brinkworth undertook her artistic training at Nottingham Trent University, and graduated in 2000 with first class honours. She rapidly began showing her work, exhibiting here in the UK, Sweden and the U.S. She has won numerous awards and accolades as well as selling through top auction houses such as Christie’s. A venture which is something any living artist aspires to achieve.

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‘Moet’ – Original Artwork: Oil on Board

Kate is particularly inspired by effects created through experimentation with focus, as she repeatedly photographs her ‘still life’s’ with various shutter speeds, camera angles and lighting to find the optimum composition.

I personally find that the genre and style of ‘Pop Art’ is revamped and re-branded in many ways to suit the modern market place. Actually the term ‘Pop Art’ is really a play on words and synonymous with an actual time in history and not the present day, however I have to admit that Kate elevates this style of art and really delivers something new and innovating by way of challenging our perception of everyday images, encouraging us to look differently at these somewhat out of focus and off set paintings. A developed technique that very few artist’s have managed to accept and put into practise with such precision and detail.

The images below reiterate Kate’s ability and talent.

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‘Oxford Circus’ by Kate Brinkworth

Original Artwork: Oil on Board (unframed)

Dimensions: 24″ x 34″

Price: £3,500

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This detailed image of ‘Oxford Circus’ shows Kate’s ability to capture reflection.

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This detailed image exudes perfection with regards Kate’s attention to detail.

For more information contact the gallery {george@georgethorntonart.com} {01159 243 555}

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Pop in to the gallery in Nottingham and view this incredible work in the flesh!

The Rise of Women

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Picture from Tracey Emin’s show: ‘She Lay Down Deep Beneath the Sea’

After centuries of being regarded as second class to men, it seems that finally the tables have turned and that women are no longer merely enjoying a sense of equality in areas, but are developing their own niches with women only floors in hotels, night clubs and gyms . So why is it that women still seem to lag behind in the art world, even today, the works of female artists seem to reach only a tenth of their male counterparts. Tracey Emin and Damian Hirst arguably share similar status and dominance in today’s art market, yet Hirst’s pieces carry much larger price tags.  

It was once taught and thought that women played no role in the history of art, something that Dana Arnold picked up on during her studies at UCLA. Since leaving her research has focused on the ways in which, art history is interpreted and the roles women have played. The truth simply is that the role of women has to one degree or another simply been ignored. As in other areas, the annuals of history and the rules of what makes a masterpiece was laid out by men for the benefit of men leaving little room for women.   

Despite histories ignorance women have been present and have played an important role. The Bayeux Tapestry was created by nuns, the Early Renaissance saw the arrival of named female artists such as Lavinia Fontana and Sofonisba Anguisciola, before being ousted in the latter stages of the movement. It was women who hand painted the Wedgewood vases and porcelain that is so highly regarded today. In fact their role and contribution to the popular culture of their time arguably outstrips that of males in the same period. Indeed, it is only due to their ostracism from high culture that they were deemed academically irrelevant for so long.       

This began to chance when in the 20th century, a surge of innovation and discovery questioned traditional views and the perception of women artists. Women made further gains, such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Louise Bourgeois, Camille Claudel, Sonia Delaunay, Laura Knight, Zinaida Serebriakova, Tamara de Lempicka and Natalia Goncharova. Culminating with Rachel Whiteread becoming the first woman to win the Turner Prize in 1993.

 

As our culture continues to embrace the role of women, the once held firm beliefs of women’s role within art are set to change. At the gallery we have already noticed a shift in this direction with 2 of top selling artists being women, Xue Wang and Gail Troth. With more interest and attention being paid to female artists than ever before, it seems likely that the value of both old and new works by female artists is set to rise.  

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‘Eternal Landscape in Blue’ by Gail Troth
Oil on Canvas
47″ x 15.5″
£995 or 10 monthly installments of just £99.50