What makes the artist JJ Adams so popular?

This exciting young artist is touted as being the Next Big Thing on the British art scene. With his challenge to the heart of British cultural values – members of the Royal family displayed with full sleeve tattoos, iconic buildings such as Buckingham Palace or the Palace of Westminster depicted defaced by graffiti, Adams strikes at the heart of our cultural consciousness with his work.

Harrods

‘Harrods’ by JJ Adams

In the same way that Banksy became the art world’s darling, filling the vacuum left by the end of the love affair with the YBAs, Adams is making a name for himself, aided by Wishbone Publishing, with his phenomenal output. Born in Plymouth, Adams was raised in South Africa, remaining there until the end of the apartheid era when he returned to these shores with the aim of becoming a tattoo artist. Little wonder then that his obsession with body art spills over into his work, evidenced in his ‘Tattoo Series’ where icons of royalty, music and the silver screen are depicted with awesome full sleeve and knuckle tattoos. The ubiquity of the tattoo in mainstream culture must play a part in his appeal to the mainstream art audience, but there is more to his art than purely capitalising on a social trend. His interest in printing and in graphic design – honed when working in the South West as a printer whilst experimenting with art in his spare time – are evident in the stylised way much of his work is presented. Combining media such as printing, collage, spray paint, screen prints and hand painted acrylics, his work has attracted attention from Christie’s, Rolls Royce, Vogue and GQ magazines with its rawness, energy and passion, but also with its accessibility and broad subject appeal.

But, like Banksy, Adams is certainly not a mainstream fine artist, and similarly, much of his work remains true to the roots of his style and influences. Where Banksy’s popularity came from the street through recognition of his graffiti and its subsequent elevation to ‘art’, Adams work is equally accessible and most importantly recognisable in its representation of things ‘normal’ that have been given Adams’ treatment which, in challenging their orthodoxy, cause the audience to consider their own response to these significant cultural icons. However, being able to picture ‘Harrods’ department store with graffitied windows and point of sale, somehow appeals to the British sense of humour and perhaps more importantly makes the audience question why the imagery is such a visual shock. To have the artistic vision to produce works that speaks on such an accessible level to the man / woman in the street and yet which so cleverly strikes at the heart of our culture is evidence of Adams’ skill and gives a big clue as to why his work is generating such excitement in the art – and wider – community. Fundamentally this is what makes JJ Adams so popular and undeniably an artist to invest in!

Wonder Woman - Colour

‘Wonder Woman’ by JJ Adams

 

Sonic Vs Mario

‘Sonic Vs Mario’ by JJ Adams

Collection available within our Nottingham Gallery

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Nottinghams very own Jane Thomson

Spend time with Jane’s paintings; on the surface they are beautiful and intricate, but like the layers they are made from, there is so much depth to these works. Figurative art exposes and addresses the concept of beauty. How we are perceived and how we perceive others.

Jane’s use of ink, pencil and pastel is delicate. Perfect medium for the female form. She then interlinks imagery with layers of printed thoughts either from photographic text or her own poetry.

Unfolding

‘Unfolding’ – Mixed Media on Board

Study for Invisible ink on her skin

‘Invisible Ink on her Skin’ – Mixed Media on Board

Come and visit our current display with artist Jane Thomson.

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

 

All ‘smART’… All about the ART!

Gunpowder Blue

‘Gunpowder Blue’ – Kate Brinkworth

Lots planned for the final half of 2018. New artists for the gallery, established masters together with rising talent! Interesting sculpture and dynamic statement wall art to finish off that newly renovated space. Art Fairs are in place and with a whole host of gallery exhibitions planned it’s looking like a fabulous ‘Arty’ season ahead. Watch this space…

View some of our featured works this month. As Summer is with us, here in the gallery we just love a little slash of colour.

 

ELEMENT 1 FINISHED

Here in the Gallery we love new art by Gareth Hayward. A photographer of integrity. Hours spent layering individual images, building a collage with breath taking results.

‘Elements’ by Gareth Hayward on display now.

 

Nina Simone

New artist to our books! We welcome Kelly Ann – Holmes. Each piece created from recycled aluminum. View ‘Nina Simone’ mosaic strong-bow cider.

 

Flatiron - New York - ADU

Original Artwork by the incredeibly talented Alicia Dubnyckyj. ‘Flatiron Building’

Alicia uses gloss paint on board to create each stunning original composition.

 

Unfolding

Date in the Diary – 30th June
Exhibition with Jane Thomson and Donna Rumbe – Smith.

‘Fragments’ interlink both artists, a collaboration of original works. For information do contact the Gallery – Tel : 01159243555

 

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Artist Nick Holdsworth breaks the mold. Printing 1000’s of tiny images onto paper, embossing this on to board before spray painting the final image. Using this pixilation technique encourages the work to look almost 3D.

 

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Anna E Davies – Shifting Perceptions

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Welsh painter Davies takes inspiration from her day-to-day environment in Nottingham, revealing the underlying sentiments and sensations lurking in mundane, everyday experiences.

Her ruddy, fleshy figures recall the grubby worlds of Raymond Briggs and Quentin Blake as much as Francis Bacon’s contorted dreamscapes. Here the mind is making a break for it through the body and reality is worming its way out from under appearance.

Self portrait (full)

The shifting, fuzzy face of the grim figure in Reflection (below) stands in stark contrast to the defined shape of the teacher or perhaps self portrait seen in Sketch (above image)

Davies work here recalls the existentialist philosophy of Heidegger and Sartre with the subject of Sketch defined and submerged into the social identity of the teacher, while the figure in Reflection is confronted with the terrible freedom of authenticity and the clamouring, battling swirl of multiple identities.

Reflection

The Gallery welcomes this fine emerging artist to our books. Already a positive reaction we anticipate Davies to be an artist not to be overlooked. Click here to find out more

George Thornton Art : 12A Flying Horse Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2HN

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Day in Margate – Tracey Emin’s infamous “Bed”

The weather was cold and wet, not worth staying home for, so, little trip down Margate seem liked a good idea. The white angular Turner Contemporary, is a stark contrast to the historic Margate seafront and light years away from the Dreamland amusement park at the other end of the prom.

The Contemporary’s current exhibition, pairing Tracey Emin’s infamous “bed” with original Turner seascapes, seemed incongruous. Until you remember, Turner was as eccentric and controversial in his day, as Emin and the rest of the Young British Art movement were in the nineties.

On it’s own in the middle of the Gallery floor, Turners hung behind, “the bed” looked a little like something that had been dropped from the sky. Dirty underwear and rumpled sheets, empty bottles, cigarette stubs and condoms, yellowing a little and showing their twenty years of age.

It was like a story part told, the action stopped unfinished. Surprisingly, the Turners have the same quality, sea frozen, stopped as the waves crashed. Two moments in time, captured, centuries apart.

The end of the story came from Emin’s video narrative of the bed’s reconstruction, it brought humanity I had not previously seen. “The bed” was her chaotic world and it’s conception changed that world, catapulting her into the art world’s spotlight.

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For Emin, twenty years on, she is voluntarily dry, celibate and non smoking. What ever you may think of it as art, it is possible that “the bed” saved at least one life.

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The Perfect Gift this Christmas

The lights are switched on and the Christmas Market is in town, it seems the festive season is fast approaching us. I’m not sure about you, but it feels like it has crept up out of nowhere.

This is the time that the search for gift inspiration starts, and to help I have put together a selection of pieces by our incredible body of fine, contemporary artists. Sure to make wonderful gifts this Christmas.

Please find included below all the details for your consideration.

 

Hybrid 4

‘Hybrid’ by Gareth Hayward

A C-Type Photographic Print (Edition of 5)

Framed Dimensions: 39″ x 39″

Price: £950 (framed)

 

What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas - £540

‘What Goes on in Las Vegas’ by JJ Adams

Signed Limited Edition (Framed)

Framed Dimensions: 41″ x 35″

Price: £540

 

still life pink egg cup

‘Pink Egg Cup’ – Still Life by Christopher Green

Original Artwork : Oil on Board

Dimensions: 32″ x 26″

Price: £2,650

CRUSH

‘Crush’ by Sara Pope

Original Oil on Board

Dimensions: 24″ x 31″

Price: £2,500

 

What Remains of Psychae Mini

‘What Remains of the Psyche’ by Louise McNaught

Original Artwork : Mixed Media onto Box Canvas

Dimensions: 28″ x 28″

Price: £2,000

 

If there is a piece included you wish to discuss please call the Gallery at your earliest convenience to avoid disappointment. All further works are on our website, we still offer free delivery or for the full impact of what we showcase do pop in to the Gallery.

George Thornton Art – 12A Flying Horse Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2HN

Tel – 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.

Transparency - 120cm x 120cm - £1,150

Kirsty Mackay – ‘Transparency’

Yellow Peril

Jan Nelson – ‘Yellow Peril’

KJD - Silverback

Katy Jade Dobson – ‘Silverback’

Morna's Fray

Nom Kinnear King – ‘Morna’s Fray’

Eiffel Tower in Spring (low)

Rachel Tighe – ‘Eiffel Tower in Spring’

The shock of the new

Victoria Horkan – ‘The Shock of the New’

George Thornton Art

12A Flying Horse walk

Nottingham

NG1 2HN

Tel : 01159243555

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www.georgethorntonart.com

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