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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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

Mob : 07523323038

www.georgethorntonart.com

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Paper Trail

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Paper Trail – An invitation to attend and exhibition of works on paper.

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‘Elizabeth Tower’ by Donna Rumble – Smith

Stitched Treads on to Paper, mounted and framed.

A personal invite to our latest showing. An Exhibition of works on paper. ‘Paper Trail’ brings together a range of artists, who cover a broad spectrum of drawings and mixed media.

Exhibition, Saturday 22nd – 28th April

You are warmly welcome to come and meet a number of artists that opening Saturday 1pm until 4pm. Donna Rumble Smith, Jane Thomson and Darren Stevenson to name but a few will all be present in the gallery to talk about their techniques, ideas and inspirations.

Come and enjoy a glass of wine and view stunning original artwork.

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‘Pretectiv’ by Jane Thomson

 

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‘Pass’ by Ian Hodgson

The work of Ian Hodgson, is perfect for that peaceful spot in the house.

For more information or to receive the full brochure of artist and works on paper to contact the gallery.

12A Flying Horse Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2HN

Tel – 011589243555

 

Size matters…

What do we think about buying that piece of art? More specifically what do we think about large statement pieces? Bringing a statement artwork into your home isn’t as daunting as you may think… It has the potential to change your living environment with monumental impact and inspire you to think around further inter design projects within your home or office. It doesn’t have to be that piece which ‘just fills the space…’ Having a statement piece not only finishes off a room design but also shows off your personality and tastes. Depending upon colour and content it has the potential to change your mood and energy.

As we move ever closer to spring and with an element of warmth in the air we have chosen 10 large, vibrant, statement artworks from our portfolio of emerging and established artists

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‘Evolution’ by Kirsty Mackay

Beautiful abstract, this work comes presented within a modern, white wooden frame.

 

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‘Moss’ by Nick Holdsworth

Original artwork, Spray painted on pixelated paper. Mounted and framed within a gloss white modern frame.

 

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‘Me Time’ by Darren Fraser

Straight from the artist studio. This piece is unframed, paint still wet but ready to hang!

 

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‘A Full Fleet Start’ by Jan Nelson

Full of energy, Jan Nelsons love of the sea brings energy and life to her work. This piece is beautifully presented within a large white wooden frame and measures 172cm in width by 100 in height.

 

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‘A Walk to Big Ben’ by Rachel Tighe

By utilizing her background within an illustration industry, Rachel’s execution of the work is impeccable!

 

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‘Atomised in Blue’ by Russell Hatton

30 years in the making… this incredible artist has honed his skills by using industrial paint and transformed the way we view abstract art!

 

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‘Ludgate Hill’ by Alicia Dubnyckyj

Alicia Dubnycykj is an exciting artist who brings a sense of the speed and vibrance of her chosen cities to stunning life on her large boards.

‘Bettie Page’ by JJ Adams

This original to the sold out signed limited edition is available via appointment within our gallery. A piece of much content, box canvas, framed within a black modern frame and reaching almost 6ft in height.

 

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‘Bettie Page’ by JJ Adams

This original to the sold out signed limited edition is available via appointment within our gallery. A piece of much content, box canvas, framed within a black modern frame and reaching almost 6ft in height.

 

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‘Its Elvis F**king Presley’s Gun’ by Russell Marshal

The birth of cool. This lovely silkscreen packs a punch!

 

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‘Superwoman’ by Joel Moens de Hase

1000’s of tiny images meticulouslky placed to create one life size image.

For all these works and others view online or visit our Nottingham gallery.

12A Flying Horse Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2HN

Tel – 01159243555

 

“UK shoppers going on line rather than the traditional day shopping”? It set me thinking!

On the 20th February I wrote about the possibility of art fraud when buying online.  Then last week I read an article written by Reuters which was about changes to Shopping Malls as a result of more UK shoppers going on line rather than the traditional day shopping.  It set me thinking!

If I wanted a picture in the past I would have trawled the galleries.  Today I look at the websites to find the artists I like.  This reduces the time spent trailing about and gives me a short list of places to go and look.  The Internet never gives a true representation of the real article but then what I see in a gallery needs to look right in my home with my collection.  So professional galleries will always come and hang the work so that I know its right.  But the rub is that I have built up an understanding and a trust with my gallery.  It is not just about the work but also about service and trust.

So how am I going to move into the newer online way of buying those precious pieces that enhance my collection and provide the sound investment I need in the economic climate.  Well!  Firstly I am going to use the net to cast wider than I was able in the past.  But, I am then going to use my trusted relationship with my gallery to source the products where they are not available locally.  Even when they are locally available having looked and chosen I will source the product through this relationship.  We are all hooked on branding.  In the case of clothes it usually means a label that gives the confidence of quality and service irrespective of where I buy it.  In the art world the confidence that collectors seek is provided by the gallery.  So look widely but tread carefully buying through those you trust to provide a high quality service every time and certainly not the quick buck merchants who are selling work whose source is questionable and cannot be contacted when service is a problem.

ImageNext Exhibition….. The Art of Nick Holdsworth.

Private View: saturday 23rd March {4pm until 6pm}

Exhibition: Saturday 23rd March until Saturday 30th March

(image: ‘Blondie’ Original Artwork: pixellated screen print and spray paint.

£895 framed. No deposit, 10 equal instalments of £89.50 with Own Art (interest free credit)