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.

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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

Telephone – 01159243555

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Sara Pope – So Hot Right Now

Mathematician turned graphic designer, turned shoe designer, turned artist Sara Pope brings the vibrant, lively attitude of fashion to her ‘lippy’ paintings.

She combines the skill and craftmanship she learned from her time in fashion (working with Paul Smith, Lacoste and Jasmine Di Milo) with an eye for the glamour and sexual power conveyed by a pair of lips.

Her paintings of vivid, glossy lips in bold colours explore the landscape of pop culture, recalling John Pache’s famous Rolling Stones logo as much as Samuel Beckett’s mouthy monologue Not I.

Her paintings begin with a photo shoot where she paints a model’s lips and then tries to capture images conveying emotions like love and flirtation for inspiration. The painting process then involves several layers of thin oil-diluted paint being overlaid, blending and smoothing the colours extensively at every stage. Emulating the slickness of advertising, the result is glossy and irresistible.

THE ART OF SARA POPE

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Title – ‘Controversy’

Medium – Oil on Gesso Wooden Panel

Dimensions – 24in x 32in x 2in

Price – £2,500 (Framed)

 

 

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Title – ‘Red Carpet’

Medium – Oil on Gesso Wooden Panel, 24ct gold leaf background

Dimensions – 24in x 32in x 2in

Price – £3,000 (Framed)

 

 

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Title – So Hot Right Now

Medium – Oil on Gesso Covered Wooden Panel with Neon Light and Diamond Dust

Dimensions – 32in x 32in x 3in

Price – £7,000 (Framed)

 

Sara’s work is rapidly gaining attention around the world, having exhibited her work in London, Paris, New York and Florence. She even impressed her namesake Pope Francis with her painting. Her portrait has been accepted into the Vatican collection, which must be a first for a female Pope.

For all further information do contact the Gallery. We’re happy to help.

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

Tel : 01159243555 E,mail : george@georgethorntonart.com

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.

 

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‘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

 

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‘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

While the Rich Gets Richer…

Hope you’re well? Here’s a little something for you to think about…

It’s no secret that the recession has hit us all hard, but while the big galleries and Art House’s 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 rest of 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 on them and hang their work, which help 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 galleries are shutting their doors for good. Without these galleries, many artists may struggle competing in a market saturated with other works, particularly online where some professional and skilled works can get lost in a sea of amateur works. Without this influx of talent travelling into such galleries, the ecology of the art world could be warped into something completely unrecognisable, with no room for artists to move up the ladder the top of echelons of the artistic world could stagnate with no room for newcomers and same works being endlessly churned out by the old elite.

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‘The Aisle of No Importance’ by Xue Wang
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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 top end out of reach to them. The small to middling 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 Xue Wang have grown from £1000 when she first arrived, up to £3000 only a couple of years later; fantastic news for both investor and artist.

These risk taking galleries are the pioneers of the art world and should not be overlooked or forgotten about; it is at this level that fresh and enigmatic works are separated from the ordinary.  We must not forget their importance to the art world as whole, as without them the fluidity and originality which makes the art markets so dynamic could be changed irreparably.  

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‘A Certain Something’ by Paul Lemmon
Dimensions: 39″ x 39″
Original Artwork: Oil onto Box Canvas
Price: £1,950 or 10 monthly installments of £195, interest free

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Imperial Landscape’ by Gail Troth
Dimensions: 30″ x 21″
Original Artwork: Oil onto Box Canvas
£695.00 or 10 monthly installments of £69.50, interest free