Gender Equality in the Art World.

Set Fire to the Rain - Louise

SET FIRE TO THE RAIN By Louise McNaught

 

News this week pertaining to Woman in Art and the argument of equality has been a debate for generations. Bonham’s have taken the stance to initiate and redress gender equality in the art world.

Gender equality is something that the UK continues to strive towards, but 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. However, gender roles are changing for both men and women in Britain and we must ensure equal opportunities for both sexes exist, more so than ever within the art market.

The highest price at auction for a work by the French sculptor Germaine Richier is £1.2m, compared with £91.6m for Alberto Giacometti, who studied alongside Richier. The difference in price driven by independent sales is astonishing and surely only speaks to the commonly held but unspoken perception that male generated art has more ‘value’ than that created by women.

Despite their treatment in the art world through history, women have been present and played an important role in art as artists and not just as the inspiration for the male gaze. The Bayeux Tapestry was designed and created by Nuns…

So as per usual George Thornton Art continues to ‘buck trends’ and we would like to salute our bank of Woman artists! We celebrate an almost 50% ratio of men to woman artists on our books. To strengthen arguments (in the case of our Nottingham Gallery) we are fortunate enough to represent the likes of Kate Brinkworth. An artist who continuously sells through auction houses in London. Even the larger publishing houses in the country don’t represent a young talent of this calibre!  Jan Nelson, who in terms of number of pieces sold, was by far our most successful artist in 2015. And not forgetting Alicia Dubnyckyj whose works commands prices in London close to £10,000 a painting; and Katy Jade Dobson who can now boast of clients having to wait an incredible two years for original commissions to be completed. Finally the gallery’s two latest signing of 2016 ‘Louise McNaught’ and ‘Kirsty Mackay’ are both woman… 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. www.georgethorntonart.com

 

Coke and Stripey Straw

COKE AND STRIPY STRAW by Kate Brinkworth
Signed limited edition to just 50 copies.
Presented; float mounted within a large, black modern frame.

 

Crowded Course!

CROWDED COURSE By Jan Nelson
Beautifully crafted and presented in a large, white wood frame
£995 (spread the payment over 10 months interest free)

 

The Gherkin VIII, London 40 x 48 - £5,000

THE GHERKIN BY NIGHT By Alicia Dubnycykj
Fascination with cubes of colour and a love of paint itself are hallmarks for this contemporary artist.

 

KJD - Dumbo Webfile

DUMBO By Katy Jade Dobson
Signed limited edition: Presented within a large card mount and large black frame.
£395. Spread the payment over 10 months (interest free)

 

For all the information contact us –

{12A Flying Horse Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2HN} {01159 243 555} {george@georgethorntonart.com}

Kind Regards, George Thornton Art

 

 

 

The Wildlife Art of Katy Jade Dobson

Mother and Baby“Mother and Baby”

This young artist, based in Lincoln, (UK) demonstrates her love and understanding of her medium in her ethereal, colour rich paintings of wildlife. Inspired by the work of French artist Odilon Redon, Dobson brings a lavish quality to the animals that she depicts on canvas. Brush strokes, scratches and the sheer exuberance of the laying on of paint make her exciting representations of noble beasts a pleasure to behold. But given the popularity of animals as subject matter, evidenced in the success of David Shepherd’s work over the years, is Dobson’s work the 21st century’s answer to wildlife painting?

By way of comparison, David Shepherd’s work ‘Ahmed’

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and Katy Jade Dobson’s work ‘His Majesty’

His Majesty - Copy

both show a bull elephant in his pride, fully alert and looking frankly magnificent. But how does our response to the different way these beasts are shown evidence a shift in taste in the wildlife genre buying public? Shepherd’s seemingly photo realistic ‘Ahmed’ appears in a dust cloud, set against a tropical blue sky, as though he has been captured pictorially in situ. But how realistic is that version of ‘in situ’? Is it so very different from the non-background to Dobson’s ‘His Majesty’? I would argue that both settings are alien to the majority of the public, most not having personally experienced the landscape in which an elephant roams. Therefore, the space given by Dobson to her multi-hued creature is as valid and as tangible in reality as the idyll represented in Shepherd’s work. This absence, this permission for the audience to view the elephant as they will, lends a more contemporary tone to the depiction of the bull, surely more fitting in a 21st century environment. The skill of Dobson in visually reproducing the animal and giving it its own space to be admired is a stunning tribute not only to her skill as a wildlife artist, but to her sensitivity and understanding of her genre.

Strength

“Strength” by Katy Jade Dobson

Signed limited edition print on paper. (Edition of just 45 copies)

Presented in an off white card mount and big black, ornate frame.

£345, spread the payment with Own Art. No deposit, followed by 10 equal monthly instalments of £34.50.

His Majesty

“His Majesty” by Katy Jade Dobson

Signed limited edition print on paper. (Edition of just 75 copies)

Presented in an off white card mount and big black, ornate frame.

£345, spread the payment with Own Art. No deposit, followed by 10 equal monthly instalments of £34.50.

Wisdom

“Wisdom” by Katy Jade Dobson

Signed limited edition print on paper. (Edition of just 45 copies)

All works are available in the Nottingham gallery. Come and see them in the flesh. For more information regarding these or original paintings please contact the gallery. {01159243555} {george@georgethorntonart.com}