The British and our Love Affair with Modern Art

Post war artists were experimenting, frustrated by a global situation over which they had no control. The ability and need to answer questions and break rules had never been so prevalent and it was with this mind set that modern and therefore conceptual art was born. This movement created a trendy, cosmopolitan audience for contemporary modern art. A form that although at the time provided artist and dealers with incredible monetary gain,  at that time the idea of modern art was not exposed worldwide and certainly not enjoyed by all.

The problem with modern art is the same problem we all face when encountering something new, which is comprehension. It doesn’t matter if you are an art lover, creator or academic, if you don’t understand you tend to switch off. Now 50 years ago when Modern Art and by that I mean art of a conceptual nature i.e. ‘Pop Art’ or ‘Abstract’ was hitting the headlines in America the British were taking a stance of denial. In true British fashion we erred towards a conservative view of the movement – sticking to what we knew worked, sold and what we liked. Rapidly moving forward, Britain’s position on modern art has changed dramatically.  Possibly enhanced by dealers like Charles Saatchi and show rooms like the Tate we now find ourselves embracing the conceptual movement and providing platforms not only for some of the greatest known living artists but also those younger, emerging stars of the future. We host the Turner prize which, up until 1991 was deemed not important enough for the general public to understand, however, after a televised showing of the competition, it was soon understood that us Brits do love a bit of Modern Art. Maybe we have changed our psychology? Maybe we have changed our views, as internationally known artists born and bred in this country are now touted as legends of the  modern generation. Something to give us credence and an emblem to be proud of. Whatever the reason, fundamentally the British public have become a nation of modern art lovers. Embracing and showcasing our ideas to the world. This is certainly compounded by the huge spend and investment the government is now ploughing into projects such as the development of ‘Tate Modern’. A ‘Free Entrance’ art gallery which encourages art lovers from all over the world to enter and enjoy what us Brits deem fit to be considered modern art of international standards.

George Thornton Art prides itself on offering a range of art from different movements and we’d love to share our artists, modern, abstract or figurative with you.  Call in or call us – we have superlative art in an independent gallery.

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“Atomised” by Russell Hatton

Industrial Spray Paints on Aluminum

Original Artwork

£3,950

 

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“Bang” by MrGo

Signed limited edition, gold leaf hand embellished print on paper.

(Edition of 25)

£295 Framed.

 

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“Space Cadet” by Darren Fraser

Oil and Pencil on Box Canvas

Original Artwork

£1,750

 

George Thornton Art

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

 

 

The Art of MrGO

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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 and entertain. While at first glance, MrGo appears to be bound to purely aesthetic in modernist discourse, references to consumerism are plentiful however it’s his apparent underline agenda that takes precedence. A wry humour flows through his portraits allowing the viewer to debate life, death, emotional consequence and acceptability.

Drawing on influences of photo-realism, graphic art & surrealism, the detail he manages to achieve within his work is impressive – most look like photographs. The guiding principles of his method are impulse and eclecticism. It’s only when you look closely you notice the hand developed details and quirks that embellish his digitally drawn subjects.

Celebrated works are now on display. The complete collection is available online, however to appreciate the inspiring details within the work do visit our Nottingham Gallery.

MrGo

“Love you to Death”
Signed limited edition to just 25 copies.
£295 framed. Presented within a slim off white card mount and modern black frame.

 

“Its for You”
Signed limited edition to just 45 copies.
£295 framed. Presented within a slim off white card mount and modern black frame.

 

“The Great Escape – Acquiesce”
Signed limited edition to just 45 copies.
£295 framed. Presented within a slim off white card mount and modern black frame.

View the full collection online or in our gallery

George Thornton Art
12A Flying Horse Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2HN
Tel : 01159243555 : george@georgethorntonart.com

Katy Jade Dobson; New Spring Collection “21 Grams”

Flamboyant

‘Flamboyant’
Signed limited edition print on paper. Presented in a large deep card mount and ornate black frame.
Edition – 75
Price – £395

 

The time has come… The heavily anticipated and long awaited new collection by the incredibly talented artist Katy Jade Dobson. We are thrilled to be exhibiting her new collection ’21 Grams’!

A painting is the artist’s sigh on a canvas, the silhouette of their shadow, and their 21 grams. (Katy Jade Dobson)

Below is a sneak preview as to what we can expect from this fabulous artist…

Bellicose

‘Bellicose’
Signed limited edition print on paper. Presented in a large deep card mount and ornate black frame.
Edition – 195
Price – £395

Physically, this collection is about texture and atmosphere. Years of techniques, new avenues and an ache to work on her subjects in such a way has driven Katy in a fabulous and awe inspiring direction

Ego

‘Ego’
Signed limited edition print on paper. Presented in a large deep card mount and ornate black frame.
Edition – 75
Price – £395

‘Own Art’ available. Spread the payment over 10 months, interest free. Contact us for details.

Devine

‘Devine’
Signed limited edition print on paper. Presented in a large deep card mount and ornate black frame.
Edition – 75
Price – £395

Virtue

‘Devine’
Signed limited edition print on paper. Presented in a large deep card mount and ornate black frame.
Edition – 75
Price – £395

Eminence

‘Eminence’
Signed limited edition print on paper. Presented in a large deep card mount and ornate black frame.
Edition – 195
Price – £395

Devoted

‘Eminence’
Signed limited edition print on paper. Presented in a large deep card mount and ornate black frame.
Edition – 195
Price – £395

The colours seemed to happen by themselves, I don’t remember ever deciding to work in so much colour. As I have adapted my craft I think I have managed to handle the pigment much better and use it in a way that I enjoy. But I also love working with a darker palette sometimes. My inspiration with colour is Odilon Redon, a French abstract painter who I learnt about at school. I have many books of his work, and his whimsical backgrounds and the way he puts colour together has been a huge inspiration! (Katy Jade Dobson)

Opaline

‘Opaline’
Signed limited edition print on paper. Presented in a large deep card mount and ornate black frame.
Edition – 195
Price – £395

For the complete collection do contact the gallery

12A Flying Horse Walk, Nottingham, NG1 21HN

george@georgethorntonart.com : 01159243555

www.georgethorntonart.com

The Art of Harry Bunce!

Harry Bunce has been billed as the painter to collect in the new millennium. New artist Bunce takes inspiration from our favourite woodland creatures. Rabbits, Foxes even Mice and gives them a modern twist. By reclaiming these icons and reinventing them, Harry’s work breathes new life into old friends and makes us regard them with fresh eyes. Cute? Maybe, but they’re rarely cuddly…

Below, please find the gallery preview to his collection. For further information contact us – george@georgethorntonart.com

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“Tommies”
Signed limited edition screen print. Edition of 64.
Presented within a contemporary off white wooden frame.
Framed dimensions – 35″ x 27″
£420. Own Art available, No deposit followed by 10 monthly instalments of £42.00.

His works have been described variously as ‘Bucolic Street Art’ and ‘Potter meets Tarantino’ – a reclusive country cousin of the Bristol art scene..? Not really – Harry is hard to pigeon-hole, he lets his characters do the talking…

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“Fallen” 
This piece has been shot with a 12 – guage shotgun to give the work a totally unique feel.

Signed limited edition screen print. Edition of 64.
Presented within a contemporary off white wooden frame.
Framed dimensions – 35″ x 27″
£420. Own Art available, No deposit followed by 10 monthly instalments of £42.00.

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“Home Front”

Signed limited edition screen print. Edition of 64.

Framed dimensions – 27″ x 33″

£420. Own Art available, No deposit followed by 10 monthly instalments of £42.00.

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“Front Line”
Signed limited edition screen print. Edition of 64.

Framed dimensions – 27″ x 33″

£420. Own Art available, No deposit followed by 10 monthly instalments of £42.00.

 

For further information contact us on
01159243555 : george@georgethorntonart.com

George Thornton Art

Unit 12A, Flying Horse Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2HN

http://www.georgethorntonart.com

 

Art and Rolf. What happens to the value of his prints and originals now?

Over the past few weeks I have received many e-mails and calls regarding the value of his art, prints and original works. It’s been a good ten months since the allegations were first printed in the press and as we hear the news that Rolf has been sentenced to five years and nine months. Here are my thoughts on the situation and hopefully an answer to some of your questions.

I know many people have purchased prints and originals by Rolf. There are probably over 100,000 limited editions in circulation and its probably safe to say that up until this time last year everyone that owned a piece actually admired Rolf impressionistic technique plus his ability to replicate old masters.

The fact many of us sited him as a ‘national treasure’ makes it much harder to believe what he has been convicted of. Now we all probably view his work (in our homes) and in galleries somewhat differently.

So what does this mean with regards his value?   

I’d mentioned previously other artists whose personal reputation have been tainted by similar scandals, yet these are often pushed to the margins over the quality of their work and still remain desirable.

Rolf however lives in a very different society to that of those examples, and for the better. The nature of his crimes are today absolute societal lows. Rolf called have actually murdered someone and he wouldn’t be so widely and openly detested, and it sticks to. With this in mind I can see no real come back for the value of his work, even years down the line from now.

The originals may see some bounce back, but I wouldn’t count on it and as for the signed limited editions, not generally purchased with investment in mind anyway unless you’re buying Lowry or Banksy prints. Most prints tend not to hold their retail value and are usually purchased due to a very personal connection.

I’m under no illusion though that some people will have bought RH prints as investment pieces. As with anything bought for investment, even what seems like the safest commodity can suffer a dramatic (or crash).

So what advice can I give to someone who owns an original or print and most likely paid a reasonable penny for it?

This s difficult to say. Some people I’ve spoken with believe that in a few years the news will be forgotten and prices will rise, hence the rush we’ve seen already by some people to snap up cheap Harris’s.

There has been speculation over the years that the prices of Rolf’s original works were increased due to his celebrity status rather than his artistic ability (I have my own thoughts on the quality of his work that I won’t disclose here), which if so means his artwork like his celeb status is now dead in the water.

But then there are those speculators who think there will be a turn around, if you think they have something, stick it under your bed wait a few years, see how things go. If you really like the piece keep it on your wall, I wouldn’t expect it to go down well at dinner parties though…

If you do have a piece and are worried about selling it or simply having it, I’ve seen reports of bonfires then the best thing to do is contact the gallery you got it from or wack it on ebay, you never know some speculator may give you at least some of what paid back.

 

We’re Off to the Hamptons

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It won’t be long now until the gallery jets off to the Hamptons for the areas seminal art fair.

Now in its seventh successful year, ArtHamptons has established itself as the “must attend” art buying and social event of the Hamptons at the magnificent Sculpture Fields of Nova’s Ark.

Every year, the East End community comes together to celebrate the Hamptons’ long history as a haven for the creation and patronage of art.

George Thornton Art will be joining galleries from around the world.

Running from 10th-13th July 2014

The Gallery will closed between 5th July – 17th July  whilst we show our works.
If you have any queries or need to get in touch during that time, please email and I will do my utmost to get back to you.

Flatiron streets low‘Flatiron Streets’ by Rachel Tighe
Original Art: Acrylic on Canvas
Dimensions: 48″ x 36″
Price: £1,750 $ 2,966

George Thornton Art is Pleased to Announce a New Partnership with Nottingham Based Company “The Storage Bed”

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The Gallery is excited to announce a new partnership with ‘The Storage Bed’. Artworks by some of our amazing artists will be featured on their walls and we think its a perfect match.

It’ll be great to show our artists work in an arena that gives some contextual feeling to the pieces and is the perfect platform from which to introduce the gallery to people who may not otherwise have known about us.

Here at the gallery we only display the finest quality pieces, which have been painstakingly created to the highest quality. In this sense both the art on show and the beds on offer compliment the other beautifully, making this venture a perfect match for both companies.

“The Storage Bed” company based in Calverton, Nottingham design and produce high quality storage beds. Set up in 2007 by its founder David Norman, the company has gone from strength to strength and we are very happy to be working with another local business.The companies London Studio is open weekly and can be visited on an appointment only basis.

Have a look at our websites for more information:

www.thestoragebed.com

www.georgethorntonart.com

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Great Skylines: London and New York

photo‘Chrysler Building’  by Alicia Dubnyckyj
Gloss on Wood
Dimensions: 30″ x 23″
Price: £2,500

Modern impressionism, This beautiful original brings to life New York at night in a way that no other artist is quite able to recreate.

The Gallery is off to the Hamptons Art Fair in July and to celebrate we thought we would have a look at the developing skylines of two iconic cities.

(Have a peak what’s going on here www.arthamptons.com)

Since New Amsterdam became New York in 1664, constant change and development has been its driving force. Today, it is America’s densest urban environment and most vital city, boasting one of the most recognizable skylines in the world.

The towering blocks of steel and glass are the attraction of thousands of visitors to the city each year and the focus of many artists each trying to represent their interpretation of the cities aura, personality and all encompassing energy.

London settled by the Romans in 43 AD has undergone constant change and still today is ever evolving.

Its iconic skyline wouldn’t be the same without its many spires and famed domed cathedral of St. Pauls designed by Christopher Wren, views of which are fiercely protected to maintain the type of skyline captured by Canaletto in the 18th century.

Nottinghill low‘Nottinghill Pastels’ by Rachel Tighe
Acrylic on Canvas
Dimensions: 36″ x 48″
Price: £1,750

Rachel Tighe, dubbed the modern Lowry. Her work brings together a  unique illustrative technique blended with graphical design processes and infused with a strong sense of colour

Nowadays the city becoming better known for its ultra modern skyscrapers such as Norman Foster’s Gherkin and most recently Renzo Piano’s, Shard at London Bridge.

Arguably this is creating a cityscape that looks no different to that of other cities, but in my opinion this is no bad thing. Both London and New York have become global powerhouses, epicentres of commerce, culture and politics and if we were to restrict this natural evolution of the city they run the risk of stagnating, becoming glorified museum pieces that are unable to flourish and break into the new world.

Both cities inspire and draw us in, it isn’t hard to see why so many artists are compelled to paint cityscapes across the world and why so many want these scenes hanging in our homes.

Featured below are some examples of famous cityscapes from around the world for you to enjoy:

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 Ambrogio Lorenzetti: City by the Sea (c.1335)

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Canaletto: The Thames and the City, 1746

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George Bellows
: New York, 1911

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Marc Chagall
: Paris through the window, 1913

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Piet Mondrian
: Broadway Boogie Woogie, 1942-43

Fresh New Artwork in for June

 We’ve got some brilliant new pieces of art coming in for you this coming month from artists such as Kate Brinkworth, Jan Nelson, Ed Chapman and Lawrie Williamson.

Take a peek at the images featured below and if you would like more information on any of the works shown please do not hesitate to contact the gallery. Don’t forget that there is also more from each artist and others at our website.

www.georgethorntonart.com

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‘An End’ by Kate Brinkworth
Dimensions: 32″ x 21.5″
Oil on Board
Price: £3,000 or spread the payment over 10,12 or 18 months (interest free), enquire for more details.

Kate working in mono tone has tried to portray a narrative of ‘Old London Town’. The sinister alleyways’ of Whitechapel and glory days of gangster Britain.

Incredible detail is poured onto board with Kate’s ability to work on the curtain cord and reflection upon the revolver. Each inch of detail is meticulously thought through and executed with breath taking results.

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‘The Writer’ and ‘The Post’ by Kate Brinkworth
Dimensions: 13″ x 11.5″
Solar Plate Etchings, edition of 10
Price: £200 each or spread the payment over 10 months, just £20 a month (interest free).

There are a series of 6 solar plate etchings available each in an edition of 10.
Buy the complete set of 6 for just £1,000
Contact us via e-mail or pop into the gallery to view all 6 pieces –

george@georgethorntonart.com

These etchings scratched into copper plate are created using from her own photography. Ink is then applied to the plate and transferred to paper. This is a new experimental venture by the artist; the results echo her original pieces and make affordable, but well formed editions to any collections.

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‘Brisk Winds’ by Jan Nelson
Dimensions: 32″ x 32″
Oil on Canvas
£995 or spread the payment over 10 months, just £99.50 (interest free)

This is one for all those sailing fans our there. Nelson,a sailor herself really captures the emotions and rush you get out on the open waves.

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‘Bob Marley’ by Ed Chapman
Dimensions: 31″ x 48″
Broken Vinyl Record Mosaic on Board
£10,000 or spread the payment over 10,12 or 18 months (interest free), enquire for more details.

One of only 10 Vinyl creations ever made by Ed Chapman. This iconic piece brings a fresh perspective to an already renowned iconic image.

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‘Ovaltiney’ by Lawrie Williamson
24″ x 27″
Oil on Canvas
£6,750 or spread the payment over 10,12 or 18 months (interest free), enquire for more details.

Based upon the theme from the Radio Luxembourg show ‘The Ovaltineys’, originally aired in the 1950’s. Lawrie was a young man, however this song stayed with him and several years later whilst painting work surrounding nostalgia he was inspired by this song and thus this piece took shape.

Amazing new art in for April!

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FLOWERS THAT GROW OUT OF DARK MOMENTS by MAGNUS GJOEN

20″ x 20″
Giclee Signed Limited Edition of 60 (Paper Only)
£275 or pay just £27.50 a month over 10 months (Interest Free)

Copies can be expertly framed by the gallery for an additional price of £100. The dimensions would change to 28″ x 28″ to include mount and frame. Please contact the gallery for more information and photos of the image framed.

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ST PAUL’S AT NIGHT by ALICIA DUBNYCYKJ

48″ x 36″
Original Artwork: Gloss on Wood
£5,000 Payment options available; Spread the cost over 10, 12 or 18 months (Interest Free)

In the work of Alicia Dubnyckyj, the viewer is compelled to step back not to appreciate the city in its historical radiance but to encounter a modern metropolis in its speed, its immensity and its futurity.

 

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DON’T GET ME WRONG by PAUL LEMMON

47.5″ x 35.5″
Original Art: Oil on Canvas
£2,350  Payment options available; Spread the cost over 10, 12 or 18 months (Interest Free)

Full of energy and colour compounds a rush of city living!

 

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MANHATTAN INTERSECTION by RACHEL TIGHE

48″ x 36″
Original Artwork: Acrylic on Canvas
£1,750 or pay just £175 a month over 10 months (Interest Free)

Up and coming artist, Rachel Tighe! Making huge waves within the business! Rachel loves to presents us with a conurbation of abstracted shapes and lights.

 

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BREAKING DAWN by DAVID BEZ

31.5″ x 33.5″
Original Art: Mixed Media on paper, presented in an off white card mount and grey metal frame.
£795 or pay just £79.50 a month over 10 months (Interest Free)

David’s work draws inspiration from the urban, industrial and pastoral landscapes in and around his home.

 

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EUDAROD by NOM KINNEAR KING

34″ x 30″
Original Art: Pastel on Paper, presented in an off white card mount and sleek modern cream frame.
£945 or pay just £94.50 a month over 10 months (Interest Free)

 

For more information about the work we exhibit do contact us by e-mail {george@georgethorntonart} or phone {+44(0)1159243555}