Upcoming Exhibition: ‘Weird Science’ By Gail Troth Paintings that Paint Themselves

Billion Year Old Carbon 121 x 76‘Billion Year Old Carbon’
Acrylic on Canvas
Dimensions: 47.5″ x 30″
£1,695 or pay through own art, pay just £169.50 over ten monthly installments (interest free)

George Thornton Art would like to cordially invite you to the opening of our upcoming exhibition of the fantastic Gail Troth

Exhibition: Saturday 29th March – Friday 4th March
Opening Reception: Saturday 29th March: Meet the artist 1pm – 4pm

‘Weird Science’ will be a show displaying the various sides of Troth, bringing together examples from six of the artists collections including works from the popular eternal landscape range. This reflective exhibition aims to share the scope and diversity of Troth’s work, showing just how much can be achieved using her unique and experimental painting technique.

In order to create her works, Troth adds a variety of thinners and alcohol to acrylic and oil paints changing the mass density of the paint. This mass is changed continuously during each paintings creation.

Using these altered paints she constructs her images using a drip paint technique: Dropping paint onto a fluid canvas, forming concentric circles as it hits the surface. As the paintings dry, they create a delicate pattern beyond manual dexterity, which have an intriguing effect on the canvas.

For those already familiar Troth’s work this will be a fantastic opportunity to meet the artist herself. Troth will in the gallery from 1pm until 4pm on Saturday 29th March. This will be rare chance to meet her as she does not usually choose to publicly attend her exhibitions. Don’t miss out.

Please have a look at some of the featured work that will be on display above and below.

If you have any further questions or would like to register your interest in coming on Saturday 29th March please do not hesitate to contact the gallery.

Mutual Gravity NY Night 90cmx90cm‘New York Night’
Acrylic on Canvas
Dimensions: 35.5″ x 35.5″
£1,695 or available or pay through own art, pay just £169.50 over ten monthly installments (interest free)

Cedella's Son 101x101‘Cedella’s Son’
Oil and Acrylic on Canvas
Dimensions: 40″ x 40″
£1,950 or available or pay through own art, pay just £195 over ten monthly installments (interest free)

Mutual Gravity Times Square 90cmx 90cm‘New York Times Square’
Acrylic on Canvas
Dimensions: 35.5″ x 35.5″
£1,695 or available or pay through own art, pay just £169.50 over ten monthly installments (interest free)

EL 10-451 100x50‘Surreal View’
Acrylic on Canvas
Dimensions: 40″ x 20″
£995 or available or pay through own art, pay just £995 over ten monthly installments (interest free)

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Featured Works for February

DSCF3922‘Aryton Senna’ by Nikki Douthwaite
Original Artwork: Card and Paper (hole punch dots) onto board (framed)
Dimensions: 55″ x 46″
Price:£3250 or 16 monthly instalments of £203 (Interest Free)

Check out some of our new works in for February.

We have some great pieces in from Kate Brinkworth, Nick Holdsworth, Jan Nelson, Russell-Hatton and Nom Kinnear King.

Along with these fantastic artists, we would like to welcome aboard the amazing Nikki Douthwaite.
She has already built a name for herself in the driving world; featured on the Grand Prix 2013 round up show, she is now widely collected by people including big names such as Mclaren, Martin Brundle  and Jake Humphrey. Motorcar mad she uses paper dots collected from hole punchers to create intricately detailed portraits of drivers. (See Above)

Check out some of the images below and for more information please feel free to contact the gallery for more information.

KBR‘Oxford Circus’ by Kate Brinkworth
Original Artwork: Oil on Board
Dimensions: 24″ x 36″
Price: £3500 or 10 monthly instalments of £350 (Interest Free)

Kate’s Work recently sold at Christies, beating the expected guide price.

http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/paintings/kate-brinkworth-tall-coke-5762480-details.aspx?from=salesummary&intObjectID=5762480&sid=305c8de3-efd0-4711-a0c1-bb148ca17f44

Marlena‘Marlena’ by Nick Holdworth
Original Artwork: Gloss on Wood(Framed)
Dimensions: 33″ x 26″
Price: £995 or 10 monthly instalments of £99.50 (Interest Free)

Train of Thought‘Train of Thought’ by Ian Hodgson
Medium:Graphite on Paper
Dimensions:28″ x 22″
Price: £495 or 10 monthly instalments of £49.50 (Interest Free)

Like-it-too-much‘Like it too Much’ by Paul Lemmon
Original Artwork: Oil on Canvas
Dimensions: 32″ x 32″
Price: £995 or 10 monthly instalments of £99.50 (Interest Free)

1779782_10153797658580078_1498353910_n‘Henrietta’ by Nom Kinnear King
Original Artwork: Pastel on Paper, Mounted and Framed
Dimensions: 25″ x 26″
Price: £945 or 10 monthly instalments of £94.50 (Interest Free)

This piece has taken many months to complete. After relocating from Brighton to Norfolk King was inspired by the provincial landscape, animals, birds as well as the seasonal harvest time flora and fauna. An idea that transpired into this beautiful creation.

The Simple Power of Black and White

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‘The Milliner’s Workshop’ by Pablo Picasso

What is it about monochrome? It never seems to go out of fashion, it never ages and it never fails to capture the imagination.

One of the best exhibitions I ever had the pleasure of visiting was the ‘Picasso Black and White’ held at the Guggenheim in New York back in November 2012.  The work was displayed beautifully and with the building itself a gleaming white edifice, contrasting elegantly alongside Picasso’s creations.

The one thing I can recall most clearly was an assertion made by the artist that colour weakens, Pablo Picasso purged it from his work in order to highlight the formal structure and autonomy of form inherent in his art.

It is perhaps this simplicity and clarity that draws the viewer in, offering an element of creativity to the viewer that may not other wise exist. There is an untapped excitement in the ability to add colours and fill spaces with the mind creating your own subjective meaning to each piece that would otherwise be coloured in for you.

It would not be unfair to say that as a result black and white pieces tend to have a timeless appeal that allow them to adapt to a changing world around them. fitting into new moulds whilst still resonating with a notion of the moment in which they were created to capture.

 Take a peak at some of the black and white pieces we have in the Gallery below for a little inspiration.

For more information please do not hesitate to contact us  by phone 01159243555
Or online at www.georgethorntonart.com

 Shatter

‘Shatter’ by Ian Hodgson
Original Artwork: Graphite on paper (presented in a double mount with off white modern wooden frame)
Price: £695
No deposit, 10 equal monthly instalments of £69.50.

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‘Graphite Fusion’ by Russell HattonOriginal Artwork: Spray paints on Aluminium
Price: £3,000
Spread the payment with Own Art over 10, 12 or 18 months (interest free)

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‘Man of the Match’ by Mackenzie Thorpe
Signed limited edition graphic on paper. Just 75 copies published worldwide!
Price: £650 (mounted and framed)
No deposit, 10 equal monthly instalments of just £65

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‘A Kiss for the Future’ by Graham Cecil Rhodes
Original Artwork: Ink on paper, mounted and framed.
Price: £1,350
No deposit, 10 equal monthly instalments of just £135

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‘The Loneliness of Jonas McGinley’ by Tom Mead
This particular piece is a website exclusive and will not be arriving in the gallery until March. If you’re interested in being one of the first to witness this new artist please contact the gallery.

EL 448 100cmx100cm‘Ethereal’ by Gail Troth
Original Artwork: Oil on  box canvas
Price: £1,295
No deposit, 10 equal monthly instalments of just £129.50

Pop Art, Old and New

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‘Just What Is It That Makes Today’s Homes So Different, So Appealing?’ by Richard Hamilton
Hanging in the Kunsthalle Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany

Don’t forget that we have an amazing exhibition in Gallery this week starting tomorrow created by Villayat Sunkmanitu entitled ‘Intimacy With Plants’. The exhibition aims to raise awareness for those suffering with PTSD and shows how photography helped the artist overcome his own battle with the condition and what can be achieved without having to leave the space of your own garden. Villayat will be in Gallery tomorrow 1pm – 4pm.

We hope to see you there. Until then, please enjoy the creative blog written below talking about the resurgence of Pop Art in the art world.

For more information please do not hesitate to contact the Gallery.

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‘Marlena’ by Nick Holdsworth
Medium: Original Art: Hand Pulled Silkscreen, Stencil and Gloss Paint on Wood (Framed)
Dimensions: 33″ x 26″
Price: £995 or just 10 monthly instalments of just £99.50 (Interest Free)

We’ve all heard of it and we all probably have some idea what it’s all about. Made famous predominately by artists such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein in the 1960’s, it has in the last few years had something of a revival (if it ever really went away) thanks to a group of artists inspired by the movement.

The notion of Pop Art really got going in mid 1950’s Britain one of the earliest examples being Richard Hamilton’s collage entitled ‘Just What Is It That Makes Today’s Homes So Different, So Appealing?’ (Above) Pop Art blends different aspects of mass culture, such as advertising, comic books, packaging and mundane cultural objects.

The movement developed in two different strands, one from within Britain and the other from the USA. For British artists Pop Art was a matter of ideas fuelled by American popular culture viewed from afar, while the American artists were inspired by the experience of living within that culture creating two distinct looks either side of the Atlantic.

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‘Dancing Skull’ by Mike Edwards
Medium: Signed limited edition, hand finished screen print onto Paper (framed) Edition of 100
Dimensions: 29″ x 29″
Price: £495 or just 10 monthly instalments of just £49.50 (Interest Free)

As the movement developed American Pop Art became the dominant style and became something of a phenomenon, reaching its peak during the mid 1960’s. A gradual decline and move away from the style occurred after this feeding into new Post-Modern Art.

Pop Art has once again resurfaced although this time, the time is more reflective. It aims to both celebrate and criticise what was being created and how they were inspired. Using new contemporary methods and materials they are really rejuvenating an admired art movement into something new, fresh and relevant to today’s audiences.

New for September

Check out this months new works from 5 of our amazing artists; Kate Brinkworth Nick Holdsworth, Gail Troth, Russell Hatton and Rachel Tighe.

All these works will be available to see in gallery and also on out stand at the Manchester Buy Art Fair, running from Thursday 26th September to Sunday 29th September. Feel free to come along and enjoy , you can get your free ticket to the event by registering through the link below.

www.buyartfair.co.uk/page.cfm/Action=PreReg/PreRegID=1/t=m   

In other news, the gallery is getting very excited about our upcoming Xue Wang exhibition which will be on from Saturday 5th October for a week. Xue Wang will be in the gallery from 1pm -5pm  to talk about her work and answer any questions you may have.

Browse featured works by the artist below.

For more details check out our website (www.georgethorntonart.com) or contact us at the gallery available in house, by phone and email. Ask for George or Daniel.

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‘8 pm’
Oil on Mounted Board
24″ x 34″
£2850 or 18 monthly installments of just £159 (interest free)

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‘Kate Moss Eyes’
Supersized Pixels & Spray Paint onto Paper (Framed)
24″ x 34″
£1250 or 10 monthly installments of just £125 (interest free)

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‘Ethereal’
Oil on Canvas
40″ x 40″
£1295 or just 10 monthly installments of £129.50

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‘Dynamic Poise’
Oil on Canvas
40″ x 20″
£995 or just 10 monthly installments of £99.50

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‘Entelechy Grey’
Candy and Xryalic onto Aluminium
53″ x 33″
£3000 or just 18 monthly installments of £167.00

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‘Covent Garden Parasols’
Acrylic on Canvas
36″ x 24″
£795 or just 10 monthly installments of £79.50

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‘New York Crane’
Acrylic on Canvas
24″ x 36″
£795 or just 10 monthly installments of £79.50

The Great British Sell-Off! Morally Wrong or a Justifiable means to an end?

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Art has always been seen very much as a commodity, like other commodities its value can change dramatically over time and much like the Labour gold reserve sell off, it can become very controversial when state run authorities come to sell it on.

Perhaps the most publicly noted case of deaccessioning came only last year when Hamlet Towers borough council announced that it wanted to sell a Henry Moore sculpture that had been gifted to the authority for the benefit of its residence. The councils cited several reasons for its decision to sell including its cost to upkeep and that due to consistent vandalism its home is now a sculpture park in Yorkshire.

This sale was met on the whole with indignation and the sale was lambasted by the national press. Attitudes do seem to be changing though, it is becoming more and more widely accepted that in times of financial strain institutions should not just rely on government funding and as a result selling art could become a lucrative way of securing new art and keeping galleries open, especially given that one good sale could secure some institutions for years to come.

The Museums Association has historically taken a hard line on the issue of deaccessioning. Sanctions have always been threatened on museums selling without official permission risk loosing accreditation from the arts council and loosing funding/grants. This harsh line does not however seem to be working as more and more institutes seems to be going down the line of selling works. By denying these institutes funding the arts council could actually be exacerbating this problem further.

This line does seem to be softening though and the association has become willing to judge each case on its merits. Allowing works to be sold when absolutely necessary to secure the future of troubled galleries.

The issue raises pros and cons on both sides of the argument, art represents a huge amount of capital that is stored up and down the country, which could be used to acquire fresh new works and plug deficits in government spending in keeping with these austere times. This capital should be not be measured solely by its monetary value though, it’s cultural and social value is perhaps even greater and with this there is undoubtedly an argument to protect and preserve as much as is rationally possible.

New In: The Work of Matt Brewster

The Gallery would like to introduce you to our newest addition to the gallery: Matt Brewster.

Brewster’s work will be featured on Channel 4, September 4th on the show ‘Grand Designs’. So be sure to keep an eye out for his paintings if you’re a fan of the show.

 Brewster studied Art & Design at St Johns College, York, before completing an Industrial Design MA at De Montfort University, Leicester.

The main character of his work, the human form, is used to “transform everyday into an image whilst leaving an open end to its effect on the viewer”. The form appears incapable of finding complete definition in the space offered by the painting.

His work offers a simple reflection of the complexities that life offers and the ever-changing reality of now, both physically and psychologically.

Browse featured works by the artist below.

For more details check out our website (www.georgethorntonnart.com) or contact us at the gallery available in house, by phone and email. Ask for George or Daniel.

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‘Anticipating’
Oil & Gloss on Mounted Board
39.5″ x 39.5″
£995 or 10 monthly installments of just £99.50 (interest free)

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‘Advance’
Oil & Gloss on Mounted Board
48″ x 48″
£995 or just 10 monthly installments of £99.50

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‘Growing Different’
Oil & Gloss on Mounted Board
48″ x 48″
£995 or just 10 monthly installments of £99.50

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‘Pressure’
Oil & Gloss on Mounted Board
48″ x 48″
£995 or just 10 monthly installments of £99.50