Stitched threads on Paper… Donna Rumble – Smith

Nottingham’s very own Donna Rumble – Smith plies her trade starting often with handwritten letters, poems, stories and thoughts of the past, the present and of the future. These ideas blend and evolve to create installations, artists books and wall pieces. Quite often the concept dictates what the work will become.

‘Piccadilly Memphis’ – Original artwork, stitched threads onto paper.

Donna’s work intends to capture special moments and reflections of conversations which are personal and intimate; about journeys and people.

Incorporated within the work Donna includes architecture allowing structured patterns to flow through the paper, giving a beautiful depiction of city living.

‘Bristol Harbourside’ – Original artwork: Stitched threads, acrylic and pencil over layered with poetry text, inked onto transparent paper

 

‘The Shard’ – Original artwork, stitched threads onto paper.

Art by Donna Rumble – Smith is on permanent display in our Nottingham gallery. We will also be exhibiting her work in Bristol for the Affordable Art Fair which runs 8th – 11th September. For tickets do contact the gallery  – 01159243555

 

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

E.Mail – george@georgethorntonart.com

JJ Adams; New collection!

JJ Adams; Worldwide phenomenal artist emerges with astonishing  new pieces!

His early work was ephemeral, overturning preconceptions about the status of  ‘Art’ whilst addressing political, social change crossed with pulp fiction and modern society.  In shockingly simple, visceral performances, he shook the conventional art world and took the new art form to as-yet unparalleled extremes. With this new collection he pushes yet more boundaries engaging collectors with breath taking effects!

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Exterminate : Darlek X – Ray

Signed limited edition to just 45 copies

Presented within a large card mount and ornate black frame.

Priced at £945 (Own Art available, no deposit followed by 10 monthly instalments of £94.50)

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Great Scott : Delorean X – Ray

Signed limited edition to just 45 copies

Presented within a large card mount and ornate black frame.

Priced at £1,020 (Own Art available, no deposit followed by 10 monthly instalments of £102.00)

JJ Adams - Clarke X-Ray Webfile

Clarke : Superman X – Ray

Signed limited edition to just 45 copies

Presented within a large card mount and ornate black frame.

Priced at £945 (Own Art available, no deposit followed by 10 monthly instalments of £94.50)

To view the complete collection join us online or speak to a member of the gallery for further information

Tel – 01159 243 555

E:mail – george@georgethorntonart.com

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

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.

‘Weird Science’ an Exhibition by Gail Troth Opens Tomorrow.

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

 

It’s almost here, the Gail Troth Exhibition opens it doors tomorrow.

Make sure you drop by the gallery, enjoy a glass of wine, some nibbles and of course get the chance to meet the artist herself who will be here from 1 – 4pm.

See work from over 5 of her different collections, featuring her popular ‘Eternal Landscape’ series and works never seen in Nottingham before.

This is a fantastic opportunity as Gail Troth rarely makes a public appearances and to have her in gallery tomorrow will be a huge pleasure. So come along and do not miss out!!!!

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.

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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)

New Artist: Sara-Jane Szikora

From Friday (14 March), The Gallery is proud to welcome the return of Sarah Jane Szikora and her ‘sweet-shop style’ art back to Nottingham.

Sarah-Jane is a partially sighted leading artist who’s quirky and niche work depicts imaginary worlds and outrageously exaggerated figures – in this case, enormously fat, rather benign-looking characters with tiny heads.

Sarah-Jane has been compared to the late great painter Beryl Cook, but her characters are more concerned with food – cream cakes, battenbergs, sugar mice and her iconic gingerbread men, who frequently feature in her compositions.

Sarah is a leading niche artist hugely recognisable for her quirky and humorous take on the human condition and everyday life.

I have known Sarah for many years, and her detail is incredible – however, it’s her humorous and sometimes sarcastic take on everything around us that I find most satisfying. I challenge even the sternest individual not to break into a smile when viewing her paintings.

She has a huge following and has been eagerly anticipated by the city’s art lovers so I’m really excited to be able to show her work in my gallery.

Szikora’s work has been displayed in galleries across the UK and overseas as well as in major London shows – and reproduced as limited edition prints, sculpture, Royal Worcester ceramic ware and much more.

Take a look at the Szikora’s work below and if you would like any further information or see close up images of the works if you can’t make it in gallery then please do not hesitate to contact myself or Daniel at the Gallery.

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“Taking the Waters”
Original Artwork: Oil on Canvas
Dimensions: W: 42″ H: 60″
Price: £5,500 Available on Own Art, spread the payment over 10 or 12 or 18 months (Interest free)

This particular piece is a snapshot of a natural bathing house in Szikora’s fathers native Hungary that she likes to visit whenever she’s in Budapest.

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“Tutti Frutti”
Original Artwork: Oil on Canvas
Dimensions: W: 42″ H: 52″
Price: £4,500 Available on Own Art, spread the payment over 10, 12 or 18 months (Interest free)

Szikora’s life long dream is to one day open her very own Ice-Cream Parlour. This particular piece of work is how the artist envisages her own parlour would look right down to the black and white tiles and ice cream cone lighting ornaments.

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“Damien’s Dress”
Signed Limited Edition: Giclee Print (Artists Proof Edition of 5)
Dimensions: W: 24″ H: 24″
Price: £395 or spread the payment over 10 installments, just £39.50 a month

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“Blushin Dolls”
Signed Limited Edition: Giclee Print (Edition of 5)
Dimensions: W: 18″ H: 13″
Price: £295 or spread the payment over 10 installments, just £29.50 a month

From Dust to Rust: The Beauty of Decay

detroit1The Michigan Central Station, Detroit

Whether capturing in oil the crumbling remains of Tintern Abbey in 1794, maintaining the chaotic atmosphere of a stately home frozen in the 1950’s, regenerating a failed utopian experiment in Sheffield or witnessing the city wide decay of Detroit. There is an undeniable draw and intrigue surrounding the decline and decay of these once great landmarks.

These fallen symbols are perhaps so appealing because of the way they eloquently capture the passage of time, an intangible yet very present symbol of the human life-cycle. They draw us in and make us question the ways in which we view the world today and how we examine our collective history. This is by no means a new phenomenon, artists and others have viewed such ruin; Turner and other Romantics spent much of their time in the late eighteenth century visiting such sites and longing for a return to a golden age of Medieval England, just as the country began to feel the bite of the Industrial Revolution.

Ruins of West Front, Tintern Abbey circa 1794-5 by Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851“Ruins of West Front, Tintern Abbey” by J. M. W. Turner (1794-5)

It has became inevitable that certain landmarks that are now so engrained and celebrated within the rich fabric of our lives be preserved, if not restored. Few could imagine a country void of country houses and ancient castles, institutions that faced extinction following World War II, but saved largely thanks to organisations such as The National Trust. These houses for the best part are preserved during their nineteenth century heydays, although in the case of Calke Abbey this is turned very much on its head. Here the idea of decay is very much celebrated; embodying a time machine like quality that marks the houses fall from grace.

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Not all however are deemed worthy of preservation. The argument to preserve or not preserve can have profound effects and raise passionate argument. One of the most contentious contemporary issues is what to do with old Nazi monuments and relics. Should we leave them to rot and slide slowly into the past or preserve them in order to educate and allow them to stand as a warning to future generations? What to do with the Nazi rally grounds in Nuremberg, Germany is a highly publicised example of this argument; some want it left untouched, others want it destroyed entirely and others want it preserving. Such passions bring to light the enduring effect ruins can have on the people they touch and society as a whole.

Our interest in ruins is not just about a celebratory obsession, but a remembrance of the past, celebrating creativity and mourning of a time gone by, lost but not forgotten.  A standing testament that encapsulates: Not only design and taste, but social thought and the cultural ideals that effects our very understanding of today’s world.