Nottingham : The taking of the Council House

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  • Depictions of cities have been popular with both artist and audience for centuries. Virtually every movement in art has contained within it works that represent cities and arguably the iconography of these metropolises has been in no small part generated and reinforced by these representations. George Thornton Art would like to celebrate the city of Nottingham. Home to our gallery and in particular a very distinct building; The Council House. This beautiful high domed building stretches 200ft tall and is quintessentially a Nottingham landmark of the utmost distinction and can be seen from miles around. As infrastructure and modernization develops this building hasn’t changed and still is the focal point for the City Centre. The gallery is proud to represent artists that have taken time to pay homage to this building. Let me introduce the work of Alicia Dubnyckyj, Rachel Tighe and Donna Rumble – Smith.

 

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  • Alicia Dubnycykj is an exciting almost abstract artist who brings a sense of speed and vibrancy to the Nottingham City Centre giving great credence and space to the building itself.

 

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  • Rachel Tighe seemingly naïve representations at first glance look erratic but if you take time to study the detail you will soon find her structure  of the Council House is much guided and with the courage to offer the sky above a light sea blue, it really makes this building and the surrounding offices stand out.

 

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Donna Rumbe – Smith in order to create her works, stitched threads are intricately and meticulously woven into paper. Hours spent overlapping threads, folding paper to achieve the architectural form of the dome.

All three pieces are on display, available to view and purchase within our Nottingham space. Also, they are represented online.

George Thornton Art

12A Flying Horse Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2HN

tel – 01159243555

 

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Adam Warwick Hall – Sculptures

Fascinated by aircraft, animals and plants from an early age, Adam Warwick Hall trained as a sculptor, upon graduating he started work as a sculptor and model maker for the Film and TV industry. In 2012 he set up his own studio, inspired by aerodynamic, organic and animal forms, his work as an artist has always been a mixture of biology and mechanization ; fusing aerodynamic structures with organic forms

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Herringkel MK1 – Original bronze sculpture with deep sea blue patina (Edition of 12)

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Ground Effect – Original bronze sculpture with mottled black patina (Edition of 12)

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A Clipping of Wings – Original bronze sculpture with mottled green patina (Edition of 12)

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Whanopus –  part whale part Flying boat mounted on a black American Walnut base. This unlike the pieces above is a bronze resin edition. Still to a number of 12.

If you would like to view further works by this artist we have them displayed within our Nottingham gallery and online.

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

Tel – 01159243555

 

Size matters…

What do we think about buying that piece of art? More specifically what do we think about large statement pieces? Bringing a statement artwork into your home isn’t as daunting as you may think… It has the potential to change your living environment with monumental impact and inspire you to think around further inter design projects within your home or office. It doesn’t have to be that piece which ‘just fills the space…’ Having a statement piece not only finishes off a room design but also shows off your personality and tastes. Depending upon colour and content it has the potential to change your mood and energy.

As we move ever closer to spring and with an element of warmth in the air we have chosen 10 large, vibrant, statement artworks from our portfolio of emerging and established artists

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‘Evolution’ by Kirsty Mackay

Beautiful abstract, this work comes presented within a modern, white wooden frame.

 

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‘Moss’ by Nick Holdsworth

Original artwork, Spray painted on pixelated paper. Mounted and framed within a gloss white modern frame.

 

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‘Me Time’ by Darren Fraser

Straight from the artist studio. This piece is unframed, paint still wet but ready to hang!

 

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‘A Full Fleet Start’ by Jan Nelson

Full of energy, Jan Nelsons love of the sea brings energy and life to her work. This piece is beautifully presented within a large white wooden frame and measures 172cm in width by 100 in height.

 

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‘A Walk to Big Ben’ by Rachel Tighe

By utilizing her background within an illustration industry, Rachel’s execution of the work is impeccable!

 

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‘Atomised in Blue’ by Russell Hatton

30 years in the making… this incredible artist has honed his skills by using industrial paint and transformed the way we view abstract art!

 

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‘Ludgate Hill’ by Alicia Dubnyckyj

Alicia Dubnycykj is an exciting artist who brings a sense of the speed and vibrance of her chosen cities to stunning life on her large boards.

‘Bettie Page’ by JJ Adams

This original to the sold out signed limited edition is available via appointment within our gallery. A piece of much content, box canvas, framed within a black modern frame and reaching almost 6ft in height.

 

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‘Bettie Page’ by JJ Adams

This original to the sold out signed limited edition is available via appointment within our gallery. A piece of much content, box canvas, framed within a black modern frame and reaching almost 6ft in height.

 

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‘Its Elvis F**king Presley’s Gun’ by Russell Marshal

The birth of cool. This lovely silkscreen packs a punch!

 

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‘Superwoman’ by Joel Moens de Hase

1000’s of tiny images meticulouslky placed to create one life size image.

For all these works and others view online or visit our Nottingham gallery.

12A Flying Horse Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2HN

Tel – 01159243555

 

The Price of Art. What’s it worth…?

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So last year a consortium spent $28million on a Pablo Picasso. The year previously an online client spent $15million on a Hopper which was purchased without the buyer even viewing the original… So where does this shortfall of economic gain and price induced art begin and who is to blame? Certainly the auction houses predominantly control the art market pricing structure, something perhaps relating to their high flying Chinese and Middle Eastern client base. Then to be honest the Cork street galleries have no compunction about plucking a figure out of thin air and placing it on a piece of art. Often not even highlighting the price, with the understanding if you have to ask… you can’t afford it.

Although having always been a luxury item, the nature and extent of art has changed dramatically over the past few decades. David Zwirner asked “Why do we pay so much for Art?” This is quite a poignant question, with so many other things urgently requiring capital why is so much money plunged into the art market?

The price of art is booming and the game played by auction houses now seems to be one of merely asking “which record can we break next?” Great for investors and sellers, but it doesn’t really capture the real essence of art, and threatens to cheapen the cultural impact of the work. With that in mind I would like to take a look at a modest number of artworks from our gallery that are absolutely not expensive, and definitely not priced for London, but showing them on this platform perhaps gives you the opportunity to peacefully contemplate the value of art to the consumer who is buying it for the pure pleasure of the piece.

 

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‘David Bowie’ by Ed Chapman

Original Mosaic created entirely from smashed vinyl records.

Price – £10,000

An artist of distinct ability. The incredible detail speaks volumes and what is potentially a modest figure for a piece that takes well over a month to complete. Ed latest original of Queen Elizabeth II sold from an astonishing £26,000 at auction and with commissions and collectors from prestigious Universities to the Beckham’s his work is certainly in demand.

 

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“Zen Lepidoptera” by Christopher Green

Oil on Board

Price – £4,000

Where to start with this Nottingham artist. An artist that has no worthy seller catalogue. An artist that has merely dipped his only tentatively dipped brushes (so to speak) in the gallery world, however we are now looking at piece of magnificent proportion. A hand painted ‘Buddha’. 122cm in height by 90cm in width. Painted with no audio aid. A piece that has taken 6 weeks to complete. If we take into consideration man hours as well as a procured skill which many of us do not own this is a mere snippet at £4,000.

 

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“Atomised” by Russell Hatton

Industrial Spray paint on Aluminum

Priced at £3,950

Russell spent 30 years perfecting the art of painting on mental sheets. A technique of ground breaking proportion I do believe there is no artist in this country or possibly the world that can replicate his technique. His ability to control paint, create something beautiful and master a piece that can only be described in short as ‘Integrity’. A work of art that won’t fade after time, can withstand the elements including direct sunlight. A work that is so translucent and vibrant and cannot be replicated within any other medium is outstanding. Worthy of a much more inflated price tag I believe, a fact that has certainly proved correct over the past few years.

To conclude Here in the gallery we look to take London art out of the London market without stipulating the London art market pricing structure. Our prices are set on secondary market sales, artists cost and fluctuating trends and fashions, a set of practices that in my mind should be independently regulated. The works above may seem ‘Pricey’ but in my opinion justified based upon skills set and longevity of style.

Kind Regards,

George Thornton Art

12a Flying Horse Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2HN – Tel – 01159243555

 

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

 

 

Katy Jade Dobson. A touch of Monochrome?

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.

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.

It is with this idea in mind we take a look at new work by the talented artist Katy Jade Dobson. A usual trait of this artist is to brush her canvas with colour however on this occasion she has purged her recognizable uses of reds, greens and purples from the art in order to highlight the formal structure and autonomy of form. An extremely difficult task as she works with a few base paints to create movement and life on to a static canvas or board. Although predominately black and white Dobson cannot resist a hue of colour to enhance the monochrome structure. Her ability to allow shadows to flow free is incandescent of her talent as an artist.

 

New works include ‘Harmony’, ‘Composure’ and ‘Dignity’.

For more information please do not hesitate to contact us  by phone 01159243555
or view works online – Katy Jade Dobson

George Thornton Art

12A Flying Horse Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2HN

 

 

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