Paper Trail

study for hope

 

Paper Trail – An invitation to attend and exhibition of works on paper.

Elizabeth Tower and Flags - 85 - 50 DRS

‘Elizabeth Tower’ by Donna Rumble – Smith

Stitched Treads on to Paper, mounted and framed.

A personal invite to our latest showing. An Exhibition of works on paper. ‘Paper Trail’ brings together a range of artists, who cover a broad spectrum of drawings and mixed media.

Exhibition, Saturday 22nd – 28th April

You are warmly welcome to come and meet a number of artists that opening Saturday 1pm until 4pm. Donna Rumble Smith, Jane Thomson and Darren Stevenson to name but a few will all be present in the gallery to talk about their techniques, ideas and inspirations.

Come and enjoy a glass of wine and view stunning original artwork.

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‘Pretectiv’ by Jane Thomson

 

The River - IHO

‘Pass’ by Ian Hodgson

The work of Ian Hodgson, is perfect for that peaceful spot in the house.

For more information or to receive the full brochure of artist and works on paper to contact the gallery.

12A Flying Horse Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2HN

Tel – 011589243555

 

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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

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

Darren Fraser – Paintings of the Primate…

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‘The Apprentice’ by Darren Fraser

Drawing upon a dynamic and myriad pool of influences, Darren’s Expressionist work evokes disquieting subjects rendered feverishly as a means of confronting the realities of the modern age whilst exploring different aspects of the human condition. He is fascinated by the nature of personality and individuality.  He looks for and explores this in all of his works – of strangers, people in disguise, clowns and even apes.

Its Darren’s portrayal of everyday people whom he depicts as primates that fascinates me the most. Drawing upon his observation of relationships he encourages the viewer to remember that, within this modern age, we are (after all) the same and, that, no matter what we have achieved we should always remain grounded and remember where we came from.

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‘Me Time’ by Darren Fraser
Oil on Canvas

Throughout Darren’s art he vacillates between fluid and static, minimalist and expressionist, pristine and dirty. Exaggerated forms and intense colour gives him a distinct style which is slowly amassing critical acclaim and collectors nationwide.

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‘Day Dreamer’ by Darren Fraser
Oil on Canvas

Work by Darren Fraser on display in the gallery now.

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

Q & A, Info & Ideas… Interview with artist Rachel Tighe

Good afternoon all,

We in the gallery are always inspired by the art we sell. Its always a pleasure to work with artisans from all over the world especially when we get the chance to find out more about there inspirations, what makes them get out of bed and how they create beautiful art. We’re thrilled to pass on this  light interview.

All the information! Thank you Rachel Tighe!

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‘St Pauls from the Thames’ by Rachel Tighe
Original Artwork: Acrylic on Box Canvas£795 (spread the payment over 10 months, interest free)

 

 

Let’s start with a little ice breaker: What are you reading at the moment?

I’m not really big on reading books, as I prefer to digest smaller amounts like articles and interviews. I’m much more into blogs and magazines. I’m currently reading ‘Frieze’ magazine.

What are you working on right now? Are you changing direction at all?

I’m working on a variety of pieces. I’m creating new urban landscapes to rotate around my gallery representatives, but I’m also keen to introduce pieces of my new abstract floral works. I do feel that I’m slightly changing course and having some time to explore new avenues within my style. I hope that people like what I’m creating as I’m having so much fun with a new found topic. It was realising that at the forefront of what I do as an artist is colour and composition, so applying this thought to a new subject matter has felt so natural.

Who, or what is your greatest influence on your life and art?

However cheesy it may sound it’s my partner, family and friends. They are all very talented and driven within their creative fields. I’m influenced by their success and achievements, making me want to better myself. I’m very grateful for their continuous support.

What drives you, gets you out of bed and inspires you to draw?

I would say it’s like an obsession… once I get an idea in my head for a new piece I want to see it finished already, so I have to start and finish it almost to relax that it’s complete on canvas. I think many things inspire my work – from architecture – to more recently organic natural forms. So I would have to say the world we live in aesthetically pushes me to create art. I would then have to say that colour inspires me when it comes to creating a painting as it plays such a huge part in the composition and overall feel of a piece.

Can you explain a little about your extraordinary technique?

My technique might be seen as naïve and childlike, but a lot of thought and time goes into creating something fluid and free-flowing. There’s not a lot of technique as such going on, more planning really. I do like the paint to appear almost flat and print like, so having speed and precision with acrylic paint has to be my technique!

What are the major challenges you face as an artist?

One of the major challenges has to be knowing when to stop and when you might be on the verge of over working a painting, and of course never being 100% about the piece, as it’s all about the next piece in your own head. Being a self-employed artist will always have its challenges, I will have waves of both self-doubt and confidence, and it feels like a roller coaster at times. I think it’s about finding a balance and knowing what to work on during the quieter times and how to organise yourself in the busier times. Perfecting this hasn’t yet been accomplished, but I have many years ahead to do so.

Who is your favourite artist at the moment?

I’d have to say my favourite artist at the moment is an artist called Heather Day. She has such a unique approach to composition and is influenced by her natural surroundings. Her colour palette is very distinctive and bold, and I just get so much joy from looking through her paintings and murals.

What’s your Life ambition?

My ambitions are to further develop my practice and explore more into other areas of art including printmaking. I think I would have to say ultimately I would love to have exhibitions outside of the UK and to have many people engaging with my work. Eventually being able to run my own gallery for purely original art and up and coming artists would be the dream really; being my own boss at the moment is one the best achievements so to help other artists achieve that would be very satisfying.

What’s next?

What’s next is to get the kettle on and start a weeks worth of frame making and canvas stretching to be prepared for the months ahead!

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‘Piccadilly Circus’ by Rachel Tighe
Original Artwork: Acrylic on Canvas

 

To view work by Rachel Tighe in the flesh do contact the gallery

Tel – 01159243555 : E.mail – george@georgethorntonart.com

12A Flying Horse Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2HN