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!

St Pauls from the Thames (low)

‘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!

Picidilly Circus low

‘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


George Thornton Art – What we offer? Watch the video!

George Thornton Art

George Thornton Art is a Nottingham based art gallery dealing in original works of art and sculpture by established local artists and international modern masters.

What we offer – Video.

  • Dealing in affordable, original works of art and sculpture.
  • Working with established Artists’ collected worldwide.
  • Each represented Artist creates work by utilizing interesting and contemporary techniques.
  • View art in your own home before purchasing.
  • Commissioned work available by selected Artists’ for that personal touch.
  • Pay via interest free monthly instalments supported by Arts Council England.
  • Professional and experienced staff to help you make that all important choice.

Represented Artist –

  • Alicia Dubnyckyj
  • Christopher Green
  • Darren Stevenson
  • David Bez
  • Dean Fox
  • Dean Kemp
  • Dilk
  • Ed Chapman
  • Elaine Bunfield
  • Gail Troth
  • Ian Hodgson
  • Jan Nelson
  • Jane Thomson
  • Jeff Childs
  • JJ Adams
  • Joel Moens de Hase
  • Kate Bentley
  • Kate Brinkworth
  • Katy Jade Dobson
  • Lawrie Williamson
  • Mackenzie Thorpe
  • Magnus Gjoen
  • Marion Bolognesi
  • Matt Colagiuri
  • Mr Mead
  • Nick Holdsworth
  • Nikki Douthwaite
  • Nom Kinnear King
  • Paul Lemmon
  • Rachel Tighe
  • Rachel Wood
  • Russell Hatton
  • Sara Sanz
  • Sarah Graham
  • Sarah-Jane Szikora
  • Stephen Rautenbach
  • Xue Wang
  • Yvonne Coomber
  • Do come in and meet the team – 12A Flying Horse walk, Nottingham, NG1 2HN – http://www.georgethorntonart.com – 01159243555

    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.


    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.

    Pop Art, Old and New


    ‘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.


    ‘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.


    ‘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.


    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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    New in for July

    New In for July: Works by Rachel Tighe, Russell Hatton, Terry Bradley, Jeff Childs and Ed Chapmen.

    Check out some of our brand new works in for your enjoyment this July.

    Below are just a few featured works that gallery has had in, check them out and see what you think.

    Don’t forget that the Paul Lemmon exhibition is still on and will close tomorrow, so if you’ve not yet been down to view his work make sure you dont miss out!!!

    Contact the Gallery for more information on works below and check out the website for more pieces.

    We have new works from the wonderful Rachel Tighe, many of you will already be familiar with her New York cityscapes as featured at the Bristol Art Fair. These latest pieces focus on familiar London scenes capturing the bustling nature of the Capitals streets.

    ‘Welcome To Carnaby Street’ by Rachel Tighe
    Original Artwork: Acrylic on Board
    Dimensions: 24″ x 24″
    Price: £595 or just 10 monthly installments of just £59.50 (interest free)

    Russell Hatton is renowned for his sharp and bright pieces. Created by adding layers and layers of paint on top of each other using an array of drying and turning techniques to create the lines and shape you see in the picture. To creat a truely mesmorizing finish Hatton actually crushes up copper and adds it tht paint, reflecting light which bounces off his works and makes it truly special.

    ‘Entelechy Verde’ by Russell Hatton
    Original Artwork: Xryallic and Candy on Aluminium
    Dimensions:54″ x 34″
    Price: £3000 or 18 monthly installments of just £167 (interest free)

    Jeff Childs is a local Nottingham artist who creates beautiful figures from bronze. He is passionate about bringing industry back to the UK and all his Bronzes are created using British foundrys. The piece featured below took 3 months to create and is prefectly balanced using a hidden metal rod which acts as an axis from the bottom to the top of the sculpture.

    ‘The Flying Woman’ by Jeff Childs
    Original Sculpture: Bronze
    Dimensions: H;25″  W;6″  D;10″
    Price: £3250 or 18 monthly installments of just £181 (interest free)

    Usually speicialising in his musical icons for his subject matterr, Ed Chapman has instead focused on an artistic powerhouse Salvador Dali. Dali face really jumps out at the viewer and you even get the strange feeling that he may actually be looking right at you. Chapman creates his amazing pieces broken pieces of material such as tile, vinyl and as here in stone, working from the outside in.

    ‘Dali in Stone’ By Ed Chapman
    Orginal Artwork: Stone Mosaic
    Dimensions: 24.5″ x 32.5″
    Price: £3250 or 18 monthly installments of just £181 (interest free)

    New for April

    Aprils shaping up to be an exciting month here at the gallery. We’ve had some new works in this week from a few familiar faces, extraordinary compositions from world reknowned artists. Later this month the gallery will be exhibnting work by the highly regarded artists, Mackenzie Thorpe and to top it all off, George Thornton Art will be representing itself for the first time at the Bristol Affordable Art Fair.

    Have a look below at some of fantastic new pieces, avaliable now.


    ‘Dulce Condena’ by Sara Sanz
    Original Artwork: Acrylic onto Canvas, mounted onto Board
    Dimensions: 22″ x 26″
    £1250.00 or 10 monthly installments of only £125.00 (Interest free)

    Image ‘Bardot La Carresse’ by Mike Edwards
    Original Artwork: Oil onto Stretched Box Canvas
    Dimensions: 47″ x 63″
    £4450.00 (Payment options available)

    Their will be a small run of 25 prints coming soon for this amazing piece, making the original highly collectable.
    please contact the gallery for more information.


    ‘Yasgur’s Farm’ by Gail Troth
    Original Art: Oil onto Canvas
    Dimensions: 48″ x 36″
    £1250.00 or 10 monthly installment of £125.00 (interest free)


    ‘Manchester Printworks’ by Rachel Tighe
    Original Artwork: Acrylic onto Canvas
    Dimensions: 24″ x 36″
    £795.00 or 10 monthly installments of £79.50 (interest free)


    The Gallery has now signed the world reknowned artists Mackenzie Thorpe whos works will be exhibtited in the gallery over the next few weeks

    ‘Bee My Love’ by Mackenzie Thorpe
    Signed limited edition print onto Paper (mounted & framed) edition 195
    Dimensions: 26″ x 27″
    £450.00 or 10 monthly installments of £45.00 (interest free)

    New Works from Rachel Tighe

    It’s a new week and the gallery is very excited to welcome a new artist, Rachel Tighe.

    Rachel Tighe focuses on creating lively street scenes and cityscape’s, using a bright variety of colours and bold lines.These vibrant colours clash with everyday life exuding all the sights, sounds and emotions generated by the atmosphere and aura of these great cities. 
    Tighe develops her works by first sketching onto canvass, either from standing or pictures, then paints over to create a vibrant finish.

    Take a look at these images of her original work below.


    ‘New York Taxi View’ by Rachel Tighe
     Dimensions: 36″ x 24″ cm
    Original Artwork: Acrylic onto Stretched Box Canvas
    Price: £795.00 or 10 monthly installments of only £79.50 (No Deposit)


    ‘New York Bench’ by Rachel Tighe
    Dimensions: 24″ x 36″ cm
    Original Artwork: Acrylic onto Stretched Box Canvas
    Price: £795.00 or 10 monthly installments of only £79.50 (No Deposit)


    Times Square Roads’ by Rachel Tighe
     Dimensions 36″ x 24″ cm
    Original Artwork: Acrylic onto Stretched Box Canvas
    Price: £795.00 or 10 monthly installments of only £79.50 (No Deposit)


    ‘Manchester Crossing’ by Rachel Tighe
     Dimesnions: 24″ x 36″ cm
    Original Artwork: Acrylic onto Stretched Box Canvas
    Price: £795.00 or 10 monthly installments of only £79.50 (No Deposit)

    Any questions, please feel free to contact the gallery.