What makes the artist JJ Adams so popular?

This exciting young artist is touted as being the Next Big Thing on the British art scene. With his challenge to the heart of British cultural values – members of the Royal family displayed with full sleeve tattoos, iconic buildings such as Buckingham Palace or the Palace of Westminster depicted defaced by graffiti, Adams strikes at the heart of our cultural consciousness with his work.

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‘Harrods’ by JJ Adams

In the same way that Banksy became the art world’s darling, filling the vacuum left by the end of the love affair with the YBAs, Adams is making a name for himself, aided by Wishbone Publishing, with his phenomenal output. Born in Plymouth, Adams was raised in South Africa, remaining there until the end of the apartheid era when he returned to these shores with the aim of becoming a tattoo artist. Little wonder then that his obsession with body art spills over into his work, evidenced in his ‘Tattoo Series’ where icons of royalty, music and the silver screen are depicted with awesome full sleeve and knuckle tattoos. The ubiquity of the tattoo in mainstream culture must play a part in his appeal to the mainstream art audience, but there is more to his art than purely capitalising on a social trend. His interest in printing and in graphic design – honed when working in the South West as a printer whilst experimenting with art in his spare time – are evident in the stylised way much of his work is presented. Combining media such as printing, collage, spray paint, screen prints and hand painted acrylics, his work has attracted attention from Christie’s, Rolls Royce, Vogue and GQ magazines with its rawness, energy and passion, but also with its accessibility and broad subject appeal.

But, like Banksy, Adams is certainly not a mainstream fine artist, and similarly, much of his work remains true to the roots of his style and influences. Where Banksy’s popularity came from the street through recognition of his graffiti and its subsequent elevation to ‘art’, Adams work is equally accessible and most importantly recognisable in its representation of things ‘normal’ that have been given Adams’ treatment which, in challenging their orthodoxy, cause the audience to consider their own response to these significant cultural icons. However, being able to picture ‘Harrods’ department store with graffitied windows and point of sale, somehow appeals to the British sense of humour and perhaps more importantly makes the audience question why the imagery is such a visual shock. To have the artistic vision to produce works that speaks on such an accessible level to the man / woman in the street and yet which so cleverly strikes at the heart of our culture is evidence of Adams’ skill and gives a big clue as to why his work is generating such excitement in the art – and wider – community. Fundamentally this is what makes JJ Adams so popular and undeniably an artist to invest in!

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‘Wonder Woman’ by JJ Adams

 

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‘Sonic Vs Mario’ by JJ Adams

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Orange is the New Black… (Art-wise obviously…)

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‘Crwcwd’ by Anna E Davies

The orange colour is a very warm and vibrant that actually gives very different reactions throughout the world. In the Netherlands it’s the national colour. Asia, more sacred surrounding Buddhist monks and their robes and finally, the United States its associated with Halloween! That aside the colour orange always plays a big part in our homes. Very warm. From carrot colored carpets to apricot bathroom suites, orange has managed to makes us smile and certainly brightens up that room or office space. See our art, be inspired and find what works for you?

The Butterfly Effect

‘The Butterfly Effect’ by Louise McNaught

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‘Organicolour’ by Russell Hatton

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‘Jane’ by Nick Holdsworth

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‘Betty’ by Oli Fowler

Northern Light by Louise McNaught

‘Northern Lights’ by Lousie McNaught

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‘Vandal Helmet’ by Zombiedan

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‘Genesis’ by Kieran Crowder

 

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All ‘smART’… All about the ART!

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‘Gunpowder Blue’ – Kate Brinkworth

Lots planned for the final half of 2018. New artists for the gallery, established masters together with rising talent! Interesting sculpture and dynamic statement wall art to finish off that newly renovated space. Art Fairs are in place and with a whole host of gallery exhibitions planned it’s looking like a fabulous ‘Arty’ season ahead. Watch this space…

View some of our featured works this month. As Summer is with us, here in the gallery we just love a little slash of colour.

 

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Here in the Gallery we love new art by Gareth Hayward. A photographer of integrity. Hours spent layering individual images, building a collage with breath taking results.

‘Elements’ by Gareth Hayward on display now.

 

Nina Simone

New artist to our books! We welcome Kelly Ann – Holmes. Each piece created from recycled aluminum. View ‘Nina Simone’ mosaic strong-bow cider.

 

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Original Artwork by the incredeibly talented Alicia Dubnyckyj. ‘Flatiron Building’

Alicia uses gloss paint on board to create each stunning original composition.

 

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Date in the Diary – 30th June
Exhibition with Jane Thomson and Donna Rumbe – Smith.

‘Fragments’ interlink both artists, a collaboration of original works. For information do contact the Gallery – Tel : 01159243555

 

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Artist Nick Holdsworth breaks the mold. Printing 1000’s of tiny images onto paper, embossing this on to board before spray painting the final image. Using this pixilation technique encourages the work to look almost 3D.

 

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Gender Pay Gap? Not in this Gallery…

Reported in the Guardian this week the BBC’s gender pay gap is not so much a single chasm as a series of geological fault-lines. The most egregious discrepancy is that top rates of pay are skewed towards men by two-thirds, and that on-air talent is doing remarkably similar jobs for very different rewards.

Lack of opportunity for women is still a very real issue. A lack of senior female figures on the boards of UK business and industry greatly undermines our economy and makes for a perpetuation of male dominated patterns of behaviour in the professional world. So is this the same in all industries? The art-world perhaps?

Gender imbalances continue to plague the art world in 2017 is a matter of fact. However, to employ an old adage, Rome wasn’t built in a day—and we’d be remiss to overlook progress when we see it. Women in the arts today are (finally) getting their turn. Helen Marten scooped this year’s Turner Prize. Georgia O’keeffe ‘Weed and White Flower’ selling for an excess sum of $44 million. Both these facts compound that perhaps gender equality within the art world is reducing? Although George Thornton Art maybe a modest sized gallery within the industry, we do boast an almost 50 / 50 ratio between female and male artists on our books and with prices ranging from £500 to £5,000 these women are certainly making a huge impact on our accounts and with our clients! No gender pay gap either. Its a strict ratio across all our artists. No inequality here, just really great art!

You can view work by our celebrated body of females below and further compositions can be found on our website.

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Kirsty Mackay – ‘Transparency’

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Jan Nelson – ‘Yellow Peril’

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Katy Jade Dobson – ‘Silverback’

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Nom Kinnear King – ‘Morna’s Fray’

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Rachel Tighe – ‘Eiffel Tower in Spring’

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Victoria Horkan – ‘The Shock of the New’

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Paper Trail

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

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‘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

 

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‘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.

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Religion in Art

sir-stanley-spencer-cookhamStanley Spencer –  “The Resurrection”

For centuries Christian imagery was the main focus of mainstream artistic endeavour. Some of the most famous religious triptychs of the Middle Ages, such as Rubens ‘Elevation of the Cross’ (c16100 which can be seen in Antwerp Cathedral, or Master of Delft’s ‘Scenes from the Passion of Christ’ (c1510) on display at the National Gallery, London demonstrate the importance and value of religion in Western art at the time. Bible stories and religious events were depicted in often large, figurative paintings, using precious paint colours such as lapis lazuli blue, both of which served to impress the audience with the seeming veracity of their subject matter. But times were of course very different then than now. Religion was arguably so central to European culture that, with a largely illiterate proletariat, depictions of religious scenes informed and educated as well as decorated. As the centuries passed by and as the importance or domination of Christianity on the lives of the masses changed, religious images as art became increasingly subverted in a challenge to the Christian hegemony. The work of Sir Stanley Spencer springs to mind when I think of how this is exemplified in the 20th century. His work ‘The Resurrection, Cookham’ (1927) is set in the grounds of the Holy Trinity Church in his home village in Berkshire and shows Spencer’s friends and family from both Cookham and Hampstead, and others emerging from graves watched by figures of God, Christ and the saints. To the left of the church some of the resurrected are climbing over a stile, others are making their way to the river to board a Thames pleasure boat, others are simply inspecting their headstones. In creating this work which The Times art critic described as “the most important picture painted by any English artist in the present century…” Spencer brought religious art straight back to cultural prominence to a by now largely secular audience.

Moving forward to the current time, religious imagery in art and its use as a device to engage the audience in the comfort of the familiar, whilst challenging perceptions, is a common occurrence. Representations of Christianity in secular art are very common and are popular and acceptable in most modern genres. We do not generally treat a Christian religious image used in art as an object of reverence from a spiritual perspective – we are unlikely to be persuaded to buy such a piece from a religious standpoint.

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In the Gallery we have ‘Adoration Bleu’ by Joel Moens de Hase (pictured above) showing a saintly nun gazing upwards, seemingly in some kind of ecstasy, but her picture is made up of hundreds of tiny images of ladies in their underwear.

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“Acceptance” by Dean Kemp

Dean Kemp’s statue ‘Acceptance’ is of a topless man wearing jeans but with angels’ wings sprouting from his shoulders. Acceptance of religiosity? Acceptance of wings? Interesting questions that do not place religion at the centre of the statue’s meaning but which are implied.

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“Dark Icarus” by Ian Hodgson

Although the story of Icarus is taken from Greek Mythology is does proclaim many religious connotations notably the consequence of personal over-ambition. Ian depicts his figure with arms out stretched mimicking the crucifix, probably the most principal symbol for Christianity.

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“Mala Fide” by Magnus Gjoen

Finally, we have seen a great deal of interest in the religion themed pieces by Magnus Gjoen – a print of his piece ‘Mala Fide’ was snapped up by a discerning buyer in the gallery earlier in the year and this depicts Jesus holding two machine guns. The artists draw on a rich tradition of religious representation and yet they all have a twist in the tail

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