Lowbrow art Movement. 3 facts…

  • Lowbrow was born of underground or “street” culture. Originating out of California in the mid 70’s pioneered by cartoonist such as Roberts Williams and Mark Ryden.
  • The single most common tactic that Lowbrow artists employ is to poke fun at convention. They know the “rules” of art, and consciously choose not to abide by them.
  • Lowbrow art has a sense of humor. Sometimes the humor is gleeful, sometimes it’s macabre and sometimes it’s born of sarcastic comment, but it’s always present.

In the gallery we showcase a number of Lowbrow artists. Namely Xue Wang, Nom Kinnear King and Sara Sanz.

Coco de Mer

‘Coco de Mer’ by Xue Wang

Original Oil on Board

For All my Scocery

‘For all my Sorcery’ by Nom Kinnear King

Original Pastel on Paper

Mounted and Framed. Off white card mount and modern white wooden frame.


‘En El Fondo ne te Veo’ by Sara Sanz

Original Acrylic on Board

George Thornton Art

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

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

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

    Xue Wang and the Low-Brow Movement

    Feeding Time‘Feeding Time’ by Xue Wang
    Oil on Canvas
    On Sale 5th October

    As many of you may now well be aware we have an upcoming exhibit ‘Heebie-Jeebies’  from the fantastically whimsical Xue Wang on the 5th October 2013. Born in 1980, the year of the mischievous monkey Wang grew up in Northern China before coming to the UK to do an MA and finally setting up her studio in London.  Wang gets much of her inspiration from childhood paraphernalia: Dolls, toys, stage sets and compliments them with the cultural heritage of Victoriana, Vintage Fashion and pin-up imagery. Her overall artistic style and finished pieces visually represent the Low Bow Movement to a tee.

    So what is low-brow? What does it aim to achieve and how did it come about? Hopefully we can answer some of these questions for you!!!

    dejame descansar‘Dolce Condena’ by Sara Sanz
    Acrylic on Canvas
    Dimensions: 22 “x 26”
    £1,250 or £125 a month for 10 months on the own art scheme (No Deposit)

    So how did low brow come about?
    The term low brow art came about in 1979 when after many attempts the artist Robert Williams finally received news that a publisher was willing to produce a book containing his works. Williams gave the book the self-deprecating name of ‘The Low-Brow Art of Robert Williams’ since no authorized art institution would recognize his type of art. Low-Brow was therefore used by Williams in opposition to highbrow, established movements. He said the name then stuck, even though he feels it is inappropriate. It is now used across the globe by hundreds of artists and has become a movement in its own right.

    What is Low Brow?
    Williams Describes the movement as “cartoon-tainted abstract surrealism.” Lately, Williams has begun referring to his own work as “Conceptual Realism.  In the UK this work along with Low Brow has probably best described by many as Pop Surrealism, this harks back to the underground scene that helped create the movement involving Williams and Mark Ryden  both based on the US West Coast. Low-Brow takes inspiration from comic material, film iconography, pop culture and cult magazines to create a tongue in cheek painting that pokes fun at mainstream art culture. Low-Brow work tends to have a dark underbelly that can sometimes be shocking and provocative, but each piece always has a comical and narrative side. Much like Xue Wang’s ‘Prime Cuts’, which features a sinister pig chopping up a human lady. The painting is actually an artistic analysis of the recent horse meat scandal; the shocking image perfectly mirrors the nation’s disgust to the meat scandal.

    NKK - The Assistant‘The Assistant’ by Nom Kinnear King
    Oil on Board
    Dimensions: 72″ x 23″
    £995 or £99.50 a month for 10 months on the own art scheme (No Deposit)

    The movement although around now for about 40 years has only really begun to take off in the UK despite extraordinary success in the USA and Australia. The UK consumer art market is notorious for arriving late to upcoming art movements; Picasso was looked down on here when his works first started to circulate resulting in vast collections being bought up overseas whilst the UK had and still has very little to show for by the artist. In the case of Low-Brow this is a really shame since three of the movements up and coming artists and based in the UK; Xue Wang, Sara Sanz and Nom Kinnear King.

    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)