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.

http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/paintings/kate-brinkworth-tall-coke-5762480-details.aspx?from=salesummary&intObjectID=5762480&sid=305c8de3-efd0-4711-a0c1-bb148ca17f44

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.

An Audience With… Ian Hodgson

We’re delving a little deeper into the weird and wonderful mind of Ian Hodgson and finding out a bit more about the man behind the Charcoal faces. If you think of any more questions you would like to ask the artist please ask them in the comments below and we will get some answers to you.

Train of Thought‘Train of Thought’

Name?

Ian Hodgson

Lets start with a little ice breaker: What are you reading at the moment?

 I always have a book on the go but have just finished ‘The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry’ by Rachel Joyce. Very easy to read with it’s gentle humour and apparent lightness but is deceptive in its depth.

 Looking at memory, regret and trying to make up for past mistakes the reader is taken as a willing passenger on the journey.

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

Along with the usual head/figure studies that I’m always experimenting with I’m also exploring a bit of landscape, in particular, my childhood stomping ground of the hills and moors above the Yorkshire village where I grew up. Using the occasional photo as reference but relying mainly on memory I’m trying to represent an emotional landscape rather than a direct representation of place. Its more of a slight stray from the path than a change in direction and whether the results of these delves into the undergrowth will become public remains to be seen but I’m enjoying indulging myself for the time being..

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

Music has always been a source of inspiration to me, from pop to punk to electro and much in between, I need to have my sounds set up in my studio to work along to. I’m not sure if what I play directly influences what I produce but it remains a constant, multi-faceted companion. I’d have to say that ultimately though it has been my urge/need to draw that has been and continues to be the most powerful influence!

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

I find inspiration arrives during the drawing process. Its not always an easy ride, frustration and feelings of doubt about what you are doing are never too far away and when they do occasionally surface I find the only way to re-engage with work is to just make marks on paper until eventually the physical act of drawing re-ignites the imagination, images form and you’re back in the creative zone. Being immersed here can be demanding, exhilarating and rewarding and keeps you going back for more!

Icarus Wing 2‘Icarus Wings’

Can you explain a little about your extraordinary technique?

I have found that exploring and exploiting the qualities of graphite (I use blocks, powder and pencils) gives me a level of satisfaction I haven’t found with other mediums. I sometimes indent paper using embossing tools before rubbing graphite over the top – the indented line remains the same colour as the paper – and manipulate the graphite using erasers. I rub out, smudge, add more graphite, work back into the image and build up in layers. I enjoy contrasting sharp energetic lines with more fuzzy and loose areas, adding and removing graphite until I’m happy with the overall balance.

What are the major challenges you face as an artist?

I think a major challenge for me as an artist is how to make ends meet and it is incredibly easy to become disillusioned with the ups and downs of selling work. Trying to make work that has some sort of commercial appeal but retains personal integrity can be a tricky one but I feel that the work is far more interesting and engaging if you stick to your vision and don’t just try and emulate what appears fashionable or safe. Finding and refining your own voice and style is a never ending process but keeps your work unique and fresh. This inevitably makes producing work more rewarding but not always as easy to make a living from!

Who is your favourite artist at the moment?

I’m currently enjoying looking at the work of Nathan Ford, there’s a beauty and starkness to his work that I find quite haunting.I’d certainly pitch him as one to watch.

What’s your Life ambition?

As I’m in this art malarky for the long haul my main ambition is to be able to continue working until I drop at a very old age! Within this time I want to build on what I’ve learnt and produce work that continues to surprise and excite me and hopefully connects with others.

Whats next?

I want to create some figurative pieces on blackboards as a way of almost reversing how I work. I’ve toyed with this approach before so the seed has already been planted but it would be good to develop this into producing more finished pieces. Watch this space…

Thank you for this incredible insight into what moves and motivates you. Inspiring stuff!

Originals are available in the gallery. View Ian’s work on line http://www.georgethorntonart.com/Artists/Ian-Hodgson/Art-By?pagesize=9

Or for the complete jaw dropping moments do pop in and see them in the flesh!

Urbanscope 2‘Urbanscope’

Pop Art, Old and New

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‘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.

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‘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.

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‘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.

Starting Tomorrow, The Darren Stevenson Exhibition, ‘The Calm Before the Storm’

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The Exhibition, starting tomorrow will run for one week until Friday 20th December. With a special appearance from the artist Stevenson between 1pm and 4pm.
A healthy serving of wine and cheese will be on offer (how could you resist?)

We all find inspiration in different places, people and objects and in honour of the exhibition, we thought it would be worthwhile saying a little about the great man who inspired Stevenson and has been a driving force behind his incredible artwork; J. M. W. Turner.

Perhaps best know for his work ‘The Fighting Temeraire’ he had a career that spanned half a century and is regarded by many to be one of the finest British artists to have lived.

Focusing mainly on the destructive forces of man and nature Turner is able to capture beautifully the changing nature of British life. Depicting contrasting scenes of the new industrial landscape against Britain’s past of sail boats and expansive green fields. Reflecting and adding to the efforts of other British Romantics working at the same time such as Wordsworth and Byron.

Like Turner, Stevenson has become entranced by the beauty of the open sea, primarily using coastal scenes in his work often using destructive imagery championed by Turner. A brilliant example of this in action is Stevenson’s ‘Storm’ as featured below.

To see ‘Storm’ and other amazing works, be sure to come along tomorrow or in the week and check out the full exhibit. For more information contact George or Daniel at The Gallery, or find us online.

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‘Storm’
Dimensions: 30″ x 30″
Original Artwork: Oil on Board
Price: £1150 or just 10 monthly instalments of £115 (interest free)

The Art of Jan Nelson

The Gallery has been blessed with some brilliant new works by the talented Jan Nelson.

Her works are all inspired by her love of sailing and  love of the sport shines through onto canvas. Nelson is able to capture the thrill and excitement that the sport offers, whilst also allowing us to take in the beauty of the sea, the vivid colours of the sails and the breathtaking backdrop that we often associate with sailing.

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‘Along The South Coast’ by Jan Nelson
This beautiful work is based upon the raging coastline of Beachy Head.
Original Artwork: Acrylic on Canvas
Dimensions: 21″ x 21″
Price: £495 or 10 Monthly Installments of only £49.50 (Interest free)

 

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‘Downwind Sail’ by Jan Nelson
Original Artwork: Acrylic on Canvas
Dimensions: 29″ x 29″
Price: £695 or 10 monthly installments of only £69.50 (interest free)

 

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‘Sailing Around the Bay’ by Jan Nelson
Inspired by the sailors paradise of Lime Bay on the Dorset Coast.
Original Artwork: Acrylic on Canvas
Dimensions: 22″ x 22″
Price: £495 or 10 monthly installments of just £49.50 (interest free)

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‘Turning Downwind’ by Jan Nelson
Original Artwork: Acrylic on Canvas
Dimensions: 21″ x 30.5″
Price: £695 or 10 monthly installements of just £69.50 (interest free)

 

Fresh New Works In This Week.

We have some fantastic new works in the gallery. Check out some of these featured pieces below.

Don’t hesitate to contact the gallery for more information and as always, feel free to view even more works on our website.

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This stunning original (now also available as a print) is created by painting text onto canvas. The size, colour and length of each word is carefully chosen in order to construct a lifelike image of Edward’s subject,in this instance; Bridget Bardot. The finished result is truly astonishing to see, from a far it could simply be taken on face value as a portrait but as you advance the image opens itself up to a whole new viewing experience. 

Would you believe 5,000 individual letters painted (astonishingly) 4 times each…. remarkable!

“Bardot La Caresse” by Mike Edwards
Oil onto Stretched Box Canvas
Dimensions:47″ x 63″
Price: £4,450 or 18 monthly installments of just £248 (interest free)

Signed Limited Edition Print
Dimensions: 40″ x 32″
Price: £495 or 10 monthly installments of just £49.50 (interest free)

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Using Turner for inspiration. Stevenson creates mesmerizing sea scenes similar to those created by Turner. He is able to really capture the essence and nature of the ever changing moods of the sea.

“Barnstaple Estuary” by Darren Stevenson
Original Artwork: Oil on Board
Dimensions: 33″ x 22″
Price: £795 or 10 monthly installments of only 79.50 (interest free)

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This electric piece is produced using a wonderful spray techinue that really lifts the colour and creates a surreal landscape unlike any other that could be created using more convential materials.
This particular work in blue, has such a presense and really darws the viewer into the piece.

Original Artwork: “Entelechy Blue” by  Russell Hatton
Xyrallic and Candy on Aluminium
Dimensions: 54″ x 34″
Price: £3000 or 18 monthly installments of just £167 (interest free)

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This wonderful piece has been 4 years in the making. Since being dreamt up by the artist this piece has been a labour of love.
The work is full of allegorical meaning and depsite its obviously religious connotations, it is only loosely based on the Christian image it conjures. Instead this piece is about the sharing of laughter, truth, humour, struggle, love and betrayal that is ever present within a community.

“The Apostles” by Mackenzie Thorpe
Signed Limited Edition; Hand Painted Resin Sculpture
Dimensions: 31″ x 11″
Price: £2000 or 10 monthly installments of only £200 (interest free)

Any questions regarding the work please don’t hesitate to contact the gallery – +44(0)1159243555 or george@georgethorntonart.com