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

    Lowbrow Art Movement & the work of Xue Wang!

    Coco de Mer

    ‘Coco de Mer’ by Xue Wang – Original Oil on Board Xue Wang, 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.  Xue Wang gets much of her inspiration from childhood paraphernalia: Dolls, toys, stage sets and compliments them with the cultural heritage of Victorian, Vintage Fashion and pin-up imagery. Her overall artistic style and finished pieces visually represent the Lowbrow Movement to a tee. So what is “Lowbrow”? What does it aim to achieve and how did it come about? Hopefully we can answer some of these questions for you.

    So how did low brow come about? The term “lowbrow” 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 Lowbrow Art of Robert Williams’ since no authorized art institution would recognize his type of art. Lowbrow was therefore used by Williams in opposition to the 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 Lowbrow 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. Lowbrow takes inspiration from comic material, film iconography, pop culture and cult magazines to create ‘tongue in cheek’ paintings that poke fun at mainstream art culture. Lowbrow 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 ‘Just Desserts’ and ‘A Better’ pictured below.

    Just Deserts

    ‘Just Desserts’ by Xue Wang – Original oil on board, framed £4,950 Payment options are available. Please call the gallery to discuss further – 01159243555

     A Better

    ‘Abettor’ by Xue Wang – Original oil on board, framed £4,950 Payment options are available. Please call the gallery to discuss further – 01159243555 The Nottingham gallery ‘George Thornton Art’ has a number of original works by Xue Wang. Do contact us for details. {george@georgethorntonart.com}

    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.

    Exhibition Brochure: Xue Wang


    Oil on Board
    Framed Dimensions: 75 x 90cm

    It’s finally upon us and at long last we can reveal the full line up of the works that will be going on display tomorrow.

    Make sure you’re here tomorrow for what will be an outstanding day of frights and thrills.

    The gallery will open its doors at 10am and Xue Wang will be here from 1pm to 5pm to tell us about the work, her inspiration and technique.

    Exhibition closes Saturday 12th October so make sure you don’t miss out on this breathtaking collection.

    If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the gallery or to view online click here.

    See you tomorrow!!!


    ‘Feeding Time’
    Oil on Board
    Framed Dimensions: 77 x 80cm


    Oil on Board
    Framed Dimensions: 70 x 75cm

    ‘Speaking in Tongues’
    Oil on Board
    Framed Dimensions: 70 x 75cm

    ‘No Jam Tomorrow’
    Oil on Board
    Framed Dimensions: 70 x 75cm

    Oil on Board
    Framed Dimensions: 75 x 80cm

    ‘The Uninvited Guest’
    Oil on Board
    Framed Dimensions: 75 x 85cm

    Oil on Board
    Framed Dimensions: 80 X 75cm

    Shadow Play
    Oil on Board
    Framed Dimensions: 75 x 85cm

    Upcoming Exhibition by the amazing Xue Wang

    ‘Feeding Time’

    Octobers about to get  a bit scarier.

    On 5th October the gallery will be exhibiting work by the talented and brilliant Xue Wang. Her collection entitled ‘Heebie Jeebies’ will be on show featuring some amazing oil paintings that are certain to make you gasp, giggle and hide under your jumpers.

    Look above and below for two featured images from the collection, the rest will be unveiled on the 5th for your enjoyment. Xue Wang herself will be available on the day between 1pm and 5pm to answer all your questions. So come long, have a drink and a bit of a fright.

    All the works on display will be sold on a first come first serve basis, and because of her popularity works are expected to sell quickly and many have already expressed an interest in purchasing. So make sure you’re there and don’t miss out.

    The exhibition of Wang’s work will be on from 5th – 12th October.

    If you have any further questions  or would like to register your interest in coming on Saturday 5th October please do not hesitate the gallery

    Oil on Board
    To go on sale 5th October