“POP GOES THE EASEL”
Curated by Marty Thornton
Few artists could claim to be in the collections of such a distinguished line-up of celebrities as that claimed by MARTY. His works are owned by Madonna, Ivana Trump, the legendary Barbara Hulanicki of Biba fame, Kate Moss, Joanna Lumley, Rula Lenska, Molly Parkin, Lulu, Jamiee Winstone, Rochelle (The Saturdays), Marvin (JLS) and Debbie Moore of Pineapple Studios to mention a few.
Born in London’s East End, MARTY proudly boasts of his Romany background that brings to his work a unique fire and light which is his distinctive hallmark. Coming from a designer background, much of MARTY’s career has been involved with interior design which has taken him to the four corners of the world branching out from there into bespoke jewellery design and now fine art, too. Marty’s favourite colour is glitter, pop art at its most colourful.
As well as curating POP GOES THE EASEL at Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery, Marty’s work is currently on show in Moscow, Hong Kong, Beverly Hills & Seoul.
Tristram Schoonraad is based at Elstree Film Studios and has worked on numerous feature films including Batman, Tomb Raider, Star Wars and with a sparkling array of Hollywood stars. Recent exhibitions of his work include the Private Club at The Ivy he and is a regular exhibitor at the Bricklaying Art Carboot Fair with Tracey Emin, Sir Peter Blake and Marty Thornton. His works are constructed from resin and hand-finished with fine detailing.
His works recently sold out at the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea in October 2013.
Jennifer English studied Fine Art Painting at N.E.L.P On graduating Jennifer became the last protégée of Queen Elizabeth II’s milliner Aage Thaarup, and following his tutelage designed and produced a collection of hats for Harrods of Knightsbridge. A true chameleon of the arts, Jennifer has exhibited in painting, sculpture, ceramics, installation, animation and is also a published childrens book illustrator.
Jennifer has designed and made sets for Theatre, fashion and community events such as Notting Hill Carnival. Other examples of her work can be seen on television shows such as ‘the bill’ ‘The Echo’ and ‘spaced’. Jennifer’s work has been sold across the globe, her buyers have included Joe Strummer of the clash and violinist Nigel Kennedy. Jennifer has worked as a visiting Lecturer in Painting at Thurrock Technical college, and as a result of her work at Griffin Signs, she has paintings featured in Public Houses throughout the UK.
In 2011 Jennifer became interested in early 19th century textile practices. She exhibited her first textile work at the Chelsea Art Gallery in 2012. Jennifer has spent the last year working on a collection of ‘Iconic pop art images’ to be seen for the first time at Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery.
MARTY THORNTON PRESENTS @ Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery
Stour Road, Fish Island, London E3 2NT
Opening times until January 2014
Thursday & Friday 5.00-9.00pm
Saturday & Sunday noon-5pm