Marty Thornton held his hand painted wearable art collection event during London Fashion Week at The Colony Club, 4 Heddon Street, London W1 which was attended by fashion glitterati.

Marty was born in London’s East End. He was born from gypsy heritage of the Lee and Boswell tribes, who can be traced back to 1625 in Kent. He was discovered by Molly Parkin, the fashion editor of Harpers and Queen and the Sunday Times, in a chance meeting in London Underground’s Bethnal Green Station. He fast became her muse and she mentored him, until she saw the true artist emerge. They became firm and lifelong friends and travelled the world together, even staying in her house in India. She introduced him to icons Quentin Crisp and Barbara Hulaniki of Biba fame, to name a few. Both Molly and Marty were regulars at the original colony club in Dean Street, Soho so it seemed the natural place to showcase his latest collection, at the recreation of the Colony by Darren Coffield.
Guests were invited to come have a drink, soak up and add to the atmosphere, whilst photo shoots and filming was taking place of Marty Thornton’s latest wearable art collection. Music was provided by pianist Clifford Slapper, who has played with David Bowie. The models were artists, performers, DJs and club kids wearing one off, hand painted, vintage leather jackets and coats by Marty.

Artist Ashley Ryder bought his deconstructed, reconstructed bold prints to the mix to complete the show. Both artist’s works are being seen out and about, here and abroad.

The evening was a great success with glamorous glitterati celebrating Marty Thornton’s latest collection, wearable dynamic Pop Art at its most colourful and jubilant totally designed to put a smile on your face.

Marty Thornton is enjoying international success with representation of his art in Hong Kong, Beverley Hills, Seoul, Mumbai, New Delhi, Moscow and in London.

Marty was invited to take part in ‘Take A Moment’ which Art of London presented. This was a brilliant exhibition curated by the renowned celebrity photographer and artist Ray Burmiston.
Throughout the last decade, Burmiston rose to acclaim for his documentation of famous figures. Take A Moment was a campaign with an emphasis on mental health. The campaign was celebrated at the Piccadilly Lights in Central London, where Burmiston’s black and white photos of celebrities including Marty Thornton were showcased.

A talented character with a strong signature style to his creativity, Marty will be exhibiting his pop art at a forthcoming exhibition in New Delhi at Arushi Art Gallery.

by Kim Grahame

Photography by Ray Burminston,
Sebastian Davies, Clive Strange, Marty Thornton, Julius Just, Kim Grahame,
Catherine Miller, Living Dead Angel, Ashley Ryder

Marty Thornton and Iamcookiie
Ldnbrutal and Marty Thornton
Cookie, Kim Grahame and Gauchi
Livingdeadangel and Daddywarbuckss
Ilonalovedj and Marty Thornton
Tildart and Kim Grahame
Clifford Slapper
Kim Grahame and Marty Thornton
Marty Thornton
Iamcookiie, Kim Grahame and Gauchi
Kim Grahame and Julius Just
Quentin Crisp and Marty Thornton
Molly Parkin and Marty Thornton
Marty Thornton / Ray Burmiston
Marty Thornton / Ray Burmiston
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