Paul Georges

Biography

“A fine juicy painter who has for many years retained his figurative approach through movements thick and thin.  Throughout, his skill as a vivid colorist and paint-handler prevails.”

Grace Gluck, NY Times

 

 

A member of the second generation of the New York School, Paul Georges took elements from Abstract Expressionism—such as the physical immediacy of the paint—and applied them to the more traditional field of figurative painting. One of Georges's artistic quests has been to reach a style of figurative representation that is "completely natural yet also timeless."

 

Georges follows in the Western tradition of monumental figure painting yet maintains a wholly unique, personal, and highly independent feeling in his works.  In a recent review, Grace Glueck, NY Times art critic writes of this Portland Oregon native, “A fine juicy painter who has for many years retained his figurative approach through movements thick and thin.  Throughout, his skill as a vivid colorist and paint-handler prevails.”

 

Stanley Grand, Art Historian, University of Wisconsin writes, “Georges constantly provokes by confusing our expectations.  With Duchampian irony, he strips classical themes of false gravity.  His ambitious, freewheeling frequently bombastic, robust manner makes his paintings difficult and at times perverse.  His position toward the tradition remains ambiguous and contradictory.  George’s painting consists of many layers engaged in a never ending struggle and not always polite dialogue.

 

Georges uses color itself to create pictorial space.  Cadmium red advances while the green recedes. Georges’ color, freed of purely descriptive ends, demonstrates and reinforces his link to his former teachers: Hans Hofmann and Fernand Leger.  Unlike more traditional artists who develop the composition fully in preliminary drawings and oil sketches, Georges paints wet into wet in the Venetian manner allowing drips and other happy accidents abound.  He is as content to paint everyday views, perhaps from his garden as he is to invoke mythology for the simple joy of moving paint about the canvas.”

 

Born in 1923 to a Russian Jewish mother and Greek father in Portland, Oregon, he attended the Sunday Hebrew school and worked in his father's laundry business. He went to the University of Oregon in Eugene, and in 1947, was in Provincetown in the summer of 1947 studying with Hans Hofmann and meeting Jane Freilicher, Paul Resika, and Larry Rivers.

In 1949, he went to Paris where he studied with Fernand Leger whose circus performer paintings became a source of inspiration for Georges's later genre paintings. He met his wife Lisette, whom he married in England in 1950, and in 1952, the couple returned to New York, and his style swung between abstraction and explicit figurative painting.

During the 1960s, he was very much outside the mainstream of New York painting, although he was in several of the Whitney Biennials. From that time, his work has been a mix of a highly personal style that embraces surrealism, realism, and abstraction and a variety of themes including allegory and religion.

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BORN: Portland OR, 1923

 

STUDIED: University of Chicago; Hans Hofmann, Provincetown MA; Fernand  Leger, Paris France.

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

Reed College, Portland OR  1948, 1956, 1961

Tibor De Nagy Gallery, New York NY 1955, 1957

Virginia Zabriskie Gallery, New York NY 1959

Great Jones Gallery, New York 1960, 1961

Allan Frumkin Gallery, Chicago IL 1962, 1963

Allan Frumkin Gallery, New York NY 1962, 1964, 1966, 1968

Dorsky Gallery, New York NY 1968, 1969

Green Mountain Gallery, New York NY 1975

Tomasulo Gallery, N Illinois University, NJ 1979

Meghan Williams Gallery, Los Angeles 1979

Swen Parson Gallery, N Illinois University, Dekalb, IL 1980

Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham MA 1981

Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago 1982

College of the Mainland, Texas City TX 1983

The More Gallery, Philadelphia PA 1983, 1985, 1991

Manhattan Art, New York NY 1984

William Crapo Gallery, Swain School, New Bedford MA 1985

Mead Art Museum, Amherst MA 1985

Anne Plumb Gallery, New York 1986, 1988, 1991

Greenville County Museum of Art, SC 1989                 

Vered Gallery, East Hampton NY 1989, 1994, 1996

 

 

Selected Awards

Fifth International Hallmark Purchase Award

Longview Foundation Fellowship/Purchase Award

Carol H Beck Gold Medal, Pennsylvania Academy

Neysa McMein Purchase Award, Whitney Museum of American Art

CAPS Grant, New York State

Ranger Purchase Award, National Academy of Design

American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, Painting Award

 

Selected Public Collections

Museum of Modern Art NY

Whitney Museum of American Art NY

Massachusetts Institute of Technology MA

Hallmark Collection, Kansas City KS

Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden;

Frances and Sydney Lewis Collection, Richmond VA

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond VA

Newark Museum;

James Michener Collection, Allentown Art Museum PA

Housatonic Museum of Art, Bridgeport CT

Indianapolis Museum of Art;

Portland Art Museum;

Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton NY

Parrish Art Museum, Southampton NY

National Academy of Design, New York NY

Grey Art Gallery, New York NY

Reed College, Portland OR

Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, University of N Carolina

Huntington Art Gallery, University of TX

Neuberger Museum of Art;

Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Coral Gables FL

University of Massachusetts, Amherst MA

Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield OH

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts;

 

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