Recent Oils And Watercolors
Gerbera Daisy © 1999 Thomas George
Exhibit at The Williams Gallery
8 Chambers Street, Princeton NJ
Clemantis in a Glass Bowl © 1999 Thomas George
An internationally recognized artist, Thomas George amazes us again with a new series of extraordinarily beautiful watercolors and, on a grander scale, a powerful grouping of abstract oils on canvas.
Mr. Georges work is based primarily on his observation of nature. Over several decades he has devoted his energy and talent to a search for beauty and its underlying structure in art and in life. With a keen eye, a sympathetic awareness, and indisputable talent, the artist brings to the viewer a unique vision of our surroundings. Now, as we near the end of the 20th century, Toms intense involvement with nature continues. These most recent works provide an exciting challenge to the mind and to the emotions.
In discussing his most recent work in this solo exhibition George comments on his technique and intent in creating the watercolors and canvases:
"From the beginning mountain landscape, the sea and the sky have been the primary sources for my abstract paintings. The color and structure in these work comes out of studies done directly from nature in places as diverse as Norway, China, and here in the United States. The canvases in this exhibition are a further step along a road fueled by a preoccupation with the natural landscape which for me lengthens and grows with the years".
"The floral watercolors in this show, however, represent something new for me. Their color is in the warm, high range. The forms are strongly defined and there is a dynamism in the painted space which is different from the oil paintings. It is easy to see that these watercolors are grounded in realism. Combined with this, however, is an abstract overlay built into the picture during the painting process this gives the finished work a quality which is at once beautiful and mysterious".
Thomas George was born in New York City in 1918, graduated from Dartmouth College in 1940, and studied in France and Italy after World War II. He has spent many years working in Europe, the Far East, North Africa and the United States, creating his unique interpretation of these surroundings in a variety of media. Of special interest to him have been the 19th and 20th century paintings of Turner, Monet, Renoir, Cezanne and Matisse, all artists who loved nature and who tried to express in paint the essential structure and light of nature. Mr. George has gained international recognition as one of the foremost abstract painters of our time.
His work is included in many public and private collections, including The Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney, the Guggenheim, and the Brooklyn Museums in New York; the Tate Gallery, London; The Library Of Congress, Washington, DC; the Museum of Fine Art, Lausanne, Switzerland; the Institute For Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ; the New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ; The Princeton Art Museum; Chase Manhattan Bank; AT&T, Ford Motor Company, Chemical Bank, and countless others.
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