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Paintings and Prints by Jon George

4th September 2016 - 30th September 2016

The exhibition will be of paintings and prints by Jon George, some scenes local to the gallery (such as the Bath House, Barmouth seen below).

The exhibition will be open 11am to 4:30pm every day (except Mondays when closed). The private view for this exhibition is at 7:30pm on Saturday 3rd September.

About the artist

Jon George was born in 1944 in Barrow-in-Furness, a shipbuilding town in Cumbria. He studied fine art at Falmouth 1965-68 specialising in painting, following his own wish to refer increasingly to landscape and other aspects of the seen world. Jon says:

“I questioned the place and purpose of art and its contribution to society and in this respect became interested in printmaking for its socialistic values.”

Print copyright Jon George
Bath House Cafe, Barmouth, Wales. screen-print 66x49cm (26″x20″)

Later he developed his own kind of block-printing method, which he calls Castprinting. Jon is running a workshop at the gallery on how to do Castprinting (see separate post).

In 1980 Jon was a founder member of a group of artists who took over an old factory in East London to convert it into studios by their own hands, and they are still there today.

Print copyright Jon George
‘Vine’, photo-castprint 57x68cm (23″x27″)

Artist’s statement

As a landscape painter I recognize that I am in pursuit of beauty and believe that, in itself, this is worthy enough an object in my art. However, alongside this is another need to observe truthfully those things, due to human activity, that disturb the beauty and constantly threaten it. So my art aims to take both elements to create a balanced view of reality. The act of being in the natural environment and spending time drawing it in the field is crucial to my belief. Between seeing and the drawn rendering of pencil to paper comes a personal, poetic change due to interpretation, which is not self conscious.

My paint media of choice is egg tempera, which I took up when needing a quick drying paint but it proved to be much more than that – delicate, subtle, and translucent with colour so pure. Again from the drawings to the making of paintings or prints in the studio come another contemplation and the application of colour and ideas, which is now conscious and inventive.

More information about Jon George:

Print copyright Jon George
‘Baranyini’, hand-castprint 50×56 cm (20.5″x23″)


4th September 2016
30th September 2016
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