Clifford George: A Celebration of Life and Place
Christina Parker Gallery is pleased to announce A Celebration of Life and Place, an exhibition of new paintings on canvas by renowned artist Clifford George. This marks the gallery’s sixth solo exhibition with the artist.
The exhibition will open on Friday, Mar. 10, and will continue until Apr. 15. Due to weather, the artist reception has been rescheduled to the afternoon of Saturday, Mar. 18, from 3 to 5pm. Music at the opening reception will be provided by Boyd Chubbs.
“My journey is driven by my passion for a sense of place. The composition in a landscape is already there. The rockfaces form towers, seabirds and the ebb and flow of the tide are my symphony. The spirit of people that went before me speaks to me when I paint.”
The studio paintings of Clifford George are primarily informed by onsite sketchbook drawings that map the layout of the land and the seascape of the places he visits. Occasionally he will complete an en plein air painting. In the studio, his approach to painting is an intuitive process of making his sketchbook drawings come alive. The larger scale paintings unleash an unfettered freedom to paint without boundaries. The paintings are engaging compositions imbued with brilliant colour, light, and as the artist states, the spiritual energy of the place.
For many artists, painting the landscape is a spiritual journey. In his own words Clifford George states that “Nature has its own church, its own reverence. The paintings in this exhibition are a celebration of life and place as I see it.”
“I dedicate this exhibition to my father, Esau George, who taught me about life and art.”
Clifford George lives and works in Whiteway, Trinity Bay. He has actively painted and exhibited since 1970. While primarily self-taught, he received a formal art education at the College of Trades and Technology in St. John’s where he graduated in 1972. His career post-education was as a sign painter. Clifford continued his art education by doing private study and workshops with some of the most important artists in Newfoundland like Gerald Squires, Frank LaPointe and Don Wright. Later, his drawing ability led him to a job as a medical artist at the Health Science Centres associated with Memorial University, where his drawings were published in many international medical journals. The paintings of Clifford George are in both public and private collections around the world.