Clifford George – Anchored To The Ocean
Christina Parker Gallery is pleased to announce Anchored To The Ocean, a new exhibition of paintings by Clifford George. This exhibition marks Clifford’s fourth solo exhibition with the gallery. The exhibition will open March 8 and run until March 30 with an artist opening reception on Friday, March 8, from 5:30 – 8:00 pm.
“Your people built homesteads around rock and sea…
Stages erected on cliffs
Struggled to stay anchored to the ocean.
While houses rose above the high water mark
And the edifice to their religion –
The grand workmanship of their own hands –
Towered toward the sky.“
Excerpt from the poem, Not a Taylor Left in Taylor’s Room, by Larry Small
Clifford George is inspired by locations with a powerful presence of the sea as a primary source of imagery. This exhibition features paintings from his favourite haunts; the Bonavista Bay Peninsula, Change Islands, Fogo Island and surrounding communities. The new works imbued with brilliant colour and movement reveal a sense of belonging and a feeling of being invited into a personal experience with a place. These paintings are larger in scale but maintain an intimate engagement.
Oral traditions make up the foundation of the culture in communities along the coast in Newfoundland and Labrador. For Clifford George, the narratives of people met, the poets, songwriters, and storytellers are as important in his paintings as the locations themselves. Clifford George paints a life lived with a sense of generosity offering the viewer entry into his experience of what it means to be of this place.
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 Centre associated with Memorial University, where his drawings of medical procedures were published in many international medical journals. The paintings of Clifford George are in both public and private collections around the world.
Artist will be present
Music by Boyd Chubbs