The Art of Richard Allan George

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An artist has to decide whether to paint in the mainstream of art history or to paint whatever he wants to paint.

– Richard Allan George

During Richard Allan George's studies Abstract Expressionism was a hot and preferable trend in the art world, but Richard skewed his work more towards realism and surrealism.

Richard often stated that "An artist has to decide whether to paint in the mainstream of art history or to paint whatever he wants to paint." He based his paintings on photos he collected with an emphasis on scenes of celebration from past ages. He referred to these scenes as collages -formed from bits of different photos and painted onto large canvases, either in oils or acrylics.

George distinctly strayed from the precise rendering of the new realist movement, preferring impressionist techniques. The artist edged shapes with fluorescent lines to make them vibrate, adding dots of bright colors which made light in the image appear to dance and have movement, and of course "the nudes". What specifically makes Richard's paintings so intriguing is the ambiguous subject matter within the piece; the incredible detail, bright color palettes and the unforgettable nude figures placed throughout the images. These juxtapositions create the mysterious story telling work of Richard Allan George.

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In the majority of George's work, nudes seem to be invisible to their clothed counterparts. Another constant in his work is the desired theme of "celebration", where diversified social classes of subject people are depicted in random scenes and notable eras throughout time. George's mix of modern nudes shown amongst Victorian or Edwardian backdrops broke from artistic tradition and was fondly received by collectors worldwide.

His love for the surreal guided him to dedicate an entire series of paintings to the influence of surrealist painter Max Ernst. George's "ME" series focuses on a dark world of fantasy and mystery which deviate drastically from his jovial jaunts on the beach or in the park.

Many of his beach scenes were influenced by the American painter Edward Potthast (1857-1927) and show similarities in palette as well as subject matter, with exception of the nudes placed within the piece.

In viewing the work of Richard Allan George, it is sometimes difficult to grasp the meaning of each piece, yet it is the enigma of each piece which forces the viewer to see through the obvious in search of the deeper meaning that exists in George's world. This attribute brought strength to George's work and differentiated him from all other painters of the period. Every piece is so intrinsically absurd, fascinating and individualistic in nature that the viewer often finds themselves either blushing, laughing or extremely intrigued.

It is best to take the advice of the artist himself when he state "Whatever you think it is, that's exactly what it is".