"Coach and Fours"   Lot no. 994

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By Richard Allen George 1935-1990

48.00" x 85.00"
Oil on Canvas
Signed Lower Left



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Richard Allen George was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1935 - spending his adolescent years in Ontario, Canada.  In 1960, he received his Bachelors of Fine Art (BFA) in painting while studying at State University in Buffalo, New York; working in photography as an undergraduate and simultaneously serving in the U.S. Army.  George moved to New York in 1960 and was enrolled in half-time study at the Art Students League until 1963.  From 1963 to 1969 he continued to paint and became part owner of Loewer Studio, Inc. - an art studio specializing in college textbook illustrations.  His love of all things artistic led him to Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) where in 1969 he became a graduate student.  During his studies at Miami University his talent earned him the title of Assistant Teacher of Sophomore Drawing - receiving his Masters of Fine Art (MFA) painting in 1971. 

He was rewarded with more than an MFA at Miami University as he dated and soon after married one of the universities Art History Professors.  From 1971 until his untimely death in 1990, Richard worked as a self-employed artist and teacher, primarily due to complications from heart and lung issues.  He taught drawing, painting, and Art History at the Middletown Fine Arts Center in Middletown, Ohio, and during his lifetime traveled extensively throughout Austria; Belgium, Canada, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. Richard's career spanned for more than three decades and included an impressive list of exhibitions, awards and critical notice surpassed only by the mystery and mastery of his paintings. In viewing the work of Richard George, it is sometimes difficult to grasp its meaning, yet it is the enigma of each work 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.  Each work is so intrinsically absurd, fascinating and individualistic in nature that viewers often finds themselves either blushing, laughing or extremely intrigued.  It is best to take the advice of the artist himself when he stated "Whatever you think it is, that's exactly what it is."