George R. Wilson ~ Paintings
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George Wilson was born in Columbus, Ohio where he received early training, including a scholarship to the Columbus School of Design during high school. He earned his BA and Masters degree in Fine Arts from Ohio State University. In addition, he studied under Millard Sheets at the renowned Chinard Art School in Los Angeles, CA in 1939. George's Pruett Carter Fellowship with watercolorist Elliot O'Hara was interupted in 1942 by WWII.
As a flight instructor, George flew as captain until the war's end in 1945. In 1943, he met and befriended fellow instructor, Mickey Spillane, in Greenwood, Mississippi. This began a 60 year friendship that included such projects as illustrations of Mike Hammer for Mickey's books, to building a house together in Newburgh, NY and the Virginia Homes business in 1952.
Transitioning from fine arts to the commercial art was further enhanced when George attended Pratt Institute, where he studied layout, design, architectual rendition, ad art and techniques, etc. in 1947. He then went on to become one of the first art directors nationally in early television, from 1949- 1951, George went to Adak, Alaska, and worked with naval engineers constructiong models for atomic submarines, designed posters etc. A year later, he took a trip to Mexico City where he lived on the second floor above Frido Kahlo.
In 1955, George began a nineteen year career in commercial advertising and dimensional work on sets, dioramas, etc, with Gordon Keith in Columbus, OH. During this time, he also taught fine art, was a member of the Pen and Brush League and the Columbus Artists Association, and freelanced as a mural artist.
After his move to Granville, NY, in 1974, George devoted his time exclusively to easel art or fine art painting. His studio's location at Hick's Orchard, southeast of the Adirondacks and adjacent to western Vermont, gave him access to superb landscapes. In his fascination with that landscape, he said that he "catches the feeling of this country in any given season at a particular time of day." All of George's travels, life experiences (which include two seperate years as a back wood logger) contributed to how he saw nature in it's many moods. Over 300 of George's paintings are in banks, hospitals, the Columbus Gallery of Fine Art, and numerous private collections. George was listed in Art of America, Galleries, Museums, Artists- Source Book to the U.S. Art World.