Josh George

Josh George

United States 1973

Contemporary Realism

Josh George
Josh George
United States
September 15, 2015
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Josh George is an American artist known for his realistic work, created in oil and acrylic on wood panel, with incorporated layers of collage elements.

George was born in Kansas City. He is a graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute (The Illustration Academy) and he received his BFA at Central Missouri State University.

George uses acrylic and oil paint, and he usually applies it with brush and palette knife on panel, wall paper, maps, paper labels, and stamps, all collected in New York and Milan. He begins his work by drawing, collaging, and finally painting His subjects include human and cityscapes together in scenes of everyday urban life.
George uses himself and his wife as models for many of his figures which are all engaged in static acts of everyday locality. They either drink coffee, smoke or even just stare at some object, a beer for example. As the artist claims, he has always been attracted to the urban landscape and Inspired by everyday scenes, rituals or situations that are actually completely filled with personal interaction.

Josh George finds his inspiration in XVI and XVII century Italian masters Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Annibale Carracci. He has been influenced also by such artist as Degas and Mary Cassat, and the Ash Can artists like George Bellows, John Sloan or Robert Henri, or Contemporary artists Richard Diabankorn and Wayne Thiebaud.

Josh George has been teaching at the Pratt Institute and Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Communication Arts. He has been a guest lecturer for Syracuse University’s MFA in Painting Program, The Illustration Academy, and Accademia di’Arte di Brescia in Brescia, Italy.

The artist is represented by AZART Gallery.

Josh George lives and paints in New York.

Image copyright © the artist

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2013MicropolisGhostprint gallerySolo
2011The Story Thus FarGhostprint gallerySolo
2010Josh GeorgeGallery C, Raleigh, North CarolinaSolo
2010AAFNew YorkGroup
2009Premio SuzzaraMantova, ItalyGroup
2009Josh GeorgeTria, The Suchman Bar Metheny Gallery, New YorkSolo
2009Josh GeorgeEntroterra, Milano, ItalySolo
2008Josh GeorgeSherry Leedy Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MissouriSolo
2008TriaThe Suchman Bart Metheny Gallery, New YorkGroup
2008Josh GeorgeSherry Leedy Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MissouriSolo
2007Josh GeorgeGarage Gallery, Rooklyn, New YorkSolo
2006Rassegna G. B. SalviSassoferrato, ItalyGroup
2006Biennale Internazionale Città di BozzoloItalyGroup
2006Josh GeorgeJules Place, Boston, MassachusettesSolo
2006Josh GeorgeHallar Gallery, Kansas City, MissouriSolo
2006Arte FieraCatania, SicilyGroup
2006Josh GeorgeArte Novello, Bozzolo, ItalySolo
2006Group ShowGalleria Immagina, Brescia, ItalyGroup
2005Arte Verona,Verona, ItalyGroup
2005Swish ArtMilan, ItalyGroup
2004LineartMilan, ItalyGroup
2004Josh GeorgeGallery C, Raleigh, North CarolinaSolo
2004Josh GeorgeCoda Gallery, New York, New YorkSolo
2004Josh GeorgeGalleria d'Arte Moderna Di Stile, Brescia, ItalySolo
2002Josh GeorgeJayne Gallery, Kansas City, MissouriSolo
2002Society of IllustratorsNew YorkGroup
2001Central Park Gallery ShowKansas City, MissouriGroup
1999The Fahrenheit Gallery ShowKansas City, MissouriGroup
1999Josh GeorgeShiraz Gallery, Kansas City, MissouriSolo
1998Josh GeorgeEast 51st Street Gallery, Kansas City, MissouriSolo
1998Josh GeorgeThe Art Garden, Kansas City, MissouriSolo