St. George is
a fantasy realist painter whose interests and subject matter are as varied
as the temperatures in March. Not only is he an accomplished master of
acrylics, he is also a professional actor (AFTRA/SAG) on stage, in film
and television. He majored in drama at Boston University's School of Fine
Arts and studied under William Lacey, Elliot Norton, Thorton Wilder, Bill
Gibson and Ted Kazanoff.
What is most striking about his work
is the spiritual depth and honesty that he incorporates into his paintings.
This quality is readily visible in the deeply introspective self-portrait
(above) he painted in August 1980. This painting offers an interesting
play on perspectives both literally and spiritually. In contrast, St. George
composes another version of himself in The
Lesson. Although a far simpler portrayal, it is nevertheless
a very dramatic performance.
But while he can be fiercely honest about his feelings, he loves to play
with icons and cultural metaphors. The
meanings behind the monster painting The
Stations (see detail)
and the provocative The
Three Graces are fairly obvious. For The
Baker, St. George wrote this poem which can also be sung to the
familiar nursery song:
To fully appreciate this body of work I invite you to take a look at the little virtual gallery I've put together for St. George. He's still waiting for the day that a real gallery will pick up his work and give him his due. Which I think isn't a long way off. Please note: I've tried to keep the GIFs as small as possible, but the page still might take a minute or so to load. Be patient and enjoy. Thanks to my friend and partner in many crimes, Peter Burke, for introducing me to St. George's paintings and for urging me to create this page. --rw