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MEN OF THE SEA | George Anderson

  • GLADSTONE 36 1/2 Union Street Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA, 01944 United States (map)
Winter Blues, 1072, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 24" x 28"

Winter Blues, 1072, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 24" x 28"

Opening Saturday, December 2, 4-6pm

As admirers and collectors of Rockport artist George Anderson’s work for the past twenty odd years, we are very pleased to be showing his rich modernist portrayals of Gloucester fishermen at work. George’s well-developed eye for two dimensional design in advertising is evident in his mastery of composition and color in the powerfully graphic paintings. His flat outlined figures and their ubiquitous large gloved hands bring an anonymity, strength, and nobility to his subjects.

Emerson wrote, "It is in the doing that you gain the power." As an artist, this quotation has great significance to me. It has encouraged me to paint when it seemed impossible. Painting the same subject over and over and gaining a rapport with the canvas has instilled in me a power and an inner strength which I believe is inherent in my work.

I was born in Montreal, Canada in 1931. I attended commercial art school in Quebec and became a member of the Art Federation of Canada. As a young man I worked as a display artist and later became an art director with a major Canadian publisher. In 1967, I formed G. Anderson Advertising in Montreal. The agency grew and expanded with offices in Montreal, Toronto and Brussels. 

Throughout my career, I have always been involved with art direction. In 1981, I moved with my family from Montreal to Exeter, New Hampshire. Two years later, I sold the agency to the employees to work on a new career in fine art. The agency has since been sold to D.D.B. Advertising and is called Anderson D.D.B. (Toronto, New York, Montreal and California).

Over the past 20 years I have worked daily on my career as a fine artist. I have had group and solo exhibitions of my paintings, including:

iartcolony, Rockport 

Noho Gallery, New York

Jules Gallery, Boston

Rockport Art Association

Judi Rotenberg Gallery, Boston

Field Gallery, Martha's Vineyard

Granary Gallery, Martha's Vineyard

Cambridge Gallery, Cambridge, England

First Sight Gallery, Bath, England 

At present, I have studios and galleries in Rockport, Massachusetts, and Portland, Maine.

- George Anderson