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George Sorrels (born 1944)
The Garden of Skies, 1998
Oil on pressed wood panel;
14 1/2 x 13 1/4 inches
Signed lower left


George Sorrels (born 1944)
The Calm Before the Storm, 1999
Oil on pressed wood panel;
7 7/8 x 7 7/8 inches
Signed lower right


George Sorrels (born 1944)
The Small Garden Wall, 1999Oil on pressed wood panel;
8 1/4x 8 inches
Signed lower right


George Sorrels (born 1944)
Blue Mountain from Kutztown, 1997
Oil on pressed wood panel;
5 1/8 x 4 1/8 inches
Signed lower left

 

Current Exhibitions:

GEORGE SORRELS
Personal Landscapes
September 24-October 23

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George Sorrels was born in Ennis, Texas, in 1944. After growing up in Dallas, he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Texas at Austin (1968) and an M.F.A. from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan (197l). Sorrels’ first national recognition as an artist came as a student at Cranbrook when he won a purchase prize in the Young Printmakers 1970 exhibition at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. He spent the summer of 1979 in Italy as an artist-in-residence for the University of Georgia.

Sorrels is Professor of Art at Kutztown University, Kutztown, Pennsylvania, where he has taught since 1973. He has had nine solo shows in Washington, Philadelphia, and New York; his latest was at the University of Texas at Austin as a distinguished alumnus. At the same time his work has won several purchase prizes and awards and he has been included in over a hundred group exhibitions across the country and abroad.

In his painting Sorrels has developed a color concept which he calls Color as Space. Based on years of direct painting from landscape, the method employs the use of complementary color to produce atmospheric perspective. Whereas linear perspective depends on an artificial theory with vanishing points on the horizon, Sorrels’ Color as Space uses color with complementary mixes and changes in temperature to produce a more believable illusion in pictorial space. Challenging long held conventions, he declares, "Red is the most important color in my landscape painting." Specifically, in painting each plane of space, he adds progressively cooler reds (cadmium red in the foreground, Indian red in the midground, and alizarin crimson in the background) to the receding greens of a summer landscape. The warmer greens pull away from the cooler greens and extend toward the viewer. With this method, the color becomes the space in a painting.

George Sorrels, whose personal vision of the world around him is expressed in a painstakingly crafted style, takes many months to complete even a single painting or silverpoint drawing. His art is based on representation of the natural world, but is poetical in its magical light and monumentality, despite an almost miniature scale. Sorrels’ art, although highly original, is profoundly influenced by the aesthetics of fifteenth century illuminated manuscripts as well as twentieth century American abstract painting. This amalgam has inspired work of visual poetry that captivates and engages the viewer in unexpected ways.

An illustrated brochure is available upon request.

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