I was sad to read the news of the death of Patrick George in April. I have one of his paintings in my collection, a large self portrait on canvas, executed in the mid 1960’s. Andrew Lambirth, in his excellent book on the artist published in 2014, quotes Patrick as saying ‘I was bought up to believe that painting was likeness’ and this painting exemplifies this.
Patrick George was essentially a figurative artist like his contemporaries Frank Auerbach, Lucien Freud, Francis Bacon and Euan Uglow. Together they made up a group loosely described as ‘The School of London’. In many ways Patrick was far nearer the Euston Road School and the influences of William Coldstream who was a friend mentor and his teacher. His work was in a low colour register with subtle shades of green without any over romanticism or picture perfect scenery. His paintings of Hickbush in Suffolk convey the beauty of the place without sentimentality.
A great British artist who has for far too long has been undervalued and to some extent forgotten, except by those that have seen and appreciated his work.
John Stocks @ AM Fine Art