George Wardlaw
August 4, 2017 to September 30, 2017

Link to review of the George Wardlaw exhibit, I Painte... I Paint


The exhibit will be held over until September 30th


George Wardlaw at Yvette Torres Fine Art


George Wardlaw, well-known in the art world and whose career and artistic styles span seven decades, will be showing work from the earliest years of his career to the present, at Yvette Torres Fine Art Gallery in Rockland, beginning August 4.  The show, entitled “I Painted … I Paint,” will present paintings from 1959 and 1960 and then from 2015 to 2017. 

Wardlaw, who has been coming to Deer Isle for many summers from his home in Massachusetts, has exhibited widely, from The Museum of Modern Art in New York, The National Gallery in Washington, D.C., to the Portland Museum of Art in Maine. Born in Mississippi in 1927, he found his way after the war to the University of Mississippi where he received his MFA. He went on to have a distinguished career as an art teacher there and also at Yale University, the State University at New Paltz, N.Y. and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. 

His art reflects all the major trends of the latter part of the 20th century, from Abstract Expressionism to Pop Art to the Color Field style. Greatly influenced early on by Kandinsky’s “Concerning the Spiritual in Art,” his art, though always evolving in style, maintained a deeply spiritual intention. About his most recent work, which are often mixed media collage, Wardlaw commented: “The paintings have evolved … more from spirit than science. Freed from the boundaries of the edges, these paintings offer a parallel universe to our own.” The earlier paintings in the exhibit are lushly colorful abstract landscapes reflecting his upstate New York surroundings of that time. 


Yvette Torres is thrilled that the artist will be present at the opening reception, which will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 4. The show will continue through Sept. 16. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturdays 11 to 5 and Sundays 12 to 4 or by appointment. YTFA is located at 464 Main Street, Rockland, Maine and the phone number is 207-332-4014.