George Gibson

“The most important aspect, the guiding force, in my paintings is a purely selfish one: me. I love to paint. The subject becomes secondary as far as I’m concerned. I use the subject, but I paint me, to a point where I can paint a subject without even looking at a piece of research because I know the subject so well. But I paint me in it.

Storm Clouds (watercolor, 18 x 24)
To stay fresh and to stay in love with painting, you have to have a complete dedication to painting and a love of painting for painting’s sake, not for creating masterpieces and winning awards, but just for the love of painting and the desire to paint. I’m not even interested in giving the world a free ride on my painting, I’m only interested in what I do. I’m a very selfish person as far as painting is concerned. I think you have to be. ”

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1904, George Gibson studied at both the Edinburgh College of Art and the Glasgow School of Art, and painted backdrops for the Theatre Royal in Edinburgh and the Pavilion in Glasgow. In 1930 he moved to Hollywood, where he designed and painted the sets for The Wizard of Oz, An American in Paris, Singin? in the Rain, Brigadoon and others. He also studied under Frank Tolles Chamberlain at the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, where he participated in plein air painting sessions with a group of artists that made up the California Scene Painters, including Emil Kosa Jr., Millard Sheets, Barse Miller and Phil Dike. He was been a signature member of the National Watercolor Society (secretary in 1947, 1st vice president in 1949, president in 1951), the American Watercolor Society (since 1945), and a national academician of the National Academy of Design.

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