Introducing Local Artist George Hunter
George Hunter is a self-taught artist born in Ryton, but now lives and works in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. He has been painting seriously for the last 6 years, in which time he took part in joint exhibitions in London, Hong Kong and Newcastle. Over the same period he has won a number of photographic and painting competitions.
One of his newer paintings ’The Loneliness of Depression’ has been chosen as a book cover which is hoped to be published later in the year.
George’s view of any kind of art is that it should leave an impression, whether it is good or bad is up to the individual. His style of painting and drawing is about colours and shapes and how they interact. He mainly paint acrylics and sometimes oils, inks, watercolours, mixed media, aerosol spray paint plus glass paint on sheet glass. He also draws using oil and chalk pastels plus watercolour pencils. He uses a variety of objects to paint such as blocks of wood, strips of paper, my fingers and of course, brushes. George also likes to have music playing when painting as it keeps him in the mood of that particular artistic piece.
His paintings and drawings are a mixture of Naive Art, Remodernist Style and Outsider Art and he could be called an expressionist, experimental artist. He also sculpts and use this in some mixed media pieces.
Influences include Van Gogh, the Fauvists such as Matisse, Derain and Vlaminck, French and Nordic Impressionists namely Monet, Cezanne, Munch, Osslund, and Erichsen plus Nolde, Kalella, Klimpt, Hokusai and Hundertwasser.
As well as being an artist George is also an amateur musician playing mainly a South American Charango, Ukelele and Guitar. He used to produce write short articles for a bi-monthly humorous magazine entitled ‘Templi’.
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