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 Renee George O'Sullivan  (1924 - )

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Lived/Active: New York/Massachusetts      Known for: figure, genre, landscape painting, book illustrations, abstraction

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Predominantely a  landscape painter and illustrator, Renee George was born in 1924 and knew that she wanted to be an artist from age 12.  She studied at Hunter College and took courses in watercolor painting with William Starkweather.

Ater college she worked at a display firm, studying at the Art Students League at night with William McNulty, John Groth, and Howard Trafton.  Here she also met her future husband Thomas O'Sullivan whom she married in 1952.

During the years of World War II, her drawings were dark, influenced by the events of the time and artists Daumier, Goya, and Kaethe Kollwitz.

In the summer of 1947, she left her display job and traveled to Mexico, an "eye-opening experience" as she calls it.  Seeing Diego Rivera and Sequieros at work inspired her as well as the use of color she saw in paintings by Tanayo.

Returning to New York City after three months, George took a staff position at the public relations magazine Modern Mexico.  This led to her first book illustration assignment for a book on Guatemala titled The River Horse.  More assignments followed for Sixty Saints for Girls, Inside the Ark and Other Stories, and more.

In the late 1940s and 1950s she also began to contribute more humorous drawings to the New York Times Book Review and other publications.  Since 1959 Renee George O'Sullivan and her family have made Martha's Vineyard their summer home, where she paints her landscapes and scenes of the island.

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Vineyard Gazette

Information courtesy of Tony Tobia

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