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 George Bodine  (20/21st century)

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Lived/Active: Kentucky      Known for: figure, interior, still life painting

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Biography from a third party submitted on 12/28/2009:
I have taught myself to paint, ONLY after I finally found out what moved me in art.  I have studied untold hours, basically giving myself a course in painting that I don’t believe you can purchase today.  I have studied pigments, how to make them, their archival properties, their history.  I have worked with numerous supports from Belgium linen to board, and used probably every medium imaginable, from gold leaf to acetone washes with pencil lead shavings. I love oils.
If an old Master from the 1600s entered my studio while I was producing my canvases or panels today, he would feel right at home, and he would recognize the smells.  I use the same techniques of those times… two coats of hot rabbitskin glue sanded in between, with two coats of white priming lead to give my work a very unique surface texture similar to what you see from old paintings before mass production of canvases occurred in the 19th century.  Alkyd resin is often in my paint and glazing, and occasionally I’ll play with the controversial, boiled lead medium Maroger.

I have probably visited over 200 Art Museums in the last 8 years, along with retrospective shows of some of the Masters I admire.  I am the type of "nut" you see in museums who will often spend 30 minutes in front of one painting.  I admire Sorolla, Zorn, Van Gogh, Chase, and ESPECIALLY Sargent.  These have been my instructors… they still are.
None of anything I’ve written above means a thing.  No amount of technique, no amount of special mediums, or unique supports, or pigments, or medals in shows, or countless years in school, or endless discussions with other artists can produce a masterful painting.  This is just my opinion, and I’ve found everyone has an opinion on what makes art.

Biography from a third party submitted on 12/28/2009:
George Bodine's figurative oil paintings are timeless.  He creates small masterpieces between his flights for the airline (he's a senior pilot).  His numerous collectors value the quality of his technique and style.

Jane Hamilton: Art Dealer

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