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 Georges Loranger  (1931 - 1993)

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Lived/Active: Ontario/Quebec / Canada      Known for: Abstract expressionist painting

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Georges Loranger 1931-1993)

He was born in Sherbrooke, Quebec, in 1931.  In 1952-4 he attended McMaster University, Hamilton, where he studied painting and drawing with Dr. Naomi Jackson at the McMaster University Art Club.  In 1954-5 he studied art at the Ecole du Louvre and the Sorbonne in Paris, France.  Loranger was a painter mainly in collage and mixed media.  However, he also produced works in oils, water colors and tempera.  Loranger’s work was in the abstract expressionist style, influenced by the Automatists movement and the Russian painter Nicholas de Staël (1914-1955).  His collages have been mostly inspired by the music of world class composers such as Bach, Mozart, Bartok, Beethoven, Mahler, Schoenberg, Hindemith, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, and others.  He painted in bold colors while listening to the music and converting it into visual art. Loranger described these collages as: “mere images for meditation”.

After completing his studies he settled in Ottawa where he established a private art gallery in 1956 and was the first to show the work of Harold Town in that city.  In 1977 he opened an art gallery in Toronto.  He had his gallery in several locations in Toronto till 1993 (first gallery on Bloor St. and the last one on 80 Spadina Av.).  Loranger became a founding member of the National Gallery Association; Director of Public Relations for the National Gallery of Canada, 1957-60; and Deputy Coordinator, Visual Arts Pavilions for Expo '67, 1965-67.  He also was a public relations consultant to the National Film Board (1960-7), and the CBC (1968-77).  Loranger has exhibited his paintings at the: Spring Show, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (1960-1); Galerie Agnès Lefort; Wide World Antiques, Place Lafontaine, Eastview (Vanier City), 1959; Blue Barn Gallery with Andrée Massot (French artist) 1965; and many others.  On April 22, 1993 the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, held a retrospective exhibition for Georges Loranger.  He is represented in several private and public collections in Canada.

Three of Loranger’s works are in the collection of The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa i.e.:
 Untitled 24”x38” w/c on paper 1982, Accession Number: 1992LG98

Where Is Dedalus? 1991,  30”x40” acrylic on canvas, Accession Number: 1992LG96

Untitled 16”x20” Collage 1991, magazine pages on paper,  Accession Number: 1993LG35

Six of Loranger’s works (5 paintings + 1 drawing) are in the collection of the McMaster Art Museum, Hamilton.  One is dated 1992.

In 1985 he wrote and published a 53 page essay titled: “Private and Public Collecting in Canada: The Tip of the Canadian Icejam (1985)”.  In this essay he points out that in the 1980’s Canadians stopped collecting works by Canadian contemporary artists.  He died in Toronto in January 1993 at the age of 61 of cancer.  The Toronto Star (January 27, 1993) in its obituary of Georges Loranger stated: “His abstract paintings are rarely seen”.  Loranger donated his art collection (~100 pieces) to the McMaster University Art Museum; and some to the Hamilton Art Gallery.

Submitted by Moshe Dobner

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