PAUL GEORGES FOUNDATION INC 85 Walker Street Located in his Live/work Loft on the 4th & 5th Floors ~ old school walk-up
EMAIL PaulGeorgesStudio@gmail.com Tel 212-966-6799
All images + All text this website ©2022 Paul Georges Foundation Inc (unless stated otherwise)
PG-1960 & 1961 photo credit ©2022 Fred McDarrah. Hans Hofmann School, 1947 photo credit by Thomas Roderick, courtesy Maria, Hans & Renate Hofmann Foundation. 6 hander photo credit Richard Brooks,1975. next 2 NY studio photo credit ©2022 Arthur Mones Estate.Stretcher atop car photo credit Hank Pitcher
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PG lived & painted at 85 Walker Street 1969 - 2002. 33 abundant years when he painted masterpieces; life, passions & music turned to full volume. PG a great man, a great painter was one of a small number of larger-than-life real artists from the 1950's + 60's. Downtown artists in those days, wore one recognizable coat for years. He was seen lumbering around Manhattan greeting world famous artists with hugs & mutual affection, Lee Krasner wanted kisses & hours long chats. No one had money or acted stuck up then. PG made the rounds of gallery shows on Saturday afternoon with an ever larger trail of students young & old following him, begging for studio visits from a legendary artist. Long ago Jack taught how to analyze art, & he generously tried to pass on the valuable skill to grasp the core of all kinds of art. Gradually a clear vocabulary evolved along with a full understanding of push/pull the way Hofmann taught it to him, he could explain push/pull so you saw it w/ your eye. He strived to be unselfconscious. Lectures on his own painting discoveries, theories & misfires were electric & filled to capacity. He built stretchers & carried heavy paintings himself.To stay fit he jogged with the dog for an hour every morning, ate an overflowing "diet" bowl of porridge with a banana & an apple, then painted. Dog at his side. 8 hours a day or more, 7 days a week. He was a man on a mission. His naturally strong hands and body toughened by the war, the laundry, carpentry jobs grew stronger as he painted on larger scales. He stretched a large canvas the day he died. PG's Studio a two-story loft below Canal between Broadway & Lafayette is the same today. Open. Long before PG's friend de Niro's son Bobby, the actor, pioneered west TriBeCa, PG pioneered Walker Street. When the next generation of artists moved in, PG met Dennis Oppenheim, Robert Smithson, Nancy Holt, Ken Showell et al. when he walked the dog late at night up and down Walker Street to Magoo's Bar & Grill and home.