As with most artistic people, George Angelini started drawing at an early age, trying to faithfully record his surroundings whether that meant a landscape, a classic car or his family members. His parents encouraged his interest, buying him endless supplies of pencils, crayons, erasers and reams of paper.
However, Mr. Angelini started formal training in art later in life taking his first art class as a senior in high school. He impressed his teacher with his first pencil drawing and earned accolades for his ability to draw within a solid composition.
Having his eye on a medical career, Mr. Angelini applied and entered New York University to study in that direction. Art was calling him, however and to his parents’ chagrin, he applied and was accepted to The Cooper Union in New York City taking extensive drawing, print making and sculpture courses.
He earned a BFA and worked as a successful illustrator nearly thirty years before settling on a fine art career. In his current work he is trying to evoke a mood with realism so that the viewer can experience the same emotion that made him originally want to paint the scene.
Mr. Angelini believes true happiness comes from following the path that one was meant to follow in life and he thinks that, after many years, he is finally back on that path.
He is a Signature Member of The Oil Painters of America, Signature Member of The National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society (NOAPS) and The Portrait Society of America, and a Living Artist of Art Renewal Center (ARC).
‘Art is not what you see but what you make others see’ — Edgar Degas
Putting a brush to panel and creating a realistic scene is an inspiring and magical process for me, which I try to convey through my work. Being a contemporary realist evolved from my desire to create paintings that would evoke a deep sense of the mysteries of the world around us while retaining the essence of the reality in front of us. After years of illustration work, I gravitated toward work of greater skill and precision in execution. The subject matter of my still life, landscape and figurative works represent the complexity of what I see as well as respect for nature and life. Some paintings represent a simple message I’m trying to relate through ordinary objects placed together, while other paintings celebrate the serenity or power of land and sea or the sensual beauty of a human figure. I hope that the viewer will observe my work as I observe life, with the impact of the large idea supported by the importance and intricacy of the smallest detail. I strive to make artwork that is sensitive, balanced and truthful using the continual drama of light, color, and movement. I’m looking to evoke that inspiration in another person by having them feel what I feel when they look at my finished art.
Exhibitions & Awards
2020 – Oil Painters of America Virtual Salon Show
2020 – NOAPS ‘Best of America’ Small Painting Exhibition – ‘Echoes’
2019 – NOAPS Fall International Online Exhibition – ’Pucker Up’
2019 – Art Renewal Center Finalist for oil painting – ‘You and Me’
2019 – Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Juried Exhibition
2018 – NOAPS ‘Best of America’ Exhibition – ‘You and Me’
2017 – Recognized as an Oil Painters of America Signature Artist
2016 – ‘Autumn Light’ is Best Oil Painting in NOAPS ‘Best of America’ Exhibition
2016 – Recognized as a NOAPS Signature Artist
2016 – NOAPS Online International Spring Exhibition
2015 – Oil Painters of America 24th National Juried Exhibition
2015 – NOAPS 25th Anniversary ‘Best of America’ Exhibition
2014 – The Artist’s Magazine Over 60 Art Competition – Finalist, ‘Gentleman Farmer’
2013 – Trekell Artist Supplies ‘Featured Artist for September’
2013 – The Artist’s Magazine 30th Annual Art Competition – Finalist, ‘Autumn Light’
2013 – Oil Painters of America Juried Salon Show
2010 – Oil Painters of America 19th National Juried Exhibition
2009 – Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Juried Exhibition
2007 – National Museum of Naval Aviation – National Exhibition
2006 – National Museum of Naval Aviation – National Exhibition
2000 – Mack Trucks Inc. Centennial Anniversary Artist
1999 – Poster artist for Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction in Scottsdale, AZ
1998 – Poster artist for the Radnor Hunt Club Concours d’Elegance
1998 – Invited to show paintings at Meadow Brook Hall Concours d’Elegance
1998 – Poster artist for Classic Car Club of America Concours d’Elegance
1997 – Poster artist for the Radnor Hunt Club Concours d’Elegance
1994 – Featured artist in Sports Car International Magazine