George Devlin (1937-2014)
Secluded moorings near Limetz,
signed and inscribed with title to the reverse,
oil on canvas,
20 x 22 inches
Exhibited: Portland Gallery, June 2007
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This luminescent work captures a tranquil scene on the Seine near Limetz, just south of Giverny in the Île-de-France where Monet lived and worked from the 1880s onwards.
George Devlin studied at the Glasgow School of Art where he was presented with many awards including the Haldane Scholarship. He subsequently travelled to Greece and Italy.
He moved to France in 1969 having won the Premier Award from the Scottish Arts Council and opened a painting school at Vetheuil in the Val d’Oise, a very picturesque area where Monet had worked extensively.
He was very much involved with the arts scene in Scotland and beyond, presenting a series on art for Scottish Television in 1973. He designed sets and costumes for the Scottish Ballet. He was elected chairman of the Glasgow League of Artists in 1977 and President of the Glasgow Art Club in 1997. Further afield, he was appointed Artist in Residence at Dinan (1991), at Collioure (2008) and on the Isle of Lewis (2009). In 2004 he was elected as a Full Member of Royal Institute of Oil Painters (R.O.I.) and subsequently awarded a Gold Medal by the Institute later the same year. In 2006 he was presented with the Vivis Award by the Royal Society of British Artists (R.B.A.).
His work can be found in many prestigious corporate (De Beers, London Stock Exchange and Lloyds TSB), public and private collections. Examples of his work can be seen here: artuk.org