GEORGE LLOYD PAINTINGS AND DRAWINGS FROM THE FIGURATIVE PERIOD

ACME Lloyd Still Life with Pink Coffee PotFor ACME Fine Art’s second solo exhibition of artwork by George Lloyd, gallery director David Cowan has assembled a fine group of rare works from what the artist refers to as his Figurative Period. The exhibition will open with a reception from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday 15 January 2010, and it will be on view through Saturday 6 March 2010.

George Lloyd received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1967, and went on to earn his MFA in 1969 from the Yale University School of Art, where he studied with Lester Johnson and Jack Tworkov. Following the completion of his graduate studies, Lloyd accepted a teaching position at the University of California, Berkeley. The artwork that was created during this fertile period while living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area –the early 1970s- is what constitutes the Figurative Period of Lloyd’s work. It was also during that time that he participated in a weekly drawing group with renowned Bay Area artists, Elmer Bischoff, Joan Brown, and Gordon Cook. Together the four artists participated in a group exhibition of the work created in the drawing group sessions that was titled New Drawings. The exhibition was first mounted at the Charles Campbell Gallery (San Francisco), and later at the Crocker Art Museum (Sacramento) in 1973.

The importance of the drawing group and of “drawing” itself in Lloyd’s early work cannot be overstated. In an interview in 2000, he was quoted saying that “In retrospect, it is clear that drawing was the dominant concern in my paintings during this early Berkeley period.” When viewing the paintings; however, one is more struck by the effusive spirit that the work conveys. While we may see peripheral flashes of Henri Matisse, Stuart Davis, Robert de Niro Sr. and/ or Hans Hofmann, what we are left with in the end is an original, individual, eloquent voice. These paintings are brilliantly chromatic. They are also concisely edited, elegantly composed, and freshly and sensually expressed in a modern idiom that speaks an abstract visual language that is nonetheless readily understood.

Lloyd moved back to the east coast in 1982, settling more or less permanently in Portland Maine in 1985. He continues to teach and to paint, and his contemporary work is exhibited regularly in museum and gallery exhibitions throughout the U.S. Lloyd’s contemporary work appears to be a natural outgrowth of the interests demonstrated in the work created during his formative years in California. In addition to teaching at U.C. Berkeley, Lloyd has held teaching positions at Cornell University, the University of Southern Maine and at Wesleyan University. He was awarded Pollock Krasner Foundation grants in both 1994 and 2006. Lloyd’s work is in the permanent collections of the Oakland Museum of Art, the Portland Museum of Art, the University of Maine Museum of Art, the Ogunquit Museum of American Art, and the University Art Museum of the University of California, Santa Barbara. In addition to those institutions already listed George Lloyd’s work has been exhibited at the National Academy of Design, the Johnson Museum, Cornell University, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, and the Center for the Visual Arts (Oakland CA).

ACME Fine Art’s exhibition of paintings and drawings from George Lloyd’s figurative period will be on view from 15 January to 6 March 2010. Gallery hours are 11:00 to 5:30 Tuesday through Saturday. Please contact the gallery at 617.585.9551 or info@acmefineart.com for more information about the artist or the exhibition. The entire exhibition will be viewable on-line at www.acmefineart.com.