GEORGE LLOYD (1945- ) PAINTINGS & DRAWINGS FROM TWO DECADES

5 January – 3 February, 2007

ACME Fine Art’s 2007 season will open with an exhibition of paintings and drawings conceived during the 1970s and 1980s by the noted artist George Lloyd. The exhibition will commence with a reception between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. on Friday 5 January 2007, and will run through 3 February 2007.

As an undergraduate at the Rhode Island School of Design Lloyd studied with Richard Merkin, Robert Hamilton, and John Frazier. During the 1960s, while earning his graduate degree at Yale University, he studied under both Lester Johnson and Jack Tworkov. Since that time Lloyd has held teaching positions at the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Oregon, Wesleyan University, and Cornell University.

For ACME Fine Art’s first solo exhibition of paintings by George Lloyd gallery director David Cowan has elected to focus on the artist’s work from the 1970s and 1980s. This was a lively and productive period for Lloyd. During this time he lived first in California’s San Francisco Bay area and then in Eugene Oregon. The early 1980s saw Lloyd return to the northeast, ultimately settling in Portland Maine in 1984. In characterizing the work from this period, the artist divides the work from these two decades into three distinct “periods” all of which will be represented in the exhibition. They are the “Figurative”, the “Geometric” and the “Early Portland” periods. While these distinctions are apt and readily apparent upon viewing the work, what is also apparent is the artist’s consistently abstract point of view, his eye for fundamentally balanced yet dynamic composition, and an elegance of expression that is always confidently achieved through a variety of means. The resulting work is poetically forceful and sensitive, and usually contains a sense of careful consideration while also expressing a fundamental appreciation for the spontaneous gesture. Typically there is an underlying structure that in many cases gives the work an architectonic quality. This quality comes naturally to the artist, since he grew up in Boston in a family full of architects and since his early after-school employment was as an “office boy” in one of Boston’s oldest architecture firms.

George Lloyd’s debut in Boston came in 1969 when he was included in a group exhibition at the Alpha Gallery titled New Talent. Since that time Lloyd’s work has been included in group exhibitions at the University of California, Berkeley, the Oakland Museum, the National Academy of Design, and at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art. His list of solo exhibition venues includes: Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University, the Ogunquit Museum of American Art, the University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor, and most recently (2006) at the Portland (ME) Museum of Art. Lloyd’s work is in the permanent collections of the Palace of the Legion of Honor, the Oakland Museum, the Ogunquit Museum of American Art, the Portland Museum of Art, and the University Art Museum at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

ACME Fine Art is located at 38 Newbury Street in Boston’s Back Bay. Gallery hours are 11:00 to 5:30 Tuesday through Saturday.