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June Issue 2010

Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art in Charleston, SC, Features Works by George Speck

Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art in Charleston, SC, will present the exhibit, Artistic Expression, featuring works by George Speck, on view through June 4, 2010.

The gallery continues to showcase the latest works by award-winning national and international artists, and this show is certain to stop viewers in their tracks. Renowned artist George Speck is a prolific and versatile painter, carver of fine woodcuts, sculptor of ingenious papier-maché figures and an accomplished print maker.

Since 1961, Speck has had over 40 one-man shows in the United States and abroad. Dr. Speck, born in Charlottesville, VA, and raised in Waynesboro is a UVA alumnus, studied at the Art Student League in New York, the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, the Ecole des Metiers et d'Art in Paris, and in 1968 was awarded a doctorate in art therapy from NYU - the first program of its kind in the country.

Many of the canvases are painted from sketches made during his worldwide travels, but he continues to draw upon his Virginia childhood roots for many of his exquisite landscapes and seascapes.

Critics have praised Speck's light and color-filled impasto canvases in oil, which are in both public and private collections. His oils in rich, juxtaposed hues have the translucency of watercolors, and the pointillism style adds a level of interest that sets his work apart from the rest. His color woodcuts demonstrate an exceptional, delicate handling of line and color, using an ancient printing technique and each step done by hand. These and his papier-maché figures of animals, called "three-dimensional paintings," have been exhibited in museums, universities, and galleries worldwide. Dr. Speck currently resides in New York City and regularly lectures on art, color, and art therapy to various professional and community groups throughout the country.

For further information check our SC Commercial Gallery listings, call the gallery at 843/722-3660 or visit (www.ellarichardson.com).

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