CLEVELAND, Ohio—Bonfoey Gallery, 1710 Euclid Avenue, will be exhibiting the works of George Fitzpatrick in its street gallery from August 3 – September 1, 2018. An opening reception will be on August 3rd from 5:30 – 7:30pm. George Fitzpatrick will be doing a talk on August 11th.
It has been over 20 years since George Fitzpatrick did his last Cleveland show of his unique and magnificent “word drawings.” His focus has always been on the creation and process of his art and less about sharing it in shows, but whenever he does, the pieces are always wonderful to see.
George Fitzpatrick graduated from West Technical High School where he studied under the magnificent art teachers, Paul and Jean Ulen. Through them, he learned to appreciate and love Italian Renaissance artists while also developing his own interests in contemporary art. After that, he educated himself in art and literature. In 1974, he started creating his drawings that include the text of archeological works, ancient literature, and art historical subjects with minimalistic calligraphic design. His first show was in 1992 after he sent some of the work he created for 17 years to the famous Salander O’Reilly in New York City, who then represented him for years. From there, he was catapulted into the art world and successfully made a name for himself.
Fitzpatrick has created over 1,000 drawings and each one is carefully calculated from the number of rows, the writing utensil, to the paper. One such paper used is tosa konshi paper from Japan, which is made of 100% gampi that has been dyed with indigo to create a dark blue hue. The paper has been used for Buddhist prayer scrolls for over thirteen centuries. Fitzpatrick chose this paper for his work because of its longevity while also being light and delicate to the touch.
Drawing is an experience for George Fitzpatrick. One that has become a spiritual meditation focused on detailed precision. If Fitzpatrick makes even one small mistake, he must start the work over as there is no way to edit. His process is similar to the monks and scribes of old who used to write every line for scrolls and books before the printing press existed. The works remind the viewer of the beauty of letters and design while also creating the feeling of being immersed in an expansive and ancient manuscript full of meaning and wisdom.
The Bonfoey Gallery is happy to host George Fitzpatrick after so many years and to share his work with the Cleveland community to highlight one of the city’s artistic masters.
For more information, please contact The Bonfoey Gallery, 216.621.0178, or visit our website at www.bonfoey.com.