the magic reality
of American expressionist painter and novelist,
Loren Dunlap and Bill Crutchfield at John Herron Art Institute in Indianapolis were early influences on Mr. Brinner that resulted in a scholarship at Tulane University's Newcomb College. The abstract expressionists were the rage in the art world then - Pollock, deKooning, and all that crowd. One of the best, Helen Frankenthaler, though only briefly at Newcomb, was an influence that led to a more individual, painterly, and expressionistic approach visible in George's art today. After Tulane Mr. Brinner was selected to assist Dunlap on the Owenite restoration project in New Harmony, Indiana and to serve as an instructor for the Blaffer Foundation Project that followed.
George came to the Hawaiian Island of Maui by chance in the summer of nineteen seventy-eight. Among his early work there was a series of imaginary landscape and figurative paintings based on island themes that continues. An early affiliation with Lynn Shue and her Village Gallery in Lahaina was instrumental in George's decision to make Maui his home, and so it has remained. Since the summer of 2014 George has also been a resident of Arizona. Work on the first of his signature series of large expressionistic paintings of the Southwestern landscape began to appear soon after his Arizona studio was established.
(For those familiar with the Kihei/Wailea area of Maui, for ten years, beginning in 1980, I owned 'The Maui Outrigger', a favorite hangout and beachside restaurant on Keawakapu, and until 2015 I had a great little dive bar in Kihei, 'Kahale Beach Club', where I occasionally took a break from the studio for refreshment with an assortment of my favorite bar flies or just sat on the lanai and watched the whales play.)
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My paintings are in private and public collections across the USA, Europe and Japan. They are included in the public collections of the Houston Museum of Art, Tulane University, The Blaffer Foundation Collection, and the Hawaii State Foundation for Culture and the Arts. Jury selections of note include The Illinois Artist's Exhibition at the Chicago Art Institute and three Indiana Artist's Annual Exhibitions. More than twenty pieces have been accepted by jury to the prestigious Annual Art Maui Exhibitions. I was one of only four painters selected for the first two editions of Hawaii's Schaefer Portrait Challenge and one of the eleven artists invited to be part of the singular 'Witness to Time' exhibition in conjunction with the art of Edward Bailey, the Bailey House Museum, and the Schaefer International Gallery of Art.