the magic reality
of painter and novelist
Two years at John Herron Art Institute, where I had the good fortune to work with great teachers and artists like Loren Dunlap and Bill Crutchfield, resulted in a scholarship from Tulane University's Sophie Newcomb in New Orleans.
The abstract expressionists were all the rage in the art world then; DeKooning and that crowd. (Abstract expressionist, Helen Frankenthaler, was one of my instructors at Tulane.) My work became more painterly and less representational over the next few years under these influences.
After Tulane I was selected to assist Loren Dunlap on the Owenite restoration Project in New Harmony, Indiana and was an adviser and instructor for the Blaffer Foundation Art Project that followed.
I came to the Hawaiian Island of Maui by chance in the summer of nineteen seventy eight. Among my earliest projects was a series of large imaginary landscape paintings in oil on canvas loosely based on island locations. The start of what would become a long affiliation with Lynn Shue and her Village Gallery was one of the things that convinced me my chances of survival as an artist were about as good on Maui as any other place and the island has remained home to this day. Since the summer of 2014 I have also been living in Arizona.
(I owned The Maui Outrigger, a great beachside restaurant, in the 80's, and, until 2015, I also owned a local's favorite dive bar in Kihei called Kahale Beach Club where I occasionally took refreshment with an assortment of my favorite bar flies or hobnobbed with the rich and famous or just watched the whales play.)
My new surreal fantasy novel, 'Einstein in Flamingoland' is now available here and on Amazon.
'Flamingoland’ is an off-beat trip into the surreal and dark comic world of Maui artist and ex-jailbird, Gille Barker, the, some would call ‘unreliable’, narrator of this tale. Gille knows the true reason for life on earth. He can see into the future—he can trip through the fourth dimension of present space-time. Gille’s time traveling abilities and knowledge of earth’s secrets were given to him thirty years ago, two nights before his eighth Christmas in 1963, by Ron, a space traveler from planet Zargon in the galaxy of Dargo, hundreds of millions of light years, but only a short wormhole away.
Gille is to accept his new ability to time travel as ‘a special gift from your new Zargonian friends,’ as this Zargon Ron says to him that night so long ago. But what Ron neglects to mention is that, as a result of his acceptance of this ‘gift’, Gille will often, and without warning, find himself being hurled through space-time to places he doesn’t want to go.
With a psychotic drug dealer in hot pursuit of his Hopi Indian cabbie, Gille Barker’s time travel dilemma becomes increasingly clear as he and an illusive Albert Einstein are motored from Arizona’s high desert to New Orleans’ French Quarter in their search for a satchel’s mysterious content and the secret to life’s design.
Magical realism, an offbeat and darkly humorous satire, a surreal look into an urban fantasy world of mystery. 86000words – digital and 6”x 9” paperback formats
Paintings by George Brinner 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. Mister Brinner 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 and the Bailey House Museum