This is an original woodcut, with a pond frog in bright, vibrant greens. George Speck painted in several mediums, including oils, watercolors and papier-mâché. He is best known for his woodcut designs (woodblock prints). He carved his own blocks and printed his woodcuts himself. Born in Virginia, and a world traveler, Speck's Bio will be attached on the backside of the frame. It is a print with a sight size of 10" x 7", and the frame measures 15" x 12". It is handsomely matted and framed. P8757 $195.00
C. George Speck (1928-2018)
Charlottesville, VA/East Village, NY
Virginia born artist C. George Speck, Ph.D was born in Charlottesville, Virginia, and raised in Waynesboro, Virginia. He began sketching at an early age. While attending high school, he studied painting with a private teacher. He received his BA in Art from the University of Virginia under the mentorship of Professor Charles Smith. Professor Smith remained an important influence in Speck's life. After university he moved to New York and took classes at the Art Students League before leaving for Europe, where he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome and École des Métiers d'Art in Paris. After returning to the United States Speck attended the City College of New York where he obtained a MA degree in Art and English. While teaching at the City College he continued to paint and refine his style. In 1968 George Speck was awarded from New York University a Doctorate in Art Therapy, the first such degree. From his pioneering studies he was granted the prestigious "Founder's Day Award" for outstanding scholarship. Widely acclaimed as a multi-media artist, he was renowned as a prolific, versatile painter, carver of fine woodcuts, sculptor of ingenious papier-mâché figures, and accomplished print maker. He was most proud of the woodcuts. He held more than 40 one-man shows in the U.S. and abroad. His images reflect his world-wide travels with themes inspired by his trips to the Orient, India, Europe, the Aegean Islands, Mexico and the Caribbean. Despite having this wide gallery of inspiration, he continued to draw upon his native Virginia for many of his exquisite landscapes and seascapes. Ever the art therapist even as his health declined, he bequeathed more than 200 works of art to medical and educational institutions on the East Coast. Recipients in Virginia include the University of Virginia, Woodberry Forest School, Randolph-Macon College, Carilion Hospital, the Bradley Free Clinic in Roanoke and many private medical practices.