George Earl Ortman, American artist, Died at 89


George Earl Ortman was born on October 17, 192, and died on December 16, 2015.

He was an American painter, printmaker, constructionist and sculptor.

George work has been referred to as Neo-Dada, Pop art, Minimalism and Hard Edge.

His constructions, built with a variety of materials and objects, deal with the exploration of visual language derived from geometry – geometry as a symbol and sign.

George was represented by Algus Greenspon in New York.

George Ortman was born in Oakland, California.

His father was an electrician who learned his trade from his father, George Earl Ortman, who worked with Thomas Edison in Chicago in the late nineteenth century.

His mother, born Anna Katherine Noll, was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

George came to the United States in 1914 to work as governess for the mayor of San Rafael, California.

After completing high school, George enlisted in the United States Naval Air Corps V-5 program.

Upon his discharge in 1946, George studied at the California College of Arts and Crafts (now the California College of the Arts) (1947 to 1948).

After several years, he moved to New York City, where he studied at the Atelier 17, a printmaking school founded by the English painter and printmaker Stanley William Hayter (1949).

Later that year, George left for Paris, where he studied at the Atelier André Lhote (1949 to 1950).

Upon his return to New York CIty he studied at the Hans Hofmann School of Fine Arts (1950 to 1951).

George Earl Ortman passed away at age 57 in December 2015.