Monday, September 19, 2011
Captain Greg Freedman - West Coast Artist
Joseph Gregory Freedman was born in Los Angeles in 1950. In
1970 he moved to Vancouver and started working for Seaspan, a Vancouver based tugboat company. Inspired by the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, Freedman taught himself to paint and, for thirty
years the waterfront and the easel divided his attention then,
in 2001, he retired from Vancouver’s SeaBus commuter
ferries and finally took-up painting as his full-time career.
Vancouver Sun columnist, Denny Boyd, referred to
Freedman as “The West Coast’s answer to Alex Colville.” But artist/educator, Gordon Smith, insists “Freedman doesn’t follow fashion, he doesn’t copy anybody. That’s very special in
Canadian art today.”In a feature article in NUVO magazine entitled; Celebrate the Salt -- Paintings by JG Freedman, author and CBC personality, Jurgen Gothe wrote, ‘... there is a strong
specialness in all he paints, a strong and clear-eyed vision that glows with bright primary colours, sharp lines, high definition and after all that has been digested by the (mind’s) eye, a surge of emotion that makes you wonder, What? Why? What next? Where is he going with this?’ In 2010, Freedman’s painting, “Shortening Up” won the prestigious Port Award at the American Society of Marine Artists 17th Annual Maritime Art Exhibit at the Coos Art Museum in Oregon. To see more of Greg's work please click here to visit his website.
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