Featuring recent paintings by George Wardlaw from 2015-17. Wardlaw, who turned 90 last spring, has continued throughout his long and distinguished career as both an artist and academic, to be a prolific painter and sculptor of primarily large-format paintings and sculptures. His ever-evolving oeuvre has moved seamlessly from Abstract Expressionism to Geometric Abstraction, to Abstract Landscape and in recent years to merging various facets of his earlier abstract gestural paintings with his mid career hard edge work to create a new body of work that explores the interplay between the reality of order and chaos.
Wardlawʼs academic career spanned nearly seven decades, beginning at the University of Mississippi, where he established and taught a metals program and studied with visiting artists Jack Tworkov and David Smith. He went on to Yale University, where he taught painting and served as administrative assistant to Tworkov, who was the art department chair. From 1968 until 1990, Wardlaw served in various capacities in the art department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, including seventeen years as department chair. In recent years, Wardlawʼs paintings and sculptures have taken center stage, with recent shows at the Yvette Torres Gallery in Rockland, Maine, public exhibitions, such as Schoodic Institute in Acadia National Park, Maine; and museums, including a major retrospective of his work at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson, “George Wardlaw: A Life in Art: Works from 1954-2015,” as well as a Pollock Krasner Grant in 2014-15.