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George Marinko (1908 - 1989)

Blue Lake, c. 1940s, oil on masonite, signed lower right, 20 x 36 inches, label and inscription verso contain artist's name and title of this work, presented in its original frame


George Marinko was an award-winning regionalist painter and a highly innovative surrealist. He lived and worked in Connecticut. Marinko studied at the Waterbury Art School and the Yale School of Fine Arts. His works were exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, the Corcoran Gallery and the Carnegie Museum, along with other prestigious institutions. He showed at the New York World’s Fair and the Golden Gate International Exposition in 1939. Marinko’s paintings are in the permanent collections of over a dozen museums, including the Wadsworth Atheneum and the Yale University Art Gallery. A solo show of his surrealist works was held in 1989 at The John Slade Ely House Center for Contemporary Art in New Haven, Connecticut. Whether working in a regionalist or surrealist style, Marinko’s works from the 1930s and 1940s are characterized by precise drafting, tight composition and a bright, clear palette as in the case of Blue Lake. Marinko is extensively listed in Who Was Who in American Art and all other standard references.


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