Thursday, July 26, 2012

George Beattie (American, 1919–1997)

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, just after World War I, Beattie, the son of a diamond merchant and jewelry designer, studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art. During World War II, Beattie served in the Visual Aids Service of the U.S. Army Air Corps, where he focused on making maps and weather charts. For a time, he was stationed at Herbert Smart Airport in Macon, Georgia, where he met Virginia Harriet Lane, the daughter of a prominent Macon lawyer. They were married in 1943. Following the war, Beattie and his family lived in Atlanta, and he became an important member of the city’s postwar art scene. He first taught at the High Museum of Art, then served for a decade as the chair of creative drawing for the school of architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He traveled twice to Italy, once as the recipient of a Fulbright award. He later was appointed director of the Georgia Commission for the Arts (now the Georgia Council for the Arts) and director of public service in art at Georgia State University. Beattie showed his work both in Georgia and nationally during his lifetime, including in exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Today, his images are in the  collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the High Museum of Art, among other institutions.

The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia: [here] [here]
fine art dealers association: [here]
The Charleston Renaissance Gallery: [here] [here]

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