New Show! “George W. Simmons: Monotypes & Collages”


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George W. Simmons brings a myriad of different life experiences to his art, displaying at times fearful and humorous themes simultaneously in his abstract collage monotypes. Mr. Simmons was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad. At the age of two, his family moved to Barbados, eventually moving to the United States when Mr. Simmons was seven. He received his undergraduate degree from Hampton University. Afterwards, Mr. Simmons moved to New York City, in order to study studio art at Empire State College and to be closer to the art scene. In NYC, he also worked as photographer’s assistant and a fine art transporter. He later earned his Masters degree in studio art at University of Wisconsin, Madison. Mr. Simmons has worked with the New York State Assembly as a photographer and is presently the Deputy Director of the photography department. George W. Simmons has been included in many regional juried art shows, having received several awards. Mr. Simmons has exhibited and continues to exhibit in many fine galleries in the United States.

George Simmons innovated a technique using “carbon paper as a ‘plate,’ hand burnishing to make prints or monotypes. (I hand burnish with the tip of a pencil). I experimented with the ‘plate,’ adding elements to the ink and carbon black surface as well as subtracting from that surface to create a more dynamic and complex plate. I combine this “print” area with drawing, and college elements.”

This fascinating exhibition opens with a reception on Saratoga’s “First Night,” May 4 from 6 – 9 pm, and closes on Sunday, June 10. The Feneex Center is located at 30 Beekman Street, in Saratoga’s “Art District”. For more information call Feneex Boutique & Gallery: (518) 584.5550.